Each tournament some players make statements for themselves as they help their teams compete. Young prospects finally take their opportunities to shine while others continue their development and show why they are hoopers that people should keep an eye on as the summer circuit kicks off shortly.  We continue our coverage of the 2013 NY2LA Sports Invitational with a look at Josh Stamps and other stock boosters from this past weekend…

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

Batemon was fearless again in Mequon at the Invitational. The young DTA guard drove the ball really well, getting into the paint and scoring. Batemon is great and jumping through contact from bigger defenders, squaring his shoulders in the air and finishing high off the backboard with a good touch. He was in double-figures throughout the weekend, scoring 18 points one game and putting in 13 points in the championship game.

ANTHONY CARVER - F - 2015 - WI SHOOTERS
6-3 - WISCONSIN LUTHERAN H.S. - MILWAUKEE, WI

Carver was excellent again for the Shooters 16U squad this weekend. The sophomore forward has developed some good versatility to his game, showing this weekend his ability to handle the basketball a little bit, but more so his scoring capabilities. Carver again displayed the confidence he has in his jump shot, knocked down a three and was tough inside finishing. Carver had 17 points one game and ate up the glass all tournament.

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

Denning was all over the court when we saw him play Saturday. The good-sized junior played really intelligent and tough defense, ran the floor like a guard but took it to the hoop strong like a forward. Denning was able to knock down some three’s, scored the basketball from 15 feet efficiently, found open teammates and finished plays at the rim as well. Denning has a ton of upside and plays with passion.

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

Karl Harris jumped on the scene in a big way Saturday as Full Package took on Gateway. Harris was spectacular in the outing where he blocked shots and rebounded defensively by using his long arms and good jumping ability. The 6-4 sophomore is athletic and has good basketball instincts which he displayed during the three days. Harris can attack off the dribble and hit shots away from the hoop some, but really goes to rack nicely and adjusts his shot well in the air to avoid blocks. His 19-points helped led a big comeback that just fell short at the end against Gateway.

COLE SCHMITZ - SG - 2016 - WI ACADEMY-HAUSER
6-2 - VERONA AREA H.S. - VERONA, WI

Schmitz played excellent for the champion 15U Academy team. The young guard from Verona once again knocked down three-point shots, got some steals defensively and played really well in transition both passing and finishing. In the semifinal, Schmitz hit a winding lay-up even he admitted he was not sure how he got it to go in. Schmitz continues to develop and add new elements to his game each tournament as he’s become a bigger and bigger contributor to the potent Academy offense.

JAKE SHOWALTER - SG - 2014 - WI SWING
6-3 - GERMANTOWN H.S. - GERMANTOWN, WI

Something to be said about being a two-time state champion guard, Showalter once again brought a toughness to the Swing team this weekend. He was extremely active on defense and got several steals in the press and cutting through to passes which turned around into points. Showalter looks to have added more muscle to his frame which was evident as he finished inside against contact a few times in their last couple games and then did what he does best in their semifinal loss... buried three-pointers. He hit three in the second half which helped spur a run. Showalter finished that game with 13 points.

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

Smith had somewhat of a breakout tournament at the Invitational. The 2015 guard is still a little raw with his overall game, but showed real potential this past weekend with his size and athleticism at the guard spot. Smith shot the ball pretty well from the mid-range and beyond the arc, but was also able to penetrate and finish at the rim. Smith helped take some pressure off Bradley inside and maybe affected the game most on the defensive side with his quick hands and jumping passing lanes. Smith scored 20 in a game Saturday and then had a 14 point game Sunday to help TP advance in the tournament.

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

Stamps has really developed over the course of the year. Standing 6-5 now, the Team Rose wing prospect is a very talented offensive threat. At times this weekend he seemed to glide to the hoop with swift moves and good ball handling. Stamps finished his lay-ins when he attacked, slashed to open spots to receive passes in position to score and also made shots from around the arc. He led an absolute assault on the up-and-coming IL Celtics Saturday with his 13-point effort and continued his strong play all tourney.

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

Stark was nothing short of tremendous in a tough loss to IL Old School-Woods Saturday. Despite the loss, Stark shined and kept his team on the attack when they were down early. He got out in transition with and without the ball, pulled up for jump shots in the paint and also from the three-point line where he was on fire most of the game. Stark also passed the ball well and helped keep tempo under control to give his team a shot down the stretch behind his 24 points.

MAHIR WILLIAMS - PG - 2017 - YOUNG & RECKLESS
5-10 - GRAMMAR SCHOOL - CHICAGO, IL

Playing up a class, Williams handled himself excellently, manning the point spot with good control and leadership. The young guard has really good ball skills and he rolls with the game naturally, not forcing things and helping make the offense easier for his teammates. Williams hit the game-winning layup as time expired against Playground Elite to advance to the semis and later poured in 23 points in the championship game by way of knocking down perimeter shots and getting to the hoop.