The 2017 NY2LA Sports Next Level Invitational carried on from Mequon Homestead High School on Friday. With the coveted league championships on the line in the 15,16, and 17U divisions.

Top Performers
D.J. Carton – 2019 – PG – Quad City Elite

Emerging as one of the top point guards in the Midwest, Carton had another strong performance Friday morning. Despite a loss, Carton scored a game-high 21 points, including seven-straight late as Quad City Elite rallied to erase a 12-point deficit. The 6-foot-1 junior showed the ability to score against size and length. Always working for the best shot, Carton rarely settles for a jumper, even though he’ll hit a good percentage, but prefers to attack the rim and put pressure on the defense. One of the best at anticipating passes, Carton always gets a handful of steals that often go the other way for dunks. 

Justin Fischer – 2018 – PG – Team Basketball 
Fischer is just a ball player. Exceptional in a variety of areas, Fischer makes tons of plays throughout a given game and elevates his team. The first thing that jumps out is the passing ability. Fischer has a ton of tricks with the basketball and numerous unique deliveries that allow him to thread the needle. He’s got nice size at 6-foot-3 and is a capable scorer from all areas of the floor. Defensively, Fischer is very tough. His strength and lateral quickness forced opponents into numerous tough shots and turnovers in Friday’s win over Example Sports. This looks like a solid Division 2 prospect that can continue to play a big role for his team at the next level. 

Musa Jallow – 2018 – G/F – Team Blaze Select
Jallow dropped 19 points and 17 boards in the 17U title game. The future Ohio State Buckeye impressed with his ability to time shots off the glass and put them home with authority, including a one-hand put back dunk. A team-first worker, Jallow doesn’t care about his own stat line, but he packs the scorebook anyway because he can play so many different positions and doesn’t have many glaring weaknesses. A talented, three-level scorer, Jallow can size his man up and excel with whatever his defender gives him. He was fantastic down the stretch as Team Blaze erased a late deficit to steal a win in overtime over Mac Irvin Fire. 

Isaac Lindsey – 2020 – SG – Wisconsin Swing
In the midst of a huge week, Lindsey dropped 21 points in a 15U semifinal win over the Colorado Titans. A deadly sharpshooter, Lindsy forces defenses to constantly know where he is on the perimeter and with his quick stroke from downtown, it often doesn’t matter. The 6-foot-2 sniper has improved the other parts of his game and isn’t limited to just shooting triples. Lindsey converted on some tough drives in traffic and also created for others off the bounce. Lindsey also puts in effort on the glass and the defensive end. He was getting his hands on passes and keeping plays alive on the offensive glass. 

Xavier Pinson – 2018 – PG – Mac Irvin Fire
There’s nothing else to say other than the kid was big time once again. There was a missed dunk late as Mac Irvin was trying to close out the 17U title game, but other than that, Pinson was stellar. Against a very good on-ball defender, who made him work for everything, Pinson went for 16 points and six assists. An electrifying ball handler, Pinson puts people on skates with a deadly crossover. Pinson’s vision and passing ability is among the best in the Midwest. It doesn’t matter if Pinson has his eyes on the target or not, he sees everything going on and dropped some magnificent dimes in two games on Friday. 

Matthew Todd – 2018 – PG – Minnesota Comets
Not sure anybody has had a better overall week to this point than Todd. Still looking for his first Division 1 offer, Todd continues to entice coaches with his outstanding play. Despite a loss to Mac Irvin Fire in the 17U semifinals, Todd more than held his own against a Division 1 prospect. A point guard that makes everyone better, yet at the same time can handle the scoring load if needed and be the straw that stirs the drink offensively, the Minnesota Comets almost always get a good look from the floor when Todd is in the game. Todd is a bucket getter from 3-point range and isn’t fazed by a hand in his face. The passing ability sets him apart from other point guards. Todd’s feel for his teammates and ability to set up defenders and keep them guessing is second to none in the NY2LA Association. 

Travell Washington – 2018 – C – Inland Empire
Washington’s effort and impact around the rim made a big difference for Inland Empire in their win over Colorado Premier. The 6-foot-8 senior is a energy big whose length makes him a handful to keep off the glass. Washington constantly won contested rebounds, which led to second chance opportunities. He’s still raw offensively, but can go to his right effectively and displayed a soft touch on his jump hook, although he struggled to finish from 4-5 feet out. Washington’s outside stroke is also a work in progress, but he’ll make the defense respect him from out there. Washington posted a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds in Friday’s win.

Logan Windeler – 2018 – F – Example Sports
In a tough loss to Team Basketball, Windeler impressed with his ability to shoot the basketball. You don’t see a lot of guys with his type of stroke. At 6-foot-8, Windeler elevates very well on his jumper, making it all but impossible to contest at his size. He’s also comfortable off the bounce and his one dribble jumper was pure on Friday. Also a weapon in the pick n’ roll, Windeler makes good decisions as whether to pop out to the arc or roll to the basket. Holding a Division 1 offer from American, more mid-major programs should get involved throughout July. 

Stock Boosters
Manning Baumgardner III – 2018 – PG – Team Blaze Select

Baumgardner really elevated his game in the 17U title game victory over Mac Irvin Fire. He’s always played consistently well, but his impact in that win was probably higher than any other player on the floor that day. A hard-nosed guard, Baumgardner doesn’t yield an inch defensively and won some major head-to-head battles where he was put in the pick n’ roll or left on an island to defend. Always talking and communicating, Baumgardner has total control of the offensive and defensive schemes. Baumgardner has terrific speed, lateral quickness, and makes good decisions with the basketball. He’s not a big scorer, but Mac Irvin Fire were forced to face guard him well out behind the arc because he makes so much happen. This is a really good Division 2 prospect that could play his way up to the Division 1 level if he keeps this up. 

Matthew Johnson – 2019 – PG – Minnesota Comets
This group plays so well off each other, but Johnson seems to take things to the next level. The ball movement is outstanding when Johnson is on the floor. A drive and dish guard, Johnson puts defenses in tough spots and forces them to pick their poison, which is often an open look for another teammate. The 6-foot-1 junior is smooth and crafty with the basketball, but only takes necessary dribbles. Helping the Minnesota Comets win the 16U championship on Friday, Johnson’s ability to run the offense was impressive. 

Matt Mims – 2018 – PG – Martin Bros.
A quality floor general with a great feel for the game, Mims is a team-first leader that puts people into positions to succeed. Also a knockdown shooter, Mims can create his own offense and will rack up multiple triples per game if left unattended. Mims appears to have worked on his strength and looks more filled out this summer. His ball handling and court awareness always give Martin Bros. a chance to win. 

Jalen Page – 2020 – G/F – Colorado Titans
Page was solid in a losing effort to the Wisconsin Swing in the 15U semifinals. The 6-foot-3 sophomore is one of the more athletic and versatile players in the league. Page plays and defends four positions effectively. He often gives his team an emotional boost with his slashing and ability to play above the rim. Page was also active defensively, contesting shots without fouling and then running the floor, looking for easy transition baskets. 

Jamir Price – 2019 – PG – Quad City Elite
With his team struggling in the 16U semifinals against REACH Legends, Price got Quad City Elite going Friday morning. His defense really jumpstarted the rest of his team. Price recorded a number of consecutive steals and then made things happen in transition, either going coast-to-coast or dropping it off for a teammate. The small, but speedy guard plays with good pace and is rarely stagnant on either end of the floor, always looking to make something happen. 

Alton Thompson – 2018 – SG – Mac Irvin Fire
Thompson has some freaky athleticism and he wowed the crowd throughout the day. The 6-foot-5 wing just skies above the rim to a point where no defender can challenge him at the rim. Thompson’s hang time is simply ridiculous as he can adjust in mid-air with ease if needed. Thompson’s plays at the rim were just as impressive as his shot blocking. He was seemingly everywhere, sending shots off the glass with authority. More of an explosive slasher, Thompson did knock down a few jumpers in Friday’s championship game loss to Team Blaze. 

Chandler Turner – 2019 – SF – REACH Legends
Turner came up big down the stretch for Reach Legends in their 16U semifinal win over Quad City Elite. In a back and forth affair late, Turner answered just about every Quad City basket with one of his own. Length is a big part of Turner’s game. He does a good job of working his way into the paint and floating shots up over the top of the defense. Against smaller guards, Turner has no problem rising up over the top for a jumper. Turner pushed his team into the title game with a deep two at the buzzer, running into the corner and snapping off a shot before time expired, capping off a 20-point effort. 

Blake Williams – 2018 – SG – Colorado Premier
Williams is a good looking sleeper in the 2018 class. He won’t blow you away athletically, but he’s skilled from all areas of the floor and plays with a high IQ that allows him to put up nice numbers. At 6-foot-6, Williams is tough to find a matchup for. He’s also a gifted passer that can operate in traffic. Williams scored nearly half his team’s points in a 15-point effort during a loss to Inland Empire. 

Ty Woelber – 2018 – G – SW MN Stars
Woelber nearly led a terrific comeback against the Wisconsin Shooters. Woelber made a number of consecutive hustle plays to erase a double-digit deficit. The 6-foot senior turned defense into offense and converted at a high level on the other end of the floor, besting bigger defenders with his ability to hang in mid-air and put the right touch on the ball. A kid that gets after it on both ends of the floor, Woelber has one of the best motors we’ve seen this week.

Recruiting Notes
Isaac Lindsey was watched by South Dakota State, Green Bay, Milwaukee, and Northern Iowa on Friday.