When Sunday concluded at the NY2LA Sports GNBA Championships, the top bracket winners were decided. It was a long road to that point and many players continued to make a name for themselves. Here is a look at the day two top performers…
2015 GNBA CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 2 RECAP – PART 1
2015 GNBA CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 2 RECAP – PART 2
2015 GNBA CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 2 RECAP – PART 3
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Carlos Johnson - SF - Mac Irvin Fire - 2020
Johnson has become a guy that can be penciled in for 20+ points and 10+ rebounds each game. He has been consistently good throughout the tournament. His mid-range game is advanced where he can hit turnarounds and some fadeaways in the lane. Johnson has the tools to be a special player.
Jackson Paveletzke – PG – Playground Warriors – 2022
Paveletzke is skilled well beyond his years. He handles the ball at a high level while protecting it well. He is an excellent shooter that knocks down shots off the dribble and over defenders. He finished Sunday morning's game with 22 points, eight assists, four steals and four rebounds. The small guard can do it all at an early age.
Quenton Shelton- G - Yanders Law - 2021
Shelton has been tearing up the league throughout the spring and it continued on Sunday. Shelton scored 25 points including three 3-pointers. He was 10 of 19 from the field in the game. The guard also rebounds well. He is all over the floor each game.
Allen Johnson – G – Wisconsin United – 2019
Johnson tallied 21 points and nine rebounds in Wisconsin United's loss to Quad City Elite. He was strong off the dribble. He has good body strength for his age. Johnson isn't afraid to mix it up on rebounds despite being more of a guard than forward. He nearly led United back late against Quad City Elite but the comeback fell short.
Cole Nau – G - Ray Allen Select – 2019
Nau was getting to the basket with easy on Sunday morning. He showed that he can finish with a variety of shots around the basket as well. Nau displayed a good looking floater in the paint as defenders were closing out on him. He has good size from the guard position as well. Nau had a stat line of 12 points, six assists, three rebounds and three steals in the game.
Moses Moody – G – ABC Select – 2020
Moody is a long, skilled guard. He has a high-arcing, outside shot but he has shown consistency with it throughout the league. He is more than a capable ball-handler. He has a strong understanding of the game at an early age. Moody along with Gerald Doakes was a major reason why ABC Select captured the 7th grade title. Moody had 10 points in the championship game.
Hunter Snyder – G – Quad City Elite – 2019
Snyder entered the weekend just having three points per game. He caught fire from the 3-point line on Sunday. The long wing hit 6-13 from 3-point range for 19 points against Wisconsin United. His shooting helped Quad City Elite defeat Wisconsin United. Snyder displayed that he could put the ball on the floor but his point production came from spotting up on the perimeter. He has a smooth overall game.
Jalen Dearing – G – Net Gain – 2019
Dearing had a strong showing throughout the weekend. He ended Sunday with an 11 point, four rebound, three assist and three steal game. That sums up what Dearing can do on the floor...nearly everywhere. He has the skill, the will and the understanding to perform at a high level each time that he steps on the floor. He has a chance to be a major player down the road.
Quinn Cafferty – C – Butler Elite – 2019
Cafferty is a big post that has wide shoulders and moves well for his age and size. It looks like he is a coordinated player that is comfortable with the ball in his hands on the offensive end. He finished with 14 points on Sunday morning in a blow out win for Butler Elite. With his size and skill base, he could develop into a stellar high school player.
Deonte Taylor – G – Yanders Law – 2020
Taylor entered the weekend averaging 18 points per game in GNBA play and he maintained that average over the weekend. He loves slashing to the basket and he is very good at it. He converts at a high rate when he reaches the paint on drives. Taylor is a good rebounder thanks to his athleticism and toughness as well. Taylor is fun to watch.
Kanye Smith – F – Illinois Rising Stars – 2022
Smith has a height advantage at his age level and he uses it well. Although he is one of the tallest players, he has the ability to guard any position on the floor already. He moves really well considering his height and age. Smith seems to get every rebound in or out of his area. Sunday morning, Smith grabbed 15 rebounds including seven offensive against Future Elite. On the offensive end, he reads the defense and plays unselfishly. He probably needs to be more aggressive looking for his own shot since he is so skilled and usually has an advantage over his opponents.
Nolan Dahmen – C – Wisconsin Playground Warriors – 2021
Dahmen was impressive in the paint against Net Gain on Sunday morning. He finished the contest with 15 points and seven rebounds. He was active throughout the game and showed that he can be extremely productive in the lane.
George Jackson - F - Top Flight - 2022
Jackson is a long, lanky post player that uses his quickness in the paint to get easy baskets. He has an excellent face-up game for his age. Most taller players his age don't have that ability. He plays with energy on the defensive end and going after rebounds.
Kendall Brown - G - Top Flight - 2021
Brown is a tall, long wing with excellent ball-handling skills and vision. With his size, athleticism and ball-handling ability, he can play any spot on the floor right now. He had 12 points and three steals in the Top Flight quarterfinal win. His future looks promising with his skill set and length.