Hoop Group Philly Jam Fest: Top Performers

The Hoop Group Philadelphia Jam Fest featured some top teams from the East Coast and around the nation as well. Two players that completely stole the show were Nick Emery and Jermaine Lawrence.

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Quick Take: His AAU team is also his high school team, so they have a good feel for how to play together, and Emery absolutely shines. He is one of the best shooters in the country, but he is more than just a shooter. Emery can take you off the bounce and then is as tough as they come on the floor. Defensively he should be just fine, and after one of the most dominating performances he should be in line to make a move to four-star status.

Recruiting: Committed to BYU

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Quick Take:It was tough to come away with any other conclusion than Lawrence has the ability to be a future pro. He has the prototypical size, athleticism, and skill of a big time college contributor. His three point shooting is impressive, but he never settles for the jumper which is the best thing about him. Add in that he is consistently playing hard, and Lawrence will make a jump into the top 100, the question is simply how high will he be rated.

Recruiting: Rutgers, Syracuse, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Louisville, Saint John's, Seton Hall, Pittsburgh

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Quick Take: A lot to like here with Trimble. He is a natural scoring guard who is being asked to make the transition to the point guard position. It is still a work in progress, but the strides are being made. While he is working on that, he is still a dominant scorer, especially in the mid-range. Trimble isn't an elite athlete, but he knows how to get open and has an incredible feel for how to play. Going forward he is someone who will receive a ton of high major attention and led his DC Assault team to the tournament championship at the 16-and under level.

Recruiting: Rutgers, Georgetown, Maryland, Virginia, Villanova, Massachusetts

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Quick Take:A darn near elite athlete, Vaughn has the ability to make shots at a very high level as well from deep. Also he is more than capable of getting to the rim. Vaughn offensively is a complete player, and then has a solid idea of how to play. Add in that he shows effort on the defensive send and continues to get bigger and stronger, and he is one of the better wing prospects in the 2014 class.

Recruiting: Oregon State, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa State, Baylor, Texas, Tennessee, Marquette, Georgetown

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Quick Take: A high level shooter, Stephens was excellent all event long and helped lead his Wolves team to the 17-and under championship. While the best thing he did was make shots, Stephens also showed that he will be a solid defender with his length and solid quickness, and also took the ball to the rim some. As he continues to get stronger and mature his game should grow even more. Overall it was a very solid showing for the future Boilermaker.

Recruiting: Committed to Purdue

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Quick Take:Always known as an excellent shooter, Taphorn more than lived up to that reputation all weekend long. Taphorn was hitting threes at a great clip, and then when opponents ran at him he took a dribble and create a good shot. Also Taphorn was battling hard in the paint where he was outmuscled by most. He isn't the most physical kid, but still he battled and showed a lot of heart in helping his team to a tournament win.

Recruiting: Colorado, Wisconsin, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Northwestern, Miami-Ohio, Dayton

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Quick Take:Whitehead has a big reputation for his ability to get to the rim and finish through contact. When he was at his best over the weekend that is exactly what he was doing. Whitehead scored a ton of points and did it mostly around the rim. Still his jump shot looks better and it is obvious that he is putting in work in that regard. He was vital in his team advancing to the quarterfinals, and overall it was an impressive showing for the 2014 prospect who was playing up an age group.

Recruiting: Syracuse, Connecticut, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John's, Miami, Florida, Pittsburgh, UCLA


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