The 2015 NY2LA Sports Invitational continued on from Homestead High School on Saturday. As tournament play began and teams started taking steps towards Championship Sunday, 2017 shooting guard Jordan Poole and Playground Elite put together two impressive performances on day two.

Here are the top performers and stock boosters from Saturday’s action: 

TOP PERFORMERS 
Kobe King – 2017 – G/F – Wisconsin Playground Warriors

King had two double figure scoring efforts on Saturday. The 6-foot-3 wing capped off the day with a 23-point performance in a win over Minnesota Lockdown. An improved shooter, King knocked down four three-pointers in the win. King has been virtually unstoppable all weekend when he puts the ball on the deck, able to slash to the basket and finish over defenders.

Max Keefe – 2016 – F – Wisconsin Swing
Keefe is very intriguing because there’s very few players like him. A lankly, stretch forward who shoots a very good percentage from three-point range, he might not look the part, but continues to produce at a high rate. Keefe was in double figures in the Wisconsin Swing’s win over Devil Dogs. Once again, he knocked down a couple of three-pointers over unsuspecting defenders unwilling to chase him out on the arc. 

Terrance Lewis – 2017 – G/F – Playground Elite
A play is never over when Lewis is on the floor. A high motor competitor, Lewis had a double-double in a win over the Illinois Irish on Saturday. Lewis is very athletic and versatile. Able to post up or slash, Lewis also covers guards and bigs equally well. In transition, Lewis is a big play waiting to happen. Sprinting up and down the floor, his teammates love feeding him the ball on the run. Lewis also had a game-high 14 points in a 20-point win over Quad City Elite.

Te’Jon Lucas – 2016 – PG – Milwaukee Spartans
Lucas has been blowing up this spring for good reason. Everyone knows he’s an explosive playmaker with frightening speed in the open floor, but Lucas is a true floor general. A pass-first point guard who looks for his own offense only when necessary, Lucas has the Spartans playing very good basketball. He’s been quiet offensively, other than his assists, but when it’s time to take over, Lucas knowns just what to do. 

Jordan McCabe – 2018 – PG – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
Always worth the price of admission, McCabe made a number of highlight plays for the Playground Warriors. He scored 14 points and dished out four assists in a win Saturday morning. Saturday afternoon, McCabe scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half to help erase a 12-point deficit to the Wisconsin Blizzard. McCabe wasn’t just scoring, but dropped at least five assists in the game as well. 

Jaylen Minnett – 2017 – PG – EG10
Minnett scored 17 points in a 16U platinum bracket victory over Chicago Lockdown. The smooth point guard broke the game open his three-point shooting and then did the same to put the game away. Minnett was very solid in transition, finding open teammates streaking down the floor and going coast-to-coast for baskets of his own.

Jordan Poole – 2017 – SG – Playground Elite
Poole had a tremendous shooting performance in the first half in a win over Illinois Irish. He connected on his first five shots, including four three-pointers as Playground Elite raced out to big lead. A sharpshooter with unlimited range, Poole also has great handles and vision to free himself from the defense or create for others. He finished with a game-high 19 points in the win. Poole stayed hot in the afternoon, scoring all 14 of his points in the first half in a blowout win for Playground Elite over Quad City Elite.

STOCK BOOSTERS
Nobal Days – 2019 – F/C – Butler Elite

Days has a chance to be really special. The 6-foot-8 forward has the physical tools and now a rapidly improving skill set. A very long, athletic post, Days can handle the ball and stretch the floor a bit with his shooting. Days had some very impressive footwork in the post and flashed terrific vision and passing ability from the high post. Also an intimidating shot blocker on the interior, Days can impact the game in so many ways.

Tyler Hero – 2018 – SG – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
Hero has greatly improved on his ability to attack off the bounce and is no longer just a shooting threat from the outside. In two games, Hero had more than a handful of strong drives to the basket, finishing through contact. The freshman didn’t abandon his bread and butter either, knocking down open three-pointers and shaking his defender with a nice mid-range game. 

Mitch Listau – 2018 – G – Wisconsin Swing
Listau is a coach’s dream. A hard-nosed competitor that’s not afraid to stick his face in the fan, Listau was around every loose ball in a win over the Illinois Irish Saturday morning. Listau takes pride in doing the little things and is always looking to set up his teammates. Although a pass-first combo guard, Listau has the skills to provide offensively. He showed a nice stroke from downtown and the ability to finish in traffic on the break.

J.T. Petrie – 2018 – G/F – Wisconsin Blizzard
The Wisconsin Blizzard hug around with the Wisconsin Playground Warriors for much of the game in 15U platinum play, in large part of Petrie’s shooting. The Blizzard started the game on a 17-5 run as Petrie came out on fire. Although the Blizzard came up short, Petrie kept hitting big shot after big shot from beyond the arc to give his team a chance. 

Nate Schmidt – 2017 – SG – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
Schmidt caught fire Saturday morning to lead the Playground Warriors to an easy win. He connected on six three-pointers, including three consecutively in the second half en route to a game-high 20 points. A spot-up shooter with nice range, Schmidt found the soft spot in the zone and his teammates did a great job of hitting him in rhythm. 

Walter Taylor – 2017 – F – NESYB
Taylor’s motor was impressive in Saturday’s loss to Ray Allen Select. Taylor did a nice job of running the floor and finishing shots inside off feeds into the pant. Although an undersized forward at 6-foot-4, Taylor makes up for it with his length. He was also active on the glass on kept possessions alive to keep his team in the game.