Always a premier tournament in July, the 2014 annual NY2LA SPORTS Summer Jam returns to Milwaukee with another exciting field of teams ready for battle. The 17U division is loaded with numerous top teams and players from across the country including the likes of Thon Maker, Chase Jeter, Kobi Simmons, etc. Looking ahead to an exciting week here are some of the top players to keep tabs on in the 17U division:


Deng Adel – 2015 – F – Florida Elite
Fresh off his commitment to Louisville, Adel leads Florida Elite into Milwaukee. The combo forward is so tough to handle on the block and from mid-range with his length and array of moves with the basketball. Adel is a consensus top 50 player nationally. 

Paris Austin – 2015 – PG – Dream Vision
An electrifying point guard, Austin’s ability to break down his defender and finish creatively is second to none. Austin is extremely quick with the ball in his hands and nearly impossible to stay in front of. Florida State and a host of others have currently offered the California native. 

Braxton Blackwell – 2016 – SF – Atlanta Celtics
One of the top sophomores in the country, Blackwell is a do-it-all wing. Holding offers from the likes of Ohio State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Florida, Indiana, Memphis, Oklahoma State, and many others, Blackwell’s recruitment is far from over. The 6-foot-8 small forward is a sound shooter from beyond the arc and when he puts the ball on the deck, few are able to stand in his way. 

Evan Boudreaux – 2015 – PF – Team NLP
Boudreaux has been one of the most consistent players in the country over the past few years. Always a big scorer and rebounder, Boudreaux’s versatility makes him a very difficult matchup for any post player. Able to step out and shoot the basketball, Boudreaux can also take slower bigs off the dribble from the perimeter. Iowa, Penn State, Boston College, Northwestern, Iowa State, DePaul, and others are currently giving chase. 

Obediah Church – 2015 – PF – Illinois Irish
Church continues to rack up offers this summer and for a good reason. The 6-foot-8 forward has an extreme spring in his step and has big potential. An outstanding shot blocker, Church also runs the floor very well in transition looking for easy scoring opportunities. 

John Collins – 2015 – PF – Florida Flash
Maryland, Miami (FL), Texas, Tennessee, Memphis, and Kansas State are some of the programs in the mix for Collins. The bruising 6-foot-9 power forward overpowers his opponents with strength. Also an adept passer, Collins loves to give the basketball up to an open teammate if a better shot is available.

Zach Collins – 2016 – F/C – Dream Vision
Collins is one of the top sophomore forwards in the country. Oregon, Washington, USC, Arizona, and a host of others have already offered. What makes Collins so exciting is his ability to run the floor and step out and shoot the basketball from beyond the arc. 

Seth Dugan – 2015 – C – ACB Bank Hoops
Dugan is a seven-footer on the rise. Holding offers from Lehigh, Oakland (MI), Toledo, Nicholls State, La Salle, Northern Illinois, Western Michigan, Illinois State, and Western Kentucky, Dugan is also hearing from a number of high major schools including Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, and Wisconsin. A skilled big man, Duggan is an intriguing post prospect to watch this week. 

Brady Ernst – 2015 – PF – Iowa Barnstormers
Ernst is a skilled 6-foot-9 big man. Holding a handful of mid-major offers, the high-major schools continue to be intrigued by his rebounding and defense. Ernst also flashes some solid post footwork down on the block and can make some impressive moves with the basketball.

Kaiser Gates – 2015 – F – Atlanta Celtics
Able to play small or power forward, Gates has established himself as a major offensive threat on the interior or on the wing. Holding over 20 offers, the 6-foot-8 forward is long and finishes well in the post. When he takes his game to the perimeter, other forwards have a difficult time matching up with his ability to handle and shoot the ball.  

Tyler Hall – 2015 – SG – Quad City Elite
Hall is on the rise in the class of 2015. After picking up two more offers last week, Hall continues to rack up big scoring numbers for Quad City Elite. A high-octane scorer, there are few chinks in Hall’s offensive game. The savy shooting guard can knock down tough, contested shots from anywhere on the floor. 

Matt Heldt – 2015 – F/C – Milwaukee Spartans
The Marquette commit is coming off a very strong performance at last week’s Next Level Invitational. Leading the Spartans to the championship game, Heldt scored a combined 48 points on Sunday. The 6-foot-10 forward is a strong perimeter shooter and uses a combination of finesse and strength down on the block. 

Derric Jean – 2015 – G – Florida Flash
The 6-foot-2 combo guard is holding offers from Ole Miss, West Virginia, and others. A standout on the defensive end, Jean quickly turns defense into offense with his ability to play the passing lanes. In the open floor, Jean can fly and finishes creatively at the rim with ease. 

Chase Jeter – 2015 – PF – Dream Vision
One of the premier post prospects in the country, Jeter continues to climb up the national rankings. Already a consensus top 10 prospect, Jeter still hasn’t hit his ceiling, which is scary. Duke, UCLA, Arizona, and UCLA are some of the schools in the mix right now for Jeter. 

Curtis Jones – 2016 – SG – Team Loaded VA
Jones burst on to the scene at the 2013 NY2LA SPORTS Summer Jam. A very skilled two-guard, Maryland, Cincinnati, North Carolina State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia have offered early. Jones scores the basketball in a variety of ways and is a sound transition player. 

Luke Kennard – 2015 – G/F – King James
A crafty wing, Kennard does so many different things for his team. The Duke commit can break down even the best of defenders in one-on-one situations. Kennard can shoot from all areas of the floor and makes difficult shots look rather easy.

V.J. King – 2016 – G/F – King James
One of the top sophomores in the country, King is already holding offers from many of the nation’s elite programs. Physically, King is already well beyond his years and has a college ready body. A standout on both ends of the floor, King has a deadly mid-range game and loves blocking shots on the opposite end. 

Josh Langford – 2016 – SG – Atlanta Celtics
A skilled two-guard, Langford scores from all over the floor. A terrific feel for the game, Langford takes what the defense gives him and then exploits it. UConn, Duke, Indiana, Tennessee, Florida, Memphis, Louisville, and others have already offered. Tight defense doesn’t faze Langford, who can beat his defender in so many ways.

Matur Maker – 2017 – F – Team Loaded VA
Maker will certainly be one to watch in the class of 2017. At 6-foot-10, Maker has huge potential with his ability to play small or power forward. Maker is extremely long and provides a solid shot blocking and rebounding presence. 

Thon Maker – 2016 – F/C – Team Loaded VA
Maker is a consensus five-star prospect in the 2016 class. Arizona, Kansas, Georgetown, Kentucky, Duke, Louisville, UNLV, Memphis, and others are all currently giving chase. The 7-foot-1 center is an outstanding shot blocker and moves very well for his size. 

Jalon Miller – 2015 – PF – Texas Select
USC, TCU, and other have currently offered Miller. A strong and athletic forward, Miller punishes the rim with some big dunks. Miller excels in the pick and pop game and can also step out and shoot the basketball a bit.

Kipper Nichols – 2015 – SF – King James
Nichols is currently on the rise. Holding offers from Xavier, Maryland, Minnesota, Penn State, and others, more appear to be on their way for Nichols. A strong wing, Nichols is a very good slasher and loves running the floor in transition. 

Harrison Niego – 2015 – PG – Chicago Lockdown
Niego is one of the more exciting players to watch. A high-IQ player, Niego can take over a game from the point guard position. A crafty scorer, Niego can beat his opponent in a variety ways. Niego is constantly look to push in transition and makes sound decisions at top speed. 

Brevin Pritzl – 2015 – SG – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
Pritzl has established himself as one of the best shooters in the country and one of the best all-around scorers. Able to score from anywhere on the floor, Pritzl has unlimited range. The Wisconsin commit can get a clean look off against even the tightest of defense and shoots off-balance almost just as well as he does when his feet are set. 

Nick Rogers – 2015 – PG – EG10
Rogers provides a strong leadership presence for EG 10. The junior point guard has a strong pull-up game and wants the ball in his hands in the big moments. Rogers is holding offers from Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Nebraska, and others.

Cody Schwartz – 2015 – F – Wisconsin Blizzard
Schwartz is one of the rarest forwards around. A sharpshooter from beyond the arc, the 6-foot-8 big man roams the perimeter searching for open shots. Schwartz shoots the ball as well, if not better, than most guards and is also improving on his post-up game. 

Kobi Simmons – 2016 – G – Atlanta Celtics
Another one of the nation’s top sophomores for the Celtics, Simmons is already fielding offers from the nation’s top programs. Kansas, Memphis, Missouri, Marquette, Florida State, and many others are in the mix for Simmons early. A scoring combo guard, Simmons is also an adept passer that sees the floor well.  

D’Marcus Simonds – 2016 – SG – Atlanta Celtics
UConn, Georgia, Texas A&M, and Mississippi State have made early offers to Simonds. An explosive leaper, Simonds can really get up for a shooting guard. Simonds excels at breaking down his defender and has a number of different tools once he gets into the paint. 

Dennis Smith – 2016 – PG – Team Loaded NC
Smith is arguably the nation’s top sophomore point guard. Duke, Kansas, UConn, Louisville, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, and many others have already entered the mix for the five-star floor general. Pushing to be the top player overall in the 2016 class, Smith is an explosive player that attacks the rim with vengeance.

Terrell Turner – 2017 – SG – Florida Flash
Just finished with his freshman year, Turner is a top up and coming wing in the state of Florida. Holding early offers from Memphis and a few others, Turner is an exciting young prospect. Still a little raw, the 6-foot-4 shooting guard can score from all over the floor. 

Jaylin Walker – 2015 – SG – REACH Legends
Walker is always capable of a big performance. The 6-foot-3 shooting guard can heat up at any point during a game and loves the big shots. When he’s feeling it, Walker will hit shots from any range and put together some strong drives to the basket.

Marshawn Wilson – 2015 – SG – Wisconsin United
A standout on both ends of the floor, Wilson is a very tough guard to handle. He plays much bigger than his 6-foot-2, frame, using a strong build and big time athleticism to play above the rim. Wilson shoots well from three-point range and gets the job done defensively as well. 

Solomon Young – 2016 – PF – Dream Vision
Young has early offers from USC, Washington, and others. The sophomore forward is a physical presence in the paint, but also has some finesse to his game. Young steps out and shoots the basketball from time-to-time as well. 

Others to Watch:
Jeremiah Allen – Texas Select
Carlos Anderson – SW IL Jets
Serigne Athj – Dream Vision 
Kentrell Barkley – Team Loaded VA
Michael Benkert – EG10
Malik Benlevi – Atlanta Celtics
Iran Bennett – Team Loaded NC
Levi Bradley – Wisconsin United
Chad Brown – Florida Elite
Gavin Block – Central IL Net Gain
Jordan Bohannon – Martin Brothers
Travon Bunch – Atlanta Celtics
David Burrell – Milwaukee Rebels
Latarence Butts – Florida Flash
Jeremy Carter-Sheppard – Team Loaded VA
Dainius Chatkevicius – Florida Elite
Armani Collins – Dream Vision
Justin Dahl - MNBA
Ibrahima Diallo – Florida Flash
Riley Doody – Illinois Celtics
Trevor Entwisle – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
Karim Ezzidene – Team Loaded VA
Kalin Fisher – Team NLP
Jaylen Fornes – Team Loaded NC
Nate Fowler – King James
Keith Franklin – Wisconsin Shooters
Diamante Freeman – Wisconsin Bulldogs
Tommy Gathje – MNBA
Grant Gibson – Quad City Elite
Brendon Gooch – SW IL Jets
Donnell Gresham – Wisconsin United 
Donavan Hale – Florida Elite
David Hamilton – Playground Elite
A.J. Harris – King James
Stephen Harris - Gateway
Lacey James – ACB Bank Hoops
Anthony Jones – EG10
Derek Jones – Kingdom Hoops Elite
Brandon Key – Milwaukee Spartans
Jaylen Key – Wisconsin United
Blake Marquardt – Wisconsin Playground Warriors 
Isaiah Maurice – Team Loaded NC
Luke McDonnell – Iowa Barnstormers
Kevin McClain – Florida Elite
Patrick McNamara – Mercury Elite
Ben Meinholz – Wisconsin Swing
Dylan Miller – Illinois Irish
Kyle Monroe – Wisconsin Blizzard
Carlos Moral – Atlanta Celtics
Nate Navigato – Mercury Elite
Joel Okafor – EG10
Derek Pardon – King James
Chris Parker – Texas Select
Alex Peacock – Central IL Net Gain
Cordell Pemsl – Martin Brothers
Corey Redman - ACB Bank Hoops
Emondre Rickman – SW IL Jets
Austin Rix – Kingdom Hoops Elite
Raynard Robinson – Florida Flash
J.T. Ruffin – Wisconsin Academy
Admiral Schofield – Team NLP
Cortez Seales – Iowa Barnstormers 
Blake Simons – SW MN Stars
Jevon Smith – Wisconsin United
Simi Socks – Texas Select
LaMonta Stone – REACH Legends
Tyler Sebring – Central IL Net Gain
Tahjai Teague –  EG10
Darold Thomas – Wisconsin Academy
Demetrius Troy – Team Loaded NC
Christian Williams – Illinois Irish
Joey Witthus - MNBA