The 2014 annual NY2LA SPORTS Next Level Invitational tips this week from Homestead High School in Mequon, Wisconsin, marking the beginning of the July evaluation period. Always one of the premier events during the summer travel season, the Next Level Invitational features some of the Midwest’s top AAU programs and players and coaches from up and down the college ranks will be rolling through Wisconsin to watch them play.
Here are the top opening games on Wednesday night…

SEE ALSO
2014 NY2LA SPORTS NEXT LEVEL INVITATIONAL 17U DIVISION PROSPECT PREVIEW
2014 NY2LA SPORTS NEXT LEVEL INVITATIONAL 16U DIVISION PROSPECT PREVIEW
2014 NY2LA SPORTS NEXT LEVEL INVITATIONAL TEAM LIST
2014 NY2LA SPORTS NEXT LEVEL INVITATIONAL SCHEDULE

17U Opening Night Games
MNBA vs. Wisconsin United - 6:10 PM – Court 2 – Homestead High School

Points won’t be at a premium in this opening night matchup. Wisconsin United, led by their trio of Marshawn Wilson, Jaylen Key, and Levi Bradley, are the definition of organized chaos. Standing in their way will be one of the tournament’s dark horses in MNBA. Led by sharpshooter Joey Witthus, MNBA has the potential to match Wisconsin United step for step with their plethora of shooters. 

Milwaukee Spartans vs. Quad City Elite – 6:10 PM – Court 3 – Homestead High School
Marquette commit Matt Heldt and the Milwaukee Spartans will square off against Quad City Elite and their dynamic duo of Grant Gibson and Tyler Hall. Both teams consistently push deep into the playoffs, setting up a fantastic opening night matchup. 

SW Minnesota Stars vs. Wisconsin Blizzard – 6:10 PM – Court 5 – Homestead High School
One of the favorites for 17U MVP honors, Cody Schwartz will lead the Wisconsin Blizzard into their opening night matchup with the SW Minnesota Stars. A big, physical group, the Stars could make life difficult for Schwartz and the Blizzard Wednesday night. 

Memphis Raiders vs. Net Gain Sports – 7:20 PM – Court 2 – Homestead High School
Net Gain Sports continues to get better with time. Led by J.T. Gibson and Reed Nikko, Net Gain is always a tough out in every tournament. They’ll get a good Memphis Raiders squad Wednesday night in one of the more intriguing matchups. 

Illinois Irish vs. Wisconsin Playground Warriors – 8:30 PM – Court 3 – Homestead High School 
Wisconsin commit Brevin Pritzl and Drake commit Nick McGlynn form a difficult 1-2 punch, but the Illinois Irish have their own dynamic duo in Christian Williams and Obediah Church. It could come down to the role players, which both teams have plenty of, making Wednesday night’s contest very intriguing. 

16U Opening Night Games
Quad City Elite vs. Wisconsin United – 7:20 PM – Court 3 – Homestead High School 

There won’t be a shortage of top players in this opening night contest. Quad City Elite features a loaded starting lineup of Isaiah Roby, Isaac Gassman, Noah McCarty, and Donovan Oliver. Wisconsin United will counter with some of the top up and coming players in the 2017 class, such as Melvin Lee, Joevon Walker, and George Dixon. 

Playground Elite vs. SYF Players Smith – 8:30 PM – Court 2 – Homestead High School
Playground Elite comes into Wednesday night’s affair as one of the tournament favorites in the 16U division. Juwan McCloud, Phillip Flory, Deang Deang, and Kaj Days lead a high-octane offense that few teams can contain. The run and gun SYF Players could be up to the challenge. 

Illinois Irish vs. Wisconsin Academy – 9:20 PM – Court 2 – Homestead High School
Expect a great game between the Illinois Irish and Wisconsin Academy in the nightcap. Always one of the favorites in the 16U division, Wisconsin Academy has a high-scoring trio of Jack Popp, Sam Hauser, and Trevor Anderson. They’ll be up against Nick Finke, Lou Griffith, and D’Angelo Hughes of the Illinois Irish.

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