It’s sure to be another action packed weekend in Milwaukee as the NY2LA SPORTS Invitational tips off from Milwaukee on May 17-19, 2013. The tournament features 9U-17U age groups with all 17U games being played at Homestead High School, located in Mequon, Wisconsin. This tournament marks the eighth installment of the annual hoops invitational, featuring some top programs from around the Midwest. Here’s a look at some of the top players in the 17U division traveling to Homestead High School this weekend…



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(Note – This is not an exclusive list)
Marcus Bartley – 2014 – PG – Peoria Irish
6-4 – Decatur MacArthur HS – Decatur, IL

Bartley is a long and talented guard that impresses with his frame and court instincts. The junior is one of those players that seems to come up big in the biggest moments for the Peoria Irish.

Lamonte Bearden – 2014 – PG – Wisconsin Swing
6-3 – Germantown HS – Germantown, WI

Bearden has been spectacular all spring for the Wisconsin Swing. The junior floor general continues to elevate his play on both ends of the floor. Bearden is a dynamic playmaker who makes tough plays look rather easy.

Malik Clements – 2014 – G – Madison Spartans
6-4 – Madison West HS – Madison, WI

A solid tough scoring talent with size and skill, Clements can defend with tenacity at times and has the ability to score the basketball in a variety of ways.  He’s a solid talent who is collecting a lot of Division 1 interest right now.

Evan Boudreaux – 2015 – PF – Team NLP
6-7 – Lake Forest HS – Lake Forest, IL

Having one of the best springs across the nation, Boudreaux has torn up the AAU circuit in April and May. The 6-7 big man continues to improve his versatility, attacking and knocking down shots from the outside, but hasn’t lost his overwhelming toughness inside.

Levi Bradley – 2015 – F – TP Elite
6-7 – Pius XI HS – Milwaukee, WI

The long, athletic forward is starting to come into his own this spring. The sophomore works quickly down on the block, but also has the skills to take his defender from the high post.

Romeo Bouie – 2015 – SG – DTA
6-4 – St. Catherine’s HS – Racine, WI

The smooth guard can shoot it from the mid-range or from the outside. This spring, Bouie has had success creating his own shot off the bounce and making plays in transition.

Travon Bunch – 2014 – C – DTA
6-11 – Horlick HS – Racine, WI

The long, athletic big man has shown the ability to have a big effect on a game this spring. Bunch does a good job of controlling the lane, and has excellent explosion around the rim. He can also surprise with his shooting touch from the mid-range.

Jevon Carter – 2014 – PG – Team NLP
6-1 – Proviso East HS – Chicago, IL

Carter has been the straw that’s stirred the drink for Team NLP this spring. The junior floor general has shown good ability to orchestrate an offense, create for himself, and find open teammates.

Trevor Clay – 2014 – PG – Gateway Basketball
6-2 – Crossroads HS - Creve Coeur, MO

Clay is a smooth guard who is comfortable playing on or off the ball. The 6-2 junior likes to attack off the dribble and finish inside, but is just as good mixing it up with his three-point shooting from the perimeter.

Brady Ellingson – 2014 – SG – Ray Allen Select
6-4 – Sussex Hamilton HS – Menomonee Falls, WI

Ellingson has torched the nets throughout the spring with his hot shooting. Defenders haven’t been able to give the junior guard an inch of space without paying for it. Ellingson has also improved his mid-range drastically.

Michael Finke – 2014 – PF – Peoria Irish
6-9 – Centennial HS – Champaign, IL

He’s already found his future home, but that hasn’t stopped Finke from having an outstanding spring on the circuit. The Illinois commit has improved his long-range shooting consistency, as well as his post play on the block.

Kurt Hall – 2014 – G – Team NLP
6-4 – North Chicago HS – North Chicago, IL

Hall is one of the toughest players to handle out on the perimeter because of his toughness, determination, and ability to finish through contact. Once he sets his sights on the hoop, Hall is very tough to knock off course.

D’Angelo Jackson – 2014 – SF – DTA
6-5 – Case HS – Racine, WI

Jackson is a strong wing, who excels at slashing to the basket. The junior swing man impressed earlier this spring at the Adidas May Classic in Indiana. Jackson has been known to rip off some big scoring performances if he gets into a groove offensively.

Josh Jackson – 2016 – SG – Dorian’s Pride
6-6 – Consortium College Prep – Detroit, MI

As one of the nation’s top freshman, Jackson has had a very impressive spring playing up at the 17U level for Dorian’s Pride. The super smooth wing can control a game with his athleticism alone, breaking down his defender and blocking shots inside.

Jaylen Johnson – 2014 – F – Dorian’s Pride
6-8 – Ypsilanti HS – Ypsilanti, MI

The long forward loves to work the glass on both ends and has a knack for collecting offensive boards. Johnson can also do some things on the block and often displays nice footwork down low.

Jaylen Key – 2015 – SF – TP Elite
6-6 – Homestead HS – Milwaukee, WI

The smooth sophomore forward loves to use his length to score over his defender. Key is one of the better defenders and rebounders, and has a knack for doing the little things to help his team win.

Kory Kuenstling – 2014 – F/C – Iowa Barnstormers
6-10 – Dunkerton HS – Dunkerton, IA

Kuenstling is an active forward with good hands, who’s always playing with a high motor. The junior big man has good strength and is a solid shot blocker on the defensive end.

Riley LaChance – 2014 – SG – Ray Allen Select
6-1 – Brookfield Central HS – Brookfield, WI

Looking for his first high major offer, LaChance continues to prove he can play with the best and is having an outstanding spring. Known for his shooting ability from all areas of the floor, LaChance is also an excellent facilitator as well.

Sam Logwood – 2014 – PF – Eric Gordon All-Stars
6-6 - La Lumiere School – Indianapolis, IN

Logwood is a super athletic forward that loves to attack the rim. The junior has no problem sizing up his opponents inside or outside, looking for different ways to take advantage of his defender with his versatility.

Wyatt Lohaus – 2014 – G – Iowa Barnstormers
6-2 – Iowa City West HS – North Liberty, IA

Lohaus will be looking to continue his hot start to the spring. The Northern Iowa commit has been leading the Barnstormers to some impressive victories with his hot shooting. Lohaus has excelled at creating his own shots and setting up his teammates.

Bryant McIntosh – 2014 – G – Eric Gordon All-Stars
6-4 – Greensburg HS – Greensburg, IN

McIntosh is a sharpshooter from beyond the arc who needs little space to get a shot off with his quick trigger. The Indiana State commit is also a very good playmaker and facilitator with the ball in his hands.

Mack Mercer – 2014 – F/C – Eric Gordon All-Stars
6-9 – Plymouth HS – Plymouth, IN

Mercer’s biggest strength is his ability to shut down the paint to opposing offenses. His defense inside has been a big weapon for the Eric Gordon All-Stars this spring.

Paul Miller – 2014 – G – Wisconsin Shooters
6-4 – Kettle Moraine HS – Waukesha, WI

Miller has put together some giant scoring performances already thing spring. The junior guard just finds different ways to score, breaking down his defender, creating space for himself beyond the arc, and maneuvering between defenders on the drive.

Tyler Miller – 2013 – SF – TP Elite
6-6 – Nicolet HS – Milwaukee, WI

Miller has quietly played very well for TP Elite this spring. The senior forward loves to do the dirty work inside, but also has good range, and can knock down shots from the perimeter.

Casey Schlatter – 2014 – SF – Iowa Barnstormers
6-9 – Alden HS – Iowa Falls, IA

Fresh off his commitment to Drake, Schlatter will take the floor in Milwaukee. The 6-9 junior can be a matchup nightmare with his versatility. Schlatter is long and can handle the ball on the break, making him very tough to defend.

T.J. Schlundt – 2014 – SG – Wisconsin Swing
6-4 – Oconomowoc HS – Oconomowoc, WI

The sharp shooting junior has had some nice performances already this spring. Schlundt excels in the catch and shoot game, but can also surprise with his ability to score off the dribble.

Ayinde Starling – 2014 – G – TP Elite
6-3 – Catholic Memorial HS – Pewaukee, WI

Starling has a quick trigger and can rise over his defender to get his shot off. The junior can handle the point duties, or play off the ball, and is a strong ball handler with good ability to create his own shot.

Reed Timmer – 2014 – G – Ray Allen Select
6-1 – Eisenhower HS – New Berlin, WI

Timmer is comfortable on or off the ball. The junior excels in the open floor with his ability to facilitate and create for himself and his teammates.

A.J. Turner – 2014 – G – Dorian’s Pride
6-7 – De La Salle HS – Warren, MI

It’s not often you’ll find a 6-7 player that can run the point guard position, but that’s exactly what Turner loves to do. He can play on or off the ball and is just dynamic with his ability to shoot from beyond the arc and attack the rim.

Evan Wesenberg – 2014 – F – Wisconsin Swing
6-7 – Germantown HS – Germantown, WI

Wesenberg continues to get stronger as the spring wears on. The 6-7 forward is showing he can be a dominant presence in the paint, on both offense, and especially defense.

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