Championship Sunday at the 2018 NY2LA Sports Invitational was upbeat and lively during several games to determine who would be crowned at the top by day’s end. Quad City Elite had a big day again taking home some hardware, and several of their 16U players (House, Rivera, Tucker) were locked in and competing at their best once again. Team Harden got big performances out of several prospects (DuSell, Henry, Hudgens, Washington), and other teams got max efforts out of their guys as well. Check out some of the best performers and top stock boosters from the final day of the event by reading below…

TOP PERFORMERS
BRAEDEN BROWN – 2019 – SG – RAS DONALDSON

Brown played a heck of a game for RAS in leading them back from a deficit to take the win in the closing minute during a semifinal matchup. The 6’2” off guard made big shot after big shot in the second half, and was solid with the ball in his hands. He found teammates well for a couple assists and played with good energy to lead his team with 16 points, scoring from both inside and outside the three-point line. He had another 16 point performance on the day as well.

DESI “DJ” CARTON – 2019 – PG – QUAD CITY ELITE
Carton had another huge day for Quad City, particularly in their semi-final matchup with Ray Allen, where he willed his team to a win behind his efforts. The strong and athletic lead man was able to score all over, and affected the game with his defense as well. His punch out off the back-door cut caused a lot of jaws to drop in the gym and had people jumping. He had the three-ball working as well and made a number of nice passes off the drive-and-kick again also. He finished the semi-final with 28 points.

MARCUS DOMASK – 2019 – SG – RAY ALLEN SELECT
Domask had himself a day with his final game on Sunday. The 6’6” shooting guard was on the money much of their game against Quad City, mixing it up from the perimeter, shooting it well with some nice pull-up jumpers off the attack and then also playing strong at the basket where he seemed to either finish or get himself a call. He went 7-of-7 from the free throw line in the game and finished with 21 points.

HAYDEN DOYLE – 2021 – G – PHENOM UNIVERSITY
Doyle was fun to watch compete on Sunday. Tough and constantly on the attack, Doyle made a bunch of plays going to the rack and finishing with a good feel at the hoop getting by bigger defenders with his agility and quickness. He also proved he can shoot the ball a bit by hitting some shots outside and from the mid-range areas. The young guard had a big-time 18-point effort, doing a lot of his work going to the rack.

XAVIER DUSELL – 2020 – G – TEAM HARDEN
DuSell is a do-everything type guard and he played that way in Team Harden’s final three games. He racked up a number of assists by attacking the defense and then dishing off or kicking out to his teammates nicely. Also, at 6’4”, DuSell is an imposing guard figure with his length and ability to shoot the ball, as he knocked down several shots from the outside on the day, and also scored when getting inside to the hoop with some good control weaving through defenders. DuSell had an excellent 21-point effort early in the day and then 14 in the championship game.

JAY HINSON – 2021 – G - ABC
Hinson used his athleticism to make several plays to lead his team to a win early on Day 3, and advanced in the tournament. The 6’1” guard was good with the dribble and used a good first step to get to the paint where he was able to draw defense and make plays both scoring and distributing.

SAM HOIBERG – 2021 – G – BREAKAWAY BASKETBALL
Three-point shooting is always a premium in today’s game, and Hoiberg proved Sunday to be able to make it rain from beyond the arc. In their championship game, Hoiberg buried shot after shot from the outside, and also finished on the break, leading his squad with 23 points—15 of that came off three’s.

DEVON HOUSE – 2020 – PF – QUAD CITY ELITE
House was absolutely dominant for a good stretch in the 16U Championship. He sank a couple shots away from the hoop; he blocked a few shots defensively; and rebounded the ball with strength. The 6’8” prospect really wowed the crowd though with a couple spectacular plays attacking the hoop where he used a spin-move (showing impressive footwork for his size), and then finished with good body control and soft touch off the glass. House led the way to the championship trophy behind his 20-point effort.

TRENT HUDGENS – 2020 – PG – TEAM HARDEN
Hudgens went absolutely en fuego in the second half of the 16U Championship where he dominated for a stretch with some suffocating defense and then lightning quick moves on offense with the ball in his hands. With his speed and quickness, Hudgens kept the defense on its heels and then drained a few big-time triples (6), five of which came in the second half. Defensively he was getting his hands on a few different steals with his intensity and ability to slide wherever the offense tried to go. He really took over for a period of time. Hudgens dropped 22 points on Quad City after putting up 15 points with 3 three’s earlier in the day.

KOBE JOHNSON – 2021 – PG – PHENOM UNIVERSITY
The steady Kobe Johnson was once again playing at a high level for the Phenoms on Championship Sunday. He was under control consistently with the ball in his hands and made several plays for his teammates by driving and kicking, or pushing the ball up the court on the break for some assists. He also found times to score himself, taking the gaps when the defense allowed and then sinking some shots away from the basket as well. He had 17 points in one of their games and 15 in another.

MICHAEL OSEI-BONSU – 2022 – F – IL BLAZE
Osei-Bonsu played a really strong all-around game for the Blaze, where he was constantly on the attack on both ends of the floor. He had good pressure defensively and was able to rebound the ball well. On offense, the 6’1” forward pressed the issue and attacked the basket where he scored with determination and good control through contact.

CAMERON PALESSE – 2021 – SG – PHENOM UNIVERSITY
Palesse had another really strong showing on the final day of the Invitational. The talented wing prospect was able to affect the game on both ends of the floor with his high energy play and relentless attack on offense. Palesse made it look easy at times when he’d glide to the hoop from the wing and work through the defense to score at the rim, and he was great in transition. Defensively, he read passes well and took away a few steals from them, and was really strong on the boards also. Palesse was outstanding from the free throw line on the day, a huge plus considering how often he got there.

ISAIAH RIVERA – 2020 – G/F – QUAD CITY ELITE
Rivera played really strong throughout Sunday, helping to lead his team on both offense and defense with his anticipation and determination. He has great length mixed with his athleticism and used it well again to cause problems for opponents on offense, and then when he turned the ball up the opposite way, he was really tough to stop as he got to the paint and finished either at the rim or drew contact and fought through it to make some nice buckets from the mid and short-range shooting spots. Rivera finished the championship game off with 19 points and was excellent from the free throw line.

MAX SHERIDAN – 2022 – SG – WI FOCUS
Sheridan had a really nice outing in his team’s semi-final matchup to help lead them to a big victory Sunday. Though slender, he played against contact well when on the drive and used the dribble to get by defenders and then surveyed the defense and either popped a little mid-range jumper or kicked to his teammates in good positions. Sheridan also shot the ball pretty well from the perimeter. He finished the semis with 19 points. He also had a big 24-point performance on the day in which he buried a couple three’s and made plays going to the rim again.

LUKE TAYLOR – 2019 – F – WI RAP
Taylor had a really strong game for Rap in their final game on Sunday. Though they dropped the game right at the finish, the 6’6” forward prospect displayed a lot of good traits offensively that showed he is a player on the rise. He ran the floor really well and then finished plays with good balance and then touch going up through contact. In the half-court he displayed versatility, making a couple nice mid-range shots, hit a pair of three’s, and took defenders down on the block and making a couple nice moves for scores there as well. Taylor finished with 17 points.

STOCK BOOSTER
DJ BATES – 2022 – PG – GG2S

Bates showed some really good athleticism and made several plays off of it throughout GG’s final game of the event. The developing point guard had good handles and was excellent using it to get to the paint and score from the mid-range area on in, often having to make some tough moves to get a good look at hoop. He had 15 points in the one outing.

BRYSON CLAGUE – 2021 – G – WI SWING
Clague shot the ball really well for the Swing on Sunday. He showed a really smooth stroke from the perimeter and did a nice job of hunting those shots, especially in the first half of their earlier game. As well as his shot from the outside, Clague was able to hit a couple jumpers inside as well, and was equally good sharing the basketball in the second half, finding teammates in scoring positions.

DEANDRE HENRY – 2020 – PF – TEAM HARDEN
Henry is a big post player that showed some really good mobility on both ends of the court. He moved well on defense and used his length well to cause havoc for the opponents, and once the ball was secured on the boards or otherwise, Henry was outstanding running the floor at his size. He had great body control finishing on the move in transition, and in the half-court showed patience with his moves in the post area. He averaged 11 points per game on the day.

DEREK GRAY – 2020 – PG – WI DYNASTY
Gray made some outstanding plays for Dynasty as they built a big lead early on Sunday, and then had an overall steady game for his team, despite falling behind late. Gray found his teammates often by pushing the tempo of the game and making some excellent passes. He also scored himself by attacking the rim, running the floor constantly to pressure the defense, and also buried a couple big jump shots in the game.

ANTUAN NESBITT – 2021 – G – WI SHARKS
Nesbitt has a really nice, versatile offensive game that he displayed again on Sunday. When he adds more strength, he will be really tough to stop because he showed he will knock down the mid-range jumper, he will get to rim and score with good control there, and can also hit three’s when he gets open looks. Nesbitt scored from all those areas on Day 3.

PATRICK ROBINSON JR – 2022 – F – IL BLAZE
Robinson was really good for the Blaze in the final day of the event, helping his team by making all the effort plays. He hustled, he was really good on the boards and ran in transition well for his team. He was able to clean up a few plays inside for his team, and finished strong around the basket, showing he is a player to watch over the next couple years as he continues to develop his overall game.

MYLES TUCKER – 2020 – SG – QUAD CITY ELITE
Tucker had a really strong championship game, playing with a lot of energy and will on both ends of the court. He faced some tough matchups on the defensive end, but played hard and used his quickness to help cause frustration for the opponent. Then, on offense Tucker was often hunting for open looks and buried several big shots for his team. 

TYTY WASHINGTON – 2021 – PG – TEAM HARDEN
Washington played up with Team Harden, and showed he has all the tools offensively to thrive at lead guard spot. The young 6’2” prospect made some great plays with the ball in his hands, showing patience and control. Washington shared the ball well and made some good shots in a couple different games for his team on Sunday.