The 2016 annual NY2LA Sports Invitational tips off this weekend in Mequon. Another strong field of Midwest travel programs and prospects, this weekend’s event is sure to please with three solid days of basketball. In attendance this weekend will be Wisconsin commit Kobe King and the Playground Warriors, who are one of the favorites in the 17U division.

Here are 25 prospects in the 17U division to know at this weekend’s NY2LA Sports Invitational: 

NOTE - Listed in Alphabetical Order - This is not an Exclusive List


Sam Allen – 2017 – SG – Martin Brothers
A solid perimeter marksman with size and range, Allen can score from all three levels and he has the ability to rip the nets from long range coming off screens or spotting up on the break.  Mix in solid activity defensively, a willingness to attack the glass, and solid vision and playmaking for a shooting guard and Allen is intriguing prospect who has impressed in flashes this spring.  

Alex Arians – 2017 – G – Wisconsin Swing
A tough physical and talented guard, Arians has had a breakout spring and he continues to elevate.  He has size, range, skill, and instincts and he pairs that with toughness and an ability to make things happen on both ends of the court.  Already holding 1 Division 1 offer from South Dakota State, Arians is trending upward this spring.

Tai Bibbs – 2017 – PG – Mercury Elite
A terrific mid-major prospect, Bibbs is currently mulling a number of Division 1 offers. Bibbs’ ability to score off the bounce and create mid-range scoring opportunities is a big part of his game. Very quick on the ball, Bibbs blows by defenders to the hoop and can also knock down three-pointers at a high rate. 

Taylor Bruninga – 2017 – SF – Illinois Irish Elite
A long lean marksmen with a consistent jumper who has solid instincts and a nice ceiling.  Far from a finished product, Bruninga’s best basketball lies ahead.  He’s a solid catch and shoot prospect who can play different positions and put the ball in the basket from all three levels.  A highly underrated prospect in the region.

Trevell Cunningham – 2017 – PG – Playground Elite
A sleeper in the region, Cunningham has shown an ability to create and defend in solid fashion throughout the spring.  Equipped with handles and quickness, Cunningham can attack off the bounce, push and create in transition, and he makes things happen on the defensive end both on the ball and off the ball.  Another one to keep track of this weekend.

Matthew Dentlinger – 2017 – F/C – Martin Brothers 
A raw interior talent with Division 1 potential, Dentlinger has a nice big frame with plus length and an instinctive ability to make things happen around the basket.  He can finish with either hand in the post and face up to about 10-12 feet and he also has an ability to collect rebounds on both ends.  He’s a solid sleeper whose best basketball lies ahead.

Alou Dillon – 2017 – F – Playground Elite
A nice combo forward with range and slashing ability, Dillon added a few offers to his list this spring. Dillon can play with his back to the basket and also stretch the floor with three-point shooting. A player that’s gotten better and better in a hurry since last year, Dillon continues to add to his game. 

Tyree Eady – 2017 – SF – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
One of the most under the radar players in Wisconsin’s 2017 class, Eady recently landed his first offer from Lafayette. A budding offensive player that’s expanded his skillset and range, Eady had a big junior season at Middleton. Also a standout defensive player, Eady is a physical, athletic presence on that end of the floor as well. 

Michael Green – 2017 – PG – MBA Select
A quick and skilled lead guard, Green has handles and an ability to knock down the perimeter shot at the mid-range level and beyond the arc.  Mix in some instinctive playmaking ability and an ability to contribute on both ends and Green is another talented prospect whose best basketball lies ahead.

Cameron Gross – 2017 – SF – Illinois Stars IBA
A physical forward with the ability to contribute in the paint and on the perimeter, Gross can be a matchup problem for opposing teams when he’s active on both ends.  He can score off the bounce and he has the ability to attack the glass and score on the blocks.  He pairs with PJ Pipes and a solid supporting case to form a versatile and improving Illinois Stars IBA 17U team.

Brandon Hau – 2017 – G/F – Wisconsin Shooters
Fresh off his commitment to IUPUI, Hau takes the stage in Mequon, where he’s been known to put up some big performances in the past. A versatile wing that can cause mismatch problems, Hau is a long, athletic presence that contributes across the board. Hau has shown the ability to carry a team offensively, but also do the dirty work that doesn’t show up in the box score and is instrumental to winning. 

Bryce Hatten – 2017 – F – Kessel Heat Black
An under the radar talent, Hatten has opened some eyes with solid efforts during the spring.  A max effort type talent who contributes across the board, Hatten is part of a balanced Kessel Heat squad (Justin McMahon, Jaalen Ray, etc.) that has impressed this spring.

Bryan Jakobsze – 2017 – G/F – Mercury Elite Thomas
A long skilled wing with range and athleticism, Jakobsze can score from all three levels and he has the ability to elevate and finish in transition in impression fashion.  He has nice physical tools that he pairs with solid instincts and upside to form an intriguing prospect who’s trending upward this spring.

Kobe King – 2017 – G/F – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
The Wisconsin commit returned to action last weekend after suffering a hand injury in the state tournament. Getting back into the swing of things, King still had some impressive moments in his return. The top 100 wing will look to take another step forward in Mequon. It was a year ago where King and the Playground Warriors won this event, cementing himself as the state’s top prospect. With the gap closing between himself and Terrence Lewis of Playground Elite, King may have something more to prove in this year’s event. 

Chris Knight – 2017 – PF – Wisconsin Swing
One of the more athletic players in the tournament, Knight has a big upside. Young for his age, Knight is starting to reach the next level as a prospect, dominating the paint and becoming a high level shot blocker. Knight has multiple mid-major scholarship offers with a bunch more expected to arrive if he continues to his recent surge. 

Ryan Krueger – 2017 – SF – Wisconsin Swing
A big time shooter, Krueger can light up a box score with his three-point ability. At 6-foot-7, Krueger stretches the floor and shoots a very high percentage from downtown. Also able to play down in the post, Krueger takes advantage of mismatch opportunities very well by taking what the defense gives him. Green Bay, Milwaukee, South Dakota State, and Lafayette currently have offers on the table.

Andrew Lewis – 2017 – SG – Wisconsin Shooters
Looking for his first offer, Lewis put himself into the discussion after a strong spring. An exciting scorer, Lewis is fast and athletic with the ball in his hands and has some specials tools to get to the rim. Lewis is now hearing from a handful of Division 1 schools after his performance in the NY2LA Association. 

Terrence Lewis – 2017 – SF – Playground Elite
Blowing up this spring, Lewis now holds double-digit scholarship offers and they won’t be stopping come July. UNLV, Illinois, Iowa State, Memphis, Minnesota, DePaul, and Auburn are also chasing the junior wing, who continues to expand his skillset. A junkyard dog that intimidates opponents with his aggressive style of play, Lewis is a big offensive weapon. 

Luke Loewe – 2017 – G – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
Loewe has emerged as a high major prospect this spring after landing an offer from Rutgers. While he’s best known for his hard-nosed man-to-man defense, Loewe is an underrated offensive threat. A good player on and off the ball, Loewe can run a team or carry the load offensively. 

Connor Niego – 2017 – F – Chicago Lockdown
A high-IQ, versatile forward, Niego can fill a variety of roles. He can step out and shoot the basketball from three-point range. Niego can also slash and post up on the block. He even runs a little bit of a point forward role, distributing and creating from the top of the key. Niego is one of the best all-around talents in the field this year. 

Malik Parker – 2017 – PG – Martin Brothers
Parker is a high-scoring point guard that can rack up points in a hurry. A quick guard with a sweet shooting stroke, Parker can put the ball in the hoop at a high rate and has been known to put together some big performances. A threat to score from outside the paint, Parker is an excellent creator off the dribble.

P.J. Pipes – 2017 – G – Illinois Stars
Pipes has done a great job this spring of transforming into more of a point guard and his leadership has been key for the Illinois Stars. While he’s shown the ability to run a team, Pipes can also take over a game offensively. This spring, he’s started to draw attention from a number of Division 1 programs, including high major schools as well. 

Devin Whitelow – 2017 – PG – Illinois Irish
One of the toughest players in the Midwest, if not the country, Whitelow locks people up defensively. While he’s certainly not the biggest player on the far, nobody has more heart than Whitelow. A fast, unselfish floor general, Whitelow makes plays in numerous different fashions, whether it’s scoring, rebounding, passing, defending etc. 

J. Michael Young – 2017 – G – Quad City Elite
A physically intriguing prospect, Young looks the part as a 6-foot-4, 185-pound guard. A terrific on-ball defender with length, Young shuts his man down. Offensively, Young can rise and fire with a sweet shooting stroke. He does a good job of creating for others and himself when needed within the offensive structure.