Action tipped off for the first April Live period in Dallas Texas at the 2018 NY2LA Lone Star Invitational with great games going in the NY2LA Basketball Association.  A few of the 17 and under standouts from the opening night.

DJ Carton – Quad City Elite
Carton was spectacular again in the marquee matchup on Friday night.  Active on the glass and pushing tempo all night Carton had 25 pts and 9 boards while head coaches from Michigan, Iowa, Iowa State, and Baylor among others watched every move.  Carton has continued to develop and has taken the next step as one of top PG’s in the 2019 class.

Harlond Beverly – Reach Legends
The long, bouncy point guard took a while to get going but led his team to a win on opening night.  Always one of the best athletes on the floor, Beverly showed his ability to run a team with 15 points and 7 assists.  Michigan State, Xavier, and Texas were among the schools tracking this High Major target. 

Daniel Friday - Reach Legends
Friday was a key in Reach’s opening win.  His defense was excellent and he got his teammates involved while knocking down shots.  The young guard out of Detroit continues to improve and should be a must watch for Midwest D 1 programs.

Frazer Roberts –AUSA Hoops
The stocky wing had one of the best performances of the night.  Scoring 30 points and playing with a great motor Roberts attacked the rim all night.  Roberts rebounded and finished while showing ability to it the outside shot effectively.  Coaches looking for a late 2018 pickup would be wise to get eyes on this young man.

Dawand Jones – Team Teague
Jones was a force for Team Teague on opening night.  Showing a post-game Jones was active all night on the block.  The 6-8 forward from Indianapolis has soft hands and uses his size well while playing around the rim.  

Matthew Ragsdale – Colorado Force
The 6-3 guard showed impressive range and a knack for making tough shots.  Ragsdale played some point guard on Friday night and ran his team effectively while still finding time to attack. He handled pressure well and was active on defense.  It was a strong showing for the 2019 guard from Colorado.

Jalen Williams – Blue Chip Nation
One of the more underrated players on the NY2LA Association the 6-4 guard from AZ showed why many of the top west coast D 1 schools have made him a priority.  Active all night Williams played with a burst and was able to get to the rim at will.  

Cole Henry –Martin Brothers Select
Henry was active on the glass and played hard on both ends of the court.  Showing improved footwork on the block, the 6-9 forward scored from multiple spots on Friday night.  As Henry adds strength he will only get better and it was clear why many schools were watching him on opening night

Trey Hutcheson – Martin Brothers Select
The 6-6 wing was outstanding on Friday night in a tough loss to Mercury Elite.  Known for his ability to knock down shots Hutcheson showed a willingness to put the ball on the floor and attack the rim as well.  He was active on the glass and played with a motor all night.  Hutcheson is developing into a tough matchup on the wing.

Wendell Green Jr – Michigan Playmakers
Green was dynamite on Friday night for the Playmakers.  The young point guard attacked from start to finish.  He finished at the rim and showed an impressive outside shot as well.  Playing up the 2020 guard served notice that he is someone to keep an eye on this spring and summer.

Sean Bairstow – AUSA Hoops
The younger brother of former New Mexico Standout Cam Bairstow, this wing was all over the place on opening night.  He was tremendous on the offensive end showing range with his shot.  Bairstow attacked off the bounce and was effective finishing on the break.  He has a chance to join his brother as another D 1 Player from Australia.