Hoop Group Pitt: Top Performers

The Pitt Hoop Group Jam Fest was loaded with high level talent. Many players had excellent weekends, and here is a look at six who really stood out.

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Quick Take: Jones was absolutely dominant at his age level, and then when playing up he more than held his own. The athletic 2015 prospect is an absolute beast. He is at his best getting to the rim, but then is also a good shooter to the three point line. Jones has a great motor, rebounds, defends, and takes pride in everything he does on the floor. There is no doubt he will be one the most heavily recruited wings in his class, and he made a major statement with his play.

Recruiting: Syracuse, Xavier, Villanova, St. Joe's, Rutgers

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Quick Take: Trimble has always been an elite scorer, and he is taking his game to another level. The future Terrapin is tighter with his handle and also showing good floor vision. He is a solid athlete, and though he is still best as a scorer, his point guard skills are getting better. Trimble led his team to the finals where they came up just short, and overall was one of the most productive players at the entire event.

Recruiting: Committed to Maryland

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Quick Take: What he lacks in size, Chiozza makes up for in quickness and toughness. The point guard is one of the most active players in the country and he was making plays all over the floor for Team Thad. His shot is much improved from a year ago, and defensively he is incredible with the way he causes problems. Now he did commit a few too many turnovers, but Chiozza still had an excellent weekend and made a statement that he is one of the top floor generals in the country.

Recruiting: Butler, Missouri, Florida, USC, Richmond, Massachusetts, VCU, Memphis, Mississippi, Tennessee

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Quick Take: Nickens since deciding to re-class has really taken his game to a new level. He is a good shooter, and now he is complementing that with his length and ability to get to the mid-range using the dribble. He was instrumental in his team winning the title, and Nickens continues to improve. While not elite at any one thing, he does have a lot of skills and was productive from beginning to end.

Recruiting: Oregon State, Temple, Providence, Dayton, Seton Hall, Oklahoma, St. Joe's, Georgetown, Miami, St. John's

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Quick Take: The Brooklyn native as usual was a scoring machine. All event long despite being the focus of defenses, Whitehead found a way to put the ball in the basket. He did it by making shots from deep as well as with his strength and athleticism going to the rim. His handle looks better, and Whitehead seemed to be playing hard every single possession. Overall he put his team on his back and had an excellent event.

Recruiting: Syracuse, Louisville, St. John's, UCLA, Kentucky

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Quick Take: Owens is sometimes overshadowed by his teammate Dwayne Morgan, but the forward stood out on his own this weekend. With long arms and a slender body, Owens can block shots and gives maximum effort despite needing strength. Offensively he is active and has decent touch around the rim. He will rebound and is always running the floor and finding ways to make plays. It was a very good weekend for Owens.

Recruiting: VCU, Temple, Georgetown, Miami

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