The 2017 NY2LA Sports Summer Jam came to a close on Sunday. On day five, championships were awarded in the 15, 16, and 17U Divisions. After claiming the 16U title, DreamVision proceeded leave Milwaukee with the 17U crown as well. Steady all weekend, 2019 point guard Pierre Crockrell will without a doubt be a name to know going forward after Sunday’s performances…

Top Performers
Carlos Curtis – 2018 – G – Playground Elite

Curtis saved Playground Elite in the quarterfinals. Down six with under 20 seconds to go, Curtis went Reggie Miller on the Wisconsin Swing, hitting two triples in a 10-second span to tie the game and send it to overtime. Continuing to fly under the radar, Curtis is slowly picking up mid-major offers, but not nearly as quickly as he should be. A high-scoring guard who can live at the rim, but continues to shoot a high percentage from 3-point range, Curtis’ scoring ability from the point guard spot has been terrific all year. Also developing into a true floor general, Curtis is picking up on how to effectively get others involved and put his teammates into a position to succeed. 

Aaron Henry – 2018 – SG – Team Harris
Henry had a big second half, but Team Harris fell to Playground Elite in the 17U semifinals. A good blend of length and strength, Henry is a tough matchup. He’s smooth and crafty on the drive and has a beautiful euro-step in traffic. Henry’s touch around the rim is special for a guy that plays so fast on the drive. Henry is a dual-threat and can knock down shots off the bounce from the outside. He’s got a quick, effortless stroke and isn’t fazed by a hand in his face. Also a standout defender, Henry plays with a chip on his shoulder on that end. 

Tyler Herro – 2018 – SG – Playground Elite
The Wisconsin commit scored a total of 50 points in the final two games on Sunday. Continuing to rise up the national rankings, Herro is a unique talent. When it comes to putting the ball in the basket, not many, if any two-guards can do the things he’s capable of consistently with the ball in his hands. Using explosive handles and quick feet, Herro neutralized the length and athleticism against him by creating so much space off the bounce. Throughout the weekend, Herro had dominant 3-4 minutes stretches where he’d rattle off a number of consecutive makes and there wasn’t a thing defenses could do about it.  

Eric Hunter – 2018 – PG – Team Harris
Hunter went for 21 points in a loss to Playground Elite in the 17U semifinals. The smooth, lefty shot the ball outstanding from 3-point range. All Hunter needs is a little bit of room to get his shot off, using a jab fake and then rising up for the attempt. A scoring point guard, Hunter loves to go 1-on-1 and take what the defense gives him, usually a contested 3-pointer which he’s more than comfortable knocking down on a consistent basis. Capping off a solid week, Hunter definitely boosted his stock going into the final week of the eval period. 

Mitch Listau – 2018 – G – Wisconsin Swing
Even though the Wisconsin Swing were stung by some late heroics in the quarterfinals by Playground Elite, Listau had a terrific showing. His on-ball defense was simply outstanding. Tasked with trying to defend some of the best guards in the Midwest, Listau made them work for everything they got, which wasn’t much. Belmont has themselves a perimeter stopper for the next 4-5 years without question. Listau can score the basketball in a variety of ways as well. He’s deadly from 3-point range, is able to pull-up from 12-15 feet effectively, and although he’s not an above the rim player, is able to score against contact with excellent body control. 

Stock Boosters
Pierre Crockrell – 2019 – PG – DreamVision

There were high major coaches in attendance that can’t believe Crockrell only has two offers. This kid is as steady as it gets at the point guard position and only elevated his play on Sunday. With DreamVision down one late, Crockrell knocked home a cold-blooded 3-pointer to send his team to the title game. Crockrell then had a team-high 14 points in the finals. This is the type player that if he were just 5-foot-11, everybody would want him. He’s a tremendous leader and game manager out on the floor. On top of that, he’s capable of some big things offensively. Crockrell is speedy and has a lot of sauce with the basketball. He’s come so far with his scoring ability over the last year as well and showed he can take over games with his ability to fly to the rim or knock down shots from all over the floor. 

Jonathan Davis – 2020 – SG – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
The motor on Davis just does not stop. A relentless defender, Davis plays almost a pissed off brand of basketball. If you have the ball, he’s coming for it. Davis’ defensive intensity separates him from a lot of plays. He’ll not only shut his man down, but rack up steals, force mistakes, and is an excellent shot blocking guard. Offensively, Davis is a terrific slasher and finishes well around the rim in traffic. If he can expand his range and develop a jumper, this is a high major player. 

Jonathan Salazar – 2019 – F - DreamVision
DreamVision might not win the 16U title without this kid. Salazar did an excellent job of protecting the paint and finishing around the rim on Sunday. Salazar is a physical defender and was instrumental in the defensive effort, playing the rule of verticality to perfection at times, which wiped away a number of points. Salazar sticks to his guns offensively. He’s always ready to catch and finish around the rim. Salazar also gets after the offensive glass and put home a number of second chance points on Sunday. An energy player, Salazar had a breakout performance in the 16U title game, going for 23 points in a win over REACH Legends.

Mike Saunders Jr. – 2020 – PG – UA G3 Grind
Saunders almost led his team to an upset win over the eventual champions during Sunday’s semifinals. An extremely quick guard, Saunders blew the doors off the Playground Warriors defensively, getting UA G3 Grind out to a big lead. His speed was a major factor in transition and the opposition could not catch up to him with the ball. A skilled ball handler who goes from zero top end speed in a hurry, Saunders was fantastic for 20 minutes until the Playground Warriors started to figure him out. Regardless, Saunders’ performance made him a player to know in 2020. 

CHAMPIONSHIP ROLL CALL
17U Platinum Champions – Dreamvision AU

17U Platinum 2nd Place – Playground Elite EYBL

16U Platinum Champions – Dreamvision AU
16U Platinum 2nd Place – R.E.A.C.H. Legends NY2LA

15U Platinum Champions – Wisconsin Playground Warriors UAA
15U Platinum 2nd Place – CIA Bounce/Team Ennis EYBL

OTHER CHAMPIONS
17U Gold Champions – Northern Kings
17U Gold 2nd Place – Kevon Looney Rebels

16U Gold Champions – Illinois Irish Select
16U Gold 2nd Place – Milwaukee Rebels McClendon

15U Gold Champions – All In Williams NY2LA
15U Gold 2nd Place – Ramey-Jets United AU

17U Silver Champions – All Out
17U Silver 2nd Place – DTA Devin Harris NY2LA

17U Bronze Champions – AUSA Hoops Black
17U Bronze 2nd Place – MBA Select Indy 4.0 NY2LA

17U Consolation Champions – Wisconsin Swing Bredesen
17U Consolation 2nd Place – DUP Elite

15U Silver Champions – Gallo Sports
15U Silver 2nd Place – Illinois Wolves 2021

15U Bronze Champions – BYF 2020
15U Bronze 2nd Place – LaCrosse Elevate Hamilton

15U Consolation Champions – Full Package Dmitry
15U Consolation 2nd Place – Epic 360