The 2015 NY2LA Sports Spring Extravaganza got underway Friday night from Hopkins High School. The 16 and 17U divisions each featured a number of intriguing games to get things started. Leading the Wisconsin Swing to a big win, 2016 point guard Juwan McCloud came through with a huge scoring performance.

Here are the top performers and stock boosters from Friday night’s action.

TOP PERFORMERS
Javonni Bickham – 2018 – PF – Wisconsin United

Bickham scored 14 points alone in the first half as Wisconsin United rolled to an easy win over the Minnesota Suns. Those would prove to be Bickham’s only points in the contest, but it was more than plenty. Although he’s just a freshman, Bickham was a man amongst boys, getting anything he wanted inside. He also stepped out and shot the ball well from the outside.

Sam Hauser – 2016 – G/F – Wisconsin Academy 
Hauser started slow, but broke out of his slump in a big way. The 6-foot-6 junior scored a game-high 21 points, including 13 after halftime to lead Wisconsin Academy to a win over ET21 Buckeyes. Once Hauser locked in his sweet stroke from the outside, it was over. He capped off the game with a thunderous tomahawk slam in traffic. 

Ryan Kriener – 2016 – PF – Martin Bros.
Kriener could have had a huge night if he had finished a little better around the rim. Nevertheless, he still went for 21 points in a loss to the Wisconsin Swing. Kriener can score with either hand comfortably and has a great looking jump shot from mid or long range. Kriener always gives 100 percent effort and turns the battle in the paint into a war.

Juwan McCloud – 2016 – PG – Wisconsin Swing
McCloud went off for 28 points to lead the Swing to a come from behind win over Martin Bros. The junior carried his team throughout the game and got hot from beyond the arc with four three-pointers. McCloud can break down just about any defender and has a great mid-range game to shield him from bigger defenders.

STOCK BOOSTERS
Trevor Anderson – 2016 – PG – Wisconsin Academy

Even though he didn’t have his best night offensively, it was comforting to see Anderson do other things well. Anderson missed a handful of shots that are usually second nature to him, but it didn’t affect the other parts of his game. Anderson grabbed eight rebounds and dished out four assists for Wisconsin Academy in their win over ET21 Buckeyes, doing the little things that helped keep his team on top. 

Virshon Cotton – 2017 – PG – Wisconsin United
In a blowout win over the Minnesota Suns, Cotton made sure the door was closed with outstanding defensive play. Cotton had a handful of steals that led to transition buckets. A strong perimeter shooter, Cotton busts zones with the ability to catch and shoot quickly beyond the arc.

George Dixon – 2017 – G/F – Wisconsin United
Dixon didn’t have his best night, but that didn’t stop his effort. The sophomore was an animal in the paint, working to get every rebound available. The high-upside combo forward was great in transition, making plays for teammates and finishing at the rim. He’s also gaining confidence in his mid-range shot as well.

Levi Jansen – 2016 – SG – Martin Bros.
With Jordan Bohannon and Cordell Pemsl out of the lineup, Jansen stepped up for Martin Bros. Jansen drilled five triples and scored 18 points in a close loss to the Wisconsin Swing. Jansen remains very under the radar. A sharpshooter with a knack for locking his man up defensively, there’s a lot of value in Jansen’s game.

Wanjang Tut – 2016 – F – Team Nebraska Express
The high-upside combo forward can bring a little bit of everything to the table. Tut is a long, athletic wing that can score in transition, shoot from mid-range, and alter shots defensively. Tut was everywhere for Nebraska Express in their loss to the Wisconsin Blizzard and scored a team-best 15 points. 

RECRUITING NOTES
Sam Hauser has offers from Marquette, Iowa State, and Creighton. Wisconsin, Northwestern, Virginia, Nebraska, Minnesota, Butler, and Gonzaga are showing interest. Virginia head coach Tony Bennett and Wisconsin assistant coach Gary Close were both watching Friday night. 

Levi Jansen listed interest from Creighton, Drake, South Dakota State, North Dakota State, Nebraska-Omaha, Lehigh, and Northern Iowa.

Juwan McCloud has offers from Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Northern Iowa. Davidson, Indiana State, Creighton, Lehigh, and Western Illinois are showing interest.

Wanjang Tut is receiving interest from Nebraska-Omaha, Northern Colorado, South Dakota, and Denver.