Pitt Jam Fest: Sunday

Grassroots Canada headed south without its two most high-profile players - Olu Ashaolu and Junior Cadougan. However, it was a group of unknowns who came to Pittsburgh and ran the table en route to a championship.

Under-17 Championship

Grassroots Canada 80, D-1 Greyhounds (Ohio) 66

With Olu Ashaolu and J.R. Cadougan in Houston with Team Texas, Ro Russell's team from north of the border ran the table and captured the title with a win over Ohio State-bound wing William Buford. Devoe Joseph, a junior guard, scored 15 in the title game to lead Grassroots Canada.

Under-16 Championship

Team Breakdown (Fla.) 65, Boo Williams (Va.) 61

Talk about a loaded team. It's hard to imagine a more talented squad than this young one out of South Florida. Rising sophomore Brandon Knight and David Loubeau each scored 15 points to lead Team Breakdown while Marshawn Powell had 14 in the loss for Boo.

All-Ohio Red (Ohio) 54, New Heights (N.Y.) 49

David Pellom, F, Carolina Raptors – The long combo forward, who plays with Ty Walker (Wake Forest) at New Hanover High (N.C.), was extremely active. He showed versatility and went toe-to-toe with the talented Team Breakdown frontline.

Marcus Goode, C, South Carolina Ravens – The 6-foot-10 widebody can be a dominant force if he drops some weight. He's already extremely effective and is nearly unstoppable in the post because of his soft hands and mammoth size.

Devoe Joseph, G, Grassroots Canada – The young looking guard has a similar body to his cousin, Maurice Joseph. He is smooth and can shoot the ball from the perimeter. Needs to gain weight, but averaged 17.5 points in the final two games and was key in leading the team to the championship.

William Buford, SG, D-One – The kid has an offensive arsenal that has to make Ohio State coach Thad Matta smile. He's got a terrific mid-range game and is one of the most talented players in the class. He can penetrate, pull-up and even passes it well.

Wallace Judge, PF, DC Assault – This could be the next in the line of talented big men to come out of the program. The 6-foot-8, 215-pound Judge is out of Bladensburg High and is long and athletic. He's extremely active and showed an ability to score in the post.

Rodney McGruder, SG, DC Assault – The Archbishop Carroll guard is smooth, yet powerful. He can score is a variety of ways, and mixes it up underneath despite being about 6-foot-4. He displayed a nice mid-range game on Sunday.

Brandon Knight, SG, Team Breakdown – This is a kid who has the entire package. Terrific athlete, had a nice pull-up jumper and gets to the basket. Is able to create off the dribble and has a high basketball IQ. The Pine Crest High rising sophomore is one of the elite players in the class.

David Loubeau, PF, Team Breakdown – Attends Westlake Prep and is long and active. He still needs to get stronger, but he's athletic and is able to score with a jump hook in the paint and also in transition.

Keith Clanton, PF, Team Breakdown – Another one of the Team Breakdown frontcourt kids who has a chance to play at the highest level. He's long, athletic and is a shot-blocker at about 6-foot-7 ½. He's got some toughness in him as well.

Raheem Buckles, PF, Team Breakdown – Buckles attends Miami Pace and has a versatile guy that combines power and finesse. He showed the ability to handle the ball in the open court and also took it at the opposition in the paint.

Tony Chenault, PG, Team Final – The high-scoring guard, who can shoot it from long distance and also finish around the hoop, didn't have one of his better games. Chenault finished with 15 points, but missed a pair of free throws that could have beaten D.C. Assault with two seconds left in the game.

Dion Waiters, G, Team Final – Waiters is Chenault's teammate at Neumann-Goretti (Pa.) and he was extremely impressive. He's strong and is aggressive. Versatile player, well-built guard who is also able to defend.

Jayvaughn Pinkston, PF, New Heights – The kid has a strong body and looks like he's exclusively a post player, but he is able to step out and not only shoot the ball, but also make his teammates better with his passing ability. Is already highly regarded at Bishop Loughlin (N.Y.) and could develop into a star.

Brandon Knight is a 4.2 student and the 6-foot-3, 170-pound guard said that he's working on getting stronger and playing both ends of the floor. … The Gauchos and DAP 2KK, a team with Pittsburgh signee DaJuan Blair, nearly got into a brawl after the Gauchos won in double-overtime at the buzzer. However, the intimidating Blair played the peacemaker role and no one wanted any part of him. … Gauchos guard Jordan Theodore picked up a technical early in the game after hitting an opposing player. … Duquesne coach Ron Everhart picked up a commitment from Worcester Academy senior Billy Clark.

Brandon Knight said two schools he'd like to look at are UConn and North Carolina. His coach added that Georgia Tech, Miami and Cincinnati have all expressed early interest. … Wallace Judge said that Georgetown, Kansas State, Maryland and Villanova are all in the mix.


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