The AC Jam Fest was loaded with talent as players did their best to help their team win. The rising junior class had a big three days as they made plays on both ends of the floor throughout the weekend.…
The AC Jam Fest was loaded with talent as players did their best to help their team win. The rising junior class had a big three days as they made plays on both ends of the floor throughout the weekend. Here are the 2024 stock risers from the AC Jam Fest.
Anthony Akande Anthony Akande 6'4" | SG Arts | 2024 State NJ , 6’4 SG Arts (Jersey Force)
Akande had a big showing for the Jersey Force as he was instrumental in their 16U championship run. The 6’4 guard was aggressive in the title game as he was able to get into the paint and finish around the basket. Akande shot the ball with confidence in Atlantic City and has a nice release on his jumper. He rebounded the ball well and made plays on the defensive end with his combination of length and athleticism. Akande has had a big summer and should continue to it for the rest of July.
Luke Skaljac Luke Skaljac 6'2" | PG Brecksville-Broadview Hts | 2024 State #242 Nation OH , 6’2 PG Brecksville-Broadview (TNBA)
Skaljac had a monster showing for TNBA as he carried their offense in Atlantic City. The 6’2 lefty has a smooth shooting stroke and was able to shoot either off the dribble or catch. Skaljac did more than just shoot as he also got into the lane and finished around the basket. He made good passes in the half court and moved well without the ball in his hands. Skaljac is a scoring lead guard prospect who made plays throughout the AC Jam Fest.
Casey Lantz Casey Lantz 6'5" | SF Shelby | 2024 State OH , 6’5 SF Shelby (Ohio Buckets)
Lantz had a solid weekend for Ohio Buckets as he helped the 17U squad get to the semifinals. The 6’5 wing shot the ball with confidence and made opponents pay for giving him space on the perimeter. Lantz moved well without the ball in his hands, freeing himself up for open layups and jumpers. He made smart decisions with the ball in his hands and fought for rebounds on both ends of the floor. Lantz’s shooting ability is something that will help his stock in a big way this summer.
Chike Ndefo Chike Ndefo 6'6" | PF Vermont Academy | 2024 State #233 Nation NLG , 6’7 PF Vermont Academy (Crown Basketball)
Ndefo had a good showing for Crown Basketball as he made plays on both ends of the floor. The 6’7 forward swatted multiple shots around the basket and influenced many more with his athleticism. Ndefo ran the floor hard, setting himself up for easy layups in transition. He ripped down rebounds on both ends of the floor and showed the ability to finish in traffic in the paint. Ndefo will be one to watch with his ability to impact the game at both ends.
Jalil Bethea Jalil Bethea 6'4" | CG Archbishop Wood | 2024 State #91 Nation PA , 6’4 SG Archbishop Wood (Team Final)
Bethea had a good showing for Team Final at the AC Jam Fest as he made plays throughout the three days. The 6’4 guard was able to get to the rim consistently and finished with authority above the rim. Bethea has a clean motion on his jumper and shot the ball with confidence. He moved well without the ball in his hands and used his length to create an impact on the defensive end. Bethea is a talented guard prospect who should continue to see his stock rise with more games like he had at the AC Jam Fest.
Other Prospects to Know:
Josh Reed Josh Reed 6'2" | CG Archbishop Wood | 2024 State PA , 6’4 SG Archbishop Wood (Philly Revolution)
Jeremy Clayville, 6’0 CG St. Joe’s Metuchen (All-In Beasts)
Diabe Bathily, 6’7 SF Veritas Academy (Diallo Elite)
Daniel Yarus, 6’6 SF Spotswood (Jersey Shore Predators)
Nas Robinson Nas Robinson 5'8" | PG Linden | 2024 State NJ , 5’10 PG Linden (Jersey Force)