Posted On: 07/17/17 11:57 PM
Day 2 at the NY2LA Next Level Invitational was the first full day of the tournament. Prep Hoops Michigan was there from the beginning to the end. Below are some players who stood out Thursday and boosted their stock with both coaches and us!
Despite it being so early in the event, Williams may have already locked down the best individual performance in the event for the weekend. He was already known by many to be one of the best shooters in Michigan regardless of class, but after dropping 38 points and going 10-12 from three in a single game, you could start to really put him into the discussion for one of the top shooters in the entire midwest. He was hitting from deep off the catch or the dribble, and it did not matter if it was contested or not. When he gets going like that he is practically unguardable, as he knows how to create space to shoot.
Mason Wojtusik- 2020 6’3 Combo Guard Mt. Pleasant/Greenwood Elite 15u
Wojtusik had a hit and miss game, which was better than most of his teammates on the day against Playground Elite. Wojtusik had a nice individual run in the second half that allowed Greenwood to comeback. Wojtusik did great at slashing to the hoop, especially in iso situations. He had a nice baseline drive for an and-one and then a couple iso buckets against his defender. He also created quite a few turnovers over the course of the game.
Hyde has been getting decent coverage since June and for good reason. In the game we watched against Minnesota Fury, Hyde showed off his much improved physique by dominating the interior. He was grabbing rebounds and finishing putbacks, and also was just forcing the Fury to constantly have to worry about him by putting 1 or 2 bodies on him at a time. Hyde showed some good touch around the rim as well. He has carved out his role as the star on this very balanced ENB squad, and D2/NAIA programs have taken notice.
Jeff Carrier- 2020 6’6 Forward Mason County Central/Greenwood Elite 15u
Carrier was another player who was one of the few bright spots for Greenwood. Early on he stood out for Greenwood. He had a play in transition where he surprised a few scouts when he finished right at the rim with 2 hands. He also had a couple nice blocks in transition that turned into transitions the other way. Carrier also showed an impressive ability to face up and score off the dribble against similar sized players, and when he faced up, he also displayed a great passing ability. Carrier looks like he is one of the top players in Northern Michigan.
Is one of the smallest 2018s in the entire event, but he also may well be the loudest. He was constantly talking on both offense and defense, directing traffic for his team. He did what every PG is supposed to do and that is go and get the ball. ENB struggled early, but he made some big shots inside against much larger players by using his body to shield the ball. Jones made some big plays late to help ENB grind out a tough 50-47 win over the Minnesota Fury.
Richmond ran the offense perfectly. He keeps the tempo at a pace that suits his team and is able to handle the pressure the defenses throw at him. He does not turn the ball over often and is able to still create for others. He also was able to still be a threat on the court scoring. He showed off some crafty moves in transition to create space against his man and finish at the rim. He also is a pretty good shooter who is more than capable of burning teams from deep as he hit a three from the wing as well. A underrated player who does not get the credit he deserves.
Donavan Moore- 2019 6’3 CG West Bloomfield/Illinois Irish 16u
Moore is transferring from his old high school in Illinois into Michigan for the up and coming season. He has quickly rose onto college coach’s radars across the midwest and he is beginning to pick up high major. This was the first time I ever watched Moore, and thanks to some help from colleague Scott Burgess, I had a rough idea of what to expect. Moore did not disappoint, as he put on a show in just one half. He showed off great explosiveness with the ball, blowing by his man and finishing with a huge dunk off one dribble from the top of the key, had an impressive back scratcher breakaway dunk, and hit some shots from midrange and deep all in the first half. He also ran the offense well and controlled the tempo of the game, refusing to be sped up or slowed down. He played at his own pace. Moore already has 5+ D1 offers and is picking up high major interest. It would not be a shock to see him start getting HM offers in the near future.