Pitt Jam Fest: Day Two Rundown

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- The Pitt Jam Fest continued Tuesday as a number of high major prospects hit the floor. Amile Jefferson, Chane Behanan and Jabarie Hinds were among the days top performers.

Myles Mack, PG, Playaz – With plenty of weapons around him, Mack took on the roll of distributor in an early morning game. While we weren't keeping track, he had to have thrown out at least 10 assists. His overall improvement was noted in one of our reports last week, but it needs to be reiterated. Regardless of his size, Mack can play. He's got good speed and changes his pace very well. Mack is also a knock down shooter with range and he's developed a nice floater in the paint.

Desmond Hubert, C, Playaz – While Mack was tossing out dimes, Hubert, a 6-foot-9 post prospect, was swatting away every shot he could get a hand on. Because of his length, athleticism and timing, Hubert is a terrific shot blocker and may challenge Rakeem Christmas for tops in the 2011 class in that category. We'd still like to see him add a go-to move inside as well as some muscle to his frame, but he's hard not to like as a player.

Jermain Sanders, SF, New Heights – Although we weren't exclusively watching his court, Sanders, a 6-foot-4 wing, caught our eye during a five minute stretch where he got loose for a number of buckets, including a pair of three-pointers. The lefty is definitely a good catch and shoot guy. One worry is he appears a little heavier than our last look.

Kelvin Amayo, SF, Long Island Lightning – An intriguing prospect, Amayo, of Newark (N.Y.) NIA Prep, turned in some highlight reel type dunk plays against Indiana Select. The 6-foot-4 wing, who is at his best in transition, is a high level athlete with long arms and a strong frame. Although he did knock down the only jumper we saw him take, he doesn't appear confident in his long-range shot.

George Fant, PF, All-Ohio Red – Playing with a new AAU team from another state, Fant and his happy go lucky attitude seemed to fit right in with the All-Ohio squad. Despite being undersized (6-foot-6) in the post, Fant still gets a lot done. He's a solid athlete that gets off the ground quick and makes sure to lock down rebounds in his area. Around the rim he's got soft touch and likes to mix it up with defenders. He also started a few breaks with pinpoint outlet passes.

Bishop Daniels, SG, CP3 All-Stars – Over the course of the last year, Daniels, a 6-foot-2 guard, has made great strides with his jump shot. In a blow out in pool play, Daniels showed off his range as well as a good-looking mid-range pull-up jumper. Everyone notes his high level hops, which are impressive, but he should be commended for the time spent on sprucing up his jump shot.

Jabarie Hinds, PG, Westchester Hawks – The talented 6-foot floor general was on a tear until he went down with a bad wheel. The Mount Vernon (N.Y.) High product has impressive speed, is a solid athlete and can really score. To go with his scoring punch, Hinds has good vision and is terrific when he get the ball out in transition. There's no question about it, Hinds certainly made the believers out of quite a few people in Pittsburgh.

Chane Behanan, PF, Ohio Bball Club – After not making it up on Friday, Behanan showed up on Saturday ready to ball. In a first round play off game, Behanan went head-to-head with Malcolm Gilbert, giving up four inches. The height disadvantage didn't matter, as he went right at the big man scoring over him or out maneuvering him. Behanan is a unique prospect that has a strong motor and a skill set that seems to be getting better and better.

Justin Gant, PF, Spiece Select – For the second day in a row this 6-foot-8 post prospect had it working. Playing on a team that plays well together and is well coached, Gant picks his spots on the offensive end. He's developed a nice spot up jumper with range to the three-point stripe, but he's also fairly skilled on the block. What surprised us the most was when he came out of nowhere to slam a tip dunk. He's a better athlete than given credit for.

Jerome Hairston, PG, East Coast Fusion Lemcke – During East Coast Fusion's first game, Hairston was terrific. A talented 6-foot-1 lead guard, Hairston seemingly got everywhere he wanted on the court and showed off impressive vision, precise passing and nice ability to finish at the rim. The second time around he didn't play quite as well, but still found teammates in the open court. He's a guy for us to continue to monitor, as he's very talented.

Amile Jefferson, SF, Team Philly – A rare breed, this 6-foot-6 long, lean prospect may project as a wing forward, but he's more than happy going to work in the paint. Jefferson posted on the block a number of times and showed an array of scoring moves, including a right jump hook. While he didn't look to shoot jumpers often, he did knock down an 18-footer. Jefferson, who didn't take a bad shot in the game we took in, finished an efficient 10-for-10 from the field for 21 points.

Savon Goodman, SF, Team Philly – Since our last glance at Goodman he appears to have grown an inch or two and his whole game seemed to have been taken up a notch. Blessed with a strong body and long arms, Goodman was especially good attacking the basket and finished above the rim a handful of times. Not afraid to mix it up with the opposition, Goodman is strong around the basket and a good rebounder.

Rodney Purvis, SG, CP3 All-Stars – It's hard to imagine that Purvis, a 6-foot-2 guard, is just a freshman in high school. He fits right in playing with CP3 in the 17's division and managed to find a role with the older guys by attacking the rim and making plays in transition. Purvis finished well around the basket and showed an ability to score with either hand at the tin.

Jermain Sanders claims scholarship offers from Villanova, St. John's and Providence. He also mentioned Marquette, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh.

Kelvin Amayo said he's heard from a number of schools recently. He listed an offer from Western Kentucky. Also said Louisville, Memphis, Maryland, Seton Hall and Delaware were showing him attention.

Jerome Hairston has an offer from Liberty. He also said Colorado, Richmond and Virginia Tech have shown varying degrees of interest.

Amile Jefferson said he has offers from Virginia Tech, Penn State, St. Joseph and West Virginia. Villanova and Stanford are also in the mix.

Savon Goodman listed Texas, West Virginia, Villanova, Penn State, Drexel, Temple and St. Joseph.

Myles Mack claims offers from Penn State, Fordham, St. John's, Seton Hall, Rutgers, Virginia, Hofstra, Western Kentucky and DePaul. He said Miami has also showed interest.

Desmond Hubert said Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Virginia Tech, Xavier and Maryland have offered him a scholarship. North Carolina, Duke, Texas, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech are also in the mix.

Jabarie Hinds said he has scholarship offers from Oklahoma State, Louisville and Virginia. He also said the old Wake Forest staff had offered.

If P.J. Hairston is lining up jumpers three feet behind the three-point stripe, it may be a good idea to step out. A team in pool play found out the hard way. Hairston is a high level shooter with plenty of range to go with it. Myles Davis benefited from Myles Mack's passing ability today. The 6-foot-4 Davis took his passes and turned them into three-point buckets on a number of occasions. Trey Burke lived at the rim during a mid-afternoon pool game. The 6-foot lead guard was finishing once he got there too. Chris Martin can really shoot it from deep. He also sported an improved handle. Cameron Anderson was good for East Coast Fusion. The 6-foot-6 post player is active on both ends and made plays around the rim. Junior Fortunat for Team Final is a 6-foot-7 athlete. With Rakeem Christmas unavailable for the weekend, he was able to step in and show his talent. He still needs to develop his skill set, but he's bouncy and active. While we didn't see him we hear Tyler Lewis kept his assist totals up today notching double digit assists a handful of times.


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