The eighth annual NY2LSPORTS May Invitational tips off Friday night and will be held at various locations in the greater Milwaukee area. Homestead High School in Mequon, Wisconsin is the site for some exciting basketball on opening night. Here’s a look at some of the top matchups taking place Friday night, featuring top players from around the Midwest such as Cody Schwartz, Diamond Stone, Evan Boudreaux, Josh Jackson, Michael Finke, Riley LaChance and many more…

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17U Division Matchups
IL Rising Stars Elite vs. WI Shooters – 6:00 PM @ Homestead HS – Court 5

The night tips off with a solid matchup between the state of Illinois and Wisconsin as talented perimeter duo Paul Miller and Jordan Perez of the Wisconsin Shooters lock up with Brad Kruse, Jeremy Stephani, and Admiral Schofield of the IL Rising Stars.  Mix in C.J. Polk and athletic forward Juafonyay Lyte and this one should be a solid competitive matchup to tip things off on Friday.

Team NLP vs. DTA Devin Harris – 7:10 PM @ Homestead High School Court 5
This game has a little bit of everything. A solid match up inside? Check. Touted Sophomore Forward Evan Boudreaux will battle with the long, athletic Center Travon Bunch. Slashing wings? Check. Kurt Hall, D’Angelo Jackson, and Marcus White are three terrific penetrating wings. Good perimeter play? Check. Romeo Bouie and Jevon Carter can both make exciting plays as can talented guard Connor Cashaw.

Wisconsin Swing vs. Peoria Irish – 8:20 PM @ Homestead High School Court 3
Illinois commit Michael Finke leads the Peoria Irish in what’s expected to be a tough, physical battle versus the Wisconsin Swing and emerging forward Even Wesenberg. Still expect a lot of up and down play as point guards Lamonte Bearden and Marcus Bartley are two exciting guards, who love to push the tempo and sharpshooters T.J. Schlundt and Jake Showalter can make it rain when they get going.  This one should be a good one.

Madison Spartans vs. Team Rose – 8:20 PM @ Homestead High School Court 2
A talented group from Madison led by Malik Clements, Andre Neal, and Jordan Shea lock up with a talented Illinois squad powered by Darius Austin, Joseph Stamps, etc.  Clements can put the ball in the basket and is being looked at by a handful of Division schools right now.  This should be solid opening night contest.  

TP Elite vs. Dorian’s Pride – 9:30 PM @ Homestead High School Court 2
Tyler Miller, Levi Bradley, Jaylen Key, and TP Elite will be joined by 2014 Guard Ayinde Starling this weekend. TP Elite has been solid all spring and will look to continue that impressive play against Dorian’s Pride, who’s filled with talent, including highly touted freshman Josh Jackson. Dorian’s Pride will look to flex their muscle inside with junior forwards Jaylen Johnson and A.J. Turner.

Iowa Barnstormers vs. Gateway BB – 9:30 PM @ Homestead High School Court 3
A good guard matchup will be on display between the Iowa Barnstormers and Gateway Basketball Club Friday night as Northern Iowa commit Wyatt Lohaus will face off against Trevor Clay. Fresh off his commitment to Drake, 2014 Forward Casey Schlatter looks to continue a nice spring thus far.

Ray Allen Select vs. Eric Gordon All-Stars – 9:30 PM @ Homestead HS Court 5
One of the headliners of the night features Riley LaChance, Brady Ellingson, Reed Timmer, and Ray Allen Select, taking on Bryant McIntosh, Sam Logwood, Mack Mercer, and the Eric Gordon All-Stars. The way these two teams can put up points, the nets may be worn down by the time the final buzzer sounds in this one. Both are highly respected teams regionally and nationally and this one should be an excellent contest between two teams who should challenge for the tournament championship come Sunday.

16U Division Matchups
Chicago Lockdown vs. DTA Devin Harris – 7:10 PM @ Homestead HS Court 3

Versatile forwards Matt Rafferty and Brandon Eckford square off for their respective teams on Friday night. Lockdown has surprised this spring, winning some big games and DTA has turned some heads in April and May as well as Eckford joins the likes of James Batemon, Jerome Cummings, Isaiah Lock, Jurss and others to form a tough and hard working squad.

Young Legends vs. WI Blizzard – 8:20 PM @ Homestead High School Court 5
Two of Wisconsin’s best sophomores will matchup Friday night as the nation’s top ranked player Diamond Stone squares off against the very intriguing and versatile Cody Schwartz. Although the spotlight is on those two, role players Joe Binyoti and Kyle Monroe can also make some noise in their own right.  This one is easily one of the highlights of opening night as both teams have two strong high major talents along with a cast of emerging and talented teammates that can knock down jumpers, attack off the bounce, etc.  

Illinois Celtics vs. Central IL Net Gain – 9:30 PM @ Milwaukee Lutheran Court 3
This one should be a solid opening night matchup as a strong and talented Celtics team lead by Tyler Jackson, Myles Carter, Kristian Santos, Aaron Jordan, and Joseph Toye lock up with a gritty and talented Central IL Net Gain squad led by Jake Reinhart.  

15U Division Matchups
WI Academy Hauser vs. IL Goldrush Tigers – 7:10 PM @ Brown Deer HS Court 3

The highly regarded Academy squad led by talented freshmen duo Trevor Anderson and Sam Hauser make take the court for their first game on Friday against the IL Goldrush Tigers.  Anderson and company already have collected tournament championships at the NY2LA Sports Swish & Dish and the NY2LA Sports Spring Extravaganza and they take aim at their third major title of the spring starting Friday at Brown Deer High School.

Playground Elite vs. IL Wolfpack Davis – 7:10 PM @ Brown Deer HS Court 2
A talented group for the Playground Elite led by Treante Mason and Bobby Hambright take to the courts on Friday against a strong and gritty Wolfpack squad.  PGE stands to be in the thick of championship contention throughout the weekend and it starts Friday at Brown Deer High School.

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