The fourth day of the 2017 NY2LA Sports Summer Jam saw big performances and a large contingent of college coaches on hand to take in the action in the second “live” evaluation period. Here is a look at a few of the top performers in Saturday’s action.

Top performers
Tyler Robarge — PF/C — 2019 — Wisconsin City

The Wisconsin City big man had a big game early Saturday morning in a loss to Kessel Heat Black in the 16U Platinum bracket, going for 20 points and 11 rebounds. Robarge has good size at 6’8 and a big frame and is a throw back of sorts — a big man who likes to post up and get to work in the paint. He shows terrific footwork and has a nice spin move in the post that he goes to on a regular basis. He has a soft touch around the basket and really pursues the ball well off the glass as a rebounder.

James Butler — G/F — Butler Elite
Wing player with terrific size, Butler went for 15 first half points on Saturday against Indiana Elite, then added nine more in the second half and finished with 24. He is a strong 6’4 wing player who can handle the ball and get to the basket, which is where he did much of his damage against Indiana on Saturday. He has an explosive first step to the bucket and does a good job of using his shoulders to create space in traffic. 

Kiimani Holt — SG — 2020 — Dream Vision
Hale is a shooting guard with terrific size at 6’4 with a good, solid frame for a player his age. He combines his physical make up with terrific athleticism and a good all-around skill set. Holt has a good looking 3-point stroke with terrific elevation and gets to bucket off the dribble. On Saturday afternoon, he also showed the ability to get to the free throw line in a 15U Platinum bracket contest against Quad City Elite.

Donyae McCaskill — PG — 2019 — Yanders Law
McCaskill continues to be a nightmare match-up for opponents in 16U play where he is difficult to contain off the bounce. On Saturday, he went to work against R.E.A.C.H. Legends, throwing down three dunks and scoring 13 first half points in a runaway loss in 16 Platinum division. He rarely looks to shoot from the perimeter, but still opponents have a hard time slowing down his forays into the paint. He finished with a game-high 21 points.

Nate Ferguson — F — 2019 — Chicago Lockdown
There weren’t many bright spots on the court for Chicago Lockdown in a 16U Platinum bracket contest on Saturday against Dream Vision, but most of the ones that did occur were at the hands of Ferguson. A 6’7 wing player with good size and a terrific outside shooting stroke, Ferguson scored seven of his team’s first 10 points and had 12 of Lockdown’s 18 in the first half. He hung tough in the paint against a bigger, more physical Dream Vision front line, staying out of foul trouble and battling on the boards and in the paint.

Kobey Lam — PG/SG — 2019 — CIA Bounce
This is the second time this weekend Lam has really impressed us. On Saturday it was in a runaway win in a 16U Platinum bracket contest as he was a perfect 5 for 5 shooting from 3 and finished with 19 points. He has a smooth, calm, repeatable shooting stroke that is effortless. He is effective as his team’s primary ball handler running the show, or playing off the ball, spotting up for outside shots or running off screens. 

Messiah Jones — G/F — 2018 — Butler Elite 
A 6’5 forward, Jones is a combo forward with a left handed jumper and the ability to play above the rim. He attacks the bucket well off the bounce and has a nice mid-range game. He went for 20 points in a hard-fought overtime game against Indiana Elite on Saturday.

Joey Klaasen — F — 2018 — Indiana Elite
An undersized forward, Klaasan makes up for it with his heart and hustle. He is a good perimeter shooter and also finds ways to outwork his man and get easy buckets around the rim. On Saturday, he scored 12 first-half points against Butler Elite in a 17U Gold bracket game, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers, created a three-point play and beating Butler to several offensive rebounds. He later tied the game with less than three minutes remaining with an acrobatic scoop shot while getting fouled and converted a three-point play to send the game into overtime. He finished with 25 points and helped Indiana Elite advance.

Brenden Sullivan — F — 2018 — Phenom Elite
Sullivan is a long, rangy 6’5 wing player who knows how to use his length to his advantage. He moves well without the ball and gets himself free for easy baskets, and in the paint he has good footwork and a fell for using his body to shield defenders. He also showed a nice outside shooting touch and can handle the ball a little. Sullivan probably has some work to do in the weight room, but he was easily the best player on the floor in 17U gold division game against Windy City Magic Saturday afternoon. He finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds in a win.

Stock boosters
Joe Buggemi — SG — 2018 — Windy City Magic

Buggemi has a smooth outside shooting stroke and can handle the ball a little. He has good size at 6’3 and made three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points to lead the Magic to a win over Phenom Elite in the 17U Gold Division bracket Saturday afternoon. 

Julien Franklin — SG — 2019 — Dream Vision
At 6’6, Franklin brings length and a diverse skill set to the court as a 2 guard. He has the ability to play in the passing lanes defensively, challenges shots well and gets on the boards. Offensively, Franklin handles the ball well and has the ability to collect easy buckets with his willingness to run the floor and get on the break. 

Payton Hudson — G — 2019 — NY Dragons
A strong, physical guard, Hudson has the ability to score at all three levels. He is a big-time 3-point shooter who made 10 3-pointers in a game this past high school season, but is also able to get all the way to the basket and finish or pull up off the bounce for the mid-range jumper. Hudson ran the point for much of Saturday’s 17U Gold bracket contest against the Illinois Irish, but also showed he can play off the ball and was effective at both.

Chandler Turner — SG — 2019 — R.E.A.C.H. Legends
Turner continues to raise his stock in the July live evaluation period after missing much of the spring due to injury. He has good size at 6’5 for a shooting guard and has the ability to stick 3-pointers as he showed on Saturday morning in a runaway win over Yanders Law in 16U Platinum bracket play. He knocked down three triples and finished with 15 points to lead the Legends and showed off toughness at the defensive end as well as a willingness to get on the boards.

Jake Seeherman — PG — 2018 — NY Dragons
A 6’1 point guard, Seeherman is a consumate floor general, able to get his team into sets as well as score the ball himself. He went for nine points in the first half of a Gold bracket contest against the Illinois Irish on Saturday and finished with 15 points in the win.

Jonte Coleman — SG — 2018 — Illinois Irish Select
A 2 guard with good size and length at 6’2, Coleman showed off his outside shooting touch on Saturday afternoon in a 17U Gold bracket contest against the NY Dragons. He knocked down four 3-pointers in the first half and finished with 14 points in a hard-fought loss.

Boubacar Coulibaly — PF/C — 2021 — Dream Vision
Coulibaly is just one of several ultra-talented players on Dream Vision’s 15U squad which advanced to the Gold division quarterfinals on Saturday. A 6’10 2020 forward, Coulibaly is a skilled rim protector able to do a lot of different things for a player his age. He is slightly built, but is stronger with the ball that you would expect, looks to post up and is a good shot blocker and rebounder as he showed on Saturday with 12 boards against Quad City Elite. He teams with 2021 big man Pape Cisse and others to form a tough front line for Dream Vision, who ran away from a quality Quad City Elite team in the contest we watched.

Adam Francolini — F — 2019 — CIA Bounce
Francolini is a strong, 6’5 guard/forward who has a prototypical inside-outside game and a body built for that style of play. He gets on the boards well, can handle the ball in the open floor and is a knock down shooter. He showed off a good outside shooting stroke on Saturday morning in a runaway win over Chicago Demons in a 16U Platinum bracket contest, knocking down four 3-pointers and going for 16 points.

Tanner Oetting — SG — 2019 — Yanders Law
Oetting is a strong 6’1 shooting guard who is likely to see an increased role this season at Missouri power Kickapoo after the program suffered heavy losses to graduation. On Saturday, Oetting had a solid performance shooting the ball from distance, knocking down six 3-pointers and finishing with 18 points in a loss to R.E.A.C.H. Legends in 16U Platinum bracket play.

Brock Biedscheid — PF — 2018 — Illinois Irish Select
A physical 6’7 inside-outside forward, Biedscheid has terrific hands, runs the floor well and has a feel for playing and scoring along the baseline. He has a nice outside shooting stroke and has the ability to stretch the floor with his perimeter shooting and also really gets after things on the boards. He had a game-high 19 points in a tough loss to the NY Dragons in a 17U Gold bracket contest on Saturday. 

Clutch performance
Jaden Jones-Wadkins — SG — 2018 — Illinois Irish Select

Knocked down a contested 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Illinois Irish Select a hard-fought 57-56 win over the NY Dragons on Saturday in a 17U Gold bracket contest. A defensive-minded guard who is known as a hard worker, the 3 was the only points Jones-Wadkins scored in the contest.