WV Jamfest: Day One

MORGANTOWN, W.V. – Amile Jefferson had a strong day at the HoopGroup West Virginia JamFest.

Dylan Ennis, PG, Takeover Canada: The one-time Akron commitment added himself to the list of available mid-major point guards. He's strong and we liked his overall feel for the game. He's got a presence on the floor.

Alex Murphy, PF/SF, NE Playaz: Apparently he went for a big number in his morning session game. In the afternoon, it was more of a grind as the Playaz played uninspired ball versus and overmatched opponent. So far it's been a big summer for him, highlighted by elite high-major traffic at his games.

Kris Waldon, PG, Va. Assault: He's why we love this event. The Henrico, Va., product can play and he earned ink (hopefully he's earn scholarships). A potential mid-major point, he's fast, creates and knocked down 4 3-pointers.

Luke Piotrowski, PF, Team NJABC: No one in the gym more frustrated – besides the coaches evaluating him – than this guy. He got jobbed by the referees who put ticky tack fouls on him and forced him to the bench. "What, I played like three minutes?" Piotrowski said after the game. Literally his most impressive move was snatching a rebound, swinging his elbows to get guys off him and then getting called for his fifth foul.

Durand Johnson, SG/SF, Cecil Kirk: He's a nasty competitor on the floor who empties the tank. He'll play high-major basketball for sure and is the leader of the Kirk crew that goes hard all the time. Johnson has range and finishing is easy when you're tough-minded and strong like he is.

Khem Birch, PF, Expressions: We tried watching his game but the reality was, Expressions blasted their opponent and little evaluating could be done. However, it's clear that Birch's personality is growing as much as his game. No longer content to sick back, he's hit the aggressive button and went from prospect player in the matter of a month. Ran the floor, finished with authority and the guys watching him are all in.

Amile Jefferson, PF, Team Philly: When we left the gym at 10 p.m., Wake Forest was three-deep, including head coach Jeff Bzdelik. He had that kind of a day. Jefferson's work ethic and humility are trumped only by his talent and now production. Jefferson got his hands on everything and showed the package. He was awesome inside finishing plays and he's turned into a versatile four man.

You have to hand it to Grandy Glaze. He plays consistently hard and in the same fashion. A thick bodied, undersized four man, UNLV landed Glaze and he's a guy who likes chasing rebounds, encourages contact and knows who he is. … Kaleb Tarczewski needs a challenge. In the early pool games, he didn't face anyone his size and frankly, that can be boring for a big. At NBA Camp, he was challenged and responded accordingly. At this point in his develop, the bigger the opponent the more comfortable he is playing against him. …

Dylan Ennis said Akron has been great through the whole process, even after the de-commitment. The Zips, along with Northern Iowa, and Nebraska have offered. Santa Clara, Xavier, Bradley, Boston College and Wisconsin are looking. … Playaz wing John Papale (2012) owns an Iona offer. … Murphy rattled off a lengthy list of Duke , Florida, Arizona, Butler, Texas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, Villanova and Boston College. All have offered but UK and UNC. …

Amile Jefferson said Villanova, Syracuse, Georgetown, Miami, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Penn State, Temple, LaSalle and St. Joe's were strong. … Luke Piotrowski has Arizona State, Arizona, Oregon State, Boston College, Boston U, Richmond (offers) with Florida, Wake Forest and Notre Dame looking. … Kris Waldon has Wofford, Furman, Stanford and William & Mary looking but no offers to date. …


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