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Hoop Group Southern Jam Fest - DMV Prospects
Monday, 08 July 2013
Skye Johnson
By Alex Schwartz 
HAMPTON, Va. – Over 60 teams at the U17 level made their way to the Boo Williams Sportsplex for the 2013 Hoop Group Southern Jam Fest.

RecruitRecon had the opportunity to see quite a few of them in action and put together some notes on a number of players in the class of 2014.

Our evaluations have been broken into two articles, this article has players who go to school in the DMV area (D.C./Maryland/Virginia) and the second has players from outside the area.
Darian Bryant out of St. John’s College HS (DC) is a player who does not really have a true position, but he is simply productive. Bryant, who stands 6-foot-4, was quite impressive for Team Takeover Orange. He is probably best suited as a slightly undersized small forward, but Bryant works well around the rim, in part due to his strong build. He can hit the corner 3-pointer off the catch and also provides nice effort on the defensive end of the court.

Marcus Evans of Great Bridge (VA) might not be a huge name like some of the past Boo Williams point guards, but he more than holds his own. The 6-foot-1 Evans has a pretty nice feel for the game and does a quality job of accelerating to get to the basket off the bounce. He also is adept at driving to the tin and then dumping the ball off to a teammate. Evans dropped in a stepback baseline jumper too.

Cameron Gregory, a 6-foot-8 power forward for Team Takeover Orange, is a player who certainly looks the part on the court. The St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School (VA) prospect has a good overall frame and fairly nice length as well. On the defensive end, he is both active and talkative, two quality traits. Offensively, Gregory does a nice job of getting in to the paint from the high post area and he can score the basketball.

Allante Holston of Team Takeover Orange is a player who broke out early in his high school years. While the 6-foot-6 small forward from of St. John’s College HS (DC) might not be generating the same type of buzz he was then, he is still a quality player. Holston has a good frame with solid length and a nice feel for the game. He can get the job done on defense, but he did not display much of a jump shot at the other end.

Cameron Jackson, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Handley (VA), showed very nicely for Virginia Elite- Gadson. A post player with a thick frame, Jackson is fairly long for his build. He works on the glass and showed the ability to make a midrange baseline jumper. Jackson does need to get himself in a bit better shape and is not a great athlete, but he gets things done despite that.

Skye Johnson of Virginia Episcopal (VA) did not have his finest outing when we saw him for East Coast Fusion- Dalton. However, the 6-foot-7 power forward is a solid player with a really good frame and quality length as well. He appeared to be playing as more of a four than a combo forward in this outing and looked comfortable with his back to the basket offensively. Johnson does need to pick up his activity and work on his finishing, but he certainly has some tools at his disposal.

Rashard Kelly is part of a superb collection of frontcourt players for DC Assault. Thus, the 6-foot-6 small forward out of Massanutten Military Academy (VA) did not have a huge role. However, he is a player who definitely looks the part when he is on the court and possesses a sturdy frame. The question that comes with Kelly, who can play some four if needed, is exactly what skill set he brings to the table.

Trey Porter of Potomac (VA) did not play major minutes for Boo Williams, but the 6-foot-9 center did a nice job of making the most of his time on the court. Porter puts in effort defensively and looks to contest shots around the rim. A pretty active player, Porter showed the ability to knock down the baseline jumper. He is thin and needs to put on weight, but does have a frame that will allow him to bulk up.

Clint Robinson of Charles H. Flowers (MD) and Virginia Assault was one of the biggest surprises of the Southern Jam Fest. Robinson, at 6-foot-7, is a power forward who can also play the five. He is solid in terms of both his athleticism and his frame and is mainly a low post player. Robinson works well around the bucket and can most certainly score the ball when there. He also gets to the free throw line and rebounds the basketball.

Paul Rowley of Virginia Elite- Gadson had one of the purest shooting strokes from long range at the event. A 6-foot-7 small forward out of Loudoun Valley (VA), he possesses quality height for a long range marksman, as well as a good enough frame and fairly nice length. Rowley’s shot fake gets the job done off the catch. In this particular game, he did appear to be more of a spot-up shooter and needs to show he can handle and attack the rim consistently.

Johnnie Shuler, at 5-foot-11, may not have the greatest height at the point guard position, but he is a quality player nonetheless. Shuler, who attends Theodore Roosevelt (DC) and runs with the DC Warriors, does nice job of running the show at the one. The solidly built Shuler is quick, handles well and possesses some nice moves with the ball, all of which help him get to the cup off the bounce. In addition, he works on the defensive end of the hardwood.

Evan Taylor of Paul VI (VA) and Team Takeover Orange is a 6-foot-4 shooting guard who can also help out at the one if needed. He has a good frame, solid length and can leap some as well. Taylor does a nice job of communicating with both his teammates and coaches when he is on the court. A pretty smart player, Taylor is quite capable of getting to the rim off the bounce. One of his most impressive attributes as a player is his ability to rebound the orange at both ends of the floor.  
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