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Hoop Group West Virginia Jam Fest: Part 2
Friday, 17 July 2009

Brian Voelkl
By Brian Crownover
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Here is some additional coverage of the first two days of Hoop Group West Virginia Jam Fest in Morgantown, WV.  There were a number of outstanding players that Recruit Recon managed to catch in action.

Westchester Hawks

Brian Voelkel (2010, 6-5 SG/SF)
Brian has always done a number of different things throughout our viewings of him, but this was the first time in awhile that he put it all together.  His jumper was on and nailed several of them throughout the game.  He can catch and shoot or pull up.  Brian has a high basketball IQ and is a good passer.  He attacked off the dribble and hit a good looking runner in the lane.  

We really can't say enough about how hard he works and how willing Brian is to do a lot of the things that other players won't.  In this game for example, he played tough interior defense and stripped the ball from his man on one play, despite being greatly overmatched physically.  Brian played good defense throughout.  He blocked a shot.  He also picked up a steal, pushed the ball and made a very crisp pass on the break.  He's a fine passer too.  Brian battled on the boards on both ends of the court.  The combo forward is really going to make a lower to mid level Division-I program very happy.  He can really play the game.

Dejuan Coleman (2012, 6-8 260 PF/C)
Dejuan was once again a man among boys.  He even played with a big man to match his size and still dominated.  He's so nimble, quick and fluid.  He works well in the post and hit several short turn arounds.  Dejuan gets great position and it allows him easy shots to finish.  He's an elite rebounder at both ends.  He also runs the floor well and can even handle the ball a little.  It was just a typical dominating game for this youngster.

Jordan Bronner (2010, 6-0 PG)
Jordan is a quick ball handling guard.  He can get into the lane and also change directions in a hurry.  He's a good passer too.

James Frazier (2010, 6-5 SG/SF)
James is a wing player with some nice size.  He ran the floor well throughout the game and finished often in transition.  He also hit a three pointer from the outside, although he did miss two others.


Tyler Olander (2011, 6-8 PF)
This skilled forward really impressed us.  Tyler is tough and looks to attack off the bounce.  He goes at the rim and isn't afraid of contact.  On the interior, he hit a hook shot and crashed the boards and scored on several putbacks.  He can handle and had several excellent drives to the basket.  Tyler finished well with contact and that led to an old fashioned three point play on one occasion.  He stepped outside and nailed a three pointer as well, although he airballed another one from deep.  It was an outstanding day for Tyler though. 

Rod Odom (2010, 6-8 SF)
Rod is a freakishly long wing.  He showed a very smooth stroke and he knocked down three deep shots from three point range in the morning session, including one of the pull up variety.  The long strider opted not to drive much.  He did mix in a few nice passes though.  After a nice first game, Rod was quiet in the evening session.

Ryan Romich (2010, 6-6 SF)
This big wing player showed some nice skills.  He didn't dominate, but did quite a few different things.  Ryan moves well without the ball and also runs the floor.  He had a nice one handed tip in and rebounded the ball fairly well.  He made a nice pass as well.  Ryan was quiet from the perimeter.  He's a sound ball handler, but not super quick.  He had a fine day.

Laurent Rivard (2010, 6-5 SF)
Laurent is a big wing who can shoot the rock.  He hit several shots from deep, including a pull up jumper from beyond the arc.  He ran the floor often.  Laurent had a nice left handed finish inside and he converts well around the rim.  His handle is solid, but he isn't a blow by the defender kind of player.  Laurent put together a nice pair of games.

Billy Baron (2011, 6-2 PG)
Billy is a solid lead guard.  There's not a lot of flash to his game, but he's steady.  He won't blow by his man at a high rate, but he can handle the ball some.  He made an excellent pass to a cutter on one play.  He showed to be a fine shooter too as he buried a couple three pointers.  He's the son of Rhode Island coach Jim Baron so you know what you're getting when it comes to basketball IQ. 

Joe O'Shea (2010, 6-5 SF/PF)
Joe had a couple nice drives to the rim from the outside.  He doesn't get a lot of opportunities on this loaded team, but he did rebound the ball pretty well.

Brehm Prep

James Siakam (2011, 6-7 SF/PF)
James is a fairly strong forward with good size for his position.  He can play on the inside or outside.  He possesses a smooth handle and a fine set of hands.  He finished well on the inside.  He had a nice spin move, but encountered too much traffic in the lane and was stopped.  James hit a pull up mid range jumper.  He was in some early foul trouble though.  He looks be a talented player though.

Johnny Flynn GC

Melvin Virgil (2010, 6-5 SF/PF)
Melvin played well for GC.  He's fairly strong and works well on the inside as an undersized forward.  He banked in several shots down low and really cleared out the defender before one of them.  Melvin is an active rebounder on both ends and he has a good set of hands.  He hit a face up 7 foot jumper and ran the floor well.  He showed his athletic ability when he blocked a shot.  Melvin showed a nice game and could be a productive player at the lower Division-I level.

Davon Marshall (2010, 5-10 PG/SG)
This small lead guard can create.  Davon attacked off the dribble frequently.  He can get to the hoop in a hurry and change directions.  He had a beautiful drive left and adjusted well in traffic to finish on one play.  He actually likes going left.  Davon can hit from the outside too.  He knocked down a couple three pointers in this one.  He was unselfish as well and found his teammates for open shots on a few occasions.  It was a good day for Davon.

Sports University

Derrick Williams (2010, 6-6 PF)
Derrick is just tough to defend around the goal.  He is a beast on the boards every time that he steps on the court.  Derrick normally displays soft touch around the hoop, but he struggled to convert consistently in this game.  For some reason, he decided to try to make some plays on the wing.  He's clearly at his best when anchored down in the post.  Derrick had a solid outing.

Elijah Carter (2010, 6-1 PG/SG)
Elijah wasn't nearly as dominant as at the Summer Classic.  His shot wasn't falling and that was the big difference.  Early on, he missed shot after shot, whether it be jumpers or runners in the lane.  He is quick and can get to the hoop.  Elijah did turn it up in the 2nd half and nailed a pair of pull up three pointers.  He has a quick release and a smooth stroke.  He ran the floor some and had a nice drive and dish play as well.  He wasn't as good as on Saturday, but Elijah was still solid.

Xavier Mumford (2010, 6-3 SG)
Xavier is a lanky wing player.  He's very smooth when he has the rock in his hands.  Xavier's most impressive play was a crossover into a step back jumper.  His shot has a quick release to it and it is the type of shot that is very difficult to defend.  His shot was a bit inconsistent though.  Xavier can handle the ball and get into the lane, but he didn't finish well in this one.  On the defensive end, he took a charge.  Overall, it was a good day for Xavier.

Penn Lakers

Carl Wallace (2010, 6-3 SG/SF)
Carl played well in the Sonny Hill League a few weeks back and he looked good again here.  The slasher got to the rim often.  He really loves to attack and make plays in that fashion.  Carl utilized a quick crossover move.  His ball handling isn't the smoothest, but it's still effective.  He was fouled quite often in this one.  He grabbed some rebounds as well.  Carl does need to get stronger, but he looks like a nice player.

Wally Sajimi (2010, 6-0 PG)
Wally is a quick point guard who likes to push the tempo.  He made several plays in transition, and made a couple nice passes.  We arrived late in the contest and unfortunately, didn't get to see a lot of Wally.  We still did notice a couple of plays that he made though.

JB Hoops

Mark Bevacqua (2010, 6-6 SF/PF)
Mark put together a solid outing.  We really like the skill level of this forward.  He has a good feel for the game, is a fine passer and has a pretty smooth shot too.  The lefty has a fine handle and can attack from the perimeter.  He works on the boards too.  Mark converted on a banked follow up among his attempts. 

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