"This tournament has been running for four to five years now," Jam Fest tournament director Kyle Griffin said. "its been a very big deal for the area and teams have come in from all over the country. This year we mainly have teams from the Midwest area, like Ohio, western Pennsylvania, Virginia and some North Carolina teams."
Before you think it's just another travel league basketball tournament, you better think again. After watching these kids play for a couple hours, you can definitely tell they're competing for a college scholarship.
"If you walk through the gym you'll see tons of Division III and Division II coaches, and a few Division I coaches have also popped their heads in to see what kind of talent we've brought out this year," Griffin said.
The AAU basketball circuit has grown tremendously over the years. Most of the stars you see in the college game have played along with circuit at one point or another. Which is why attracting these kinds of players to Morgantown isn't only great for the University City, but for the entire state as well.
"The Jam Fest and these live period events in particular give the kids an opportunity -- brings the kids' talent and the college coaches together all in one venue. That's why these are so successful and popular," Somerset, PA head coach Wade Fyock said.