The 2015 NY2LA Sports Invitational kicked off on Friday night with some new faces shining while other more familiar names performed at a high level as well. Jordan McCabe's buzzer-beating 3-pointer was one of the highlights of the night and Eron Gordon was stellar for EG10 as he lifted them to a hard fought victory over the Wisconsin Swing. 

Here is a look at some of the best individual performances from day one.


Jordan McCabe - 5-11 - PG - Playground Warriors - 2018

McCabe was locked in Friday night as he exploded for 30 points. It was a late comeback where he hit multiple 3-pointers in the final minutes including the game-winner as the buzzer sounded. The Warriors erased an eight point deficit with just over a minute remaining in the game. McCabe seemed to be involved in each play down the stretch. It was a fantastic performance.

Connor Peterson - 6-5 - SG - Kessel Heat Black - 2016
Peterson did a great job of scoring around the basket. He did it in transition. Peterson scored off cuts to the basket without the ball. He has terrific length combined with a great touch around at the rim. Peterson is a good vertical athlete. He finished with 22 points in a victory on Friday night. Peterson reports an offer from Umass-Lowell.

Canaan Coffey - 6-2 - SG - Tri-City Thunder - 2016
Coffey had 17 points including five 3-pointers against the Milwaukee Rebels. Coffey has good size from the guard spot. He showed a consistent outside stroke on Friday night. He displayed quixk feet as well although most of hia points came from the outside.

JaQuan Sanders-Smith - 6-0 - PG - Howard Pulley - 2017 
Sanders-Smith was able to break down defenders with ease. His 12 first half points enabled Howard Pulley to distance themselves from the Wisconsin Playmakers. He has fantastic quickness off the dribble and an advanced "float game" once he gets to the paint.

Isaac Johnson - 6-2 - G - Howard Pulley - 2017
Johnson was also getting to the basket any time that he wanted. It was Sanders-Smith in the first half and Johnson in the second half. The combination of his length, ball-handling and finishing skills were tough to stop om Friday night. He is a player to watch.

Star Watch
Rapolas Ivanaukas - 6-8 - SF - Full Package Walker - 2016 

The Northwestern-bound wing was dominant from the start Friday night. Unfortunately for his team, his 23 points and 11 rebounds were not enough. He was in attack mode all night. Ivanaukas played efficiently all night long as he converted on the inside.

Eron Gordon - 6-2 - SG - EG10 - 2016
Gordon had an efficient night has he tallied 22 points in a low scoring win against Wisconsin Swing. Gordon's game had a balance of attacking the basket and hitting shots from the outside. It was a strong showing for the rising senior who made plays when it mattered and found ways to guide his team to victory in a solid individual and team showing on Friday.

Te’Jon Lucas – 6-0 – PG – Milwaukee Spartans – 2016
Lucas was solid as the Spartans outlasted the Quad City Elite on Friday.  A solid talent with improved physical tools, Lucas can score, create, and make things happen defensively.  Already holding a few Division 1 offers, Lucas seems primed for a big July if he stays on his current track.  He did what was asked of him Friday and the Spartans started off on a good note.

Daniel Oturu - 6-6 - PF - Howard Pulley - 2018
Oturu had 27 points in a last second loss to Wisconsin Playground Warriors on opening night. He was impressive inside for Howard Pulley. He is long and athletic which lets him excel in the open court as well as in the paint. Oturu displayed a soft touch around the rim. He is a player to keep on the radar.

Nigel Stewart - 6-0 - G - Playground Elite White - 2016

Stewart exploded in the second half against the Kessel Heat. The lefty found his range from the 3-point line while also scoring in the paint and mid-range thanks to his body control. Stewart used his body well to create space for easy opportunities. He finished with 15 points in a loss.

Owen Hamilton - 6-10 - C - Wisconsin Playmakers - 2017
The strong post player was a bright spot as he finished around the rim efficiently for the Playmakers. His teammates swt him up nicely around the basket anf Hamilton cashed in. He even stepped out for a 12-foot bank shot that he showed excellent touch on. Hamilton's has rare size and he displayed an expanding skill set on Friday night. Consistency is key for Hamilton.

Sam Kerr - 6-1 - G - Wisconsin Shooters - 2016
Kerr reports that he has added 30 pounds of muscle in the last year. It shows in his game Kerr was skilled last year, but his game has elevated to the next level now. He is quick off the dribble with the strength to finish at the basket now. He is a good shooter as well. His stock should rise quickly this summer.

Ryan Larson - 5-10 - PG - Howard Pulley - 2018
Larson did not quite have the monster scoring numbers that his teammate Oturu had on Friday night. Larson has a burst off the dribble along with excellent vision when he gets into the teeth of the defense. He is also a hood outside shooter. With a little more growth and strength, Larson could become a major player.