After giving our subscribers an in-depth look at the top performers from the 2009 NY2LA Sports Invitational, there’s more material worth noting. The loaded event produced so many elite prospects, that our stock boosters list can be taken as yet another top performers list. The only difference is you may not have heard of these guys. Regardless, they are each special talents in their own right who should be appearing in your living during the next few years suiting up for respective collegiate squads. Here’s a look at NY2LA’s top 10 rising junior prospects that raised their stock with impressive performances over the weekend in Milwaukee, Wisconsin…

 (Editor’s Note – Listed Alphabetically)

2011 G Nimrod Hilliard – Madison Spartans
Perhaps the fastest end-to-end guard in the event, Hillard made teams pay by scoring at will in the transition game. He’s the owner of a great set of hands, and for that reason he’s a terror when he pressures the ball, and is a crafty ball-handler himself. Not exceptionally athletic, Hillard needs to add some weight to be a more effective finisher at the rim, and continue to extend his shooting range from the perimeter. In-state guard to watch who jumped on the NY2LA radar for Wisconsin prospects.

2011 C Luke Johnson – I.B.A. Select
Big man was a force throughout the weekend. He didn’t get a whole lot of help from teammates in the scoring or rebounding columns, but he was a double-double threat each time out, and anchored his team’s defensive. Blessed with soft hands and a nice touch, Jackson finished around the rim with either hand. He’s still developing his footwork and a low post game but for a rising junior he’s got the talent and tools. Runs the floor well but didn’t transition as quick as one would like, Jackson has to work on driving his legs and establishing early post position.

2011 G Martez Mason – St. Louis Raptors
Lightning quick prospect with athleticism from the lead guard position. Had a tendency to get out of control in transition, but made excellent decision when he played under control and within himself. Demonstrated the ability to knock down the open jump shot, but went to the rim nearly every chance he got off the dribble, and didn’t observe him knock down the pull-up jumper. Defensively he has great lateral quickness and the quick hands necessary to come up with steals. He’ll have a Division I home in a year.

2011 F Mike Miller – Playground Elite
Wiry forward who is gaining confidence and finally figuring out what he is capable of on the court. When he’s playing with energy, he’s able to defend the perimeter, and can get to the basket with ease. The problem with Miller is that he often takes plays off and looks bored at times. Moving forward he’ll have to sustain his effort, but he qualifies as a stock booster because he’s a bit of a sleeper, and seemed motivated to improve moving forward when NY2LA Sports had a chance to speak with the young man.

2011 F J.J. Panoske – Randolph Boys Club
Wiry athlete from the forward spot, J.J.’s  face-up ability earned him attention throughout the weekend. A prospect in every sense of the word, Panoske’s best hoops days are well ahead of him. He’s clearly still growing and adjusting to his body but already has the size and mobility that low to high-majors are beginning to covet in the form of face-up four players. Perhaps a shade over 6-foot-9, Panoske is a competitor who values winning, and plays smart, but physical defense. As he adds weight, his abilities will only become more dominant. He’s one of the top rising juniors in Wisconsin and certainly a regional sleeper prospect.

2011 F Phil Romback – Bay City Hoops
Romback earned a lot of love from the NY2LA Sports crew and it was well deserved. A skilled forward with the ability to hit the three point shot, Ronback led his Green Bay-based squad to the 16u semifinals in a loaded field. As stated before, Ronback has a soft touch, can use the dribble to get to the rim, and he is capable finisher. He maximizes all of the skills he possesses, understands the importance of versatility on both ends of the court, and is working to improve his overall game daily.

2011 F Jakarr Sampson – King James Shooting Stars
Arguably the biggest sleeper prospect of the spring, Sampson put on a show at the NY2LA Sports Invitational. Pushing 6-foot-9 with plenty of bounce and athleticism, Sampson had it work off the dribble, and was feeling it from deep. Defensively he defended the perimeter, but also rebounded and swatted shots around the rim. Really was a force when paired with big man James Price, as the two made nearly every shot in the lane impossible. Sampson is a sleeper even when speaking in a national sense, and we've been boasting about Sampson for months now and believes Sampson alongside Branden Dawson (SYF Players) could be 2 of the biggest breakout performers in the 2011 class from coast to coast this spring.

2011 G Haki Stampley – DTA Devin Harris
Typically taking a back sit to teammates Cook and Harris, Stampley came ready to play in his own backyard at the NY2LA Sports Invitational. If I had a dollar for each time someone approached me this weekend and asked “Who is the third kid with the braids?”, I would be a much richer man. Simply put, Stampley brings needed energy and effort to a DTA team stocked-full of talent. He picks his spots to attack and takes advantage of the touches he gets. With nice length and excellent range Stampley could be one of the top sleepers in the Midwest for the 2011 class.  Defensively, he’s an able perimeter defender, but he could be a little bit quicker moving laterally to his left.

2011 F Christian Williams – Playground Elite
Big-bodied forward was the garbage man for his squad on this weekend. Collecting easy buckets in the paint, Williams impressed as a rebounder, though he plays below rim level. Using his powerful upper body and shoulders to finish through contact, Williams also showed impressive lower body strength by gaining position in the lane with seemingly little effort. Would like to see him play with a bit more energy and get up and down the floor quicker (so he can mix it up a bit more inside) but he’s aggressive enough to produce because of his sheer size. He’s a load and should success on the hardwood and gridiron.

Other stock boosters
 (Editor’s Note - This list is not an exclusive one)

2011 G Alex Betley – St. Louis Raptors
2011 F Miles Chamberlain - Madison Spartans
2011 G Deontre Brown – Illinois T-Wolves
2011 G Tre’ Burnette – Madison Spartans
2011 F Paul Jesperson - Wisconsin Playmakers
2011 G Matthew Krueger – Milwaukee Panthers
2011 F Kody Michael – Rockford Wildcats
2011 G Shonn Miller – King James Shooting Stars
2011 G DJ Mlachnik – Playground Elite
2011 G Jalonnie Parks - Playground Elite
2011 G Mike Shull – King James Shooting Stars
2011 G Ben Stelzer – Randolph Boys Club
2011 G Steve Vogel – Milwaukee Panthers