HYPE Sports #WinterJam2k18: Sunday Recap

by Spencer Pulliam

January 7 2018


DALLAS, TX – The 2018 HYPE Sports Winter Jam concluded on Sunday as champions were crowned at the Duncanville Fieldhouse and Drive Nation facilities. Several new storylines came into focus throughout the sixth, seventh, and eighth-grade divisions with many prospects making an imprint on the event’s final day.

In the Class of 2022, Northern California-based Ballers Select advanced through a talented division to win the eighth-grade championship, while Oklahoma Chaos won the Class of 2023 division, and TJ Ford Basketball took home the #WinterJam2k18 title in the Class of 2024.



At 6-foot-7 and 250+ pounds, Max Lee Allen put his massive frame to use versus the field at #WinterJam2k18, securing Most Outstanding Player honors, while leading Ballers Select through an impressive field to claim the title.

Surprisingly agile for his size, Allen plays with brute force in the lane, and finishes with ease at the rim. The bruising post overpowered opponents on both ends, consistently worked to establish position, and converted at a high percentage in the paint.



We knew going into the event that Oklahoma Chaos would compete in the seventh-grade field thanks to an assist from #WinterJam2k18 director Brandon Ray. However, it’s fair to say that few thought the squad would win the title.

Enter Jacobe Johnson. The son former Texas Christian guard, Malcolm Johnson, the six-foot Class of 2023 prospect torched the competition with an array of offensive moves. Johnson knocked down open shots, slashed to the rim in the halfcourt, and finished in transition. Perhaps most impressive was the heart that the versatile backcourt prospect showed in defending the post for the majority of the tournament as his team was vastly undersized.



I stumbled upon the D.C. Kings on Sunday at #WinterJam2k18 and was pleasantly surprised while watching 6-foot-7¬†Marcette Lawson for the first time. Lawson used his length to block and alter shots on the defensive side of the ball and also proved to be a reliable finisher around the rim.¬†He’s deserving of more touches offensively, and his confidence, as well as his aggressiveness, should improve as that happens.

Imagine my surprise upon finding out that Lawson’s 6-foot-4 teammate also happens to be his twin brother, Christian Lawson. Exactly one minute younger than his brother, Christian Lawson is still developing his skills, and is a self-described team player. In his current role,¬†the blossoming forward is an energy-giver, willing passer, and brings toughness as a rebounder.



While Keaton Wallace is in the midst of his freshman season of Division I hoops at UTSA following a standout career at Richardson High School, his younger brother Cason Wallace is just getting started with his final season on the youth hoops circuit. The Class of 2022 prospect stands 6-foot-1 and has an extra dose of athleticism and explosiveness to his game.

Playing at #WinterJam2k18 with F.O.E., Wallace’s high-flying act earned him a lot of attention throughout the weekend, as the versatile¬†guard helped lead his team to a 3-1 record. Currently¬†developing in the mold of a scorer, Wallace can attack off the bounce,¬†but also showed vision in the lane as he constantly attacked the rim.



I’m only beginning to get a first look at the Class of 2024, but #WinterJam2k18 provided an excellent preview of what is to come for this group during the next few years on the youth hoops circuit.

Kentuckian Travis Perry averaged 19 points per game, including 17 points in the title game, as TJ Ford USA won the sixth-grade championship. Their roster included players from¬†4 states, as¬†Jadyn Harris (Louisiana), Caleb Odom (Georgia), Kohen Rowbatham (Louisiana), and Brooklyn Vick (Virginia)¬†were some of the team’s more productive players.¬†Remeber these names as¬†ThePrepInsiders.com will begin monitoring them to begin the New Year.


Spencer Pulliam

Spencer Pulliam is the National Scouting & Recruiting Director for The Prep Insiders. Born and raised in North Carolina, he has 12 years of industry experience in youth basketball, and is respected as a nationwide leader in the field. See the 'About Us' page for Spencer's full bio.
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