TSR's Pittsburgh Road Trip, Part II

Terp Sports Report headed to the University of Pittsburgh's main gym, Petersen Events Center, where DC Assault and Boo Williams were playing their first-round playoff games on opposite courts. Several ACC coaches and other recognizable faces were at Petersen, including Seth Greenberg, Skip Prosser, Oliver Purnell, Dave Leitao and George Mason's Jim Larranaga, among others.


Both teams finished first in their division and qualified for the 17U Gold Bracket. DC Assault faced Double Pump Elite, a California team. Led by 12-point performances from recent Syracuse commit Kris Joseph and three-star prospect Jamar Samuels, DC Assault won 73-56.

Terp Sports Report headed to the University of Pittsburgh's main gym, Petersen Events Center, where DC Assault and Boo Williams were playing their first-round playoff games on opposite courts. Several ACC coaches and other recognizable faces were at Petersen, including Seth Greenberg, Skip Prosser, Oliver Purnell, Dave Leitao and George Mason's Jim Larranaga, among others. Both teams finished first in their division and qualified for the 17U Gold Bracket. DC Assault faced Double Pump Elite, a California team. Led by 12-point performances from recent Syracuse commit Kris Joseph and three-star prospect Jamar Samuels, DC Assault won 73-56.

After the game, TerpSportsReport.com caught up with 6-foot-10 Assault junior Roscoe Davis, who had 8 points in the first round win. Davis said that nothing new has developed with his recruitment, but that the teams that are after him the hardest are "Pitt, Clemson, Miami (FL), Maryland, Syracuse and Stanford.". He may prep a year before going to college, but is leaving it up to his family.

"It's whatever my Dad feels is best," Davis said. He visited Maryland for the NC State basketball game, and said that he "had a really good time there."

Considered by many as the favorite to win the tournament, Boo Williams was upset in the first round by Grassroots Canada. Kendall Marshall, a Maryland prospect and standout freshman at Bishop O'Connell, played the point for every minute of the game for Boo Williams. Marshall scored about 8 points and showed his great court vision. His passes were direct and he committed few, if any, turnovers. Grassroots went on to take the 17U Gold Bracket championship. DC Assault, playing in the Bronze Bracket as a consolation, later played Juice All-Stars of New York, a game that came down to the last second.

In between the DC Assault games, Terps '09 target Greg Echenique's Metro Hawks team from New Jersey faced a very strong Illinois Wolves team. Samardo Samuels led the Hawks with 16 points. Echenique put in 3 points and 5 rebounds in the Hawks' first round game against the Wolves. In the end, the Wolves were too much, as they took the game 63-46. The Hawks were sent home early, perhaps in part because Samuels tried to do too much, rarely getting Echenique the ball on offense. Echenique attempted one field goal throughout the entire game. Samuels was sometimes double- or triple-teamed, but played well. There were many head coaches and assistants watching the game, including Tennessee, Florida and Louisville's Rick Pitino.

In the final game of Terp Sports Report's trip to Jamfest, DC Assault was playing its second-round consolation game against Juice All-Stars, a New York team who was the second-round victim of Grassroots Canada in the Gold Bracket. The game was back and forth with several late lead changes. Maryland prospects Maurice Sutton and Roscoe Davis both played very limited minutes. Davis played only a few minutes, where he scored two points, and was kept out of action with a sore back. Jamar Samuels led DC Assault with 16 points including a half-court buzzer beater to end the first half, Joseph had 13 points and two steals and Sutton sat on the bench until there was 5.6 seconds left, with the score 53-51 in Assault's favor. Sutton entered the game and immediately made what turned out to be the game-winning block. He was fouled and missed his free throws, but Juice All-Stars' full-court shot wasn't close and DC Assault advanced to the 17U finals, where they later beat Triple Threat, 61-50.

For TerpSportsReport's video highlight footage of Pitt Jamfest, visit http://media.putfile.com/Pitt-Jamfest-2007.

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