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Canadians @ Pitt Jam Fest: Youngsters Show Out On Day 1

Posted on 16. Apr, 2011 by Nolan Shulman in Canada Spotlight, High School, Tournaments

It was an awesome night in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a terrific way to kick start Pittsburgh Jam Fest.  We spent the first night focused on our youngsters as we took in Northern Kings 15 and 16u squads as well as Grassroots 15u's.  We discovered some new names while seeing some guys we already had on our radar in new, more prominent roles.  Here's a look at which prospects caught our eye !!


James Sylvester, Northern Kings (5-11, PG, 2013)

James was extremely shifty in the NK game vs. Nova Village tonight. He changes speeds as well as any guard in the 2013 class. He was aggressive, attacked the rim, did a decent job finishing, and like most Eastern Commerce point guards, has a high motor. I'd like to see him try to get his teammates more involved as you could tell his bigs stopped running for him due to their lack of involvement offensively. Defensively James has quick feet and plays hard. He did an outstanding job pressuring the basketball. 


Anthony Pate, Grassroots Canada (6-3, G, 2014)

Anthony was the best prospect we saw all night.  Usually we see Anthony in the role of scorer, but tonight he took on the lead guard duties and did a great job.  He had no problem bringing the basketball from A to B and got the basketball to his teammates in a position to succeed.  He picked his spots to score, something that comes natural to the lefty combo.  At the end of the day while we enjoyed the show, Anthony would benefit from playing up in age groups as this game was much too easy for him.  He's such a special talent with an always expanding offensive repertoire but defensively he still has a ways to go.  He did a good job pressuring the basketball at times, but also had lapses where he let his man beat him off the bounce much to easily.  We're likely being a little hard on Anthony, but that's only because we're so impressed by him, we always expect more.  


Jamar Martin, Grassroots Canada (6-4, F, 2014)

While Anthony is the talent of Grassroots 15's, Jamar is the motor !  He played so much harder than everyone else and as a result was the most effective player on the floor.  He had 13 first half points to give his roots squad a big 12 point half time lead.  He also blocked/altered shots and was seemingly directly in the middle of every scrum for a loose ball.  He made baskets by cleaning up the junk and also showed a pretty good looking skill set.  His jump shot mechanics need some work, but it was hard to argue the results as he made a pretty high percentage.  We were highly impressed !!


Rashawn Browne, Northern Kings (6-1, G, 2014)

Rashawn played up with the 16's and had as much poise as anybody on the court.  He got everything in the flow of the offense and didn't force anything.  He's unselfish, got everyone involved, and did a great job directing traffic and communicating.  Despite being younger than most of his teammates he took on the leadership role.  Rashawn did a great job getting in the gaps to create open shots for their shooters, and showed the creativity to make shots in the lane.  He needs to get stronger and extend his range in order to take another jump as a prospect, but seeing as though he's just a freshman he's way ahead of the curve.  


Eric Rwahwire, Northern Kings (6-3, SG, 2015)


Eric played for both the 15's and 16's despite being the youngest player on either squad.  He's long, unselfish, and always makes the right play.  We found that he deferred to his older teammates at times when he was clearly one of the better players on a 15u team that struggled mightily vs. Team Loaded.  He needs to take ownership of the team and forget that he's younger.  His skill set is a work in process, but he's got all the tools and intangibles to blossom into a heck of a prospect.  We're excited to monitor his game over the next 5 years.  










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