The premier opening travel season tournament, the 2017 NY2LA Swish N’ Dish is back and once again loaded with the Midwest’s top talent. Some of the best travel programs from the Nike EYBL, Under Armour Association, Adidas Gauntlet and NY2LA Basketball Association will be represented, as will a number of quality independent programs as well.
Here’s a look at the top players to watch at the 17U level over the weekend.
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Note – This is Not an Exclusive List
17U PROSPECT PRIMER
Quinlan Bennett – 2018 – G – Kessel Heat Black
Bennett is an athletic prospect that can play both guard spots. A matchup problem on the perimeter, Bennett has terrific length and the ability to score and create for others off the bounce. Bennett uses his physical attributes on the defensive end as well. The 6-foot-3 guard plays the passing lanes and bother opposing guards. He hasn’t received a ton of Division 1 attention to this point, but that could surely change in the coming months.
J.C. Butler – 2018 – G – Butler Elite
A player that showed major flashes during the high school season, Butler could breakout this spring. The 6-foot-4 wing has an early offer from Green Bay with more coming. The son of Caron Butler, J.C. has made a name for himself with his high-flying ability. Around the rim, few that elevate with Butler, who has a knack for the big play in transition.
Justin Boyd – 2018 – SG – Meanstreets
You have to love the shooting ability of the 6-foot-4 junior, who’s long for his size and able to rise and fire over defenses with ease. Boyd has the makings of a solid mid-major prospect that’s being slept on heading into the spring. Solid off the bounce, Boyd can kill defenders from mid-range. Still a raw prospect, Boyd will develop into his body down the road and have a chance for even more growth at the college level.
Kezo Brown – 2018 – PG – Mac Irvin Fire
Nebraska, DePaul, and a host of mid-majors have offered Brown, who came up big during his junior season, lifting Simeon to the Chicago City title. The lefty has a sweet stroke from downtown. When the ball is in his hands, Brown keeps defenders off-balance with his change of direction and is a creative finisher when he gets to the rim. Brown can also play off the ball effectively and does a good job of making himself available to his teammates with his constant movement.
Karrington Davis – 2018 – SF – Bradley Beal Elite
Davis is a hard worker under the rim and a kid that doesn’t give up on a ball. He’ll work his tail off on the glass and is always good for a handful of second chance points. Davis also has the ability to slash and is a very good finisher at the rim. Not the prettiest stroke from beyond the arc, but he gets the job done. Kansas State, St. Louis, and other have offered the 6-foot-6 junior.
Carlos Curtis – 2018 – G – Playground Elite
At some point, schools are going to catch on and Curtis will rack up offers. Green Bay and IUPUI are ahead of the curve here. Curtis is a unique player offensively. He loves to bully his way to the rim and if defenders aren’t careful, he’ll dunk right over the top of them. A player that often flirted with a triple-double during his junior year, Curtis has rounded out other parts of him game, including his jumper, which continues to get better and better.
Perry Cowan – 2019 – G/F – Illinois Wolves
Cowan can probably play all over the perimeter at the next level, which is very intriguing for his 6-foot-4 frame. High majors DePaul and Illinois have already offered, with many more on their way. A long, lean guard that looks like he could take off physically in a few years, there’s a lot to like about Cowan. He can be explosive around the rim, but we’re looking to see him take his game more outside the paint as Cowan develops his shooting stroke and all-around scoring ability.
Tim Finke – 2018 – SG – Meanstreets
One of the best shooters in the 2018 class, Finke can absolutely light it up. Last spring/summer, Finke showed he was more than just a catch and shoot guard. He was tough enough for the EYBL and almost welcomed contact at the rim and often took the ball right into the teeth of the defense. Finke is currently weighing offers from the likes of Illinois, Marquette, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Creighton, and others.
Darius Garland – 2018 – PG – Bradley Beal Elite
A consensus five-star prospect, Garland might be the best player on the floor in Milwaukee. Duke, Indiana, Louisville, UCLA, Kansas, and others are already giving chase. An electrifying attacker and passer, Garland tears apart defenses with his vision and quickness. In the running for the top overall point guard in the 2018 class, Garland has a tremendous feel for the game.
Dane Goodwin – 2018 – SG – All-Ohio Red
A skilled, three-level scorer, Goodwin can be a handful. Able to break his man down off the bounce and hit from all over the floor, Goodwin can also use his versatility on the block and play with his back to the basket. The Ohio State commit is very tough around the rim and isn’t fazed by contact. Also an excellent passer, Goodwin can feel when the defense is shading too far his way and will thread the needle to his teammates.
A.J. Green – 2018 – PG – Iowa Barnstormers
One of the most underrated guards in his class, Green has a ton of game. Don’t be fooled by his size, Green has gone toe-to-toe with some of the best guards in the country and flourished. A highly skilled floor general, Green can shake defenders and make them look foolish with a deadly mid-range and 3-point game. He’s also a clutch player as well and isn’t afraid of the big moment. Green has a high major offer from Iowa State and others such as Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Stanford are interested.
Joey Hauser – 2018 – PF – Iowa Barnstormers
One of the most skilled players in the country, Hauser is a mismatch nightmare for just about anybody. At 6-foot-8, Hauser can play point forward and run the break in transition. He’s greatly improved his ball handling skills and ability to take slower bigs off the dribble. On the block, Hauser has all the tools. He can score going to and away from the rim and has an array of primary and secondary moves. Michigan State, Iowa, Marquette, Wisconsin, and Virginia are giving the biggest chase. Don’t be surprised to see potential major offers from the likes of Duke, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Indiana, and others come his way as well.
Jericole Hellems – 2018 – SF – Bradley Beal Elite
Hellems has some of the best upside in the Midwest. At 6-foot-6, 190-pounds, Hellems is a long, athletic wing that has some skills with the basketball. An explosive finisher around the rim, Hellems doesn’t need a ton of speed to rise above the hoop. He’s got a strong fame built for slashing and punishing defenders. Away from the basket, Hellems will flash a nice mid-range and pull-up game. He can also step out and shoot from beyond the arc. Indiana, Tulsa, and some mid-majors have already offered.
Talen Horton-Tucker – 2018 – SF – Mac Irvin Fire
Horton-Tucker is more athletic than people give him credit for. He has some underrated explosiveness and will put down some impressive dunks above the rim. A complete scorer, Horton-Tucker can bang down low and shoot the 3-pointer as well. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound wing also gets it done defensively and makes his presence felt. DePaul, Missouri, and Northwestern have offered with a handful of high major programs currently close to pulling the trigger.
Keshawn Justice – 2018 – SF – Playground Elite
After a strong spring/summer last year, Justice looks to hit the next level. A smooth, skilled, versatile forward, Justice can fill a variety of roles, including point guard. Justice is a terrific 3-point shooter that can get into some unreal zone. With his size and length, Justice also has the chance to be a standout defender at the next level. Drake, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Northern Iowa, and Wright State have offered. High majors such as Virginia Tech and Nebraska are also looking.
Donald Lee – 2018 – SF – Team Harris
An undervalued prospect, Lee holds an offer from IUPUI going into the spring. At 6-foot-5, Lee is a smooth slasher with a knack for getting to the rim. Lee has some bounce and does a nice job of getting up and down the floor in transition. When he doesn’t have the ball in his hands, Lee isn’t looking to just stand around and get back on defense. He gets on the glass and creates numerous second chance opportunities.
Mitch Listau – 2018 – G – Wisconsin Swing
One of the best two-way players in the class of 2018, Listau has the rare ability to be the most valuable on both ends of the floor. The lefty is a strong 3-point shooter and an underrated driver. Listau uses his body well at the rim and shields off defenders to finish against contact. Defensively, Listau has some intriguing length and moves his feet very well. Elon, Toledo, Green Bay, Wright State, South Dakota State, and Milwaukee are currently giving chase.
Foster Loyer – 2018 – G – All-Ohio Red
Loyer does a lot of things well, but perhaps his best attribute is to be a pest defensively. The Michigan State commit is a hard-nosed player that doesn’t shy away from locking up the other team’s best perimeter player. A quick, play-making guard, Loyer is tough to stay in front of and does a terrific job of drawing defenders and hitting open teammates. A kid that’s always playing 100 percent, Loyer’s motor just does not stop.
Jordan McCabe – 2018 – PG – Playground Warriors
One of the most exciting players in the country, McCabe has the ability to control every aspect on offense and put the team on his back. The West Virginia commit is without a doubt one of the best ball handlers and passers in the country. McCabe has a knack for the incredible plays and you never know what’s coming when the ball is in his hands. As a scorer, McCabe is a deadly shooter off the bounce and there’s not a shot on the floor he can’t hit.
Francis Okoro – 2019 – PF – Bradley Beal Elite
One of the top players in the 2019 class, Okoro is a beast down low. He uses his size and strength well, but also has a nice jump hook and some intriguing versatility. Okoro can catch on the perimeter or run the floor in transition and make his way to the hole. Okoro moves really well for his size and also handles double teams exceptionally well for his age. Alabama, Illinois, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Virginia Tech have already offered the 6-foot-9, 225-pound forward.
Courtney Ramey – 2018 – PG – Ramey-Jets United
Louisville has another star guard on the way in Ramey. The kid just gets the game of basketball. His IQ and willingness to do anything to get the ‘W’ is second to none. One of the best two-way players in the country, Ramey is engaged for every minute he’s on the floor. It doesn’t matter if his team is up by 50 or down by 50 – Ramey will bring it. Capable of running the show offensively or taking over a game, Ramey is a unique guard that gives his team so much. A triple-double threat from the lead guard spot, Ramey contributes across the board and makes his presence felt even if he’s not putting the ball in the basket.
Jalen Shaw – 2018 – PF – Kessel Heat Black
One of the highest upsides in the NY2LA Association, Shaw is a big body with an intriguing skill set. The junior came on last summer and played stretches of dominant basketball. A strong rebounder and interior shot blocker, Shaw flashed some nice post skills on the block. He’ll make his living as a junkyard dog, but Shaw is gaining confidence in his primary and secondary post moves. Still filling into his frame, Shaw has a chance to play with his way onto the radar of Division 1 programs.
Torrence Watson – 2018 – SF – Ramey-Jets United
A high-flyer, few are as exciting as Watson when he gets a head of steam towards the rim. Watson is a momentum changer that loves to run the floor and finish plays off that swing the game in his team’s favor. A long, athletic wing, Watson has terrific size and strength at 6-foot-5, 180-pounds. Watson currently has offers from West Virginia, Butler, UNLV, Marquette, Texas A&M, Creighton, Iowa State, Kansas State, and Missouri among others.
Joe Wieskamp – 2018 – G/F – Iowa Barnstormers
The Iowa commit is a big problem for opponents because he has so many tools and so many different ways to beat you. A high-IQ player that can score from all over the floor, Wieskamp is comfortable from all three levels. Wieskamp has a sweet stroke from downtown, he can pull up off the bounce, and he’ll take advantage of smaller defenders by putting them on the block. Also an underrated offensive rebounder and transition player, Wieskamp generates offense in a variety of ways.
James Wiseman – 2019 – PF – Bradley Beal Elite
A high caliber young forward who holds offers from Alabama, Florida, Iowa, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, etc. He’s long, athletic, and just touching the surface of his high major impact top 25 national potential. Watching him and 2019 SF Kahlil Whitney (Mac Irvin Fire 16U) will be two of the real highlights of the weekend.
Others of Note: Drew Peterson (Illinois Wolves), Justin Hardy (Illinois Wolves), Jake Wolfe (Illinois Wolves), Bryant Brown (2019-Illinois Wolves), Marcus Caldwell (Butler Elite), De’Monte Nelson (Butler Elite), Kenyan Dulling (Butler Elite), Bailey Dee (Illinois Irish Elite NY2LA), Sam Ingoli (Iowa Barnstormers), Tanner Brandt (Wisconsin Swing), Nick Klug (Wisconsin Swing), Mason Steffen (Wisconsin Swing), Ryan Kutsor (Kessel Heat Black), Mick Sullivan (Illinois Wolves), Greg Foster Jr. (Playground Elite), Jack Plumb (Playground Elite), Keontae White (Kevon Looney Rebels), Equan Ards (Kevon Looney Rebels), Jason Taylor (Martin Bros.), Grant Basile (Wisconsin Shooters), Marlon Ruffin (Playground Elite NY2LA), Vincent Williams (All-Ohio Red), Ross Ryan (All-Ohio Red), Demarius Jacobs (Mac Irvin Fire), Joffari Brown (Mac Irvin Fire), Bakari Simmons (Mac Irvin Fire), Fred Thatch (Bradley Beal Elite), Derek Sabin (Wisconsin Shooters), Matt Mims (Martin Bros.), Adam Trapp (Playground Elite)