Hoop Group Spring Jam Fest: Standouts
Inside Pro Sports/TJ Kelley
The Spring Jam Fest in Spooky Nook, PA. supplied a wealth of talent for all levels with unsigned seniors as well as players from the 2018 and 2019 classes filling the main courts. The opportunity for college coaches on all levels, especially for mid-major, low-major, D2, D3, NAIA, and juco coaches to see under the radar players with size made for great recruiting opportunities. Here are some standouts:
6’10 2018 point forward Pete Nance (Akron Bobcats 17u/Revere HS, OH.) the events' top prospect should be able to choose where he wants to go to school. Long, athletic, very skilled, sees the floor very well, handles the ball well, solid shooter, and very versatile. He’ll be able to pick where he will attend college.
6’2 2018 point guard Sebastian Skoko (Boston Warriors Elite 17u/Vermont Academy) has the size and tools to be a quality Low to Mid high academic recruit. He did a great job of getting to the basket, showed solid handles with either hand, toughness, energy, and the strength as well as athleticism to finish through contact. He scored a 1320 on his SAT. I would like to see how he shoots the ball over time even though he was productive in the mid-range and perimeter.
6’8” 2018 forward Nelson Boachie-Yiadom (Metro Boston 17u/Loomis Chaffee, MA) Long athletic, skilled, shot it well, and a very strong student with opportunities from Ivy League along with a couple of east coast schools. Amongst his made threes, were reverses in traffic, the starting of fast breaks with his own dribble off rebounds, staying in plays, and all-around productive play.
6’2 2018 shooting guard Kenneth “Tre” Harvey (Michigan Warriors 17u/West Bloomfield, MI.) In the Warriors opener vs Bridge City Baseline, Harvey scored the Warriors first 21 points and was outscoring the opponent by a few possessions. While he needs to work on a higher release point, Harvey does a great job of setting his feet and getting his shot off quickly whether it’s off the dribble, coming off a screen, or an open jumper. He also scored on a floater, a baseline drive and 1, and a total of five threes in his scoring outburst. While his scoring slowed in the second half, he did gain the attention of multiple D2 schools in Pennsylvania and beyond which is consistent with his interest in Michigan.
6’10” 2018 center Ryan Young (Jersey Shore Warriors-Gold 17u) Skilled, great student, nice touch around the basket, good size, runs and moves fairly well, and a player to know sooner than later. He is very comfortable with the ball in his hands on the perimeter and in the post where he does a great job of sealing defenders. He would make for a great pick and pop big man who can also provide another option to run offenses through.
6'3 2019 gd Tyler St. Furcy (Rising Stars-Perry 16u/Lawrence Woodmere Prep, Long Island) was the top 2019 guard that I saw from the weekend's event and he led his squad to the semi-finals. In the 3 games I saw him play, I don't remember him missing more that 10 shots, but I do remember that he plays the game in a highly efficient manor. Smart, athletic, lefty, and a defender with length.
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