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Class of 2021
6-5    SG
Danville H.S.
Danville, IL
NY2LASPORTS.COM Rank: 72
JAN 05
10:00
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2021
2021 SG TEVIN SMITH TALKS CAL STATE FULLERTON COMMITMENT
Dan Gibbs — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
Cal State Fullerton has once again landed a commitment all the way from the state of Illinois. This time it was from Tevin Smith of Danville High School. Smith is a 6’5” senior guard/forward.  While the majority of their roster is from California, Smith will be the second member of the team next season from Illinois. Last year they landed a commitment from current freshman   More...
 
Class of 2021
6-5    SG
Danville H.S.
Danville, IL
NY2LASPORTS.COM Rank: 72
 
Class of 2023
6-9    C
BBCHS
Bourbonnais, IL
DEC 29
11:45
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2020
2023 F/C OWEN FREEMAN CONTINUING TO TREND UP
Dan Gibbs — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
More sophomores from Illinois are starting to attract college interest as well as scholarship offers. One of these players is Owen Freeman of Bradley-Bourbonnais High School and Mid Pro Academy. Freeman is a 6’9” power forward.  Back in the middle of October, Freeman received his first offer from the University of Illinois. Western Illinois followed up a few days later also   More...
 
Class of 2023
6-9    C
BBCHS
Bourbonnais, IL
 
Class of 2022
6-7    G/F
Glenbrook South H.S.
Glenview, IL
NY2LASPORTS.COM Rank: 91
DEC 22
11:45
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2020
2022 G/F NICK MARTINELLI IS ONE TO WATCH IN ILLINOIS
Dan Gibbs — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
Even after an impressive summer, one junior that is still under the radar in Illinois is Nick Martinelli. While he has a fair amount of interest from division one programs across the nation, he has yet to receive a scholarship offer. Martinelli is a 6’7” wing forward at Glenbrook South High School.  Air Force, Belmont, Bucknell, California San Diego, Columbia, FAU, Holy Cross,   More...
 
Class of 2022
6-7    G/F
Glenbrook South H.S.
Glenview, IL
NY2LASPORTS.COM Rank: 91
 
Class of 2020
6-5    PG
Minnehaha Academy
St. Paul, MN
NY2LASPORTS.COM Rank: 5
DEC 15
01:45
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2020
FIVE EARLY SEASON STANDOUTS IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Antonio Curro — National Recruiting Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
The college basketball season is on and off a bit right now with games moving forward and a flurry of games being postponed and/or cancelled periodically.  Unfortunately this is the COVID-19 reality we’re currently dealing with across the board.  That being said, when the games have moved forward a handful of high caliber prospects are elevating up the draft boards and delivering   More...
 
Class of 2020
6-5    PG
Minnehaha Academy
St. Paul, MN
NY2LASPORTS.COM Rank: 5
 
Class of 2021
6-7    PF
Downers Grove North
Downers Grove, IL
DEC 11
09:45
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2020
2021 F JACK MIELKE TALKS SOUTHERN INDIANA COMMITMENT
Dan Gibbs — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
Southern Indiana landed one of the most coveted division two recruits in Illinois when they received a commitment from Jack Mielke. Last season as a junior at Downers Grove North High School the 6’7” forward averaged 14.7 points to go along 7 rebounds per game.   Mielke picked Southern Indiana over a long list of scholarship offers from schools nationwide. This list   More...
 
Class of 2021
6-7    PF
Downers Grove North
Downers Grove, IL
 
DEC 07
11:30
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2020
THE GRASSROOTS BASKETBALL SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIPS DEBUTS IN JULY 2021
Antonio Curro — National Recruiting Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
The travel basketball landscape took a much needed trajectory upward last week with the announcement of The Grassroots Basketball Association by The Hoop Group, HoopSeen, and NY2LA Sports.  The collaboration and unity of the three largest and most impactful independent travel basketball brands to form this exciting new platform created a needed balance and opportunity for some of the best   More...
 
 
Class of 2023
6-9    F/C
Desert Valley Prep (NV)
Chicago, IL
DEC 07
11:00
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2020
2023 F/C WILFRED KAMUKAMA ON THE MOVE
Dan Gibbs — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
One of the top big men in Illinois’ class of 2023; Wilfred Kamukama, has recently transferred out of state to Nevada. Kamukama has made the move to Desert Valley Prep after spending his freshman year at Huntley High School.  Kamukama said he transferred due to the uncertainty of a high school season in Illinois right now. In addition to wanting to play against better competition   More...
 
Class of 2023
6-9    F/C
Desert Valley Prep (NV)
Chicago, IL
 
Class of 2022
6-5    SG
Buffalo Grove
Arlington Heights, IL
DEC 03
10:30
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2020
UPDATE WITH 2022 SG KAM CRAFT
Dan Gibbs — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
After a highly successful first two years of high school, Kam Craft is finally starting to see his recruitment interest heat up over the last several months. Even after averaging 24 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3 assists per game as a sophomore at Buffalo Grove High School (IL), Craft had still yet to see a single scholarship offer.  That all changed in June when Drake became the first school   More...
 
Class of 2022
6-5    SG
Buffalo Grove
Arlington Heights, IL
 
DEC 01
12:15
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2020
THE GRASSROOTS BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION DEBUTS IN 2021
Antonio Curro — National Recruiting Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
The three biggest independent travel basketball organizations have partnered to create the largest and most impactful platform in the country. NY2LA Sports, Hoop Group and HoopSeen will all be a part of The Grassroots Basketball Association in 2021.    The need to have the best platform possible for college bound student-athletes has been forefront in each organization’s   More...
 
 
Class of 2022
6-8    PF
Whitney Young
Chicago, IL
NOV 30
10:00
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2020
2022 PF A.J. CASEY IS A BLUE CHIP FORWARD ON DECK IN ILLINOIS
Antonio Curro — National Recruiting Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
While COVID-19 may have slowed the basketball scene in Illinois substantially this winter, it’s not going to do too much to slow down the rise of some of their top prospects and 2022 Power Forward A.J. Casey of Whitney Young (IL) is one of those blue chip talents who continues to trend upward with each passing month. Equipped with a plus length 6-8 frame, Casey moved over to Chicago   More...
 
Class of 2022
6-8    PF
Whitney Young
Chicago, IL
 
Class of 2020
6-3    PG
Scotlandville (LA)
Milwaukee, WI
NY2LASPORTS.COM Rank: 30
NOV 25
11:30
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2020
FIVE IMPACT FRESHMAN SET TO DELIVER THIS COLLEGE SEASON
Antonio Curro — National Recruiting Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
The college basketball season tips off today and we wanted to take a look at some of the talented freshman that we’ve had the opportunity to watch grow and develop over the years.  So with that being said here’s five potential impact freshman to keep your eyes on this season… Note – Listed in alphabetical order Reece Beekman – 6’3 – PG –   More...
 
Class of 2020
6-3    PG
Scotlandville (LA)
Milwaukee, WI
NY2LASPORTS.COM Rank: 30
 
NOV 23
11:00
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2020
2020 NY2LA SPORTS TOP 40 LEAGUE - 1ST TEAM ALL-LEAGUE SELECTIONS
Antonio Curro — National Recruiting Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
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HIGHLIGHTS OF 2020 NY2LA SPORTS TOP 40 LEAGUE 1ST TEAM ALL-LEAGUE SELECTIONS
The NY2LA Sports Top 40 Fall League rebooted this past fall and some of the top high school prospects in Wisconsin as well as a handful from Illinois took to the hardwood in impressive fashion.  Today we begin our look back at this past fall’s action with a look at the all-league teams. Note – You will have to have played a minimum of (2) weeks for consideration 2020 NY2LA   More...
 
 
NOV 19
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2020
2024 F/C JAMES BROWN HAS EARLY TABS ON NEXT BIG THING IN CHICAGO
Antonio Curro — National Recruiting Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
While the 2021 and even the 2022 continues to blaze its trail through the college recruiting ranks right now, the incoming freshman class is set to make their debut at the high school level at some point this season and one talented 2024 prospect who is front and center in that conversion is James Brown of St. Rita in Illinois.   Long regarded by NY2LA Sports as one of the premier up   More...
 
 
Class of 2022
6-5    G
Danville HS
Danville, IN
NOV 18
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2020
REESE AND RUGGLES ARE TWO 2022 PROSPECTS TO WATCH CLOSELY
Antonio Curro — National Recruiting Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
The COVID-19 pandemic has put a number of things on pause and as the numbers trend upward the games across the Midwest are at a standstill.  That being said at some point and time basketball will move forward whether it’s the winter, spring, or even summer and when that happens a number of prospects will be looking to take the next step in their progression.  Two talented   More...
 
Class of 2022
6-5    G
Danville HS
Danville, IN
 
Class of 2022
6-3    G
Kimberly H.S.
Appleton, WI
NOV 17
12:30
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2020
FIVE LATE BLOOMING 2022 GUARDS PRIMED TO DELIVER
Antonio Curro — National Recruiting Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
Yesterday we took a look at four highly regarded 2022 guards nationally and today we take a peek at a handful of prospects who stand to possibly become really late blooming stories over the next 8-12 months.  Here’s five of them to keep track of as things move forward… Note – Listed in alphabetical order Tyler Harmon – 6’1 – G – Ozark (MO) A   More...
 
Class of 2022
6-3    G
Kimberly H.S.
Appleton, WI
 
NOV 17
11:00
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2020
UPDATE WITH 2021 F JACK MIELKE
Dan Gibbs — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
After recently receiving a scholarship offer from North Georgia, Jack Mielke has now grown his offer list into the double digits. To date, the 6’7” senior power forward, also holds offers from Hillsdale College, Indiana Tech, Lewis University, Northern Michigan, Northwood, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Rockhurst, Southern Indiana, and Truman State.  During his junior season,   More...
 
 
Class of 2022
6-4    G
Sierra Canyon
Chatsworth, CA
NY2LASPORTS.COM Rank: 50
NOV 16
11:30
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2020
FOUR FABULOUS 2022 GUARDS TO TRACK NATIONALLY
Antonio Curro — National Recruiting Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
The recruiting world continues to be in a flux with the constant fluidity of COVID-19 and the lack of opportunities for college coaches to put their own eyes on prospects this year.  That being said there’s still a number of guards who have firmly solidified their status as high major prospects in the 2022 class.  Here’s a quick glance at four such   More...
 
Class of 2022
6-4    G
Sierra Canyon
Chatsworth, CA
NY2LASPORTS.COM Rank: 50
 
NOV 10
05:15
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2020
UPDATE WITH 2021 G ETHAN ROBERTS
Dan Gibbs — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
While one of the top seniors in the greater Chicago area, Ethan Roberts is still under the radar in terms of his college recruitment. While he has interest from all levels of schools, the 6’4” guard, has one scholarship offer currently from Southern Indiana. Roberts had just received the offer earlier this month.    As a 4.0 student, Roberts is putting much importance on   More...
 
 
Class of 2021
6-2    G/F
Notre Dame
Evanston, IL
NOV 05
03:45
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2020
TOP ILLINOIS 2021 PROSPECTS STILL ON THE BOARD
Dan Gibbs — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
Many of the top 2021 players across Illinois have already made their college commitment. Max Christie has picked Michigan State, Bryce Hopkins is off the board to Kentucky, Isaiah Barnes is headed to Michigan, and Chris Hodges has been committed to Wisconsin for some time. Though there is still plenty of talent on the board. Here are just some of the best uncommitted players in the   More...
 
Class of 2021
6-2    G/F
Notre Dame
Evanston, IL
 
Class of 2021
6-6    G/F
Fenwick H.S.
Oak Park, IL
NY2LASPORTS.COM Rank: 54
NOV 03
10:15
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2020
2021 F BRYCE HOPKINS PICKS KENTUCKY
Dan Gibbs — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
The Kentucky Wildcats and John Calipari landed a commitment from one of the top seniors in the Midwest and entire nation in Bryce Hopkins. Hopkins is a 6’7” small forward of Fenwick High School in Oak Park, Illinois and played with the Mokan Elite program. As a junior last season, Hopkins was named first team 3A all-state in Illinois by the IBCA.  In landing a commitment from   More...
 
Class of 2021
6-6    G/F
Fenwick H.S.
Oak Park, IL
NY2LASPORTS.COM Rank: 54
 
NOV 01
11:00
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2020
2020 NY2LA SPORTS TOP 40 LEAGUE - WEEK 2 MVP AND TOP PERFORMERS
Antonio Curro — National Recruiting Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
Session 2 of the 2020 NY2LA Sports Top 40 League hit the hardwood this past weekend and once again some of the top prospects in Wisconsin as well as a couple from Illinois delivered high caliber performances on an individual basis.  Here’s a look at the MVP and Top Performers from week 2… 2020 NY2LA TOP 40 LEAGUE MVP – WEEK 2 2021 – Brandin Podziemski –   More...
 
 
Class of 2021
6-3    PG
Minnehaha Academy H.S.
Minneapolis, MN
OCT 27
10:45
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2020
FIVE 2021 PROSPECTS ON THE RISE
Antonio Curro — National Recruiting Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
The pandemic took opportunities from the 2021 class and now with recent rule changes by the NCAA there’s a possibility that even more opportunities may be lost.  That being said there’s still a laundry list of 2021 prospects worth tracking on the board and today we look at five of them in the Midwest. Note – Listed in alphabetical order Hercy Miller – 6’3   More...
 
Class of 2021
6-3    PG
Minnehaha Academy H.S.
Minneapolis, MN
 
Class of 2022
6-6    SF
Wauwatosa East H.S.
Wauwatosa, WI
OCT 27
10:15
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2020
FIVE 2022 PROSPECTS TO TRACK CLOSELY
Antonio Curro — National Recruiting Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
The unique and unfortunate year that 2020 has become saw a lot of kids lose opportunities to grow and gain opportunities in the 2021 class.  The 2022 is not excluded from that as a host of talented prospects looking to take the next step in their development had that opportunity slowed as well.  Today we switch gears a bit to look at five talented below the radar 2022 prospects that   More...
 
Class of 2022
6-6    SF
Wauwatosa East H.S.
Wauwatosa, WI
 
OCT 26
03:45
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2020
2020 NY2LA SPORTS FUTURES CAMP - PART 12 - CLASS OF 2024 ALL-CAMP STANDOUTS
Antonio Curro — National Recruiting Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
The annual NY2LA Sports Futures Camp tipped this past weekend and once again it featured an electric group of talent in the 2021-2024 classes.  Some of the top 2024 prospects in the Midwest were on the hardwood and once again they made their presence felt.  We continue our coverage with a look at that standouts from the 2024 class from this past weekend… 2024 Camp   More...
 
 
OCT 21
11:45
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2020
2020 NY2LA SPORTS FUTURES CAMP RECAP - PART 11
Dan Gibbs — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
While these players have yet to step on the court of a high school game, many of them still came to play to have impressive showings.  Here’s a glance at a handful of 2024 standouts from the 2020 installment of the NY2LA Sports Futures Camp James Brown – F/C – 6’9” – St. Rita (IL) While just a freshman, Brown is already 6’9” with a good   More...
 
 
OCT 21
09:45
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2020
2020 NY2LA SPORTS FUTURES CAMP RECAP - PART 10
Rodger Bohn — Writer for SLAM Magazine
The 2020 NY2LA Futures Camp brought many of the top players from the Midwest and beyond all under one roof just outside of Milwaukee. With prospects from a dozen states, the youngsters were broken up into two separate sessions: The classes of ‘21/’22 and the classes of ‘23/’24. Games were all livestreamed via Be The Beast, college coaches were buzzing all day, and regional   More...
 
 
OCT 19
05:15
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2020
2020 NY2LA SPORTS TOP 40 LEAGUE - WEEK 1 MVP AND TOP PERFORMERS
Antonio Curro — National Recruiting Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
The NY2LA Sports Top 40 Fall League hit the hardwood last week for its opening night and with a prospect list that boasted many of the top players in the state of Wisconsin from the 2021-2024 classes the opening night did not disappoint.  So with that being said we begin our coverage of this year’s fall platform with a look at the top performers and the MVP for week 1… 2020   More...
 
 
OCT 19
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2020
2020 NY2LA SPORTS FUTURES CAMP - PART 9 - CLASS OF 2023 ALL-CAMP STANDOUTS
Antonio Curro — National Recruiting Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
The annual NY2LA Sports Futures Camp tipped this past weekend and once again it featured an electric group of talent in the 2021-2024 classes.  Some of the top 2023 prospects left on the board in the Midwest in 2023 were on the hardwood and once again they made their presence felt.  We begin our coverage with a look at that standouts from the 2023 class from this past   More...
 
 
OCT 19
08:15
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2020
2020 NY2LA SPORTS FUTURES CAMP RECAP - PART 8
Dan Gibbs — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
On Saturday, the 2023 class came to play and several greatly impressed with big time performances. The group on hand included many of the top 2023 players from all across the Midwest.  Faizon Farr – G – 6’1” Farr is a skilled up-tempo playmaking guard who both scored and distributed the basketball well. Uses his quickness and moves with the ball to get inside   More...
 
 
OCT 19
08:00
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2020
2020 NY2LA SPORTS FUTURES CAMP RECAP - PART 7
Rodger Bohn — Writer for SLAM Magazine
The 2020 NY2LA Futures Camp brought many of the top players from the Midwest and beyond all under one roof just outside of Milwaukee. With prospects from a dozen states, the youngsters were broken up into two separate sessions: The classes of ‘21/’22 and the classes of ‘23/’24. Games were all livestreamed, college coaches were buzzing all day, and regional battles were   More...
 
 
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