With the second evaluation and final spring open period now upon us, the NY2LA Spring Extravaganza will again roll out the red carpet for some of the very best talent throughout the Midwest, stretching across various states such as Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Illinois. With game kicking off at 6pm on Friday night, let’s take a glance at some of the more firepower outings that will take place at Hopkins High School and Eden Prairie High School. 

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17 UNDER DIVISION
Milwaukee Spartans vs Yanders Law Blue - 7:05 pm - Hopkins Court 2
Someone who has seen a growth spurt over the past several months and has done a great job of using his newly minted body appropriately on drives to the bucket, Te’Jon Lucas is ready to cement himself as a quality floor general throughout the Midwest. His toughness, handles, and facilitating skills are top notch and with the final open evaluation period this month now upon us, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Milwaukee native leave Minnesota with a few more offers in hand. This Spartans bunch is a fun and tough bunch but it will be opposed by a similar crew that is Yanders Law Blue.

WI Swing Litscher vs Martin Brothers - 7:05 pm - Hopkins Court 3
One of the better matchups during the second session on Friday occurs on court three at Hopkins. Wisconsin Swing is led by Germantown (Wisconsin) lead guard Juwan McCloud, who holds offers from Northern Iowa and Milwaukee. He is backed up in the backcourt by Lucas Wendt and the Swing bunch faces off with Martin Brothers. The Iowa based group has one of the better lead guards throughout the Midwest in Jordan Bohannon, along with Iowa commit, Cordell Pemsl, and intriguing junior, Ryan Kriener, who recently picked up an offer from North Dakota. 

Colorado Elite vs. NESYB – 7:05 PM – Hopkins HS Court 5
The young guns out of Madison will be playing up for NESYB this weekend. Led by 2017 PG San’Trell Payton, NESYB finished last summer very strong, winning the 15U division at the NY2LA Sports Summer Jam. Colorado Elite is led by Harvard commit Justin Bassey, a strong, athletic wing. 

Next Level Ricks vs Illinois Celtics - 8:10 pm - Hopkins Court 1
A quality matchup between a Kansas bunch, and a group based out of Illinois, as the Next Level crew takes on the Illinois Celtics. NL Ricks is supplanted down low by 6’8 center, Marcus Fager. The Kansas native runs the floor well and does a nice job in cleaning the glass. Opposing him is Elyjah Goss, a multi-dimensional forward standing around 6’7 who does a great job of manipulating mismatches on the perimeter because of his size and slashing abilities.

Quad City Elite Orange vs Mokan Select - 8:10 pm - Hopkins Court 2
One of the best prospects throughout the event suits up Friday night at Hopkins High as Isaiah Roby will show his long term worth for his QC Elite group. The 6’8 forward has a ton of upside to him and has already ended his recruitment as he has committed to Tim Miles and the Nebraska basketball program. However, watch out for sleeping big man Noah McCarty, who at 6-8 can step out and hit the 3, but has the motor to remain engaged throughout on much of the miscellaneous. Mix in talented guards Donovan Oliver and Isaac Gassman and this one between Quad City Elite and a talented Mokan Select squad should be a good one.

WI Academy Kostroski vs ET21 Buckeyes - 8:10 pm - Hopkins Court 3
If you’re looking for a tough but entertaining bunch to watch Friday evening, the Wisconsin Academy Kostroski group might be what you’re looking for. With Trevor Anderson in the backcourt, and ultra-skilled Sam Hauser on the wing, the duo is capable of taking over at any given time. Anderson recently picked up an offer from Green Bay a few days back and Hauser is someone that could blow-up at any given time because of his scoring prowess and deceptive toughness off the bounce.   ET21 Buckeyes are led by explosive scoring junior guard Chamar Hawkins, a D1 caliber guard who opened a lot of eyes at the 2015 Swish ‘N Dish earlier this month.

Team YOBO vs. Illinois Irish – 8:10 PM – Hopkins HS Court 4
The Illinois Irish have once again reloaded a strong lineup. Unsigned senior Alex O’Neill will be the go-to guy inside, but the Irish have plenty of options including Nick Finke and Dangelo Hughes. Team Yobo features a number of exciting guards, including the electric K.J. Robinson. 

Iowa Barnstormers vs Chicago Lockdown - 9:15pm - Hopkins Court 3
To end the night out on court three at Hopkins, the Iowa Barnstormers take the floor and will do their best to live up to last year’s successful 17-under bunch. Led by Wali Parks, a 6’5 swingman who can do a bit of everything, the Iowa City West product will attempt to defeat a tough and gritty Chicago Lockdown bunch. The inside-outside combo of Daniel Hoekstra and Brice Robinson powers Chicago Lockdown in the nightcap.  Parks currently holds offers from WIU and Indiana State but look for Tanner Lohaus, a 6’6 wing, to further his name with the colleges in attendance because of his wide range of contributing skills. 

16U DIVISION
Iowa Barnstormers vs MN Phenom – 6 pm - Hopkins Court 1
He might be already committed, but that hasn’t stopped Connor McCaffery from furthering his game and skillset in the backcourt. The son of Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Fran McCaffery, the 6’4 guard is one of the best passers within his 2017 class.   He is precise and adept at throwing dishes all over the floor and can step up and score the rock whenever it is needed. Add the versatile and talented Devonte Lane to the mix and you have a quality backcourt with the ability to take over the game.  Both will lead his Iowa Barnstormers crew against Minnesota Phenom on Friday evening in front of some of the local crowd at Hopkins. 

MoKan Elite  vs Wisconsin Playmakers White - 9:15 pm - Hopkins Court 2
Up against a tough Playmakers squad, MoKan Elite might have its handful in guarding and containing 6-11 Owen Hamilton, 6-7 Will Chevalier, 6-6 Bennett Vander Plas, etc.  amongst others.  However, the Missouri bunch will bring a plethora of talent to the floor as soon-to-be hot commodity and freshman guard, Israel Barnes, will hit the courts at Hopkins on Friday night. In the frontcourt, 2018 big man Jontay Porter, the younger brother of top flight 2017 wing Michael Porter, and cousin of Washington Wizards’ wing Otto Porter, hopes to plaster his name as a viable recruit within the interior over the course of the weekend in Minnesota. 

WI United vs MN Suns TJ/Jihad – 6 pm - Hopkins Court 5
This one will be a fun and will allow many of those throughout the region and the college coaches in attendance to take a look at one of the best bigs in 2018 with JaVonni Bickham, and an under-the-radar, yet high level scorer in 2017 guard, Simeon Davis. While they both will suit up for the Wisconsin United crew this weekend, each hail from the host state of Minnesota. Memphis has already offered Bickham and with greater eyes placed on him, one might expect for the Wisconsin United big man’s stock to reach even higher heights. 

WI Academy Hauser vs MN Warriors - 7:05pm - Eden Prairie Court 6
Over at Eden Prairie, Wisconsin Academy 16s will take on the Minnesota Warriors crew, a team that is based only about 30 miles away from the host venue. On the wings for the Warriors bunch is a set of brothers with Luke and Alec Loehr. They will have to be up to their game as they face off with 2018 wing, Joey Hauser. The younger brother of Sam Hauser, Joey brings his own versatile skillset to the floor and great size as he stands around 6’7, and recently picked up his first offer from Bradley a few days back.

Martin Brothers vs WI Swing Litscher - 9:15pm - Hopkins Court 4
To end things on court four at Hopkins Friday night, the Martin Brothers crew will face off with the Wisconsin Swing bunch. Martin Brothers brings a ton of size and talent to the table and it should be a fun battle down low as Chris Knight of the Swing unit will do is best to enhance his profile as a college prospect. At the NY2LA Swish ‘N Dish a few weeks back, the 6’7 forward showed off some upside and production on the glass and on soft jumpers from 10-feet and in. While he has yet to garner a ton of college looks, this could be the setting for all of that to change.  In a loaded class of 2017, the Swing’s Chris Knight has flown under the radar thus far. Martin Bros. will answer with star 6-foot-11 center Jason Taylor, Sam Allen, and others.

(Note – Evan Flood also contributed to this article.)