The 2017 July “live” period continued to see impressive performances from a large number of prospects up and down the ranks and while a host of 2018 prospect stood tall, there were a large number of 2019 and 2020 talents that made a lot of noise as well.  Here’s a quick look at ten young standouts that really impressed at the NY2LA Sports platforms this July…

Note – This is not an exclusive list

Armando Bacot – 2019 – PF – Team Loaded VA
One of the most coveted 2019 prospects in the country, Bacot is the real deal on multiple levels.  He can score from different levels on the court, has the ability to finish with either hand, he can elevate and score through traffic, and he has the ability to clean the glass.  A multi-dimensional talent who’s just scratching the surface, Bacot is a top 10 prospect nationally potentially who already holds offers from blue bloods like Duke, Louisville, North Carolina, Villanova, etc. amongst others.

Jaemyn Brakefield – 2020 – F – MBA Hoops Elite
A young talented and versatile forward, Brakefield can score from every level on the court and he has the size, length, and athleticism to continue to do so as he polishes his game.  One of the best kept secrets in the country for his class, Brakefield has a chance to be special and he could elevate to consensus top 10-20 status nationally by the time he’s done with high school.  He does multiple things well and he’s really just scratching the surface and getting started.  Expect to hear a lot from him over the next 24 plus months as he looks and plays the part of an elite high major impact talent at a young age.

Reece Beekman – 2020 – PG – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
The young man continues to impress in a variety of ways and few, if any, have taken their game to a higher level in this class over the past 24 months.  A multi-dimensional floor leader…and leader is the key word…Beekman can score from every level but he’s most comfortable creating in transition and half court sets for his teammates.  He handles the ball well, his added size and plus length make him a matchup problem on both ends, and he has an advanced floor IQ for a young guard.  He was the floor general on a team that won everything this past July. Beekman can play and he’s a legitimate Division 1 caliber lead guard who’s only getting better by the week.

Harlond Beverly – 2019 – SG – R.E.A.C.H. Legends
Beverly is coming and we’ve been telling people for some time that this young man has a high major game.  Finally healthy in July Beverly went to work and helped guide his 16U team to some deep tournament runs and impressive finishes.  Already holding a number of Division 1 offers, Beverly can rip the nets from the mid-range level and beyond the arc but he also has the ability to score off the bounce and in transition.  A versatile matchup problem for opposing defenders, Beverly is just scratching the surface but his ability to score, elevate, defend, and fill the box score will make some high major Division 1 coach very happy when it’s all said and done.  Feel free to sleep if you will but when it’s all said and done don’t be surprised when Beverly is doing some very nice things at the next level on a big stage.

Desi Carton – 2019 – PG – Quad City Elite
Tough, athletic, skilled, and talented, Carton is one of the premiere lead guards in the 2019 class nationally and he’s just starting to write his story.  An explosive summer saw him land offers from a number of high major programs and that’s just the beginning.  He’s athletic and will posterize defenders when the opportunity presents itself, but he can also rip the nets from the mid-range area and beyond the arc.  He has solid handles and the ability to attack off the bounce to score or create and he will finish through traffic and contact on occasion.  A talented high major guard with the physical tools and the skill set to be a potential top 25-50 prospect nationally, Carton looks primed to become a big story over the next 12-18 months at the high school level.

Pierre Crockrell Jr. – 2019 – PG – Dream Vision
Big game players show up at big moments and that’s exactly what is so intriguing about this young floor general who embraces the final minutes of the game be it offensively or defensively.  During the NY2LA Sports Summer Jam Crockrell knocked down some critical late game shots and he made a number of critical late game plays to seal victories.  He handles it well, he can create, he can defend, and he can score at the mid-range level and beyond the arc.  A polished young floor general on the rise, Crockrell has big game player written all over him and he’s another high major impact floor general who should excel in the right spot.

Ashton Hagans – 2019 – PG – Game Elite 2019
An exceptional athlete equipped with power, explosion, and quickness, Hagans is a highly regarded young guard that’s just starting his ascent regionally and nationally.  Already holding a number of high major offers, Hagans is an attack mode type talent with handles that can finish in traffic through contact and who excels in the open court.  Still working on the perimeter stroke consistency, Hagans can hit the mid-range jumper and knock down the trey ball but he’s at his best on the attack.  His physical tools make him a matchup problem and his overall toughness and ability to attack make him a nightmare when he’s at his best.  Expecting big things from him over the next 12-18 months. 

Jalen Johnson – 2020 – G/F – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
A top 5 talent in the country nationally, Johnson is equipped with size, length, athleticism, and skill and he’s just getting started.  Long regarded by us as one of the premiere 2020 prospects in the country, Johnson exploded this spring and summer with electric performances on big time stages.  He can slash and finish, he can posterize defenders in half court sets and in transition, and he has a perimeter stroke that can wet the nets from a variety of areas on the court.  He handles the ball well, his size and vision make for an intriguingly special playmaker, and his versatility can have him play the 1, 2, or 3 in dominant fashion.  If Johnson can continue to progress at his current rate both physically and skill wise he has special written all over him.  

Isaac Lindsey – 2020 – G – Wisconsin Swing
A potential sleeper in the class nationally, Lindsey is a light out perimeter shooting talent with handles, size, instincts, and vision.  A legitimate mid and potentially high major guard who can slide between the 1 and the 2, Lindsey has picked up two early offers from South Dakota State and UW-Green Bay after stellar July efforts.  His IQ is advanced and his perimeter stroke reminds us of a young Matt Thomas (Iowa State), Riley LaChance (Vanderbilt), and Tyler Herro (Wisconsin) type at the same age.  Lindsey can take over the game in the blink of an eye and he’s just starting to figure things out on the hardwood.  He has the size, length, and skill package to be a high major impact guard when it’s all said and done and he continues to trend in that direction with his development and elite performances like those he delivered in Wisconsin this past July.

Tom Welch – 2019 – F – Illinois Wolves
A bouncy athletic forward who is just starting to play the game of basketball, Welch has made tremendous strides over the past couple of years on the hardwood.  Rumored to be an exceptional volleyball player as well, Welch soared and posterized a defender in July at the NY2LA Sports Summer Jam that caught the attention of all the highlight reels in the gym.  He can score around the basket, finish in transition, and his range continues to extend out making him a very intriguing young talent considering how raw he still is.  There is a lot of clay to mold into a quality prospect and Welch looks and feels the part of a potential impact talent at the next level in the Big Ten, Big 12, etc. Really like his potential long term as he continues to grow and develop in the coming months.