The 2010 NY2LA Sports Invitational tipped off on Friday as teams from throughout the Midwest took the courts in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the 5th annual event.  After the first day of action it was players like Jens Kennedy who opened some eyes with strong performances on day 1.  Here’s a brief look at a number of prospects who turned in quality efforts during the first day of action…

(Note – Listed in alphabetical order)

ARROYO EDWARDS – 6-4 – 2012 – PLAYGROUND ELITE
Long athletic scoring combo with an excellent ability to finish around the basket.  Edwards was solid on Friday night as he slashed to the basket, knocked down some jump shots and continued to look the part of a high major talent on the rise.

JOSH FLEMING – 6-3 – 2012 – VELOCITY ELITE
Skilled wing talent with nice physical tools and decent athleticism.  Fleming impressed with his instincts, ability to stroke the perimeter jumper and the intangibles he brought to the court in terms of rebounding, hustle, etc.  A solid sleeper on the rise, Fleming impressed on Day 1.

CHARLES HARRIS – 6-4 – 2012 – FULL PACKAGE ELITE
One of the fast rising sophomores in the region, Harris has excellent physical tools that he combines with his athleticism, ability to attack the rim off the bounce, and an ability to score the basketball in a versatile variety of ways.  Was very impressive the opening night and looked the part of a solid mid to high major talent in every way.

DARNELL HARRIS – 6-7 – 2011 – MILWAUKEE HURRICANE REBELS
A skilled forward with range, Harris’s calling card is his ability to stroke the jump shot and as he gets more active defensively and around the basket, his efficiency goes up along with his ability to dominate the game.  Harris was solid on Friday as he scored the basketball and served as a catalyst for the Rebels who turned in a convincing performance the opening night.

NIMROD HILLIARD – 6-1 – 2011 – PLAYGROUND ELITE
One of the quiet talented floor leaders in the region, Hilliard is a savvy and skilled lead guard who continued to impress with his effort on Day 1.  Showed solid vision, attacked off the bounce, knocked down some jump shots, and was consistent in putting the team in a position to score easy baskets.

HAYDEN HOERDEMANN – 6-3 – 2011 – PEORIA IRISH
One of the top pure shooters on the court Friday, Hoerdemann impressed at the Swish & Dish this past April and he did much of the same on Friday night as he helped mount a furious comeback to capture the victory for the Irish.  He’s skilled, knows how to play, and has a lethal stroke that can take over games when he gets it going.

PAUL JESPERSON – 6-6 – 2011 – WISCONSIN PLAYMAKERS
One of the hottest prospects in the current junior class both regionally and nationally, Jesperson recently added offers from Minnesota and Northwestern to his table and that very well could be a sign of things to come.  On Friday he knocked down shots, finished off the bounce, and showed flashes of his high major ability.

JENS KENNEDY – 6-8 – 2011 – PEORIA IRISH
Arguably one of the breakout performers on opening night, Kennedy is a blue collar nuts and bolts type interior talent who can score around the basket, has a soft touch, plays hard, and competes on both ends.  Was impressive around the basket both rebounding the basketball and finishing and looked the part of a quality talent to keep tabs on this weekend.

CHARLES LEE – 5-10 – 2011 – MILWAUKEE HURRICANE REBELS
One of the top lead guards in the Midwest for current juniors, Lee was at the top of his game Friday handling the ball, knocking down shots, and creating easy opportunities for his team.  Skilled, instinctive, with vision and the ability to make big plays when it matters the most, Lee impressed on Day 1.

GREG MAYS – 6-8 – 2011 – ILLINOIS WOLVERINES
One of the developing stories regionally, Mays turned in a breakout performance this past April at the Swish & Dish Spring Warm-Up and on Friday he was equally impressive with his effort.  Nice size, good length, solid instincts, etc.  Can finish around the basket, has the ability to step away and knock down the jumper, attacks the glass, and brings a lot of intangibles to the table.  A definite mid major talent right now, Mays showed flashes of possible high major potential on Friday with an impressive performance across the board.

J.J. PANOSKE – 6-9 – 2011 – RANDOLPH BOYS CLUB
Excellent size and length to go along with solid skills and instincts.  Panoske loves to step away from the basket and stroke the jump shot so for the most part he’s a skilled 4 by all accounts.  Would like to see him spend more time on the blocks and around the basket as it would elevate his stock both regionally and nationally in a class desperate for interior prospects.  Nevertheless, Panoske was solid at times on Day 1 and showed firsthand why he has a number of Division 1 schools on his trail.

ZAK SHOWALTER – 6-2 – 2012 – WISCONSIN SWING
A tough, physical, and deceptively athletic off guard, Showalter has excellent range, can score off the bounce, and brings a Danny Ainge type of mentality to the court when he plays.  He impressed again on Friday and also showed an improved ability to handle the ball and slide into more of a combo guard role which should elevate his stock as that continues to develop.