Opening night at the 2017 Spring Extravaganza by NY2LA Sports had some really strong games in the 16U Open division taking place over at Minnetonka High School, one of several locations for the live event in Minnesota. Christian Davis is a very promising young floor general for ET21 Buckeyes, IL Attack Lowe had a trio of guards that really go between Collin Reed, Yamani Shareef and Bohden Richter, Austin Westra of WI Swing was solid to cap a night in which Robert Mosey (Showtime Hoopers Black) showed off some raw ability and athleticism to kickoff the night. Others played really well in the first night of the Session 2 of the NY2LA Association, out of the Open group of teams, so read below to catch who played well and who is rising by raising the level of their play.

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2017 NY2LA SPORTS SPRING EXTRAVAGANZA DAY 1 RECAP – PART 1
2017 NY2LA SPORTS SPRING EXTRAVAGANZA DAY 1 RECAP – PART 2
2017 NY2LA SPORTS SPRING EXTRAVAGANZA DAY 1 RECAP – PART 3

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2017 NY2LA SPORTS SPRING EXTRAVAGANZA SCHEDULE

TOP PERFORMERS
PEYTON AYERS – 2019 – G – MN BASKETBALL ACADEMY THOMAS

Ayers played with a ton of energy game one, and had a lot of control with that energy which helped him makes some big plays for his team as they worked to mount a big comeback in the opening game. The 5’11” guard hit timely shots from beyond the arc in both halves, and also showed he could attack from the wings and make some plays at the basket, finishing with a nice lay-in early in the game, and then an impressive short-range floater off the glass over a defender late in the game. He finished with 13 points, knocking down 3 three’s.

CHRISTIAN DAVIS – 2019 – PG – ET21 BUCKEYES
Davis proved himself to be an excellent young point guard on the rise with the way he performed Friday night. Quickness, change of pace with a good hesitation to get to the middle and made players around him better. His ability to draw defenders was key in getting their offense moving and flowing through the middle part of the game. Davis knocked down some nice mid-range jumpers that looked smooth, finished attacking the basket and hit 2 three-pointers in the game as well. He had 16 points in the game. Davis is getting looked at by UAB.

 JUSTIN KUEHL – 2019 – G – WI SWING BREDESEN
Kuehl had a solid overall game, and was especially tough down the stretch of the contest where he helped his team stretch out their lead as the opponent began trying to bring more pressure. With Irish Select starting to finish more at the end, Kuehl played calmly and yet was strong with the ball, made some nice plays scoring at the hoop and also knocking down a couple tough shots in timely answer to opposing scores. The 6’2” combo guard wound up scoring 14 points, again, coming on strong in key situations for Swing.

THOMAS LEARY – 2019 – F – MN BASKETBALL ACADEMY THOMAS
Leary is 6’7” and played with good control on offense and defense. He has a good frame which he can add to in the coming years, and skill-wise had a great feel around the basket. Though struggling catching it in traffic at times, when he did get it inside, he was patient with his moves and attacked the rim when he went to finish, using a soft touch up at the hoop to complete the baskets. He played strong and was certainly active rebounding the ball also. Leary ended the contest with 11 points and 8 rebounds.

STANLEY MORGAN – 2019 – PG – IL IRISH SELECT GUS
Morgan played with a lot of speed and quickness, and was really on the attack consistently, both offensively and defensively. He got a couple steals defensively with his activity and grit defending the ball, and then finished well on the other end. He also made some nice jump-shots and sank a three-ball later in the game, leading his team with 15 points.

ROBERT MOSEY – 2019 – SG – SHOWTIME HOOPERS BLACK
Mosey showed a lot of excellent traits in the night’s opening game, and looks to have a high ceiling still as well when he really shores up his jumper to be more consistent and commits himself defensively. He got on the boards well, showed really good athleticism and burst, particularly in the open court where he finished with a big slam slicing past a couple defenders on the break. He had good handle, a decent pull-back mid-range jumper and was able to finish at the rim on several takes to the hoop, finishing with 19 points.

TERRION MURDIX – 2019 – PG – IL IRISH SELECT GUS
Murdix and Morgan combined made a feisty backcourt for the Select group, but Murdix perhaps provided a little more flexibility offensively, where he was able to make plays in a number of different ways for himself and for his teammates. He hit some outside shots and the fast guard was also able to break down some defenders with the dribble and then attack the middle of the defense often, and he was able to finish a number of those opportunities. At times when he attacked the paint, he did a nice job of finding his teammates and picked up a handful of assists to go with his 14-point effort.

COLLIN REED – 2019 – G – IL ATTACK
Reed has good size at 6’3” for a combo guard and displayed an ability to do a lot of different things on  the court for his team. He was active rebounding the ball, he was aggressive on the ball defensively and in passing lanes in their zone, and was assertive enough offensively to drive, attack and either finish at the rim or kick out to teammates for three’s or easy buckets around the hoop. He also sank a three in the game and finished with 14 points to go with his 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.

YAMANI SHAREEF – 2019 – G – IL ATTACK LOWE 
Shareef is lightning quick, and though a sleek frame he used that speed and quickness to slice his way to the hoop a few times and had great touch laying it in over defenders at the basket. He had really good handles with a nice crossover and used it to set up some of his baskets, including one of his two three’s in the game. His second three essentially ended hope for the opponent of coming back, solidifying an opening night victory behind his 15 points and 4 steals.

AUSTIN WESTRA – 2019 – PF – WI SWING BREDESEN
Westra had a really strong all-around game for Swing on Friday evening, closing out the night with a win. The 6’5” forward showed off his shooting touch, as well as the skill to use the dribble against undisciplined defenders and take them to the hole, finishing at the basket with good body control and effectiveness inside. He made some big buckets for his team to help build a comfortable lead late which they rode out, also aided by Westra’s defensive activity, especially on the glass. The improving forward finished with a game-high 16 points.

STOCK BOOSTERS
NICHOLAS COMES – 2019 – SG – SANFORD PENTAGON

Comes just played really solid and with great effort on both ends of the floor. He was willing to mix it up inside and got after the hustle balls throughout the game. On top of that, he showed he can score it a bit when he got decent looks, hitting a three-pointer in the game and otherwise finishing some nice shots inside the arc too, and made a nice move down low one possession as well, finishing with 11 points.

TREY FANCHER – 2019 – SF – WI SWING BREDESEN
Fancher played a good, poised, hard-fought game altogether f
or Swing on Friday night, but it was really his shooting and doing it efficiently that impressed for the 6’4” wing the most. Fancher got a few great looks in the offense by moving off the ball well and finding open spots on the floor to shoot it from, and the majority of the time he saw a look, he finished it, hitting 4 three’s in the game and making another play as well, completing the game with 14 points in the end of the night victory.

KEATON HEIDE – 2019 – G/F – MN FURY KAUPA
A little undersized at the forward spot, but as a shooting guard/wing at 6’2”, Heide has a good skill set and made some big-time plays for his team down the stretch of a close contest, including a dagger 3 in the closing minute to help his team pull off the victory. As well as his outside shooting ability, Heide attacked the middle and had a really nice finish through traffic at the bucket. He finished the game with 10 points, 8 of that coming in the final 5 minutes to spark the comeback.

DENG RENG – 2019 – F – ET21 BUCKEYES
The 6’6” stretch four was flat out explosive at times during his team’s opening night contest. He rebounded the ball hard and rose up to high point the ball several times, he was active on the offensive glass as well, including almost putting home an impressive tip-slam that just went off the back iron as he got contact at the last second. Furthermore, Reng was able to hit a couple shots from short-range and at the rim, as well as knocking down a three from the corner to finish with 12 points. Still a little raw in his overall game, but lot of upside with his length and athleticism. He is receiving interest from UAB, Western Illinois and Wisconsin.

BOHDEN RICHTER – 2019 – SG – IL ATTACK
Richter played a bit of a complimentary role to the other two guards on the team, but he certainly had some game to him. Playing with strength defensively and rebounding the ball, Richter made his presence felt there, and then made some nice plays offensively too, scoring going to the basket as well as drilling a three-pointer also. He had 12 points in the game along with 6 rebounds.

REIDEL WALKER – 2019 – PG – SHOWTIME HOOPERS BLACK
Walker really controlled the offense for his team as they built a big first half lead on his ability to push tempo and get teammates into their spots with his floor command. He also shot the ball really well from the three-point line, hitting 3 triples and finishing with 13 points and 5 assists in the game.