Hoop Group Pitt Jam Fest: Day Three

PITTSBURGH - The final day of the Under Armour Hoop Group Pitt Jam Fest finished with some strong performances. Derrick Jones showed some of his potential while some talented bigs began to emerge.

Derrick Jones, SF, We R1 – It was a solid game for Jones who can do so much with his combination of length and elite athleticism. Jones made several key defensive plays down the stretch to secure an overtime victory and knocked in key free throws as well. He needs to bring a higher motor to make up for his lack of refined skill, but the athleticism is so special that Jones finds a way to make things happen.

Ernest Aflakpui, C, We R1 – It was another solid performance for Aflakpui in his team's win. Right now he is just a grinder on the low block who rebounds and defends, but a post move or two was also mixed in. Aflakpui runs the floor extremely well for a player his size, and with size and strength always in demand he is one who is definitely going to find himself in the high-major mix.

Mike Nzei, PF, New Heights – It seems like Nzei is going to be a member of the 2015 class now, and the Our Savior product had a very strong weekend for New Heights. He controlled the glass, and then also finished down low in a big way. He isn't flashy at all, but Nzei does find a way to be effective.

Chris Silva, PF/C, Sports U – There is no questioning Silva's athleticism. He is nearly freakish in that regard at 6-foot-8, and showed it with some impressive tip dunks and a very nice effort on the glass. His offense right now is mostly limited to within two feet of the rim, but he can run the floor. Silva has okay hands and will show some instincts to block shots, but overall his game remains very raw, but the tools are there.

Nick Marshall, C, Team Thad – Marshall was adjusting to the speed of the game, but as the event went along the natural ability began to shine through. Offensively he has a long way to go, but Marshall does have the chance to really be a dominant rim protector and rebounder as he gains more experience against high level competition. He showed flashes of that on Sunday in helping his team to some solid wins.

Jordy Tshimanga, C, NE Playaz – Tshimanga needs to continue to get into better shape, but he is a massive human who gives effort running the floor and possesses a very good set of hands. Also he does a good job of not bringing the basketball down, though his touch needs a little bit of work. There is no doubt he is raw, but at the same time there is some major upside given his size, nimble feet, and excellent hands.

Justin Jackson, SF, Canada Elite – After a solid high school year, Jackson was back playing on the wing for his AAU team and he had some very good moments. You still wish he would dominate more consistently than he does, but the flashes are quite impressive. He was attacking off the bounce, finishing around the rim, and also did a solid job of rebounding. On top of that Jackson hit a jumper from deep. He needs to stay aggressive all the time, but there is a ton of natural talent here.

Dewan Huell, PF, Team Breakdown – This is a high motor power forward who had a few really nice moves on the low block. Also Huell showed a bit more skill from the mid-range than in previous viewings. Still mostly he is a low post player, but his length and athleticism are impressive, and Huell has a lot of upside as he continues to get better.

Juwan Durham, C, Team Breakdown – It was another impressive day for the rapidly improving Durham. Durham needs to continue to work on his left hand, but he had several nice post moves and finishes down low, to go with a few nice passes from the high post. The sky is the limit for Durham who needs to play hard every single possession, but there is a lot to like.

Tomas Murphy, PF, NE Playaz – The youngest of the Murphy brothers, Tomas looks a lot like his brother Erik physically. Right now he is a skilled forward who can shoot from the outside and also shows some ability to score around the rim. He isn't a big time athlete, and is about 6-foot-7, but there is potential. Right now he is definitely a work in progress, but there is some skill to work with right now.

Derrick Jones noted that he remains open to all suitors and that no schools stand out.

Ernest Aflakpui mentioned offers from Temple, St. Joe's, La Salle, and San Diego State with interest from Clemson, VCU, Penn State

Orlando Antigua trailed Dewan Huell and Juwan Durham

Pittsburgh was represented watching Chris Silva

VCU and Penn State made it a point to trail Ernest Aflakpui

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