The 2016 NY2LA SPORTS Summer Jam tipped off to an explosive night of action as college coaches filled the stands to witness some of the top prospects in the country deliver on the hardwood.  Here’s a quick look at some who stood out on opening night in Wisconsin…

TOP PERFORMERS
(Note – Listed in Alphabetical Order)

EVAN BATTEY – 2017 – F – DREAMVISION
The 6’7 power forward from Villa Park, CA has seen his recruitment intensify over the last year, and go into hyper-drive beginning in the Spring. He scored 12 points against Meanstreets in a lopsided win, but was dominant in spurts both in the paint offensively and rebounding the ball. What makes Battey so intriguing as a prospect is his all-around skill-set and feel for both ends of the floor paired with an incredibly imposing frame at 6’7, 275 pounds. 

TROY BROWN JR – 2017 – G – LAS VEGAS PROSPECTS
The highest rated prospect by the scouting services at the Summer Jam didn’t have his best game Wednesday, but he still had 19 points in a 2-point loss to MBA Hoops. The 6’6 Centennial product showed he is equally effective with the ball in his hands as well as off the ball, and also showed off the ability to set his teammates up with his passing ability and court vision. Brown has had a busy summer, and it’s scary to think what is in store for his Summer Jam opponents once he gets into a groove in Milwaukee.  

CHARLES O’BANNON JR – 2017 – SG – LAS VEGAS PROSPECTS
With offers from tons of high majors, and a reputation of one of the best shooting guards in the nation in the class of 2017, O’Bannon’s 17-point performance Wednesday showed why he is so highly coveted. Though he probably wanted to shoot a better percentage from three-point land, he still drained a few from long range and his high arcing shot looks smooth off the release every time. He’s got a quick release which is also dangerous for a shooter who can catch fire. O’Bannon’s athleticism was also on display when he threw down an alley-oop over a defender. Sharing the backcourt with Troy Brown Jr., the Bishop Gorman product is going to be must-see basketball for the high major programs as well as the fans in attendance at the Summer Jam. 

DONNIE TILLMAN – 2017 – F – DREAMVISION
A long plane ride from out west to Milwaukee clearly didn’t hinder Tillman’s motor on the court against Meanstreets. Tillman (6’7, Findlay Prep) was all over, and devastating in transition on his way to a game-high 18 points. He’s already sporting a slew of high major offers, and projects out as a productive multi-year college player. His presence on the glass, the defensive end of the court and ability to finish in the paint off the drive should be a load to handle for Dreamvision’s opponents at the Summer Jam. 

NICK WEATHERSPOON – 2017 – PG – MBA HOOPS
One of the most physically explosive players at the Summer Jam, the 6’2 PG from Velma Jackson High School saved his best for last on opening night. After a slow first half against the Las Vegas Prospects, Weatherspoon erupted for 14 of his 20 points in the second half to help lead MBA Hoops to a close 56-54 victory. Weatherspoon came up with a highlight reel breakaway dunk during the game, but he showed off his improved shooting touch from the mid-range and the three-point arch as well. The high major prospect has his eyes on several high major programs who have offered including Ohio State, Mississippi State, Georgetown, Indiana, LSU, UNC, NC State and Memphis – figure all of those programs and more to be tracking him throughout the Summer Jam. 

STOCK BOOSTERS
MARVIN BATEMAN – 2017 – F – JETS/RAMEY UNITED

Bateman (6’5, Belleville Althoff) got his squad off to a good start against DTA, scoring in double figures in a variety of ways. But he is a solid perimeter shooter, and buried two three-pointers in the first half. Currently, Bateman has a lot of DII’s and DIII’s on him but if his performance on Wednesday night was any indication, he could be primed for a breakout and see his recruitment continue to pick up.  

LEDARIUS BREWER – 2017 – G – MBA HOOPS
Brewer (Meridian HS) will have the audience of plenty of high major programs throughout the Summer Jam, and he made a nice statement Wednesday night against the Las Vegas Prospects when he had to guard the likes of big time prospects Troy Brown Jr. and Charles O’Bannon Jr. At 6’5, Brewer has a rangy length on the perimeter and plenty of speed and quickness. He also showed off some bounce with nice finishes in the lane. Brewer also knocked in a turn-around, fall-away on the baseline after a series of moves – and looked natural doing it. Mid-plus and high-majors would be wise to give him a look.  

CAM HEALY - 2017 - PG - AUSA PLATINUM
Healy (6'2, Monteverde Academy) was critical in keeping the Aussie squad close with the Wisconsin Swing as he showed off an ability to facilitate as well as score the ball. He scored 16 points, and knocked in two triples showing off a nice looking shooting stroke. As a ball-handler, he is crafty and as he continues to tighten his handle it will only improve his effectiveness on the court. Playing alongside 6'11 Jacob Epperson, who is receiving DI attention, Healy may catch the eye of several coaches during the Summer Jam as well. 

DAVID IWOWARI – 2017 – F – DREAMVISION
Forgive the corny play on Iwowari’s name, but the 6’8 forward from Aspire Academy (AZ) has ‘WOW’ athleticism. He’s still very raw skill wise, but it won’t be a shock if some high majors offer in hopes of developing and polishing his offensive game because he has the potential to be an excellent defender who can switch onto almost any position on the floor. As it stands now, he’s a highlight waiting to happen in transition and incredibly active defensively and on the glass. Against Meanstreets, his energy helped set the tone for a big win over Meanstreets.