The opening day of the 2017 NY2LA Sports Invitational tipped off on Friday at Homestead High School in Mequon, Wisc. and the action in the 17U and 16U divisions was furious as teams looked to get an early leg up on the competition. 

TOP PERFORMERS
(Note — Listed in alphabetical order)
Kani Acree — SF — Team RWA
Really like this kid’s game. At 6’7, Acree has terrific size for a wing player and is a skilled, all-around performer. Can handle the ball, play inside-outside basketball and has a versatile all-around skill set. Finished with 19 points in a Friday loss to the Wisconsin Shooters.

Tanner Brandt — F — 2018 — Wisconsin Swing
A high-energy big man, Brandt is a lanky 6’7 big man, Brandt showcased a versatile all-around game on Friday in a big win over Mercury Elite, blocking shots, going back door for an alley-oop and showing 3-point range.

George Conditt Jr. — PF/C — Team RWA
Long, rangy, agile rim-protecting forward is heating up on the recruiting trail drawing offers from several mid-majors including a recent offer from Evansville. Runs the floor really well and even showed a soft shooting touch out to the 3-point line. While he is still raw at the offensive end of the court and has some work to do in the weight room, at 6’11, Conditt has a projectable frame and game and has the potential to be an impact player for college programs in the future due to his size, length and athleticism.

Mitchell Listau — G — Wisconsin Swing
At 6’3, Listau showcased good all-around guard skills as well as the ability to play in the high post or the low post. Defensively, he does a good job anticipating plays and came up with several steals in a 64-56 win over Mercury Elite on Friday and showed off his athleticism on the break throwing down a slam in transition. Listau is a left hander that can stick mid-range shots off the bounce and has a smooth looking free throw stroke. 

Preston Maccoux — SF — Wisconsin Swing 
An athletic 6’6 wing player, Maccoux Threw down an impressive dunk in transition on Friday as he posterized a Team RWA player as the Swing ran away with a first round victory. Maccoux has good size can shoot and handle the ball and brings a versatile, all-around skill set to the court.

Jack McDonald — 2019 — PG — Mercury Elite
McDonald is a 5’10 point guard who is playing up with the Mercury Elite 17U squad, McDonald does a nice job running the show for Mercury Elite. He handles the ball well is a terrific passer and can get all the way to the bucket or shoot the 3. He is coming off a big season at Geneva, Ill. in which he helped lead the Vikings to a 28-3 record and finished with 18 points on Friday against the Wisconsin Swing, including three 3-pointers. 

Xavier Pinson — PG — 2018 — Mac Irvin Fire
A 6’3 point guard, Pinson had it all working early on in Friday’s showdown with Kevin Looney Rebels.
Point guard put on a show against Looney Friday night, getting to the bucket at will where he put on a scoop shot clinic. Also capable of knocking down 3s, Pinson is tight with his handle and can run an offense as well as score buckets. He finished with a game-high 31 points for Mac Irvin Fire.

Derek Sabin — 2018 — PF — Wisconsin Shooters
Old school post player game with a good feel for carving out space and scoring in the paint. Has a smooth looking free throw stroke and really gave Team RWA trouble on the block on Friday. Also showed the ability to face up on the perimeter and drive the ball hard to the bucket where he picked up a handful of buckets and free throws on Friday. At 6’8, 225-pounds Sabin is a strong, physical players with a lot of tools in the tool box. Finished with 12 points in a 54-33 win over Team RWA.

Dwayne Walker — 2018 — SG — Kevon Looney Rebels
Walker had what can only be described as the play of the day Friday night when he threw down an and-one dunk in transition with authority against Mac Irvin Fire. Walker is a smooth left handed guard with good size for a 2 at 6’4, the Milwaukee Juneau product put on a shooting display in Friday’s contest against the Mac Irvin Fire. He went for 11 first-half points, connecting on 3s, getting to the rim where he proved to be an effective finisher in traffic and set up teammates for easy buckets. He finished with 26 in the contest.

Ben Wolf — 2018 — C — Mercury Elite
Naperville, Ill. product is among Illinois’ top center prospects in the 2018 class. Standing 6’8, 215-pounds, Wolf runs the floor well and finished several plays above the rim with dunks in a loss on Friday against the Wisconsin Swing. He presents a big target in the post and does a good job sealing his man and getting in position to get an entry pass.