The 2015 NY2LA Invitational came to a dramatic end on Sunday. The Milwaukee Spartans captured the 17 and under Platinum division championship thanks to a last second, step-back three-pointer from point guard Te'Jon Lucas. The shot came with under three seconds left against the Wisconsin Swing. That helped put Lucas in the group of top performers for Sunday, here's a look at some other standouts.


Caleb Wagner - 5-11 - PG - Court Sense - 2016

Wagner is a proficient outside shooter that uses shot fakes to get the defense off balance. He is a good ball-handler and can shoot off the dribble as well as he can off the catch. Wagner scored 15 points in the first half against the Wisconsin Shooters. He finished the game with 20 points. Wagner also had a steal late in the game which looked like it was going to lead to the game-winning basket against the Wisconsin Shooters. Court Sense fouled a Shooter player as time expired and he made two free throws to win the game. Wagner was impressive off the dribble and shooting the ball on Sunday.

Bailey Kale - 5-11 - PG - Wisconsin Playground Warriors – 2018
Kale has had a stellar spring. He has been one of the most consistent players for the Warriors this travel season. He is slightly undersized, but he is extremely skilled and a good athlete. He balances getting to the basket off the dribble and shooting from the outside to keep defenders honest while guarding him. Kale is definitely a major part to the Warriors success and his college potential is looking bright.

Lee Higgins - 6-2 - G - Illinois Attack - 2016
Higgins is a long guard that has an excellent feel for the game. He uses his size and athleticism to produce well off the dribble. Once he gets to the lane, Higgins has a soft touch to finish plays at a high rate. He can play either guard position because of his size, length and athleticism. Higgins is a player that could rise in July. 

Nakell Martin – 6-2 – SG – Milwaukee Spartans – 2016 
Martin is one of the Spartan guards that excels on the defensive end and in transition. He is explosive with his first step which helps him get to the basket on the offensive end and play the passing lanes on the defensive side. There are not too many better finishers than Martin in the Midwest. Martin provides energy and toughness to the successful Spartans team. 

DeVon Cooper - 6-2 - SG - EG10 - 2017 
Cooper has been a consistent performer for EG10 over the last month. His stellar play continued on Sunday. He had 15 points against a solid IBA Select team in the quarterfinals. He is a good athlete with a quick first step. Cooper has also been really consistent from the 3-point line this spring.

Brian Wilman – 6-5 – F – Wisconsin Shooters – 2016 
Wilman ended up making two free throws with no time on the clock to beat Court Sense on Sunday. He was fouled while attempting a last second shot from half court. Wilman was not just the hero in that game. He was solid throughout the weekend. His offensive game is versatile enough to allow him to play on the perimeter or inside. When he is inside, he battles in the paint and finishes well. Wilman can also step out to the perimeter for spot-up opportunities. He could be an excellent small college player and possibly higher.

Te'Jon Lucas - 6-1 - PG - Milwaukee Spartans - 2016

Lucas had a good tournament but it was highlighted by one play. On Sunday afternoon, his team was trailing by two points with under ten seconds to play. Lucas dribbled down the right side of the floor with a defender all over him. He used a crossover, step-back dribble move to create space then he buried a 3-pointer to win the game and title for the Spartans. It was a dramatic end to a strong weekend for Lucas. He was in attack mode throughout Sunday. Lucas can get to the basket nearly any time that he wants. He is a coach on the court that usually makes good decisions with the ball. It is surprising his recruitment has not elevated to the next level yet.

Romeo Langford - 6-4 - SG - EG10 – 2018
Langford could be the future face of Indiana high school players. His upside is ridiculous thanks to a 6-foot-10 wing along with his skills. He is not afraid to battle on the offensive glass to get a couple put backs a game. Langford handles need to tighten up a little bit, but he is more than a capable ball-handler. He has a smooth outside shot as well. If Langford turns up his motor consistently, he could be one of the best players nationally.

Tre Jones - 6-1 - PG - Howard Pulley – 2018
Jones played up most of the weekend with the 16 and under team, but he helped the 15 and under team win the platinum bracket title on Sunday. He is excellent off the dribble. He plays with pace and understanding off the dribble. Jones did not start for Howard Pulley in the championship game, but his impact was huge once he entered the game. He scored 14 points in a low scoring game. He made an impact on the defensive end as well. He made it tough for Jordan McCabe to get shots off or to set-up his teammates.

Adam Trapp - 7-0 - C - Wisconsin Playground Warriors - 2018

It is easy for Trapp to catch the observer's eye. He is already over 7-feet tall as he finishes his freshman year. He has some skill to his game as well. On Sunday morning, he had 14 points including eight points in the first few minutes of the game. He understands the game and finishes well on the offensive end. If his legs hold up and he gets used to his size, Trapp could develop into a very nice player.

Chris Knight - 6-6 - F - Wisconsin Swing – 2017
Knight passes the “look test” with flying colors. He is long and athletic with wide shoulders that should allow him to add muscle to his frame with ease down the road. Knight gets most of his production at the rim and on the offensive glass right now. He is an excellent rebounder on both ends of the floor. If his offensive game expands, his game will really take off. He has a scholarship offer from Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Lucas Walford – 6-7 – F – Minnesota Heat Northwest – 2016 
Walford is a combo forward that is comfortable playing on the perimeter. The lefty can take defenders to the basket off the dribble especially going hard to his strong hand. He is also a capable 3-point shooter off the catch. Walford is a fair defender on the perimeter as well. He is getting small college interest right now, but he has the potential to play even higher than that.

Jacob Urban – 6-7 – F – Wisconsin Swing – 2016 
Urban did not have a monster scoring game in the 17 and under platinum championship game, but he had a major impact for Swing. He provided toughness and energy for them especially in the first half. He has excellent length and he was everywhere for Swing. Urban's offensive skill set needs to continue to develop, but many college teams could use his length, energy and toughness.

Terry Smith Jr. - 6-3 – SF – Hoops 4 Health – 2017 
Smith is a strong wing that likes to get to the basket where he can use his strength and athleticism to finish over and through defenders. He elevates well which helps him convert in the lane at a high rate. It looks like he plays with toughness on both ends of the floor like one would expect from a Chicago kid. Smith has a high ceiling compared to his current game. Keep an eye on Terry Smith over the next couple of years.

17U Platinum Champions – Milwaukee Spartans
16U Platinum Champions – WI Playground Warriors
15U Platinum Champions – Howard Pulley Panthers Black
14U Platinum Champions – RAS Milwaukee
13U Platinum Champions – RAS Milwaukee
12U Platinum Champions – RAS Milwaukee
11U Platinum Champions – ST. Louis Pressure
10U Platinum Champions – Wisconsin Shooters
9U Platinum Champions – Milwaukee Spartans