The eighth annual NY2LASPORTS May Invitational was another loaded event, featuring some of the Midwest’s top programs and players. Even though a lot of great players were in attendance, after a three-day ride, some stood above the rest. We continue our coverage of the invitational by examining 10 top performers from this past weekend…

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Lamonte Bearden – 2014 – PG – Wisconsin Swing
6-2 – Germantown HS – Germantown, WI

By now, we all know what Bearden can do on the offensive side of the ball, but it was his defense that was most impressive this past weekend. Bearden really got after it and answered some big one-on-one challenges against the Peoria Irish and Ray Allen Select. In the quarterfinals, Bearden was brilliant on both ends and scored a game-high 24 points to help the Wisconsin Swing reach the final four.

Levi Bradley – 2015 – F – TP Elite
6-6 – Pius XI – Milwaukee, WI

Bradley was the biggest surprise of the tournament. Through Saturday and Sunday, Bradley averaged 19 points per game in five outings. The sophomore is improving rather quickly and was at times unstoppable slashing from the high post. Bradley came up big time after time, including in the semifinals, scoring the game-winning basket with five seconds left to lift TP Elite over the Wisconsin Swing.

Malik Clements – 2014 – SG – Madison Spartans
6-4 – West HS – Madison, WI

Clements was consistently putting together big games all weekend. The Madison native has clearly put on some muscle and used his added strength to absorb contact and finish in the paint. Clements was scoring in bunches on Saturday and his efforts were a big reason the Spartans made the quarterfinals.

Brady Ellingson – 2014 – SG – Ray Allen Select
6-4 – Sussex Hamilton HS – Menomonee Falls, WI

Even though Ray Allen Select played just one game on Sunday, it was a very good performance for Ellingson in the quarterfinals. He scored 19 points and shot the lights out against the Wisconsin Swing. The junior sharpshooter continues to raise his game and add to his spring resume.

Jacob Jurss – 2015 – G – DTA
6-2 – Sheboygan Lutheran HS – Sheboygan, WI

DTA surprised this weekend by making the 16U finals and a lot of the credit goes to Jurss. The sophomore shot the ball very well from beyond the arc and came up big in few games with some momentum changing shots. Jurss had a couple of strong shooting games this past weekend, including a 19-point performance in the quarterfinals against Team Rose.

Wyatt Lohaus – 2014 – G – Iowa Barnstormers
6-2 – Iowa City West HS – North Liberty, IA

There was no doubt who the 17U MVP of the NY2LASPORTS May Invitational was upon its completion. Lohaus dominated on Sunday, putting the Barnstormers on his back and carrying them to the title game, before the rest of his teammates took over and put together a dominating performance to claim the championship. In three games on Sunday, Lohaus scored over 70 points, including a 30-point performance in the semifinals against Eric Gordon All-Stars. The Northern Iowa commit is always moving, with or without the ball, and seemed to score at will throughout the weekend.

Mack Mercer – 2014 – F – Eric Gordon All-Stars
6-9 – Plymouth HS – Plymouth, IN

Mercer impressed with his ability to knock down shots from mid and 3-point range. In a tight game Friday night against Ray Allen Select, Mercer hit some big shots from the outside to lift the Eric Gordon All-Stars to a victory. On Sunday, Mercer was just very consistent scoring-wise. His defensive efforts were always very good, blocking shots, collecting rebounds, and controlling the paint inside.

Kyle Monroe – 2015 – Wisconsin Blizzard
6-5 – Ashwaubenon HS – Green Bay, WI

Cody Schwartz gets the bulk of the attention on the Wisconsin Blizzard, and with good reason. But teams who have slept on Monroe, have played dearly. The sophomore forward went off again this past weekend, for a couple of 20+ scoring performances. Monroe is a relentless attacker, who has great body control, which helps him finish some tough shots inside.

Jordan Shea – 2014 – G/F – Madison Spartans
6-4 – Lodi HS – Lodi, WI

Shea was a player who really elevated his play this past weekend. The junior swing man doesn’t wow anybody with his athletic abilities, but he’s a smart, level-headed player, who just keeps coming at you. He’s one of those players who always seems to be in the right place at the right time and just makes plays when he needs to. Shea’s weekend was highlighted by a 25-point effort in a win over DTA in overtime.

Denzel Smith – 2014 – F – Peoria Irish
6-7 – Danville HS – Danville, IL

With Illinois commit Michael Finke missing last weekend, Smith stepped it up for the Peoria Irish. He was aggressive on the glass and did a lot of nice things offensively, especially his work from the high post. Smith gave the Irish an added dimension in transition, always running up and down the floor.