With teams from across the country making their way down to Texas to tip off the 2018 NY2LA Basketball Association at the annual Lone Star Invitational we took a close look at some of the top prospects and other players who are looking to make a name for them self.  Head coaches from Baylor, Michigan, Michigan State, and Iowa State to name a few were all in attendance to watch the high-level basketball that was being played.

Top Performers
DJ Carton – 2019 (Quad City Elite 17u)
- One of the most highly touted prospects in the gym was on full display all game long for Quad City Elite.  Carton was showing off his strength, bounce, creativity, defense, and his excellent court vision.  The top 30 talent in the 2019 class looks to be on a mission this spring to open as much eyes as possible.  Carton finished with a game high 25 points and 12 rebounds.

Harlond Beverly – 2019 (REACH Legends 17u) - After getting off to a slow start Beverly was able to put it together for the talented REACH Legends squad.  Beverly was scoring off the dribble, finishing in transition, knocking down outside shots, getting his teammates involved, and threw down a pair of very impressive dunks.  Defensively Beverly was causing havoc all game long and was doing a good job of turning steals in to easy transitional buckets.  Beverly had a team high 15 points and 7 assists in REACH Legends big opening night win over Quad City Elite.

Dawand Jones – 2019 (Team Teague 17u) – The two-sport standout was an absolute force in the paint making his presence felt every trip down on both ends of the floor.  Jones showed some creativity in the post, scoring with his back to the basket using his footwork and soft touch around the rim.  Being one of the strongest and biggest kids in the whole association with the combination of standing at 6-8 Jones will be one of the post prospects that we will continue to watch closely.  Jones finished with 15 points in Team Teagues big win over Illinois Irish.

Cole Nau – 2019 (Ray Allen Select 17u) - Nau was very impressive for Ray Allen Select in their win over Unsigned Midwest.  He was bringing the ball up and breaking the press with ease using his good ball handling, changes of speed, and high basketball IQ.  Nau has proved himself to be a deep range threat and continued to do exactly that going 4-4 from beyond the arc.  Defensively Nau took on the task of guarding one of the better 2018 prospects still on the board in Matthew Todd and did an excellent job the whole game. The 6-2 guard finished with 14 points in Ray Allen Selects win.

Frazer Roberts – 2018 (AUSA Hoops 17u) - Arguably one of the best performances of the night Roberts was putting on a show all game long.  Roberts was scoring from all three levels at a very high but was probably most impressive when he was attacking the rim and finishing through contact no matter how hard he was getting fouled.  Roberts hit a couple of big threes and was knocking down some midrange jumpers as well.  Standing at 6-6 with a very strong frame Roberts look to have the body that division 1 coaches are looking for.  Roberts finished with a game high 30 points in AUSA Hoops win over Colorado Chaos.

Anton Brookshire – 2021 (Yanders Law 16u) - Brookshire was doing what he does best and that is making plays.  The young guard is extremely smooth and makes everything he does look easy.  He was playing through an injured ankle but wasn’t allowing it to slow him down to much.  Brookshire hit a pair of deep threes and showed off his creative finishing skills around the basket.  Always looking to make the right basketball play Brookshire is primed to make his teammates better.  The 6-2 guard finished with 10 points and 5 assists in Yanders Law opening night win.

Stock Boosters
Ray Adams – 2019 (Ramey Jets United 17u)
- Adams is a pure shooter who was as big of a deep range threat as anyone we watched Friday.  The wing was hitting shots from all different spots and doing it at a very high rate.  Adams is most comfortable shooting off the catch out on the wing but he also showed that he can create for himself off the dribble and hit deep shots when he's in rhythm.  Adams finished with a team high 15 points in Ramey Jets United opening night win.

Andre White Jr – 2019 (All In Athletics 17u) - This young man was phenomenal all game long on both ends of the floor.  White has some of the better court vision I saw as he can find open teammates and find creative ways to get them the ball in tight spaces.  He is a very creative scorer and was able to show that off all game long scoring from all three levels.  White finished with a team high 18 points in All Ins win over Marcus Denmon Elite.

Jayshawn Moore – 2020 (REACH Legends 16u) - Moore was huge down the stretch for REACH Legends in their very close win over Team GETSHOOK.  When the ball was in the 6-4 guard/wings hand he found a way to answer.  He can score in a variety of different ways but what impresses me most is his ability to find his way to the rim and finish through contact so consistently.  He isn't the most consistent shooter yet, but he has proved that he can be a threat and will make his defenders pay if he is able to get in rhythm and find his outside stroke.  Moore finished with 12 points in REACH Legends win.

Nate Ferguson – 2019 (Chicago Lock Down 17u) - Ferguson had some of the best highlight plays of the night for his Chicago Lock Down team.  The 6-7 forward was on full display showing off his bounce and ability to finish above the rim at a very high rate.  Ferguson was catching impressive ally oops and throwing them down with force, finishing through contact, and showed his ability to stretch the floor and make his defenders come out to him on the perimeter.  Ferguson finished with a team high 15 points and 6 rebounds in Lock Downs win over Wisconsin Shooters.

Caden Boser – 2020 (WI Swing 16u) - Boser finished with a game high 16 points in Wisconsin Swings win over Ramey Jets.  Boser was able to score in a variety of different ways but was most impressive finishing around the rim using his soft touch.  The 6-7 forward is very skilled and a miss match problem for a lot of teams because his overall game is so even that you must be ready for anything while playing against him.  Boser was able to step outside and stretch the floor hitting some nice jump shots and hitting a deep three.  Boser is a sleeper in the 2020 class that will continue to trend upward.

Donyae McCaskill – 2019 (Yanders Law 17u) - After playing up on the 17u level last summer McCaskill is looking to use that experience to his full advantage this season.  McCaskill plays with an aggressive mindset when he is completely locked in making him a very hard match up.  One of the most high-flying prospects in the gym McCaskill did not disappoint as he threw down one of the most impressive poster dunks of the night.  The 6-2 guard finished with 11 points and 8 rebounds in Yanders Law tough loss to Inland Empire.