The inaugural weekend of the 2016 NY2LA Association concluded this past weekend. With a number of the nation’s top prospects taking the floor in Minneapolis, the association featured some fantastic individual performances. Compiling a huge weekend, Illinois Celtics/Hoops shooting guard Nana Akenten created a lot of buzz among those in attendance as did Caleb Coleman of the SYF Players.  Alex Arians of the Wisconsin Swing did much of the same with a number of high level performances.  Here’s a look at those and others who stood out during the opening session of the NY2LA Basketball Association…

STANDOUT EFFORTS
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Tai Bibbs – 2017 – PG – Mercury Elite
Bibbs averaged 10.3 points per game as Mercury Elite went 1-3 over the weekend. Bibbs was second on the team in scoring and ranked second in rebounding (3.0 rpg) from the point guard spot. A strong mid-range scorer, Bibbs shot 61.1 percent from the field in four games. 

Alou Dillon – 2017 – F – Playground Elite
Dillon helped Playground Elite to a perfect 4-0 record over the weekend. Dillon averaged 11.8 points per game and led the team in rebounding at 5.0 boards per game. Shooting 58.3 percent from the field, Dillon also went a blistering 60.0 percent from three-point range. His performance earned him new offers from Wright State and South Dakota State.

Philip Flory – 2017 – SG – Wisconsin Shooters
After missing his entire junior season, Flory made his return in Minneapolis. Still about 70-75 percent, Flory averaged 8.3 points per game off the bench for the Wisconsin Shooters on 58.3 percent shooting. Flory was pretty consistent all weekend, contributing around 8-12 points per outing. 

Demarius Jacobs – 2017 – PG – All-In Y&R
Jacobs had a very nice 16.5 floor impact with a near 2:1 assist-to-turnover ratio. He averaged 9.3 points per game on 62.5 percent shooting, usually getting most of production right at the rim off transition run outs. Jacobs also chipped in three rebounds and nearly two assists per game from the guard spot as All-In Y&R split their four games over the weekend. 

Ryan Krueger – 2017 – SF – Wisconsin Swing
It’s rare to see a three-point specialist have such a high floor impact and field goal percentage, but Krueger did just that. At 18.8, Krueger had one of the highest floor impacts in the league and somehow managed to shoot nearly 89 percent from the floor, including 44.0 percent from downtown. He averaged 13.0 points and 5.0 rebounds as the Wisconsin Swing went 4-0 in Minneapolis. Krueger also led the league in player efficiency (9.5) as well. 

TOP PERFORMERS
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Nana Akenten - 2017 – SG – Illinois Celtics/Hoopers 
Akenten was sensational and only got better as the weekend wore on. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard was second in the league in floor impact (26.0) and second in scoring (22.0 ppg). Akenten takes a lot of tough shots and still made 59.4 percent of his attempts in four games. A willing rebounder on both ends, Akenten also averaged 5.3 boards per game. A rise and fire shooter with terrific range, Akenten knocked down 48.0 percent of his attempts from downtown. In perhaps the performance of the weekend, Akenten went bananas for a 31-point effort, helping him land an offer from Toledo. 

Teddy Allen – 2017 – F – OSA Crusaders
Arguably the biggest breakout performer in the first weekend, Allen was fifth in the league in floor impact (22.5) and fifth in scoring (15.3 ppg). Leading the OSA Crusaders to a 3-1 record, Allen shot 46.8 percent from the floor and grabbed 5.0 rebounds per game. Allen also surprisingly came up 1.3 steals per game from the forward spot.

Armon Brummett – 2018 – G – All-In Y&R 
Brummett shot the ball very well throughout the weekend and had a couple of big scoring efforts in Minneapolis. Brummett had multiple games where he racked up points from beyond the arc. An explosive transition player, Brummett was one of the best pure scorers in the 16U association. A 6-foot-4 sophomore, Brummett displayed excellent strength around the rim, absorbing contact and finishing through defenders. 

Caleb Coleman – 2017 – F – SYF Players
Coleman had a breakout weekend for SYF, who went 3-1 in league play. The 6-foot-6 forward averaged 18.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game. An aggressive interior player, Coleman shot nearly 57 percent from the floor, just dominating opponents on the block. Coleman also showed some consistency to step outside the arc and shoot the basketball as well, hitting exactly one third of his three-point field goal attempts. 

Marcus Domask – 2019 – SF – Ray Allen Select
Domask continues to dominate. It seems like every time Domask takes the floor, he’s putting up big numbers. Domask had a 32-point performance in just over a half on Saturday. A strong three-point shooter and post-up player, Domask can score inside and out. Always playing through the offense, Domask never tries to do too much. An extremely efficient scorer, Domask racks up big scoring efforts despite not taking a lot of shots. 

Owen King – 2018 – SG – Wisconsin Playmakers
One of the best kept secrets in Minnesota, King has been a big time scorer over the past year. King was at it again in Minneapolis, doing what he does best…putting the ball in the hole. Able to create off the dribble, King can get his shot off in a hurry and knock down tough jumpers. Getting more athletic and explosive, King was a difficult cover 1-on-1 over the weekend. 

Terrence Lewis – 2017 – SF – Playground Elite
We’ve always loved Lewis’ ability to contribute across the board and he backed that up in a big way over the weekend as Playground Elite went a perfect 4-0 in Minneapolis. Lewis led the league in floor impact (28.0) and was two points higher (26.0) than the next closest player on the list. Over the weekend, Lewis averaged 22.5 points per game, while shooting 55.9 percent from the field. An improved three-point shooter, Lewis connected at a 52.2 percent clip from downtown. His huge weekend led to a new offer from UAB. 

Mitch Listau – 2018 – G – Wisconsin Swing
Arguably the top performer in the 16U association last weekend, Listau had a couple of 20-point efforts. The lefty was scoring the basketball at a high rate throughout the weekend. A strong spot-up three-point shooter, Listau stretches the defense then takes advantage with his hard-nosed driving ability. An equally solid defender, Listau takes pride in defending and shutting down the opposition’s best player in addition to his scoring duties. 

Steffon Mitchell – 2016 – SF – Grassroots Hoops
Still looking for a home next season, Mitchell made a case for more scholarship offers to his big list. The unsigned senior was fourth in the league in scoring (24.0 ppg), second in rebounding (7.0), and fourth in offensive rebounding (2.3). The long, strong combo forward is a tough matchup. Mitchell can shoot the ball from all over the floor and also play with his back to the basket. Also a willing defender, Mitchell loves to challenge opponents deep in the backcourt and look for steal opportunities. 

Zion Young – 2018 – SG – SYF Players
Another terrific scorer and shooter in the 16U division, Young can flat out light up the scoreboard. Young can fill it up from mid and three-point range. The 6-foot-3 sophomore made buckets from all over the floor. He can catch and shoot and also pull-up off the bounce and hit contested and/or off-balance shots. Young was pretty much unstoppable throughout the weekend when the ball was in his hands. 

STOCK BOOSTERS
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Maliq Anderson – 2019 – PG – Chicago Lockdown
Anderson is going to be tough to deal with in the coming years. When the ball was in his hands, it was only a matter of time before a play was made. A long combo guard with a really nice frame, Anderson has some intriguing measurables early in his career. A strong pick n’ roll guard, Anderson comes off screens with the purpose and usually makes the right play. Anderson plays really well around the rim, using a soft touch on his floater to scoop the ball over the top of the defense.

Alex Arians – 2017 – G/F – Wisconsin Swing
Arians was one of the biggest buzzes among the college coaches in Minneapolis. The junior wing was on fire from three-point range, shooting 72.7 percent from beyond the arc, which ranked fourth in the association, though Arians’ attempts from downtown were significantly higher than the three players above him. Arians had a 16.0 floor impact, averaging 12.3 points per game, which ranked second on the currently undefeated Wisconsin Swing team. 

Cole Henry – 2019 – F/C – Martin Bros. 
Henry is a must-know post prospect in the Midwest for the coming years. Already comfortable with his back to the basket, Henry is a deliberate and quick decision maker down low, unlike a lot of big men his size and age. Also able to step out and do some things from the perimeter, Henry should be quite versatile by the time he’s a senior. The 6-foot-9 freshman appeared very advanced and much more mobile than expected at this point in his career. 

Bryce Irsfeld – 2017 – PG – Minnesota Comets 
It’s not always about points and shooting percentage. Irsfeld racked up a 14.33 floor impact with his passing and ability to take care of the basketball. Ersfeld has the second-highest efficiency rating (9.33) in the league and also led the association in assists (5.3 apg). A strong on-ball defender, Irsfeld also ranked fifth in steals (2.0 spg). 

Monty Johal – 2018 – SG – Yanders Law
Johal is a warrior. He bounced back and forth between the 16 and 17U divisions throughout the weekend and continued to produce despite the extra workload. A smooth, explosive scorer, Johal is needed by his team to carry things offensively. Despite being forced into difficult attempts, Johal usually came through. Never too up or too down, Johal remains confident no matter where his shooting percentage is. 

Andrew Lewis – 2017 – SG – Wisconsin Shooters
Every now and then, Lewis does something on the floor that wows those in attendance. This was a big weekend for him as he was consistent, compiling an 18.0 floor impact, among the league leaders. Lewis averaged 11.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game. He shot 57.1 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from beyond the arc. An exciting talent that’s starting to hit his stride, look for Lewis’ recruitment to take off a bit the rest of the spring. 

Charles Payton – 2017 – F – All-In Y&R
At 19.75, Payton had one of the top floor impacts in the league. Payton led the association in rebounding (7.3 rpg) and ranks second in blocks (2.0 bpg). Dominating the paint on both ends of the floor, Payton led a balanced scoring attack (9.5 ppg) and shot 66.7 percent from the field. He often flirted with a double-double for All-In Y&R, who went 2-2 in Minneapolis. 

P.J. Pipes – 2017 – G – Illinois Stars
Pipes came up big on a number of occasions for the Illinois Stars, who split their four games. The junior combo guard was the only member of his team to average in double figures scoring (15.0 ppg), carrying the load offensively. Pipes also averaged 3.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.3 steals per game. He shot 47.6 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from three-point range. 

Jay Small – 2017 – SG – Omaha Elite
In no surprise, Omaha Elite is off to great start in the association and went 4-0 in Minneapolis. An exciting open floor player with great passing ability and vision, Small made some terrific plays over the weekend. He was solid and consistent, averaging 12.8 points and 2.5 rebounds per game from the guard spot. He also shot 66.7 percent from the field and 40.0 percent from downtown. 

Douglas Wallen – 2017 – SF – Illinois Irish Elite
One of the biggest surprises in Minneapolis, Wallen was huge for the Illinois Irish, who also surprised as a team by going 4-0 over the weekend. Wallen led a balanced scoring attack at 10.5 points per game. He shot 65.2 percent from the field, including 80.0 percent from three-point range. A 6-foot-4, 205-pound small forward, Wallen is a blue-collar, bring your lunch pail to work type of player. He brings energy and instincts to the floor and brings much more to the table than what shows up in the box score.