NY2LASPORTS.COM - 2011 NY2LA SPORTS INVITATIONAL - 17U STOCK BOOSTERS
Antonio Curro — NATIONAL RECRUITING DIRECTOR - NY2LASPORTS.COM
Another strong field of prospects hit the hardwood last weekend at the annual NY2LA Sports Invitational and needless to the say the 17U division served up some excellent talent. While Meanstreets grabbed the 17U championship it was 2012 PF Kyle Baumann who captured the eyes of many in attendance with a powerful effort this past weekend. Here’s a quick look at Baumann and other 17U stock boosters from last weekend’s event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin…
(Note – Listed in alphabetical order)
Austin Arians – 6’6” – 2012 – SF – Wisconsin Swing
A long sharpshooting talent with range beyond the arc, Arians showed excellent instincts, a lethal stroke, and an improved ability to score off the bounce mixed in with a couple of dunks this past weekend. Really starting to come into his own as a player.
Kyle Baumann – 6’8” – 2012 – PF – Minnesota Select White
Easily one of the most impressive on the weekend as Baumann showed power, explosion, instincts, and an ability to dominant the glass and the paint throughout the weekend. In what could conceivably be stated as a breakout performance for Baumann, he teamed with Flack to form a strong 1-2 punch every day.
Jeremy Bert – 5’10” – 2012 – PG – Illinois Attack
Ultra quick with strength and an ability to get to the rim and hit the jumper, Bert opened some eyes with strong performances last weekend and looks the part of one to watch come July.
Antonio Bishop – 6’7” – 2012 – F – Meanstreets
A solid athlete with length and the ability to create positive chaos on both ends, Bishop was active on the glass, finished in the paint, and brought a number of intangibles to the court with his effort and toughness to help lead his squad to the Platinum title last weekend.
Travis Britt – 6’3” – 2012 – G – Peoria Irish
A solid athlete with instincts, vision, and an ability to score the basketball, Britt was solid throughout the weekend as he turned in a number of quality efforts and put his name on the radar for schools to pay attention to this July.
Luke Fischer – 6’9” – 2013 – PF – Wisconsin Swing
One of the premiere sophomores in the country on the rise, Fischer was stellar in an opening night win over Meanstreets as he finished with a triple double in points, rebounds, and blocked shots while serving as a force on both ends. Displayed range, instincts, timing, footwork, etc. in another solid weekend effort for the young talent.
Tyler Flack – 6’7” – 2012 – F – Minnesota Select White
While teammate Baumann was powering through the field, Flack did much of the same and dropped in a number of trey balls throughout the weekend. Skilled and instinctive, Flack can score inside and outside and he too served up a breakout performance that was one of the most impressive on the weekend.
Nick Fuller – 6’6” – 2013 – SG – Wisconsin Swing
The long lean sharpshooting talent showed off his trademark jumper at times with range that extended beyond the arc. Equipped with size and length, Fuller is just scratching the surface of his potential and last weekend he turned in a quality effort once again.
Jarvis Garrett – 5’10” – 2013 – PG- T.P. Elite
Ultra quick and easily one of the most underappreciated lead guards in the 13’ class, Garrett showed handles, vision, playmaking, defensive prowess, etc. in another solid effort that led to a final four effort for his team.
Chris Golden – 6’0” – 2013 – G – T.P. Elite
A versatile scoring guard with a lethal mid range stroke, Golden has the ability to take over the game on occasion and that was evident once again this past weekend. With a stroke that extends beyond the arc, Golden can fill it up and he displayed that ability throughout the weekend.
Malcolm Hill-Bey – 6’0” – 2013 – PG – Meanstreets
A tough lead guard with handles, quickness, instincts, and range, Hill-Bey turned in a couple of solid efforts that included an ability to knock down perimeter shots and create on the offensive end to help his team to the tournament championship.
Curtis Jones – 6’1” – 2012 – PG – Meanstreets
Long regarded by many for his effort and ability to make things happen, Jones did much of that last weekend as he served as the catalyst in the championship run with his ability to attack the rim off the bounce and create on the offensive end of the court. Solid weekend effort for C.J.
Gabe Levin – 6’7” – 2012 – F – Full Package Elite
With a team that boasts Ka’Darryl Bell, Charles Harris, and Darius Paul, Levin was the one that caught the attention of most this past weekend with a couple of solid performances. Levin showed range beyond the arc, solid instincts on both ends, and deceptive explosion and athleticism that resulted in a couple of highlight dunks on the weekend. One to watch come July.
C.J. Malone – 6’0” – 2012 – G – Wisconsin Shooters
A scoring combo guard, Malone has the ability to take over games on occasion and he did that at times with his ability to hit the mid range shot and knock down the trey ball. Equipped with solid instincts and a no fear mentality, Malone attacked the rim with consistency and made a number of quality plays down the stretch of close games.
Marcus Marshall – 6’2” – 2012 – PG – 43 Hoops
Skilled and instinctive lead guard with range beyond the arc, Marshall powered his squad to the championship game with a number of solid performances. He handled the ball well, finished off the bounce, hit the mid range jumper and trey ball, etc.
Tommy McDermott – 6’1” – 2012 – PG – Net Gain Sports
Crafty lead guard with a stroke that extends beyond the arc and can be made at the mid range area, McDermott is a savvy floor leader with handles, vision, and skill. Turned in a couple of solid performances last weekend and put his name on the radar as one to watch come July.
Brandon Merritt – 6’5” – 2012 – SF – Missouri Impact
A long lean wiry wing with athleticism and explosion, Merritt is raw on the skill side but has the ability to elevate and finish in transition in usual slashing wing fashion. That was evident throughout the weekend and he postered a few dunks and looked the part of a raw talent to keep an eye on in the coming months.
B.J. McLaughlin – 6’6” – 2012 – SF – St. Louis Gateway
A skilled wing with range, McLaughlin was solid on occasion last weekend as he showed an ability to score the basketball in a variety of ways. Another of the solid sleepers to keep track of in the coming weeks.
Elijah Ray – 6’5” – 2012 – SF – Derrick Rose All-Stars
A powerful wing talent with the ability to score on the blocks and finish off the bounce, Ray turned in a few double double efforts and displayed toughness and skills in the process.
John Schneider – 6’8” – 2012 – F/C – Team NLP – DF
A big wide body type interior talent, Schneider has solid instincts, can score in the paint, and has the ability to hit the mid range jumper to about 15 feet with consistency. Really opened a few eyes with a couple of solid performances last weekend.
Zak Showalter – 6’2” – 2012 – G – Wisconsin Swing
Arguably the top available 12’ prospect left on the board in the Badger state, Showalter continues to produce every time he takes the court. In pool play victories over Meanstreets and Net Gain Sports Showalter dropped 20+ in each while showcasing athleticism, range beyond the arc, an ability to get to the rim with consistency off the bounce, and his trademark grit and hustle on both ends. Another strong weekend effort.
Jamall Taylor – 6’1” – 2012 – G – DTA Spartans
A solid sharpshooting talent with range beyond the arc, Taylor can take over games on occasion when he gets it going and he put that on display last weekend with a couple of strong efforts that included knocking down mid range jumpers and trey balls with consistency once again.
Matt Van Scyoc – 6’6” – 2012 – SF – Playground Elite Hines
A skilled forward with the ability to finish in transition and hit the trey ball, Van Scyoc elevated his effort and activity last weekend and the results were very good. He attacked the glass, scored a bit more off the bounce, finished around the basket and in transition, etc. A solid low to mid major talent left on the board in the 12’ class, Van Scyoc turned in a stellar performance last weekend.
Rashad Vaughn – 6’5” – 2014 – SF – Net Gain Sports
One of the premiere wings on the rise in the 14’ class nationally, Vaughn is a smooth instinctive talent with the ability to finish in transition, get to the rack off the bounce, and score the basketball in a variety of ways. Really just scratching the surface of his enormous potential, Vaughn was solid again last weekend.
Johnny Woodard – 6’4” – 2012 – SG – Net Gain Sports
One of the top 12’ prospects on the board, Woodard is a high major talent without question and is equipped with excellent physical tools, explosive athleticism, big time toughness, an ability to score in transition, skills off the bounce, solid instincts, etc. Expect his stock to soar come July as he’s a top 100 type talent without question with the look of a high major impact prospect at the next level as he continues to develop.
Note: Antonio Curro is the National Recruiting Editor for NY2LASPORTS.COM, GENERATIONNEXBASKETBALL.COM and 414HOOPS.COM. He is also a national consultant for ESPNU and the HOOPSCOOP.