Saturday Rewind: #NY2LASND2K18
March 31 2018
MILWAUKEE, WI — The 2018 edition of NY2LA Sports Swish ‘N Dish Spring Warm-Up continued across the Brew City on Saturday as an impressive amount of talent was on display in the event’s youth divisions. Despite the stars in attendance at the 16U and 17U levels, some of the best performances of the day came from younger prospects. Here’s a rundown of the action…
BIG-TIME PROSPECT PLAYING THROUGH THE PAIN
- Class of 2021
- Milwaukee, WI
Saturday’s loaded slate of games at #NY2LASND2K18 certainly did not disappoint those in search of high-level basketball. To start the morning, Milwaukee Spartans faced off against Hoop Avenues Elite, a pair of teams with a ton of talent at each position. The Spartans were forced to fight from behind for the entire game but showed great resiliency in their quest to win. Despite the game coming down to the final stretch, Milwaukee Spartans would just fall short Hoop Avenues Elite.
However, 6-foot-9 Michael Foster (pictured) outshined everyone in the building with his play from this contest. The athletic, muscular forward was originally a scratch for the weekend (due to a finger injury) but dressed out this morning and had an impressive two-way showing.
Given the injury, he was unable to utilize his strong-hand, yet somehow still gobbled up every rebound in sight while consistently playing above the rim. Foster finished with a double-double, including a team-high 14 points. Expect to see a healthy Foster to further annihilate his competition in the near future.
MAC IRVIN FIRE BRINGING THE HEAT
Their guards, Kamarion Cobb and Dontrail Dixon combined for 20 points while constantly applying full-court pressure on the defensive end. Their big man, Karson Kolin, already stands at a sturdy 6-foot-3 and effectively utilizes his frame inside the paint to rebound the ball.
That being said, their star was wing forward Marcus Pigram (pictured), who finished with a game-high 23 points and scored efficiently from all three levels. This Mac Irvin Fire squad was as entertaining as any 13U team in attendance, certainly making them worth a watch in the near future.
MARTIN BROTHERS SHOWCASING TRUE CHEMISTRY
As Saturday concluded at #NY2LASND2K18, Martin Brothers 15U team proved to be one of the most unselfish teams on display. These guys play for one another and prefer to make the intelligent play instead of the flashy one.
The Martin Brothers success stems from 6-foot-9 Chase Courbat (pictured). The big man is still growing into his body yet already displays terrific rebounding instincts and is a near-lock to finish with a double-double every time he suits up. While Courbat holds down the paint, guards Michael Duax, Jadin Johnson, and Kyle Kelley are all extremely vital to the team’s success.
The trio works very well together, able to coexist together on the floor, and each can fill roles at multiple positions. This will certainly be one of the most intriguing teams on the grassroots scene, especially if they continue to share the ball so willingly.
PHENOM UNIVERSITY, SIMPLY PHENOMENAL
Few teams at #NY2LASND2K18 won a contest more convincingly than Phenom University 15U at Milwaukee Lutheran on Saturday. They hit the ground running and never turned back. Phenom University was led by 6-foot-6 David Joplin (pictured) and 6-foot-4 Cameron Palesse; the duo combined for 28 points, however, it was their play on the defensive end that stood out above all else.
Palesse has terrific size for a playmaking guard and frequently showcases his versatility, which allows him to switch across multiple positions whenever necessary. He made sure that everyone was involved, including Joplin, who did a terrific job as the screener in the two-man game. Add in strong contributions from 6-foot-5 Carter Capstran and Phenom University would take this contest easily. Once 6-foot-1 Kobe Johnson hits his stride, this team will be quite difficult to beat.
MEANSTREETS PROVE SIZE MATTERS
The 13U division here at #NY2LASND2K18 features at least a dozen of the nation’s most elite programs, coming from all over the region. Hailing from the Windy City, Nike-sponsored Meanstreets have proven that they are a force. Their size is simply unmatched; they have the ability to rotate three players standing 6-foot-3 or taller who can successfully coexist with one another.
Davius Loury (pictured) is certainly a prospect that immediately catches the eye, standing at 6-foot-5 and towering over the competition. He rebounded the ball quite well and showed potential as a rim-running big man. His frontcourt mates, Joloni Johnson and Jowan Vilella, are both very intriguing prospects. Johnson has great length and understands how to impact the game on both ends of the floor.
Meanwhile, Vilella was their strongest two-way performer, scoring at will on offense while forcing one turnover after another on the defensive end. Finally, it would be a disservice to Jalen Griffith and his game-high 17 points if he was failed to be mentioned. He consistently found ways to expose the defense from all three levels while creating opportunities for others.