The inaugural weekend of the NY2LA Association featured a number of the nation’s top players and hidden gems. Playing in front of hundreds of college coaches, a number of prospects saw their stocks rise nationally, including Drew Evans of Chicago Lockdown, who is becoming a hot commodity among programs who still have space in their 2016 recruiting classes. 

Here are 10 stock boosters from Session 1 of the 17U Division of the NY2LA Basketball Association… 

Isaiah Chandler – 2017 – F/C- Omaha Elite
Omaha Elite went 4-0 last weekend in large part of Chandler’s interior presence. Chandler averaged 9.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game in the opening session. A strong, skilled big man, Chandler can dominant the paint. He shot 80.0 percent from the floor and had a 16.5 floor impact. Able to run the floor and step outside the paint as well, Chandler is one of the most intriguing big man prospects in the association. 

Trevell Cunningham – 2017 – PG – Playground Elite
Cunningham is a really good fit with Playground Elite. A pass-first point guard that can push the tempo and make good decisions on the run, Cunningham averaged 3.3 assists per game in Minneapolis, good for second in the association. His 7.8 efficiency rating ranked No. 10 in the league, while his 2.3 steals per game ranked third. Cunningham also had an impressive 4.3:1 assist-to-turnover ratio. ]

Drew Evans – 2016 – G – Chicago Lockdown
You like to see guys like Evans who are hungry and take their game to the next level. Still looking for a home next season, Evans ranked among the league leaders in a number of different categories, including scoring (15.5 ppg), efficiency (9.5), floor impact (21.3), and three-point field goal percentage (66.7). 

Ryan Krueger – 2017 – SF – Wisconsin Swing
Krueger led the league in player efficiency (9.5) in Minneapolis. A 6-foot-7 sharpshooter, Krueger averaged 13.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game as the Wisconsin Swing went 4-0 in the first session. A three-point specialist, Krueger somehow managed to shoot 88.9 percent from the field. Krueger was also among the league leaders in floor impact (18.8) as well. 

Willie Lucas – 2017 – F – Missouri Hustle
A versatile forward, Lucas caused problems for the opposition all weekend long. The lefty can shoot the basketball from beyond the arc and is excellent down on the block with his ability back people down and finish over them. Lucas averaged a team-high 13.5 points per game. He shot 57.1 percent from the field, including 75.0 percent from downtown. Lucas got on the glass as well, averaging 5.5 rebounds and nearly one block per game. 

Joey Reader – 2017 – F – Wisconsin Blizzard
A big man we liked coming into the association, Reader backed that up with a very solid weekend and an even better weekend for the Blizzard, who went 4-0 in Minneapolis. Reader only averaged 3.8 points per game, but don’t fooled, he contributes across the board. A skilled forward who can handle the ball, Reader averaged nearly three assists per game and had a 10:1 assist-to-turnover ratio, which led the league. Also an enforcer defensively, few looks at the rim come easy against Reader. 

Yaakema Rose – 2017 – G – Yanders Law
Yanders Law went just 1-3 in Minneapolis, but Rose stood out with his overall impact. At 21.5, Rose had one of the highest floor impacts in the association. He averaged 14.0 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in the opening session. A built guard, Rose plays a physical brand of basketball, particularly on the defensive end. He got after people and whopping 2.3 steals per game last weekend. 

Troy Summers – 2017 – PF – Grand Rapids Storm
It felt like every time Summers touched the ball, it was two points for the Grand Rapids Storm, who went 3-1 last weekend. Looking over the stats, that’s pretty much what happened. Summers shot a blistering 90.0 percent from the field, with everything coming around the rim. Summers made things easy on himself and his teammates, establishing good post position and sealing his defender off inside. 

Simon Wright – 2017 – SF – Minnesota Comets
Furman, North Dakota State, and North Dakota all offered Wright after his play in Minneapolis. Wright currently ranks ninth in the league in floor impact (21.0) and seventh in scoring (14.5 ppg). A versatile scorer, Wright shot 63.2 percent from the field, including 40 percent from downtown. He did a little bit of everything, grabbing nearly five rebounds and two assists per game as the Comets went 3-1 in the opening session. 

J Michael Young – 2017 – G – Quad City Elite
Young didn’t shoot the ball as well as he would have perhaps liked, but that didn’t stop him from contributing in other areas. He still averaged 12.0 points per game on 55.6 percent shooting, despite some rough stretches. Young was most impressive with his ability to run the show offensively. A 6-foot-4, 185-pound point guard, Young had a 6:1 assist-to-turnover ratio in Minneapolis.