Day two of the 2014 NY2LASPORTS Invitational kicked off from Milwaukee on Saturday. With teams wrapping up pool play and beginning tournament play in the 16U and 17U Platinum Divisions, things got more interesting as championship Sunday approaches. In arguably the game of the day, Cody Schwartz and the Wisconsin Blizzard pulled off a miraculous victory over Team NLP in dramatic fashion.
Here are the top performers from Saturday’s action:

Top Performers
Kalin Fisher – 2015 – G – Team NLP
6-3 – Proviso East HS – Maywood, IL

Comfortable both on and off the ball, Fisher was a handful to cover in Team NLP’s loss to the Wisconsin Blizzard Saturday afternoon. Fisher is very creative with the ball in his hands and the defense never knows what’s coming with him. He finished with a team-high 18 points in the loss, including the go-ahead free throws with just 2.8 seconds left. Fisher has a great mid-range and pull-up game and also excels at drawing contact at the rim. 

Grant Gibson – 2015 – PG – Quad City Elite
6-2 – Galesburg HS – Knoxville, IL

Gibson is a great leader and a high IQ floor general, but when needed he can rack up points, just like he did Saturday afternoon against Illinois Rise. Pouring in a game-high 26 points in a winning effort, Gibson scored from all areas of the floor. He’s an exceptional shooter off screens and with the ball in his hands, but also has the strength to finishing through contact on his drives. 

Matt Heldt – 2015 – F/C – Milwaukee Spartans 
6-10 – Neenah HS – Neenah, WI

Heldt doesn’t need a lot of touches in offensive sets to be effective. The 6-foot-10 forward makes the most of his opportunities in the post, but also runs the floor very well for his size and has a knack for timing and blocking shots. Heldt is very polished down low. He doesn’t waste a lot of time once he catches in the paint, he simply makes his move and is so fluid in doing so. Heldt also showed his improved skill set, knocking down shots from the outside and taking his opponent off the dribble en route to a game-high 25 points in a loss to the Illinois Stars. 

Harrison Niego – 2015 – PG – Chicago Lockdown
6-2 – Lyons Township HS – Western Springs, IL

Niego may not look the part, but don’t let his appearance fool you, he can play. The 6-foot-2 floor general was outstanding in Chicago Lockdown’s blowout win over Wisconsin Playground Warriors. Doing just about everything for his team, Niego had a big scoring effort, but also managed to run the offense effectively and collect a handful of assists. A crafty point guard with a high basketball IQ, Niego finished with a game-high 22 points and also had at least five assists and rebounds apiece. 

Brevin Pritzl – 2015 – SG – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
6-3 – De Pere HS – De Pere, WI

Pritzl and the Playground Warriors shook off a rusty performance earlier in the day to beat Wisconsin Swing in the first round of Platinum Bracket play. After a quiet 10 minutes or so, Pritzl just exploded for a game-high 28 points in the win. Known primarily for his sharpshooting ability from the outside, Pritzl found other ways to score off the dribble and inside the arc. 

Admiral Schofield – 2015 – SF – Team NLP
6-6 – Zion HS – Beach Park, IL

Schofield had two good games on Saturday. He scored 18 points in a loss to DTA in the first round of the Platinum Bracket. In that game, he shot the ball well from the outside and mid-range. Schofield is always active when the ball isn’t in his hands, looking to collect rebounds and block shots as well. 

Cody Schwartz – 2015 – F – Wisconsin Blizzard
6-8 – West De Pere HS – De Pere, WI

Schwartz was ready to go from the opening tip against Team NLP, knocking down three triples in the opening minutes. Overall, this was one of Schwartz’s best performances based on intensity and want-to. He would not be denied and scored a game-high 29 points in the win. Schwartz scored four-straight points to tie the game late, followed by a 3-pointer which gave the Blizzard a one-point lead momentarily with just over 20 seconds to play. With the game tied at 78 with 2.8 seconds remaining, Schwartz caught a heave at mid-court, took two dribbles, and drilled a 25-footer as time expired to give the Blizzard the win. 

Stock Boosters
James Batemon – 2015 – G – DTA
6-2 – Riverside HS – Milwaukee, WI

Batemon led DTA to an easy win over the Michigan Playmakers in the morning, scoring all 12 of his points in the first half. In a Platinum Bracket win over Team NLP, Batemon elevated his game, scoring 21 points and changing the game with his transition baskets and defensive intensity. 

Nick Finke – 2016 – G/F – Illinois Irish
6-5 – Centennial HS – Champaign, IL

Finke started to come into his own in Saturday night’s win over the Michigan Playmakers. Sometimes too quiet, Finke started demanding the ball and his growing confidence was easy to see. He was in double figures and was hovering around double-double territory with a strong rebounding effort.

Diamante Freeman – 2015 G/F – DTA
6-5 – Rufus King HS – Milwaukee, WI

Freeman is a tremendous athlete and blocked numerous shots during DTA’s win over Team NLP. The high-flying forward also converted some transition dunks en route to 18 points. Freeman’s athleticism changes the game in so many ways, including his ability to keep plays alive on the offensive glass. 

Cole Gentry – 2015 – PG – Illinois Stars
5-11 – St. Charles East HS – Geneva, IL

Gentry stepped up big for the Stars in their win over the Milwaukee Spartans Saturday morning. In a comeback victory, Gentry caught fire in the second half to lead his team back. He finished with a team-high 16 points, including four three-pointers in the win. 

Brian Lankford-Johnson – 2016 – G - Net Gain Sports
6-0 – Johnson HS – St. Paul, MN

Lankford-Johnson is a good scorer around the rim. Capable of putting up big numbers, the junior guard scored 20 points in a win over Playground Elite Saturday night. Lankford-Johnson is constantly attacking the rim and getting to the free throw line with his ability to absorb contact. 

Keishon Parker – 2016 – G – Wisconsin Shooters
6-3 – Wisconsin Lutheran HS – Milwaukee, WI

Parker continues to get better and better. The 6-foot-3 combo guard scored 19 points in a win over a good Illinois Irish team. Parker hit a number of tough shots from the perimeter and only needs limited room to get his shot off comfortably. He’s a smooth guard and a great ball handler that doesn’t waste dribbles.

Dahyron Kelly – 2015 – SF – Team Legacy All-Stars
6-3 – Central HS – Champaign, IL

Physically, Kelly is so tough to match up with because of his speed and strength as a wing. So imposing when he’s attacking the basket, Kelly scored 26 points, including 17 in the first half during a loss to the Wisconsin Shooters. He also impacted the game defensively, collecting numerous blocks and steals to stop transition breaks. Kelly needs work on his ball handling and his consistency as a shooter, but still has good upside once he gets the little things down.

Kyle Monroe – 2015 – F – Wisconsin Blizzard
6-5 – Ashwaubenon HS – Green Bay, WI

Monroe played a big part in the Blizzard’s comeback win over Team NLP Saturday afternoon. The versatile forward heated up in the second half and finished the game with 17 points. Monroe knocked down a couple of three-pointers in critical points in the game. He also had some strong drives into the paint and finished over the athletic forwards of NLP nicely. 

Tyler Seibring – 2015 – PF – Central Illinois Net Gain
6-8 – Normal HS – Towanda, IL

Seibring stretched the floor nicely Saturday afternoon, knocking down four three-pointers in a win over the Michigan Playmakers. The 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward also showed some nice footwork in the post to maneuver around defenders. He finished with a game-high 18 points in the win. 

Recruiting Notes
Harrison Niego has offers from Illinois-Chicago, Northern Illinois, and Dartmouth. A host of Ivy League and Missouri Valley schools are showing interest. 

Cody Schwartz has offers from Creighton, Nebraska, Marquette, Northern Iowa, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Davidson, and Toledo. Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, Gonzaga, Iowa, San Diego, and others are interested. 

Kalin Fisher has an offer from Wisconsin-Green Bay. Indiana, West Virginia, Wichita State, Illinois State, South Dakota State, Wright State, and Valparaiso are showing interest.  

Admiral Schofield has an offer from Wisconsin-Green Bay. Indiana, Wisconsin, Valparaiso, Illinois State, and Northern Iowa are also showing interest.