Day two of the 2016 NY2LA Sports GNBA Regionals continued on Sunday from Waukegan, Ill. A number of the nation’s top up and coming prospects took the floor in a highly competitive environment, including touted 2020 shooting guard Jalen Suggs, who led Team Sizzle to two victories, capping off a 3-0 weekend.
Here are some of the top performers from Sunday’s GNBA Regionals.
TOP PERFORMERS (7TH & 8TH GRADE)
Note – Listed in alphabetical order – This is not an exclusive list
Delonte Austin – 7th Grade – F – Playground Elite
Austin exploded for 29 points on Sunday. Leading Playground Elite in their loss to the Elite Soldiers, Austin had a monster effort on both ends of the floor. He added a game-high 19 rebounds, including 12 offensive. Austin was 11-of-20 shooting and also recorded two steals in the loss.
Trey Baker – 7th Grade – G – Kessel Heat Black
Baker went off in Sunday’s win over Yanders Law. Posting a game-high 26 points, Kessel heat picked up a double-digit win to end their weekend. Baker was 11-of-19 from the field and knocked down three triples on Sunday. He also added two steals and two assists in the victory.
Nimari Burnett – 8th Grade – G – Mac Irvin Fire
Mac Irvin Fire raced to a 30-point win over Kansas Pray & Play Sunday afternoon thanks to a big effort from Burnett. He scored a game-high 21 points, going 7-for-9 from the field. Burnett was unconscious from downtown, draining five of his six attempts from beyond the arc. He also racked up three steals in the win. Burnett finished the day with 19 points in another win over Butler Elite.
Trevon Chew – 8th Grade – F – Yanders Law
Yanders Law knocked off the Milwaukee Spartans by double-digits in large part of Chew’s efforts. He chipped in with 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting during Sunday’s victory. Chew also grabbed three rebounds, including two offensive, and had an assist and a steal each.
Darius Cooper – 7th Grade – PF – Kansas Pray & Play
In a battle of unbeatens, it was Cooper and Kansas Pray & Play who came out with a double-digit victory over All-In Young & Reckless. A physical, relentless forward, Cooper came to play and dominated the paint area. He finished with 15 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Cooper was 7-of-10 from the field and five of his boards came on the offensive end as he kept a number of plays alive for his team on Sunday.
Dawson Garcia – 8th Grade – F – Team 1 Tyus
A skilled, 6-foot-5 forward, Garcia ended his day with a great effort. Garcia scored a game-high 20 points as Team 1 Tyus dropped Butler Elite. Garcia was 7-of-12 from the floor, including 3-for-5 from downtown. He rounded out his performance with three rebounds, all offensive, two steals, and a block.
Amani Glosson – 8th Grade – F – Milwaukee Spartans
Glosson had 20 of his team’s 56 points as the Milwaukee Spartans fell to Yanders Law Sunday morning. Glosson was 9-for-11 shooting, including a perfect 2-of-2 from three-point range. He also added three rebounds, two blocks, and one steal in the defeat.
Ronald Johnson III – 7th Grade – G – George Hill Rising Stars
Johnson is a terrific 1-on-1 scorer from the guard spot. A quick and strong player, Johnson can beat people off the bounce and either finish against contact or drop the ball off a teammate, making great decisions in traffic. He made it look easy on Sunday, scoring a game-high 21 points in a win over the Wisconsin Playground Warriors. Johnson was 9-of-11 from the field, including 2-for-3 from three-point range. He also added two steals in the win.
Isaac Lindsey – 8th Grade – G – Wisconsin Swing
Lindsey shot the ball very well in Sunday’s win over Team Ramey. The Swing went on to win by 17 points as Lindsey scored a game-high 17. Lindsey knocked down three triples in the win. He was 5-of-11 total from the field and also added three steals. He wasn’t done either. In the afternoon, Lindsey led the Swing to a victory over Quad City Elite, dropping a game-high 23 points, including four triples. He also added three steals, two assists, and two blocks in the win.
Antuan Nesbitt – 7th Grade – G/F – Butler Elite
Nesbitt capped off a strong weekend with another big performance on Sunday. In a win over Illinois Irish Elite, Nesbitt had a complete effort, headlined by a game-high 23 points. Nesbitt added six rebounds, four steals, and two assists to his stat line. He was also 11-of-16 from the field on Sunday.
Eric Price – 7th Grade – F – Quad City Elite
Price’s efforts pushed Quad City Elite over the top in their victory over Future Elite on Sunday. Price flirted with a double-double, scoring a game-high 23 points and grabbing eight rebounds. He was 11-for-13 shooting and even knocked down a triple. Price also added one steal in his final outing.
Isaiah Rivera – 8th Grade – F – Quad City Elite
Also a standout on Saturday, Rivera took things to another level on Sunday. He scored a game-high 33 points, often carrying Quad City Elite, despite a loss to Team Getshook. Rivera had a double-double with 12 rebounds. He was 13-of-19 from the field overall and also had three steals and a block. Rivera ended his day with 20 points and six rebounds in a loss to the Wisconsin Swing.
Jalen Suggs – 8th Grade – SG – Team Sizzle
One of the top players in the country in his class, Suggs led Team Sizzle to a huge win over the Wisconsin Playground Warriors Sunday morning. Suggs can do it all and proved that by scoring a game-high 25 points, grabbing 11 rebounds, dishing out four assists, blocking two shots, and recording two steals. Suggs shot 9-of-14 from the floor in the victory. In the final game on Sunday, Suggs had 10 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists in another win over Team Manimal.
Michael Keegan – 8th Grade – SG – Martin Bros.
Keegan had the hot hand in Sunday’s blowout win over the Illinois Irish. Keegan knocked down four of his five attempts from three-point range en route to a game-high 20 points. Keegan was 7-for-8 overall from the field. He also added three rebounds, one assist, and one steal in the victory.
Jermontae Warren – 8th Grade – G – Team Getshook
Warren helped Team Getshook get a much needed win over Quad City Elite on Sunday in a high scoring battle. Warren led the way with a team-high 23 points. He constantly attacked and applied pressure on the defense. 11 of his 23 points came at the foul line. Warren was 6-for-8 shooting and also added four steals and two assists in the victory.
Kerwin Walton – 8th Grade – G – Net Gain Sports
Walton found his stroke Sunday afternoon. Despite a loss to Team Ramey, Walton shined on the offensive end. He scored 21 of his team’s 30 points, going 8-of-13 from the field. He knocked down four triples, despite the defense keying on him. Walton also added four rebounds and a steal in the loss.
Adam Weir – 7th Grade – F/C – Illinois Irish
The Illinois Irish fell to Butler Elite on Sunday, but Weir was terrific on both ends of the floor. He kept his team alive with 22 points. Perhaps more impressively, Weir dominated the glass, racking up a game-high 21 rebounds, including eight offensive to give him a double-double. Weir also recorded two steals and two blocks in the loss.
NEW FACES (5TH & 6TH GRADERS)
Note – Listed in Alphabetical Order – This is not an exclusive list
David Freedman – 6th Grade – C – Kessel Heat
Kessel Heat edged Wisconsin United thanks to Freedman’s performance. In a three-point victory, Freedman scored a game-high 26 points. He made it a double-double as well, grabbing 13 rebounds. Freedman was 8-of-15 from the floor and also made 10 of his 13 free throw attempts.
Greg Galloway – 6th Grade – F – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
Galloway and the Playground Warriors knocked off Junior Varsity Sunday morning. Galloway had a perfect shooting effort, making all eight of his attempts from the field. He finished with a game-high 20 points. Galloway also controlled the paint, grabbing six rebounds and recording two blocks in Sunday’s win.
Jake Hamilton – 5th Grade – C – Springfield Predators
Hamilton continued his big weekend on Sunday. The skilled big man dropped a game-high 26 points in a blowout win over Illinois Speed. Hamilton flirted with a double-double, grabbing nine rebounds and also had five steals. Hamilton finished 12-of-15 shooting and also knocked down his only attempt from three-point land.
Jayvaughn Hannah – 6th Grade – F – Ray Allen Select
A big, 6-foot-1 forward, Hannah posted a double-double on Sunday. Dropping 20 points and 11 rebounds, Hannah led Ray Allen Select to a 10-point victory over the Illinois Irish. Hannah did it all on Sunday, also recording five assists and two steals. He scored or assisted on 30 of his team’s 61 points.
Ethan Kizer – 5th Grade – C – Illinois Irish
Kizer had a monster performance to open up Sunday. Registering a double-double, Kizer poured in 20 points and racked up 20 rebounds in a win over Future Elite. Kizer scored 14 of his 20 points at the foul line and was 3-of-3 shooting from the field. He was 14-for-16 overall from the foul line and added two steals and a block before fouling out of the game.
Caiden Lecce – 5th Grade – SG - Illinois Attack
Lecce went off with a big scoring performance in Sunday’s win over the Wisconsin Playground Warriors. Totaling a game-high 30 points, Lecce had the Illinois Attack on his back in a six-point victory. Lecce was 12-of-20 from the field and also knocked down four triples. He also added an assist and one steal to his stat line.
Trey Pettigrew – 6th Grade – SG – Illinois Speed
Illinois Speed got a lopsided victory over Iowa Elite in Sunday’s opener. In short work, Pettigrew racked up a game-high 19 points. Pettigrew was 8-for-10 shooting from the floor. He also knocked down three of his four attempts from three-point range. Totaling the amount of points scored by the opposition, Pettigrew also had an assist and one steal in the win.
Noah Shannon – 6th Grade – G – Hoop Avenues
Shannon racked up 20 points in his appearance on Sunday morning. Defeating the Springfield Predators by 20 points, Hoop Avenues got a great shooting effort from Shannon, who was 9-of-12 from the floor. Shannon also grabbed four rebounds in the victory.