Providence Jamfest: Day One

The April AAU season is always a great chance for coaches and fans to check out the upcoming talent pool of high school players and the annual event in Providence is always fun and productive. takes a look at Day One of this year's Jamfest.

The annual Providence Jamfest began Friday evening at the Providence City Courts, Rhode Island College, and several high schools in the greater Providence area. If you have some spare time this weekend I highly recommend that you stop by and check some games out. The Hoop Group people put on a great tournament and the main facility at the Providence City Courts is absolutely ideal for this type of event.

The City Courts are located in the brand new vocational building right next to Central High. Highlight games tomorrow at the City Courts include Expressions playing at 10:10 AM, CBC playing at 11:20 AM, and Mass Rivals playing at 12:20 PM. If they keep winning they keep on playing right through to the championship on Sunday afternoon.

And now for a few quick player profiles of interest to PC fans. I will have many more player updates as the games get more competitive on Saturday and Sunday. During the first round action you get a lot of lopsided scores so it is hard to judge some players.

Kahlil Dukes CBC- Capital Prep 5'9 2013 Kahil picked up his first major offer last week from USC and it is easy to see why. For a point guard he has that rare combination of great passing skills combined with a deadly outside shooting touch. He was unconscious in the first half against the RI Breakers. He came back to Earth in the second half but still had a nice overall performance scoring over 20 points with 4 threes. His major weakness is that he is going to have trouble finishing at the next level due to his size, but Friar fans should still keep an eye on him. He is very good friends with his former CBC running mate, Kris Dunn.

Jared Wilson-Frame CBC-Windsor 6'4 2015 Jared is already a very big SG probably weighing around 210 to 220. CBC used him down low where he was a beast all game against the Breakers. He did step out and hit a couple of outside shots but at this stage he appears to be more of a streaky shooter. It is hard to believe he is in the class of 2015. He will definitely be a high major player by the time he is ready for college and PC is already involved with him.

Matt Cimino Mass Rivals-Worcester Academy 6'9 2014 In my opinion Matt was hands down the player of the night. PC needs to get on him and get on him hard. Matt started out by showing some nice low post moves and great footwork and finished the evening off by nailing a couple of threes with someone in his face. He may be ready to explode this summer. Matt's major weakness is that he is rail thin and will need to put on weight at the next level, but he still has time to do that. I also would not be surprised if he has not stopped growing. High major schools will be knocking at his door very soon if he keeps up this type of play.

Noah Vonleh was on the Mass Rivals bench but did not play, probably due to the weak opponent. I did not see Jeremy Miller there. Mass Rivals coach, Vin Pastore, is worth the price of admission all by himself. Seeing (and hearing) is believing.

I did not see anyone from the Providence staff at the City Courts but Danny Hurley was sitting just a couple of seats away from me during the Mass Rivals game and seemed to get the biggest kick out of Coach Pastore's antics.

The Albany City Rocks Gold and the Long Island Lightning teams had a very poor showing. They may have the big AAU name but they are nothing like the top travel teams for these AAU organizations. The Rocks lost big to Lone Wolf from Vermont, and one of the Lightning teams lost to Mass Rivals by 50 (without Vonleh). Competition should get much better on Saturday as the bad teams get weeded out.

I hope to have many more player updates for fans after Saturday's games.

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