Day 4 of the 2017 NY2LA Sports Summer Jam saw bracket play heat up and some quality efforts from a number of talented prospect continue to open eyes.  Here’s a quick look at some that stood out on Saturday in Wisconsin…

Manning Baumgardner III – 2018 – PG – Team Blaze Select NY2LA
Baumgardner III did not back down from Game Elite 2019 stud PG Ashton Hagans and was glued to him defensively on the ball when he was matched up against him. 6’1, with jet quick feet, Baumgardner III (Columbus Africentric Early College; Reynoldsburg, OH) can provide ball-hawking defense against just about anyone and was also big offensively distributing the ball and driving to the hoop in Team Blaze’s win over Game Elite 2019.  He also hit some clutch free throws to ice the game and send his squad to the Platinum Division quarterfinals. 

Jaemyn Brakefield – 2020 – SF – MBA Hoops Elite 2019
The 6’9 lefty from Jackson, MS found his shooting stroke Saturday in a playoff loss to the Chicago Demons. Though his team lost, Brakefield’s performance playing two age levels up at the Summer Jam should serve notice that he will be making his way onto many high major Division I radars soon. Brakefield has all the tools to become a dangerous and versatile player on both ends. Experience will be key for him as he learns to pick his spots on offense better.  

Ignes Brazdeikis – 2018 – SG – CIA Bounce EYBL
CIA Bounce toppled Grand Park Premier and the Michigan Warriors to advance to Sunday’s Platinum Division quarterfinals, and the 6’8 scoring machine from Oakville, Ontario (Orangeville District Secondary School) was a big reason why. The lefty can score from all three levels, and proved difficult to stop once he got rolling. His size and strength combined with a decent handle allows him to get where he wants to go against most defenders, and is also a reliable catch-and-shoot marksman.  

Julien Franklin – 2019 – SG – Dreamvision
The intriguing 6’6 two guard from Villa Park HS (Brea, CA) didn’t waste any time to get going Saturday for an 8 a.m. playoff game against Mercury Elite. As it stands now Franklin is as it his best driving the ball, finishing or collapsing the defense to create for his teammates. He is a threat from long range but seems to still be adding consistency in that department. With the length and foot speed to be able to guard any position on the perimeter, Franklin should be a popular target amongst mid to mid-high major schools for now. If he can continue expanding his game, he has a chance to garner high major attention. 

Joshua Haughton – 2019 – G – Northern Kings
Haughton (Crestwood Prep; North York, Ontario) impressed Saturday morning in a Platinum Division playoff win over Illinois Irish Select Klein by showing off his picture-esque catch and shoot stroke. He was lethal from downtown if he was able to get a clean look and his feet set.  Haughton cashed in with four triples. At 6’2, with a strong build, Haughton also showed off the ability to handle and create a little bit.  

Deandre Heckard – 2018 – PG – Hoops 4 Health
Matched up with 5-star 2019 point guard Ashton Hagans, Heckard more then held is own, and went right at Hagans with much success. Though Hoops 4 Health ended up losing, Heckard (6’2; Romeoville HS, IL) showed why he’s already collected a couple Division I offers. Fearless attacking the hoop with great athleticism and some nice acrobatics to finish, Heckard can put tremendous amounts of pressure on the opposing defense. If he’s hitting his perimeter shot consistently, he should be on the radar of every mid-major Division I program.  

Nathan Jenkins – 2019 – PG – WI Playground Warriors
Jenkins’ squad bowed out in the playoffs at the hands of Ray Allen Select, but Jenkins put on an impressive scoring display to start the game by ripping the nets for his team’s first 11 points – including three three-pointers. A scoring-minded lead guard, Jenkins has a nice looking and compact shooting stroke and has a knack to score at all three levels. 

Dontia Johnson – 2018 – SF – Hoops 4 Health
Johnson dazzled the crowd with a handful of dunks against Game Elite 2019, and at 6’7 with a live body and good athleticism he did a good job helping on both the offensive and defensive glass against his team’s bigger opponents. Most everything he got offensively was 15-feet and in, but he proved tough to stop around the basket if he caught the ball cleanly.  

Myron Richie – 2017 – SF – Bloom 
The big-bodied and rugged 6’5 wing from Bloom (IL) scored a game-high 23 points in big win over MBA Hoops Elite 2019. His ability to shoot and handle makes him a mismatch when bigger guys are guarding him because he can drag them out to the perimeter where they’re uncomfortable, and he can bully smaller defenders by taking them in the post.  It’s hard to put a label on Richie in terms of position on the court but its easy to see he knows how to play.  

Jonathan Salazar – 2019 – SF – Dreamvision
With a stage as big as the Summer Jam’s, few have taken advantage with their play like Salazar over the course of the tournament. He was as active as ever for an 8 a.m. game against Mercury Elite, owning the glass. Salazar (6’6; Trinity HS; Las Vegas, NV) got several put backs and had several finishes above the rim. He showed off a good looking perimeter shot as well and continued his high level of play into Saturday night as Dreamvision steamrolled Chicago Lockdown to advance to the Platinum Division quarterfinals. 

David Skogman – 2019 – SF – Ray Allen Select NY2LA
The 6’8 Waukesha West (WI) product played effectively in RAS’ Platinum division playoff win over the WI Playground Warriors. He produced both from the outside and inside, and was a presence rebounding the ball and on defense. If he continues to develop strength, Skogman’s game will take a big step forward.