The 2017 annual NY2LA Sports Spring Extravaganza tipped on Friday from Hopkins High School. Highlighted by Session 2 of the NY2LA Association, 17U play featured some intriguing opening night matchups. Continuing his huge spring, 2018 guard Xavier Pinson put on a show as the Mac Irvin Fire won an in-state battle with Kessel Heat…

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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

17U NY2LA BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION DAY 1 TOP PERFORMERS
Aguek Arop – 2017 – SF – Omaha Elite

Arop made his presence felt early and often during Friday’s win over the Wisconsin Swing. The former Nebraska commit was aggressive as a slasher and his length and athleticism was often too much for the opposition. Arop was active on both ends of the floor, cleaning up the glass, getting second chance opportunities, and blocking/altering shots. Arop recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds in an overtime win over the Wisconsin Swing. He also had two blocks and two clutch free throws that helped push the game into the extra session. 

Tobias Cameron – 2016 – G/F – AUSA Hoops
Cameron is a treat to watch. A highly active player with a motor that never stops running, Cameron makes tons of plays for AUSA Hoops. Able to play on or off the ball, Cameron is the straw that stirs the drink. He’s a terrific drive and dish wing and a creative passer that constantly fools the defense. He’ll look for his own offense, but loves sharing the basketball. Defensively, Cameron is a flat out stopper. He takes on the challenge of defending the other team’s best player and if you’ve scored on this kid, you’ve earned it. A high-IQ talent and leader, Cameron had 10 points, three rebounds, and a ton of hustle plays in Friday’s win over Team Blaze Select. 

Musa Jallow – 2018 – G/F – Team Blaze
There just aren’t a lot of weak points or places you can point out and critique when it comes to Jallow’s game. Jallow is a worker that stuffs the stat sheet. Offensively, he’s a kid you can isolate on the block, the high post, or the perimeter and let him go to work. He displayed a terrific mid-range game, knocking in contested off-balance shots. Even during an off night shooting the basketball, Jallow didn’t sulk or let it affect the rest of his game. He still grabbed eight boards and dished out three assists in a loss to AUSA Hoops Platinum. 

Xavier Pinson – 2018 – PG – Mac Irvin Fire
If you saw this one, you witnessed a heck of a show put on by Pinson. The junior guard turned a win over Kessel Heat into his own personal highlight reel. Mac Irvin Fire would clear out for Pinson, who took over the game when the ball was in his hands. Pinson converted some acrobatic finishes around the rim and some big one-hand dunks. When teammates were running with him in transition, Pinson delivered pin-point passes above the rim for alley-oops. After a close first half, Pinson just blew the game open with a series of knockout punches. 

Marlon Ruffin – 2018 – G – Playground Elite
A big second half by Ruffin led Playground Elite to a tight win over The Force. The rising junior, who’s been picking up plenty of Division 1 attention this spring, poured in a game-high 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting. An athletic, slashing guard, Ruffin puts his head down and goes right to the rim, challenging any willing defender to get in his way. Ruffin is a bully in the paint and just wills his way to buckets around the rim. Coming up big in a two-point victory, Ruffin also added three rebounds, three assists, and three steals in a complete effort. 

17U NY2LA BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION DAY 1 STOCK BOOSTERS
Daijon Smith – 2018 – G – The Force

Smith was killing from mid-range on Friday. The 6-foot-2 junior was taking people off the dribble and scoring at will, showing good body control and touch from 15-17 feet. An efficient scoring effort, Smith dropped a team-high 16 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the field. Inside the 3-point arc, Smith was 5-of-6 shooting, constantly working for the best shot and not settling. Turning defense into offense, Smith also collected two steals in a loss to Playground Elite. 

Hunter Plamann – 2018 – PG – Wisconsin Swing
Plamann was unconscious during Friday’s loss to Omaha Elite. The junior guard almost single-handedly kept Wisconsin Swing in the game with his shooting. A huge bright spot in an uncharacteristic performance for his team, Plamann dropped 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting. The state champion guard was a blistering and almost unreal 7-for-11 from 3-point range. Once he got in the zone, Plamann wasn’t even thinking, he was just firing and hitting nothing but the bottom of the net. His offense not only sparked his team back into the game, which would eventually go into overtime, but his defensive intensity was also on point Friday night. 

Alton Thompson – 2017 – F – Mac Irvin Fire
Thompson is an athlete that impressed with his ability around the rim. The senior had some huge dunks and blocks as he changed the game and sparked Mac Irvin Fire to a nice win over Kessel Heat Black. Thompson plays much bigger than his 6-foot-5 frame. An imposing presence down low, Thompson can challenge just about anybody at the basket on both ends of the floor. Thompson flirted with a double-double in Friday’s win and also registered a handful of blocks in a dominating effort.