The inaugural NY2LA Basketball Association hit the hardwood in various parts of the country last spring and summer and while the 17U division offered up a lot of talent, a solid 16U age group did as well as the Wisconsin Swing eventually outlasted the SYF Players for the league championship.  Shifting gears from a look at the 17U division the past couple of weeks, here’s a look at some of the top performers at the 16U level as we announce our First Team All-NY2LA Basketball Association Selections for the 16U division… 

SEE ALSO 
1ST TEAM ALL-NY2LA BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION SELECTIONS – 17U DIVISION
2ND TEAM ALL-NY2LA BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION SELECTIONS – 17U DIVISION

Note – Listed in Alphabetical Order

ORLANDO ALLEN – 2018 – F – SYF PLAYERS
A long versatile forward with athleticism, instincts, and skill, Allen can run the floor well and he has the ability to deliver in the paint on both ends with his agility and bounce.  Still raw in some areas skill wise, Allen has a nice ceiling and his solid floor production and consistency were key factors in the SYF 16U undefeated regular season run that eventually led them to the championship game.  A solid Division 1 prospect with potential, Allen is one to know in the 2018 class.

QUINLAN BENNETT – 2018 – G – KESSEL HEAT
A multi-dimensional guard with the ability to slide between both guard spots and deliver dominant results, Bennett was stellar during the spring while helping the Kessel Heat 16U team to a solid regular season mark and some quality wins throughout the league play.  He handles the ball, has athleticism, and he has the ability to score off the bounce and finish in a variety of ways at the mid-range level and at the rim.  His range extends beyond the arc making him a tough cover with his ability to play on and off the ball.  Defensively he has some very intriguing potential as he athleticism, length, and instincts make for a quality defensive prospect who can be dominant and disruptive defending on and off the ball.  Another legitimate Division 1 prospect whose best basketball lies ahead.

QUINN BLAIR – 2018 – SF – R.E.A.C.H. LEGENDS
Currently holding offers from Northern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Southern Illinois, and Cleveland State, Blair is a multi-dimensional two sport athlete that continues to impress on the hardwood.  A blue collar forward who can play with finesse or power and has no problem mixing it up in the paint, Blair has athleticism, instincts, and toughness that he pairs with skill and fell to make for an intriguing talent.  He can score at all three levels, collect rebounds, defend, and he is just scratching the surface of his potential.  An excellent leader in terms of effort and example on the hardwood, Blair was exceptional at times for the R.E.A.C.H. Legends team this past summer.

MITCH LISTAU – 2018 – SG – WISCONSIN SWING
A solid scoring wing with range and upside, Listau helped pace a balanced Swing 16U attack to solid 7-1 mark during the regular season and the eventual league championship with an OT win over a tough SYF squad in July.  He hit the trey ball, score at the mid-level area, and attack the rim and finish in traffic on occasion.  A strong guard who is a tough cover when he’s feeling it, Listau is a polished young talent that can deliver in half court or open court sets with consistency.  Currently holds offers from South Dakota State, UW-Green Bay, and UW-Milwaukee.

ZION YOUNG – 2018 – G – SYF PLAYERS
A skilled and athletic perimeter talent who probably has his highest ceiling as a lead guard, Young was extremely impressive throughout the spring and summer for a solid SYF team.  A legitimate mid to high major Division 1 prospect long term, Zion can score off the bounce, in transition, and he has the ability rip the nets from the perimeter.  Defensively he has some nice instincts that he pairs with solid quickness and athleticism that could make for a potential lock down defender at the next level.  A high ceiling talent potentially, Zion is just scratching the surface and he’s only getting better by the week.