TSR's Pittsburgh JamFest Trip Report, Part I

Maryland assistants Michael Adams and Chuck Driesell made the four hour trip to Pittsburgh this past weekend to watch several of Maryland's '08 and '09 targets in action. Triple Threat, DC Assault, Pittsburgh Storm, Team Jersey Elite and the Metro Hawks – all featuring Terp targets -- were there, and late additions of Team Melo and Baltimore Stars made the event even more attractive.


Terp recruit Brian Walsh tweaked his ankle in the Friday game, limiting his action for the rest of the weekend. While disappointing to make the trip and not see Walsh at his best, this was perhaps a blessing in disguise, as a strong performance before a large crowd of recruiters could have made him a hotter commodity nationally.

TerpSportsReport.com watched at least one of each of the teams' games. Carrick High School was host to three teams of interest: Team Melo, Baltimore Stars and Triple Threat Orange. Maryland teams dominated the first set of games, which were used to determine seeding in the playoffs. Team Melo was 1-0 after beating a team from Florida when it faced the Central Jersey Cougars. Terp recruit Sean Mosley led the way with 12 points in a 6-for-15 shooting effort, but was not playing 100% as he was limited with a head cold. The game was called off with four minutes remaining in the second half due to the slaughter rule as Team Melo rolled, 71-37.

After beating Pittsburgh Adidas Red in their first game, Baltimore Stars faced Augusta Cavaliers, a team from Georgia. Terrell Vinson led scorers with 15 points. The sophomore sensation from Montrose Christian played an excellent game and showed the crowd why he is a top ten 2009 prospect. He showed good range, hitting a variety of shots, and showed early signs of being a great passer with some impressive no-look touch passes throughout the game.

Henry Sims, the skillful 6-foot-10 junior from Mount St. Joseph's in Baltimore, put in nine points and was also solid on both sides of the ball. Sims, the tallest player on either team, missed out on a few rebounds but played patiently and showed his soft touch with smart passes used his long arms to come down with several boards.

Isaiah Armwood, another integral part of Montrose Christian's outstanding sophomore class, added six points, eight rebounds and three blocks, showcasing his athleticism and upside. The explosive 6-9 forward seemed to find every loose ball and hustled all game as Baltimore Stars coasted to an 82-51 victory.

In the final game of Maryland's interest at Carrick High School, Triple Threat faced GC Ballers from New York. Led by Georgetown-bound juniors Chris Braswell and Jason Clark, Triple Threat handled their New York opponents. Terp '09 shooting guard prospect Maurice Creek played half of the game, playing point guard for most of his minutes. Creek didn't take many shots, but hit a three-pointer and had a couple of impressive steals and fast break points. His seven points helped lead Triple Threat to a 71-50 win.

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