The 2017 NY2LA Basketball Association tips off with its opening session this weekend in Texas and the 15U-17U action will be exciting once again in the 16U division with multiple teams and multiple prospects in search of championship hardware and attention from college coaches.  Here’s a brief look at some of the top prospects expected to compete in the 16U division of the NY2LA Basketball Association this spring and summer…



(Note – This is not an exclusive list)
Tanner Baird – 2019 – G – Colorado Titans
Baird finished last summer in a big way, putting together a number of strong performances together in Milwaukee. The sophomore guard has been known to put on a show offensively and make big plays down the stretch. Baird seems to have a knack for playing his best when he’s most needed. A prospect that almost welcomes the pressure and tough defense, Baird was a pleasant surprise last summer that should continue to build off that momentum.

Harlond Beverly – 2019 – SG – REACH Legends
Standing at 6-foot-4, Beverly is a long lean wing with athleticism, quickness, and skill. The gifted sophomore has an advanced skill set that he utilizes to finish at all three levels while doing so in a smooth and easy fashion. He can spot up in transition or half court sets, he has solid slashing ability to score in transition and off the bounce, or if needed he can take smaller guards to the blocks where he can finish over them or around them on occasion. Equipped with an ability to rip the nets from the perimeter in bunches at his best, the versatile scoring package of Beverly is bolstered by his ability to elevate on the approach and run the floor. Will be one of the biggest stock risers in the 2019 class this spring and summer if he plays to his abilities consistently.

D.J. Carton – 2019 – PG – Quad City Elite
Carton is receiving high major attention this spring. A quality floor general with some surprising athleticism, Carton hits a lot of check marks in what you want in a point guard. The straw that stirs the drink, almost everything runs through the 6-foot-1 sophomore and he knows exactly when to take over offensively or create for his teammates. Iowa, Nebraska, and Wisconsin are evaluating going into the spring. Look for plenty of other Division 1 programs to start showing interest as well. 

Owen Coburn – 2019 – C – Martin Bros.
A developing interior prospect with solid instincts and feel, Coburn solid length, size, and untapped potential. He can finish with either hand around the basket and has the ability to step out to 12-15 feet on occasion as well. Defensively, Coburn alters shots and as he continues to develop his physical tools and lower half agility and explosion he could become a dominant force defensively. Still raw many areas, that doesn’t stop Coburn from being active on both ends of the floor.

Marcus Domask – 2019 – SF – Ray Allen Select
A highly skilled wing in the 2019 class, Domask is one of the highest-IQ players out there. The 6-foot-5 sophomore has an array of tools, particularly on the block. Domask makes defenders very uncomfortable with his ability to post and invert himself in the offense. A deadly 3-point shooter, Domask is an accurate catch and shoot player. Domask has also worked hard on his mid-range game and ability to score off the bounce, developing into a three-level scorer. Green Bay has offered early while a mixture of high and mid-major programs are evaluating Domask.

Semaj Henderson – 2019 – SG – Chicago Lockdown
An all-around playmaker, Henderson sparks his team throughout a game. The lefty has plenty of speed with the basketball and is extremely confident when he takes things to the rim. While he’s very quick, Henderson still plays under control and knows when to look for his own offense or distribute to his teammates. Henderson’s drive and dish ability or willingness to constantly attack the rim creates a lot of offense for his team.

Cole Nau – 2019 – PG – Ray Allen Select
A true floor general that’s a strong ball handler and creator, Nau is a fighter with a strong will to win. Nau has an understanding of the game and a level of unselfishness to his play that make him an excellent teammate and one that will generally make the right decisions with the basketball. A speedy, crafty guard, Nau creates a lot offensively just by weaving around and getting defenders out of position. Always playing within the flow of the offense, Nau sticks to his strengths and doesn’t try and do too much. 

Baden Noennig – 2019 – F – Minnesota Comets
We like the athleticism and versatility of Noennig. The 6-foot-6 forward isn’t afraid to challenge people at the rim and throw down in traffic. Noennig can pull opposing bigs out of the paint and is more than quick enough to take them off the dribble. Noennig also has patience and skill on the block. He runs the floor very well and makes himself available in transition. 

Carrington McCaskill – 2019 – F – R.E.A.C.H. Legends
A high motor active and athletic talent, McCaskill powers the ball through the rim in transition and around the basket.  He can fill the box score, collect rebounds, and finish from each level while contributing a max effort performance to the game with consistency.  An exciting and talented prospect to keep track of this spring.

Donyea McCaskill – 2019 – G – Yanders Law
A consistent top performer in the association last year, McCaskill is really tough to stop offensively. A lengthy, 5-foot-11 shooting guard, McCaskill has some good athleticism which he uses to hang in the air and convert some acrobatic finishes. Even with the defense giving him a step or two, McCaskill was still quick enough to get by and goes a good job of playing angles when he puts the ball on the deck. McCaskill will constantly attack and dares the defense to get in his way and stop him. 

Donovan Moore – 2019 – PG – Illinois Irish 
One of the biggest stock risers in the Midwest, Moore has shown he’s worthy of some hype this spring. A 6-foot-3 guard with good length and strength for the position, Moore makes a lot of big plays. Moore does a lot of things well offensively. He’s a threat to attack the rim and has some surprising explosiveness. Moore also rarely settles offensively, looking to get the best shot. But when he does need to take a jumper, Moore showed the defense has to respect him as a catch and shoot guard or an off the dribble scorer.

Blaise Threatt – 2019 – G – Blue Chip Nation Elite
Threatt has unique touch around the rim. He’s mastered the running floater over the top of the defense. A shooter with a quick stroke, defenses can’t leave Threatt unattended on the perimeter. Able to play on or off the ball, Threatt has terrific vision in the open floor. Threatt puts a lot of pressure on the defense and even if they’re able to keep him from scoring, he can burn them with the pass.  

Zach Toussaint – 2019 – G – Kessel Heat
A high-scoring guard, who can flat out catch fire from three-point range, Toussaint has been known to be a deadly sharpshooter. He’ll take a number of shots from downtown, but Toussaint will also produce. Coming up through the GNBA circuit, Toussaint would drill as many as eight triples a game. A high-IQ shooter that takes advantage of what the defense gives him, Toussaint will display his unlimited range this spring. 

Aidan Vanderloo – 2019 – G – Martin Bros. 
Vanderloo is a dynamic, crafty guard. He does a great job of creating offense for himself and others. With the potential to light it up from downtown, Vanderloo can score off the bounce or free himself through screens off the ball. Vanderloo can change it up, penetrating into the teeth of the defense and drop the ball off to teammates. A great decision maker, Vanderloo is solid when maneuvering around traffic and always seems to set his teammates up for success. 

Andre White Jr. – 2019 – PG – All In Future Elite
A savvy instinctive floor general who handles the ball well, delivers timely passes, and can score from beyond the arc and at the mid-range level.  White is active defensively and his dribble penetration, vision, and ability to distribute or finish every time down the floor makes him a matchup problem for most teams.  Another quality prospect to keep tabs on this spring.

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