The annual Next Level Invitational will once again offer up a plethora of talented prospects both inside the NY2LA Basketball Association teams as well as those on various open division rosters.  Here’s a quick look at a few talented prospects set to compete in the Open Division this week in Wisconsin…

Note – This is not an exclusive list

Jimmy Bell Jr. – 2018 – C – Greenwood Elite
A Division 1 football and basketball recruit, Bell is an imposing 6-foot-11 center. Bell’s athleticism has improved after reshaping his body, which has more college coaches interested. Bell has offers from UNLV, Southern Utah, and Oakland going into the July evaluation period. 

Donovan Billings – 2020 – G/F – Milwaukee Rebels
A high-scoring wing that flourished in the GNBA, Billings will play up in 16U this week. Part of a loaded class of 2020 in Wisconsin, Billings plays with a reckless dominance and just imposes his will on opponents. 

Trequan Carrington – 2019 – PG – Playground Elite
One of the most underrated players in the Midwest, Carrington has been virtually unstoppable throughout the travel season. A break-you-down guard who plays bigger than his size, Carrington is a fearless driver and a strong mid-range shooter. He picked up a handful of Division 1 interest after a big spring. 

Reece Castor – 2019 – SG – Greenwood Elite
A 6-foot-4 junior, Castor has picked up a Division 2 offer from Northern Michigan. Castor is a skilled, versatile prospect that can hurt opponents in numerous ways. 

Eddie Creal – 2018 – SG – Hoops4Health
The 6-foot-3 shooting guard has some nice length and is a smooth attacker. Creal is always looking to run the floor in transition for easy buckets. In the half court, Creal can create mid-range opportunities and shoot triples off the bounce. Generating some Division 1 interest, Creal will push for offers in July.

John Diener – 2018 – SG – Wisconsin Blizzard Hawley 
Perhaps the best shooter in the field, Diener can put up huge numbers. The DePaul commit is a terrific catch and shoot threat, but also bothers opponents with his ability to score from all three levels. A crafty sniper, Diener can play down on the block and uses his body well to create scoring angles. 

Deandre Heckard – 2018 – PG – Hoops4Health
Heckard has offers from Drake, Bethune-Cookman, Coppin State, and Southern. A player that’s always on the attack, but plays with great control and poise, Heckard puts himself and his teammates into great scoring positions. Capable of putting up big scoring and assist numbers, Heckard is one of the top players in the open division.

Sam Ingoli – 2018 – G/F – Kingdom Hoops Elite
Ingoli has unique ability to play all over the floor. The 6-foot-5 senior can handle point guard responsibilities, slash from the wing, or defend the post effectively. Ingoli has an offer from North Dakota and should continue to generate more if he proves to be a reliable outside shooter. 

Michael Jones – 2018 – SF – Minnesota Fury Wilde
A kid that put up some eye-popping performances as a junior, Jones was a fast riser during the high school season. Jones picked up offers from Wofford, Drake, Northern Iowa, Dartmouth, and Davison. The 6-foot-4 swingman is a deadly shooter from beyond the arc and isn’t fazed by tight coverage. He’s also deceptively quick and can take advantage of over aggressive coverage. 

Xzavier Jones – 2019 – SF – Playground Elite
An athletic, high-upside wing, Jones is a big finisher at the rim and has a quality post game. He’s improving his ability to handle and shoot the basketball, but is also a threat in transition. Green Bay and St. Louis have extended offers and many are waiting to see if he’ll continue to show signs up reaching that high ceiling. 

Noah King – 2020 – SG – Wisconsin Playmakers King
King played varsity as a freshman and will perform in 17U this week. The younger brother of South Dakota State commit Owen King, Noah is a big time scorer at the high school level. King put up better than 20 points per game last season, emerging on the radar of Division 1 schools. 

Owen King – 2018 – G – Wisconsin Playmakers King
You could make the argument King is the best player in the open division. The South Dakota State commit has such a command for the game that his impact is felt across the board. He runs the show offensively as a scorer and facilitator. Despite controlling the game on that end, King will also defend the other team’s best player and give maximum effort on that end. 

Deontay Long – 2019 – G/F – Milwaukee Rebels-Spartans
Long is arguably the top player right now in Wisconsin’s 2019 class. The 6-foot-5 junior is a threat from anywhere on the floor. Using a deadly pull-up game, Long makes it look easy with his ability to rise and fire even with limited room to work. Getting more athletic and explosive, Long can finish above the rim in traffic. Just as dangerous as a passer, Long kills opponents with his ability to draw crowds and drop off passes while looking off defenders with his eyes. 

Desmond Polk – 2020 – PG – Playground Elite
One of many Division 1 prospects in Wisconsin’s 2020 class, Polk has impressed this spring/summer. After picking up an offer from Green Bay, Polk will play up at the 16U level this week. 

Troy Reeves – 2019 – G – Wisconsin Dynasty 
A smooth guard with instincts and feel for the game, Reeves is the type of player where his team struggles if he’s not in the game or being too conservative on the floor. Reeves creates offense at a high level and can make passes in tight windows. 

Dwayne Walker – 2018 – SG – Kevon Looney Rebels
Expect a breakout summer for Walker, who’s been lighting up the scoreboard in high school events leading up to the evaluation period. Walker can put on a show offensively. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard is lengthy and bouncy and uses that to play above the rim or create space off the bounce. There will be a number of new suitors jumping in as he continues to make noise.