The 2017 annual NY2LA Sports Spring Extravaganza returns to Minnesota this weekend. Featuring a competitive 16 and 17U open division as well as session 2 of the NY2LA Association, Minneapolis will be buzzing as some of the nation’s top programs and players are set to compete. Here’s a look at the top games to watch on opening night…


17U Open Division
Kingdom Hoops vs. 43 Hoops – Hopkins High School

Two favorites in the 17U Open Division collide on opening night. 43 Hoops out of Minnesota features a number of prospects who hail from powerhouse high school programs in the Minneapolis area. Always one of the most overlooked, but consistently most difficult programs to eliminate, Kingdom Hoops looks to make a statement in this high quality matchup.

MN Magic Elite vs. Wisconsin Blizzard Hawley – Hopkins High School
The Blizzard have picked up a big time weapon at the guard spot. DePaul commit and sharpshooter John Diener will be in action on opening night. He’ll be contested by Tyler Ebert and a number of intriguing post prospects for Minnesota Magic, who have a deep interior. 

16U Open Division
ET21 Buckeyes vs. Minnesota Fury – Minnetonka High School

ET21 Buckeyes will unveil their 6-foot-10 center Cameron Bartmann. The squad from Illinois features a number of hidden gems, including Deng Reng. You can say the same about the Minnesota Fury, who have a skilled group of prospects that generally offer some of the best basketball to watch year in and year out. 

Net Gain Sports vs. Kingdom Hoops Elite – Minnetonka High School
A top team to watch in the 16U Division, Net Gain Sports has some excellent guard play. Emmanuel Tamba came on strong last summer and showed to be a prospect worth watching. Kingdom Hoops will offer a good look at some sleepers in the 2019 and 2020 classes. 

Sanford Pentagon vs. Illinois Attack – Minnetonka High School
Good things are expected out of Sanford Pentagon, a talented group from South Dakota. Opening night will offer a first look to many at a number of their prospects, including Trevor Woodall. Illinois Attack has been known to make noise in this tournament over the last several years, which should set up a quality matchup on opening night. 

17U NY2LA Association
Playground Elite vs. The Force – Hopkins High School

Coming off a 4-0 weekend in Dallas, Playground Elite stands atop the East Division. 2018 guard Marlon Ruffin is a name Division 1 programs need to get familiar with. He averaged 17.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game, while shooting 66.7 percent from the floor in Session 1. Trying to rebound from a 1-3 start, The Force are led by point guard Daijon Smith, who’s putting up 10.7 points per game. 

Wisconsin Swing vs. Omaha Elite – Hopkins High School
After winning the 16U Division last season, the Wisconsin Swing look strong once again, going 3-1 in Dallas. The backcourt tandem of Mitch Listau (15.5 ppg) and Nick Klug (14.5 ppg) were terrific in Session 1. Sitting with a 2-2 record, Omaha Elite is paced by unsigned senior Aguek Arop, who’s averaging 11.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game on 57.8 percent shooting through four contests. 

AUSA Hoops vs. Team Blaze Select – Hopkins High School
Two of the top players in the association square off in this one. AUSA Hoops has rising unsigned senior Sebit Reath (8.8 ppg), one of the most versatile prospects in the league. Dragan Elkaz (13.7 ppg) and Tobias Cameron (13.3 ppg) also made in Dallas, forming one of the most balanced teams in the league. That will be a big test for Team Blaze Select, who features Musa Jallow, arguably the top prospect in the 17U Divison. Jallow is posting 12.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game thus far. In a battle of 3-1 teams, only one squad will remain atop the North Division after Friday. 

Minnesota Comets vs. REACH Legends – Hopkins High School
A battle of 2-2 teams in the North Division takes place on opening night. One of the biggest surprises from Session 1, Matthew Todd averaged 15.5 points and 4.0 assists per contest for the Comets in Dallas. His running mate, the 6-foot-10 Joe Hedstrom wasn’t too shabby either, putting up 11.8 points on 50 percent shooting from the field. REACH Legends have been getting big numbers from Djuan Seales, who’s averaging 19.7 points and 11.0 rebounds per contest. Also keep an eye on the versatile Quinn Blair (11.7 ppg), who does a little bit of everything. 

Wisconsin Shooters vs. RL9 Elite – Hopkins High School
RL9 got off to a nice 3-1 start back in their home state. Sitting just one game back in the South Division, they’ll be challenged on opening night. Faite Williams is coming off a big weekend, pouring in 15.3 points per game. The Wisconsin Shooters counter with their 1-2 frontcourt punch of Derek Sabin (7.8 ppg) and Grant Basile (7.8 ppg), both of which are being tracked by Division 1 programs. 

Kessel Heat Black vs. Mac Irvin Fire – Hopkins High School
This game could determine a lot in the North Division. Hanging with some of the big boys, Kessel Heat has flexed its muscles with a 3-1 start. Their 1-2 punch of Quinlan Bennett (13.3 ppg) and Jalen Shaw (10.8 ppg) is one of the best duos in the association. Needing a win after a 2-2 start in Dallas, Mac Irvin Fire will look to their dynamic guard Xavier Pinson. A big stock riser this spring, Pinson is posting 17.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game on 60.6 percent shooting. 

Martin Bros. vs. Yanders Law – Hopkins High School
Yanders Law finds themselves atop the South Division after a 4-0 start in Session 1. That was in large part of the explosion of Tyree Appleby, who dropped 25.5 points and 5.0 boards per game in Dallas. Two games back in the South Division, Martin Bros. will look to cut into the lead. They’re led by Van Rees (12.0 ppg) and Matt Mims (11.6 ppg), who both had solid efforts in Dallas. 

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