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 15U level over the weekend.
Note – This is not an exclusive list
Nimari Burnett – 2020 – G – Mac Irvin Fire
Among the most touted freshman in the country, Burnett has big time game. A plus-length guard that can create offense with the best of the game, Burnett makes the game look way too easy. With unlimited range, Burnett can pull up well past the 3-point arc. His instincts and feel for the game take things to another level as Burnett can pull off some unreal finishes around the rim for his age. Having already established himself as
a high major prospect, Burnett has offers from Cal-State Fullerton and Pacific.
Davion Bradford – 2020 – C – Brad Beal Elite
Bradford is already 6-foot-10 and 215-pounds. Aside from his size, Bradford has an advanced post game for his age and is able to finish with either hand. A standout shot blocker and rim protector, Bradford shuts down the paint and forces opponents to make their living from the outside.
Drake Dobbs – 2020 – G – Net Gain Sports
A high-IQ player, Dobbs is a flat out winner. When the game is one the line, there are few players you want more with the ball in their hands. A tremendous passer with a terrific feel for the game, Dobbs makes a ton of winning plays throughout the game. He’ll also burn defenses from beyond the arc and loves to drive and dish in the teeth of the defense.
Jalen Johnson – 2020 – G – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
The top player in Wisconsin’s 2020 class, Johnson is one of the most polished young prospects. A triple-double threat in the GNBA over the past several years, Johnson just capped off a fine freshman season. Already 6-foot-4, Johnson has point guard skills with small forward size. Johnson can knock down perimeter shots consistently and thrives at creating off the dribble and using his size to finish at the rim. The scary part is that Johnson has a lot of filling out to do and is still getting comfortable in his body.
Caleb Love – 2020 – SG – Brad Beal Elite
Love can score the basketball at a high rate, but also contributes in other areas. The freshman can get it done from all three levels and can be relentless offensively when he gets it going. Love has improved his passing ability and can bait defenses into helping in order to stop him at the rim. Advanced physically, Love can absorb contact around the rim and finish through defenders. If he locks in, Love also has the chance to be a standout defender.
Zach Loveday – 2020 – F/C – All-Ohio Red
Another top up and coming big man in the Midwest, Loveday is a skilled 6-foot-10 post that’s grown a ton over the last few years. A tremendous shot blocker, Loveday takes a ton of points off the board when he’s active around the rim. Loveday shows flashes with his offensive skillset and is expanding his game outside the paint. Also an underrated passer out of the post, Loveday can recognizes double teams early and shreds defenses when they overcommit.
Isaac Lindsey – 2020 – SG – Wisconsin Swing
One of the top shooters in the Midwest, few can heat up and stay as hot as Lindsey through an entire game. It’s often that Lindsey will rack up four or more triples in a ball game and make it look easy. At 6-foot-2, Lindsey broke out last spring/summer and carried that momentum into his freshman season. Despite taking a high number of 3-pointers, Lindsey always seems to be efficient from beyond the arc, shooting his team into games, rather than taking them out.
Gabe Madsen – 2020 – SG – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
As a freshman, Madsen showed his name belongs among the top freshman in the state. A sweet-shooting guard, Madsen has a terrific stroke and can create offense in a variety of ways. Madsen excels and catching and shooting off screens and also pulling up off the bounce from mid-range. He’s a legit 6-foot-4 and already drawing high major interest after a huge freshman season at Bloomer.
Isaiah Rivera – 2020 – F – Quad City Elite
One of the most complete players who came up through the GNBA circuit. A versatile 6-foot-4 freshman, Rivera gets it done in a variety of areas. A slasher, rebounder, passer, and shot blocker, Rivera had one of the better total floor impacts last season in the GNBA. An efficient player who contributes across the board, Rivera has the chance to be a truly complete basketball player.
Shon Robinson – 2020 – F – Mac Irvin Fire
The upside and potential is high on Robinson. A mismatch nightmare in the coming years, Robinson has great size to pair with plus length and an improving skillset. Robinson can face up and hit jumpers, block shots, and controls the glass consistently. Robinson can also step out and shoot from distance. Defensively, he’s very disruptive and makes a number of plays around the rim. Expect to hear a lot about Robinson in the coming years.