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Elite AAU Tournament in Rhode Island This Weekend

Friday, May 09, 2014


National AAU basketball returns to Rhode Island this weekend as Rhode Island College and other sites across the state host the annual Hoop Group Providence Jamfest this Saturday and Sunday. Elite AAU teams from New England and throughout the Northeast will take part in the two day event.

Friar fans should have a special interest in this year's event as several potential recruits will be participating. In the 17-and-under division some of the featured teams include Mass Rivals, New England Playaz, Sports U, and High Rise Team Up. A few of the familiar names participating in this division include Jalen Adams, Josh Sharma and Curtis Cobb of Mass Rivals; Jarred Reuter and Thomas Murphy of the New England Playaz; and Matt Bullock and Markis McDuffie of Sports U.

Younger players will play a big part in the Jamfest as the 15 and under division is loaded with national powers including Expressions Elite, Team Scan, Sports U, the Albany City Rocks, the Mass Rivals, and the New Jersey Playaz are in the field. Friar fans will be watching two of the very top younger players in New England, Jermaine Samuels and Kimani Lawrence, who are on the 15-and-under roster for the Expressions team.

On Saturday most of the 17-and-under games will be taking place at Rhode Island College, while most of the 15-and-under teams will be at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI. On Sunday, the 17-and-under games will continue be at RIC along with the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals of the 15 and 16-and-under divisions. You can find out where a particular team is playing at a particular time by looking at the brackets on the Hoop Group Website. These brackets will be updated throughout the weekend.

All day passes for Saturday are $12 for adults and $6 for students. On Sunday tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for students. The Jamfest starts at 9:30 AM on Saturday and runs through 5:00 PM on Sunday.

Friarbasketball.com and GoLocalProv will have coverage of the Providence Jamfest throughout the weekend.

Directions to Rhode Island College can be found here and directions to Roger Williams University can be found here. Other locations and addresses for the Jamfest can be found on the Providence Jamfest Website.

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