What a day of basketball on Day 2 of the 2017 Spring Extravaganza, put on once again by NY2LA Sports. 16U Games were rolling early at Hopkins H.S. and then proceeded throughout the day, especially at Minnetonka H.S. where a few 17U Open division games were taking place as well. All in all there were some major performances by basketball prospects – Max Bjorklund (MN Fury) was phenomenal, Tanner Baird (Colorado Titans Gold) had a hot hand, 6’10” Owen Coburn (Martin Brothers) was a force inside – as fans and some college coaches were in attendance to take in those efforts. Others are making names for themselves with some solid outings on Saturday, like DJ Carton (Quad City Elite), Delano Williams (REACH Legends), and others. Catch ‘em all by reading below.

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

TOP PERFORMERS
JOSHUA ARNOLD – 2018 – G – MN EAGLES

Arnold, who is receiving a lot of looks for his football skills, also showed that athleticism and skills on the hardwood, playing with a lot of speed and aggressive takes both in the half-court and getting it out on the break. He got to the free throw line often in the second half and converted 7 of those opportunities into points. Arnold also displayed some good shooting, sinking a couple triples in the game, finishing with 19 points in the contest.

TANNER BAIRD – 2019 – SG – COLORADO TITANS GOLD
Baird was certainly sizzling from the floor Saturday afternoon as he went to work leading his team to a nice win over a feisty Shooters squad. The 6’2” guard displayed excellent range and an affinity for hitting tough, clutch shots. Anytime it seemed the opponent might start a run or push to tighten the game up, Baird ended it with either a smooth three-point shot or a strong take inside for finishes off the glass or mid-rangers with defenders draped on him. He shot the ball outstandingly and was tough defensively as well with his effort. He finished with 26 points (3 three’s).

HARLOND BEVERLY – 2019 – PG – REACH LEGENDS
Though Beverly didn’t score as much in the second half, he didn’t really need to after getting REACH out and running early in the game behind his shooting and ability to slash to the hoop for some scores. He knocked down a couple three’s in that first half when he was focused more on shooting it and getting points on the board for his team, and then shared the ball a bit more in the second half, pushing the ball up the court to teammates on the break. He finished with 13 points in the game, and even when he’s not scoring, he’s always a threat to do so with his talent level and athleticism, which put the defense on its heels often. He hit 3 three’s in the game.

MAX BJORKLUND – 2018 – G – MN FURY ANTL
Bjorklund had one of the games of the day, really filling it up from the floor with a mix of outside shooting and aggressive drives to the basket. He mixed in a mid-range and a floater for good measure as well. Bjorklund started the game off being patient and picking his spots, scoring 10 in the first half with a three and a few free throws off a couple nice strong drives. Then he exploded in the second half for 23 more points, hitting a trio of three’s and constantly attacking the defense and finding ways to finish the bucket, ending the game with 33 points.

OWEN COBURN – 2019 – C – MARTIN BROTHERS
6’10” and strong finishing around the basket, it’s no wonder Coburn has a number of schools hot on his trail currently. Coburn did a really nice job in the game against Kessel late Saturday of asserting himself down low and giving his guards good targets to get him the ball inside, and once he caught inside he was a man at the hoop, finishing over or through defenders with balance, patience and touch. He used his size and length well defensively to control the paint and then control the boards. All in all, Coburn was great Saturday and finished the win over KHB with 19 points. He has offers right now from North Dakota and Drake, and is also receiving looks from Iowa, South Dakota St., and South Dakota.

BRYSON COWPER – 2018 – PG – IL WOLVERINES
Straight out, Cowper made the difference in the game for his team by absolutely lighting it up from the three-point line. The quick and sharp-shooting guard was awesome from beyond the arc, hitting 6 three’s and then also made his free throws in the second half, sinking 4 free ones and finishing with 22 points in the game, leading his team to a good comeback victory.

MARCUS DOMASK – 2019 – G/F – RAY ALLEN SELECT
Domask was up to his usual game, utilizing his size mixed with his ability to take defenders off the bounce and get to the hoop. Once he got past his initial defender, the 6’5” wing prospect did a nice job collecting himself and making sure he was under control going to the rim and he was able to either finish or draw fouls which got him to the free throw line a few times in the game where he made 6 free throws in the game. Domask controlled the action well overall for RAS and lead them to another win behind his 18-point effort.

JUSTIN EAGINS – 2019 – SG – KESSEL HEAT BLACK
Eagins was definitely a shining spot for Kessel who rode the back of their 6’3” shooting guard to play neck-and-neck with a tough Martin Brothers team until the final play. Eagins attacked the basket early in the game with some nice moves and good enough handle with the ball, as well as good touch at the basket over some bigger defenders. Then he got the three-ball rolling as he has in other games this spring.  He hit 4 trey in the second half and finished the closely-fought loss with 22 points.

NOAH JEWETT – 2018 – G – SANFORD PENTAGON JEWETT
Jewett had a really good offensive game in a tough loss for the Sanford squad. Playing pretty heads up most of the game, Jewett was under control and solid with the ball, but it was his shooting prowess that really shined for the 6’2” guard, knocking down 5 three’s and finishing the game with 19 points to keep the game close throughout.

CARRINGTON MCCASKILL – 2019 – PF – REACH LEGENDS
Long, athletic and instinctive, McCaskill was an integral piece in REACH really pulling away from a balanced and pesky Blue Chip Nation squad that gave them a lot of troubles throughout the game. McCaskill was all over the boards, and had a couple really impressive tip-ins by flying around and then timing his jump well to get his hands on the ball and finish the put-back. He also scored in transition a couple times and was generally strong going to the hoop, finishing scoring 14 points in the game.

DONYAE MCCASKILL – 2019 – G – YANDERS LAW
McCaskill was just solid throughout Yanders’ win on Saturday morning. The athletic, bouncy young combo guard repeatedly beat the opponents to the hoop and because of his ability to both absorb contact and still hang in the air some, he did a nice job of finishing through some fouls when attacking. With both free throws, getting some steals for some easier transition baskets and then his scores in the half-court, McCaskill ended up with 20 points in the victory. His value to the team was evident in the team’s loss later in the day without him in the lineup as he was playing up with the 17’s.

DONOVAN MOORE – 2019 – G – IL IRISH SELECT
Moore was constantly on the attack for the Irish squad that really put a hurting on the opponent mid-day Saturday. With a lot of bounce and a smooth quickness, Moore sliced past defenders and was aggressive in transition, finishing a couple plays up at the rim and playing through contact at times as well. He also displayed a nice shot as well, starting to round out his game nicely. He finished that contest scoring 23 points to lead his team.

MATTHEW RAGSDALE – 2019 – SG – THE FORCE
He didn’t really have it going in the first half much, but when the second half came and the game was tight, Ragsdale came alive and shot the lights out. The lanky off-guard made some plays attacking from the wings and hitting some shots there, but it was his 4 three’s that really showed up big for his team, hitting 3 in a row at one point. He put the capper on the game for his team after the opponent got a little extra physical in the closing seconds, showing his toughness and competitive spirit, finishing the game and night off with 18 points and a W.

ANDRE WHITE JR. – 2019 – PG – ALL IN ATHLETICS GARDNER
White is lightning quick, especially when bursting out of his hesitation dribble by which he does an excellent job freezing defenders and then blowing by them. By the end of the game against RAS, he really had the defense stressed trying to figure out how to slow him down, as he was constantly on the attack and was finishing plays off better as the game wore on. White also buried 2 three-point shots and converted 4 free throws, ending out the game with 20 points.

JARON ZWAGERMAN – 2018 – SG – SOUTH DAKOTA ATTACK
Plain and simple, Zwagerman is a sharp-shooter who can knock down shots from each level in the half-court. He was exceptional from the three-point line, hitting 4 in the game and really making the defense extend on him which helped his teammates get some offense going as well. He was also able to hit some mid-range shots and was finishing at the hoop a couple times as well, completing the game with 23 points

STOCK BOOSTERS
JADEN AIKENS – 2018 – SG – IL WOLVERINES

Aikens is a stronger shooting guard with a good feel for the game. He made some nice plays and seemed to keep his calm in pressure situations much of the game, and his control and ability to score through potential fouls really helped his team climb back in the game and eventually overtake the game. He was able to hit some shots extended out as well and finished with 15 points in the game.

MASON BAKKER – 2019 – F – GRAND RAPIDS STORM
Bakker played really solid, and showed off a couple different facets to his offensive game to kick off the Saturday morning contests. At 6’6” Bakker played really well inside, with good balance and hands playing in traffic, and was able to score attacking the rim a couple times. He also stepped away from the block or paint a couple times and hit some mid-range shots with confidence and a decent stroke that made him more difficult for the smaller players to deal as he wasn’t putting the ball on the floor a ton for them to get after. He also rebounded hard and worked defensively from start to finish.

CULLEN BROOKS – 2018 – F – WI DYNASTY
Brooks just played steady, and has decent size at 6’4” but probably stretches out to about 6’8” length wise. He displayed some versatility in his game, by finishing some buckets in the painted area, scoring through defenders, and then hitting shots away from the hoop as well, including knocking down a three-pointer comfortably. He finished with 11 points in the game along with 7 rebounds.

DESI “DJ” CARTON – 2019 – PG – QUAD CITY ELITE
Carton had another steady game at the helm for a talented Quad City group. The rising guard was strong with the ball, seemed to find the right pass to make consistently throughout the game, and picked his spots to attack or shoot it, converting several of those opportunities with good efficiency. His poise and leadership were evident again, showing a lot of tools mid to high level programs are looking for. Carton finished their morning win with 14 points, but he affected the game in other facets really well also.

JONTE COLEMAN – 2018 – SG – IL IRISH SELECT
Coleman had a really nice game shooting the ball and being aggressive in spots offensively. He rebounded the ball ok and did a nice job driving with control where he finished off a couple nice shots from short-range and another at the hoop. He had 3 three’s in the game and finished with 16 points.

COLE HENRY – 2019 – F – MARTIN BROTHERS
Henry plays the wing spot and while listed as a forward in the book, he does some guard-like things and is probably closer to playing more of a small forward role. At 6’8” and being able to step out to the perimeter and hit three’s with no problem as he did twice in their win, Henry was a tough matchup for anyone Saturday evening. He was best Saturday night though when he was out on the break and finishing at the rim, particularly the one he threw down with authority that wowed those in attendance. Henry had 14 points in the game. He already has an offer on the table from North Dakota, and is being looked at by Drake, Nebraska, Iowa, Wright St., and William Penn.

BEN MILLER – 2019 – G – WI SHOOTERS
The Pewaukee product had a really nice game shooting the ball for the appropriately named Shooters. His effort offensively and peskiness defensively gave his team some attitude in the middle of the game and down the stretch when they needed it to make a comeback attempt. Miller hit some three’s early in the game with a slick stroke and then showed his mid-range game and ability to finish some shorter shots on the drive in the second half. He had 15 points in the game.

JACKSON MOLSTEAD – 2019 – PG – MARTIN BROTHERS
Molstead is the engine that really controls a lot of the action for a group for Martin Brothers with a lot of promise and talent. He constantly put his bigs in position to score with precision passing, he pushed tempo for his team and made good decision on the break all game long, either finding a teammate for a bucket or getting to the hoop himself for the score. He shot it well from the mid-range as well and seems to have a great touch on a floater which he used a couple times in the game, including the game-winner at the buzzer in a tie game. He had 14 points in the game.

TRISTAN PLATT – 2019 – G/F – THE FORCE
Platt is a taller swing guard with a lot of upside. His inside game looks to be developing as he was more comfortable on the perimeter, but he did hit some shots inside as well and finished around the basket. However, as mentioned, he was really effective in providing offense for his team in the first half when others had trouble find the bottom of the net, and in doing so he drained 3 triples and was a threat to score all game, opening up others as the defense applied more attention his way. He earned himself 17 points in the game.

DELANO WILLIAMS – 2019 – SG – REACH LEGENDS
Beverly draws a lot of the attention with his play, and rightfully so, but Williams really played well and showed why he deserves to be considered a rising talent. He’s got quickness and shiftiness which he showed making moves with the ball in his hands attacking the defense, he runs the floor well which helped him get some tough finishes on the break, including a really nice dunk, and can shoot the ball from the outside as well with 2 three’s. The slick lefty has a sweet developing offensive game and quick feet and hands defensively to boot.