Hoop Group Pitt: Day Two

PITTSBURGH - Baltimore native Tariq Owens really came to play on Saturday. Also a pair of young prospects from the City of Brotherly Love really stood out on day two of the Pitt Hoop Group Jam Fest.

Tariq Owens, PF, Baltimore's Finest – The long and lanky combo forward had an excellent showing. He blocked several shots, was active on the glass, and made up for his lack of physical strength with effort and a high motor. On top of that he scored it out to the mid-range and overall was excellent. His effort was one of the major bright spots of the day.

Dwayne Morgan, SF, Baltimore's Finest – It was a bit of an up and down game for Morgan. The athletic combo forward was at his best attacking the rim and had a few nice rebounds and dunks. He didn't put his full skill set on display, but the flashes were there. The future UNLV Running Rebel did show why he was so highly recruited, and put on a solid show in front of his future head coach.

Kamau Stokes, PG, Baltimore's Finest – A solid scoring point guard, Stokes had his moments. He has good size, can get to the rim, and made a few shots. Stokes isn't an elite athlete, but he does have pretty good feel and is always attacking. He did turn it over a few times and got sped up, but overall he was solid and showed why mid-to-high majors are beginning to show more attention.

Justin Bibbs, SG, OBC – The Ohio native had a big group of coaches watching and he didn't disappoint. At 6-foot-4 he scored the ball in a variety of ways, from deep and off the bounce. Also he is a pretty good passer from the wing. He has to be more assertive on every possession, but it was overall a very impressive game. At times Bibbs didn't get a ton of run with Montverde, but he proved his worth on Saturday.

Antonio Woods, PG, OBC – The Cincinnati product was very good. He is a big time athlete who really can get to the rim. While not a great shooter, he can go right or left to keep the defense off balance and also is a solid floor leader. Right now he projects more as a mid-level player, but Woods is someone who can be a major factor on the defensive end and will run a team on offense.

Isaiah Whitehead, SG, Juice All-Stars – As usual Whitehead was really scoring and in attack mode, especially during crunch time. His handle has always been good, but now it is improved, and also his outside jumper looks better. A high level athlete, Whitehead is big and strong and has all the tools. He still needs to get better shooting the ball, and needs to make some better decisions, but very few players in the class are more gifted as a scorer.

Jared Nickens, SF, Sports U – Nickens built up a pretty good deal of buzz during the high school season for his play, and he continued with a strong showing on Saturday. He is a good outside shooter who is a good athlete with length. Nickens isn't explosive going to the rim, but his handle is solid. Look for a lot more schools to begin to get involved.

Quadri Moore, C, Sports U – Typically Moore is known as someone who does all of his damage from three, but today he did a better job of using his natural size and strength. While he didn't score it a ton on the offensive end, Moore did rebound and looked to have more lift off the floor likely due to being in better shape. A pick and pop center, Moore can be a problem to guard, especially now that he is rebounding better and a threat to dive to the rim.

Trey Thompson, C, Arkansas Hawks – A big body with strength, Thompson was solid down low as the Hawks cruised to a solid victory. Thompson isn't all that explosive, but he has nice footwork around the rim, and a decent touch as well. Beyond that he is a solid position rebounder with good hands.

Malik Price-Martin, PF, Team Breakdown – It was a slow start to the game for Price-Martin, but in the second half he really picked things up. Price-Martin scored it a little bit on the offensive end when facing the rim, and on defense he was very good blocking shots. Now he does disappear and absolutely must rebound better, but the flashes are still there and the upside is obvious.

Cameron Gregory, PF, Team Takeover Orange – Gregory was very solid as he led his team to an upset win. The athletic and tough, albeit undersized, power forward was active around the rim and really rebounded the ball. Offensively he just simply found a way to make things happen either on drives or with second chance points, and then on defense he played so hard that he impacted the game. Best at the mid-level right now, Gregory has a chance to really improve.

Marcus Stroman, PG, Carolina Hawks – The future South Carolina Gamecock has a lot of natural ability. A true floor general, Stroman sees the floor well and can really pass. Also he has good size and is a pretty good athlete. One thing with Stroman is his hands are absolutely enormous which allows him to have an excellent handle. Now the turnover bug can get him, and it showed late in the game, but there is a good amount of talent in him.

Collin Luther, SF, Maryland 3D – Luther isn't someone who wows with athleticism, but he flat out produces. Luther can hit from the outside, but is probably at his best going to the basket. Look for Luther to start to get some sniffs from the higher level schools because of how productive he is. His feel for the game is excellent, and he could be someone who really sees his stock rise this spring.

Derrick Jones, SF, We R 1 – After being probably the best player at the 17-and under level yesterday, Jones followed that up by putting on a special performance at the 16-and under level. He completely dominated the second half of his team's win, and Jones showed why he is truly elite. When rankings are updated the athletic, do it all wing, will find his name very high on the charts.

Ernest Aflakpui, C, We R 1 – His length, athleticism, and motor all check out. Aflakpui can be one of the best shot blockers around, and then when it comes to rebounding he does a good. Not only does he attack the miss, but he has a good feel for how it will come off the rim. On offense he is still a bit of a work in progress, but he showed decent hands and he worked for good position. His motor is near elite level, and that makes up for some of the lack of refined skill and experience.

Traci Carter, PG, We R 1 – A very fast and savvy floor leader, Carter has the physical tools to be excellent. He can get baseline-to-baseline in a hurry, he sees the court well, and looked to have a solid jumper. Right now he doesn't do anything at an elite level, but also there are no glaring holes in his game. He will definitely be one to monitor going forward as he attempts to go from priority mid-major to a high-major recruit.

P.J. Dozier, PG, Upward Stars – It wasn't Dozier's best showing. The big point guard didn't get going on the offensive end, but he is still a good passer who knows how to run a team. Defensively he lost focus at times, but his length makes him someone who should be excellent on the perimeter.

Samir Doughty, PG/SG, Philly Pride – Maybe no 2015 made a better impression today than Doughty. The smooth 6-foot-3 floor general has the ball on an absolute string and can get to the rim whenever he wants. Also he showed a nice shooting stroke from the foul line, and is an excellent passer. Look for Doughty to explode this spring as people begin seeing him because he has star potential.

Chris Clover, SF, Philly Pride – Playing on a very talented high school team he was forced to take a bit of a back seat, but Clover showed to be much improved. He knocked in three triples off the catch, and then used his athleticism and motor near the rim. Clover is still transitioning to a full time perimeter player, but that is going very well and should be complete soon.

Kamau Stokes has offers from Radford, George Mason, and Mt. St. Mary's. Also interest is coming in from Miami, Butler, Rider, and Quinnipiac.

Chris Clover is hearing from Penn, Xavier, and Penn State

Traci Carter has offers from La Salle, Temple, Penn State, and St. Joe's with interest from Xavier and Villanova.

Trey Thompson says Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi State, and Memphis are all very involved in his recruitment.

Justin Bibbs noted Miami, Cincinnati, Dayton, Xavier, Memphis, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and VCU

Georgetown made sure to track Derrick Jones.

Tennessee, Clemson, Virginia, and Mississippi State were watching P.J. Dozier.

Justin Bibbs drew head coaches from Xavier, Dayton, Cincinnati, and Miami. Also assistants from Virginia, Butler, and Tennessee were in attendance.

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