The debut of the NY2LA Basketball Association brought with it the opening night of the annual NY2LA Sports Spring Extravaganza in Minnesota.  Here’s a look at a few of the standout performers including Shawn Pipes who stood out on Friday…

TOP PERFORMERS
PJ Pipes – 2017 – PG/SG – Illinois Stars IBA 

The 6’2 power guard from Lemont High has begun to draw some Division I interest, and kicked off the NY2LA Spring Extravaganza in front of several coaches with a strong performance in his squad’s 40-26 win over the Colorado Titans in NY2LA Association play. Pipes scored a game-high 11 points, including a pair of treys, and played an overall solid floor game. 

Logan Strom – 2017 – PF – Omaha Elite
Strom entered the Spring Extravaganza with an offer from South Dakota State, but after the 6’7 forward’s 14 point, 6 rebound performance where he put his inside-out game on display it won’t surprise if he collects more by the time the weekend is finished. The Norfolk (NE) native also has a handful of DI offers on the football field, but he is an intriguing hoops prospect because of his size and ability to shoot the ball from the perimeter – as well as bang down low. 

Isaiah Chandler – 2017 – C – Omaha Elite
Bear-Chandler was a monster in the paint during Omaha Elite’s win over the Wisconsin Shooters. The 6’9 Omaha Central product swatted four shots, and also chipped in 12 points on a perfect 5-of-5 from the field. If he continues to play with the intensity he did in the paint Friday night in Minneapolis, he should be well on his way to securing his first Division I offer. 

Jay Small – 2017 – PG – Omaha Elite
Small made his case as one of the best point guards in the 17’s NY2LA Association by guiding Omaha Elite to a win over the Wisconsin Shooters. Small (Hinton, IA) has good size and strength at 6’2, a nice handle and pure stroke. However, his vision and distribution out of the pick and roll stood out Friday. Small holds an offer from South Dakota, and may have caught the eye of many other DI programs with this play during the opening night of the Spring Extravaganza. 

Demarcus Morris – 2017 – SF – RL9
Morris turned in one of the more impressive games Friday in NY2LA Association league play by pouring in 18 points from all over the court. The wiry 6’7 Westfield (TX) product also grabbed seven boards, snatched two steals and swatted two shots. His play should attract plenty of Division I looks the remainder of the Spring Extravaganza and beyond.  

Caleb Coleman – 2017 – SG/SF – SYF Players
SYF needed a boost Friday in their first game at the Spring Extravaganza against Martin Brothers, and Coleman provided that energy and more as his game-high 18 points sparked a come-from-behind 59-56 victory. The 6’6 wing from Hammond (IN) was deadly in transition, and showed off his activity by also grabbing six boards to go with two blocks. 

Sam Allen – 2017 – SG – Martin Brothers
Despite his team dropping a close one to SYF, Allen drilled three three-pointers and scored 10 points. The 6’3 shooting guard from Grinnell (IA) possesses one of the prettier releases on his long-range shot in the NY2LA Association. If he catches the ball with any space and his feet are set, watch out. 

Demetri Martin – 2017- SG/SF – Grand Rapids Storm 
Martin scored a game-high 10 points as the Grand Rapids Storm rolled to a win over MBA Select in the first day of the NY2LA Spring Extravaganza. The 6’4 wing from Big Rapids (MI) is a good athlete with a good-looking shot, and has the potential to be a dangerous player on both ends of the court. 

DeAndre Robinson – 2017- SG – Grand Rapids Storm
The 6’3 East Lansing High native’s 5 points won’t jump out at you, but he was all over the court as the Grand Rapids Storm pulled away from MBA Select. Robinson also grabbed five boards and handed out a few assists. Robinson showed an intangible high motor and a solid ability to attack the cup in the half court. 

Andrew Lewis – 2017 – PG – Wisconsin Shooters
Milwaukee Vincent’s 6’3 lefty lead guard scored a team-high 10 points in a loss to Omaha Elite. Lewis’ athleticism shined as he used his handle to penetrate into the teeth of the defense. With plenty of room left to polish his game, Lewis is one of the most intriguing long-term prospects at the NY2LA Spring Extravaganza.