Friday, April 20, 2012

Pitt Jam Fest Day 1

The Under Armour Hoop Group Pitt Jamfest kicked off earlier this night, and was the start of the live period, were D1 coaches could watch players. With the heavy traffic in downtown Pittsburgh, I was not able to get to see all the games I planned to but was still able to see some major talent. Here are a couple players who had some big performances.

Nathan Adrian 2013 6'8" Morgantown (WV)/West Virginia Wildcats Select (West Virginia Commit)
     With his future head coach Bob Huggins on the sideline watching, Adrian went to work early, hitting three 3's in the first 8 minutes of play. A long forward has a sweet stroke from deep. With his ability to pick n pop, it made guarding the pick-n-roll very hard for defenders. Might not look like the strongest player but really battled bigger, heavier post players on D, not giving up position. He makes up for his lack of strength with his smarts. He can read the defense, make the correct pass and also out think players when on D. He could possibly move outside and play the wing, if he improves his perimeter skills and foot speed, but will most likely be a face up 4-man who can really stretch the defense with his shooting touch.

Devin Williams 2013 6'8" Cincinnatti Withrow (OH)/OBC
     A big and strong forward who showed why he has been attracting tons of college looks. Xavier's HC Chris Mack was on hand along with coaches from WVU, UD and others, to watch Williams. He took advantage of the smaller forwards of the Gauchos, and physically dominated them. Had three or four And 1's, were he just went right through the contact and finished. Can hit the 15 footer, but it was good to see him not settle. Would like to see Devin exploded quicker after receiving dump-offs from his guards, instead he waits for the contact and then goes up. Has a very strong frame that he is not afraid to use and throw around. Stayed active on the boards and was a factor on defense, making it hard for other forwards to score down low.

-Keep an eye out tomorrow night for a report on the top performers from Day 2 of the Pitt Jam Fest.
-Follow on Twitter for constant scores and notes all day long from the Pitt Jam, @NSchmidta2

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