Day 2 Atlanta Jam Notebook
Day Two is in the books for The Atlanta Jam and we had some college coaches taking it in. Here are some of the days' happenings.
Jayden “Juke” Harris was on a mission today for Kendrick Williams’ Team Wall 16U squad. The sophomore guard went for 19 points in the first half and connected on five three-pointers. He would finish with a cool 30. I love the way he plays, he is always in go mode and never turns the jets off. He has a super motor and never takes a play off. Harris does a great job of controlling the ball and is a big-time rebounder for his position. He can cause so many problems on defense with his length and his athleticism. He currently holds an offer from Western Carolina University.
This Team Wall 16U program may be one of the best in their age division in the country. They play so hard and they are so long.
Sometimes we have to talk about a guy twice, that’s the case with Nathan Fife for Team Raleigh. The 2025 prospect at the guard position came up big again today for his team and helped them remain 3-0 for the weekend. Fife is so comfortable with the ball in his hands and he has a natural ability to score the ball. He is going up against guys that are 2-3 years older and is not backing down at all. I like his poise and his will to want the ball in a close game.
Jaborri McGhee recently de-committed from Tennessee Tech and college coaches should be all over this one. With a little Chris Clemons (Campbell University, Houston Rockets) in his game, McGhee demands the ball and he knows he can score it from all over the floor. The 6-foot guard is lightning quick with the ball in his hands, can finish plays at the rim and he gets so high on his shot that not many people have a chance at blocking it. Something we love to see from 6-foot and under guards. He is sniffing at some high-major interest and some more mid-majors are taking a second look with his recruitment opening back up.
Chip Smith and his Tennessee Tiger program lost a close one to Virginia Supreme Elite at the buzzer earlier in the day on Saturday but one thing about the Tiger program is these guys are going to play hard and they are going to be in at the end. I was impressed with 2023 guard Bradin Nelson, he finished with 14 points. He is able to get to the basket with a quick first-step and he can knock down shots from the outside. He is a good defender that can cause tie-ups and get steals. He’s a typical Tennessee Tiger prospect that knows how to play the right way and can make life for a defender difficult.
Kaelon Jackson for the Tennessee Tigers is another guy that I like. He is long and can cause problems on both sides of the floor. He can shoot it from the outside with consistency and he can defend with his length to get steals and deflections.
Mohammed Kone for Team United had a strong Saturday. The big man is starting to get in better shape and he runs the floor really well for his 6-foot-9, 270lbs frame. He gets most of his baskets on easy tip-ins and put-backs but what makes Kone intriguing is his ability to grab so many rebounds and his natural shot-blocking ability. College coaches will always be interested in guys that are nearly 7-foot and Kone looks like he will have some coaches coming around in the next couple of weeks.
Eastern North Carolina’s Finest
Team Trezz brought their Coach Taylor version of Team Trezz to the Atlanta Jam and two guys really stood out. Moses Tufts, a 6-foot-5 guard from Vertical Academy was on his game today. He showed that he can score off the dribble and attack the rim while also being a threat to score from the outside. He has some college interest and currently holds an offer from Chowan University. Tufts plays with toughness, something that is built into the system of the Team Trezz organization.
Trezz also features 2024 guard Jordan Vick. The sophomore guard can score it and score it a lot. He is a smaller guard but his play makes him feel like he is 6-foot-5. He gets high on his attacks to the rim and you can’t leave him alone on the perimeter. He will knock it down. He has a strong handle with the ball in his hand and has a great feel for the game.