Once again, the NY2LA Sports Summer Jam is loaded. One of the premier July travel events, the Summer Jam features many of the nation’s top prospects going head-to-head. In the 17U Division, elite prospects such as Troy Brown Jr, Brian Bowen, Markell Johnson, and Gary Trent Jr. will be on display at Mequon Homestead High School. 

Here’s a look at some of the top players to watch at the 2016 Summer Jam. 


Alex Arians – 2017 – G/F – Wisconsin Swing
One of the fastest rising prospects in the NY2LA Association, Arians had a huge first week of July helping the Wisconsin Swing take the 17U title and also making a deep run in the open division. Don’t be fooled by his frame, Arians has major game and had Division 1 schools chirping about his play. The sharpshooting lefty has really worked on his overall game and can do some fun things off the bounce. Also a hustle player that gets the most out of his ability, Arians holds an offer from South Dakota State and more are coming. 

Evan Battey – 2017 – PF – Dreamvision
A powerfully skilled big with range, Battey brings instant energy to the court with his disposition and his skill set.  He can rip the nets from long range, post up on the blocks, and his energy is contagious as he makes the game fun to watch.  A big massive interior talent with the ability to play inside or outside, Battey is a pivotal aspect to the Dreamvision attack.

Tai Bibbs – 2017 – PG – Mercury Elite Thomas
One of the top mid-major prospects in the country, schools continue to line up for Bibbs. A tremendous shooter, especially off ball screens, Bibbs fills it up from all over the floor. Still growing into his 6-foot-3, 170-pound frame, Bibbs has great length for the point guard position and uses that to whip passes through and over the defense. Able to play on and off the ball, Bibbs continues to play at a high level and raise his stock. 

Troy Brown Jr. – 2017 – PG – Las Vegas Prospects
You have to love a 6-foot-6 point guard with few holes in his game. A very gifted player, Brown is a team-first, unselfish leader, but when it’s time to get his, he’ll put on a show. Brown has the ability to score from all three levels and is simply a mismatch nightmare due to his size and ability with the basketball. A consensus top 25 prospect in the class of 2017, Brown can fill a variety of roles as a scorer, facilitator, rebounder, and defender at the next level. 

Brian Bowen – 2017 – F – Meanstreets
Not only is Bowen one of the best players in the country, he’s one of the most athletically explosive prospects as well. The human highlight reel will try and tear the rim down every chance he gets. Bowen is terrific around the basket and can finish with power or finesse. The consensus five-star prospect is currently weighing offers from some of the nation’s top programs.

O’Shae Brissett – 2017 – SF – Las Vegas Prospects
A do-it-all forward Brissett is always hungry every time he steps on the floor. Brissett has a junkyard dog mentality on the interior, but he’s also got plenty of flash. Brissett can slash and has some terrific moves with the basketball. A long, athletic wing, Brissett uses his physical tools on defense as well to play the passing lanes. Brissett also works very hard in transition. The top 100 prospect is a finisher on the break and a player his teammates immediately look to out in the open floor. 

Marcus Carr – 2017 – PG – Stackhouse Elite North
An elusive and quick guard, Carr is a terrific finisher around the basket and has some underrated athleticism. Carr is a workhorse defensively as well. He loves to play the passing lanes and doesn’t take plays off on that end of the floor. A creative scorer off the bounce, Carr has plenty of shake in his game and isn’t afraid to challenge big men at the rim. The 6-foot-1 point guard is currently weighing a couple high major offers from the likes of Baylor, Vanderbilt, and Virginia Tech. 

Isaiah Chandler – 2017 – F/C – Omaha Elite
One of the most underrated post prospects in the Midwest, Chandler is starting to put together dominating stretches of basketball. Chandler moves very well for 6-foot-9, 250-pounds and is one of the best shot blockers in the field. He’s very refined down on the block and understands how to pin and seal his man before calling for the basketball. Holding a handful of mid-major offers, a few high majors have begun to take notice as well. 

Brad Davison – 2017 – PG – Howard Pulley
Fresh off his commitment to Wisconsin, Davison leads one of the tournament favorites, Howard Pulley, into the Summer Jam. A natural born leader whose seen his stock take off since the spring, Davison has emerged as one of the nation’s top point guards. A lights out three-point shooter, who’s also greatly improved his scoring ability off the bounce and his on-ball defense, Davison has the tools to win a lot of games at the college level, like he’s doing now. 

Ayo Dosunmu – 2018 – G – Mac Irvin Fire
Playing up in the 17U level, Dosunmu is one of the fastest-rising prospects in the Midwest. A smooth combo guard that can thrive as the team’s primary ball handler or scorer, Dosunmu has been deadly during the travel season for Mac Irvin Fire. Put this kid in a ball screen and he has the vision, instincts, and talent to make something happen. Dosunmu is confident in his jumper from all over the floor and is an underrated passer as well. 

Nojel Eastern – 2017 – PG – Meanstreets
Eastern has a great feel for the game and is willing to do whatever his team needs to get a win. Whether that’s defend the other team’s best player, distribute the basketball, rebound, etc., Eastern will fill that role. A long, strong point guard that can invert himself in the offense, Eastern is a tough matchup. The lefty won’t look for a ton of shots, but when he needs to get his offense going, he’s usually able to give Meanstreets a lift. 

Jacob Epperson – 2017 – F/C – AUSA Hoops Platinum 
Epperson is a big man in the 2017 class that could blow up soon. Holding a handful of high major offers, Epperson is an athletic, skilled 6-foot-11 post prospect. Epperson runs and leaps really well for his size. He also has some intriguing versatility with his ability to shoot and handle the basketball. A lot of schools will be interested to see how he fares against some of the nation’s top post players this week. 

Keion Epps – 2017 – G/F – Reach Legends
One of the more unselfish stars in the tournament, Epps gets the game of basketball. He’s got the skills, size, and athleticism to be a big scorer, but would rather pass up a good shot to get a great on. Epps is a do-it-all wing that scores, rebounds, and racks up assists. Going to the hole, there weren’t many better and finishing over bigger players or being able to drop the basketball off to a teammate than Epps during the NY2LA Association season. 

K.J. Hymes – 2018 – F – Las Vegas Prospects
Hymes has a chance to be a special player in the 2018 class. A 6-foot-9, 200-pound forward with skills on the block and the perimeter, Hymes should tap into his versatility and become a very difficult matchup. Hymes has some great length and exciting skills down low and isn’t limited to just attacking the basket. Hymes can shoot off-balance from mid-range and step out and shoot from the perimeter. It doesn’t appear he’s filled out his body either and yet Hymes is also an exceptional rebounder. This is a player schools should be very excited about and one whose best days are down the road.

Demarius Jacobs – 2017 – PG – All-In Y&R
Jacobs is coming off a great first week, leading All-In Young and Reckless to the 17U title at the NY2LA Next Level Invitational. A terrific two-way guard, Jacobs is a pest defensively and has been known to make some explosive plays at the rim. Jacobs is one of the best shot blocking guards you’ll find and uses that athleticism in transition to throw down some big dunks. Jacobs currently has a handful of mid-major offers, but his stock is rising fast this month.

Tre Jones – 2018 – PG – Howard Pulley
One of the best all-around point guards in the 2018 class, Jones, the younger brother of former Duke star and now Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Tyus Jones, is a terrific floor general. Jones knows what his team needs and shows a great understanding of how to run the show and always has even at an early age. Jones is very quick and get to the rim before the defense has a chance to react. Like his brother, Jones is very good at using his body to shield off defenders at the basket, allowing him to finish against and over contact. 

Abu Kigab – 2017 – SF – UPLAY Canada
Kigab likes to play an inside-out game. He wants to be in the post and wants to be on the glass first. That sets up his ability to take people outside and work his way in. Kigab has some nice length and ability to hang and finish around the basket. He’s not super quick, but Kigab can get to the basket using change of pace. He’s very good at getting defenders off balance and creating a seam to get in the paint.  

Kobe King – 2017 – SG – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
A player that does a little bit of everything, King can get you points, rebounds, and assists and also defend at a high level. The Wisconsin commit has been on top of his game this summer and will have to be in order to navigate this treacherous field. A 6-foot-3 wing that can score from all three levels, King has some great versatility for a guard. He’ll be an early impact recruit in Madison, but also has some great potential down the road as well. 

Teyvion Kirk – 2017 – PG – All In/Y&R
A plus length guard whose in the midst of a stellar spring and summer, Kirk continues to elevate and add offers and this week could be another big move for him after helping his team to last week’s Next Level Invitational in Wisconsin.  He handles it, he can defend, and he can score from every level and his skills combined a deep and versatile group of teammates will make All In/Y&R one of the more intriguing teams to watch this week.

Connor McCaffery – 2017 – G/F – Iowa Barnstormers
One of the highest IQ players on the travel circuit, McCaffery can do it all. Able to play four positions on the floor, McCaffery runs the show offensively and steps up to the challenge defensively, whether he has to defend a guard or a post player. An excellent distributor, the Iowa commit sees plays before they happen, always looking for teammates before he looks to score himself.

Terrence Lewis – 2017 – SF – Playground Elite
Lewis blew up in the spring and that could continue to July. Illinois, UNLV, Minnesota, Georgia Tech, Memphis, DePaul, Auburn jumped on the bandwagon and other offers are coming. A 6-foot-5 wing that can do it all, Lewis gives 100 percent every minute he’s on the floor and never takes a play off. Lewis has improved his jump shot by a wide margin and opponents struggle to contain his slashing ability. Not afraid to do the dirty work, Lewis also makes the hustle plays that make his team successful.

Javon Pickett – 2017 – G/F – Jets/Ramey United
The Illinois commit is a unique and versatile scorer. Pickett is a long, strong wing that can play or defend three positions on the floor. He also scores from all three levels effectively. A lengthy, 6-foot-5, Pickett almost has a post body, but can score from the perimeter and mid-range as well. He’s a very patient scorer and never in a rush. Pickett picks his spots very well and is looking for the defense to make mistakes rather than force the issue. 

P.J. Pipes – 2017 – G – Illinois Stars
Pipes has been on a roll since the spring and had a huge first week of July. A great scoring guard, Pipes can put the ball in the hole from all over and landed himself a couple of scholarship offers recently. Pipes can fill it up in a hurry when he’s in rhythm and isn’t afraid to take the big shots. He’ll keep the defense on their toes for all 30 minutes with his ability to pull-up and shoot or get to the rack. 

Christian Popoola – 2017 – G – Dreamvision
Popoola is a three-level scorer with a lot of game and good instincts. The lefty has a smooth stroke from three-point and mid-range, but is also very unselfish and willing to pass up good looks for better ones. Since he was a freshman, Popoola has greatly improved his handles. He can be exciting and make people look absolutely foolish if they go for a steal. An excellent decision-maker as well, any team has to feel good when this kid is running the show. 

Justin Smith – 2017 – SF – Mac Irvin Fire
When you’re talking about the most athletic players in the 2017 class, Smith is always in the discussion. An explosive high-flyer, Smith almost can’t be challenged at the rim. When he gets his outside shot going, Smith can’t be stopped. A 6-foot-7 wing, Smith has one of the highest ceilings in the 2017 class as well. The potential is there to be a great offensive and defensive player. 

Gary Trent Jr. – 2017 – SG – Howard Pulley
Trent Jr. is the total package as a shooting guard. This kid will take you down in the post, he’ll create shots from mid-range, and he’ll torch people from beyond the arc. There’s nothing you can really take away from him and he’s so skilled the only player stopping Trent Jr. is himself. The blue chip shooting guard had a great EYBL season and proved he’s one of the nation’s top five players. A master of his craft, Trent Jr. is a real treat to watch. 

Nick Weatherspoon – 2017 – G – MBA Hoops
Weatherspoon blew up at this event last year and now finds himself as one of the top guards in the country. A terrific off-the-dribble scorer, Weatherspoon doesn’t need a lot of space to operate and mixes it up with drives and pull-up jumpers. He’s a good enough ball handler to play the point guard position and a good enough shooter to play off the ball as well. Weatherspoon is tough with the basketball and has a unique ability to hit tough shots on the go. 

Others: Jameel Alausa (All-in Y&R), Manny Patterson (All-In Y&R), Keondre Schumacher (All-In Y&R), Cameron Healy (AUSA Platinum), Connor Niego (Chicago Lockdown), Evan Battey (Dreamvision), Myles Franklin (Dreamvision), Sebastian Much (Dreamvision), Capri Uzan (Dreamvision), Justin Brookens (DTA), Theo John (Howard Pulley), Daniel Oturu (Howard Pulley), Gabe Kalscheur (Howard Pulley), Brandon McCombs (Illinois Irish), Devin Whitelow (Illinois Irish), Conner Tenhove (Illiana Warriors), Devontae Lane (Iowa Barnstormers), Jaalen Ray (Kessel Heat Black), Jayvon Graves (King James Shooting Stars), Jal Biljiek (Kingdom Hoops Elite), Christian Negron (Mac Irvin Fire), Storm Murphy (Mac Irvin Fire), Emmanuel Ugboh (MBA Hoops), Evan Gilyard (Meanstreets), Alonzo Verge (Meanstreets), Koreem Ozier (Playground Elite Green), Fred Cottrell (RAS Milwaukee), David Hunt (TAW), Trevante Anderson (Team Bradley NW Panthers), Kevin Kangu (UPlay Canada), Therren Szmidt (UPlay Canada), Shamiel Stevenson (Uplay Canada), Luke Loewe (Wisconsin Playground Warriors), Owen Hamilton (Wisconsin Playground Warriors), Brandon Hau (Wisconsin Shooters), Chris Knight (Wisconsin Swing), Ryan Krueger (Wisconsin Swing), Niekie Thomas-Fontleroy (Yanders Law), Ayo Akinwole (Omaha Elite), Logan Strom (Omaha Elite), Kenneth Nwuba (MBA Hoops)