The 2013 Swish ‘N Dish took center stage this past weekend as highly regarded prospects, talented teams, and well respected scouting services filled the gyms for three days of exciting action.  Opening night was electric as always as junior big man Jahlil Okafor of the Mac Irvin Fire sent a message with a powerful 34 point effort in a double overtime thrilling victory to cap the night off.  We begin our coverage of the annual hoops spectacular with a look at some of the top efforts on day 1…


(Note – Listed in alphabetical order)

Lamonte Bearden - 2014 - PG - WI Swing
6-2 – Germantown HS - Germantown, WI

Bearden commanded the floor expertly much of the game against D-Rose.  He finished with 11 points and 8 assists, but impressed all watching with how smooth and effective he was running determining tempo, creating plays and finishing with contact.  Put some flare to the court at times which was exciting and mostly controlled.

Jalen Brunson - 2015 - PG - Mac Irvin Fire
6-1 – Stevenson HS - Vernon Hills, IL

Brunson came off the bench and made an immediate impact for Mac Irvin knocking down four first half triples and added another basket later.  He was active and aggressive and showed and ability to take over the game at times and put the ball in the basketball.  A really solid opening night effort as he finished the game with 14 points and was very efficient from the field.

Brady Ellingson - 2014 - SG - Ray Allen Select
6-3 – Hamilton HS - Sussex, WI

Ellingson was tremendous against Mac Irvin Fire pouring in 5 three’s and adding a few regular baskets including a nice turn around left-handed baby hook the defense never saw coming.  The junior sharp shooter finished with 24 points in the double-overtime loss to Mac Irvin.

Jahlil Okafor - 2014 - C - Mac Irvin Fire
6-10 – Whitney Young HS – Chicago, IL

It is weird to say Okafor got off to a slow start when he had 12 points in the first half, but that is maybe because half of it came at the line as the opponent was on his back and arms every shot early... He showed how well-conditioned he is for his size, playing through double and triple teams all game, fighting through two overtimes and easily finishing the game winning tip-in... Oh yeah and that tip-in gave him 34 points and certainly double-digit rebounds for the night!

Tyler Ulis – 2014 – PG – Meanstreets
5-9 – Marian Catholic HS – Matteson, IL

Ulis did a little bit of everything for Meanstreets in their win over the Madison Spartans. The junior plays much bigger than his size and has a high basketball IQ. Ulis couldn’t be stopped on the offensive end on his way to 15 points in limited action.

Cliff Alexander - 2014 - PF - D-Rose All Stars
6-10 – Curie HS -Chicago, IL

Though D-Rose All Stars had a rough start and struggled getting into a rhythm, Alexander still showcased his explosiveness and sheer strength inside, drawing bodies to him inside and on the glass all game. Stats were slim point-wise but the ability and athleticism remain evident.

Keita Bates-Diop – 2014 G/F – Illinois Wolves
6-7 – University HS – Bloomington, IL

Bates-Diop was outstanding in the first half against TP Elite, dropping 14 points, including a couple of highlight dunks. The Ohio State commit finished with 19 points in the win.

Evan Boudreaux – 2015 – F – Team NLP
6-7 – Lake Forest HS – Lake Forest, IL

Boudreaux came out and dominated right from the opening tip. The sophomore scored 16 points in the first half alone, getting most of his buckets in transition and on hustle plays. Boudreaux finished with 20 points in a blowout win over the Wisconsin Starz.

Darrell Davis – 2014 – SG – REACH Legends
6-3 – Detroit Frederick Douglas HS – Detroit, MI

Davis had a big second half and finished with 16 points in a loss to Quad City Elite. The 6-3 guard was hitting from 3-point range in the second half and penetrating the lane well.

Ethan Happ – 2014 – F – Quad City Elite
6-8 – Rockridge HS – Milan, IL

Happ came up big late for Quad City on both ends of the floor. The Wisconsin commit swatted away a number of shots inside and hit the game-winning 3-pointer to lift his team to a 2-point victory. Happ finished the game with 16 points.

Riley LaChance - 2014 - Ray Allen Select
6-1 – Central HS - Brookfield, WI

The junior struggled to find the bottom of the net early but battled all game long before finding his stroke late in the second half.  Ending up with 17 points, he scored two excellent baskets back-to-back late to give them a small lead, and then hit three super-clutch three-pointers in the OT’s.

Cody Schwartz – 2015 – F – Wisconsin Blizzard
6-8 – West De Pere HS – De Pere, WI

Schwartz scored 18 points for the Blizzard in their win over Quad City Elite. The sophomore was active throughout the game on both ends of the floor. Schwartz runs very well in transition and is comfortable handling the ball.

Justin Tillman – 2014 – F – REACH Legends
6-7 – Detroit Pershing HS – Redford, MI

Tillman was a force inside, using his extra-long wing span to get put back buckets and scores in transition. The 6-7 forward poured in a game-high 20 points in a loss Friday night.

Isaiah Daniels - 2014 - F - WI Blizzard
6-6 – Campbellsport HS- Campbellsport, WI

Daniels wowed viewers with a fine display of interior play, scoring 25 points at or around the rim.  Look for the junior to have more big games with his effort attacking the offensive glass and nice touch at the rim.

Kyle Haber – 2014 – G/F – Iowa Barnstormers
6-6 – Dubuque Senior HS – Dubuque, IA

A point forward for the Barnstormers, Haber ran the floor well in transition and made good decisions with the ball. Haber led his team with 16 points and to a victory Friday night.

Dearionte Hudson - 2014 - G - TP Elite
6-1 - Germantown HS - Germantown, WI

The quick and talented junior ipressed on opening night as he attacked the rim effectively, showed range beyond the arc, and made some nice things happen in a losing effort. He continues to improve each time he hits the floor and finished with a solid 12 point effort.

Taishaun Johnson - 2014 - G - SYF Players
6-1 – Pike HS - Indianapolis, IN

The young guard showed his ability to score in various ways against the IL Old School - Woods.  He did a nice jump pulling up for mid-range jump shots and also got to the rack occasionally for baskets or dimes. Finished with 12 points and 4 assists.

Jay Knuth – 2014 – SF – Kingdom Hoops
6-5 – Johnston HS – Johnson, IA

Knuth played a fundamentally sound game for Kingdom Hoops in their win Friday night. The junior scored 15 points and knows how to finish through contact.

Scott Lindsey - 2014 - G - IL Old School – Woods
6-5 – Fenwick HS - Hillside, IL

Lindsey impressed early in the game and then held steady throughout the second half scoring 10 points in the first and six after the break.  He was instinctive defensively (4 steals), displayed a nice jump shot with range, knocking down a three cleanly and showed he can play above the rim with a couple fluid dunks.

Cornelius McIntosh – 2015 – F – Team NLP
6-4 – St. Francis De Sales HS – Dolton, IL

McIntosh put together a big time scoring performance, dropping 24 points in a loss to SYF Players. McIntosh made a number of tough shots, slashing into the paint and finishing in traffic.

Paul Miller - 2014 - G - Wisconsin Shooters
6-4 - Kettle Moraine - Waukesha, WI

The solid young guard showcased his knack for putting the ball through the nets, proving his team’s name true.  Miller hit shots from all over and put pressure on Team Zona by slashing to the hoop when he had opportunities also. Wound up with an efficient 20 point effort.

Davis Nichols – 2014 – G – Illinois Spartans
6-0 – Mt. Carmel HS – South Holland, IL

Nichols put together a strong performance for the Spartans Friday night. The junior floor general was strong with the ball and scored in double figures in limited action for the Spartans who cruised to an easy win.

Kristian “KJ” Santos - 2015 - G/F - IL Celtics
6-6 – Geneva HS - Geneva, IL

Those that did not know about Santos before this tournament are sure to remember him after. He was exceptional for the Celtics showing off great handle with the ball, ability to finish off the bounce in traffic and a clean jumper to boot. Great size, good frame and good athleticism all-around.

James Trice - 2014 – G/F – Racine Warriors
6-2 – Racine, WI

Trice scored 20 points in a win over Team NLP. Trice is a big, strong, athletic guard who puts pressure on the defense inside and out.  He was impressive on Friday.

Ron Turkvan - 2014 - SG - WI Rap
6-1 – Central HS - West Allis, WI

Turkvan was impressive perhaps more so defensively than on offense which says a lot considering he dropped 26 points Friday night.  He was pesky all game pulling in 7 steals which lead to fast break points for himself or teammates.  He added a number of assists and rebounds as well, doing a bit of everything for his squad.

Glynn Watson - 2015 - PG - IL Wolves
6-0 – St. Joseph’s HS - Bellwood, IL

Watson was shifty, yet under control for the 16U Wolves.  With 15 points on the night, he was able to score from multiple levels, finishing in transition, driving with ease to the hoop or knocking down the mid-range floater when required.

Cornelius McIntosh is getting interest from Ball State and DePaul.

Justin Tillman has offers from Detroit and Oakland (Mich.). Michigan, Michigan State, Xavier, North Carolina, Kansas, Maryland, Louisville, Providence, and DePaul are expressing interest.

Cody Schwartz has offers from Creighton, Northern Iowa, and Wisconsin-Green Bay. Iowa, Iowa State, and Wisconsin are expressing interest.

Evan Boudreaux has offers from Boston College and Northwestern. Butler, DePaul, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA, Virginia, Wake Forest, Wisconsin and others have expressed interest.

Tyler Ulis listed offers from Iowa, Oregon State, Colorado State, DePaul, Loyola (IL), Northern Illinois, and Purdue with interest coming from Michigan State, Florida State, Minnesota, and Missouri.

Kristian Santos has interest from DePaul, Valparaiso, Illinois State, Jacksonville, and Purdue.