Jam Fest Rolls In Again

West Virginia University will again play host to the Triple-S Harley Davidson Jam Fest July 14-16. And that means even more prospects getting a look at WVU and time with new Mountaineer head coach Bob Huggins.

As if the first-year Mountaineer mentor hasn't already thrilled the fan base with a signing from Scout.com three-star shooting guard William Thomas (6-5, 185 lbs.) and a recent verbal from flashy Mountain State native Noah Cottrill (6-2, 175 lbs.), Huggins will get a look at many of the nation's finest within the next two weeks. Seventy-three AAU teams from 18 US states and Canada are already committed, including O.J. Mayo's former team, the D-I Greyhounds, and Brooklyn's Juice All-Stars, on which Lance Stephenson, the top small forward recruit of the class of 2009, plays.

Stephenson, a freak specimen who already has the potential for an NBA body at 6-5 and 190 pounds with a huge wingspan, is being recruited hardest by West Virginia, Texas, North Carolina, Duke and Florida, which lost a head-to-head battle for Cottrill.

DC Assault's Wally Judge, of Bladensburg High in Maryland, will also attend the Jam Fest. The four star player is 6-8 and 185 pounds and is listed as a pure athlete at this point. Judge has said he would show favoritism to local schools like Maryland and Georgetown. He has an offer from the Terps.

Besides those players, 6-5 small forward Brian Oliver, of William Penn High in New Castle, Del., was on campus June 22-24 for WVU's team camp. Oliver's current offers are from Pitt, Rutgers and West Virginia, and the Scout.com three-star player, a member of the class of 2009, also lists Maryland and Penn State as interests. He has unofficially visited Maryland and Penn State.

West Virginia commit John Flowers' DC Blue Devils team is one of three from the nation's capital that have signed to play. Flowers is a 6-7, 210-pound forward from St. Mary's Ryken High in Leonardtown, Md. Huggins has continued to hold the offer for Flowers, who can drive past players and will face-up defenders. He matched Jacob Green and Wellington Smith well last season at the WVU team camps.

AAU powers Blessed INJ (In Jesus' Name), from Indiana, Baltimore Select (Maryland), Team jersey Elite (New Jersey), Richmond Squires (Virginia), NOVA United (Virginia), East Coast Fusion (Virginia) and three teams from West Virginia – WV Pump and Run, WV Rising Stars and the WV Swoosh – will all be in attendance. The tournament, held at the WVU Student Recreation Center and the WVU Coliseum. will start at noon July 14. All teams will play at least two games.

Past tournaments have garnered coaches such as UNC's Roy Williams, former Indiana coach Mike Davis, Arizona State's Herb Sendek, Pitt's Jamie Dixon, UCLA's Ben Howland and a host of assistants from across the country.

The Jam Fest is completely filled with teams. Ten hotels in the Morgantown area are also sold out. The Fest is one of six Grassroots tournaments held around the nation each year.


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