Day 2 proved to contain some more intense and skillful performances by young prospects who looked to make names for themselves and their teams. 2015 prospect Levi Bradley stepped his game up in a major way Saturday as did fellow sophomore Christian Williams of the Peoria Irish, and others like Brett Benning, Stephen Harris, Scott Lindsey, Matt Rafferty and more played out of their minds. We continue our coverage of this weekend with a look at that and more that shined on day 2 in Wisconsin…

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TOP PERFORMERS:
LEVI BRADLEY - G/F - 2015 - TP-ELITE
6-6 - PIUS XI H.S. - MILWAUKEE, WI

Bradley has had a hot hand all tournament and he came up big both halves against Northern Illinois Elite. The 6-6 sophomore was able to make plays at the hoop, but made sure to display his touch from the perimeter and mid-range areas as well. TP would sure like to see Bradley continue having games like today... He finished with 23 points.

JAMES BATEMON - G - 2015 - DTA
6-0 - MILWAUKEE RIVERSIDE H.S. - MILWAUKEE, WI

Batemon was up to his usual tricks again today, playing high-pressure defense and driving past defenders for scores either floating shots over defenders’ outstretched hands or at the rim on the break. Batemon concluded the victory scoring 18 points.
 
ANTHONY CARVER - F - 2015 - WI SHOOTERS
6-3 - WISCONSIN LUTHERAN H.S. - MILWAUKEE, WI

Carver continued to impress viewers today with his smooth, yet strong offensive output. The Wisconsin Lutheran H.S. sophomore competes with a high a motor, grit inside and the ball control to handle pressure on the perimeter. Carver finished well inside, but also stepped out to nail a three-pointer, finishing the contest with 17 points.

BRETT BENNING - G/F - 2014 - NORTHERN ILLINOIS ELITE
6-5 - DAKOTA H.S. - DAVIS, IL

Benning played outstanding in the loss to TP-Elite and a victory earlier in the day. The lefty proved his accuracy from downtown as well as showing explosion and touch around the basket with strong cuts and dribble penetration. Benning averaged double-digits scoring in NIE’s games today, as well as dropped some nice dimes to teammates for scores.

KARL HARRIS - G/F - 2015 - FULL PACKAGE
6-4 - DE LA SALLE H.S. - HAZEL CREST, IL

Harris has a spring in his game in which he uses his length and athleticism to create an advantage for himself against opponents. Harris was able to attack off the bounce where he scored well inside with baskets at the rim or shots around 15 feet. The sophomore wing rebounded tough also. Harris scored 19 points for Full Package in their loss to Gateway.

STEPHEN HARRIS - G/F - 2015 - GATEWAY
6-3 - WEBSTER GROVES H.S. - ST. LOUIS, MO

Pacing his team throughout a grinding game against Full Package, Harris showed just hot well-rounded and fine-tuned his skill set is. Harris moves smooth and finishes strong, grabbing offensive rebounds against bigger defender and finishing the putbacks against challenge from the defense. He also can bring the ball up the court, passes well and knocked down a three-point shot with confidence. The sophomore combo player is a very bright young player with room to grow in an already steady game. Harris wound up with 20 points when all was said and done versus Full Package.

SCOTT LINDSEY - G - 2014 - IL OLD SCHOOL-WOODS
6-5 - FENWICK H.S. - HILLSIDE, IL

Lindsey did a lot of everything in Old School’s win against the Jets Saturday. The well-sized and always attacking athlete knocked down shots from the outside - draining 4 three-pointers - drove to the hoop strong and under control, rebounded well and finished plays off outstandingly whether it was scoring himself or distributing to an open teammate for a basket. Ultimately, Lindsey’s play was too much for the opponent and he finished with 29 points.

MATTHEW RAFFERTY - F - 2015 - CHICAGO LOCKDOWN
6-7 - HINSDALE CENTRAL H.S. - DARIEN, IL

Rafferty wowed the crowd with a deceptive guard-like game for a young player who is 6-7 205-pounds and a tough interior presence. With a nice looking shooting motion, Rafferty scorched the nets with four triples, rebounded both glasses and finished plays off around the rim with strength. Rafferty ended up scoring 27 points for Chicago Lockdown.

JEVON SMITH - G/F - 2015 - TP-ELITE
6-3 - MILWAUKEE LUTHERAN H.S. - MILWAUKEE, WI

Smith is a young player full of potential that showed what he is capable of in a major way on Day 2. Smith scored 20 points by way of transition finishes, patience finding openings for jump shots and knocking them down. The sophomore guard/forward was also very good getting the ball to teammates on the break for clean finishing opportunities, seeing gaps and threading the needle a couple a times.

CHRISTIAN WILLIAMS – SG – PEORIA IRISH
6-4 – ST. THERESA – DECATUR, IL

A smooth wing talent with range beyond the arc, Williams made it look easy at teams as his team locked up with Cody Schwartz and the Wisconsin Blizzard in hotly contested matchup.  He dripped in mid-range jumpers, knocked down trey balls, and showed a fluid and smooth offensive game with great promise in an impressive performance on Saturday.

STAR WATCH:
DIAMOND STONE - C - 2015 - YOUNG LEGENDS
6-10 - DOMINICAN H.S. - MILWAUKEE, WI

Diamond was Diamond, controlling the low post, despite facing another zone that tried desperately to keep the ball out of his hands in the area. Stone used his height and strong hands to catch the ball in traffic and finished strong either dropping stepping same-side or at time getting to the opposite side of rim away from sinking guards. Stone had 21 points in their victory of Saginaw Underdawgs and played well the rest of Day 2.

CODY SCHWARTZ - PF - 2015 - WI BLIZZARD PRONSCHINSKE
6-7 - WEST DEPERE H.S. - DE PERE, WI

The talented sophomore was on the mark on Saturday as he alongside Kyle Monroe powered his team to championship Sunday with an impressive performance against the Peoria Irish.  Schwartz finished in the paint, knocked down the trey ball, and was aggressive and active throughout the game in impressive fashion.

STOCK BOOSTERS:
JONAH COBLE - G - 2015 - IL GOLDRUSH TIGERS
6-0 - JOLIET CENTRAL H.S. - JOLIET, IL

Coble was able to be effective attacking the heart of Swing’s defense and scoring against traffic. Coble also worked hard on defense, rebounded the ball alright and ran the floor on the break where he added a couple baskets with good touch off the glass. Also, he proved capable of hitting from the perimeter with an easy looking three at one point, helping him to 13 points on the game.

SPENCER FOLEY - G - 2015 - FULL PACKAGE
6-3 - NORTHSIDE COLLEGE PREP - CHICAGO, IL

Foley is lean, but he makes up for it with great shooting from the perimeter where he had the hot hand Saturday. He knocked down five three-pointers, a couple of which came late in the contest to help boost Full Package into contention of their early contest against Gateway. Foley shot his way to 17 points.

JAYLEN KEY – F – 2015 – TP ELITE
6-6 – HOMESTEAD H.S. – MILWAUKEE, WI

The talented sophomore show flashes on Saturday as he slashed to the rim and finished around the basket.  Forming a solid 1-2 punch alongside fellow sophomore Levi Bradley, Key was impressive at times on day 2 and continues to take steps forward in his development each time we see him.

MIKI LJUBOJA - F - 2014 - IL OLD SCHOOL-WOODS
6-8 - PHILLIPS EXETER ACADEMY - NORTH RIVERSIDE, IL

Ljuboja size and strength in the post are enough to raise his stock as is, but the 6-8 and built forward has some offensive talent as well. Ljuboja stepped back and hit a three at one point, ran the floor well and showed good hands catching some difficult passes inside where he finished pretty efficiently. Ljuboja ended the game with 13 points.

JOSEPH TOYE - SF - 2015 - IL CELTICS
6-7 - WHITNEY YOUNG H.S. - CHICAGO, IL

Toye had a little trouble getting things to roll early, but fought his way to the foul line then, which helped him gain some rhythm and confidence with his shot. The sophomore drove to the hoop without fear and attacked the rim consistently during the contest. Though on the wrong side of a tough defeat, Toye led all scorers in the game with 15 points.

T.J. SCHLUNDT – SG – 2014 – WISCONSIN SWING
6-4 – OCONOMOWOC H.S. – OCONOMOWOC, WI

The talented perimeter shooter delivered in the afternoon on Saturday as he ripped the nets for a number of trey balls and finished off the bounce on a couple of occasions.  Served up a solid 15 point effort in an evening victory that helped push his team to championship Sunday.

JOSH STAMPS - G/F - 2015 - TEAM ROSE
6-5 - CURIE H.S. - CHICAGO, IL

Stamps helped boost his stock by raising the level of his game another bar today. The young guard from Curie H.S. showcased his scoring ability in a variety of ways, knocking down a couple three’s and finishing with some flashy, but strong takes to the hoop which he finished. Stamps led Team Rose to a statement win against the Celtics through his 13 points and all-around play.

JOE STARK - SG - 2014 - WI JETS
6-3 - HAYWARD H.S. - HAYWARD, WI

Stark carried the Jets team through a large portion of the game, helping keep them just close enough to make a run in the last quarter of the game. The strong shooting guard demonstrated his ability to shoot the long ball, hitting four of them, and did so often creating shots for himself off the bounce and pulling up, be it three’s or mid-range shots. Stark led a late rally that unfortunately failed to pay dividends, but he scored 24 points and the Jets gained some momentum into the rest of the day.