The NY2LA Spring Extravaganza kicked off Friday evening at Hopkins High School and the surrounding region throughout Minneapolis. First round action brought out some of the very best from the top Midwest stars and it was the play of the likes of Sam Hauser, Ryan Kriener, and Jontay Porter that caught our eye.

STANDOUTS
SAM HAUSER – 6’5 – SG – WISCONSIN ACADEMY – STEVENS POINT (WI) – 2016

One of the most intellectual and savvy scorers off the ball showed it all on Friday evening as the Wisconsin native hit from 3, scored in the lane via nifty floaters, and even threw down the hammer dunk that is due to blow up on YouTube. With head coaches from the likes of Marquette, Virginia, and Northern Iowa watching, Hauser continues to supplant himself as one of the best kept secrets in the Midwest. His IQ, feel, and playmaking is beyond impressive and throw in his added size and what you have is a capable top-100 recruit in 2016.

RYAN KRIENER – 6’8 – C – MARTIN BROTHERS – SPIRIT LAKE (IA) – 2016
Kriener is about to see his stock hit the next level and for good reason. While he doesn’t get off the ground all too well, the Iowa native is super productive. He can score over either shoulder in the post and can even hit the face-up jumper out to beyond the arc. His motor never turns off and within his area, the Martin Brothers big man secures every rebound and loose ball that he gets ahold of. Sporting a 7’2 wingspan and knack for finishing in the lane, Kriener could see a few Big 10 offers before it is said and done with.

JONTAY PORTER – 6’9 – C – MOKAN ELITE – FATHER TOLTON (MO) – 2018
The younger brother of 2017 five-star recruit Michael Porter, sure does have some upside to him. Totally different than his sibling, Jontay is more of a 4-5 man who can hit the pick and pop 3 and is also effective from the short corner and low post regions on the floor. Yet to physically mature yet and grow into his body, the Missouri native can change shots at the rim and with either hand, is deceptively quick off his right foot, and exchanges ends well as he has the looks of a high-major recruit down the road.

LEVI JANSEN – 6’2 – SG – MARTIN BROTHERS – MOC-FLOYD VALLEY (IA) – 2016
While his team went down in defeat, it sure wasn’t because of what Jansen couldn’t do for his squad. With a deadly stroke off the catch from 3, and capable of hitting off the bounce, Jansen is a constant competitor who does whatever it takes for his group. He can play both on and off the ball and has the grit and toughness to go to work on hard drives to the basket. He doesn’t back down from anyone and with a lone offer in hand from South Dakota, the entire Summit League should be all over the Iowa native before things are over with.

JEREMY JOHNSON – 6’4 – SG – GRASSROOTS SIZZLE – CHAMPLAIN PARK (MN) – 2015
Playing in his home state on Friday night, Jeremy Johnson put on a show with his athleticism, playmaking skills, and perimeter arsenal. Graced with a set of long arms and high levels of confidence, Johnson can consistently score with a hand in his face and rattle in several 3s in consecutive fashion. Throw in his defensive prowess out top and weak side shot blocking skills, and the qualified senior has the makings of a late year steal as he will take an official visit to Denver next weekend.

STOCK BOOSTERS
CHRIS TEAHAN – 6’4 – SG – MOKAN ELITE – ROCKHURST (KS) – 2017

When you talk about drop dead shooters, Teahan fits the mold. The red-headed assassin can drill it from deep as he is nearly automatic whenever space and timing is given. He can also put it on the deck some on drives to the basket and probe the defense within the half-court off the dribble drive. With little known about him heading into the event, college programs need to lend an eye to the shot making wing from Rockhurst.

OWEN HAMILTON – 6’11 – C – WISCONSIN PLAYMAKERS – PRESCOTT (WI) – 2017
Size is always a premium and with Hamilton, the big fella is just that as he is a major clog in the middle for his Playmakers bunch. While he was put on the sidelines due to foul trouble, Hamilton showed off nice touch on hooks over his left shoulder and is a solid passer from the low post. As he continues to get into better shape and work on his lift, Hamilton could expect to become a heavy target for those within the region. 

TRA’VON FAGAN – 6’6 – SF – MARTIN BROTHERS – CEDAR FALLS (IA) – 2016
While Fagan doesn’t have a defined skillset, one thing is for sure though, and that is his motor. His instincts and nose for the ball is superb and it seems like he always comes up with the 50-50 ball. Fagan is great at asserting himself on the glass, defending his man on the perimeter, and in slashing to the basket. His jumper remains a work in progress but as a multi-positional defender, the 2016 forward has the looks of a nice project for the next level. 

JALAN OUSLEY-BROWN – 6’4 – SF - GRASSROOTS SIZZLE – CRETIN-DERHAM (MN) - 2016
Ousley-Brown was a great find in Minnesota as the Sizzle wing is one freak of an athlete and has the motor that never turns off. He is great at moving off the ball and is good for at least one highlight dunk in any given half. While he can hit the jumper off the catch, Ousley-Brown is more about doing work below the arc as he skies for the board, shot block, or finish around the basket and with a few programs showing interest, the 6’4 playmaker could pick up his first offer any day now. 

DONOVAN FERGUSON – 6’8 – C – ET21 BUCKEYES – DOWNERS GROVE SOUTH (IL) – 2016
While his playing time was a bit spotty, Ferguson more than showed off enough upside to intrigue a few colleges in attendance. He has a light frame that allows for him to get up and down the floor easily and is active on the glass. He uses the pivot well on rip and face-ups along with counters in the post and has soft touch on the 12-foot jumper. Consistency and strength are needs with the Illinois big man but he definitely has the intrigue that might warrant some looks from the college realm. 

STAR WATCH
TREVOR ANDERSON – 6’2 – PG – WISCONSIN ACADEMY – STEVENS POINT (WI) – 2016

With a new offer in hand from Green Bay and several coaches showing interest in him in attendance Friday night, Anderson only furthered his stock as a coveted mid-major recruit. The 6’2 lead guard is as tough as they come and is capable of facilitating and scoring whenever it is needed. He can drive in either direction and make others better off of drive and kicks. With good size and a physical tenacity to him, Anderson is a difficult type of lead guard to find…one that makes others better and competes for each second that he is out on the floor.

ISRAEL BARNES – 6’3 – SG – MOKAN ELITE – SUNRISE CHRISTIAN (MO) – 2018
While he didn’t get many chances on the late night session at Hopkins, Barnes showed glimpses of what he can be down the road. Growing by the day and a quality mindset and focus to him, what the freshman does best is on the defensive end. Whether it is containing out top or remaining engaged off the ball, Barnes is a stopper and for being so young, that definitely bodes well for the future as the MoKan product has the makings of a potential high-major guard in 2018.

JUWAN MCCLOUD – 6’0 – PG – WISCONSIN SWING – GERMANTOWN (WI) – 2016
The little guard from Germantown showed no let off Friday night in front of UNI head coach, Ben Jacobson. While he is more of a scorer at the 1 rather than a primary distributor, McCloud can step his game up whenever it matters the most and deliver down the stretch, just like he did at Hopkins High. While he still lacks a ton of strength at this time, the Swing guard can get hot from deep off the pull-up and gets to the line in heavy amounts. With just two offers in hand, expect to be hearing much more about the 6’0 guard out of Wisconsin. 

RECRUITMENT RUNDOWN
Ryan Kriener noted offers from SDSU, UNI, WIU, Indiana State, Lehigh, Pepperdine, and North Dakota, with Nebraska and Iowa showing interest.

Levi Jansen has a lone offer from South Dakota. 

Jeremy Johnson holds an offer from Air Force and plans on visiting Denver next weekend.

Owen Hamilton has interest from Drake, UNI, Iowa State, and Milwaukee.