Pitt Jam Fest: Day One Rundown

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- A handful of high major prospects took the court on Friday. Branden Dawson proved himself as a valuable rebounder, while Tyler Lewis tossed out nearly a dozen assists.

Branden Dawson, SF, SYF Players – Although he struggled to finish at times on Friday, Dawson certainly did some things to make up for it. The 6-foot-5 wing has an impressive wingspan, is a quality athlete and has a solid frame. All those qualities plus his motor have helped him become a terrific offensive rebounder. Offensively he was especially effective in transition. He only shot two jumpers and missed both, so perhaps that's an area for him to continue to work on.

Justin Gant, PF, Spiece Select – After a pretty good junior season, Gant showed up at the Pitt Jam Fest and put together a solid first game Friday night. The 6-foot-8 face up four man shot the ball well and showed range to the three-point stripe. Foul trouble plagued him a bit, but he showed a nice set of hands, ran the floor well and got a handful of put backs inside. Going forward he'll need to get stronger, but he put together a nice performance.

Devin Coleman, SG/SF, Rip City – This lefty from Wynnewood (Pa.) Friends Central School did the best he could to keep Rip City in it against Spiece Select. A 6-foot-2 wing, Coleman is a pretty good athlete with a solid frame. He adjusts well at the rim and had a number of athletic finishes in this one. The form on his jumper is fine, but he did only hit one jumper on the day. This is a guy for mid-majors to watch.

Andrew White, SF, Team Loaded – This guy made a name for himself on day one of the Pitt Jam Fest. With Tyler Lewis setting him up, White was able to get loose in the scoring department. He's got a good-looking jump shot with range to 22-feet feet. He's also comfortable putting the ball on the deck for a couple of dribbles and pulling up for jumpers. He went for 24 points in Team Loaded's win.

Baru Adjehi, C, Team Loaded – In our first look of this 6-foot-9, 215-pound big man we walked away impressed. With the lack of big men in the 2011 class, we expect this name to become a popular one sooner rather than later. Adjehi has a 7-foot-4 wing span and he certainly uses it on the defensive end, as he's an impressive shot blocker. He also run the floor very well, has a good set of hands and is extremely active.

Percy Gibson, PF, Team Detroit – We only saw the first half, but it was enough to get a good vibe from Gibson. The 6-foot-7 big man looked to score every time he got a touch inside, and he was successful more often than not. He's got a good set of hands, soft touch inside and a go-to move in a jump hook.

Tyler Lewis, PG, Team Loaded – Picking up where he left off at the Carolina Challenge a few weeks back, Lewis had his vision and passing ability on display. What makes his passing so good is he not only sees guys, but he puts his passes right on the money. Lewis is especially effective in transition where he'll throw some flare into his passes. He went for 13 points and 11 assists in the game we took in.

Devon Coleman said Iowa, Siena, Temple, Drexel, LaSalle and St. Bonaventure were the schools showing him the most attention.

Justin Gant claims scholarship offers from Evansville, Southern Illinois and Iowa State. He also said Wright State and Clemson were showing him interest.

Branden Dawson says he has offers from Georgetown, Purdue, UCLA and Marquette. He also said that Xavier, Minnesota and Indiana were showing him a lot of interest.

Kendall Griffin and Zac Vandewater both played well for the Spiece Select squad. Griffin, a solid athlete, scored it well around the rim and had one of the better dunks of the day on a fast break. Vandewater, a 6-foot-4 guard, knocked down a few jumpers and created some off the dribble. Mitch McGary, a 6-foot-9 big man for SYF Players, had his moments. He plays hard, but seemed to struggle to finish at times. Travis Trice had jumper working. He also mixed in a pair of floaters. Tony Kimbro had his moments on Friday. The long, lean small forward was aggressive on both ends and scored at the rim.


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