Monday, April 21, 2008

The Pitt Jam Fest

The Pitt Jam Fest was fantastic. The talent on display at all age groups was phenomenal, and the games were terrific. Players such as Michael Gilchrist (Team Final), Myck Kabongo (Grassroots Canada), Tristan Thompson (Grassroots Canada), Mason Plumlee (Indiana Elite), Markus Kennedy (Team New Jersey ABC), John Wall (D1-Sports), and Dominic Cheek (Playaz Gold) were in attendance. Some of the most highly regarded AAU programs in North America had teams involved in the action, including the D1 Greyhounds, Ohio Basketball Club, and Team Kobe. The number of college coaches at the event was far too many to count. There were representatives from schools such as Xavier, Villanova, Duke, Ohio St., Bowling Green, Michigan St., Syracuse, UMBC, Georgetown, Texas A&M, Stanford, Cornell, and Tennessee. Once the cream of the crop had risen to the top on Sunday, the coaches were in full display, packing the Peterson Events Center to check out some of the best teams and players in North America. Coaches such as John Thompson III, Mike Krzyzewski, "Bruiser" Flint, and Jay Wright made there way to Pittsburgh, and they were not let down, as players of all ages--freshman through post-grads--put forth their best stuff. The Hoop Group will be at it again next weekend, when it hosts the Providence Jam Fest, which will have games played at Providence College, the new home of Keno Davis. Are you ready?

Note- photo on the left is of Mason Plumlee and is from

Note- photo on the right is of Mike Gilchrist and is from

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