The 2014 NY2LA SPORTS Next Level Invitational tips off this week from Homestead High School and with the July “live” evaluation period in session, a number of talented prospects will be competing and getting looks in the 16U division. Here’s a list of the top players to keep tabs on in this division…


16U Prospect Preview:
Trevor Anderson – 2016 – PG – Wisconsin Academy

A high-octane point guard, Anderson can operate and run the offense, despite always playing at a high speed. Known as a high volume scorer, Anderson has also improved his facilitating skills this year. A strong, quick guard, Anderson has an early offer from Drake. 

Jeremiah Chandler – 2016 – G – Kingdom Hoops
Chandler did some nice things in the spring that turned some heads. The junior guard is quick and strong with the ball and able to blow by his opponent. A good creator off the bounce, Chandler can finish at the rim or pull-up from mid-range. 

Nick Finke – 2016 – F – Illinois Irish
Finke is an intriguing, versatile forward. The brother of Illinois forward Michael Finke, the 6-foot-5, 175-pound junior is long and has an array of moves down the block. Finke really came into his own at times during the spring and many are interested to see more in July. 

Philip Flory – 2017 – SG – Playground Elite
Flory has made an early commitment to Marquette. The sophomore sharpshooter loves to roam the perimeter and knock down shots from the outside. Playing up a level, Flory has fit right in with a talented 16U Playground Elite group. 

Sam Hauser – 2016 – G/F – Wisconsin Academy
Hauser has offers from Marquette, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Toledo, Northern Iowa, and Drake with many others showing interest. Able to score from anywhere on the floor, Hauser is so tough to handle with his length and body control in traffic. The 6-foot-6, 190-pound wing is a strong shooter and also excels at attacking the glass. 

Justinian Jessup – 2016 – G – Colorado Titans
Jessup is sort of a hidden secret in the state of Colorado. The 6-foot-4 guard recently picked up his first division one offer from Northern Colorado. A lengthy lefty, Jessup can get by his defender with a quick first step and has a nice quick release from the outside. 

Maxwell Keefe – 2015 – F – Wisconsin Swing
Every now and then Keefe will explode in the scoring department. The stretch forward can knock down three-pointers consistently and also put the ball on the floor. When he’s in the zone, Keefe is a matchup nightmare for the opposition. 

Brian Lankford-Johnson – 2016 – G – Net Gain Sports
The junior guard is one of the best scorers in this year’s field. Lankford-Johnson is a terrific attacker off the dribble and able to get to the rim at will. Also a standout in transition, the 6-foot-0, 175-pound guard makes a lot plays look easy. 

Juwan McCloud – 2016 – PG – Playground Elite
McCloud is fielding quite a bit of high and mid-major interest early. The high IQ point guard is an excellent ball handler and decision maker. Mostly known for his speed and ability to get to the rim, McCloud has also worked hard on his mid-range game. 

Andrew Lewis – 2017 – SG – Ray Allen Select
Lewis is an up and coming player in the Milwaukee area. The 6-foot-0, 150-pound guard is a pure and smooth scorer with range. Able to knock down shots from all over the floor, Lewis doesn’t need much space to get his shot off. 

Te’Jon Lucas – 2016 – PG – Milwaukee Spartans
Lucas is one of the best point guards in the Midwest that few have heard of. The 5-foot-11, 160-pound floor general is consistently a top performer. The lightning quick guard has offers from IUPUI and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 

Keishon Parker – 2016 – SG – Wisconsin Shooters
Playing up a level this weekend, Parker will look to start seeing his name gain some notoriety. Coming off a nice spring, Parker is a very creative scorer that can find different ways to beat his defender. The 6-foot-4, 180-pound shooting guard is a great one-on-one scorer. 

Jack Popp – 2016 – G/F – Wisconsin Academy
Popp has been one of the biggest stock boosters this spring. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound wing has always been a terrific athlete, but now has the basketball skills to go along with it. Popp is a playmaker in transition and can consistently knock down mid-range shots. 

Isaiah Roby – 2016 – SF – Quad City Elite
Roby is one of the most intriguing prospects at all levels. The 6-foot-7, 185-pound wing has a very bright future with his combination of length and athleticism. Nearly unstoppable when he attacks the basket, Roby continues to get better and better during the travel season. 

Others to Watch:
Note – This is not an exclusive list

Luke Benzschawel – Wisconsin Shooters
Kaj Days – Playground Elite
Deang Deang – Playground Elite
Isaac Gassman – Quad City Elite
Lou Griffith – Illinois Irish
Bobby Hambright – Playground Elite
Chris Helbig - Colorado Titans
D’Angelo Hughes – Illinois Irish
Davis Larson – Wisconsin Swing
Noah McCarty – Quad City Elite
Donovan Oliver – Quad City Elite
Jose Orrantia – Colorado Titans
Frank Ryder – Colorado Titans
Cole Schmitz – Wisconsin Academy
Nick Wagner – Wisconsin Playmakers
Lucas Wendt – Wisconsin Swing
Spencer Wright – Randolph Boys Club

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