There were so many really good performances from the early games on the final day of the 2017 Spring Extravaganza, all way to the final games, it was difficult to separate what players really played the best basketball and ones who put together some solid efforts and are showing they should get some attention as we start moving forward into the next part of the AAU season. Luke Reader (WI Jets) was outstanding shooting the ball on Sunday, Mitch Listau (WI Swing) is showing that he is consistently one of the better players in the Association, Corvon Seales (Quad City Elite) keeps making plays each game, and others like the WI Shooters’ Preston Maccoux are rounding out their game and should start attract some looks soon.

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

DAY 3 TOP PERFORMERS
JACOB BOONYASITH – 2018 – PG – GRAND RAPIDS STORM

Boonyasith came on strong this event, particularly in their final game, showing his ability to both run the offense from the point spot and get others involved, and also to play off the ball and score it with regularity. The 6’3” guard has a nice shot and he knocked down some nice three’s and jumpers in the game, really keeping his team in contention throughout the close contest with his timely shots and control with the ball when he drove. He hit 3 triples in the game and finished with 16 points.

LORENZO BRIGHT – 2018 – PG – INLAND EMPIRE ELITE
Bright had a big game shooting the ball for Inland in a quality victory for the CA based program. Quick and instinctive, Bright flew around and made plays throughout the game, and had an especially good game shooting the ball. He hit a couple regular shots which was good to see, and also he was excellent from beyond the arc, hitting 3 three’s and finishing with 18 points overall.

BRANDEN ELLIS – 2018 – SG – KESSEL HEAT BLACK
Quite frankly, Ellis justified the Heat in his team’s name on Sunday in a tough loss to a really balanced Swing team. The 6’4” guard prospect lit it up from the outside with 5 three’s out of 8 attempts, an excellent percentage, and then also hit a few other shots in the game as well to finish with 21 points.

MITCH LISTAU – 2018 – G – WI SWING
The Swing guard gaining some good looks from schools was once again playing at a high level in both Sunday games, going for 19 points and 15 points in the two games, respectively. In the first game, a win over a good AUSA Platinum team, Listau was good from the perimeter with 3 treys and then was solid in the middle too, getting to the paint for a couple short jumpers and also scored around the basket, which also helped him get to the line to sink 4-of-4 attempts. His production against Kessel in a good win there also, was much the same, balanced inside and outside attack, being active on the glass some and passing the ball well.

WENDELL MATTHEWS – 2018 – F – 43 HOOPS
Matthews is a little raw still but he has some great upside and played with a lot of energy Sunday, making plays on both ends of the court for his team which made it to the Platinum Championship. In the semifinal, the 6’6” forward ran the floor well and got a number of buckets getting to the block ahead of the defender and then using his shoulder well to shield against shot blocks for finishes. He also had a really nice reverse lay-up in the offense that showed some versatility to his inside game, and he was aggressive consistently, which earned him a few trips to the free throw line, sinking 6, and leading his team to a win behind his 22 points and 9 rebounds.

KEVIN MCADOO – 2018 – G – REACH LEGENDS
Both a quick and speedy guard, McAdoo really put the defense on its heels with the tempo he pushed the ball with in a tough game Sunday. McAdoo attacked the paint well and finished well overall in transition, but his ability to get to the free throw was maybe most impressive, he hit 5-of-8 from the line. He also hit a pair of three’s in the game and defensively he was really active on the ball, coming up with a couple steals and some nice hustle plays. He ended the game with 23 points.

JONTAE PETERSON – 2018 – G – DTA
Peterson put together a really quality outing in DTA’s final game of the event, and though they didn’t get the win with a missed last play at the buzzer, the young guard impressed some people with his offense. Peterson got it rolling early by getting the ball on the break and slicing past a couple defenders with some good ball work and then throwing it down with a dunk to finish off the play. The 6’0” combo guard then went to work from the mid-range area much of the rest of the game, hitting a couple pull-up jumpers, knocking down one while absorbing contact from a defender and getting the and-1. He hit a 3-pointer as well, finishing the game with 16 points.

LUKE READER – 2018 – G – WI JETS
Word had it that Reader had a really good couple games Saturday, and he didn’t have a letdown when they played Sunday morning to advance to the Open Division Platinum Semifinals. The 6’0” guard is strong, quick, and plays tough defensively, but his shooting really wowed in the Jet’s first game on the final day. The rim must have seemed wide open for Reader when he had it on the perimeter, because he went 7-of-8 from deep and finished the win with 25 points.

MARLON RUFFIN – 2018 – SG – PLAYGROUND ELITE
Ruffin had another solid game for PGE, using his strength at the guard spot to overwhelm his defenders at times and score attacking the basket. With that aggressive play, Ruffin got himself to the free throw line often throughout the game and made 7 there, which also helped to get some rhythm and feel for regular jumpers he hit, also sinking a three. He had 18 points in a loss that came down to a final play or two.

ETHAN SCHUEMER – 2018 – F – MERCURY ELITE
Schuemer was outstanding for Mercury Elite as they took down a typically offensively explosive Yanders squad Sunday. The 6’6” forward made some great plays himself offensively, often catching it around the free throw line or mid-post areas and then going to work with some nifty moves to the basket or hitting a couple mid-range jumpers as well. He was good on the boards, he showed good vision passing the ball in the offense when the defense dug in a bit, but was otherwise strong with the ball when he attacked the hoop and finished the play at the free throw line then, hitting 6 free shots and going for a game-high 24 points.
 
LUKE SIMEK – 2018 – G – MN FURY ANTL
Simek started the day off for MN Fury with an outstanding contest, really propelling his team with energy and production. His effort on both ends of the floor fed into his teammates, and they played with a lot of fight as well then, helping Fury advance to the semifinals of the Open Division Platinum bracket. Simek played well in transition, was attacking the middle well and hitting some jumpers and a pair of three’s, finishing with 18 points.

JOSHUA SORENSON – 2018 – F – MERCURY ELITE
Sorenson provided a really good 1-2 punch with Schuemer, both skilled from the mid-range area and to long defensively. That length made it tough for the opponent, usually adept at attacking and scoring, to hit anything easy at the rim. Offensively, Sorenson made a couple nice drives to the basket from the elbow area and finished with good touch, also getting himself to the line for 6 made free throws.

BLAKE VERBEEK – 2018 – F – GRAND RAPIDS STORM
Verbeek had a really strong game for GRS in a tough loss to close out the event. He rebounded the ball pretty well overall, but it was really his versatility offensively that impressed. At about 6’7” Verbeek is long and lanky, but he fits the typical mold of a stretch 4 these days with an ability to play both inside and outside without pressing in either facet. He can step out and knock down three’s, as he did twice, without hesitation, or he can go to the paint and finish over defenders inside or on the offensive glass. He had 16 points in the game against Martin Brothers, as well as 3 blocks.

JORDAN WALTON – 2018 – G – YANDERS LAW
Walton was a definite bright spot for a Yanders team that found the treading a little tougher than usual for them on Day 3, struggling a bit with the length Mercury Elite brought inside. Thus, Walton thrived because of his ability to drain shots from the outside, and he did so 4 times in the game. He also hit a couple shots inside the perimeter and a nice floater, finishing the game with 18 points and was the main reason his team was able to push the game close in the final minutes. 

DAY 3 STOCK BOOSTERS
GAVIN BATES – 2018 – PG – MN COMETS SERVATY

Bates definitely controlled the action much of the game Sunday morning, pushing the ball up the court, getting his team into sets and really running the show. Then his scoring came into play as well, as Bates was highly efficient from the floor, finishing at the hoop or some nice short-range shots, going 7-of-7 there and then sinking a three-pointer as well, good for 17 points in the game.

DRAGAN ELKAZ – 2018 – SG – AUSA PLATINUM
Elkaz again shot the ball pretty well, knocking down 4 three-pointers against a defensively active WI Swing team, and scoring a couple other shots. He also rebounded the ball defensively pretty well and doled out a pair of assists, showing he has some balance to his game that at 6’5” and with a well-rounded skill-set, could make him a sleeper prospect for some schools. He had 16 points in that game against Swing.

CALVIN FISHER – 2018 – SG – IL IRISH ELITE
Though the team couldn’t come away with the win, Fisher really came to life offensively in their game against the Shooters on Day 3. Fisher knocked down 4 three’s and was able to score it inside a bit as well, putting up 20 points in the contest and showing he is a player to keep eyes on moving forward into the summer with his ability to shoot it mixed with his 6’6” frame.

MANNY JINGCO – 2018 – SG – MN FURY ANTL
Jingco had a solid couple games on Sunday for MN Fury, really shooting the ball well for his team and just making the right play consistently. He did a nice job moving the ball in their offense and then working hard to find spaces in the defense to get to for better looks at the hoop, and when he got those looks, he often buried the shot, hitting a few three’s on the day and scoring 18 points and 14 points respectively in the two games.

TYLER LEWKO – 2018 – F – WOTN
WOTN also wore down its opponent in the Platinum Championship game Sunday, and Lewsko was a big reason why. The 6’6” forward prospect put together a really good overall performance as he rebounded the ball really well, was tough inside defensively protecting the paint and coming over to help teammates against some quick guards that were trying to drive to score a number of times. He also did a nice job on 43’s forward who had a nice game in the semi-final, making him work hard for any bucket he got. Offensively, Lewko did a number of good things, posting up a couple times and making some nice moves to score a bunny or short-range face-up jumper. Later in the game he also caught it on the wing and drove it baselines, sliding to the hoop for a strong finish with defenders coming over.

PRESTON MACCOUX – 2018 – SF – WI SHOOTERS
Maccoux was strong in a number of facets of the game Sunday in the Shooters’ win over a solid IL Irish Elite squad. The 6’6” prospect was aggressive and strong with the ball in his hands, made four buckets with good patience in the offense, and then when he got himself to the free throw line, he was money, going 6-for-6. He had 14 points in the game, and also accounted for some other points in sharing the ball and racking up 5 assists.

JAYLEN MAHONE – 2018 – PG – WI JETS
Mahone had a 6 really strong game early on Sunday by constantly attacking the defense and using his balance and quickness together to get past defenders and score on the drive. He also showed he can shoot it from the perimeter, burying a couple three’s for his team to finish with 14 points in the game.

LUKE MARTENS – 2018 – SG – MINNESOTA SELECT
Martens had a solid game in a couple ways for Minnesota Select in their win over the Force. Martens scored the ball well inside particularly, going 6-of-9 from the floor by taking it strong to the hoop or having good touch on a couple other short-range shots, good for 14 points in the game. He made it a double-double effort by going hard at the boards and pulling down 11 rebounds.

ARTURO MONTES – 2019 – G/F – KINGDOM HOOPS ELITE
Montes just played a solid overall game for Kingdom in helping them to a 16U Platinum Championship. The 6’3” wing made some nice plays early in the game and then did kind of spot work in the second half, coming up with some timely buckets, finishing with 11 points and playing solid defense with his strength inside and activity on the glass.

CORVON SEALES – 2018 – G – QUAD CITY ELITE
Seales played well Sunday in their win over PGE, just played under control much of the game and picking his spots patiently. He slashed at time and was able to get to the basket off the bounce, he pulled up a couple other times and knocked down either a three (which he hit two), or more of a mid-range shot, and had a nice drive late in the first half where he missed the initial attempt but stayed with it, put it back and drew contact for and and-1 play.