Jamboree Preview: West


By: Patrick Ronan | @pk_ronan

Winner of Saturday's Game Will Face Primetime NYC on Sunday

Three teams will compete in the Jamboree West for the final bid in TBT2017’s West region. The odd number means Primetime NYC gets a Saturday bye and will need just one win Sunday to secure their spot in Las Vegas July 15.

Primetime NYC should have the best chemistry of any team in the Jamboree. The team competes regularly in high-level tournaments in the New York area such as EBC at Rucker Park (5-time champion), the Nike Pro City (3-time champion), and the Dyckman Classic.

Most of the teams in TBT don’t have the luxury of playing together all the time and in many cases, the opening round game is the first time that group has played a competitive game together. With added rest and top-notch team chemistry, I’m looking for Primetime NYC to come out strong on Sunday.

But before we can see who gets the last spot out West in TBT2017 on Sunday, Broad Street Brawlers and Las Vegas Chess Center will square off Saturday morning to open up Jamboree play.

9:00am EST: Las Vegas Chess Center vs. Broad Street Brawlers WatchESPN

This game should be as good as the teams’ names. The two rosters have a combine 16 players with professional experience.

Every player on Broad Street’s roster has played professionally. They have sneaky size, with no one taller than 6’9”, but no one shorter than 6’3”.  Many of their players have Philly connections, so the Brawlers should be loose and comfortable Saturday morning.

One player you can count on feeling right at home is power forward Christian Burns, who played two seasons at Quinnipiac before transferring to Philadelphia University. He won Daktronics Division II National Player of the Year honors his senior season (averaged 21.7 points and 11.2 rebounds). Since his days at Philly U, Burns has played all around the world including Poland, Portugal, Germany, Ukraine, Israel, Italy, Russia, Czech Republic and UAE.

Another Brawler who could have a standout weekend is former West Virginia and Temple shooting guard Dalton Pepper. He played two seasons at West Virginia (2009-2011) and was part of the 2010 Final Four team before transferring to Temple (2012-2014). After averaging less than four points per game in his first three collegiate seasons, Pepper had a breakout campaign in 2014, averaging 17.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists for the Owls. Pepper has played the last two seasons in Italy for NPC Rieti (averaged 16.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game this season).

On top of having on of the best team names of all TBT2017 applicants, Las Vegas Chess Center has some serious talent on their roster. GM and shooting guard John Curcuru has plenty of experience in the dual role position. He’s an eight-year team captain/player on the Anthony Morrow Summer Hoops pro-am team.

Every player Curcuru has signed to the team has professional experience. Wink Adams should provide strong play and leadership at point guard. Adams played at UNLV from 2005-2009 and had his best season as a junior – averaging 16.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists.

Following college he played in the Summer League for the Knicks, and ultimately signed in Turkey for the 2009-2010 season. In March 2010 he moved to the D-League’s Tulsa 66ers and helped the team make a run to the D-League Championship.

With great size for his position, 6’7” wing James Bayless could provide a tough matchup for the Brawlers defense. Bayless played more than 26 minutes per game in both of his seasons at the University of San Francisco and averaged 12.4 points and 5.9 rebounds as a senior.

It’s an early tip-off, but one that’s well worth it with the level of play these two teams will bring the Philly. Catch the game live on WatchESPN.