The 2016 NY2LA Sports Summer Jam continued from Mequon Homestead High School on Friday. As teams compete for the coveted championship, the opening round of bracket play began in the 15, 16, and 17U divisions. Making an early title statement, Courtney Ramey and Jets/Ramey United put together a dominating all-around performance Friday night.

Here are the top performers and stock boosters from day three…

TOP PERFORMERS
Bailey Basala – 2017 – SF – Iowa Barnstormers

Basala has improved a lot offensively. The 6-foot-6 wing has always been a strong defender and rebounder who had some explosiveness, but has now rounded out his game. Basala showed a nice stroke from three-point range and the ability to take people off the dribble and finish in traffic. Playing for an Iowa Barnstormers squad that was missing their star, Basala stepped up and played well, especially down the stretch. He scored 12 of his team-high 14 points in a win over the Indiana Legends. 

Tyron Brewer – 2018 – SG – MBA Hoops
A very intriguing shooting guard, Brewer had 15 points in a loss to UPLAY Canada. Brewer is a legit 6-foot-6 with long arms and leaping ability. He can pull-up from mid-range with ease and get to the bucket in transition. Brewer showed excellent body control to rise and fire under duress. He also made an impact defensively, coming over from the weak-side to block and alter shots. Brewer is still awaiting his first scholarship offer, but they will come in time. 

Raekwon Drake – 2018 – PF – Kevon Looney Running Rebels
Drake was a monster in Friday’s blowout win over Ray Allen Select in 16U play. If you were present, you heard some rick rocking slams as Drake tried to tear the hoop off. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound power forward is a terrific transition big. He runs the wings very well and just explodes to the basket. Drake has a junkyard dog mentality and is especially good on the offensive glass. He finished with a game-high 15 points in the victory. 

Tyler Herro – 2018 – SG – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
The dynamic shooting guard had an easy day in the Playground Warriors’ win over the Midwest Wildcats. If defenses are going to leave him uncovered, the game will be over quickly and Herro made the opposition pay. He went off for 18 points in the first half and finished 20. Even when guarded well, Herro has the ability to hit some unreal shots. His handles are some of the best in the country and even when the defense is draped on him, Herro and second and third moves or fakes in his back pocket just in case. One of the nation’s best pure shooters, Herro has also greatly improved his quickness and bounce. He’s a special player in transition and has the ability to play above the rim as well. 

Tre Jones – 2018 – PG – Howard Pulley 
One of the top junior point guards in the country, Jones has been steady all weekend. A terrific two-way guard that gets it done on both ends of the floor, Jones creates a lot of offense with his defensive play. Jones moves quickly laterally and has excellent hands. He’s able to get right up into the opposition and pick their pockets. Jones does most of his offensive damage at the rim, but showed better ability to pull up from mid-range on Friday. A team-first player, Jones’ top priority is to run the show offensively, which he does as well as anybody. 

Gabe Kalscheur – 2018 – SG – Howard Pulley
In the midst of a huge week, Kalscheur continued to perform at a high level. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard scored a game-high 19 points, leading Howard Pulley to a win over Team Primetime. Kalscheur is killing defenses from the three-point line. Hitting triples at an unreal rate, Kalscheur had four more on Friday. While he’s known for his sharpshooting ability, Kalscheur is gaining more confidence with his ability to attack. Kalscheur had a couple of three-point plays the old fashioned way, getting baseline and going right into the chest of defenders. 

Courtney Ramey – 2018 – PG – Team Ramey
It’s really hard to describe Ramey’s impact on his team and definitely can’t be done in one paragraph. There is nobody in the country more locked in than this kid. Ramey had every reason to overlook Friday’s opponent in the opening round of the 16U bracket, but that was far from the case. Even against a team that was way overmatched, Ramey was everywhere. Everything the 6-foot-3 floor general does is crisp and 100 percent. Ramey has tremendous vision and makes some unreal passes when it seems there’s no lane to pull it off. A quick, bouncy guard, Ramey can blow by people with ease. Defensively, he gets after people and hounds the ball without fouling. He’s also a glass eater and one of the best rebounding guards in the country. Ramey never took a play off and its fun to watch a kid who doesn’t let an ounce of talent go to waste. He finished with 12 points, all in the first half, and certainly flirted with a triple-double in a blowout win. 

De’Avion Washington – 2018 – SG – George Hill Rising Stars
Washington is a tough guard with great quickness. The 6-foot-3 junior blew past the defense en route to a game-high 18 points during Friday’s win over Peoria Elite. Washington has good size and is a tough finisher around the rim. He’s so quick that he’s often past the defender after the first step or two and his way to the bucket. Also a standout defender, Washington has active hands and plays the passing lanes very well. He was extremely disruptive on both ends of the floor and has been all week. 

STOCK BOOSTERS
Malcolm Bailey – 2019 – F – UPLAY Canada Orange

Bailey has a big upside and showed flashes of high potential Friday morning. The 6-foot-8 sophomore has length and athleticism and was a little more polished offensively than expected. Bailey showed some nice moves with his back to the basket and a soft touch inside, even when he was taking contact or fading away from the hoop. A standout shot blocker with great recovery skills, Bailey can get his hands on the ball even when he was initially beaten off the dribble or fooled by a pump fake. He finished with 10 points and a handful of blocks in a loss to All-In Y&R. 

Brennen Banks – 2017 – PG – Wisconsin Dynasty
Division 2 and 3 schools need to take a hard look at Banks. The 6-foot-1 floor general can run a team and be a primary scorer. He was the latter in Friday’s loss to a very good Omaha Elite squad. Banks scored a game-high 20 points against a number players who will be playing at the Division 1 level. He might not be everything you want athletically, but Banks makes up for his with his ball handling and ability to knock down shots with a hand in his face. 

Cameron Gross – 2017 – F – Illinois Stars
A player you might not hear a lot about in terms of scoring, but Gross has a lot of value. He’s 6-foot-5, 205-pounds and a bit of a tweener between the forward positions. A kid that works his tail off, Gross is an enforcer in the paint. He’s a good shot blocker and controls the glass on both ends. Gross also has some versatility, able to step out and shoot the basketball. A kid with a high motor that can fill a variety of roles, there’s definitely room for him on any squad. 

Ysrael Hernandez – 2019 – SF – All-In Y&R
Hernandez was awake and ready to play at 8 a.m. The 6-foot-3 sophomore shot the lights out in the opening minutes, knocking down four triples and scoring 14 points right off the bat. Once the defense finally reacted, Hernandez made sound plays with the basketball set up his teammates for good looks. Hernandez has an interesting skillset. He has the body of a potential power forward, but spends most of time roaming the perimeter offensively. Defensively, Hernandez can guard bigs or wings and seemed to be active on the glass as well. 

Cameron Maddox – 2017 – SG – Team Primetime 
Despite a lopsided loss to Howard Pulley, Maddox showed great scoring ability. With defenders draped all over him, Maddox hit some tough off-balance shots. The 6-foot-3 senior has a strong frame and knowns how to use his strength to create separation off the dribble. In transition, Maddox flourished at the basket, getting up ahead of the defense and finishing against contact. Low major and Division 2 schools definitely need to keep Maddox on the radar the rest of the week. 

Laurence Merritt – 2017 – PG – TAW
Merritt nearly dug TAW out of a hole in a loss to All-In Pryor. His three-point shooting is what most noticed and it was big, but Merritt’s defense was also a big factor. The gritty 5-foot-9 point guard moved his feet very well and got up into people which forced some late turnovers. Merritt shot the ball exceptionally well in the second half. Showing no range, Merritt fired off a few consecutive triples and sparked the comeback. He finished with four triples for the game. 

Jack Plumb – 2018 – PF – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
Plumb played some of his best ball during Friday’s win over the Midwest Wildcats. While he’s not one of the feature scorers on this Playground Warriors team, Plumb scored 12 points and was more aggressive offensively. A kid that always does his job and knows his role, Plumb sets good, hard screens on the ball and is a really nice pick n’ roll big. The 6-foot-8 junior has some skills down on the block and has always been advanced with his footwork. He also showed some ability to shoot from mid-range on Friday as well, something we’ve seen little of in the past. 

Mark Smith – 2017 – SG – Ramey/Jets United
Smith is a strong, athletic two-guard that gets after it. He’s a built 6-foot-4 and has the tools to be a sound perimeter defender. Smith isn’t afraid to sacrifice his body and was all over the floor during Friday’s win over the Q6 All-Stars. Smith also has some explosiveness and can take off well away from the hoop when he attacks the bucket. His outside shot wasn’t falling much, but Smith has a good looking stroke from downtown.

RECRUITING NOTES
Tyron Brewer is receiving interest from Mississippi State, Wichita State, and Ole Miss among others.

Cameron Maddox has interest from Canisius. 

Mark Smith listed interest from Illinois, California, Wright State, and Oral Roberts. 

De’Avion Washington has offers from IUPUI, Georgia State, Ball State, and Indiana State. 

Jack Plumb has offers from Green Bay and Milwaukee. 

Courtney Ramey has offers from Florida, Texas A&M, Ohio State, Missouri, Illinois, Ole Miss, Creighton, Iowa, Kansas State, Texas, Iowa State, Cincinnati, and others. He listed Xavier, Purdue, DePaul, Virginia, and California as schools expressing interest.