The second day of the 2014 Invitational was up and running early with some big games played throughout the day. Some teams stay and some teams have been eliminated, but the effort of the players has been outstanding and certain players stepped up with some excellent performances to help their teams have a chance at advancing to Championship Sunday once again. Sam Hauser (WI Academy-Kotroski) had a really good day, Zach West for IL Rise was outstanding, and other players competed big all day Saturday. Catch a recap after the jump of some of the top performers on the hardwood from Day 2...

TOP PERFORMERS
OBEDIAH CHURCH - 2015 - PF - IL IRISH

Church showed off his skill set throughout the day Saturday, making some big plays for the Irish in a tough game against WI United early on making some nice moves around the basket. The 6-8 post prospect threw down a big two-handed dunk for a finish in that game, knocked down a couple short range shots and then capitalized on some nice passes from his guards to score inside. He hand a monster one-handed poster dunk a game later in the day as well.

SAM HAUSER - 2016 - G/F - WI ACADEMY KOTROSKI
The 6-6 sophomore wing took more steps forward Saturday, especially in a big win over Net Gain Sports early in the day. Hauser’s radar was pretty on point from the jump as he scored a scintillating 25 points with some nice pull-up jumpers, takes to the basket and a couple sweet looking three’s he sent through the nets with defenders on him. He also had a big impact in the second half blocking shots, tallying 5 in the second half alone.

ISAIAH JOHNSON - 2016 - SF - WI SHOOTERS
Johnson had a couple outstanding games to cap off the day for the Shooters. In one game, Johnson was a monster on the rebounds and then made some nice plays offensively where he proved capable of hitting jump shots but also showed some tough moves inside, getting through and around defenders with his maneuverability, good for 23 points. He continued that trend later with another big double-digit scoring output to wrap up their evening.

MAXWELL KEEFE - 2016 - G/F - WI SWING
Keefe really paced his Swing team in a hot midday win, continuing his momentum from a game Friday night. The 6-6 sophomore made plays from the outside with his shot, and when he drew extra defenders he did a nice job not being selfish and getting the ball to open teammates. Inside, Keefe is improving more and more as he finished plays stronger attacking the rim, also getting himself to the free throw line a few times.

JAYLEN KEY - 2015 - F - WI UNITED
Key was at it again for United, making plays with his energy. A top prospect out of the area, Key looked every bit the part as he blocked shots, rebounded with aggressiveness again and then scored the basketball inside. Key had a pair of games with 21 points and 18 points respectively, each time powering his team and opening the court for his teammates in the process.

NICK MCKENZIE - 2016 - SG - CHI CITY ELITE
McKenzie’s play Saturday really has him looking like a player on the rise in the Midwest. The young guard proved to have a sharp trigger on Day 2, capable of pulling up from just about anywhere and at any time. He used his quickness and a steady handle of the ball to get a step on defenders, catch them backing up and instead he stopped and popped with good precision. He finished with 14 points for Chi City, burying 4 three’s.

JASON MORRIS JR. - 2015 - G - BULLS PREMIER
Quick and explosive, Morris was perhaps the hardest working player on the court and in being such, he also made some big plays for the Bulls, constantly attacking the hoop. Morris did step back a couple times and bury triples, but he was best when running the court and able to go right to the rack for finishes. Morris had 19 points in an early-day win and kept up his hot play as the day went along.

MIKE SCHROEDER - 2016 - PG - TRI CITY THUNDER
Schroeder was on target and locked in Saturday for Tri City. The quick guard was excellent transitioning the ball and he went to work finding ways to score on the run or stop near the mid-range and hit pull up jumpers. Schroeder also hit shots with confidence from three-point range, played hard defense consistently and lead his team on the court. He had a top-notch day recording games of 20 points, 22 points and 23 points, really locked in all day.

DEAN WADE - 2015 - F - MID KANSAS
Wade was really strong for Mid Kansas throughout the day and was especially tough in an early bracket-play game. The 6-9 forward showed he can play out on the wing and hit shots, but also displayed some handles in being able to put it on the floor and get to the hoop where he used his size well to score over people.

ZACH WEST - 2016 - G - IL RISE
West was sensational in a couple different games for IL Rise on Day 2. Beating the Irish in one game, the 6-5 shooting guard showed off his range and a consistent perimeter stroke, hitting a few treys en route to 22 points, and then followed that up with a huge 30-point effort against the Rising Stars to continue on in the tourney. With his size and ability to play inside and outside, West is a tough matchup for opponents and helped in carrying IL Rise to some big-time wins Saturday.

STOCK BOOSTERS
DP BURT - 2016 - F/C - PLAYGROUND ELITE

Burt had a couple solid games to close out Day 2 at the Invitational and helped his team advance to Championship Sunday. The 6-8 Sophomore post showed more versatility in those games, spotting on the perimeter and hitting a three one game, and then hitting a couple mid-range jumpers in another. Burt also finished well around the hoop, blocked a couple shots and rebounded the ball actively throughout Saturday.

CAANAN COFFEY - 2016 - SG - TRI CITY THUNDER
Coffey had an outstanding game early Saturday, particularly in the first half when he opened some more eyes with his radar-lock from the three-point line. Coffey set up shop on the perimeter and buried three after three after three to open the game which then spread the floor out for his teammates to go to work to the middle the rest of the game. He hit 5 three’s in the first half of that game.

ISAIAH MCFADDEN - 2016 - SF - MADISON SPARTANS
McFadden made some nice plays for the Spartans who battled throughout their last game Saturday. The athletic wing slashed from the outside and made some impressive moves to the hoop. He is quickly emerging as a player to keep eyes on as the summer unfolds soon.

ZION MORGAN - 2016 - G - CHICAGO LOCKDOWN
Morgan was strong in all facets of the game for Lockdown in a tough win for the Chicago-based team. 6-4 and athletic, Morgan locked down on defense and got several steals with his quickness and strength together. On the other end he finished at the hoop, driving relentlessly and using his frame to absorb contact and complete plays on the rim.

MARK WINSTON - 2015 - SF - IL CELTICS
Winston stepped up Saturday as a leader for the Celtics, putting together some solid performances for his team as they won a couple games. Winston knocked down some shots away from the hoop with confidence, stepped up on defense and used his athleticism to control the inside and deflect plays, then turned a couple steal opportunities into transition points, including a sweet two-handed slam with conviction late in one game to seal up a victory.