Although the spring evaluation period has come to an end and July is still up ahead, many of the Midwest’s top players took the floor at the eighth annual NY2LASPORTS May Invitational and still increased their appeal as prospects. We continue our coverage of the invitational by looking at Joseph Powell of Dorian’s Pride and other stock boosters from this past weekend…

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

Possibly no player in the tournament elevated their stock more than Bradley. The 6-6 sophomore played with a whole new set of confidence in helping lead TP Elite to the title game. Through Saturday and Sunday, Bradley had four 20+ point performances. He’s still very raw, but improving quickly, and realizing he’s tough to stop once he gets into the high post or paint area.

Austin Gillmann – 2014 – F/C – Gateway
6-11 – Oakville HS – St. Louis, MO

Gillmann was very efficient around the rim, particularly in a game on Saturday in a loss to the Wisconsin Shooters. The junior big man scored 19 points, by collecting offensive rebounds and making himself available to his guards down low. Gillmann was pretty active throughout the weekend, always looking for opportunities to chip in.

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

Jurss was quite the weapon offensively for DTA this past weekend. Defenses hate to chase him around the floor, as Jurss is constantly working to free himself. The sophomore guard had a couple big games at the May Invitational and really shot the ball well as DTA made an appearance in the 16U title game.

Jaylen Key – 2015 – SF – TP Elite
6-6 – Homestead HS – Milwaukee, WI

Key’s production won’t often show up in the box score, and what he’s able to give TP Elite on a game-by-game basis can’t be measured. The long, athletic forward loves to do the dirty work inside. He’s very active defensively, rebounds well, and is a very good shot blocker. Key also impressed with his ability to defend just about any position and he even stepped up offensively last weekend, knocking down shots from mid-range.

Kendale McCullum – 2014 – G – World Class Basketball
6-2 – Larkin HS – Elgin, IL

McCullum is a nice looking guard that plays well in transition. Simply put, the 6-2 guard makes a lot of plays offensively for his team on both ends of the floor. He can score the basketball at a high rate, but also loves to set up his teammates.

Caleb Mortag – 2014 – F – Ray Allen Select
6-5 – Brookfield Central HS – Hartland, WI

Mortag gave Ray Allen Select a little bit of a lift this week. The extremely athletic forward had a big game Saturday night, scoring 19 points in a win over the Wisconsin Bulldogs. Mortag can elevate with the best of them and when he’s running the floor and working hard inside, he’s another good option for Ray Allen Select to turn to.

Joe Powell – 2014 – F – Dorian’s Pride
6-8 – Saginaw HS – Saginaw, MI

Powell was an impressive looking athlete with a great work ethic. The junior forward was a monster on the boards, snatching everything that came his way. He’s also underrated at what he does in transition. At 6-8, Powell handles the ball very well and has the skills to go coast-to-coast if needed.

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

Shea had a couple of games that exceeded 20 points this past weekend. The junior is a high IQ player that doesn’t draw a lot of attention to himself, but often puts up big numbers. Shea knows how to score from all over the floor and is very refined offensively.

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

With Illinois commit Michael Finke out, Smith stepped up for the Peoria Irish. The junior forward made a number of impressive plays, slashing to the rim, finishing inside, and running the floor in transition. Despite trying to make up for Finke’s absence, Smith never seemed to play outside of himself, sticking to what he does best.

Brock Stull – 2014 – G – Rockford Ambassadors
6-3 – Boylan HS – Caledonia, IL

Stull really impressed in a Friday night loss to the Wisconsin Jets. The junior guard plays within the flow of the game and was very efficient from the floor. His ability to dissect a defense with dribble penetration or shooting was well noted.