The Hoop Group Summer Jam Fest is a highlight of the 2nd live period played in the spacious Spooky NookSports Complex in Manheim, PA over three days. These are some of the standout players from the event:

Drew Fenton 6'4' '19 PK Flash (Greater Latrobe Sr. HS PA) – One thing I've noticed about this PK Flash squad over the last several seasons is how much they remind me of the JS Warriors with good ball movement and a roster populated by jump shooters with range. Fenton is one such player a smart and unassuming looking young man who just beats you with a feathery jump shot with unlimited range and an underrated ability to get to the basket to score at the rim. In a showcase game on Friday night he went for 26pts with 4 treys in front of a bevy of coaches. He has great form on his jumper whether off the catch or bounce and he is adept at driving the ball and pulling up in the midrange as well. He handles it well in traffic and like most of his teammates he is a crafty passer zipping the ball to a streaking cutter or an open shooter on the perimeterwith precision I might add. This team plays good help defense and Fenton is a master at reading the offense and anticipating a pass he can jump on and start their transition game. In a late Saturday game vs. those JS Warriors in bracket playhe went for 16pts 2 treys in the Flashes 17 point victory to advance to the quarterfinals Sunday morning. In that contest the Flash drilled 15 threes and Fenton didn't shoot it well but immediately after the game one D-1 head coach told me he'd take him in a heartbeat. This young man is still an under the radar player who has definitely upped his stock.

Jack Forrest 6'4' '19 Jersey Shore Warriors Gold (Lower Merion HS PA) – In what has been described as an up and down season for the Warriors the one constant has been that Forrest will score the ball especially from the arc. In three games I viewed over the two days I was here he drained 12 treys getting six in a bracket play game on Saturday afternoon vs. Cats AAU finishing with 27pts in the contest. Having watched him from his frosh year you can see that his main strength is shooting the basketball but he has evolved into more than just a standstill jump shooter. He can get to the rim with an assortment of dribble drive moves and he has a knack for getting to the FT line as well. He still has a tendency to rush some of his shots which leads to some ugly looking attempts especially if he gets out of control on a foray to the cup. He will turn the ball over too often when in that rushed state which was the case in their loss to PK Flash. He has proven to be a very good passer leading to a couple assists per game and when not hurried is a reliable ball handler. Forrest has a decent work ethic and this helps on the defensive end where he lacks lateral quickness and closes out poorly as well as getting caught out of position at times. He does posses a good nose for the ball and manages to pick off some errant passes along the way. He's a smart young man whose primary recruiting interest is from Ivy/Patriot academic schools where they value good shooters and he has proven his worth many times over with his shooting prowess ehen set and balanced. He has upside despite his shortcomings and he just needs additional seasoning for it to reach its zenith.

Robbie Beran 6'9' '19 Team Richmond/Garner Road Elite (Collegiate School VA) – In the two tilts I caught Beran play this weekend he didn't put up big numbers but he did all the little things that help teams win games. He rebounded the ball well showing good timing and leaping ability and he used his somewhat lean frame to seal his man off the glass allowing him easy access to the ball. On the offensive glass he scopes out the best angle then he times his leap to get a tip in or put back basket. He's also a willing and unselfish passer who at times catched his man off guard to thread a pass to a back door cutter or wide open outside shooter. He possesses good hands and can snare the ball in traffic and he has the presence of mind to make a quick move to the rack or dish it before the double team shows up. While he didn't shoot it well here he has a nice looking release on his jump shot with range to the arc and in his Friday night Showcase game he had an off the catch right wing trey with a hand in his face. He's also a very good defender in the paint with solid instincts to get a few blocked shots a game as well as the ability to close out on perimeter shooters. People underestimate his athleticism bu coaches have noticed and his recruitment has blown up in recent months so it will be interesting to see how this plays out in the fall.

Eddie Davis 5'11' '19 NJ Shoreshots-Kessler (Pope John XXIII Regional HS NJ) – I had seen Davis play in the past but he always played like his hair was on fire and a bit wild too. Then in two games here I saw a more mature player who is still blazing fast with the ball but playing under control and making positive plays. He was really good on Friday night in a hard fought win over Wrightway Skills MA scoring 23pts and handing out at least 6asts as he continually frustrated his opponents with his speed dribble and precision passing. He didn't force the issue as he had shown in the past and was marvelous handling the ball vs. pressure late in the contest. His shot has improved a great deal and while he's still working on a consistent perimeter jumper he did knock down a three and a couple midrange shots in the game. On the defensive side of the ball I have always liked his aggressiveness and his penchant for harassing opposition ball handlers into bad decisions or turnovers and he excelled in these areas in both contests. His Saturday outing was less than stellar from an offensive standpoint but that seemed to be a team wide malady as the became the not so Shoreshots in their loss. Davis did play well defensively but like most of his teammates he shot it poorly. His size will no doubt impact his recruiting interest but the instate D-II's should definitely take a look in the coming months.

Romeo Weems 6'7' '19 The Family EYBL (New Haven HS MI) – For Weems he got his recruitment out of the way back in May by committing to DePaul. This has allowed him to play more relaxed and while I only got to seem him once here he certainly looked comfortable out on the court. He moved fluidly up and down the floor letting the game come to him. He didn't force bad shots or try to make the incredible shot or beyond belief pass or even try to be a ball handling wizard. Instead he made solid basketball plays and he played defense like it was a state playoff situation which was pretty impressive. He finished with 18pts and while no stats were kept I would venture to say he had about 8reb in his unofficial stats. He did most of his scoring in the paint getting to the rim and finishing thru contact including a pretty up and under move that completely fooled his defender who thought he was laying it up only to pull it back for the scoop leaving his opponent swatting at air as he sank the basket. He also showed an improved stroke from the perimeter as he nailed a straight on pull up trey off the bounce that tickled the twine. All in all it was a solid outing for Romeo and I'm sure the Blue Demons are pleased with his decision to attend school there and quite happy with his progress as a player.

Myron Gardner 6'6' '19 The Family EYBL (Spire Academy OH) – This Detroit native recently announced his move to Spire to enhance his D-1 prospects and it already looks promising as Georgetown has started to poke around after watching him here at Summer Jam Fest. After his Friday night Showcase game performance I can see why Coach Ewing may like this young mans game. He's tough as nails and made plays around the basket while complimenting teammate Romeo Weems in dominating the boards against fellow EYBL contingent Expressions Elite MA. Gardner was a beast down low scoring 19pts and grabbing at least 10reb in their victory. He hit several tough in traffic layups and had a really nice left to right thru the lane leaner that drew contact for the And 1. He also had a top of the key pull up three as if he was playing keep up with the Joneses as he hit it moments after Weems hit one from almost the same spot. He rarely gave up on a play either as in one instance he got his own missed shot then lost the ball but pursued it and after securing it hit a short turn around jumper from 8 feet. Defensively he battled all game long doing a good job of minimizing damage in the painted area. He brings a lunch pail toughness to his team that will be quite valuable for the right college program so I will be interested to see what other programs will jump into the mix for his services.

Vincent ‘Tre' Mitchell 6'9' '19 Expressions Elite (Woodstock Academy CT) – I have always liked this Pittsburgh natives game and he did nothing in the two games I watched to diminish my opinion of his burgeoning game. In their Showcase game loss to the Family he led his team with 22pts scoring most of them inside the paint despite some physical opposition he encountered from his opponents. He has a fluid release on his jump shot which was quite effective from 5 to 20 feet and he showed amazing agility getting to the rim using long strides and a potent first jump. He also moves well without the ball surveying the defense and sliding to the unguarded areas on the court for his effective jump shot. In their bracket play contest on Saturday he hit a couple treys enroute to 16pts but he was more valuable passing the ball out of the high post as he continually got the ball to his teammates with crisp on the money feeds in scoring positions. He still needs to be more cautious with the ball but he refrained from dribbling without purpose as he has done in the past. As a defender he can be somewhat lackadaisical but when engaged he can guard three positions with quickness and guile and a little toughness thrown in. he has a wide range of suitors in his recruitment with U Conn, Louisville, Notre Dame, Illinois and hometown Pittsburgh to name a few and with his skillset improving almost daily I'm positive that more schools will take notice of this bouncy forward prospect.