Pitt Jam Fest: Day One Rundown

Rakeem Buckles

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Day one at the Pitt Jam Fest was relatively uneventful, but we were treated to nice performances from Rakeem Buckles and the Barton brothers.

Zeke Marshall, C, Pittsburgh Storm – At this stage in the game Marshall is much more prospect than player, but the 7-footer center is certainly a guy to keep an eye on. The defense is ahead of the offense at this point, as he uses his extreme length to adjust shots. He's also more active than we remember. On the offensive end he recorded a put back and a nice turn around 10-footer.

Thomas Robinson, PF, Squash All Beef – Although he's probably two inches shorter than his listed 6-foot-8 height, Robinson is tough to handle inside. He's got a strong frame that is capable of taking hits in the paint and he's quite skilled around the hoop. He uses both hands effectively and showed off jump hooks with each. He's equipped with above averaged athleticism and seemed to finish everything, especially in the first half.

Rakeem Buckles, PF, Florida Rams – The Rams contest with the Central Jersey Hawks was closer than expected. In the end the tandem of Buckles and Freddie Riley were too much. The Louisville commit played a face up four role today and showed that he can put it on the deck and take defenders off the bounce, but also score inside. He went for 17 points in the win.

Freddie Riley, SG, Florida Rams – He's already known for his ability to shoot it, which he did today, but he's also a pretty good athlete. The 6-foot-5 wing locked up on defense and swatted a handful of jump shots. He also made a strong move to the basket that resulted in an And 1. Florida Atlantic got a steal in him this past year and with their coach gone we'd be surprised if a high-major didn't steal him away.

Dante Taylor, PF, National Christian Academy – Taylor had a big weekend playing with Team Melo last weekend and his strong played continued at the Jam Fest. At 6-foot-8 he's got a strong build, is a high level athlete and is tough to stop around the rim. Taylor finished with 24 points against Pittsburgh Storm.

Bilal Kelly, PF, Team Final – This 6-foot-8 forward spotted our eye in the second half against Hoop Magic. He runs the floor very well and even nailed a spot-up three-pointer during a team Final run. Going forward he'll need to gain strength, but he's a solid mid-level prospect.

Will Barton, SG/PG, National Christian Academy – Coming off a big performance at Boo Williams, Barton got his weekend at the Pitt Jam Fest started on the right foot. For NCA he played a little on and off the ball and was effective in both spots. He's long, has a good feel and can create for his teammates. For the game Barton finished with 14 points.

Antonio Barton, PG, National Christian Academy – When his brother wasn't on the ball, Antonio ran the point guard spot and he was efficient, as he attacked the rim and managed to dish off at least seven assists. Although majority of his plays were made around the rim, he did knock down a spot-up three-pointer as well.

Will Barton claimed scholarship offers from Georgetown, Maryland and Pittsburgh. He also said George Mason, George Washington, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Villanova are involved.

Freddie Riley said he's going to take a prep year and that Hargrave is a strong possibility. As far as his college recruitment goes, he's going to wait and see who FAU hires before he decides if he'll open up his recruitment

"Can we take a look at number 13's hair and enjoy it for a second. He looks like water polo coach." – recruiting guru Pat Stanwood said about a participating kids hair cut.

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