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Hoop Group Southern Jam Fest - Other Prospects
Tuesday, 09 July 2013
Amir Bell
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 out into two articles, the first one contained players who go to school in the DMV area (D.C./Maryland/Virginia) and this article with those prospects not from the DMV.  
Stavian Allen is a player with great size at the small forward position, standing 6-foot-8. Allen, who attends Christian Faith Center Academy (NC), definitely made some noise for Team Loaded- Ward. He is really long and looks the part, but is thin and could use some added bulk. Allen has a good looking shooting stroke and showed that he can hit a baseline jumper as well as attack the rim. A quality athlete, Allen does a nice job rebounding the ball on the defensive end.

Wade Baldwin of St. Joseph’s Metuchen (NJ) is part of an impressive group of guards for Sports U. The 6-foot-3 shooting guard has a nice frame to go along with fairly good length, especially for a player his height. Baldwin did not utilize his quality shooting touch all that much, but he was still able to put points on the board. Additionally, he ran the point a bit, but he remains more suited as a two.

Amir Bell of East Brunswick (NJ) and Team Jersey Elite is a quality pickup for the Princeton Tigers. A 6-foot-4 combo guard, Bell is fairly long and has a frame that can add bulk. He has nice vision, passes pretty well and is active overall. Bell plays bigger than his size around the rim and rebounds the ball superbly on the offensive end. He simply finds ways to impact the game, but the question is whether or not he can shoot the ball. 

Marcus Bryan helped lead Garner Road to the title game, even though the team was without Georgetown-bound Isaac Copeland. A 6-foot-7 power forward out of the Ravenscroft School (NC), Bryan has gotten himself in really good shape and he runs the floor well. A tough player who can hit from midrange, Bryan works from the high post and really likes the elbow jumper. Bryan, who it seems is reclassifying to 2014, needs to continue to make strides and does tend to fall in love with his shot at times, so it would be beneficial if he went down low a bit more.

Donte Demunguia is a 6-foot-9 center out of Atlantic City (NJ), who it seems is headed to Queen City Prep (NC) for a post-grad year, reclassifying to 2014. Running with Team Loaded NC, Demunguia certainly looked the part on the court, possessing both quality height a big, solid frame overall. He can make an impact with his size, but Demunguia needs to work on his overall production and skill set.

Isaac Fleming of National Christian Academy (MD) is taking a post-grad year at Massanutten Military Academy (VA) and moving to the class of 2014. A 6-foot-3 combo guard who runs with Team Loaded VA, Fleming has a fairly thick build and can get to the rim. Additionally, Fleming is capable of connecting on shots from 3-point range. He has good size for a player who can run the point, but needs to look to pass more and forces shots at times, so the two spot may be a better fit.

Hassan Hussein of DC Assault was one of the more intriguing players we saw at the Southern Jam Fest. Although the 6-foot-9 power forward from Vermont Academy (VT) did not get huge minutes, he was very impressive when he was on the court. Hussein is pretty long and runs the floor well. He can grab a rebound and handle the ball on the way up the court, as well as distribute nicely. Hussein is a skilled player who can hit shots from midrange, but is a bit thin and needs to bulk up.

Markell Lodge of Christian Faith Center Academy (NC) might only be 6-foot-6, but is very impressive in terms of both length and athleticism, allowing him to play bigger. An undersized power forward who runs with Team Loaded VA, Lodge has a great build and loots to contest shots at the defensive end of the court. His overall offensive skill set is not quite there yet, but he has the ability to really impact a game anyway.

Bryan Rivers is heading from West Windsor-Plainsboro South (NJ) to the Peddie School (NJ) for a post-grad year and will be in the class of 2014. A 6-foot point guard, Rivers displayed a pretty good feel for the game and a composed nature on the court for Move Your Feet. He has a quality frame, handles nicely and accelerates well, all of which allow him to attack the rim adeptly. Rivers, who is a superb student, also draws contact on the hardwood.

Ikeena Smart of Team Loaded NC is a player who is still a work in progress, but at 6-foot-9 he is a guy to keep an eye. The center out of New Garden Friends School (NC) is a bit on the thin side, but he has a fairly chiseled frame nonetheless. Smart is not overly productive at this point and needs to show that he can score the basketball, but the tools are there for him to at least become make things happen on defense. 

Patrick Smith of Archbishop Wood (PA) was a nice surprise for the Perkasie Knights, impressing in their triple overtime win over the DC Warriors. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard displayed a pretty fluid game and a nice looking stroke. Smith can really hit shots and simply gets things done on the offensive end of the court. He did show some ability to get to the cup off the bounce and also will put in work defensively. 

Zane Waterman of Fayetteville Academy (NC) was not one of the biggest names on the Team Loaded NC squad, but that did not stop him from making some noise. A 6-foot-8 power forward, Waterman is a tough player who works hard around the rim and finishes adeptly when there. He is simply a productive player who just gets things done. Although he is a bit thin, Waterman’s frame is solid overall.  
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