Riverfront Sports in Scranton will be hosting an AAU basketball event for the third straight weekend.
This time, the event will have a different look.
The Hoop Group Scranton Jam Fest, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday on the Backcourt Hoops courts, will be a girls-only event and will be strictly on the high school level. The Aug. 15-16 Summer Shootout and Aug. 21-23 Summer Showdown consisted of boys and girls teams with divisions as young as Fifth Grade for each gender.
Hoop Group, a New Jersey-based company, replaced a Jam Fest, originally scheduled for Atlantic City this weekend, by adding the event in Scranton. Its series of events each year draw some of the strongest AAU programs from around the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
The event will feature 18 teams of 15-17-year-old players split into A, B and C Pools.
Teams are scheduled to play four games, two each Saturday and again Sunday.
NEPA Elite will have four of the teams.
The NEPA Elite Clark 17U team is entered in the A Pool with New York Havoc Blue, the Germantown Lady Panthers, 1onNone Virginia, New Jersey Demons and the Long Island Renegades. The Clark team, 1onNone and the Renegades are all members of the Hoop Group’s Showcase League, which pits top teams against each other during Hoop Group events.
NEPA Elite Clark (11-1) will play doubleheaders Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.
The NEPA Elite Lewis 17U team (10-2) and the new NEPA Elite Genco 17U team (3-0) are part of the B Pool with the Syracuse Royals, New Jersey Freedom, New York Havoc Grey and New Jersey Magic. Syracuse and New Jersey are HGSL teams.
The pool has games scheduled for 5:55 and 7:10 Saturday, then 1:10 and 2:25 Sunday.
The NEPA Elite 16U team (8-5) is in Pool C, which plays early Saturday afternoon and late Sunday morning.
New York Havoc Silver, the Syracuse Royals 2022, New York Havoc White and Syracuse Royals 2023 and Jersey Shore Rebels are in the C Division.
The NEPA Elite 16U girls, coached by Morgan Birmelin, and the Syracuse Royals 2022 team are both part of the HGSL for teams featuring the 2022 graduation class.
Hoop Group traces its roots to 1963, beginning with summer camps in Trenton, N.J. then Stroudsburg. It has evolved through the years.
On its website, Hoop Group bills itself as “a comprehensive basketball company dedicated to fulfilling dreams of players, coaches and parents by providing the best instruction, competition and exposure.” Through its camps, clinics, leagues, tournaments and facilities, Hoop Group “strives to remain a leader in all aspects of the game, as grassroots basketball continues to shift and expand.”