The 2017 annual NY2LA Sports Invitational came to a close on Sunday. Championships were handed out in the 15, 16, and 17U divisions on day three. Taking the 15U crown, the Wisconsin Playground Warriors capped off a dominant weekend. In 17U, the Wisconsin Swing won yet another championship as their top-notch backcourt pushed them through…

DAY 3 TOP PERFORMERS
Quinlan Bennett – 2018 – SG – Kessel Heat Black

Bennett went for 29 points in a 17U quarterfinal win over the Kevon Looney Rebels Sunday. Bennett has one of the best mid-range games in the Midwest. He knows where his spots on the floor are and is able to create space off the bounce and catch the defense off guard by pulling up on a dime. Bennett also has terrific lift on his shot and even if he’s contested well, will out-hang the defender to get a clear look. Leading to his big performance, Bennett doesn’t take a play off. Even if the other team has just scored, Bennett sprints up the floor and caught the defense napping a few times on Sunday. A 6-foot-3 guard with a knack for scoring and a lot of defensive upside with his length, mid-majors should be all over Bennett in July. 

Devon House – 2020 – PF – Quad City Elite
Despite a loss to the Playground Warriors, House impressed with his versatility. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound freshman has a soft touch from mid and 3-point range. His ability to shoot the basketball was obviously something the defense wasn’t expecting. House can even put the ball on the deck and shoot off the dribble a bit. A potential mismatch problem in the coming years, House also showed terrific footwork inside. He’s smooth and deliberate in what he does and looks advanced as far as a post game is concerned. A big body that moves well for his size, House is quite skilled and appears primed for a bright future. 

Gacoby Jones – 2018 – PG – Playground Elite NY2LA
Although Playground Elite fell in the 17U title game, Jones capped off a breakout weekend and impressed on Sunday. Despite his smaller stature, Jones was living at the rim and able to finish some tough buckets using excellent body control. Jones has a unique ability to adjust in mid-air and isn’t fazed by contact on the inside. Even when he doesn’t convert, Jones was drawing so much help side defense that his misses off the rim were often easy put back opportunities for his teammates. A player whose confidence seemed to soar this weekend, Jones wasn’t wasting any time with the basketball. When he wanted to attack, Jones shook defenders and got right to the rim. 

Xavier Pinson – 2018 – PG – Mac Irvin Fire Elite
A terrific change-of-pace guard, Pinson is always keeping the defense on its toes. The electric floor general just waits for the defender to make a mistake and Pinson just leaves them in the dust. Pinson has terrific handles and there are few defenders he can’t shake. When it’s his time to go isolation, Pinson usually generates a good look at the rim or takes advantage of sagging defenders and gets an open attempt from beyond the arc. Although Mac Irvin Fire came up short against the Wisconsin Blizzard, Pinson was once again impressive. 

Hunter Plamann – 2018 – G – Wisconsin Swing
The Swing won the 17U championship and probably don’t get it done without Plamann. The junior guard was steady across the board – shooting, distributing, and making plays defensively. Plamann has a great sense of the players around him and as soon as he comes into contact with the basketball, seems to know where the other four players on the floor are. A player that’s working up the board of Division 2 programs this spring, Plamann looks more and more like a scholarship prospect as he’s increased his role and worked for everything he’s got in a deep Swing backcourt. 

Abe Scruggs – 2020 – PG – Wisconsin Shooters
It’s not hard to appreciate the way Scruggs plays the point guard position. He gives the Wisconsin Shooters a little bit of everything – scoring, facilitating, rebounding, leadership. Scruggs is a crafty floor general that is a heady playmaker. He makes smart decisions and looks to get his teammates involved and set them up for success. A good blend of quickness and strength, Scruggs was able to get to the rim against solid defense. He’s also a good 3-point shooter off the dribble. Part of a loaded 2020 class in Wisconsin, Scruggs is yet another prospect to watch in the coming years. 

Terrance Thompson – 2020 – F/C – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
This is a post prospect that’s’ trending in the right direction and quickly. Thompson capped off a fantastic weekend with a 15U championship for the Playground Warriors. A major shot blocking presence, practically nothing got past Thompson, who was even running down plays in transition. Using his 7-foot-1 wingspan, the 6-foot-6 Thompson was throwing down dunks on the interior. The scary part about Thompson’s inside dominance is that he just turned 15 and is young for his class. There’s still quite a bit of development left – court awareness, hands, and post footwork are areas of improvement, but Thompson is a big body that can handle the ball with a ton of upside. 

STOCK BOOSTERS
Noah Parcher – 2019 – PG – Ray Allen Select

Parcher was steady for Ray Allen Select during their run to the 16U championship. With one of the team’s top shooters out, Parcher carried more of the load offensively. A state champion guard, Parcher’s poise and calm demeanor show on the floor. Parcher shot the ball well from the outside and also attacked the rim, finishing consistently in traffic. A pass-first guard, Parcher is a big part of RAS’s offensive efficiency, often passing up good looks and setting up his teammates with great ones. 

Dylan Peeters – 2019 – F – Quad City Elite
Peters is a bouncy, athletic forward with a high motor. He impresses with his ability to finish above the rim, run the floor in transition, and attack the offensive glass. The 6-foot-7, 205-pound sophomore also has some post skills and slashing capability from the high post. In Sunday’s win over Chicago Lockdown, he was active shot blocker, sometimes swatting multiple attempts on a single possession. Peeters gets off the floor quickly, even on his second or third block/rebounding attempt and high points the basketball off the glass. Although Quad City Elite fell to Ray Allen Select in the 16U championship, Peters helped his team hang around, flying in for offensive rebounds and put backs and keeping plays alive on the glass. 

Chance Pronschinkse – 2018 – PG – Wisconsin Blizzard NY2LA 
In a nice win over Mac Irvin Fire NY2LA, Pronschinkse made a number of winning plays. It seemed that every time Mac Irvin Fire was ready to make a run and finally take the lead, Pronschinkse hit a backbreaking shot. Even with defenders trying to deny him the ball, Pronschinkse managed to get loose in key situations. He handled ball pressure exceptionally well and didn’t force much despite getting limiting opportunities, yet having the hot hand. Pronschinkse also distributed the basketball at a high level. Taking advantage of having multiple defenders in his area, Pronschinkse found open teammates who made him look very good by also connecting on timely shots. 

Isaiah Rivera – 2020 – G/F – Quad City Elite
Rivera held his own in a high level matchup with the Wisconsin Playground Warriors. Against some quality guards, Rivera was able to create offensively and also do a standout job on the defensive end of the floor. Rivera is able to play and defend three positions on the perimeter. A skilled, versatile prospect, Rivera did a nice job of knifing his way through traffic and converting some tough buckets against length and size. Quad City Elite had control most of the first half thanks to Rivera’s on-ball defense that set the tone for an upset big before Quad City Elite ran out of gas. 

Dwayne Walker – 2018 – SG – Kevon Looney Rebels
The scoring ability of Walker was fun to watch. Although the Kevon Looney Rebels came up short against Kessel Heat in the 17U quarterfinals, Walker put on quite the display. A length, 6-foot-4 junior, Walker has a nice stroke from downtown. He can put the ball on the deck and attack and his length was a big plus around the rim as he was able to convert some tough finishes. Walker is bouncy as well and used that on the defensive end. Relatively unknown coming into the weekend, Walker’s upside needs to be monitored as he has a lot of tools that could make him a highly targeted prospect at the Division 1 or 2 levels. 

Trey Zastrow – 2020 – G – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
Zastrow was a big x-factor for the Playground Warriors in their run to the 15U title. He’s brought into the game to hit shots and stretch the floor and that’s exactly what he did. Throughout Sunday, Zastrow caught fire at one time or another from beyond the arc. Not only does that make life on all of PGC’s slashers much easier, but Zastrow added to what was already a dominant weekend for his team. In Sunday’s title game, Zastrow game the Playground Warriors even more, winning a number of 50-50 balls to add to his hot shooting performance. 

PLATINUM CHAMPIONSHIP ROLL CALL
17U Platinum Champions – Wisconsin Swing Litscher NY2LA
17U Runner-Up – Playground Elite NY2LA

16U Platinum Champions – Ray Allen Select NY2LA
16U Platinum Runner-Up – Quad City Elite NY2LA

15U Platinum Champions – Wisconsin Playground Warriors UAA
15U Platinum Runner-Up – Wisconsin Shooters NY2LA

14U Platinum Champions – Butler Elite GNBA
14U Platinum Runner-Up – Ray Allen Select GNBA

13U Platinum Champions – Playground Elite GNBA
13U Platinum Runner-Up – Wisconsin Shooters GNBA

12U Platinum Champions – Wisconsin Shooters
12U Platinum Runner-Up – MBA Select

11U Platinum Champions – Boys & Girls Club Elite
11U Platinum Runner-Up – Ray Allen Select