Cam Thomas (2020), Thomas Shaughnessy (2018), Woody Newton (2020)
With the second weekend of the live period wrapping up, there's a lot of talent to talk about. Although the sneaker circuits tend to be the topic of the weekend, there were big-time prospects everywhere. More specifically, the Hoop Group Pitt Jam Fest was one of the nation's best evaluation events. With that being said, here are some of our top performers!
Thomas Shaughnessy, a 6'0 2018 PG for Middlesex Magic, was the most impressive player of the weekend. Shaughnessy's MVP championship performance proved that he is very skilled & tough as nails. In a 38-point showing, Thomas knocked down EIGHT three pointers. In addition, Shaughnessy had defenders falling on the floor while attempting to guard his crafty handle. Any mid-major program would be lucky to steal the point guard. In fact, within the last 24 hours, Thomas has picked up offers from American University, Quinnipiac University & Brown University. One coach even told us, he's an "Aaron Craft that can shoot." We predict nothing but more scholarship offers in Thomas Shaugnessy's near future!
Cameron Thomas, a 6'0 2020 G for Boo Williams, proved to be one of the more talented scorers in his class. Thomas had multiple 30+ point games over the weekend, all against other elite teams. He displayed a great shooting ability & overall feel to put the ball in the basket. Cameron told MADEHoops.com, "I was trying to show coaches I can score on all three levels. My strength is mainly my scoring ability but I also think I need to work on everything. I can't get complacent because anyone can come up and go past me so I have to keep working." As a freshman, Thomas currently holds offers from ODU, Hampton, Creighton & Maryland Eastern Shore. In addition, Pitt, NC State, UVA & Virginia Tech all have expressed interest. We wish Cam lots of continued success this AAU season.
Woody Newton, a 6'7 2020 Wing for Team Thrill, was one of the most exciting prospects in the Pitt Jam Fest. Due to his mix of length & guard skills, Newton instantly stands out on the court. It's rare to find such a versatile wing at Woody's age. Some of his recent success includes being named D.C. "Freshman Of The Year" & leading the Under Armour Association 15U in blocked shots. Additionally, the Maryland coaching staff has already expressed interest in Newton. Woody's upside is outstanding and he's only touched the surface. Don't be surprised if you hear the name Woody Newton a lot more within the next few years!
Rheaquone Taylor, a 6'7 2017 SF for the New York Rens, was likely the most athletic player in the Pitt Jam Fest. At one point in a semi-final game, Rheaquone had three consecutive dunks, two of them being posters. Due to his athleticism, Taylor also did a great job rebounding the ball & blocking shots. Nevertheless, Rheaquone is more than just an excellent athlete. Multiple times throughout the weekend, he displayed the ability to dribble the ball & knock down jumpers from the perimeter. Although his skills aren't quite yet those of a high-level guard, Taylor's versatility is most definitely at a division-1 level. He made the decision to attend Hutchinson Junior College next year, but wants as many coaches to watch his game as possible. We hope Rheaquone carries on the success to next level!
Kris Monroe, a 6'7 2018 SF for Team Wall, was the most highly recruited player in the Pitt Jam Fest for good reason. Not only can Monroe shoot the ball very well, but he's also a monster around the basket. Being that defenders were forced to guard him on the perimeter but also had lots of trouble stopping him in the lane, Kris was a matchup nightmare all weekend. Evidently, Monroe is built for the next level which is why he has received offers from NC State, Providence, Boston College, UNC Greensboro, Old Dominion, Charlotte & James Madison. As long as Kris continues to dominate defenders this season, his list of schools will undoubtedly continue to grow.
Andre Curbelo 5'10 2020 PG (New York Jayhawks)
Joe Bryant 6'1 2018 G (Team Loaded 757)
Scott Vollmer 6'9 2020 C (New Heights)
Kareem Reid 6'8 2019 PF (New York Rens)
Alejandro Vasquez 6'3 2019 G (New York Rens)
Jay Willis 6'3 2019 G (Team Melo)
RJ Blakney 6'5 2019 F (Team Melo)
Joel Bailey 6'3 2018 PG (New York Lightning)
Emmanuel Umoffia 7'2 2018 C (New York Gauchos)
Austin Williams 6'3 2017 G (Jersey Force)