The 2014 NY2LA Sports Invitational finished up on Sunday as championships were awarded in the 15, 16, and 17U divisions. Leading his team to the 17U title, 2015 Point Guard Harrison Niego took Chicago Lockdown on an improbable ride with his stellar play on Sunday.

Here are the top performers from Sunday’s action: 

Top Performers
Gavin Block – 2015 – G/F – Central Illinois Net Gain
6-5 – Lincoln HS – Lincoln, IL

Block capped off a nice weekend with 20 points in a 17U semifinal loss to Chicago Lockdown. The 6-foot-5 wing is a dangerous shooter from beyond the arc, but also has the ability to put the ball down if the defense overplays. Block loves to roam the perimeter and look for opportunities to catch and shoot. 

Jerald Booker – 2015 – G – Michigan Playmakers
6-1 – Walled Lake Western – Southfield, MI

Booker went on a scoring spree in the 17U Gold title game. The 6-foot-1 combo guard scored 33 points in a losing effort. Booker has the ability to heat up in a hurry, which showed Sunday afternoon. A creative scorer, Booker is tough to stop when he’s feeling it because of his ability to free himself when the ball is in his hands. 

Joey Hauser – 2018 – F – Wisconsin Academy
6-5 – Stevens Point HS – Stevens Point, WI

Hauser is definitely one to watch in the coming years. Playing up a level, the soon-to-be freshman plays with poise and confidence beyond his years. Versatility is a big part of Hauser’s game. He causes so many problems with his ability to handle the ball and score from just about anywhere on the floor. He’s also very unique with his ability to run off screens and catch and shoot from three-point or mid-range. Hauser finished with a game-high 23 points in a loss to Wisconsin Playground Warriors Sunday morning.

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

Skills-wise, Niego is off the charts. The junior lead guard can do so many things with the ball in his hands. Leading Chicago Lockdown to the 17U title game, Niego just broke the back of his opponent with big time plans and acrobatic shots from seemingly impossible angles. A joy to watch, Niego scored 20 points in the semifinal win over Central Illinois Net Gain.  

Dean Wade – 2015 – F – Mid Kansas
6-8 – St. John HS – St. John, KS

Wade is an extremely tough cover because of his versatility and athleticism. The 6-foot-8, 210-pound forward moves like a guard and has no problem playing or defending four positions on the floor. He scored 19 points against the Michigan Playmakers as Mid Kansas won the 17U Gold championship Sunday afternoon. 

Stock Boosters
Deang Deang – 2016 – G/F – Playground Elite
6-5 – East HS – Madison, WI

The sophomore wing can do a little bit of everything offensively and defensively. Deang is very long and uses that to his advantage on the defensive end. He’s also a very good ball handler and has the quickness to go by guards smaller than him. He scored in double figures and had a key put back to send the game into overtime during a loss to the Illinois Irish. 

Lou Griffith – 2016 – PG – Illinois Irish
5-8 – Washington HS – Washington, IL

Griffith had a very strong all-around performance for Illinois Irish in their win over Wisconsin Swing. The sophomore floor general tallied 14 points to go along with a handful of assists. Griffith has very good vision and made some tough passes in transition with the ball traveling a long distance in a short period of time. Also a crafty scorer, Griffith has a knack for freeing himself off the dribble. 

Dangelo Hughes – 2016 – G – Illinois Irish
5-11 – Southeast HS – Springfield, IL

Hughes was a big reason the Illinois Irish advanced to the 16U title game. The speedy guard elevated his scoring ability on Sunday, knocking down shots from beyond the arc and also displaying a strong mid-range game. Hughes is a terrific attacker and can make some tough plays look rather easy.

Davis Larson – 2016 – G/F – Wisconsin Swing
6-4 – North HS – Sheboygan, WI

Larson isn’t a big scorer, but does so many things to help his team win. Defensively, he’s tough to get past and has a knack for timing and blocking shots from behind. Larson is tough with the ball and always working the offensive glass. He scored in double figures during a loss to the Illinois Irish. 

Adam Smith – 2017 – G – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
6-1 – Kakauna HS – Kakauna, WI

Smith scored 17 points in a win over Wisconsin Academy Sunday morning. The freshman guard is an above average slasher that takes contact well. Smith is a very tough-minded young man and gets things done on the defensive end. After scoring 10 points in the first half, Smith was taken out of the game with an ankle injury, missing much of the second half, but once he came back, played just as well.