The annual NY2LASPORTS 2013 Generation Next Invitational Championships tipped off Friday night. Playing at Homestead High School in Mequon, Wisconsin, were some of the top AAU programs and players across the Midwest. Here’s a recap from the action that took place on opening night…


2013 GNIC - DAY 1 RECAP - PART 1
2013 GNIC - DAY 1 RECAP - PART 2
2013 GNIC - DAY 1 RECAP - PART 3

Top Performers
Wyatt Cook – 2017 – PF – Wisconsin Shooters
6-3 – Pewaukee, WI

Cook recorded a solid opening game performance for the Wisconsin Shooters in their loss to Illinois Speed. The young forward impressed with his ability to pull his defender away from the rim and attack. Cook also displayed a nice mid-range game Friday night as well despite the loss.

Jacob Keller – 2017 – SG – Illinois Speed
6-1 – Oswego, IL

Keller led Illinois Speed with 15 points in their win over the Wisconsin Shooters Friday night. The lefty showed good ability to fire off shots quickly from three-point range, as well as good vision and passing.

Melvin Lee - 2017 - PG - Playground Elite
5-6 - Milwaukee, WI

The quick and talented lead guard was all over the court on opening night as he finished with 11 points and served as the catalyst for a talented PGE squad that won convincinly on Friday.

Darrell Payne – 2017 – PG – Indiana MVP
5-5 – Gary, IN

Payne had a big game for Indiana MVP Friday night, going for a game-high 21 points in a losing effort. The freshman guard was unstoppable for much of the game, hitting shots from all over the floor, and getting to the rim at will.

Joevon Walker – 2017 – F/C – Playground Elite
6-5 – St. Paul, MN

Walker’s size, strength, and hustle were all impressive Friday night as Playground Elite cruised to an easy win over Hoops Health. Walker controlled the paint inside on both ends of the floor and showed good touch around the rim. The freshman big man scored 10 points in the win.

Stock Boosters
Chris Caspari – 2017 – F – Wisconsin Shooters
6-2 – Whitefish Bay, WI

Caspari scored 16 points Friday night. The freshman was very solid in the paint, converting some tough finishes inside. Caspari also ran the floor very well, which led to some easy opportunities.

Virshon Cotton – 2017 – PG – TP Elite
5-5 – Milwaukee, WI

Cotton is an outstanding ball handler and distributer. The freshman guard can also get it done in the scoring department, leading TP Elite with nine points in a blowout win over Kingdom Hoops. The speedy floor general pushed the ball up the floor and was dishing out assists throughout the game.

Zach Koski – 2017 – G/F – Minnesota Suns
5-10 – Minneapolis, MN

Koski is a hard worker with a high basketball IQ. The freshman led the Suns with 17 points in their win over Indiana MVP Friday night.

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