It was Friday at the 2016 NY2LA Sports Summer Jam live event in Mequon, Wisconsin where several young hoopers took advantage of their opportunities to compete on the hardwood in front of several college basketball coaches. Nick Weatherspoon (MBA Hoops) and Terrance Lewis (Playground Elite) put together solid efforts for the scouts, while other players like Matthew Grace (Southern Ontario), Jay Small (Omaha Elite), Jude Akabueze (MBA Hoops) and more showed what they are capable of doing and likely captured the attention of onlookers.

STAR WATCH
TERRENCE LEWIS - 2017 - F - PLAYGROUND ELITE-WILSON
6-6 - MILWAUKEE RIVERSIDE H.S. - MILWAUKEE, WI

Lewis did an outstanding job taking advantage of what the opponent's defense was giving him, and then working the offensive glass with energy also. The long and talented wing filled the cup fro, beyond the arc, finished in traffic and hauled in some tough rebounds on both ends of the floor. He finished with 19 points and 8 rebounds in a PGE victory.

JORDAN POOLE - 2017 - G - PLAYGROUND ELITE-WILSON
6-4 - LA LUMIERE PREP - MILWAUKEE, WI

Poole and Lewis made for a heckuva one-two punch for PGE on the way to the win. The Michigan commit can score with the best of 'em, dropping in 11 points on a small shot count, but showed off his ability to create and facilitate more, doling out 8 assists.

NICK WEATHERSPOON - 2017 - PG - MBA HOOPS
6-2 - VELMA JACKSON H.S. - CANTON, MS

The coveted floor general showed his command of his offensive game throughout a toughly fought contest with Mercury Elite. Though on the losing end of the outcome, Weatherspoon sizzled at times, knocking down shots from the outside, rising up against interior defenders off the dribble for finishes, and varied his approach when needing to attack, sometimes pulling up and others getting straight to the cup. He finished with 15 points.

TOP PERFORMERS
JUDE AKABUEZE - 2018 - F/C - MBA HOOPS
6-8 - NORTH MARION PREP - JACKSON, MS

Grown. Flat out, Akabueze played like a man on the court leading the way for MBA to cruise past its first playoff opponent in the 16U bracket. With offers from the likes of West Virginia and others, Akabueze showed his physical abilities getting up and down the court and finishing strong both in transition and in the half court at the rim. The 21 points he put up were all a display of either bringing down the rim or overpowering defenders hanging on him.

JAMES BUTLER - 2018 - G - BUTLER ELITE
6-4 - RACINE PRAIRIE H.S. - RACINE, WI

JC was in fine form throughout Butler's slugfest with Southern Ontario Friday afternoon. The young guard showed he can beat you from outside when needed, but if played up he can blow right by and finish by attacking the basket off the bounce, which he did repeatedly to the tune of 19 points, also hitting on 4 of his free throws.

NOAH CARTER - 2019 - PF - IOWA BARNSTORMERS
6-4 - DUBUQUE SENIOR H.S. - SHERRILL, IA

Carter was strong from start to finish for the Barnstormers on Friday, scoring 15 hard earned points. While getting to the rim from the mid post or backing down a defender and turning on him to score off the block was commonplace, it was the 24-footer Carter drained with little concern for the opponent's feelings that surely raised some eyebrows of those in attendance. He also pulled down 7 rebounds.

BRENNEN BANKS - 2017 - G - WI DYNASTY
6-0 - EVANSVILLE H.S. - EVANSVILLE, WI

When the winning team walks off saying "that guy was giving me buckets though," it is quite the compliment for the topic person. Banks was the person of whom Omaha Elite players were referring. The 6-0 guard may not have had huge numbers, but they were all big buckets and he was able to do it from deep with a couple tough three's and from a variety of spots inside the arc, keeping the defense off balance constantly. He finished with 15 points in a tough loss.

ARMAAN FRANKLIN - 2019 - G - INDIANA ELITE
6-2 - FISHERS H.S. - FISHERS, IN

Franklin did whatever he could Friday to keep the opponent guessing how they could guard him. Early on he sank a three without hesitation which forced defenders out. Then he drove right by them and finished smoothly driving baseline by two defenders. Once he got them thinking, he stepped back and dropped in some more three's, sinking four total and completing the content with 17 points and 5 rebounds.

MATTHEW GRACE - 2018 - F - SOUTHERN ONTARIO
6-8 - MACNAB SECONDARY SCHOOL - HAMILTON, ONTARIO

Grace was phenomenal Friday afternoon in a rough and tough overtime loss. He simply found ways all game long to get the ball through the net and bury shots almost whenever his team needed one. The 6'8" stretch-4 buried 'em from the three-point line, was able to stop off the dribble and hit a nice looking mid-range jumper and was assertive on the offensive glass, racking up 12 points on put-backs alone. Grace completed the contest with a blistering 33 points and 14 rebounds.

ANDREW LEWIS - 2017 - G - WI SHOOTERS
6-3 - MILWAUKEE VINCENT H.S. - MILWAUKEE, WI

The Mil-town native was really good on Friday, affecting the game on both ends of the floor. When he puts his energy into his defense as he did against PGE, Lewis infuses that energy to his teammates and that's when the tables turned for the Shooters victory. Lewis had 15 points including going 5-for-5 from the line and made some tough buckets attacking the hoop.

KOREEM OZIER - 2017 - G - PLAYGROUND ELITE-GREEN
6-1 - RACINE CASE H.S. - RACINE, WI

In a battle with Lewis, Ozier wowed the crowd with a scintillating performance from downtown, draining 5 triples and keeping his team in contention throughout the game. Ozier showed a good feel for finding open spots around the arc and an ability to pull it quick with accuracy. His shooting earned him 19 points for the game.

JAY SMALL - 2017 - G - OMAHA ELITE
6-2 - HINTON H.S. - HINTON, IA

Omaha Elite had to come from behind late to overcome a feisty WI Dynasty squad and Small, with his pinpoint accuracy beyond the trey-line, was the primary reason for his team's rejuvenation. Small found pockets in the zone and seemed to knock down any look the defense afforded him, hitting 4 three's, but also scored attacking the gaps and finishing strong. He completed the game with 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.

DEONTE SPENCER - 2018 - PF - MBA HOOPS
6-7 - CALLAWAY H.S. - JACKSON, MS

Spencer joined the mix with his teammate, Akabueze, getting out in transition and finishing off plays in fun fashion, capping off some with dunks and just finishing with a soft touch in traffic otherwise. Spencer was smooth attacking off the bounce and used his length well to pressure the opponents whenever he was on the floor. The 6'7" forward earned 19 points in the big win.

STOCK BOOSTERS
MARCUS CALDWELL - 2018 - PG - BUTLER ELITE
5-8 - RACINE PARK H.S. - RACINE, WI

Caldwell took a minute to get going, but once he did, the wheels didn't stop. Caldwell proved he can hit from the outside which kept the D honest, and then used his quickness and speed to push tempo and find clearer spots to hit shots. He finished with 16 points, going 4/4 from the free throw line with 2 three's, complementing Butler's performance nicely.

DJ CARTON - 2019 - PG - QUAD CITY ELITE
6-1 - BETTENDORF H.S. - BETTENDORF, IA

Carton kicked the morning off with a really good blend of fluidity attacking the rim off dribble penetration, pushing the ball off defensive stops and finishing in transition, and being able to stop and pop once as well. The smooth lefty scored 14 points and shelled out 5 assists as well.

DIDI DENG - 2019 - G - THE ACADEMY XCITE
6-0 - KILDONAN EAST COLLEGIATE - WINNIPEG, MANITOBA

Going up against a solid Quad City team right off the start Friday, Deng gave his team whatever spark he could, hitting some tough jump shots on defenders, driving spinning and finishing against the foul on another and simply using his quickness to drive the hoop on others. The Canada product finished with 13 points and 2 steals.

DONNELL FINCH JR. - 2017 - PG - WI DYNASTY
5-10 - ADAMS-FRIENDSHIP H.S. - ADAMS, WI

While not the biggest guard on the floor, Finch Jr. did an excellent job Friday of finding ways to get a step on the defenders, get them tilting and then scoring on them. Like his teammate, Banks, Finch Jr. buried a pair of three-balls, but also proved he can score going to the hoopin a variety of ways. He had 14 points.

JALEN HUGHES - 2018 - PG - IL STARS IBA
5-10 - HILLCREST H.S. - COUNTRY CLUB HILLS, IL

Hughes finished off the Stars IBA night by sealing a win with a couple nice buckets in transition with some traffic. Hughes hit a shot from outside early, shared the ball a bit and took his opportunities to attack lanes and score the ball. The point man for IBA completed the contest with 15 points. 

ETHAN SCHUEMER - 2018 - SF - MERCURY ELITE
6-5 - WILLOWBROOK H.S. - LOMBARD, IL

Schuemer was an essential piece to the success Mercury Elite had versus MBA Hoops. The 6'5" small forward was smooth sliding down the baseline and then finishing against active shot block attempts. He showed a great feel around the rim and poise in traffic, leading to a 12 point effort while also wrangling down 7 rebounds.

ALEKS SIMEUNOVIC - 2018 - SF - SOUTHERN ONTARIO
6-5 - A.N. MYER - NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO

Simeunovic was upset with himself for a late missed free throw, but his overall performance Friday was nothing to be frustrated by. The 6'5" forward was really tough on the glass with 8 rebounds and was able to score from all over, drilling 2 three's, hitting shots from the mid, but also was able to finish inside... all adding up to 19 points.