Day 2 of the 2016 NY2LA Summer Jam saw college coaches continue to flock to Wisconsin in droves as to prospects and programs hit the hardwood once again.  Here’s a look at a few that stood out on day 2…

SUMMER JAM DAY 2 STANDOUTS
OCHAI AGBAJI – 2018 – G – KC KEYS

Agbaji (Oak Park) is one of the bigger sleeper Division I combo guard prospects at the Summer Jam from the class of 2018. He’s 6’3, athletic and has an all-around floor game offensively to go with the ability to defend either guard spot on the floor. He hit a couple three-pointers against the IL Stars IBA, and scored a variety of nice drives to the cup. If he can tighten his handle, look for several low to mid-major DI’s begin to track him over the next two years.  

TREY BUCHANAN – 2017 – G – KINGDOM HOOPS ELITE
The dynamic 6’ combo from United Township (Moline, IL) scored 19 points Thursday in an impressive performance. While his athleticism up and down the court is the first thing to jump out at you, Buchanan’s ability to stick pull up jumpers on the move is as impressive. Buchanan showed the ability to play either guard spot on the court Thursday, and has low to mid-major Division I potential.  

KEION EPPS – 2017 – G/F – REACH LEGENDS
Detroit’s Wayne Memorial wing Keion Epps scored 14 points, and at 6’5 with a long wingspan looks to be an intriguing and athletic slashing wing prospect. He guarded both posts and perimeter players Thursday, and did most of his damage offensively from the midrange and in.  He had several DII’s and low and mid DI’s tracking him throughout the day. 

JALEN HUGHES – 2018 – PG – IL STARS IBA
Though Hughes won’t jump out at anyone in the layup lines standing 5’10, the Hillcrest floor general is as tough as they come. Against the KC Keys, he scored a team-high 19 points but also set his teammates up off drives through the defense. He also sets the tone defensively as a scrappy on-ball defender.  Hughes also made the defense pay when he was left open beyond the three-point arc. Because he doesn’t possess elite athleticism and is a tad undersized, he may have trouble attracting DI interest but he’s the type of competitor every coach wants on their squad. 

CARTEZ CROOK-JONES – 2018 – F – KC KEYS
The Grandview High School product looks more like a defensive end than a power forward at 6’4, but his disposition and strong/athletic build allowed him to play much bigger. Crook-Jones was almost automatic scoring in the paint when he got the ball, and was dominant on the offensive glass against the IL Stars IBA. He scored a team-high 16 points, and figures to be a popular DIII, DII and NAIA target for the time being.  

EZEKIEL LOPES – 2018 – PG – KC KEYS
Lopes (Bishop Miege) is a 6’, super bouncy, point guard who had a full offensive arsenal on display bright and early in an 8 a.m. game against the IL Stars IBA. While the KC Keys have several capable ball-handlers on the court at once, Lopes showed of his tight handle and shot making ability off the dribble.  He also showed some good decision making with drive and kicks.  

JALEN SHAW – 2018 – C – IL STARS IBA
Shaw (Elgin Larkin) is an intriguing post prospect at 6’9 with a long frame and some bounce to him. Against the KC Keys Thursday morning in an 8 a.m. game, his activity in the paint defensively stood out. As it stands now, Shaw is a productive shot blocker, solid rebounder and can run the floor.  He’s still very raw offensively, but after performances like he had Thursday he should be tracked by Division I programs.  

BRANDON WADE – 2018 – PG – MICHIGAN GATORS ELITE
Ann Arbor Skyline’s 6’1 point guard, Brandon Wade, entered the Summer Jam with offers from Kent State, Akron, Toledo, Eastern Michigan, Detroit and Northern Illinois. If he plays like he did Thursday morning against Quad City Elite, count on that list expanding a great deal. Wade is one of the most impressive point guards in the 16’s division at the Summer Jam due to his feel for the position, handle, quickness, speed and passing ability. Though he struggled with the consistency of his outside shot, he drained two treys in a row during crunch time to start a personal 8-0 run to bring his squad back from a deficit then had a beautiful drive and kick-out to Jack Ammerman for a game-winning three as time expired. Wade finished with 18 points himself. 

LACEY WATSON – 2018 – G – QUAD CITY ELITE 
Watson enjoyed a successful run at the Next Level Invitational, and seems to have taken his game up another notch for the Summer Jam. The 6’4 Rock Island product, is a really good athlete and a versatile offensive player who had his three-point shot cooking Thursday morning against the Michigan Gators Elite. Defensively Watson can be a pest on the ball and in the passing lanes, and did so again Thursday. He finished with a game-high 26 points.