This past weekend, the #BamaJam, hosted 100+ travel basketball teams at the beautiful Finley Center in Hoover, AL. Some of the best players from across the state were in action. Our Independent Hoops staff made the drive down to Alabama to cover the action. Take a look with us as we comb through some of our notes from the weekend.
One the most exciting players at the #BamaJam was 2025 (SG) Bryant James of CP25 AL/MS 17U. This young freshman guard was playing up 17u and absolutely put on a show. He is a lights out shooter with a very quick release. He is constantly moving without the ball – always looking to set up just enough time to get his shot off. In a narrow loss to AL Fusion (EYBL) he led all scores with 22 points (6 three’s). James is a no-brainer emerging D1 prospects.
2024 (PG) Spence Sims of Baldwin County Elite 16U is as tough as they come!! He led his team to a win against an Adidas 3SSB team by way of dropping a game high 27pts. Sims is a guard that can play on and off the ball – he made plays off the dribble and showed he could also control the tempo and make the right reads. What impressed us the most was his ability to knock down shots. Sims is an emerging prospect to follow in the years to come.
An up-and-coming young guard to know is 2024 (CG) Tre Davis of EAB Tennessee 3SSB 16U. He is aggressive off the bounce and athletic at the combo guard spot. He showed the ability to play on and off the ball, as well as defend any of the guard positions. When he wasn’t attacking, Davis’ had a smooth looking jump-shot. We loved his motor and energy level – he was flying around on defense, in transition, and with rebounding. An emerging D1 prospect out Lausanne High School.
2023 (6’9/F) Brigham Rogers of Atlanta All Stars 17U knows how to play basketball – his IQ is on another level for someone his age. Rodgers is a great athlete who got out and ran the floor well, and cleaned up the glass like he was getting paid for it. He understands angles and the timing of posting-up and ducking-in. He has great touch around the rim and showed the ability to finish with either hand. He currently holds offers from Belmont Indiana State, Lipscomb, and Toledo.
D1 coaches looking for a SNIPER, need to look no further than 2023 (G) Brandon Rechstiener of Atlanta All Stars 17U. There are few as “cold-blooded” as this young prospect – he can flat out score the ball at will. All weekend long he consistently knocked down jumpers both off the catch and the dribble. He has a quick release and seems to have range well past the 3pt line. He currently holds offers from Rice, Tulane, Mercer, Toledo, North Florida, Texas State, Jacksonville State, and Kennesaw State.
There was a lot to like about 2024 (PG) Caleb White of Alabama Fusion 16U. He used the combination of speed and handles to break defenders down and get into the paint with ease. He did an outstanding job of finishing plays whether by making the basket or making the right pass. White showcased he was a true PG that can control the tempo of the game. Showed the ability to shoot the ball from the perimeter as well.
Class of 2023 (6’7/Wing) Jonathan Caicedo of the Alabama Fusion 17U was very impressive in the win over CP25 AL/MS. He is a point-forward right now with the ability transition into a true guard/wing. He makes plays that don’t always show in the stat sheet. He has a good motor and always seems to be around the ball. He has good ball skills – he can attack off the bounce as well as knock down perimeter shots. Jon is also capable of guarding 1-5 as well.