The inaugural NY2LA Basketball Association made its debut this past spring and summer with various programs from across the Midwest and beyond hitting the hardwood for various tournaments at the 15U, 16U, and 17U levels.  While the Wisconsin Swing captured top honors with the 17U and 16U championships in early July, a host of prospects delivered some high caliber performances throughout the spring and summer.  Two big factors were the calling card for each of these prospects as they were consistent in their efforts AND they helped their teams win consistently.  Here’s a look at the top efforts in the association with our 1st team All-NY2LA Basketball Association selections at the 17U level this morning…

Note – Not listed in any particular order

LEAGUE MVP – TERRENCE LEWIS – 2017 – SF – PLAYGROUND ELITE (WI)
A model of consistency throughout the spring and summer, Lewis stood out each and every week as he deliver solid production scoring, rebounding, etc. and contributed across the board.  He led the league in overall Floor Impact basically from start to finish and was the catalyst during a solid spring run that slowed in July with a handful of injuries to a couple of key players (i.e. Cunningham, Dillon, etc.).  Lewis has verbally committed to Iowa State.  

LOGAN STROM – 2017 – F/C – OMAHA ELITE (NE)
One of the biggest factors for a stellar Omaha Elite squad this past spring and summer, Strom helped power them to a 2nd place finish with solid production every weekend.  He scored on the blocks, knocked down mid-range looks, ripped the nets from long range and he did a lot of the dirty work in the paint along with fellow big Isaiah Poor-Bear Chandler to make for a talented and physically imposing front line for Omaha Elite.  Currently considering offers from Denver, UC-Davis, Southern Illinois, Indiana State, and Kent State.

ALEX ARIANS – 2017 – G – WISCONSIN SWING (WI)
One of the breakout performers this past spring, Arians was consistent in terms of both his leadership and his production weekend in and weekend out and he helped drive the Swing to the league championship in its first year.  While others had a bit of a roller coaster campaign in terms of big highs and big lows, Arians was a model of consistency and whether it was passing the ball, defending, or scoring Arians did it all and he was really the straw that stirred the drink so to speak for the Swing in their championship run.  He has verbally committed to South Dakota State.

SHAWN "PJ" PIPES – 2017 – PG – ILLINOIS STARS IBA (IL)
Hard to argue this one as Pipes was another consistently dominant talent on the circuit during the spring and summer.  A lead guard who hit the spring looking to score and by the back end of the spring had elevated his play to being a more complete floor general that could distribute, defend, and score, Pipes was impressive in terms of both his production and his willingness to adjust and improve.  Currently holding offers from Denver, UW-Green Bay, and Navy, Pipes has his best years on the hardwood in front of him and a lot of schools sleeping on him will eventually regret it at the next level.  This kid can play.

SIMON WRIGHT – 2017 – SF – MINNESOTA COMETS ELITE (MN)
Like Arians Wright was another breakout performer this past spring and summer as he hit the spring circuit with some initial buzz from early high school exploits and he proceeded to just take off by delivering strong efforts each weekend and securing multiple offers at the same time. He powered the Comets to a stellar regular season record and in the process secured double digit offers before eventually verbally committing to Elon.  A consistently strong campaign throughout the spring and summer.