The annual NY2LA Sports Invitational wrapped up play on Sunday afternoon at Homestead High School in Mequon and featured a host of thrilling games as several players stepped up their game and raised their profile on a big stage.

TOP PERFORMERS
Vinny Belcaster— 2018 — SG — Mac Irvin Fire Elite

Doesn’t quite get the recognition of his teammates, but Belcaster had a good weekend. He has a big frame and plays the game with intensity and passion. A 6’4 shooting guard, Belcaster can knock down the 3 and get to the bucket, but his best as asset as a player might be his court vision. He made several eye-opening passing, zipping the ball through traffic to open teammates under the bucket.

Ben Canady — 2018 — PG — All In Athletics Linton
At 6’2, Canady is a solid lead guard with the ability to handle the ball under pressure and has a good feel for running a team. He shoots something of a set shot, but has the ability to consistently knock down perimeter shots. 

George Conditt Jr. — 2018 — PF/C — Team RWA
Conditt is arguably one of the biggest risers in Illinois in recent weeks, drawing numerous Division I offers and going from relatively unknown prospect to a prospect drawing high-major offers. At 6’10, Conditt is a long, rangy, agile rim-protecting forward who runs the floor exceptionally well and even shows a soft shooting touch out to the 3-point line. 

Jack Ellison — 2018 — F — Illinois Fastbreak
Ellison is a strong, physical 6’6 forward that can play above the rim, handle the ball a little and play inside-outside basketball. Ellison had several strong performances over the weekend, including against Mac Irvin Fire in a contest that got heated on Saturday. 

Aaron Shoot — 2018 — G — Quad City Elite
A 6’0 guard, Shoot lives up to his last name as he can really light it up from 3-point range. In addition to being a knock down shooter from the outside, Shoot handled much of the ball handling duties for Quad City Elite over the weekend.

David Skogman — 2019 — PF — Ray Allen Select
Continue to be impressed with the play of Skogman who helped lead Ray Allen Select to the 16U championship game this weekend in Milwaukee. A 6’8 forward, Skogman is an active big man around the bucket at both ends of the floor, proving to be a good rebounder, rim runner and finisher in traffic. But what makes him an intriguing long term prospect is his ability to shoot from the outside and stretch the floor.

Morgan Taylor — 2018 — PG — Illinois Fastbreak
Really enjoyed watching Taylor play, he is a 6’3 point guard who has a terrific handle and plays with great pace to his game. He has a quick first step and has the ability to get all the way to the bucket and finish tough chances around the bucket. Another quality sleeper that opened eyes this weekend, Taylor can play and he contributes on both ends of the court with consistency.  

Jamil Turner — 2018 — PG — Indiana Faith 2018
A good left handed shooter, Turner was one of several individual players who stood out this weekend for Indiana Faith. He is a crafty point guard type with good size at 6’1 who can get in the lane and all the way to the bucket, find teammates and uses his dribble well to set up outside shots.

Ben Wolf — 2018 — C — Mercury Elite
Naperville, Ill. product is among Illinois’ top center prospects in the 2018 class. Standing 6’8, 215-pounds, Wolf is a strong, physical player who finished several plays above the rim with dunks. Wolf runs the floor extremely well and presents a big target in the post and does a good job sealing his man and getting in position to get an entry pass. 

Lukas Venckus — 2019 — F — ET21 Buckeyes
Was easily among the most impressive performers in the 16U bracket as he helped lead the ET21 Buckeyes the second round of the Platinum bracket before falling to the Rebels Spartans on Sunday. He has terrific size for a wing player at 6’6 and can do a little bit of everything at a high level. Venckus scored a game-high 29 points on Friday, knocking down several 3-pointers and showing the ability to play above the rim and score at all three levels.

STOCK BOOSTERS
Kani Acree — SF — Team RWA

At 6’7, Acree has terrific size for a wing player and is a skilled, all-around performer. Can handle the ball, play inside-outside basketball and has a versatile all-around skill set. Finished with 19 points in a Friday loss to the Wisconsin Shooters.

Jaden Aikens — 2018 — G/F — Illinois Wolverines
Aikens is a long, rangy wing player who plays much bigger than his listed height with the ability to compete in the paint, but skilled enough to move to the perimeter where he can handle the ball a little and shoot from the outside. He is a terrific rebounder and posted several double-doubles throughout the weekend.

Jack Brahm — 2018 — SG — Playground Elite
Brahm is an athletic wing player that can play on the perimeter or handle the ball and play in the backcourt. At 6’5, he is an athletic player that can throw down a dunk and is a terrific rebounder. He plays with a big motor and competes at both ends of the floor.

Zachary Lattimer — 2018 — G/F — MBA Select 
We didn’t see many shooters better over the past weekend in Milwaukee. Lattimer has good size at 6’4 and an old-school feel about his game. He can handle the ball a little and is a good rebounder who uses his size and strength to his advantage. He shoots something of a set shot, but has a super-quick release. He is good from all points on the court, but took and made several tough, contested shots out of the corners.

Deontay Long — 2019 — F — Rebels- Spartans Elite
A powerfully built 6’5 inside-outside player who can handle the ball, play a little on the perimeter or get in the post and bang with the big boys. Long helped lead his squad to the 16U quarterfinals where they fell to Ray Allen Select.

Jalen Newsom — 2018 — SG — Indiana Faith 2018
A strong, physical 6’3, 176-pound shooting guard, Newsom is a terrific outside shooter who does a good job setting up screens and freeing himself for open shots. He has the ability to get hot from 3-point range and carry a team, but also showed the ability to put the ball on the floor a little and create off the bounce.

Chase Robinson — 2019 — G — Made Men
Robinson is a tough as nails competitor at both ends of the floor and was a handful for opponents in the 16U bracket to contain. A 6’0 guard, Robinson proved to be difficult for defenders to keep out of the paint and away from the basket. He plays with confidence and is an aggressive player who is seemingly always in attack mode.

Andres Peralta-Werns – 2018 – G/F – Milwaukee RS Elite-Dillon
A consistent and talented wing, Werns was solid throughout the weekend once again as he helped pace his team to the Silver Bracket championships at the 17U level.  He can finish from multiple levels, is consistent in terms of his floor production and he plays hard.  A solid scoring talent with the ability to take over the game on occasion, Werns is one of the better kept secrets in the state of Wisconsin for the 2018 class.  A quality overall weekend of work once again for the talented senior to be.

Davion Williford — 2019 — G — Larry Hughes
An athletic 6’2 wing player from St. Louis (Mo.), Williford excels in an up-and-down game and was an aggressive player getting into the paint where he proved to be very good finishing in traffic. He has long arms and the ability to get in the passing lanes and disrupt offenses.