The NY2LA Spring Extravaganza brought together some of the best talent and ballplayers to the Minneapolis area over the weekend and along with it, loads of college coaches and scouts came through the doors at Hopkins High to see who might be able to further their stock as college recruits. While there was a good amount of rising seniors that had good weekend’s on tap, no class showed off more long term upside than the 2018 class where Joe Wieskamp, Courtney Ramey, Jontay Porter, Ryan Larson, etc. all shined bright.

Here’s a look at some more stock boosters from this past weekend in Minnesota…

2016 CLASS
JUWAN MCCLOUD – 6’0 – PG – WISCONSIN SWING – GERMANTOWN (WI)

McCloud has begun see some more attention within his recruitment and deservedly so. The Germantown product might not pass the quick looks test, but the lead guard can do a plethora of things for his squad in the backcourt. Unafraid of added contact off the drive and capable of creating for himself and others at the drop of a dime, McCloud can score it in heavy volumes, and also pick up several dimes along the way. With the need for a consistent producer at the lead guard spot, McCloud already holds an offer from Northern Iowa and could quickly become a coveted Midwest recruit from here on out. 

TE’JON LUCAS – 6’0 – PG – MILWAUKEE SPARTANS – WASHINGTON (WI)
Lucas has continued to grow more into his frame and still very young for his age, it wouldn’t be shocking to see the Milwaukee native add another inch and tack on the necessary weight in order to handle contact appropriately. Regardless, the skillset is already there with the Spartans guard as he does a commendable job of orchestrating and facilitating with the ball in his hands and has a ton of wiggle to his handles off the bounce. With an innate toughness to him and constant energy given on either side of the ball, Lucas should see his name and stock soar heading into his final few months of summer basketball. 

TREVOR ANDERSON – 6’2 – PG – WISCONSIN ACADEMY – STEVENS POINT (WI)
Anderson continued to display his long term value at the lead guard spot as he is tough with the ball off the deck, is a solid rebounder of the ball who is willing to scrap and fight with guys 30 pounds heavier than him in the lane, and can score in his own right off of step backs and spot up 3s. With the desperate need for guys that value the ball at the lead guard spot, Anderson could become a highly sought after mid-major guard throughout the Midwest this summer.

NICK FINKE – 6’6 – SF – ILLINOIS IRISH – CHAMPAIGN CENTENNIAL (IL)
With an older brother at Illinois on the Illini’s men’s team, Finke showed off his own durability and versatility on the floor. While he isn’t the most athletic or talented of wings that you might find, his workman’s approach and nose for the ball makes up for any shortcoming within his game. He can score in traffic, get to the line off hard-drives to the basket, and has the composure to help run his squad on the perimeter. With no offers in hand yet but quality grades in the classroom, Finke has the makings of a fine sleeper this summer within the rising senior class.

JALAN OUSLEY-BROWN – 6’4 – SF - GRASSROOTS SIZZLE – CRETIN-DERHAM (MN)
Grinding through the day at times, if you need some excitement, make sure you take a look at Ousley-Brown. The 6’4 wing doesn’t have much of a defined skillset with his ball skills, but in the open floor or whenever things break down, the Sizzle junior can take over. He has great instincts on weakside chances and is good for one highlight reel dunk in any given contest. With quality length, energy levels, and developing frame, the super athletic Minnesota native should be able to attain a college scholarship because of his consistent focus and unique physical tools out of the small forward spot. 

TANNER LOHAUS – 6’6 – SF – IOWA BARNSTORMERS – IOWA CITY WEST (IA)
Lohaus, whose older brother plays at Northern Iowa, was the catalyst for his Iowa bunch all weekend long. While he isn’t super quick nor can he be described as athletic, the Barnstormers wing was the primary reason for his group’s success. Missing one of its top guys in Wali Park, Lohaus stepped his game up to the next level as he scored on and-1 chances in the lane, hit on the pick and pop from behind the arc, and seemed to come up with all of the 50-50 balls. With just one offer in hand, Lohaus did a great job of furthering his name and stock throughout the Midwest over the weekend. 

RYAN KRIENER – 6’8 – C – MARTIN BROTHERS – SPIRIT LAKE (IA)
Kriener had the college coaches talking all weekend long as the powerful and well-built center did a great job of sweeping the glass within his area and also scoring on counter moves on the low-block as he can finish with either hand. While he doesn’t have a ton of lift, the Martin Brothers big man uses his size and width well and understands how to properly use the upfake and his fine footwork to score against guys similar to his size and height. Kriener is deceptively skilled on the face-up and with further progressions, could pick up a few high-major offers from those within the Big 10 in the coming months.

NOAH MCCARTY – 6’8 – PF – QUAD CITY – STERLING NEWMAN CATHOLIC (IL) 
While he doesn’t hold an offer yet, McCarty did his very best to show the college coaches in attendance what he can bring each time out. He plays hard on each possession and has nimble feet in getting up and down the floor and also moving laterally as a helpside defender. He can stretch out the defense a bit with the jumper and is an underrated passer of the ball from the short corner and mid-range areas. With the need for size and skill always evident, McCarty has the makings of a fine lower-level target this summer. 

2017 CLASS
DEVONTAE LANE – 6’0 – PG – IOWA BARNSTORMERS – IOWA CITY WEST (IA) 

Lane is a super developed, strong lead guard who sets the tone immediately upon hitting the floor for his Barnstormers group. With this strong physique, the 6’0 sophomore takes contact well on drives to the basket and can create for others on drives below the arc. While he may have to shed a few extra pounds in order to add some quickness to his arsenal, Lane plays under control off the bounce and is capable of hitting within the intermediate region on the floor as he values the ball and can run his squad against the toughest of pressure. 

CHRIS TEAHAN – 6’4 – SG – MO-KAN ELITE – ROCKHURST (KS) 
Teahan showed off some upside on the floor with some deceptive burst off the first step on the perimeter, along with his sweet jumper off the catch from deep. The rotation on his perimeter looks is as fine as it gets and the MoKan guard can get on a roll whenever spacing and timing is given. With little known about him heading into the event, the need for consistent jump shooters should make Teahan a quality college recruit over the next two years. 

VIRSHON COTTON – 5’11 – PG – WI UNITED – MILWAUKEE KING (WI) 
Cotton might not pass the immediate looks test as he has yet to fill out, but this dude will rip your heart out! He plays hard on each possession and on either end of the floor. He can facilitate and distribute accordingly on drives to the basket and also score it with uncanny converting skills off his feet within the trees. Defensively, the King High product can really lock up for 94-feet and has the looks of a fine dvision-1 level recruit at the point guard spot. 

JARED RIDDER – 6’7 – F – MO-KAN ELITE – KICKAPOO (MO) 
Ridder was a revelation during his time in Minnesota as the 6’7 forward can play all across the floor and on both ends. He has nice length and the body to grow into more fully as he physically matures and has a young skillset that would allow for him to be played at different spots within the half-court on the offensive end. Ridder doesn’t hold a scholarship offer but he makes for nice rebounds out of his area showing off added dimensions of toughness and a motor, and can step out and hit the perimeter jumper off the catch. With his size and scoring abilities, Ridder could end up tracking for the high-major realm down the road. 

OWEN HAMILTON – 6’11 – C – WISCONSIN PLAYMAKERS – PRESCOTT (WI)
The big fella already has the body and size to be a quality college recruit. While he does have to lose some of the baby fat and work on his lift and explosiveness around the basket, the sophomore center provides a quality target on the low block, can score on hook over his left shoulder following the post entry, and is a solid passer to open perimeter shooters. He has great hands and a solid motor and with further work on his physical tools, Hamilton should be able to gain ahold of his first college scholarship within the coming weeks. 

2018 CLASS
JOE WIESKAMP – 6’4 – SG – IOWA BARNSTORMERS – WEST MUSCATINE (IA) 

When you talk about finding a super skilled wing who can pretty much do it all on the floor, Wieskamp is your guy. Just a freshman at this time, the Barnstormers wing scored it in every which way throughout the course of the weekend in Minnesota. Whether it was scooping layins around the basket, mid-range pull-ups, or perimeter looks off the catch, everything points to Weiskamp becoming a high-level recruit in 2018 and on Tuesday, the 6’4 freshman picked up an offer from Iowa State. 

RYAN LARSON – 5’9 – PG – HOWARD PULLEY – BRAHAM (MN) 
The catalyst for his talented Pulley bunch who came away with the platinum championship trophy over the weekend, Larson did it all with the ball in his hands. While he might me lacking a few inches at the moment, the Braham High product is sneaky quick off the deck but if you lay off him and play the drive, he is capable of hitting on consecutive perimeter looks. The 5’9 point guard values the basketball each time down the floor and can get wherever he wants with it as he looks like a quality division-1 recruit from here on out. 

AJ GREEN – 5’10 – PG – IOWA BARNSTORMERS – CEDAR FALLS (IA)
Green is a crafty but tough lead guard who has no problems getting wherever he wants with the ball within the half-court. He sheds off the added ball pressure with some wiggle to his handles and is nearly automatic with pinpoint pull-ups from the mid-range. Green can also create for others off the dribble-drive below the arc and is a fine lead guard who is capable of scoring the ball and making his teammates better, regardless of the setting and situation that he finds himself in. 

TIM FINKE – 6’5 – SG – ILLINOIS IRISH – CHAMPAIGN CENTENNIAL (IL) 
The youngest Finke brother, if the Champaign Centennial product can grow a bit further over the next few years, his stock and game should really hit the next level. He wears many hats for his squad as he can play all across the hardwood and has the toughness to remain engaged within the trenches. He produces off the catch from deep, weakside board put backs, and in buying in on the defensive end. With a longer set of arms, big hands, and a quality mindset, Finke could become a high-major recruit in 2018. 

TYRESE HALIBURTON – 6’2 – G – WISCONSIN UNITED – OSHKOSH NORTH (WI) 
Haliburton sure does have the length and the savvy to be quite the recruited prospect in the future. One giant holdup with him at the moment is his lacking strength but as the years progress, so should his strength and frame. Looking like he could grow another few inches and with some glimpses of a younger Michael Carter-Williams to him, the Wisconsin native is capable of playing both on and off the ball and can contribute in every which way. Whether it is off the catch from deep, facilitating off a few bounces, or defending various spots on the defensive end, Haliburton was one of the more intriguing freshmen we saw all weekend long and could become a great producer in the backcourt at the college level.

ISRAEL BARNES – 6’3 – G – SPIECE MOKAN – SUNRISE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (KS) 
Barnes grows by the day as the 6’3 guard has sprouted about three inches since last May and uses his developing body and physical mindset to get into the lane off of a few dribbles on the attack and initiate the contact nicely off his feet. While his jumper needs further reps, Barnes has the makings of a quality weapon on the offensive end and defensively, the MoKan guard can really lock up out top. With a progressive escalation to his game and body, Barnes makes for a solid high-major target these next few years. 

COURTNEY RAMEY – 6’2 – PG – TEAM RAMEY/JETS UNITED – WEBSTER GROVES (MO)
Ramey struggled to get loads of playing time on his successful high school bunch this past winter, but now on the grassroots circuit, the 6’2 guard has hit the next level with his game. He an elite passer of the ball below the arc as he tends to always make the right read and dish on kick outs and dump offs, and has the toughness and instincts to make for quality grabs on the offensive glass. Ramey was as consistent as they come over the weekend and one of the top performers regardless of level throughout the entire event and has the makings of a high-major recruit at the point guard position.

JAVONNI BICKHAM – 6’7 – PF – WI UNITED – MINNEHAHA ACADEMY (MN)
Bickham had a pretty strong name coming into the event as he already holds an offer from Memphis, but what he did over the course of the weekend while playing up a level was beyond impressive. He is strong and physical in all that he does and uses his longer set of arms to outplay bigger opponents around the basket. Whether he will grow another few inches is up for debate, but what is not is how competitive the freshman forward is and his ability to help a high-major college program whenever the time presents itself. 

CARTE’ARE GORDON – 6’7 – PF – TEAM RAMEY/JETS UNITED – ST. JOHN VIANNEY (MO)
Gordon is an already well-built big man who could provide quality services on most offensive lines on the football gridiron. However, the freshman big man has quite the deceptive skillset as he has impeccable feet on spins in the lane and can even put the ball on the floor some off the perimeter. His mid-range jumper is already pretty consistent and his motor and toughness is not an issue. Gordon does have to touch on his body over the next few years but the powerful freshman produced each time out and is unrelenting against any type of competition. 

JONTAY PORTER – 6’9 – PF – MO-KAN ELITE – FATHER TOLTON (MO)
The more you watch Porter, the more you come to respect and view the freshman big man as an elite option in 2018. The lefty as a quirky looking jumper but it goes in, and he can already hit out to beyond the arc off the catch, and is comfortable putting the ball on the floor and hitting on two-dribble pull-ups. From the high-post, Porter is an elite passer of the ball and his hands and feel for the game is as good as it gets for freshman’s size and age. Yet to receive a scholarship offer and still some time before he physically matures, the upside is staggering with the MoKan big man who is the younger brother by a year to Michael Porter, a five-star wing in 2017.