The Middlesex Magic 17u Crotty went 7-0 and captured the championship at the 100+ team field at the Hoop Group Pittsburgh JamFest. The team grinded through 7 tough opponents, showing their depth of talent and team play throughout the tournament. In the championship game victory over Jersey Force, Thomas Shaughnessy led the team with a virtuoso performance, scoring 38 points. He showed his versatile ability to scores as he attacked the rim, was excellent in the mid-range and buried 8 3-pointers. He was named the MVP of the Pitt JamFest
Justin Connolly: the 6’7 Brooks forward has been a consistent force for the Magic on both ends of the floor. Connolly averaged 10ppg and 10rpg during the championship run, scoring with his back to the back and by attacking off the dribble. A rare rim protector who blocks shots but also takes charges, Connolly blocked 12 shots in the last 3 games and took 9 charges in 7 games. College coaches from all levels have shown interest in Connolly.
Bryce Daley: 6’3 Salisbury guard consistently got into the lane and finished at the rim and with his pull-up jumper. He provides great creativity for the Magic using his tremendous ball handling, and his size and lateral quickness make him a very versatile defender as well. Division 1 and 2 colleges expressing interest after the two live periods.
Patrick Harding: 6’9 Big Man was a force for the Magic, averaging 11ppg and 13rpg throughout the championship run. He showcased his repertoire of offensive skills scoring with his back to the basket, with a consistent jump shot and his excellent passing ability. His ability to rebound his space and beyond on the defensive side of the ball stood out this entire weekend. Headed into a postgraduate year Harding, who held multiple Division 1 offers, continues to draw division 1 interest.
Thomas Urquhart: 6’1 guard always provides a spark for the Magic on both ends of the floor, and he did this throughout the tournament. He saved his best for Championship Sunday, playing tremendous defense, slashing to the rim and knocking down jump shots including a pivotal 3 pointer in the semifinals.
Andrew Snoddy: 6’6 wing played his best basketball of the spring when it mattered most. He knocked down two big 3 point shots in the championship game, and brought his overall strong play on both ends of the floor throughout the weekend. Fully recovered from an injury during the winter, it is clear that he has rounded into form and is a key for the team’s success.
Brian Wright-Kinsey: 6’4 wing is a defensive do-it-all for the Magic who used his length, instincts and lateral quickness guarding the premier player on the opposing team every game. He averaged 8.5ppg for the Magic in the championship run, consistently knocking down 3 point shots and slashing to the rim. His 3 pointer with under 1 minute to go in the semi-finals gave the Magic a 1 point lead and proved to be the game winner.
Tyler Aronson: 6’1 guard showcased his great athleticism and ability to breakdown the defense to get to the rim and to his tremendous pull-up jump shot. A true combo guard who divided his time running the team and scoring the ball, while playing an aggressive defense he has become known for.
Tommy O’Neil: 6’8 forward was a constant force on the glass for the Magic, and his inside out scoring ability was on full display as he notched 11 points and 12 rebounds in the championship game. His motor may be his best asset as he plays hard for 30 minutes a game. He continues to see scholarship level interest.
Thomas Greaney: 6’6 forward was immense throughout the weekend and on Championship Sunday. He gave the Magic a post presence as he scored the ball going over both shoulders, and his unselfish nature led to many assists on cutters and spot up shooters. Known for his toughness he continued to rebound his area and free up his teammates with excellent screening.
John Kelly: 6’6 shooter provided instant offense for the Magic with his ability to come in an knock down shots from beyond the 3 point line. Continuing to expand his game into the post and with dribble drive provides the team with a deadly offensive weapon.
Thomas Shaughnessy: The 6’0 Magic Floor General capped terrific back to back weekends by averaging 21ppg and 6apg, while displaying the toughness, leadership and clutch nature he has come to be known by. He saved his best for last scoring 38 points in the championship game, which included 8 3-pointers as the Magic defeated Jersey Force to take home the title. Quinnipiac, Brown, American and Navy joined Army on the list of Division 1 offers.