The opening session of the 2018 NY2LA Basketball Association saw a number of high caliber performances from some top flight prospects.  As we head into the second installment this weekend in Minnesota here’s a look back at 10 things we learned in Texas this past weekend…

(1)  2019 PG DESI CARTON IS CONFIRMED AS AN ELITE NATIONAL TALENT
A highly regarded prospect for the past 12 months, Carton continued to explode this past weekend confirming what we knew and other national media outlets learned and blue blood college coaches are taking notice.  Already considered a top 50 national prospect heading into the spring, Carton is a legitimate top 20 caliber prospect who’s still rising.  Most recent offers from Michigan, Indiana, and USC have been added to a large collection already.  He can play at any school at any level and he’s only getting better.  

(2)  17U R.E.A.C.H. LEGENDS IS AS GOOD AS ADVERTISED
Boasting a talented trio of juniors in Harlond Beverly. Carrington McCaskill, and Jalen Thomas, REACH is more than just that trio.  Add Daniel Friday to the mix as well as a couple of other names and they have as many as 7 or more Division 1 prospects on their team and close to a 100 offers collectively across all the names.  

(3)  2019 G JALEN WILLIAMS IS ONE TO KNOW
A sharpshooting guard with size, skill, and instincts, Blue Chips Nation (AZ) is home to Julian Williams and the guard showed efficiency and dominance throughout the weekend with high caliber performances consistently.  A top 10 scorer at the 17U division after the opening weekend, Williams is a legitimate mid or even high Division 1 prospect whose stock should continue to soar in the coming months.  

(4)  RAY ALLEN SELECT TRIO OF 2019’S NAU, DOMASK, AND SKOGMAN
One of the toughest and most disciplined teams at the 17U level, Ray Allen Select opened their weekend with a solid 4-0 mark including a win over highly regarded Quad City Elite in overtime.  2019 6-10 F/C David Skogman and 2019 6-5 G/F Marcus Domask have since landed some Division 1 offers with undervalued fill the box score lead guard 2019 6-3 PG Cole Nau also generating some much deserved buzz.  They are well coached and they compete at a high level game in and game and collectively they win and do so with grit, toughness, and execution.  Most prospects are equipped with excellent Ivy league type grades so lows and mids across the country need to check them out closely.  

(5)  QUAD CITY ELITE 17U HAS MAJOR FIREPOWER
Powered by sensational 2019 PG Desi “D.J.” Carton Quad City Elite boasts a nationally coveted prospect that will be one of, if not the, biggest story of the spring.  But they have so much more as 2019 wings Deonte Billups, JaMir Price, and Jaren Nelson fill the box score and make things happen.  The diamonds in the rough though are 2019 bigs 6-10 Jermaine Hamlin and 6-9 C.J. Wilbourn are two huge sleepers that should collect mid and high major attention and offers this spring and summer.  Collectively this team can beat anyone in the country on any given day and they have potentially 5-6 Division 1 prospects that can play at multiple levels.  

(6)  2019 F NATE FERGUSON IS TRENDING UPWARD
A sharpshooting face up forward with size, length, skill, instincts, and potential, Ferguson has added offers this week and the buzz is just beginning.  Skilled bigs with upside are always a premium and Ferguson is one to watch very closely this spring and summer with Chicago Lockdown 17U’s.  

(7)  2019 SG DONYAE MCCASKILL IS ONE TO PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO
A multi-skilled fill the box score explosively athletic wing, McCaskill has gotten interest from Portland, Santa Clara, Cleveland State, and Utah State have made early inquiries on McCaskill who can slash, score, rebound, defend, etc.  Another of the many standout performers who was among the league leaders in Floor Impact during the opening session.  

(8)  2019 G DREW LUTZ IS A TOP SLEEPER CANDIDATE
A 6-1 guard who was the leading scorer during the opening session and among the top 5 in overall Floor Impact, Lutz is a talented and skilled guard who could be a steal for high caliber Division 2 schools and perhaps even low major Division 1 programs.  Keep an eye on him and MBA Select moving forward this spring and summer. 

(9)  WISCONSIN SHOOTERS HAVE AN ACE IN THE HOLE
An uber athletic guard with handles, breakdown ability, vision, and the ability to score from multiple levels, 2019 G Ace Evans had a breakout performance this past weekend with the Wisconsin Shooters 17U team.  Among the league leaders in scoring and Floor Impact, Ace showed offensively he’s a talented and potentially dominant perimeter prospect.  Defensively he has the potential to be much of the same.  He was exceptional at times this weekend.  

(10)  LEGEND STAMPS AND DONOVAN CLAY ARE TWO TALENTED PROSPECTS
2019 F/C Legend Stamps of Inland Empire continued to take a positive step forward in his development this past weekend as he shined bright for Inland Empire at times while showing skill, versatility, and athleticism.  A do it all big with a long 6-10 frame, Stamps fills the box score, has range beyond the arc, can finish around the basket, etc.  2019 SF Donovan Clay is a 6-6 plus length wing just starting to figure things out.  He has athleticism, a high ceiling, and some nice versatility and he looks the part of a legitimate Division 1 prospect that schools of multiple levels need to look at closely this spring and summers.

QUICK HITTERS
2021 PG Anton Brookshire (Yanders Law 16U) is the real deal.  A potential top 50 caliber prospect nationally, Brookshire has size, handles, skill, and instincts to go with an ability to take over the game.  He’s a high major impact talent without question big picture wise.

2020 SG Jayshawn Moore (REACH Legends 16U) is a potential high major catch and shoot prospect.  He has size at 6-4 with plus length and an excellent stroke that rips the nets from long range.  He’s part of a loaded REACH program that is filled with Division 1 prospects at all ages.

2020 PG Wendell Green Jr. (Michigan Playmakers 17U) is one of those who should see his stock soar over the next 24 months.  He plays the game hard, can contribute on both ends, and he has leadership ability on both ends that he combines with skill and upside.  Love watching him play.

2019 C Dawand Jones (Team Teague 17U) delivered a solid weekend of work.  A big wide body interior prospect, Jones dominates the paint on both ends and while finishing with either hand efficiently and consistently.  

The Minnesota Comets Elite 17U team are a team in the truest sense.  They play together, play the right way, and powered by 2019 SG Isaiah Fink they will be tough every time they hit the floor.  

Ditto for Made Men 17U that finished 4-0 on the weekend.  2019 PG Isaiah Fuller powers an attack that also boasts 2019 SF Charles Hoehne IV amongst others.  Low major Division 1 and high level Division 2 coaches need to get their eyes on this team this spring and summer.  

6-8 2019 F William Dunn (Grand Rapids Storm) showed flashes of his upside this past weekend.  He can do a little bit of everything and he has the size and length that’s intriguing to low and mid Division 1 caliber coaches.

The Illinois Irish 17U team might be the top defensive team on the circuit.  They flat out lock up when fully engaged and a 3-1 mark on the weekend make them a team to watch closely this spring and summer.  2019 6-7 F Karl Wright is an athletic forward that attacks the glass, contests shots, and can finish around the basket.  Again low Division 1’s and high Division 2 coaches should be front and center for him this spring and summer.  

6-2 2019 PG Levi Dombro for Colorado Chaos had a solid weekend.  A multi-skilled guard who can fill the box score, Dombro brings solid floor impact ability to the court combined with instincts and skill.  He’s one to watch this weekend.