Day 2 of the 2018 Spring Extravaganza from NY2LA Sports, was off and running early at Hopkins H.S., in Minnetonka, MN. Following up a big weekend in Texas a week ago, Association teams really looked to get the games moving this weekend with premiere-level play and several players put forth their best efforts to lead their teams to wins. Others were able to put together solid games to help their teams have chances down the stretch, and while some fell short, their intensity and quality of play rose to the occasion. Ray Adams (Ramey-Jets United) had another big day, Donovan Freeman stepped into the spotlight with some big numbers at the end of the day, and others also made cases for why they should be looked at more as the spring and summer continues on. Catch a recap of the performances with Saturday’s Top Performers and Stock Boosters below…

TOP PERFORMERS
TYSON ACUFF – 2020 – G – REACH LEGENDS
6-4 – CASS TECH – DETROIT, MI

Acuff was an offensive threat all game long for REACH as they came away with a win in early action Saturday. With his size and athleticism at the guard position, he was a force when he attacked the middle and played through contact, scored over his opponent and pulled up for little mid-range shots a couple times as well. He benefited play off the ball as well, slashing to the hoop and finishing with consistency.

RAY ADAMS – 2019 – SG – RAMEY-JETS UNITED
6-3 – WEBSTER GROVES H.S. – WEBSTER GROVES, MO

Adams played really well on both ends of the court for his team as they put together a good win in the morning run. He knocked in some tough shots from three-point range, showed off a good little mid-range game also, and had solid defensive pressure locking down on his man and also playing aggressive in passing lanes to create turnovers.

EVAN ANDERSON – 2019 – G – 3D EMPIRE
5-11 – HEBRON H.S. – CARROLLTON, TX

Anderson has a sleek frame, but on Saturday he showed the ability to work through it with good handles and a quick release on his shot. That shot is a dangerous one too as he proved time and again Day 2 that if you give him any kind of decent look at the rim, he’s likely putting the ball through it. He had a big 19-point outing to finish the day, burying 4 three’s in the contest and showing why he is a player to keep an eye on as the spring moves into the summer.

SEAN BAIRSTOW – 2019 – SG – AUSA HOOPS
6-7 – CHURCHIE – BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA

Bairstow is lean, but he punched well above his weight class with his play on Saturday. In AUSA’s morning session, the 6’7 shooting guard had a solid outing, knocking down a couple shorter shots and making some plays going to the rim within the offense. He really shined in their second game of the day where he was nearly automatic from the perimeter and then was a handful for the defense when getting out on the break, finishing the transition plays at the rim with a combination of tough lay-ins and getting to the free throw line, going to the opposite side of the rim for the reverse lay-up, and another one a solid one-handed jam. He had a 30-point outing to cap their night in a buzzer-beater loss, aided by draining 4 triples.

EDWARD COLBERT III – 2019 – F – M2K ELITE
6-5 – WHITMER H.S. – TOLEDO, OH

Colbert was steady in the early-goings of M2K’s first game against a scrappy Force team, making plays out of the post, using his length and footwork to out-man the opponent, but then really picked up his play as the game wore on. He was excellent in transition and focused in better defensively to create some havoc and help his team get run-outs for quick points as they came back to win it down the stretch. He played with great control from the outer-post area and has a quick turn move to score that he scored with a few times, and finished well around the hoop throughout the day.

DONOVAN FREEMAN – 2019 – SG – M2K ELITE
6-4 – RIVER ROUGE H.S. – DETROIT, MI

Freeman was on a mission Saturday night in M2K’s final game against a Blue Chip team that can really get up and down the court. M2K matched that pace with them, in large part to Freeman’s constant pressure defensively and ability to see the court on offense, pushing the ball up the floor and doing a bit of everything on offense when getting on that end of the floor. He hit some tough shots inside, hit some outside and did a nice job finding teammates for scores as well. He had a game-high 25 points in the final game and added 10 rebounds and 5 assists with that for one of the more electrifying performances of the weekend thus far.

DREW LUTZ – 2019 – PG – MBA SELECT
6-1 – PENN H.S. – GRANGER, IN

Lutz was a shooting machine again for MBA Select, getting some really nice looks from the field by working hard to come off screens in scoring position. The lefty sank a number of difficult shots as well, hitting from range after getting defenders to step back with good fakes, which also got him to the free throw line a few times. He finished their last game with 25 points off of 6 three’s and going 5 of 6 from the line.

JIOVANNI MILES – 2019 – SG – REACH LEGENDS
6-4 – NOVI H.S. – NORTHVILLE, MI

Miles put up solid numbers on Day in leading his REACH squad to a pair of solid victories. While the final tally might not be eye-popping, it was the timing of his best plays that put him in the group as Miles came up with some big-time shots in some big-time moments on Saturday, particularly in their first game to take down a talented Ray Allen team. Miles came down the court a few times and buried absolute daggers, and then when the defense extended he was consistent in getting to the rack and finding his way to free throw for and-1 opportunities. He made athletic plays, he was under control the majority of the time and showed a developing offensive toolbox.

MATTHEW RAGSDALE – 2019 – SG – THE FORCE
6-3 – LEWIS-PALMER H.S. – COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

Ragsdale put together a really nice day for himself, though both came in close losses. He really seemed to set the tone for his team in both games with his energy and poise on both ends of the court. The 6-3 off-guard plays very intelligently, and on offense he once again showed a knack for finding the open spot and was consistently sinking shots both from the mid-range and from the perimeter, where when he gets going he can really affect the game. He also had some nice slashes to the hoop beating his man backdoor once and slicing through the middle another time. An improving aspect to his game, Ragsdale looked like he saw the floor much better Saturday as well, finding his teammates up the court in transition and laying out nice passes to get them scoring opportunities.

RAHMON SCRUGGS – 2020 – PG – MICHIGAN PLAYMAKERS
5-11 – SOUTHFIELD CHRISTIAN SCHOOL – DETROIT, MI

Scruggs is a flat out player and he proved it in a gritty performance midday of Day 2. Scruggs is scrappy, he was fast up the court and quick to blow by off the bounce, put the defense on its heels and scrambling on a number of possessions, and then made plays when his team needed them the most. He came off screens and knocked down a couple big shots, he attacked the basket and drew fouls, and he buried a key kick-out three without hesitation late in the game and controlled the action from start to finish.

ANTHONY WASHINGTON – 2020 – PG – WI SWING
6-3 – MADISON EAST H.S. – MADISON, WI

Washington has really good length at point guard position and plays with good balance on the perimeter and then good leverage when he looked to penetrate, using his length to gain steps on the defender and then rise up over them for finishes from about 10-feet and in. He was making shots away from the hoops, scoring it on the break with some nifty ball-work, but still under control and made plays regularly for his teammates as well.

JALEN WILLIAMS – 2019 – PG – BLUE CHIP NATION
6-4 – PERRY H.S. – CHANDLER, AZ

In their first game of the day, the 6-4 point man just controlled the show and controlled the tempo of the game, keeping the pace aggressive and putting himself and his teammates in the best position to score consistently. Williams handled the ball really well, found teammates off the bounce and kicked to shooters, and of course buried a number of shots himself. Defensively his length became an issue for their opponent as they wore down in the second half. He is a player on the rise as he continues to round out his game, and Saturday was definitely a big step in the right direction.

STOCK BOOSTERS
PAYTON DICKERSON – 2019 – SF – BLUE CHIP NATION
6-7 – HILLCREST PREP – PHOENIX, AZ

With his height and length, Dickerson was a real matchup problem for BCN’s early opponent, and while he finished well around the basket with that size advantage, he was even more dangerous from the perimeter with a smooth looking shooting stroke. Dickerson rebounded the ball well, got up the floor in transition and shot the ball well throughout both of their games.

STEPHAN GABRIEL – 2019 – F – BLUE CHIP NATION
6-7 – HILLCREST PREP – PHOENIX, AZ

Gabriel is a supreme athlete with some raw ability on both ends of the game. With his combination of size and athleticism, he was a major factor defensively for his team in both of their wins, rebounding hard, affecting shots with good timing and then sprinted the floor the other way and finishing some plays in transition. He also showed some ability to knock down a couple shots away from the hoop, and as that part of his game progresses, he will really be a difference-maker. He had 13 points and a number of rebounds in their final game of the day.

ISAAC HANEY – 2021 – G – YANDERS LAW
6-0 – DORA R. III – WEST PLAINS, MO

Playing up a class and against a talented REACH group, Haney showed his craftiness offensively and played with good patience and control overall. He knows how to put the ball in the hoop and keeps defenders guessing by hitting shots when they lay off, but not being afraid to drive it in and find ways to get the ball up with good looks in traffic. He did that consistently in their early matchup.

KEITH KINER – 2019 – F – ILLINOIS BEARS
6-6 – CHESTER H.S. – CHESTER, IL

Kiner put in some work to finish off the night for the Bears. The long forward did the tough job of scoring through clean-up work and hustle, putting up points by outworking the other team on the glass and finishing strong at the rim to the tune of 23 points.

JACK MCDONALD – 2019 – G – MERCURY ELITE THOMAS
5-11 – PG – GENEVA COMMUNITY H.S. – GENEVA, IL

McDonald shot the ball really well for Mercury Elite, especially in their final game of the day, helping his team offensively, by burying shots from around the arc. He sank 3 three’s in the final game and also put in a couple other baskets, as well as playing aggressive and under control to get himself to the free throw a couple more times to finish off some freebies, tallying 17 points, playing solid all-around.

FRAZER ROBERTS – 2018 – SF – AUSA HOOPS
6-6 – JOHN PAUL – BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA

Roberts put together some good “tape” for the spectators with his play throughout both games Saturday. At 6’6 and tough frame, Roberts showed he knows how to use his body when playing in the paint on offense, working through traffic on a couple occasions to finish at the hoop. He also displayed the ability to stretch a defense out a bit by hitting some shots from both the mid-range area and the three-point line, which made him a tough guard for the opposing defenses.

MASON WOJTUSIK – 2020 – PG – REACH LEGENDS
6-3 – MOUNT PLEASANT H.S. – MOUNT PLEASANT, MI

Wojtusik really played a well-rounded game in a win for his team, where he was a major catalyst for their offense by being active defensively with pressure and then pushing the ball on offense and creating opportunities for his teammates. He also got the ball rolling himself a bit by making a couple triples in the game and finishing plays going to the basket at times as well.