The 2017 NY2LA Sports Next Level Invitational carried on from Mequon Homestead High School on Saturday. With the league championships already handed out, the elimination play in the open division kicked off. Picking up a big victory, Kessel Heat knocked off the Minnesota Comets thanks to a clutch bucket from Quinlan Bennett…

Top Performers 
Grant Basile – 2018 – F – Wisconsin Shooters

Basile earned his first Division 1 offer from Wright State on Saturday and rightfully so. The 6-foot-8 senior had a bit of a coming out party and things looked like they finally started to click. Basile has a lot of intriguing tools, but can be quiet on the floor and too passive. On Saturday, he seemed to break out of his shell and did some impressive things with the basketball. A point forward, Basile can handle the ball and showcased a beautiful sweeping crossover. He’s got a good stroke from 3-point range and also an array of most moves on the block. Basile can play with his back to the basket or face up and attack. A kid whose best days are clearly ahead of him, Saturday was a very positive sign for Basile’s development. 

Quinlan Bennett – 2018 – SG – Kessel Heat
In a high level matchup against the Minnesota Comets, Bennett showed up. The mid-range game definitely separates this kid from a lot of other two-guards. A smooth, pull-up jump shooter, Bennett is outstanding at selling the drive and stopping on a dime. The tools are there to also be an outstanding perimeter defender at the next level. Bennett has a good blend of strength/length. He came up big in the waning moments on Saturday, connecting on the game-winner with under 10 seconds to go to push Kessel Heat to the win. 

Monty Johal – 2018 – SG – Yanders Law
Johal was more than awake for a 9 a.m. tip against All-In Athletics. A high volume scorer, Johal is absolutely deadly when he’s feeling it and he’ll often rattle off three, four makes in a row. Defenders have to pick their poison with Johal. If they want to back off, he’s too good of a shooter to give rhythm looks. Johal isn’t overly quick or explosive, but he’s got strong handles and a knack for no-look passes and can carve up defenses if he gets a step. A patient and crafty scorer, Johal will throw multiple head and pump fakes at defenders until they slip up. Johan finished with 20 points in a blowout win with a running clock the entire second half. 

Mitch Listau – 2018 – SG – Wisconsin Swing
Listau was solid in a Round of 16 win over REACH Legends. The Belmont commit made timely baskets in what was a tight game throughout, often keeping momentum on the Swing’s side. The smooth lefty scored in a variety of ways – converting tough buckets around the rim, spotting up from 3-point range, and moving without the ball and knocking down mid-range jumpers. Listau also plays with a quiet defensive intensity. He takes pride in shutting his man down and has excellent hands to poke balls loose or make unexpected blocked shots. Listau scored a game-high 19 points in the win. 

Matt Mims – 2018 – PG – Martin Bros. 
A pure point guard that gets others involved and makes smart decisions, Mims continues to impress this week. He may not always score, but his impact on the game is definitely noticeable. Always making the right play with the basketball, Mims often turns down a good look of his own to give a teammate a great one. Mims can score it. He’s a good shooter from 3-point and mid-range and comfortable pulling up off the dribble. The South Dakota State commit should be a nice addition and blend in well with the current group of players. 

Djuan Seal – 2018 – SG – REACH Legends
The shot making ability was on display in Saturday’s Round of 16. Seal is an excellent creator and is a flat out bucket getter. When he’s consistent like he was on Saturday, Seal just hits another level Against the Wisconsin Swing, who is an outstanding team defensive unit with strong guard play, Seal’s ability to get to the basket was very impressive and doesn’t happen against that team often. A kid that’s not fazed by playing in traffic, Seal’s aggressiveness opens up a lot for his team whether his shot is dropping or not. 

Corvon Seales – 2018 – SG – Quad City Elite
Seales is a slippery two-guard that looked really good on Saturday attacking the rim. Picking up some Division 1 interest to go along with his D2 offers, Seales’ slashing ability sets him apart on the NY2LA circuit. He’s a little undersized, but Seales is lengthy and elusive with the basketball. Seales doesn’t waste dribbles and was outstanding and getting defenders to lean one way and go another. Seales finished with 23 points in a win over MBA Select. 

Dwayne Walker – 2018 – SG – Milwaukee Rebels
Walker continues to play at a high level and draw Division 1 coaches to his games. A high volume scorer, Walker just went off in a loss to REACH Legends on Saturday. Walker has a nice, quick stroke from 3-point range and a strong control of his body around the rim. Simply put, Walker has a knack for scoring the basketball. The 6-foot-3 senior is long and bouncy. He makes good decisions in transition and has no issues finishing in traffic. Grambling State has offered and many others have started to inquire after this weekend.

Stock Boosters
Marcus Alston – 2019 – PG – Elite Nation Basketball

Alston was Mr. Clutch on Saturday. Every time Elite Nation needed a basket, it seemed like Alston delivered. A fearless shooter, Alson isn’t afraid to shoot his shot didn’t shy away from the moment. In an upset win over Quad City Elite, Alston probably rushed a few looks and took unnecessary chances, but you couldn’t argue with the end results. Carrying Elite Nation into Sunday, Alston came up with 19 points in another tight one – a win over Minnesota Heat. 

Flynn Cameron – 2018 – PG – AUSA Platinum 
Cameron is creating quite a bit of buzz for himself this week. With a unique ability to get to the rim, Cameron has been living in the paint. The 6-foot-4 floor general smooth and crafty and has a number of tricks to get by people. The vision, passing ability, and leadership is also there. A pass-first floor general that runs the show effectively, Cameron gets others involved and seems to have a great feel for his teammates and can anticipates their movements/tendencies. 

Bailey Dee – 2018 – PG – Illinois Irish
There were moments where the offense became ‘Give Dee the ball and get out of the way.’ The 6-foot guard took over for most of the second half and helped the Illinois Irish knock off the Wisconsin Shooters in a back and forth affair. Dee was dynamic going 1-on-1, shaking defenders at the top of the key and exploding to the basket before the help-side defense could react. Getting a lot of Division 2 looks this summer, Dee boosted his stock with a lot of coaches watching on Saturday. 

Jontae Peterson – 2018 – G – DTA
Peterson made some impressive shots in Saturday’s loss to the Wisconsin Swish. The 6-foot combo guard went for 24, scoring from all areas of the floor. Peterson gained nice separation off the dribble and created open looks for himself from 3-point range. He also did work in transition, leaking out for fast break opportunities and displaying excellent body control around the rim. Peterson probably could benefit from two years at the junior college level and be a scholarship player somewhere else after expanding his skillset and basketball IQ. 

C.J. Siegel – 2018 – PG – Wisconsin Playmakers
Siegel had a very strong effort against Martin Bros. Saturday morning. The senior guard shot the ball well and made things happen in transition. Although he’s committed to play football at the Division 1 level, Siegel was drawing some mid-major interest. Siegel found the soft spots in the defense and shot a high percentage from outside the paint. Despite being undersized, Siegel is a willing rebounder and not afraid to battle with the trees inside the paint. 

Malachi Smith – 2018 – G – Ramey-Jets United
Ramey-Jets picked up a win over the Illinois Irish in the platinum bracket in large part of Smith’s efforts. A nice slashing wing, Smith has a good blend of speed and toughness when he puts the ball on the deck. Capable of playing both guard spots, Smith isn’t a tweener, he just brings definite qualities to both positions. In a breakout game for him, Smith poured in 19 points in Saturday’s win.  

Recruiting Notes
Monty Johal has offers from Toledo and Jackson State. He’s receiving interest from Nebraska, Memphis, Indiana State, Northern Iowa, and Belmont. 

Grant Basile has an offer from Wright State. Western Illinois, North Dakota State, Cornell, William & Mary, Penn, Eastern Illinois, Milwaukee, Marist, and North Alabama are expressing interest this summer. Basile also holds three Division 2 offers.