The annual NY2LA Sports Spring Extravaganza saw day 2 of the NY2LA Basketball Association jump into full swing as talented prospects delivered quality performances.  Few were better than those delivered by Terrence Lewis of the Wisconsin Playground Elite and Nana Akenten of the Illinois Celtics/Hoopers.  

Here’s a quick look at those two and others who stood out on day 2 in Minnesota…

SATURDAY STANDOUT PERFORMER
Terrence Lewis – 2017 – SF – Playground Elite

Arguably the best player in attendance at the Spring Extravaganza, Lewis was cooking Saturday. The 6’6 Riverside (WI) wing started the tourney Friday with 23 points, including four three-pointers, in an easy win over New Mexico Force and kept it rolling Saturday with a 26-point explosion in a win over SYF and 19 points in a double-digit win over REACH. Lewis already has a pair of high major offers from Iowa State and Auburn, and is yet another stud in the long line to come from Milwaukee. 

SATURDAY STOCK BOOSTERS
Steffon Mitchell – 2016 – PF – Grassroots Hoops Club

The 6’8 senior was huge in Grassroots’ 60-56 overtime win over the Grand Rapids Storm. Mitchell’s double-double of 15 points, 10 boards led the way and his imposing presence on both ends inside proved to be too much for the Storm to handle at the Spring Extravaganza. 

Kyle Clow – 2017 – G – Wisconsin Swing
Germantown’s 6’4 guard didn’t waste any time in getting going Saturday against Grassroots Minnesota. Clow attacked the rim and got nine quick points, and the Swing never looked back as they rolled over Grassroots in NY2LA Association play. He finished with a game-high 17 points, as well as a game-high nine rebounds. His versatility on both ends of the court is a big weapon for the Swing. He also chipped in six points during the Swing’s 46-44 win over All-In Y&R.  

Jesse Hillis – 2017- PG – Grand Rapids Storm
Hillis was a terror defensively in the passing lanes as well as on the ball against RL9 and helped his squad pull away for the win by pouring in 19 points. The 6’1 Caledonia product deserves low to mid Division I looks, but is still without an offer. He impacts the game in many ways offensively, and has shown an improved ability to defend since he was last at the 2015 NY2LA Summer Jam. 

Nana Akenten – 2017 – SF – Illinois Celtics/Hoopers
The 6’6 Bolingbook product broke out Saturday at the Spring Extravaganza. Akenten displayed great promise as a wing defender, good athleticism offensively and a nice looking three-point stroke. He’s already got plenty of mid-major Division I interest, but if he continues to play as he did Saturday he could stake his claim as one of Illinois’ most underrated prospects. 

Doug Wallen – 2017 – SG – IL Irish Elite
Champaign’s St. Thomas More product Doug Wallen provides the Illinois Irish a dangerous weapon on the perimeter. At 6’5, with the ability to shoot the three ball and finish above the rim, Wallen helped pace the Irish to a runaway win over REACH in NY2LA Association play with 11 points, then scored six in a blow out win over Martin Brothers.  

Taylor Bruninga – 2017 – SF – IL Irish Elite
Taylor Bruninga (Illini Bluffs) scored a team-high 13 points, including three treys, against REACH – and led the Irish again with 14 in their route of the Martin Brothers later Saturday. Standing 6’7 he may have caught some coaches’ eyes as he was a perfect 7-of-7 from three-point land on the day.  

Ayo Akinwole – 2017 – PG – Omaha Elite
The diminutive, but equally tough, point guard from Papillion La-Vista (NE) scored a team-high 10 points in a gritty win over the IL Stars IBA in the NY2LA Association. While Akinwole split duties initiating offense with Jay Small (Hinton, IA), he still displayed the ability as a capable ball-handler and distributor. However, it was his game-securing steal with under 5 seconds left which will standout most from Saturday’s morning session as Omaha Elite eeked out a the 36-35 victory. 

Aaron Gill – 2018 – SG/SF – Grassroots Hoops Club
You would be hard pressed to find a more ferocious dunker at the NY2LA Sports Extravaganza than Gill, who put on a dunk show Saturday. More importantly, Gill’s activity helped Grassroots come from behind and knock off previously undefeated in the NY2LA Association Grand Rapids Storm in overtime. He caught a lob as time expired in regulation to force OT, then gave his squad the lead for good with a big time dunk off the tip in OT. The Indianapolis native said he’s now settled in St. Paul. 

Andrew Blum – 2018 – SG – Omaha Elite
Glenwood, Iowa’s Andrew Blum got going early with a couple nice looking three-pointers Saturday morning against the Colorado Titans, and the lefty was also effective in transition as well as on the defensive end of the floor. At 6’3, strong and athletic, Blum helped Omaha Elite pull away for a double-digit win against the Titans in NY2LA Association 16U action. 

Trevor Hanson – 2018 – PF – Dakota Schoolers
Though the Dakota Schoolers fell to the Colorado Titans, Hanson impressed in flashes. At 6’8, and playing up an age group as a member of the class of 2018 at Sioux Valley High (SD), Hanson made some strong moves for buckets in the paint and also did well rebounding the ball. 

Dontez Rayner – 2018 – SF – INDY EBC
Rayner is a powerful wing at 6’4, and played with a high motor Saturday during INDY EBC’s two wins over IL Stars IBA and the Wisconsin Playmakers in NY2LA Association 16’s play. He scored 16 against the Stars and was relentless in the paint. Look for the Lighthouse Prep Academy product to draw some Division I interest over the course of the next two years. 

Joe Burt – 2018 – G – OSA Crusaders
The 6’2 lefty combo guard from Lincoln Pius set the tone by scoring off the dribble and off the catch as his squad picked up a double-digit win over Kessel Heat Black in NY2LA Association 16’s action.