Day 2 of the NY2LA Sports Swish N Dish saw a bunch of different young prospects put together outstanding effort for their teams. Players were getting up and down the floor, making plays on both ends of the floor and showing their mettle. Guys like Xavier Pinson and Antonio Reeves (Mac Irvin Fire) had big days, Aaron Henry (Team Harris) and Deandre Heckard (Hoops 4 Health) did battle, and others made big impacts throughout the day Saturday…
CARLOS CURTIS – 2018 – PG – WI PLAYGROUND ELITE
Curtis did a lot of his work in the second half to help PGE storm back late at elimination time before falling at the buzzer. Curtis had 6 at the break, but kept working to the basket and used his athleticism off the bounce to finish at the cup. He had 20 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals as well as the game –tying three in the closing seconds.
TALEN HORTON-TUCKER – 2018 – SF – MAC IRVIN FIRE
The Simeon standout had a big-time outing late in the night for Mac Irvin, scoring 19 points with 8 rebounds and 3 steals to help lead his squad into the championship rounds on Sunday.
KESHAWN JUSTICE – 2018 – G/F – WI PLAYGROUND ELITE
Justice really had the ball flowing well early and was a threat all game when the ball was in his hands. He knocked down shots, finished at the rim in transition and was deadly from the three-point line with 4 triples. He also went 4/4 from the line. He had 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists.
XAVIER PINSON – 2018 – PG – MAC IRVIN FIRE
Pinson was a monster for Mac in their later game against a feisty Wolves squad. All game, the sleek guard was taking it to the rack off the bounce and found ways get the ball through the nets to the tune of 25 points with a nice 5 assists, 4 steals and also 4 rebounds on the night.
COURTNEY RAMEY – 2018 – G – RAMEY-JETS UNITED
The Louisville commit was very calm and collected in a nice win for the Ramey earlier in the afternoon game. He was patient in the half court, knocked down the open three, scored around the basket on the drive and was shelling out dimes. It was just a solid 10-point, 6-assist game for the star.
AARON HENRY – 2018 – SF – TEAM HARRIS
Having recently led his Ben Davis (IN) team to a state title, Henry looks on a mission right now to show fans and scouts what his game is about. Henry finished an early afternoon, hard-fought win with 21 points he earned slashing to the hoop or putting back offensive boards. He also had 9 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists and 4 blocks in a definite up and down-paced game.
MICHAEL HUFF – 2018 – SG – KESSEL HEAT-MISTER
Huff came off the bench for Kessel but then was super-effective from the floor the rest of the way. The 6’1” guard from Grant H.S. (IL) wowed early with a big dunk in transition and then was fire from the perimeter with 5 three’s in the game and finished with 22 points.
DEANDRE HECKARD – 2018 – PG – HOOPS 4 HEALTH
Heckard was sensational for H4H in a tough game against Team Harris in the early elimination round. The smooth lead guard scored at every level, gliding his way through traffic at times to finish strong around the rim, pulling up mid-range a couple times for nice buckets, and then also showing he could knock from the outside. His stat-line of 30 points, 5 assists, 3 steals along with 3 three’s was impressive.
DREW PETERSON – 2018 – SF – IL WOLVES
Peterson was solid for the Wolves as they tried valiantly to take down Mac Irvin down the stretch. Peterson showed his range hitting a triple with confidence, but was really good from the 10-15 foot range where he sank some nice shots and scored around the basket to finish with 16 points and 6 rebounds.
ANTONIO REEVES – 2019 – SG – MAC IRVIN FIRE
Reeves was money from the three-point line in the win for Mac over IL Wolves. The 2019 prospect found ways to get himself from outside and made the opponent pay time and again for giving him any kind of clean look, burying 6 three’s and finishing with 22 points.
DWAYNE WALKER – 2018 – G/F – MKE SPARTANS-REBELS
In a huge upset win for the Spartans-Rebels over PGE, Walker was on top, scoring from the outside, from the middle and on the attack. He had 21 points on the game with 6 rebounds and 2 three’s, but his biggest play was the game-winner with a couple seconds left to send his team to Championship Sunday.
KHALIL WHITNEY – 2019 – F – MAC IRVIN FIRE
Whitney was excellent in the final game of the night Saturday, showing off his outside game with 3 treys, he was alright from the free throw line with 5 makes there, and was really effective slashing the gaps in the half court and finishing buckets there, all to the price of 18 points to mix with his 7 rebounds.
DIOVANTE CALDWELL – 2018 – PG – MKE REBELS-SPARTANS
Caldwell paired with Walker to make a tough one-two punch for the Rebels-Spartans group advancing to Sunday. Caldwell was constantly on the attack and finished with 17 points and 2 steals.
TAYLOR CURRIE – 2019 – F – ALL OHIO RED
Currie had a solid outing for All Ohio Red in a tough loss Saturday evening. Currie showed his range with a three-point bucket, hit some from about 15 feet and finished a couple plays inside also. He had 15 points.
JORDAN DINSMORE – 2018 – G – MAC IRVIN FIRE
The Milwaukee Washington product had a really good game for Mac Irvin to help them advance to Sunday. The talented guard hit some tough shots and scored going to the basket for 14 points along with a couple assists as well.
RYAN FRIES – 2019 – G – ALL OHIO GOLD
Fries was gold from three for his All Ohio Gold squad which pulled the upset Saturday. The young guard sank 3 triples and finished the game with a cool 16 points.
MARQUISE KENNEDY – 2018 – G – CHICAGO RAPTORS
The Raptors of Chicago, not Toronto, got a tough 14 points out of slick guard Marquise Kennedy who did a bit of everything offensively for his team. He hit from the mid consistently, but knocked down a trey as well and had a pair of assists.
NICK KLUG – 2018 – PG – WI SWING-LITCH
The Swing team plays really well together and thus the stats don’t always match the impact a player has, but Klug was a force for them in their early afternoon win on Saturday, burying 3 three’s and doling out a trio of assists, while also competing tough on the defensive end. He had 13 points.
DEREK KROGMANN – 2019 – IOWA BARNSTORMERS
Krogmann was solid for the Barnstormers, really attacking the basket with control and finishing with good touch from 12 feet and in. He had 16 points, along with 6 rebounds and was 4 for 4 from the free throw line.
VJ WILMINGTON – 2018 – PG – KINGDOM HOOPS ELITE
Wilmington put together a really nice outing to finish Kingdom’s tournament. Hitting some tough shots and slashing to the hoop well for finishes, Wilmington had 16 points along with 4 rebounds and 2 steals.
2020 PLAYERS TO WATCH
EASTON DARLING – 2020 – G – MARTIN BROTHERS
Darling was an absolute sharp shooter in the second half for Martin Bros. Saturday morning, scoring 17 points and sinking 3 three’s for the game. Smooth looking jumper.
CHIMERE DIKE – 2020 – PG – RAY ALLEN SELECT
Dike had great control of his team’s offense and really got them in rhythm throughout the game. He was good with dribble penetration and finding openings to score, getting 13 points with 5 assists.
JAMES FLIPPIN – 2020 – F – WI PLAYGROUND ELITE
Keep an eye on Flippin as the 6’6 forward can do a bit of everything and is smooth enough in his athleticism to really be a mismatch problem for opponents. He had 12 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks for his team in their early Saturday game. He was 4 of 4 from the charity stripe as well.
LUKE KASUBKE – 2020 – F – BRADLEY BEAL ELITE
Kasubke was terrific for BBE in their early game, showing off a nice jump shot as well as the ability to finish around the basket. He got himself to the free throw line often as well, hitting 6 of 8 there. He pulled down 6 rebounds and finished with 18 points.
DANTE MADDOX JR. – 2020 – G – ALL-IN
Maddox was solid for All-In in a tough-fought game early on. The young guard had 13 points with some nice shots and good buckets inside as well. He knocked down 2 three’s also.
DOMINIQ PENN – 2020 – PG – ALL OHIO RED
Penn had a nice game early for All Ohio, putting up 11 points with a trio of triples to go with his 4 assists and 4 steals. A talented young guard, Penn has a solid stroke and nice potential moving forward.
BLAKE REMME – 2020 – G/F – NET GAIN SPORTS
Remme went off in Net Gain’s early outing to help NGS get the win Saturday morning. With good size and a controlled offensive game, Remme was hitting tough shots consistently and had a couple put backs to the tune of 26 points with 3 three’s in the mix. He was 7/8 on free throws too.
DJ STEWARD – 2020 – G – MEANSTREETS
Meanstreets is so tough top-to-bottom stats aren’t easy to standout, but Steward made his presence felt on both ends of the floor. The talented guard out of Chicago was a force on the boards with 8 rebounds, had 3 steals, and then was under control offensively, dicing up the defense off the bounce with 10 points and 3 assists.