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APR 16
11:00
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2021
2021 SPRING EXTRAVAGANZA - GNBA SESSION 1 - 14U STOCK BOOSTERS
Dan Gibbs — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
While not even in high school yet, there was plenty of talent on hand at the 14U level of the Spring Extravaganza. Here are some of the top performers from the tournament.  Mesiyah Ashley - 2025 - G/F - Milwaukee Spartans Even as a middle schooler, Ashley showed unmatched versatility with his size, length, and athleticism. Ashley made is biggest contribution on the defensive end as he is   More...
 
 
APR 16
09:30
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2021
2021 SPRING EXTRAVAGANZA - 17U TOP PERFORMERS - PART 1
Dan Gibbs — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
Just an incredible group of talent was on hand for the Spring Extravaganza. Here is part one of the 17U top performers which includes some very talented 2021 and 2022 prospects.  Aldane Barrett - 2021 - PF/C - Mid-Pro Academy Barrett once again proved to be one of the best, if not the best shot blockers at the tournament. A highly skilled rim protector that has some size at   More...
 
 
APR 16
09:15
AM EST
2021
2021 SPRING EXTRAVAGANZA - 16U ONES TO WATCH
Dan Gibbs — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
Five talented players that all shined throughout the weekend that college coaches will want to be very familiar with.  Braylen Blue - 2023 - PG - Madison Spartans A point guard with some size at 6’3” and length that really knows how to play. A skilled player with the ball in his hands with his ability to shoot it off the dribble with good range as well to his exceptional   More...
 
 
APR 16
09:00
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2021
2021 SPRING EXTRAVAGANZA - 16U STOCK BOOSTERS
Dan Gibbs — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
While many players at the 16U level could make a strong argument for inclusion on this list, here are the players that were most deserving of the stock booster honors.  Joey Abraham - 2023 - PG - Hoop City Ohio A true point guard with a high IQ that really competes on the floor. He is strong with the ball in hands and does a good job handing ball pressure. He’s at his best   More...
 
 
APR 14
08:45
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2021
2021 SPRING EXTRAVAGANZA - 16U TOP PERFORMERS - PART 2
Dan Gibbs — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
Part two of this impressive list of standouts from the weekend in Indianapolis. The list includes a few of the top 2023 players in the Midwest as well as the entire nation.  Milan Momcilovic - 2023 - F - Phenom University  An incredibly gifted scorer at 6’8” that continues to impress each and every time we see him. A high-level shooter that hits shots at a high   More...
 
 
APR 14
08:30
PM EST
2021
2021 SPRING EXTRAVAGANZA - 16U TOP PERFORMERS - PART 1
Dan Gibbs — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
With 20 courts of actions and many of the top teams from around the region, one article to include all the top performers was just not enough. Here is part one of the top performers for the 16U level from this weekend.  Xavier Booker - 2023 - PF - George Hill All-Indy An incredibly high ceiling big man that stands at 6’11” and has great length. He is an elite shot blocker   More...
 
 
APR 14
01:30
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2021
2021 SPRING EXTRAVAGANZA - 15U OTHERS OF NOTE
Dan Gibbs — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
In addition to the top performers and stock boosters, here are some talented players that stood out during the Spring Extravaganza with a high level of play and all show a bright future on the hardwood.  Sam Johnson - 2024 - F - All Ohio Red A tough 6’5” power forward that performed well on both ends of the floor. He has a good motor and really works on the defensive side to   More...
 
 
APR 14
01:15
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2021
2021 SPRING EXTRAVAGANZA - 15U STOCK BOOSTERS
Dan Gibbs — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
With a tremendous deal of talent on hand in Indianapolis, there were tons of freshman excelling and making a name for themselves. Here are the ones who helped themselves out the most over the three days.  Cameron Casky - 2024 - G/F - Progeny Hoops A long and athletic wing that has a high ceiling. The freshman showed off a good versatile skill set and made plays on both ends. A tough on   More...
 
 
APR 14
01:00
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2021
2021 SPRING EXTRAVAGANZA - 15U TOP PERFORMERS
Dan Gibbs — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
Another weekend that featured a talented group of players at the 15U level with many of the top programs from around the region. Here are the players that stood out the most over the weekend in Indianapolis.  Tyrique Brooks - 2024 - PG - Yanders Law An athletic guard that plays so hard to make a big impact on the floor. He did the bulk of his scoring attacking the basket hard on drives   More...
 
 
APR 14
12:45
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2021
2021 G ETHAN ROBERTS TALKS WEST POINT COMMITMENT
Dan Gibbs — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
Army recently landed one of the top uncommitted seniors in all of Illinois. Ethan Roberts of Hersey High School announced his commitment to West Point on twitter. Roberts is a 6’5” guard.  Army was the first division one program to offer Roberts, which happened in January. He was later offered by Navy and Lafayette College, as well to a division two offer from Southern   More...
 
 
APR 08
04:45
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2021
2021 SWISH N' DISH REWIND - 17U ONES TO WATCH
Dan Gibbs — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
In addition to the stock boosters and standouts, here are some intriguing and highly talented college prospects that performed well over the weekend.  Logan Applegate – 2022 – PG – Yanders Law Applegate has great point guard skills and is a quality playmaker. He is a high IQ player who knows where to go with the ball and showed extraordinary passing ability. He was   More...
 
 
APR 08
04:30
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2021
2021 SWISH N' DISH REWIND - 17U STOCK BOOSTERS
Dan Gibbs — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
There was a long list of players making a name for themselves over the two days in Pleasant Prairie. Here are the players from the 17U level that were able to boost their stock the most. Tavion Banks - 2022 - F - Brad Beal Elite Banks is a strong wing forward with a good motor. He is an agile player and is a tough on-ball defender with his intensity on that end. The versatile defender that   More...
 
 
APR 08
01:00
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2021
2021 SWISH N' DISH REWIND - 17U TOP PERFORMERS
Dan Gibbs — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
With all the talent at this year’s Swish N’ Dish, the competition to make the standouts list was extremely competitive. Here are the ten who stood out the most with their performance over the weekend.  Leon Bond - 2022- G/F - JH1 Elite A bouncy 6’5” wing that makes a big impact on the floor in a number of ways. He is versatile scorer the showed he can beat   More...
 
 
APR 07
01:45
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2021
2021 SWISH N' DISH REWIND - 16U STOCK BOOSTERS
Dan Gibbs — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
Plenty of players from the 16U level at this year’s Swish N’ Dish boosted their recruitment stock over the weekend. Here are some of them who helped themselves the most with their play.  Coby Allen - 2023 - G - M14 Hoops A lengthy 6’3” guard that had a breakout weekend. He showed a good ability to create his own shot off the dribble and knock them down from both   More...
 
 
APR 07
01:45
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2021
2021 SWISH N' DISH REWIND - 16U ONES TO WATCH
Dan Gibbs — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
In addition to our standouts and stock boosters, here are additional players with a great deal of talent that really excelled at this year’s Swish N’ Dish.  Chris Djurasovic - 2023 - F - Chapman Basketball  A long and versatile 6’7” forward. He showed off a good ability to play out on the perimeter or in the paint with his back to the basket and scored well   More...
 
 
APR 07
01:30
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2021
2021 SWISH N' DISH REWIND - 16U TOP PERFORMERS
Dan Gibbs — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
With a loaded field of teams, this list includes a few of the top sophomores in the entire nation. As the Swish N’ Dish featured an incredibly long list of talented players, here are the ones that really stood out at the 16U level.  Darrin Ames - 2023 - PG - Mac Irvin Fire Ames has remarkable handle and moves with the basketball. Defenders all weekend were having issues of sticking   More...
 
 
APR 06
12:00
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2021
2021 SWISH N' DISH REWIND - 15U ONES TO WATCH
Dan Gibbs — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
In addition to the standouts and stock boosters from the 15U division, there were several players that had standout performances over the weekend. Here are a few more players from the 15U level who had impressive performances. Bennett Basich - 2024 - G - Phenom University  Basich is a smart guard that stood out with his play on both ends. He works exceptionally hard on the defensive end   More...
 
 
APR 06
11:45
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2021
2021 SWISH N' DISH REWIND - 15U STOCK BOOSTERS
Dan Gibbs — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
Here are players from the 15U division of the NY2LA Swish ’N Dish that either started to make a name for themselves or boosted their stock greatly over the weekend with a high level of play.  Lucas Austin - 2024 - F - Midwest Prospect Academy A strong 6’6” forward with some good skills. He has a nice stroke spotting up from three hitting shots at a high percentage but   More...
 
 
APR 06
11:00
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2021
2021 SWISH N' DISH REWIND - 15U TOP PERFORMERS
Dan Gibbs — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
The 2021 NY2LA Swish N’ Dish once again featured a great schedule with many shoe circuit teams and plenty of other notable programs. Here are the players from the 15U division that stood out the most.  Note – Listed in alphabetical order James Brown - 2024 - PF - Mac Irvin Fire Brown showed why he is one of the top freshman in the entire region. An agile, strong, and   More...
 
 
APR 06
02:15
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2021
NY2LA SPORTS SPRING EXTRAVAGANZA TIPS APRIL 9-11, 2021
Antonio Curro — National Recruiting Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
The NY2LA Sports Spring Extravaganza in association with Ohio Basketball is set to tip off April 9-11, 2021 inside the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.  After a one year hiatus in 2021 this platform returns for its 9th installment in 2021 with boy’s 11U-17U action throughout the weekend.  With COVID-19 policies and protocols still in effect in most places most   More...
 
 
MAR 30
12:15
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2021
NY2LA SPORTS SWISH N' DISH RETURNS APRIL 2-4, 2021
Antonio Curro — National Recruiting Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
The NY2LA Sports Swish N’ Dish Spring Warm-Up returns April 2-4, 2021 and once again it promises to be one of the premiere platforms to tip off the grassroots travel season.  Annually regarded as one of the top hoops events in the country this platform is rich in history with an alumni list that includes NBA stars, former McDonald’s All-Americans, former Jordan Brand Classic   More...
 
 
Class of 2022
6-5    G
Danville HS
Danville, IN
MAR 05
07:00
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2021
GET TO KNOW 2022 G BRADY RUGGLES
Dan Gibbs — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
After spending the first two years of his high school career in Illinois, Brady Ruggles made the move to Danville, Indiana for his junior year. The move has quickly paid off this season for Danville Community High School as the junior has averaged 15 points, 4 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game to help them to a 14-4 record plus an undefeated mark in conference play.  “It’s   More...
 
Class of 2022
6-5    G
Danville HS
Danville, IN
 
Class of 2022
6-8    PF
St. Charles North H.S.
St. Charles, IL
FEB 18
07:30
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2021
UPDATE WITH 2022 PF ETHAN MARLOWE
Dan Gibbs — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
With the high school season just now underway in Illinois, there are many players across the state taking advantage of it and making a name for themselves. One of these breakout star in the young season so far has been Ethan Marlowe.  The 6’8” junior forward is currently averaging 16 points and 8 rebounds to help St. Charles North off to a 3-1 record so far. More and more   More...
 
Class of 2022
6-8    PF
St. Charles North H.S.
St. Charles, IL
 
Class of 2021
5-8    PG
Mundelein
Mundelein, IL
FEB 17
01:15
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2021
2021 PG TREY BAKER PICKS MARYVILLE
Dan Gibbs — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
While playing alongside two division recruits in his class at Mundelein High School with Conor Enright (Drake) and Scottie Ebube (Southern Illinois), Trey Baker has often been an under the radar player in the 2021 class. However, over the course of his junior season and last summer playing with All In Athletics, Baker emerged as a scholarship level talent himself.  On Monday, the   More...
 
Class of 2021
5-8    PG
Mundelein
Mundelein, IL
 
Class of 2022
6-5    G
Glenbard West
Glen Ellyn, IL
JAN 22
11:00
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2021
UPDATE WITH 2022 G CADEN PIERCE
Dan Gibbs — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
One junior in Illinois that has continued to attract mid-major interest over the past year has been Caden Pierce. Pierce is a 6’5” guard at Glenbard West High School and plays with the Illinois Wolves program. Last season as a sophomore, Pierce averaged 7.2 points, 7 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game.  UIC became the first program to offer Pierce last summer and   More...
 
Class of 2022
6-5    G
Glenbard West
Glen Ellyn, IL
 
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
 
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