The 2016 NY2LA Sports Invitational came to a close on Sunday with championships awarded in the 15, 16, and 17U Divisions. While colleges couldn’t be in attendance, word will certainly spread about some of the individual performances in Milwaukee. One such player who gained some huge momentum going into the July evaluation period was Keshawn Justice, who stepped up big time for the Wisconsin Playground Warriors during their run to the 16U title.

Here’s a look at Justice and more who shined this past weekend in Wisconsin…


Quinn Cafferty – 2019 – PF – Butler Elite
A blue collar nuts and bolts talent, Cafferty does all the dirty work in the paint with a high level of consistency and others benefit in the process.  He attacks the glass, can hit the mid-range jumper, has the ability to score around the basket, and he’s not afraid to play physical and contribute defensively in a variety of ways.  As unsung heroes go so to speak, Cafferty is that and more and the solid up and coming interior talent put together another solid weekend while helping Butler Elite to the 15U tournament championship.

Carlos Curtis – 2018 – G – Wisconsin United
Wisconsin United reached the 16U semifinals in large part of Curtis’ big weekend. Teams who play man-to-man defense are in big trouble against Curtis who can get to the rack and use his strength to power his way to tough baskets. Curtis also displayed some improved and exciting explosion, flushing home a couple powerful dunks. Also an improved jump shooter, Curtis was able to stretch the defense from outside the paint at times over the weekend. 

Brian Hernandez – 2018 – PG – Milwaukee Rebels
One of the most pleasant surprises of the weekend, Hernandez and the Milwaukee Rebels made a run to the 16U title game. A strong floor general, Hernandez can handle the ball against pressure and plays solid man-to-man defense. Hernandez shot the ball very well from three-point range and made defenses pay when they left him open. The lefty also impressed in transition, able to beat the defense down the floor for easy buckets at the rim. 

Keshawn Justice – 2018 – SF – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
Probably the player that boosted his stock the most last weekend, Justice had a huge weekend while leading the Playground Warriors to the 16U championship. A terrific shooter from mid and three-point range, Justice knocked down shots at a high rate. He also showed terrific defensively ability, using his long wing span to get in the passing 
lanes and take the ball away from the opposition. Holding two mid-major offers, Justice could be on the verge of breaking out this summer.

Jaeden King – 2019 – SG – Howard Pulley
King looks like he has the makings of a big time shooter in the coming years. King has good size at 6-foot-2 and has a very quick, smooth trigger. He was absolutely unconscious at times in a win on Saturday, showing a deep range. It didn’t matter if the defense was right in his shorts or closing high and fast, King was hitting nothing but net. King releases high and fast and doesn’t need a lot of room to snap off his shot.

Ryan Larson – 2018 – G – Howard Pulley
Larson is a terrific all-around guard that has some exciting skills with the basketball in his hands. A quick, crafty player, Larson can carry an offense with his ability to score from all over the floor and make plays for his teammates. Larson is a terrific shooter from three-point range and despite his size, can get to the rim and finish over the top of the defense. A player that also jump starts his team on the defensive end, Larson does a great job in the passing lanes and gives his team extra buckets throughout the game. 

Andrew Lewis – 2017 – SG – Wisconsin Shooters
One of the biggest stock boosters from this past weekend, Lewis showed why he deserves more Division 1 attention. An electrifying scorer, Lewis helped carry a short-handed Wisconsin Shooters squad to the title game of the 17U division. Lewis has some unique explosiveness going to the rim and can also be a deadly shooter off the dribble. Lewis surprised and impressed most on defense. He was given the assignment of guarding some of the best perimeter players in the tournament and Lewis not only held his own, but made them work for everything they got. 

Terrence Lewis – 2017 – SF – Playground Elite
Lewis made a big statement over the weekend and led Playground Elite to the 17U title. One of the fastest rising players in the country, Lewis rolled through the competition in Milwaukee and showed why power-five programs are lining up to try and land his services. A dog on the floor, Lewis plays the game with a mean streak. He can shoot, slash, rebound, and defend all at a high level. A terrific transition player, Lewis kills teams with his ability to get out and run and finish at the rim. Expect Lewis to continue to add to his offer list in July.

Connor Niego – 2017 – G/F – Chicago Lockdown
Niego had a solid weekend while leading Chicago Lockdown to the 17U semifinals. Niego has the ability to impact the game in a variety of ways and that’s just what he did. He shot the ball well from the outside, attacked the glass, both offensively and defensively, and created looks for others with some outstanding passing and vision. A player that can handle the ball like a point guard and even play a point forward-type role, Niego remains a very intriguing prospect at 6-foot-8, 195-pounds.  

Jordan Poole – 2017 – SG – Playground Elite Green
Poole is a big time shooter and one of the best in his class. The Michigan commit can just toy with defenders and there’s not a shot on the floor he can’t hit. Poole also showed a new bag of tricks this weekend. He can now back people down and play with his back to the basket. Poole hit a number of tough fade away jumpers with a hand in his face. More than just a shooter, Poole has worked hard on the other parts of his game, including his defense. Able to play the point and the shooting guard spots effectively, Poole is a perfect fit for the Wolverines, being the type of shooter they love to have on the perimeter, but also someone that can distribute to their many other threats beyond the arc.