The 2016 annual NY2LA Sports Invitational tips off this weekend in Wisconsin. Another strong field of Midwest travel programs and prospects, this weekend’s event is sure to please with three solid days of basketball. The 16U Division offers up a solid group of prospects including, but not limited to, Carlos Curtis, Mitch Listau, Jordan McCabe, Lacey Watson, etc.  

Here are 10 prospects in the 16U division to know at the NY2LA Invitational…


Note – Listed in Alphabetical Order – This is not an exclusive list 

Carlos Curtis – 2018 – G – Wisconsin United
Curtis is still flying under the radar despite being one of the most productive players on the travel circuit. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound guard is one of the most viscous attackers on the ball. Also a much improved jump shooter, Curtis is becoming a major offensive threat. Wisconsin, Maryland, Purdue and others have shown interest in Curtis lately. 

Bailey Dee – 2018 – G – Illinois Irish
A fast, explosive guard, Dee keeps defenders guessing with his ability off the bounce. Dee is very strong for his size and attacks the gaps with a vengeance. Dee can also invert himself in the offense and post up guards his size or even bigger than him. 

John Diener – 2018 – SG – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
One of the top shooters in the field, Diener kills teams from beyond the arc. The DePaul commit is a terrific spot-up shooter and roams the perimeter looking to hunt down shots. With teams focused on a loaded Playground Warriors lineup, Diener can sometimes be the forgotten man, which is a mistake.

Ryan Larson – 2018 – G – Howard Pulley
Larson might not look the part, but make no mistake, he’s got big time game. A fearless scorer and terrific playmaker, Larson is generating some mid-major interest this spring. Larson can shoot the basketball from deep and is also a great passer once he gets into the teeth of the defense. 

Mitch Listau – 2018 – G – Wisconsin Swing
A leader, scorer, and facilitator, Listau has offers from South Dakota State, Milwaukee, and Green Bay. Listau is a tremendous competitor that gets the job done on both ends of the floor. He knocks down open triples at a high rate and the lefty can finish well at the rim. Listau is also a terrific on-ball defender that’s shut down some of the top players in the Midwest this spring. 

Jordan McCabe – 2018 – PG – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
Perhaps the most highly regarded 2018 prospect in the field this weekend, McCabe has offers from Minnesota, West Virginia, Missouri, and DePaul. An exciting floor general with a knack for the impossible, McCabe can make practically any play he wants with the basketball. A high volume scorer and assist man, McCabe is more than just flash, but a quality all-around point guard that knows how to win. 

Derek Sabin – 2018 – F – Wisconsin Shooters
Perhaps the most versatile player in the tournament, Sabin is a potential mismatch nightmare if he can reach his high ceiling. A skilled 6-foot-7 forward that can handle and shoot the basketball, Sabin is a big matchup problem. An unselfish star that loves to facilitate from the top of the key, Sabin fills a variety of roles for the Wisconsin Shooters.

Mason Steffen – 2018 – G – Wisconsin Swing
A strong guard with a good mid-range game, Steffen can be deadly when he’s on. A physical driver that sets the tone by going right into the chest of the defense, Steffen gets defenders off balance and gets the looks he wants from 12-15 feet. Also a standout defensive player, Steffen moves his feet well and applies his toughness to that end of the floor. 

Jason Taylor – 2018 – C – Martin Bros. 
A 6-foot-11 sophomore, Taylor towers over his opponents. Holding an early offer from North Dakota, Taylor is a nice shot blocking presence. Able to move his feet surprisingly well for his size, particularly laterally, there’s plenty of optimism Taylor can apply that footwork to the offensive end. He also shows promise on that end, able to handle the ball on the perimeter. 

Lacey Watson – 2018 – G – Quad City Elite
A talented guard who can score and create, Watson has size, length, athleticism, and skill that he pairs with instincts and feel to form a solid prospect on the rise.  His size gives opposing guards problems and his ability to contribute across the board makes him a force every time he takes the floor.