The start of the weekend means the beginning of the playoff rounds of the NY2LA Summer Jam. Here are some of the standouts from 16 and 17U.

2018 C Jude Akabueze – MBA Hoops – Jude proved to be a thick framed, tough interior player. Standing at 6’9”, he was able to grab double-digit rebounds and was difficult to keep off the glass at both ends. While his post game is still developing, Akabueze has good hands and is able to catch, turn and score with space. In addition, Jude did a nice job blocking and contesting shots and showed he could finish strong above the rim.

2018 F Deonte Spencer – MBA Hoops – Spencer is a long, lean power forward. Offensively he did a good job of filling a lane in transition and finishing. The 6’8” rising junior also knocked down a number of mid-range jumpers around the free throw line area. 

2017 G Jordan Poole – Playground Elite Wilson – Poole has a smooth game. The Michigan-commit is a balanced scorer and passer who can excel in the open floor and the half court. The 6’4” rising senior is able to score from all three levels and has a consistent perimeter shot. Not only does his length help him on offense, but defensively Poole’s length helps him be disruptive.

2018 F Kwame Hymes – Las Vegas Prospects – Hymes is a long, athletic big who can play in the post. Kwame did a good job of fighting through traffic to get the ball up and over the front of the rim. His length and athleticism give him an extra advantage; as a rebounder, rim finisher and shot blocker. The 6’10” Hymes is also comfortable handling the ball.

2017 F Michael Diggins Jr. – Las Vegas Prospects – Diggins did a good job of helping on the glass at both ends. His length and motor while standing 6’7” make him a player that can crash the glass and add some rim protection. In transition is where Michael can excel right away. He can trail in transition clean up offensive boards on any missed layups or give you a good target for a catch and finish above the rim. Additionally, Diggins showed he could pass it well in the open floor.

2017 G Cameron Healy – AUSA Platinum – Healy did a good job of scoring the ball on Friday. He’s a capable double-digit scorer who takes care of the ball. Healy can score at all three levels, but excels as a slasher and even more as a perimeter shooter off the catch. The 6’3” guard has solid positional size who makes the right play more often than not.

2017 F Evan Battey – Dreamvision – Battey is a boulder of a prospect in the paint. He’s tough to move and is strong and aggressive. Battey can not only play inside, but he’s able to knock down a jumper that extends out to the perimeter. The 6’8” forward is also a solid passer and is very nimble on his feet; evident by the way he can finish with touch on either side of the rim.