Tag:Southern Jam Fest
Posted on: May 13, 2011 2:13 pm
Edited on: May 13, 2011 3:17 pm
 

2013 prospect Isaiah Hicks has UNC at the top

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Posted by Jeff Borzello

HAMPTON, Va. – There’s Isaiah Hicks dunking the ball three times in a row. There’s Isaiah Hicks running the floor and beating everyone for a transition basket. There’s Isaiah Hicks blocking shots at will.

And there’s Isaiah Hicks  . . . disappointed with his performance?

“I didn’t play my best,” Hicks said at the Southern Jam Fest last weekend. “It just wasn’t my day. I could’ve done everything better.”

According to everyone else, though, Hicks is one of the top players in the class of 2013. The 6-foot-8 forward from Body of Christ Academy (N.C.) is extremely long and athletic, creating mismatches with his leaping ability and speed. He can beat bigger players down the court and score on smaller defenders around the rim.

“I just gotta bring it every game,” Hicks said.

In terms of recruiting, the sophomore has offers from Xavier, North Carolina State and Clemson, along with interest from North Carolina and Wake Forest.

Despite not getting an offer from the Tar Heels, they seem to be ahead of the pack.

“I liked everything,” Hicks said.

Posted on: May 12, 2011 4:06 pm
 

Warren and his "old man's game" attract suitors

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Posted by Jeff Borzello

HAMPTON, Va. – Some say T.J. Warren has an “old man’s game” or is coasting through games, but Warren doesn’t let that bother him.

He simply continues to get the job done.

Warren, a 6-foot-7 forward from Word of God (N.C.), starred this past season alongside Torian Graham and Joseph Uchebo and continues to impress on the AAU circuit with Garner Road. He has a versatile offensive game, with the ability to knock down mid-range jumpers and also finish at the rim with his strength. Warren has good hands and runs the floor well.

His skill set makes him a difficult match-up for most opponents.

“It’s because of my size,” Warren said. “I can put it on the floor, I have the ability to handle and I can shoot.”

While he is currently a combo forward who can play inside, Warren is looking to make the transformation to a wing.

“Colleges see me as a three,” he said. “I’m improving my foot speed and my 3-point shooting. I’m trying to get a killer instinct.”

Warren has seen his recruiting take off recently, picking up offers and interest from a variety of schools.

“Right now, in no order, it’s Florida, North Carolina State, Georgetown, Kansas, Ohio State and Louisville,” he said.

Warren also mentioned Arizona State, Arizona and Virginia Tech at one point.

He said he has no favorites or a timeline for a decision.

“I’m wide open,” Warren said. “I’m looking for style of play and location.”

Photo: Highschoolhoop.com

Posted on: May 12, 2011 12:31 pm
Edited on: May 12, 2011 4:10 pm
 

Jerome Hairston on the high-major radar

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Posted by Jeff Borzello

HAMPTON, Va. – Jerome Hairston has flown under the radar for most of his basketball career, but that might change soon.

With the lack of big-time point guards in the class of 2012, Hairston’s performance this spring has put him on the map with various high-major schools.

This past weekend, Hairston helped lead East Coast Fusion to a U-17 title at the Southern Jam Fest in Hampton, Va. He can get into the lane using the dribble, and then finish at the rim or kick out to a teammate. Hairston plays well in transition, getting baskets with contact and also running the break. He can knock down 3-pointers with consistency as well.

“I’m used to being underrated,” Hairston said. “Being from Wyoming, it happens a lot. It happened to my brother and it happened to my cousin, [former Wake Forest star and current NBA player] James Johnson. I moved out here for exposure.”

Hairston, a 6-foot-3 point guard, is now at Liberty Christian Academy (Va.). With his recent play in Pittsburgh and Hampton, his recruitment is starting to pick up.

“South Carolina is on me really hard,” Hairston said.

He also mentioned UNC-Asheville, Virginia, Boston College, Yale and James Madison as teams currently in the mix.

Recruiting

Hairston is not in any rush to make a decision, but he knows what level he's gunning for.

“Of course I want to play high-major,” he said. “But wherever I play, I want to help the team out, whether it’s starting or coming off the bench.”

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Posted on: May 11, 2011 3:33 pm
Edited on: May 12, 2011 4:20 pm
 

Sophomore Austin Colbert gets taste of U-17 level

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Posted by Jeff Borzello

HAMPTON, Va. – Growing up, it’s always fun to hang out with the older kids a little bit, but everyone seems more comfortable with people their own age.

For Austin Colbert, it is the same way in AAU basketball.

Colbert is arguably the best player in the Team Final AAU program, but the sophomore admittedly struggled playing with the U-17 team.

“They were all in my grill, as far as being stronger and defending me,” Colbert said at the Southern Jam Fest last weekend.

Moving back down to his natural age group, the young power forward looked more relaxed and was able to showcase his full skill set.

“It’s a little bit easier than playing with the 17s,” Colbert said. “I’m real comfortable, we’ve played together before.”

Despite that, Colbert said he enjoyed playing up a level because it gave him a chance to go against the best of the best in the class of 2012.

“It’s good for exposure,” he said. “We get to see where we compare against some real talented players.”

Colbert, a 6-foot-9 prospect from St. Patrick (N.J.), has been ranked among the top players in his class for a few years. He is very long and athletic, showing the ability to run the floor and finish in transition. Colbert is an outstanding shot-blocker who can also guard players off the dribble due to his lateral quickness.

In order to become more attractive at the next level, Colbert is expanding his game to the perimeter. He showed off his outside jumper and spent time around the arc.

“I want to move out a little bit, try to be a three,” Colbert said. “I’m athletic, I can stretch out and guard four of five positions.”

As far as recruiting, Colbert named a top five of Seton Hall, Xavier, Pittsburgh, Georgetown and Oklahoma.

“I want to go to a running school with a good coach,” he said.

By then, expect Colbert to fit right in with older players. 

Posted on: May 9, 2011 10:08 am
Edited on: May 12, 2011 4:23 pm
 

5-foot-6 Carr continues to convert doubters

Posted by Jeff Borzello

HAMPTON, Va. – Aquille Carr still isn’t tired of hearing the doubters.

The 5-foot-6 Carr is one of the most explosive scorers in the country, but many onlookers think he’s not big enough to be a factor at the next level.

“I want them to think that,” Carr said Friday at the Southern Jam Fest. “I always hear that. ‘He’s too small, he’s overrated.’ It keeps me working hard.”

Carr began turning heads a couple of years ago because of his scoring exploits in Baltimore. He was named the MaxPreps National Freshman of the Year in 2010, and took his game to a new level during his sophomore campaign. Carr set a school record by scoring 57 points in one game, and has already topped 1,000 career points in just two seasons. This past season, Carr led Patterson (Md.) to a 25-2 record, falling in the state championship.

He owns a 48-inch vertical leap and some of the best dribbling ability in the country. Despite his size, he can get into the lane and finish against bigger players, or use his quickness and athleticism to get baskets in transition. His crossover and ability to change directions allow him to create space and get off open shots from the perimeter.

While some people might underestimate Carr, most high-major schools cannot be counted in that group.

Carr has an impressive school list, led by Memphis, Kentucky, Syracuse, Xavier, Texas, LSU, Wake Forest and Arkansas.

“I want a team that runs most of the offense around their point guard,” Carr said.

He said that Syracuse and Wake Forest are both standing out right now, and he also wants to take a trip to Xavier.

Recruiting

Although high school powers like St. Patrick (N.J.), Findlay Prep (Nev.) and Oak Hill Academy (Va.) are courting Carr for his final two seasons of high school, Carr plans to return to Patterson.

“Patterson is the best fit for me,” Carr said. “They help me there, they help me with my work.”

On Friday, Carr seemed frustrated with early palming turnovers – a violation not normally called on the AAU circuit. After he adjusted to the referees, though, he began to demonstrate why he has become a national sensation.

“I just had to get to my style of play,” Carr said. “I had to get back to my fundamental game.”

It was just another hurdle in a long line of obstacles for the diminutive yet explosive guard.

And, as usual, Carr handled it with ease.

Photo: Baltimore Sun

 
 
 
 
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