Championship Sunday featured a number of tight games and fireworks at the 2015 NY2LA Sports Invitational. The 16U title game, which featured the top two teams in Wisconsin, and perhaps the top two players as well, featured Playground Elite and the Wisconsin Playground Warriors. Saving his best performance for last, 2017 wing Kobe King exploded for 31 points to lead the Warriors to the championship.

Here are the top performers and stock boosters from day three: 

Kobe King – 2017 – G/F – Wisconsin Playground Warriors

King just went off in the 16U semifinals. The 6-foot-3 wing exploded for 31 points, leading the Playground Warriors to a big win over Playground Elite. King was doing it all for his team – knocking down three-pointers, scoring in transition, and rebounding. Defensively, he took the challenge of guarding the fast, athletic Playground Elite guards and excelled. 

Terrance Lewis – 2017 – F – Playground Elite
Lewis just did what he always does – outwork his opponent. He had a game-high 17 points in Sunday’s 16U quarterfinal win over Lakeshore Force. In the semifinals, Lewis willed Playground Elite back into the game with a strong second half. Lewis cleaned up the glass and eventually helped his team grab the lead back late before falling in the final seconds.  

Luke Loewe – 2017 – G – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
It’s not always about points and Loewe is a player who provides so much to his team defensively. The 6-foot-3 combo guard gets up in the oppositions shorts and flusters the offense without fouling. One of the elite on-ball defenders in his class, Loewe is also asked to run the offense from the point guard spot, despite being a very capable scorer. What was most impressive about him this weekend is how he responded after a couple of off-games offensively. Despite shots he normally puts away not falling, it didn’t affect the rest of his game.

Juwan McCloud – 2016 – PG – Wisconsin Swing
For a moment, it looked as if McCloud had the game-winner in the 17U title game. Unfortunately for the Swing, they were beaten at the buzzer just seconds later. Still, McCloud had a nice all-around game. He didn’t shoot the basketball the way he normally does from the outside, but in crunch time, he made a couple of nice plays that gave his team a chance to win. The Milwaukee Spartans pressured him all game long and McCloud did not flinch and often made the opposition pay in transition by shaking his defender(s) and making plays in the open floor. 

Daniel Oturo – 2018 – F/C – Howard Pulley
Oturo was dominant for stretches in the 15U title game victory over the Wisconsin Playground Warriors. He scored a game-high 14 points, including 10 in the first half alone. Oturo flashed his big upside, making some nice post moves with his back to the basket. Defensively, he protected the rim all game long, blocking shots and forcing the opponent to play from the perimeter. 

Jarvis Thomas – 2018 – F – Minnesota Lockdown
There’s a reason Division 1 schools are already tracking this kid. A very athletic, long forward, Thomas pairs his physical attributes with a high motor that makes him a handful in the paint. Thomas catches the ball on the interior and just explodes to the rim. In transition, the freshman is always looking to run the floor and his teammates know just where to put the ball – at the rim – to watch the 6-foot-4 forward go up and get it.

Bennett Vander Plas – 2017 – F – Wisconsin Playmakers
After suffering an injury near the end of his sophomore season, it’s good to see Vander Plas getting back to his old self. The sophomore forward had a game-high 22 points, including 19 in the second half, in a loss to the Wisconsin Playground Warriors in the 16U quarterfinals. Vander Plas was stroking it from three-point range. He also cleaned up a number of missed shots in the paint. Able to be a stretch forward or a powerful inside presence, Vander Plas is a mismatch nightmare for opposing defenses. 

Jordan Walker – 2016 – PG – EG10
Walker is a strong, explosive guard and vicious attacker of the rim. When he’s hitting his outside jumper like he was on Sunday, he’s extremely difficult to handle. Walker scored a game-high 23 points in a quarterfinal win over the Wisconsin Jets. In addition to his scoring, Walker pushed the tempo is transition and dropped off a number of nice passes to teammates for easy assists.

DeAndre Johns – 2017 – PG – Playground Elite

Johns gave Playground Elite a huge lift in the 16U semifinals and kept them afloat for much of the game. Johns scored 14 points and dished out a number of assists in the loss. He did a great job of breaking down his defender off the dribble and working his way into the paint. Instead of challenging bigger defenders in the paint, he wisely pulled up from mid-range where he can be deadly.

Keshawn Justice – 2018 – G/F – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
Justice came up big in the second half of the 15U semifinals. He scored 10 of his 14 points after halftime, including the game-winner at the buzzer to put the Playground Warriors in the title game. Justice has a good looking jumper from mid-range and beyond the arc. He’s best when aggressive, using his long, athletic frame to finish creatively. 

Christian Kelly – 2018 – G/F – Howard Pulley
Howard Pulley struggled to put away Future Elite Sunday morning, but it was Kelly who came through when his team was in trouble. In a back and forth game, Kelly hit a couple of three-pointers which swung the momentum towards his team. He scored the majority of his points in crunch time as Howard Pulley hung on for a two-point victory.

Logan Rohrsheib – 2016 – G – Wisconsin Playmakers
Rohrsheib exploded for 28 points in a Gold Bracket win Sunday afternoon. Rohrsheib was absolutely on fire from three-point range, pouring in six triples. Defenders were barely giving him room to breathe in the second half, but it didn’t matter. Once he was able to get a clean look off in rhythm, it was nothing but net. Despite the big performance, Rohrhsheib was very poised and didn’t force shots just because they were falling. 

Adam Smith – 2017 – G – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
Smith looked really good shooting the basketball in Sunday’s 16U quarterfinal win over the Wisconsin Playmakers. He scored a team-high 18 points, knocking down four three-pointers, most of which came against a hand in his face. When the defense started creeping up, Smith had the presence of mind to take his man off the dribble and used his strong frame to finish against contact. 

Xavier Williams – 2015 – G – Full Package
Williams was pretty impressive in a Gold Bracket loss to the Wisconsin Playmakers. The heady combo guard did a nice job of getting into the paint and making plays for his teammates. Williams was also able to use his strong, athletic frame to finish off acrobatic layups. Williams finished with 15 points and a handful of assists in the loss.