Executives of SportsPITTSBURGH today announced that Hoop Group Pittsburgh Jam Fest will be back this weekend with more than 10,000 attendees. Players from more than 500 teams from some of the nation’s top AAU basketball programs, across 30 states, are expected to take the courts Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. In 2017, this event generated more than $6 million dollars directly into the local economy.
Hoop Group Pittsburgh Jam Fest, which is returning to Pittsburgh for the 13th year, is an NCAA-sanctioned event, taking place during one of only two spring evaluation periods. With an estimated 300 coaches and out-of-town media scheduled to attend, the convention center in downtown Pittsburgh provides an ideal atmosphere and location to watch some of the nation’s top young talent. There will be 36 courts under one roof. This prestigious event is covered nationally by ESPN, Scout.com, Rivals.com, CBS Sports, SLAM Magazine, iHoops, Ball is Life, Hoops Mix Tape and many more media outlets.
“We are thrilled to welcome back the Hoop Group Pittsburgh Jam Fest, which continues to grow, along with some of the top high school talent in the country,” said Jennifer Hawkins, executive director of SportsPITTSBURGH. “This year’s tournament will include more than 10,000 attendees including players, college coaches, fans, media and more. We look forward to an exciting three days of basketball. The community of Pittsburgh and its businesses have really embraced this event, and we’re proud to show off our city as an attractive destination for one of the top amateur sporting events in the Northeast.”
More than 120 Hoop Group alumni have become elite players in the National Basketball Association (NBA), including superstars James Harden, Kevin Durant, John Wall, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, Kyrie Irving and Karl Anthony-Towns. More recently, 13 Hoop Group alumni were selected in the 2017 NBA Draft, including three top-10 picks and the number one overall selection, Markelle Fultz. Furthermore, Villanova’s 2018 National Championship team featured 12 Hoop Group Alumni, including leading scorer and game MVP, Donte Divincenzo.
“We are so excited to return to Pittsburgh and the David L. Lawrence Convention Center for the nation’s largest spring basketball tournament, Hoop Group Pittsburgh Jam Fest,” said Rob Kennedy, president of Hoop Group. “Pittsburgh is the perfect city to host this event. With 36 courts under one roof and all that the city has to offer right within walking distance of the convention center, it makes for a memorable tournament for everyone involved.”