The 2017 NY2LA Sports Invitational returns this weekend. Milwaukee will be home to three days of action packed basketball as some of the top travel programs in the Midwest take the floor at Homestead High School. Here’s a look at a few of the top games to watch on opening night…


17U Opening Night Games of Note
Kessel Heat NY2LA vs. Playground Elite NY2LA – Homestead HS

Two of the top NY2LA Association teams square off on opening night. Kessel Heat has a terrific 1-2 punch in Quinlan Bennett and Jalen Shaw, two rising Division 1 prospects. Playground Elite features one of the best backcourts in the league with Quincy Anderson and Marlon Ruffin, who continue to attract Division 1 programs. 

Wisconsin Swing NY2LA vs. Mercury Elite Thomas NY2LA – Homestead HS
Another intriguing association matchup. Mercury Elite is led by power forward Ethan Schuemer, a versatile post prospect that’s proven to be a difficult matchup this spring. The Swing will counter with their stellar backcourt in Mason Steffen, Nick Klug, Mitch Listau, and Hunter Plamann. 

Mac Irvin Fire NY2LA vs. Kevon Looney Rebels – Homestead HS
The Rebels will challenge the top teams in the association this weekend. Equan Ards and Jay Gentry are two sleepers out of Milwaukee capable of putting up big numbers. Speaking of big numbers, Xavier Pinson is a do-it-all point guard that’s one of the fastest rising prospects in the Midwest and is still in the midst of a huge spring. 

Wisconsin Shooters vs. Team RWA – Homestead HS
Team RWA features one of the best hidden gems in the Midwest. Forward George Conditt has picked up six Division 1 offers this spring. The 6-foot-10 junior will be one of the biggest mismatch problems in the tournament. In an intriguing frontcourt battle, the Shooters will match up with a pair of Division 1 prospects at the forward spot in Grant Basile and Derek Sabin. 

16U Opening Night Games of Note
Quad City Elite vs. Wisconsin Playground Warriors – Homestead HS

After a breakout spring, Quad City Elite will give their star point guard D.J. Carton a major test on opening night. Jason Simmons, Jake Poetzl, and Jordan Wendt make up one of the top teams in the 16U Division for the Playground Warriors. In addition to Carton, Dylan Peters and Deonte Billups have received Division 1 attention while playing on the NY2LA circuit. 

Playground Elite EYBL vs. Kessel Heat Black – Homestead HS
Top 50 big man Nobal Days leads Playground Elite into the NY2LA Invitational. While Days gets the headlines, not enough people know about Trequan Carrington and Xzavier Jones, who are legit Division 1 prospects. Kessel Heat will need a big effort from star guard Justin Eagins, who was one of the biggest surprises in the association this spring. 

Ray Allen Select vs. Illinois Attack – Homestead HS 
One of the top squads in the 16U association, Ray Allen Select features a strong trio of Cole Nau, Tyler Ellingson, and Marcus Domask. An efficient offensive squad combined with a tough-as-nails defensive approach, Ray Allen Select is easily one of the favorites this weekend. A guard heavy squad, Illinois Attack will look to exploit mismatches with strong perimeter play. 

15U Opening Night Games of Note
Wisconsin Playground Warriors vs. Made Men - Homestead HS

One of the top players in the country will be on hand in Milwaukee. 2020 stud Jalen Johnson, who already holds an offer from Wisconsin, leads a loaded Playground Warriors squad. Gabe Madsen, Mason Madsen, Terrance Thompson, Jordan Davis, and Jonathan Davis are also very talented freshman. Opening night will be no cakewalk as they’ll get an up and coming program in Made Men. 

Wisconsin Swing vs. Larry Hughes BA – Homestead HS
The Swing had a big spring on the NY2LA circuit, posting a 7-1 record. Sharpshooter Isaac Lindsey is one of the best kept secrets in a loaded 2020 class in the state of Wisconsin. A group trying to prove themselves against some of the best programs in the Midwest, Larry Hughes Basketball Academy features some good talent out of Missouri.