Opening night of the 2013 NY2LASPORTS Next Level Invitational tipped off Wednesday night. College coaches from all over the country flocked to Homestead High School in Mequon, Wisconsin to witness some outstanding players and teams. Here’s a recap from day one of the tournament where names like Jarvis Garrett, Michael Finke, Reed Timmer, Jaylen Key, etc. shined bright on opening night …

Top Performers
C.J. Carr – 2014 – PG – Quad City Elite
5-7 – Rock Island HS – Rock Island, IL
With Wisconsin commit Ethan Happ out of the lineup, Carr stepped up by carrying much of the scoring load. The senior floor general scored a game-high 14 points in a win over Net Gain. Carr was very good in transition, racing up the floor for easy baskets.

Joshua Delaney – 2014 – G – Texas D1 Ambassadors
6-0 – Harker Heights HS – Harker Heights, TX
Delaney led the Ambassadors with 13 points in their loss to TP Elite Wednesday night. Although his team struggled offensively, Delaney knocked down some mid-range jumpers and showed good ability to create for himself in sets and transition.

Michael Finke – 2014 – PF – Peoria Irish
6-9 – Centennial HS – Champaign, IL
Finke continues to expand his game offensively. The Illinois commit showed a nice mid-range jumper, as well as the ability to create off the bounce. Finke led the Peoria Irish to a nice second half comeback against Ray Allen Select that would ultimately fall short.

Jarvis Garrett – 2014 – PG – TP Elite
5-11 – Notre Dame Prep (MA) – Milwaukee, WI
Garrett gave TP Elite a terrific play making presence in their win over the Texas D1 Ambassadors Wednesday night. The senior guard scored above double figures and was also pushing double digits in the assist column. Garrett very aggressive in transition, getting to the basket with his excellent combination of speed and strength.

Reed Timmer – 2014 – PG – Ray Allen Select
6-1 – Eisenhower HS – New Berlin, WI
Timmer ran the show for Ray Allen Select in their win over the Peoria Irish Wednesday night. The 6-1 lead guard was finding open teammates and dropping assists all over the floor. Timmer pushed the ball quickly in transition and played some outstanding defense as well.

Stock Boosters
Malik Clements – 2014 – SG – Madison Spartans
6-3 – West HS – Madison, WI
Clements scored 14 points for the Spartans in a loss to Ramey Basketball. Even though his jumper wasn’t falling, the 6-3 guard found ways to score by attacking the rim, drawing contact, and getting to the foul line.

Jaylen Key – 2015 – SF – TP Elite
6-5 – Homestead HS – Milwaukee, WI
Key had a breakout game for TP Elite in their Wednesday night win. The junior forward scored a game-high 19 points and had a number of blocks and rebounds as well. Key was very efficient around the rim, scoring in a number of ways down low. He also showed good ability to slash from the wing or high post.

Rashad Lindsey – 2014 – PG – Ramey Basketball
5-11 – McCluer North HS – Florissant, MO
Before he left the game with a hand injury, Lindsey was having a solid all-around game. Lindsey ran the show and orchestrated the offense for Ramey in their win over the Madison Spartans. The senior guard also did some nice things in transition, going coast-to-coast, or finding his teammates on the run.

Josh Robinson – 2014 – SG – Ramey Basketball
6-4 – St. Mary’s HS – St. Louis, MO
Robinson poured in a game-high 20 points for Ramey in their win over the Madison Spartans. The 6-4 guard often created his own shot, breaking down his defender off the dribble and hitting jumpers, or getting all the way to the basket.

Jerrod Walton – 2014 – G/F – TP Elite
6-5 – Homestead HS – Mequon, WI
Walton provided a spark early for TP Elite Wednesday night, knocking in three 3-pointers in the first half to help his team get out to an early lead. Walton chipped in with 13 points for the game and also had a handful of blocked shots inside.
 
Recruiting Notes
Joshua Delaney has offers from Santa Clara, Sam Houston State, New Hampshire, Texas State, and UC-Riverside.

Josh Robinson has an offer from Austin Peay. Northern Colorado, Eastern Illinois, Bucknell, Cornell, Missouri State, DePaul, and others are interested.

Rashad Lindsey listed an offer from Iowa State as well as interest from Tennessee-Martin, Temple, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Eastern Kentucky, and Eastern Illinois.