Championship Sunday of the 2017 Swish N Dish kicked off right away in the morning to some solid games and the fun continued throughout the day where prospects of all ages ended up at Homestead H.S. (Mequon, WI) to work towards bringing home a championship trophy. Play was pretty level across the board, but some players played with conviction like Talen Horton-Tucker (Mac Irvin), Mario McKinney (Bradley Beal) and Dominiq Penn (All Ohio). Others also competed at high levels throughout Day 3 and their efforts certainly garnered notice.
Note - Not an Exclusive List
DANE GOODWIN – 2018 – G/F – ALL OHIO RED
The Buckeye-to-be, Goodwin, had himself a strong game for All Ohio in an early game Sunday, hitting jumpers including a clean looking three-pointer and also was excellent attacking the rim both in the half and in transition. He also had 5 rebounds and 3 steals to compliment.
TALEN HORTON-TUCKER – 2018 – G/F – MAC IRVIN FIRE
Horton-Tucker was dominant in a variety of ways for Mac Irvin as they advanced after an early game Sunday. Horton-Tucker made some big plays on the offensive end attacking the hoop with power, and also hit a couple jumpers, including a three, but it was his defensive tenacity at the rim that opened some eyes, particularly after a stretch of 3 possessions where he had 3 major swats to give him 5 in the game, along with his 8 rebounds and 13 points.
MARIO MCKINNEY – 2019 – PG – BRADLEY BEAL ELITE
McKinney was great in a couple different games for the Bradley Beal Elite 16U team on Sunday, scoring in double-digits consistently (17 points and 15 points respectively). McKinney showed his solid handles, attacked the basket with control and was able to knock down some jumpers throughout the day.
JUSTIN EAGINS – 2019 – SG – KESSEL HEAT
Simply put, Eagins was absolutely on fire in a hard-fought Kessel loss Sunday. The young off-guard lefty, was knocking down shots from all over the perimeter, draining 7 treys for all of his 21 points.
SAM FERRIS – 2018 – PG – WI BLIZZARD-PRONSCHINSKE
Ferris had a really solid outing for WI Blizz, finding spots on the floor to get open looks and converted those opportunities with consistency. He had a couple baskets off penetration, but was really solid shooting it, sinking 3 three’s and getting to the free throw line to convert 3 of 4. He finished with 22 points and a few assists as well.
CHRIS GRUBBS – 2020 – F – UAG3 GRIND
Grubbs had a really nice day for the eventual 15U champs, including an early game where he had 11 points, 10 rebounds and some big momentum plays such as a big-time dunk that brought the house to its feet. The 6’4 forward showed his athleticism not only dunking the ball, but his speed running the floor and getting in the mix in transition both with the ball in his hands or slashing from the wing.
DOMINIQ PENN – 2020 – PG – ALL OHIO RED
Penn apparently was just warming things up with his play Saturday, because he shot the ball with even more heat on Sunday, hitting 5 triples in their first game and then knocking down another 3 three’s in their second game. Penn finished the first with 19 points where he went 5-of-6 from the floor and hit 3-of-4 free throws to help his team secure a 3OT victory. The second, he finished with 15 points showing his ball control as well with his handles and quickness.
ZACH TOUSSAINT – 2019 – PG – KESSEL HEAT
Toussaint really had his arsenal on display Sunday, hitting shots in the middle, scoring going to the hoop, but then really affecting the game with his three’s, draining 4, which matched well with Eagins’ fire outside. Toussaint also controlled the offense well with his patience and control, shelling out 4 assists and 20 points.
DWAYNE WALKER JR. – 2018 – G/F – MKE REBELS-SPARTANS
Walker had another really nice game Sunday after having a big-time performance the night before. Down big early Sunday, Walker helped lead his team back to make it a tough game down the stretch, scoring 16 points with a variety of moves attacking the rim and scoring in traffic. He also hit a nice three and was tough on the boards with 6 rebounds.
JT WHEELER – 2018 – G/F – IL IRISH ELITE
The 6’5 wing talent put together a solid overall outing, using his good size with his well-rounded play to affect the game both with tough defense and nabbing 5 rebounds, while also coming down and getting teammates in the mix with 3 assists. Scoring-wise, Wheeler hit some tough shots, including a couple nice three’s and finished with 14 points.
JOSIAH FULCHER – 2020 – G – ALL OHIO RED
Fulcher’s first game Sunday he only had 9 points, but it was a preview of his shooting ability as he drained 3 absolutely major three-pointers from a foot or two behind the three-point line and all with a hand in his face, going straight through the nets. Their next game, Fulcher was at it some more, hitting another couple big three’s and also sinking some other jumpers to the tune of 14 points.
COLIN SCHAEFER – 2020 – PG – WI SWING
Schaefer put together a solid overall effort in Swing’s final game Sunday, hitting some tough shots and playing with energy throughout the contest. The young lead guard led the team with 13 points which included a nice three-pointer.
BAKARI SIMMONS – 2018 – G/F – MAC IRVIN FIRE
Simmons didn’t score a ton, but he didn’t really need to in their early game as he affected the game in a variety of ways. The athletic 6’7 guard made plays defensively with his length getting 3 steals, and got after the glass with 7 rebounds. Offensively, he scored 8 points including some big plays at the rim showing off that athleticism, and also shared the ball out to 3 assists.
DANNIE SMITH – 2018 – F – MAC IRVIN FIRE
Smith was all over the place in a good way for Mac Irvin on Sunday. The 6’6 2018 prospect was tough on the boards, pulling down 8 rebounds, he had a big block inside and was active defensively overall with a steal as well. He sank 2 three’s offensively, and was big going to the rim, finishing with 12 points.
FUTURE NAMES TO KNOW
KEVIN MILLER – 2021 – PG – MAC IRVIN FIRE
Miller was quick and fast up and down the floor, and really showed his potential as a scorer, hitting 4 three’s and making some other plays as well to put up 20 points.
JJ NICKOLAI – 2022 – G – LAKESHORE FORCE
Nickolai was on fire for Lakeshore, absolutely drilling 4 three’s and was able to make some other shots inside the arc as well, finishing with 18 points.
CAMERON PALESSE – 2021 – G/F – RAY ALLEN SELECT
Palesse led his team with energy and efficiency, hitting a three, scoring on the attack going to the basket, and playing hard defensively. He had 16 points.
CARTON RAMSEY – 2023 – G – MKE SPARTANS-REBELS
Ramsey put together a solid outing in Sunday’s final game, racking up 19 points with some nice shooting and good moves going to the basket.
CAMREN SMITH – 2024 – G – MINNESOTA SPARTANS
Smith was excellent for the Minnesota Spartans in helping them get a big W to cap the tournament. The young guard had 18 points.