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Posted On: 05/19/18 9:28 AM
It’s one of the best tournaments of the year here in our backyard as the Hoop Group Southern JamFest kicked off yesterday. With both shoe and non shoe company teams coming from all over the East Coast coming to Hampton, there isn’t a shortage of talent to check out.
I spent the first night at the “B” site at Christopher Newport University watching some of the younger kids play, and we found some good talent. Here’s a look at some of the kids that showed out on the first night.
Jaden House | 6’3” WG | River City Reign 16U
With one of the best performances of the night, House helped will RCR to a close win over Higher Level, and in the process showed that he’s primed to be a breakout candidate next year in the Richmond area. The Henrico wing showed that he can score the ball from all over the floor, as he hit from deep and in the midrange, finished at and above the rim and got to the free throw line regularly. He showed leadership as well as he made big plays down the stretch for them.
Justin Taylor | 6’4” G | Team Loaded CVA 15U
Mentioned as one of our “Top freshman shooters in VA,” Taylor showed why as he was lights out for Loaded CVA in a close loss to Philly Supreme. He finished with 23 points, and hit 5 three-pointers, but he did a little bit more than that as well as he showed that he can be a secondary ball handler and playmaker as well. With his length and skill set, he has a chance to be very good as he develops.
Tyrell Harris | 6’6” F | Higher Level 15U
Harris is one of four freshman that played on varsity for Potomac this season, but he was limited by injuries for most of the high school season. We saw the potential moving forward however, as he put up 18 points and likely had a double-double in a loss to BWSL Pettaway. The 6’6” forward was active on the glass on both ends, defended in the paint and finished out to 15 feet.
Jonas Sanker | 6’0” PG | Team Loaded 434 16U
Another breakout freshman to keep an eye on in the Charlottesville area, Sanker played really well in spurts playing up on 16U against a very good 6th Man Warriors team. The Covenant guard showed that he can shoot the ball from deep with two from downtown, got the rack by showing a tight handle and found contact to get to the line.
Jaden Seymour | 6’5” WF | Team Wall 16U
Seymour was one of the most gifted prospects that I saw in the first day of play, as his Team Wall team beat Ballers U handedly. In the blowout, Seymour showed the ability to make shots, finish well above the rim and defended multiple positions. He finished with an impressive 24 points in the win.