The 2012 NY2LA Sports Invitational came to a close on Sunday with games going down to the wire, half court miracles, and more wrapping up the 7th year event.  The individual performances were big time as well and we continue our look back with a look at Marquette bound 2013 SF Deonte Burton and others who took their games to another level on Championship Sunday in Wisconsin…

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TOP PERFORMANCES
(Note – Listed in alphabetical order)

Darius Austin – 2013 – G/F – Team DRose All-Stars
(6-6/195 – Cahokia H.S. – St. Louis, MO)

The talented wing wrapped up his efforts in Wisconsin this past weekend with a couple of solid efforts including taking over the game and dropping 17 second half points in a victory over the Chi-Town Diablos on Sunday morning.  Austin slashed to the cup, knock down some jumpers, and looked the all of the part of the Division 1 prospect he is on the final day.

Deonte Burton – 2013 – SF – TP Elite
(6-5/225 – Milwaukee Vincent H.S. – Milwaukee, WI)

Scored the game winning basket in the championship game at the buzzer and delivered quality performances throughout the day in helping lead his team to the 17 championship.  He stroked trey balls, knocked down mid-range looks, punished opposing teams on the block, finished in transition, etc.  Delivered the entire package throughout the day and served as the foundation for the TP Elite championship all weekend long.  To view the NEW Mix of 2012 NY2LA Sports Invitational 17U MVP Deonte Burton at NY2LAHOOPS.TV courtesy of @SirNixA_Lot CLICK HERE

Luke Fischer – 2013 – F/C – Wisconsin Swing
(6-11/215 – Germantown H.S. – Germantown, WI)

Delivered perhaps his best performance of the spring in the championship game as Fischer powered in 28 points and collected a ton of boards as well.  He finished on the blocks, was active on the glass on both ends, and really gave an excellent overall performance in each game he played on the final day.

Jarvis Garrett – 2013 – PG – TP Elite
(5-11/155 – West Allis Central H.S. – Milwaukee, WI)

Continued his torrid play this spring with another edition on day 3 as the young facilitator kicked out dimes, knocked down jumpers, and created positive chaos with dribble drive penetration and transition decisions.  An excellent overall floor performance for Garrett who continues to make his mark as one of the premiere 2013 lead guards left on the board.  To view the NEW Mix of 2013 PG Jarvis Garrett at NY2LAHOOPS.TV released earlier this month courtesy of @SirNixA_Lot CLICK HERE

Jordan Johnson – 2013 – PG – Team NLP
(6-0/155 – Waukegan H.S. – Waukegan, IL)

The talented junior lead guard continued to impress on Sunday and in a quarterfinal win over the Team DRose All-Stars Johnson was virtually unstoppable to the tune of 25 points.  He drilled trey balls, knocked down mid-range looks, attacked the rim off the bounce, and was in complete control at times in a breakout performance for the talented young guard.

Brevin Pritzl – 2015 – SG – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
(6-3/145 – De Pere H.S. – De Pere, WI)

Pritzl was exceptional on the final day as he shredded the nets for 4 trey balls on his way to a game high 25 points in a quarterfinal win over the Team BOLTT and then followed that up with a lights out 32 point performance that included 7 trey balls in a semi-final loss to the eventual champion Wisconsin Blizzard.  Pritzl has an excellent stroke and he proved first hand that he can take over a game with it on the final day as he was exceptional from start to finish.

Matt Rafferty – 2015 – PF – Chicago Lockdown
(6-6/200 – Hinsdale Central H.S. – Hinsdale, IL)

Ran out of gas a bit in the title game but prior to that Rafferty delivered two strong efforts with 15 points in the quarterfinals and a 21 point effort in a semi-final win over the DTA Spartans.  Instinctive with skill and solid length, Rafferty can face up and knock down the jumper, finish on the blocks, and has the ability to step away and drill the trey ball as well.  That was all on display Sunday as the skilled young freshman from Illinois opened some eyes with a couple of quality performances.

Cody Schwartz – 2015 – PF – Wisconsin Blizzard
(6-6/180 – West De Pere H.S. – Forestville, WI)

The skilled forward delivered when it mattered the most on the final day as he dropped a number of quality performances and served as a dominant force in the 15U championship run for the Blizzard.  Schwartz finished with 13 in a quarterfinal win, 23 in the semi-finals and wrapped up his day with a 14 point effort in the title game.  In the process Schwartz scored on the blocks, knocked down mid-range jumpers, and stepped away to drill some trey balls, 4 of which in the championship game.  An excellent performance for the rising sophomore talent.

Austin Sottile – 2014 – SG – Gateway Basketball
(6-4/195 – SLUH – Ballwin, MO)

The sharpshooting wing from Missouri delivered a breakout performance on Sunday including a 25 point effort in a championship loss to RAS.  Sotille has excellent range and he put his entire offensive arsenal on display the final day with mid-range jumpers, dribble drive attacks, and trey balls in a big time performance that opened eyes.

Reed Timmer – 2014 – PG – RAS
(6-1/170 – New Berlin Eisenhower H.S. – New Berlin, WI)

Control, effort, and energy are the three things Timmer brings to the table every time out and that was evident once again as he served as the catalyst for the RAS 16U Championship run on the final day.  Whether it was trey balls, mid-range looks, pinpoint passes, etc. it was Timmer who set the table for RAS to eat and Lachance, Ellingson, etc. ate very well in the process.  Timmer plays hard on both ends, always has a great motor, has handles, skill, instincts, and a big time floor game and he proved that once again on Sunday with an exceptional performance. Shared 16U Co-MVP honors as a result of his performance on the final day.

STOCK BOOSTERS

Larry Austin Jr. – 2014 – G – Mid-America Elite
(6-2/195 – Danphier H.S. – Springfield, IL)

The smooth skilled perimeter talent showed out again on Sunday with a variety of jumpers, dimes, and breakdowns off the dribble.  Really impressed throughout the weekend and on Sunday he continued to open eyes with a number of quality performances.  To view the NEW NY2LAHOOPS.TV MIXTAPE of Larry Austin from the 2012 NY2LA Sports Invitational released today by @SirNixA_Lot CLICK HERE

Evan Boudreaux – 2015 – PF – Team NLP
(6-7/210 – Lake Forest – Lake Forest, IL)

A skilled big who can finish around the basket and attack the glass, Boudreaux was solid on the final day as he looked the part of a young Division 1 prospect on the rise with a solid performance on the final day.  Currently holds an offer from Northwestern.

Chris Galbreath – 2013 – G/F – Chi-Town Diablos
(6-5/170 – DuSable H.S. – Chicago, IL)

A skilled slashing wing who can score in bunches, Galbreath was impressive on Sunday in a loss to the Team Drose All-Stars as he dropped 25 points on dribble drive attacks and transition buckets and opened some eyes in the process.  He can get to the rack off the bounce and finish and he could really see his stock soar in July with continued performances like the one he gave on Championship Sunday in Milwaukee.

Chris Golden – 2012 – SG – TP Elite
(6-2/165 – Wisconsin Lutheran H.S. – Milwaukee, WI)

One of the quiet perimeter assassins left on the board, Golden can fill it up in bunches and that’s exactly what he did at times on the final day.  Golden dropped 22 in the championship game as he drained trey balls, knocked down mid-range looks, etc. in a quality overall performance for the fast rising scoring talent.

Jack Morrisey – 2014 – SG – Full Package
(6-0/170 – Loyola – Evanston, IL)

Blistering the nets doesn’t do justice to what Morrisey did on Sunday as he ripped off 9 trey balls on his way to 35 points in a hard fought victory over the B.G.C. Elite.  In a script taking out of Double Dribble from the original Nintendo days, Morrisey was scintillating as he knocked down jumper after jumper in one of the top individual performances of the weekend.  Memo to world – this young fella can shoot!

STAR WATCH

V.J. Beachem - 2013 - G/F - Eric Gordon All-Stars
(6-7/180 - New Haven H.S. - Ft. Wayne, IN)

A smooth lanky wing, Beachem showed a solid perimeter stroke in the semi-final loss to the Wisconsin Swing as he drained 4 trey balls on his way to 14 points in the loss.  Already committed to Notre Dame, Beachem was smooth throughout the weekend and wrapped his tournament with another quality effort against the Swing.

Nick Fuller – 2013 – SG – Wisconsin Swing
(6-6/195 – Sun Prairie H.S. – Sun Prairie, WI)

Speaking of shooters, few if any have been as consistent as Fuller this spring and Sunday was another day at the office as his 25 point effort in the semi-finals was the key to the victory over the Eric Gordon All-Stars on Sunday.  He followed that up with an 11 point 19 rebound 7 assist effort in the title game loss to TP.  Overally another strong performance on day 3 of the 2012 NY2LA Sports Invitational.  To view the NEW Mix of 2013 SG Nick Fuller at NY2LAHOOPS.TV released last week courtesy of @SirNixA_Lot CLICK HERE

Bronson Koenig – 2013 – PG – Wisconsin Swing
(6-2/165 – La Crosse Aquinas H.S. – La Crosse, WI)

Koenig set the table for the Swing and then made sure he ate himself as well on the final day as he showcased his playmaking ability, mid-range game, and improved ability to score off the bounce at the rim.  Another solid floor performance for the Wisconsin bound Koenig which is pretty much the standard for him whenever he takes the floor. To view the NEW Mix of 2013 PG Bronson Koenig at NY2LAHOOPS.TV released last week courtesy of @SirNixA_Lot CLICK HERE

Basil Smotherman - 2013 - F - Eric Gordon All-Stars
(6-6/215 - Lawrence North H.S. - Indianapolis, IN)

Smotherman was solid throughout the weekend but in the semi-final loss to the Swing he elevated his game with 15 points and a ton of rebounds.  He was active on both ends, attacked the glass, scored off the bounce, finished in transition, and brought energy, toughness, and intangibles to the court.  Really enjoyed watching him play the final day of the tournament as he delivered some solid floor performances to close out the weekend. 

Matthew Thomas – 2013 – G – Wisconsin Playmakers
(6-3/185 – Onalaska H.S. – Onalaska, WI)

Opened the day with a 15 point performance in a victory over Full Package and closed the day with 23 points in a semi-final loss to the eventual champion TP Elite squad.  Continued to deliver strong shooting performances again this weekend and showed firsthand why he’s regarded as a top 100 prospect nationally and one of the premiere shooting talents in the country.  To view the NEW Mix of 2013 G Matthew Thomas at NY2LAHOOPS.TV released last week courtesy of @SirNixA_Lot CLICK HERE