Marking the beginning of the July evaluation period, the 2016 NY2LA Sports Invitational tipped off Wednesday from Mequon Homestead High School. Featuring a number of strong opening night matchups, day one was an eventful day of hoops. Getting started with a bang, Wisconsin commit Kobe King and the Wisconsin Playground Warriors raced their way to a statement win over Greenwood Elite…

TOP PERFORMERS
Terry Armstrong – 2019 – G/F – Greenwood Elite

Armstrong had an impressive scoring streak in Wednesday’s loss to the Wisconsin Playground Warriors. A 6-foot-4 wing, Armstrong can go 1-on-1, size up his man, and make a plan. He showcased the ability to score from all three levels and was most effective from mid-range. Armstrong can create his own shot and picks his spots very well. Armstrong has a very strong frame and defenders struggled to stay in front of him when he put the ball on the deck. He finished with a team-high 16 points off the bench. 

Kobe King – 2017 – SG – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
King put the game away early. He scored 14 points in the first seven minutes of the first half and finished with 20 in limited duty. King made it look easy at times, getting to the rim uncontested and finishing before the defense could react. After a wrist injury limited him in the spring, King has been on a tear over the past few weeks. The Wisconsin commit is draining jumpers at a high rate and playing outstanding on-ball defense. He completely shut down his man the entire game in Wednesday’s win over Greenwood Elite.

Brandon Lawani – 2017 – PF – Illinois Celtics/Hoopers
Lawani played extremely well despite a loss to the Minnesota Comets on Wednesday. He might be a little undersized, but you can’t measure heart and Lawani never takes a play off. He cleaned the glass for 30 minutes and provided an edge for his team with his tough play around the rim. Lawani powered through contact and also kept a ton of plays alive for his team. He had a double-double in the opening night defeat. 

Andrew Lewis – 2017 – G – Wisconsin Shooters
Lewis got off to a great start and helped the Wisconsin Shooters edge The Force. Lewis scored 10 of his team’s first 16 points. The 6-foot-3 combo guard was relentless on both ends of the floor. Lewis got into the paint, drew contact, and finished some difficult looks for three-point play opportunities. Defensively, Lewis is a hound. He gets after the ball handler for 90 feet and does give an inch. Lewis was also attacking the glass without the ball. With defenders glued to him on the perimeter after his fast start, Lewis took advantage and crashed the glass. He scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds in Wednesday’s win. 

Lacey Watson – 2018 – SG – Quad City Elite
Watson didn’t have his best game, but his second half efforts helped Quad City Elite pick up a victory over Playground Elite. A high volume scorer, it was reassuring to see Watson understand it wasn’t his night and adjust his game. He still finished in double figures, most of which came in the second half. In a low scoring affair, Watson attacked the rim strong and got to the foul line a number of times. His aggressive play was a big difference in Wednesday’s close win. 

STOCK BOOSTERS
Jackson Ehrlin – 2017 – F – The Force

Ehrlin had 13 points in Wednesday’s loss to the Wisconsin Shooters. He was very consistent in both hands and finished his limited opportunities around the rim. Ehrlin did a nice job of pinning and sealing his man, even when the ball wasn’t coming his way. He also showed some ability to step outside the paint and ether shoot the ball or take other bigs off the dribble. Ehrlin is pretty long and runs well. He could be used at a couple different positions at the next level. 

Marlon Ruffin – 2018 – G/F – Playground Elite
Ruffin showed some flashes as a slasher in Wednesday’s loss to Quad City Elite. He led his team with a game-high 14 points, doing most of his work in the paint. The 6-foot-4, 180-pound wing was some impressive handles and quickness off the bounce. He used that to beat people off the dribble and make plays in the teeth of the defense. Ruffin has a strong motor and plays bigger than his size. He’s constantly working on the glass and keeping plays alive, in addition to his scoring ability. 

Alondes Williams – 2017 – PG – TP Elite/Young Legends
Williams has always been flying under the radar, but he produces in high school at a high level and in the travel circuit as well. A big, strong, 6-foot-3 guard, Williams has the frame and explosion to bully people in the paint and isn’t afraid to challenge post players at the rim. In Wednesday’s loss, Williams had 15 points, but kept the Young Legends close most of the way with a strong second half.