Bama Jam Top Performers
HOOVER, AL— Bama Jam has quickly risen towards being one of the events that gets our staff buzzing the most. This year's iteration is only going to add fuel to that fire because we're less than a day removed, and we're already talking about excited we are for next year.
It’s always an event packed to the brim with talent, and inevitably, people announce themselves in emphatic ways in Hoover at the Finley Center. When looking back on past Bama Jams, the following guys stand toe-to-toe with some of the best who have played on this stage:
Da House left Bama Jam with a zero in the loss column, and at the heart of their success was Dayveun Anderson. The bouncy guard was one of the most productive scorers of the weekend. Whether knocking down shots from deep or using his impressive athleticism to hang from rims, Anderson put points on the board on a game-by-game basis. It’s always a blast to watch smaller guards that can get up the way Anderson can. Don’t let his size be a deterrence. This guy can go with the best of them. - Josh Tec
From an all-around perspective, I can’t say that there was a better point guard in the building than Rechsteiner. Averaging about 13 points per game, Rechsteiner had a solid, consistent scoring weekend, but where he shined the most was in the passing department. In every game, Rechsteiner dished out beautiful assists left and right. It was clinical. A sign of a great passing display is when onlookers audibly start muttering things like “oh good look” to themselves. We’ve all done it, and I heard it a lot when Rechsteiner and the Allstars were on the floor. - Josh Tec
Standing at 5-foot-11 Stars (UA Rise) Jett Montgomery is by far one the toughest players I have covered this summer. This kid plays with a lot of passion and is one fierce competitor; he will not be outworked on the court. Montgomery has a great feel for the game, a player that every coach would love to have on their side. His shot is flawless and his ability to get to the rim is unmatched. On defense is where Montgomery will most likely be a terror to anyone on the opposite side. To see a player get rattled by his intensity on defense brings him so much joy. Don’t be fooled by his size, not one bit, this kid is a certified baller. - DC
Alabama Fusion’s Caleb White was indeed a magician with the rock this weekend playing up against the 17u division. His ability to shift speed while attacking the lane is insane; he slowly approaches the defense, then boom, one move for an easy layup. White plays with a lot of flare; it really looks like he’s floating to the basket. He has quick hands on defense and is definitely a player to battle in the paint for rebounds with the best of them. White has a consistent jumper and was by far one of the best scorers to grace the BamaJam stage. - DC
When thinking about next-level prospects, there weren’t many better than Philon at Bama Jam. In his weekend-opening salvo, Philon put up 32 points and didn’t appear to break a sweat. He can kill you in a variety of ways too. Above the rim in transition? Philon can fly. 3-point line? Philon can knock ‘em down. Take his man off the bounce and attack the rim? Yup, you guessed it, he does that too. I’m not the Alabama expert, but I’d venture to guess that Philon is at or near the top of the list of the state’s best prospects. - Josh Tec