The third night of the 2017 NY2LA Sports Summer Jam saw big performances and a large contingent of college coaches on hand to take in the action in the second “live” evaluation period. Here is a look at a few of the top performers in Friday’s action.

Top performances
Michael Carter — PG — 2019 — MBA Elite

MBA Elite has a host of talented players and seemingly every day a new one stands out. On Friday, it was point guard Michael Carter’s turn as he helped MBA Elite rally from a slow start to pull away for a win on Friday in 17U play over Grand Park. He scored 12 points in the first half to lead MBA, then added eight more in the second half and finished with a game-high 20.

Isaac Combs — F — 2019 — Grand Park
Combs showed off a nice inside-outside game and the toughness to bang with a big and talented front line presented by MBA Elite in a 17U Platinum bracket contest on Friday. He has the ability to knock down 3-pointers and stretch the floor and finished with 16 points to lead Grand Park as they hung tough before falling to MBA.

Ace Evans — SG — 2019 — Milwaukee Rebels Spartans Elite
Easily the top individual performance we witnessed early Friday in 16U Platinum bracket play was by 2019 guard Ace Evans. A left hander, Evans had it all working against RAS Milwaukee Donaldson. Evans went for 14 points in the first half, then opened the second half on fire as he scored a quick 10 points in the first three minutes of play thanks to a pair of 3-pointers a driving hoop and a dunk in transition. Evans is a creative 6’1 guard who can get to the basket at will as well as knock down outside shots. He finished with 26 points in a 65-54 win over RAS.

Deandre Hickard — PG — 2018 — Hoops 4 Health
Hickard went for 13 points to lead Hoops 4 Health to a hard fought win over the Indiana Legends in a 17U Platinum bracket contest on Friday afternoon. An athletic 6’2 point guard, Hickard has had a breakout offseason with Hoops 4 Health and is among the top 2018 recruits in Illinois. Hickard is a strong combo guard and on Friday he showed good athleticism as well as the ability to get the bucket and shoot the 3. 

L Wesley Hooker — F — 2019 — Kessel Heat Black 
Hooker had one of the day’s better performances on the boards, hauling in a game-high 16 rebounds and scoring 15 points in an early Friday morning 16U Platinum bracket challenge — impressive for a player listed at 6’2. Hooker is both active and athletic and really pursues the ball well. Offensively he is a tough match-up, skilled enough to handle the ball, shoot and play on the perimeter, but tough enough to score in the paint. He and 2019 forward Justin Eagins play well off each other and have proven to be a tough tandem to contain

Hayden Lagkabel — G — 2018 — Indiana Legends
Although it came in a losing cause, Langkabel had quite a performance on Friday afternoon in the opening round of play in the 17U Platinum bracket against Hoops 4 Health. A strong 6’1 point guard Langkabel had 21 points in the first half, including three 3-pointers. He added seven in the second half and finished with 28. He shows the ability to get to the basket and shoot off the catch or the dribble equally well.

Jason Larson — F — 2019 — Wisconsin Bluebirds
Larson came off the bench and gave the Bluebird instant offense and he knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and poured in xx first-half points on Friday in a 16U Platinum bracket contest against Kevon Looney. A 6’3 forward, Larson gave the Bluebirds offense and a presence in the paint and he finished several tough chances around the basket and came up with six rebounds.

Bryson Meek — PG/SG — 2018 — Indiana Elite Force
Meek is a big guard with terrific size and length and a pure left-handed shooting stroke. He went for 15 points on Friday afternoon in a 17U Platinum division contest against the Illinois Wolves. He plays with terrific poise and has the ability to lead a team at the point guard position or play off the ball. Meek brings versatility to the court with his size and skill set and has the ability to impact a game in a lot of different ways.

Dwayne Walker — G — 2018 — Kevon Looney Rebels
A 6’3, 180-pounds guard, Walker is a plus athlete who plays above the rim and gets in the passing lanes for easy steals. He recently picked up his first offer from Grambling and despite suffering a tough loss in 17U Platinum bracket play on Friday, Walker showed his potential, scoring 13 points and making several highlight-type plays.

Stock Boosters
Eddie Creal — SG — 2018 — Hoops 4 Health

A 6’3 shooting guard, Creal brings athleticism and a willingness to do the little things to the basketball court. On Friday, he scored 15 points as Hoops 4 Health held on against the Indiana Legends in a 17U Platinum bracket contest, but Creal was big on the boards and had a strong defensive performance in a low-scoring affair.

Drew Collins — PG — 2019 — Wisconsin Triple Threat
A smooth point guard, Collins rose to the challenge Friday morning against Kessel Heat Black in a 16U Platinum bracket game. Collins went for a game-high 16 points to lead Triple Threat and showed a nice all-around game. He plays under control at the point and is tough to contain off the bounce. Collins also showed he is a creative finisher around the basket as well as a good outside shooter.

Logan Blake — G — 2019 — Grand Park
A 6’1 point guard, Blake brings instant toughness to the court at the point guard position. He more than held his own against a talented MBA Elite squad on Friday in a 17U Platinum bracket contest, scoring a host of buckets on drives to the basket. He is a terrific finisher in traffic and is strong with the ball. 

Sam Close — PG — 2019 — Wisconsin Bluebirds
Close impressed on Friday in a 16U Platinum bracket contest against Kevon Looney going for 15 points. He showed the ability to get to the basket and finish tough chances in the lane as well as terrific leadership qualities. He is a steady performer and doesn’t make a lot of mistakes handling the ball.

Justin Eagins — SF — 2019 — Kessel Heat Black
Had 15 points in an overtime win over Wisconsin Triple Threat and showed off a diverse inside-outside skill set. Eagins can handle the ball, can score in the paint and brings a lot of different things to the court. On the defensive side of the ball he has the ability to guard multiple positions and is a hard worker.

Justin Hardy — F – 2018 — Illinois Wolves
Hardy is a tough, physical 6’5 forward who led his team with 12 points in a loss to Indiana Elite on Friday afternoon. He has an inside-out skill set with the ability to play in the paint or step out and knock down 3-pointers.

Dontez Rayner — F/G — 2018 — Indiana Legends
Strong, powerfully built player who can do a lot of things, Rayner had just eight points in a loss on Friday afternoon in 17U Platinum bracket play but impacted the game with his all-around play. He is a strong defender, a tenacious rebounder and can play inside or out.

Zachary Weber — SF — 2019 — Mercury Elite
A 6’4 wing player, Weber is a shot maker who can knock down mid-range jumpers, take the ball to the basket or get in the paint and score. He went for 16 points early Friday morning in a runaway win over Rockford Five in 16U Platinum bracket play. He brings composure and a competitive spirit to the court for Mercury Elite.