NY2LASPORTS.COM - 2013 NY2LA SPORTS INVITATIONAL - TOP PERFORMERS - PART 2
Nick Aiello — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
Stars were playing to their usual standards at the 2013 NY2LA Sports Invitational in Mequon this past weekend, scoring and doing the little things for their teams to help them advance as far as they could in the playoffs. Some others jumped on this list for their outstanding efforts this weekend and performing at high levels the duration of the event. Have a look at some prospects like 15U MVP Trevor Anderson, Jevon Carter, Scott Lindsey, 16U Co-MVP Diamond Stone and others for more information on their top performances at the Invitational...
2013 NY2LA SPORTS INVITATIONAL - DAY 1 RECAP - PART 1
2013 NY2LA SPORTS INVITATIONAL - DAY 1 RECAP - PART 2
2013 NY2LA SPORTS INVITATIONAL - DAY 1 RECAP - PART 3
2013 NY2LA SPORTS INVITATIONAL - DAY 2 RECAP - PART 1
2013 NY2LA SPORTS INVITATIONAL - DAY 2 RECAP - PART 2
2013 NY2LA SPORTS INVITATIONAL - DAY 2 RECAP - PART 3
2013 NY2LA SPORTS INVITATIONAL - DAY 3 RECAP - PART 1
2013 NY2LA SPORTS INVITATIONAL - DAY 3 RECAP - PART 2
2013 NY2LA SPORTS INVITATIONAL - TOP PERFORMERS - PART 1
2013 NY2LA SPORTS INVITATIONAL - TOP PERFORMERS - PART 2
2013 NY2LA SPORTS INVITATIONAL - TOP PERFORMERS - PART 3
2013 NY2LA SPORTS INVITATIONAL - STOCK BOOSTERS - PART 1
2013 NY2LA SPORTS INVITATIONAL - STOCK BOOSTERS - PART 2
2013 NY2LA SPORTS INVITATIONAL - STOCK BOOSTERS - PART 3
TREVOR ANDERSON - PG - 2016 - WI ACADEMY-HAUSER
6-2 - STEVENS POINT AREA H.S. - STEVENS POINT, WI
The scoring machine from Point seemingly always has a look of determination and cool as he plays. With ice in his veins, Anderson once again knocked down shots with a variety of moves. Anderson does utilizes the dribble tremendously, without over-dribbling, to create space for himself on the attack or to get the defender off balance to allow him the pull-up jump shot from just about any place on the court. Excellent in the two games leading up to the championship and the steady hand in the title game earns Anderson his spot on the Top Performers list, and also receiving the 15U MVP honor once again.
JOE BINYOTI - PG - 2015 - YOUNG LEGENDS
6-2 - HOMESTEAD H.S. - MEQUON, WI
Binyoti played well all weekend, attacking the defense when they sagged into the post and making some big shots in various games. Binyoti scored the basketball well by which he picked his spots exceptionally and drained a couple perimeter shots. However, he was most impressive driving to the rim and using his frame to score against contact and work his way to the line frequently. He scored 12 points in the championship and took home Co-MVP honors.
CONNOR CASHAW - G - 2015 - TEAM NLP
6-4 - STEVENSON H.S. - LINCOLNSHIRE, IL
Cashaw was very impressive in Mequon. The young guard has great size and read ball-screens extremely well offensively, knowing how to come off strong and read whether to pull up for a jumper or penetrate looking for a layup or drop off opportunity. Cashaw was efficient all tournament and opened the night with a 21-point effort against DTA and ended it with a 21-point effort against the eventual title holders.
JEVON CARTER - G - 2014 - TEAM NLP
6-2 - PROVISO EAST H.S. - MAYWOOD, IL
Carter had a solid al-around tournament scoring when he needed to the first couple games but really made his presence felt late Day 2 when he knocked some big-time baskets including a deep contested three in the final seconds to send IL Old School-Woods home early. Carter carried that shot’s momentum into the next morning where he torched the twine for a crafty left handed bank shot, 5 three’s and some other strong takes that added up to 27 points at the final buzzer.
STEPHEN HARRIS - G/F - 2015 - GATEWAY
6-3 - WEBSTER GROVES H.S. - ST. LOUIS, MO
Harris is a young man on the rise. Though a little undersized for what he plays now, he shows the skills to play guard effectively and does everything asked of him. Harris is a deceptively great rebounder as he found space around the hoop to get position and use his long arms and jumping ability to pull in rebounds on both ends against some of the big guys. Harris can shoot the ball from outside a bit, has a good mid-range game and excels finishing around the rim both off the bounce or powering off two feet in traffic. He put up 20 points against Full Package and continued his great tournament until Gateway was eliminated in another hard-fought outing.
CONNOR KONSHAK - G - 2015 - WI BLIZZARD-PRONSCHINSKE
6-2 - WEST DEPERE H.S. - DEPERE, WI
Konshak somewhat quietly goes about his business, flying under the radar at times with his tough-as-nails defense, but he also does a little flying on the court as he had a few major dunks this weekend in transition, including one Saturday morning that caused a stir. Konshak penetrated quick and strong, and then finished off plays with points repeatedly, particularly in his 24-point effort against the Young Legends opening night.
SCOTT LINDSEY - G - 2014 - IL OLD SCHOOL-WOODS
6-5 - FENWICK H.S. - HILLSIDE, IL
The tall and long guard created match-up problems all weekend for opponents who tried to match his size with posts or his skill set with guards. Lindsey was able to adjust to both and scored from deep, excelled in transition and passed out assists nicely each contest. Lindsey scored 29 points versus the Jets Saturday and put together another exciting game in a tough loss to NLP.
MATTHEW RAFFERTY - F - 2014 - CHICAGO LOCKDOWN
6-7 - HINSDALE CENTRAL H.S. - DARIEN, IL
Rafferty is another great prospect who scored a bunch this weekend, showcasing an advanced skill package for someone his size. Rafferty played steady defense with a number of rebounds at the Invitational, but his offensive game is really where he hangs his hat. Rafferty knocked down three’s (including four against Paradise), scored strong around the hoop and rebounded everything. Rafferty had a major 27-point performance mid-tournament.
DIAMOND STONE - F/C - 2015 - YOUNG LEGENDS
6-10 - DOMINICAN H.S. - MILWAUKEE, WI
Diamond is certainly a competitor and one who thrives against pressure. Diamond opened the tournament with 18 points off superior post effectiveness as he turned and twisted naturally to open himself up for strong finishes. He added a 21 point performance Saturday and ended the tournament with 13 in the championship game. However, it was the way Stone scored some of those 13 that helped him grab 16U Co-MVP honors. With his team up later in the second half and Stone being tripled in the post at times, Stone stepped back and buried a sweet looking three-point shot which got him cranked up enough to come back down two possessions later and pull up for another three that barely touched the net on its way through. The two three’s made a statement to all in his way, Diamond Stone can score when and where he wants to... 16U Co-MVP.
ANTONIO WILLIAMS - SG - 2016 - YOUNG & RECKLESS
5-11 - FARRAGUT CAREER ACADEMY - CHICAGO, IL
Williams went about his business in a cool manner, using some shift and bursts of speed to get by defenders and attack the rim where he finished with a series of baskets at the Invitational, getting to the opposite side of the rim at times or finishing against fouls also. Williams officially dropped in 33 points for YR as he and his team prevailed at the last second to advance in the tournament where he had more big games, including a solid 12 points in YR’s championship loss.
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