The second night of the 2017 NY2LA Sports Summer Jam saw thrilling performances and a large contingent of college coaches on hand to take in the action in the second “live” evaluation period. Here is a look at a few of the top young performers in Thursday’s action.

Top performances
Davarion Jacobs — PG — 2019 — Mac Irvin Fire EYBL

His team struggled in the second half in a 63-53 loss to Martin Brothers on Thursday afternoon in a 16U contest, but Jacobs showed off a lot of skills.  He has a strong, physical frame and elite end-to-end speed. He is at his best attacking the bucket, but showed on Thursday he can knock down outside shots as well. 

Semaj Henderson — F — 2019 — Illinois Heat
Henderson is a strong 6’0 guard that can really handle the ball and uses a killer crossover to get himself free and to the bucket. He has a flair for the flashy play with slick passes and consistently plays down hill and really attacks the basket off the bounce. He had a big first half in win over Showtime Thomax in 16U action on Thursday afternoon, scoring 12 points and finished with 16 points and six boards in the win.

Manav Randlawa — SG — 2019 — Northern Kings
It was quite a shooting performance for Randlawa who went scoreless in the first half against Ramey-Jets in a 16U game on Thursday, but then knocked down seven 3-pointers in the second half, nearly all of which came out of the corners. He knocked down a game-tying 3-pointer with a minute remaining in a contest Jets-Ramey won at the buzzer. Randlawa is a 6’4 shooting guard who is a native of Ajax, Ontario who has impressed this offseason with his shot selection and ability to score the ball.

Cole Nau — PG — 2019 — Ray Allen Select
Nau came up with numerous big plays for Ray Allen Select in a hard-fought win over the Illinois Wolves, including a pair of clutch free throws with 6.7 seconds remaining that gave RAS a three-point lead. Nau finished with a game-high 10 points and was the only player on either team to reach double figure scoring. He is a smart heady player who plays within himself and lets the game come to him.

Desi Carton — SG — 2019 — Quad City Elite
Carton put together a huge first half in a win on Thursday afternoon over CIA Bounce in 16U action. Carton had 16 first half points and scored from all over the floor, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers, got the free throw line and to the bucket. His Thursday afternoon performance comes on the heels of a standout opening night on Wednesday. A 6’2 guard with a well-rounded skill set, Carton finished Thursday’s runaway win over CIA Bounce with 18 points.

Spencer Piercefield — SG — 2019 — Indiana Elite
You expect to see a team from Indiana be able to knock down perimeter shots and that’s just what Piercefield brought to the court on Thursday as he knocked down three 3-pointers and finished with 18 points in a hard fought loss to the Illinois Attack in 16U play. A 6’0 guard, Piercefield helped run the show for Indiana Elite, handling the ball in the backcourt throughout much of the contest and he also stuck his nose in the paint to come up with six rebounds.

 Nathan Childress — F — 2019 — Indiana Elite
Childress is an athletic 6’5 forward that does a lot of different things well for the Indiana Elite squad. He plays inside a lot at both ends of the floor as the team’s tallest starter and does a good job holding his own in the paint. Offensively, Childress gets a lot of garbage buckets around the rim, but can also step out and handle the ball and play on the wing. He led a well-rounded Indiana Elite attack on Thursday afternoon against Illinois Attack in 16U play with 15 points and seven rebounds.

Evan Taylor — F — 2019 — Illinois Heat
Left handed wing player made a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer in a hard fought win over Showtime Thomax in 16U action on Thursday afternoon. Taylor is a high-energy 6’6 forward who gets a lot of garbage baskets, finishes well around the basket, but is skilled enough to create his own shot, knock down mid-range shots, and as he showed at the buzzer on Thursday, make clutch 3-pointers when his team needs them. Taylor finished with a game-high 17 points and added five rebounds in his team’s win over Showtime Thomax.

Zane Short — F — 2019 — Wisconsin Crusaders
Short is one of three physical front line players for the Crusaders and he had a big advantage in the paint in a 16U contest Thursday night against a smaller front line presented by Yanders Law. Short is a physical presence in the paint, a good rebounder and also showed the ability to handle the ball and make plays. He finished with 14 points and eight rebounds as the Crusaders pulled away for a win.

Stock Boosters
Max Agbonkpolo — SF — 2019 — Dream Vision
Agbonkpolo probably has some work to do in the weight room as he needs to get stronger, but there is a lot to like about his game and long term potential. He is listed at 6’8, but play even bigger due to his length and has a skill set to match. He showed he has the ability to handle the ball, shoot from the outside and can also knock down a mid-range jumper off the bounce, or get all the way to the basket. 

Lawrence Brazil — PG — 2019 — Ramey-Jets
Brazil has established himself this offseason as strong point guard who makes good decisions, brings leadership to the court and can also score the ball. At 6’1 Brazil combines speed, quickness and smart, steady play. He scored 11 first-half points on Thursday in a 16U contest against Northern Kings, then added five more in the second half and finished with 16 to lead Ramey-Jets.

William Mahoney — PG — 2019 — Wisconsin Crusaders
Mahoney is a knock down shooter with a knack for getting himself open off the ball and is solid running the point. At 6’1, he has good size and is a crafty ball handler and made several impressive passes as he drove into the paint and dropped a pass off to an open man in a 16U contest Thursday evening against Yanders Law. 

Elliott Sieger — PG — 2020 — Illinois Wolves
Came up with several big plays down the stretch in a 16U game against Ray Allen Select, including a bucket with 1:15 remaining to brings the Wolves within one point. A 6’0 2020 point guard, Sieger is a playing up an age for the Wolves and shows poise and leadership for a young player. He finished with seven points in a low-scoring affair, but made several heady plays and played solid defense throughout.

Creshawn Brown G — 2019 — Showtime Thomax
A 6’0 left handed guard, Brown had a nice all-around game on Thursday afternoon in a 16U contest against Illinois Heat. He is a knock down perimeter shooter who can handle the ball and help run an offense. He led Thomax with 16 points in a hard-fought loss to the Illinois Heat on Thursday afternoon in 16U play.

Ben Hendricks — PF/C — 2019 — CIA Bounce
Hendricks probably didn’t play his best in the contest we watched on Thursday against Quad City Elite, but we saw a lot of potential. He is an active 6’10 big man who does a good job of scoring in the paint and around the basket. He had a hard time getting free in the paint for entry passes as Quad City did a good job of overplaying and coming up with steals, but when he caught it Hendricks showed he has the ability to be a handful in the paint. He has good footwork and a good feel for sealing his man and putting the ball in the basket.

Kobey Lam — PG — 2019 — CIA Bounce
Much like Hendricks (above), Lam probably didn’t have his best game in the contest we watched against Quad City Elite, but there was a lot to like in his game despite CIA Bounce’s struggles. A 6’2 point guard, Lam is a good floor general who handle the ball, can get to the basket and has a smooth 3-point shooting stroke. He is good on the boards and uses his height to his advantage despite his slender build, getting on the boards. He finished with 11 points to lead CIA Bounce in what turned into a lopsided loss to Quad City Elite on Thursday in 16U play.

Wesley Dreamer — F — 2019 — Martin Brothers
For the second week in a row, Dreamer impressed despite mostly coming off the bench and playing relatively limited minutes. He is a long, active 6’8 forward with good size and frame and does a lot of his damage offensively with activity. He runs the floor well exceptionally well, moves well without the ball and makes himself available … And gets to the free throw line in bunches. On Thursday, he came off the bench to score 14 points and led Martin Brothers with eight rebounds in a win over Mac Irvin Fire EYBL in a 16U contest.