Southern Jamfest Stockrisers
Hampton, Virginia was the weekend destination for the Hoop Group Southern Jamfest. This was a loaded event with clubs from multiple shoe-circuits present in addition to elite independents all facing-off under one roof at the Boo Williams Sportsplex.
With plenty of nationally recognized prospects taking the court, there was no shortage of star power in the building. But the platform also provided opportunity for the following under-the-radar gems to take advantage of the spotlight.
Justyn Fernandez (2022/6’6/DC Premier)
We first saw Fernandez at the Team Thrill Showcase earlier this Spring and came away intrigued. We were anxious to get eyes on him in Hampton and he certainly didn’t disappoint. The 6’6 guard/wing was undoubtedly the biggest stockriser in the gym, with a dominant performance against a loaded New World 3SSB team. Justyn displayed elite open-court athleticism with eye-popping transition dunks where his head approached rim level. More impressive though was his ability to knock down perimeter shots from distance. Fernandez connected on multiple triples from NBA range with one-motion mechanics, good arch and nice lower-body lift. He had flashes as an on-ball creator that changed direction/speed with a live dribble to get separation on his defender. Justyn is a no-brainer high-major prospect that projects as 2/3 with outstanding upside as an impact two-player at the next level. He will be one of the more coveted prospects in the country in July.
Robert Davis (2023/6’6/Team Melo)
Davis may have very well been the best shooter at the Sportsplex in the 16u division. Robert has outstanding positional size and picture-perfect shooting motion with great elevation, a high release point, great rotation and no unnecessary motion. While his mechanics are a thing of beauty, the results were even better. He put on a shooting exhibition and connected on 21 triples over the weekend. Davis isn’t restricted to stationary shooting, as he consistently connected on shots off screens and pull-ups from midrange. He’s definitely at his best as a perimeter shooter, but Robert did have some moments attacking off the bounce and converting through contact or finding teammates with dumpoffs after collapsing the defense. At 6’6 with solid length, he checks a lot of boxes for modern basketball as a perimeter shotmaker with a lot of upside as his frame continues to fill out. Davis currently holds a handful of mid-major offers and we anticipate an uptick in his recruitment in the coming months.
Ben Roy (2022/6’1/Team Rio)
This was our first live viewing of Roy and there was a lot to like. The lead-guard has a deceptively quick first step and was able to get by defenders on straight-line drives before finishing in the paint with floaters and layups. He also displayed some shiftiness off the bounce by stringing together combo-moves to create space. Ben is also versatile enough to play off-ball as a more traditional floor-spacing shooter as he made multiple catch-and-shoot threes. He had some flashes of playmaking, finding teammates with dumpoff dimes after forcing help-defense from the opposition with dribble penetration. Toledo extended an offer earlier this month and we anticipate more mid-majors to enter the mix this Summer.
Devin Ceaser (2022/6’1/New World 3SSB)
We absolutely loved what Ceaser brought to the table for New World. Devin has elite straight-line speed and put it to good use by simply outracing the opposition in the open court for easy finishes on multiple occasions. Don’t let the size fool you, the standout guard has some pop as a leaper and easily elevates at the rim. The speed is the physical trait that immediately jumps out, but the potent pull-up game is the skill facet that college coaches should be enamored with. Using the threat of his speed off the bounce, Ceaser got defenders backpedaling before rising up and connecting on jumpers from distance and midrange. He was also able to navigate his way through tight windows in the half-court and convert on floaters. It’s almost shocking that Devin hasn’t attracted more interest from regional programs. For uptempo teams, Ceaser projects as a high-octane scorer with some potential as an on-ball defender based on his speed.