Kicking off the travel season, the 2017 NY2LA Sports Swish N’ Dish returns with another loaded event. The premier opening travel tournament, the Swish N’ Dish features a number of high level matchups on opening night that are worth the price of admission alone. Here’s a look at the top 16U and 17U games to watch on Friday night.
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17U Opening Night Games to Watch
Playground Warriors UAA vs. Kingdom Hoops Elite
6:35 PM – Court 3 – Homestead HS
West Virginia commit Jordan McCabe and DePaul commit John Diener will make up one of the best backcourts in the 17U Division. The two committed guards can flat out take over games from the 3-point line. They’ll get a big test from one of the top defensive-minded squads in the field. Kingdom Hoops may not have a ton of star power, but they’re consistently one of the most difficult teams to knock off.
Wisconsin Shooters NY2LA vs. Team Harris
6:35 PM – Court 2 – Homestead HS
A handful of players will start getting the acclaim they deserve this spring. The Wisconsin Shooters feature a pair of talented, underrated forwards in Grant Basile and Derek Sabin, who are generating plenty of Division 1 interest. Team Harris will unleash small forward Donald Lee, who is quietly coming off a nice spring/summer last year.
Meanstreets EYBL vs. Wisconsin Swing NY2LA
7:40 PM – Court 2 – Homestead HS
The 16U NY2LA Association champs from a season ago, the Wisconsin Swing are led by one of the best two-way players in the Midwest Mitch Listau. His supporting cast of Nick Klug, Hunter Plamann, and Mason Steffen make up one of the most underrated squads. However, they’ll have their hands full with Tim Finke, Messiah Jones, Orlando Allen, and Meanstreets.
Mac Irvin Fire EYBL vs. Ramey-Jets United AU
8:45 PM – Court 2 – Homestead HS
Mac Irvin Fire comes into the spring loaded with some of the top wings and guards in the 2018 class. Talen Horton-Tucker, Kezo Brown, Joffari Brown, and Bakari Simmons are guaranteed crowd pleasers. The Fire have also added unsigned senior Demarius Jacobs. Leading Ramey-Jets, the 1-2 punch of Louisville commit Courtney Ramey and Torrence Watson are more than capable of leading their squad to a title.
Playground Elite EYBL vs. Illinois Wolves UAA
8:45 PM – Court 3 – Homestead HS
Putting together an exciting squad, Playground Elite will try and put together all the pieces on opening night. Playground Elite features a handful of players with Division 1 offers including Adam Trapp, Jack Plumb, Carlos Curtis, Keshawn Justice, and Greg Foster Jr. Always a title contender in every tournament they enter, the Illinois Wolves are led by 2019 shooting guard Perry Cowan and sleeper forward Mick Sullivan.
Bradley Beal Elite EYBL vs. Martin Brothers NY2LA
9:50 PM – Court 2 – Homestead HS
Martin Bros. has a couple of potential risers this spring and will kick things off with a big test. Point guard Matt Mims and center Jason Taylor are still flying under the radar, but can prove a lot on Friday night. Perhaps the favorite in 17U, Bradley Beal Elite is led by five-star point guard Darius Garland. Bradley Beal Elite is loaded, also featuring Jericole Hellems and Francis Okoro.
All-Ohio Red EYBL vs. Iowa Barnstormers AU
9:50 PM – Court 3 – Homestead HS
There will be no shortage of talent on the floor in this one. Both teams feature very strong trios and have plenty of Division 1 talent that extends beyond that. All-Ohio Red features Ohio State commit Dane Goodwin, Michigan State commit Foster Loyer, and Vincent Williams. The Iowa Barnstormers will counter with A.J. Green, Joey Hauser, and Iowa commit Joe Wieskamp.
16U Opening Night Games to Watch
Butler Elite vs. Illinois Irish Elite NY2LA
6:35 PM – Court 1 – Homestead HS
Don’t sleep on this matchup between Butler Elite and Illinois Irish Elite, who both feature a number of sleepers. Watch out for Anthony Fairlee, who could explode during the travel season. Jirehl Brock is also an impressive athlete, who’s a power-five football prospect. For Butler Elite, Larry Canady, Marquise Milton, and Zyiere Carey all have the potential for big performances.
Mac Irvin Fire EYBL vs. Ray Allen Select NY2LA
7:40 PM – Court 3 – Homestead HS
This will be a good test for Marcus Domask and Ray Allen Select against a very athletic Mac Irvin Fire squad. One of the toughest teams to knock off because of their chemistry, Ray Allen Select also gets good production from Cole Nau, Noah Parcher, and Tyler Ellingson. Mac Irvin Fire has two of the top sophomores in the country in Kansas commit Markese Jacobs and Kahlil Whitney. Kejuan Clements, Isaac Stanback, and Ciaran Brayboy are also standouts for Mac Irvin Fire.
Meanstreets EYBL vs. Milwaukee Spartans-Rebels Elite
8:45 PM - Court 5 – Homestead HS
Meanstreets can flat out go with some terrific guard play and a couple of athletic forwards. Lance Jones and Joseph Yesufu lead a terrific backcourt that can break down some of the best defenses. The Spartans-Rebels will counter with high-scoring small forward Deontay Long, who’s one of the top scoring threats in the Midwest.
All-Ohio Red EYBL vs. Eric Gordon All-Stars AU
9:50 PM – Court 4 – Homestead HS
All-Ohio Red has a number of prospects that can boost their stock this spring. Talented forward Taylor Currie is a skilled big man with a high ceiling. Jeremiah Keene can also put up big numbers from the guard position. Eric Gordon has stockpiled some of the best hidden talent in Indianapolis and will be looking to pull off the upset.
Playground Elite EYBL vs. Iowa Barnstormers AU
9:50 PM – Court 5 – Homestead HS
Playground Elite has one of the more fast-paced, athletic squads in the 16U field. Touted 2019 forward Nobal Days is joined by high-flying forward Xzavier Jones. They’ll have their hands full with Patrick McCaffery, a high-level prospect in the 2019 class. Gage Malensek is also a prospect to know for the Iowa Barnstormers.