The NY2LA Basketball Association hit the hardwood this past April and its debut featured a number of quality prospects and programs alike.  Despite only being at its infancy stage in year one, the circuit has already seen a number of talented prospects secure Division 1 and Division 2 offers and a couple of prospects have already committed to Division programs this month.  As we work through the month of May where finishing the school year the right way is top priority, here’s a quick look at 10 available 2017 Division 1 caliber floor generals in the NY2LA Basketball Association that are must watch talents this upcoming July…

Note – Listed in Alphabetical Order – This is not an Exclusive List

Ayo Akinwole – PG – Omaha Elite
A smart and instinctive lead guard with solid decision making and upside, Akinwole is consistently dominant and efficient and he fills the box score.  Equipped with a couple of legitimate Division 1 caliber bigs in Isaiah Poor Bear Chandler and Logan Strom, Akinwole sets the table and makes it all go in smooth, dominant, and winning fashion.  

Alex Arians – G – Wisconsin Swing
One of the breakout prospects this spring, Arians picked up an offer from South Dakota State earlier this month and the tough multi-dimensional guard is only getting better.  He can play either guard spot and he has the size, length, instincts, court awareness, toughness, and an excellent stroke and Arians was impressive throughout the spring and he looked the part of a legitimate Division 1 guard on the rise in the upper Midwest.

Tai Bibbs – PG – Mercury Elite Thomas
A solid guard who can put the ball in the basket and create, Bibbs showed an ability to attack the rim off the bounce and an ability to score from all three levels during the spring.  Already holding Division 1 offers from Buffalo, UIC, Toledo, IUPUI, Furman, etc., Bibbs is one of the solid sleepers to take a long hard look at in July.

Bryce Irsfeld – PG – Minnesota Comets Elite
Already holding a handful of Division 2 offers, Irsfeld can play and win at the Division 1 level.  He has handles, range, a gritty floor game, and he has the innate ability to make the right play and the correct decision when it matters the most.  Whether it’s in a half court set or in transition Irsfeld can deliver the pass, find a way to score, but most importantly he generally makes the correct decisions and looks and plays the part of a floor general in a positive way that generally results in victories.

Teyvion Kirk – PG – All In/Y&R
A plus length 6-3 lead guard, Kirk was one of the breakout performers of the spring as he secured offers from the likes of American, Drake, Chicago State, Duquesne, UC-Davis, and Brown and he’s only getting started.  Equipped with solid instincts, nice athleticism, an ability to break down opposing guards off the bounce, and the ability to score and create from multiple levels, Kirk continues to trend into the landscape of a high major lead guard and he’s just scratching the surface.  Look for him to continue his assent as he continues to deliver high caliber efforts on the hardwood this summer.

Malik Parker – PG – Martin Brothers Select
One of the more intriguing young prospects in the Association, Parker had some huge performances this past spring that showed an ability to score off the bounce, in transition, and with his jump shot in half court sets.  When he was active he attacked the glass and at times he showed solid creativity with the basketball.  His best basketball lies ahead and Parker can hold his own on the court in any game as he has instincts and skill that give him the ability to deliver across the board on both ends of the court when he’s at his best.

Shawn PJ Pipes – PG – Illinois Stars IBA
One of the more underappreciated talents in the region, his team wins and he’s a big reason why.  He can score from all three levels, he can attack off the bounce and finish in traffic, he has solid instincts defensively, and he has the ability to create and attack the glass and collect rebounds.  In terms of consistency, Pipes was solid throughout the spring and he’s another legitimate Division 1 lead guard that every low and mid major Division 1 program should take a hard look at this July.

Yaakema Rose Jr. – PG – Yanders Law
An explosively athletic and strong guard with game, Rose can defend on the perimeter in chaotic fashion and offensively he can attack off the bounce, hit the jumper, and finish in transition.  Defensively he’s exceptional on the ball and off the ball with his instincts and quickness and his overall floor impact on both ends is stellar because of his versatility, athleticism, and instincts that make him a high caliber rebounding guard, and exceptional defender, and a matchup problem offensively with his quickness and feel.  A sleeper in the truest sense of the word, Rose would be a high impact guard at a low Division 1 school and his impact would even be felt in a positive sense at the mid major level in the right situation.

David Simental – PG – The Force
Personally I really like what this young man brings to the table.  He will never wow with a specific asset but he will with his overall decisions and impact that combine with a stellar level of consistency and leadership.  He can score at each level, he can create, he can defend, he can fill the box score, and he has an excellent perimeter stroke that can take over a game when he has it rolling.  Another talented prospect who can and should generate lots of low to mid Division 1 attention and a high Division 2 looks as well this July.

Devin Whitelow – PG – Illinois Irish Elite
Certain players just play the game of basketball and make quality plays and Whitelow fits that mold perfectly.  Whether it’s distributing the basketball, scoring the basketball, or defending, Whitelow contributes consistently, dominantly, and in stellar fashion.  He’s a solid floor leader who gives a quality effort on both ends and makes plays.  He rebounds well, he can create in half court sets and in transition, and he is a stellar defensive guard on the perimeter.  A legitimate floor general who will help his team win games, Whitelow is one of the best kept secrets in the Midwest right now.