The 2017 annual NY2LA Sports Spring Extravaganza carried on from Hopkins High School on Saturday. Day two featured more action from Session 2 of the NY2LA Association. Part of a loaded North Division, Musa Jallow and Team Blaze Select picked up a statement win…


Grant Basile – 2018 – F – Wisconsin Shooters

Basile was one point shy of a double-double in a win over Grand Rapids Storm. The rising junior forward came up with nine points and 10 boards in what was a low scoring, grind-it-out affair. The versatile forward did a good job of taking advantage of mismatch opportunities inside and out. He was 4-of-8 from the field and also dished out two assists. Defensively, Basile altered a number of shots, keying a strong defensive effort for the Wisconsin Shooters. 

Justin Brookens – 2017 – PG – DTA
Brookens had a big second half as DTA fell in overtime to Blue Chip Nation. The unsigned senior is a dynamic ball handlers with tight handles. He can create his own offense at a high rate and will make defenders look foolish in isolation sets. Despite his smaller stature, Brookens is fearless and lives in the paint. Brookens struggled with his shot, but rose up and made timely plays when it mattered most. He finished with 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals. 

Musa Jallow – 2018 – SF – Team Blaze Select
Putting together a dominating performance, Jallow helped Team Blaze Select gain an impressive win over the REACH Legends. Jallow seemed to do whatever he pleased Saturday night, throwing down some big jams, blocking shots, and hitting contested jumpers. Jallow was a blistering 9-of-10 from the field en route to a game-high 21 points. He added six rebounds and a block as well. An all-around prospect that just gets things done game in and game out, Jallow is putting together a nice weekend in Minneapolis. 

Monty Johal – 2018 – SG – Yanders Law
Johal is a shot maker that can get hot quickly and stay hot. He rattled off a number of shots in a row en route to a big first half versus RL9. A lengthy two-guard with a lot of offensive ability, Johal is one of the biggest sleepers nationally. He finished with 20 points, including 4-of-8 from 3-point range. Johal was deadly with his step back jumper, not fazed by a hand in his face. Johal is so elusive off the dribble that he’s able to create so much space, even though defenders don’t necessarily have to be too concerned with him being in the paint. Johal added five rebounds in a win over RL9.

Ethan Schuemer – 2018 – PF – Mercury Elite Thomas
Schuemer was active and made his presence felt in a win over Example Sports Saturday morning. The 6-foot-6 power forward has a nice shooting stroke and terrific touch around the rim and from mid-range. Finishing with 19 points and seven boards, Schuemer affected the game in a variety of areas. He kept plays alive on the glass, leading to second chance points for his team. In fact, five of his seven rebounds were on the offensive end. He’s also a willing facilitator that draws defenders and finds open teammates. A player that doesn’t stop until a whistle is blown, Schuemer had an impressive all-around effort. 

C.J. Siegel – 2018 – PG – Wisconsin Playmakers
Siegel was filling it up in a loss to the Minnesota Comets. Keeping his team in the game, Siegel went for 22 points. The under the radar floor general was hitting some difficult shots and showcased some deep range. Siegel’s pull-up game from mid and 3-point range is one of the best in the league. A terrific athlete, Siegel is also a Division 1 football recruit with some big bounce for his size. Siegel is a sure-fire Division 2 prospect, but is also receiving Division 1 looks and has a chance to play his way into the highest level. 

Matthew Todd – 2018 – G – Minnesota Comets
Todd is an assassin and just went off in a win over Inland Empire. Playing barely over a half, Todd helped put the game away quickly with a game-high 21 points in short work. Todd was 7-for-11 from the field, including 2-for-3 from beyond the arc. What’s impressive about Todd is that he can rack up points without forcing much offensively. While his shooting is fun to watch, Todd is much more than a scorer. The sharpshooter has a great feel for the game, controls the tempo of the game, and makes really smart decisions with the basketball. Todd has yet to receive a Division 1 offer, but that needs to change this spring/summer. 

Aundre Williams – 2017 – PG Illinois Irish Elite
An energy player that doesn’t take a minute of rest, Williams was everywhere during Friday’s loss to MBA Select. The 6-foot-0 floor general has an excellent understanding of the point guard position and runs the show offensively. Williams made winning plays and quality passes to his teammates in stride, setting them up to be successful. A good blend of strength and speed, Williams is explosive going to the rim. He’s able to hang in the air for what seems like an eternity and isn’t fazed by traffic around the basket. Williams just took over long stretches of the game, finishing with 28 points, four rebounds, three assists, and two steals. 

Quinn Blair – 2018 – F – REACH Legends

Although it was a rough performance for his team, Blair showed why he’s one of the top prospects in the 17U Division. He only took six shots, making four of them in a loss to Team Blaze Select, but Blair flashed his promising versatility. Blair can stretch the floor with his sweet shooting stroke. He can also put it on the deck and take slower big off the dribble. He also has some back-to-the-basket game as Blair is developing into a three-level scorer. 

Jevon Burton – 2018 – G – RL9
Burton stuffed the stat sheet in a loss to Yanders Law on Saturday. He went for 16 points, five rebounds, four assists, and three steals in one of the most complete efforts of the weekend. Burton made six of his 10 shot attempts, including 5-of-7 from inside the arc. In what was a track meet, Burton’s play in transition allowed RL9 to survive and a 3-point shooting onslaught from Yanders Law and even gave his team a chance to win. 

Christian Dickson – 2018 – SG – Minnesota Select
Minnesota Select rolled past the Wisconsin Playmakers Saturday night, riding the hot shooting of Dickson. At one point in the first half, Dickson connected on four-straight triples. He hit five on the night en route to a team-high 18 points. It seemed every time the defense made a mistake, Dickson made them pay. He was 5-for-6 shooting from 3-point range and also added two assists in the win. 

Rylen Grundy – 2018 – PF – MBA Select
Grundy had two solid showings on Saturday, capped off by a 20-point effort in a loss to Jets-Ramey United. He was 8-of-11 shooting, including 2-of-3 from downtown – a bit outside his comfort zone. An explosive jumper, Grundy just needs a step on his defender and he’s playing above the rim. Also an impactful shot blocker and rim protector, Grundy wiped away a number of points on day two, including four blocks in two games.

Kyle Lefevre – 2018 – SG – Mercury Elite
Lefevre shot the lights out in a win over Team Elite Saturday morning. Knocking down triple after triple, Lefevre put the game away in the second half with a series of knockout blows. Lefevre made six shots the entire game. Five of them were from downtown en route to a game-high 17 points. Lefevre got into a rhythm as a spot-up shooter and his confidence just increased as the game went on. Able to shoot on the move, Lefevre needed little time to set his feet until he was ready to rise and fire. 

Zach Lattimer – 2018 – SG – MBA Select
Lattimer drilled seven 3-pointer in a win over the Illinois Irish. It’s safe to say MBA Select would have been on the losing end of this one without his shooting. Every time the Irish made a run, Lattimer was there to silence it. He poured in 21 points on 7-for-11 shooting, including 7-of-8 from downtown. If the hand was down, the man was down. There was no hesitation from Lattimer in what was arguably the best shooting exposition of the weekend thus far. 

Masie Mohammadi – 2018 – PG – Team Elite
Mohammadi is an electric point guard that can flat out shake people in the open floor. He impressed with his ability to take people off the bounce and pull-up from mid and 3-point range. Very quick on and off the ball, Mohammadi generates a lot of looks for himself by gaining separation and exploding in and out of cuts. Using excellent handles, Mohammadi finds different ways to break down his opponent off the dribble. Mohammadi finished with a team high 12 points, including three triples in a loss to Mercury Elite.

Malachi Smith – 2018 – SG – Jets-Ramey United
The slashing ability makes Smith a difficult player to defend. He can knife through the defense and has excellent body control around the rim and in traffic to finish off tough buckets. Smith has good size at 6-foot-3 and is a little bouncy. Smith didn’t have a big scoring effort on Saturday, but his play making ability was a big difference in a tight win over MBA Select. A good drive and dish guard, Smith has an excellent feel for breaking down a defense and anticipates their next move very well. 

Brenden Van Dyke – 2018 – F – Blue Chip Nation
Liked the overall activity of Van Dyke. An intriguing prospect, Van Dyke excels at the high post. He’s a good slasher and passer from that area and created a lot of problems in a double overtime win over DTA. Van Dyke also had some clutch plays on both ends of the floor, putting home a late bucket, taking away another with a block, and connecting on two free throws to seal the game. Van Dyke would finish with a game-high 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting, along with a monster effort on the glass, which included 14 rebounds. 

John Wheeler – 2018 – G/F – Illinois Irish
Wheeler is a work horse with one of the best motors in the league. He plays with relentless effort and makes plays inside and out. The Illinois Irish get a ton of value out of the 6-foot-4 junior, who can shoot, slash, rebound, protect the rim, and defend a number of different positions. A tough, hard-nosed player, Wheeler bangs in the paint and makes tons of hustle plays. He also had success stepping out and shooting the basketball on Saturday. One of those players that opponents hate lining up against, Wheeler had a 15-point effort in a loss to MBA Select, followed by a 14-point performance in a win over the Colorado Titans.