There were great performances from different players throughout the tournament, but some stand out from the rest because of their all out effort, their ability to take over games at times or their extremely hot-hand shooting. Take a look at some of the Top Performers from this past weekend at the 2017 Swish N Dish: Spring Warm-Up, hosted by NY2LA Sports, by reading below…
TREQUAN CARRINGTON – 2019 – PG – WI PLAYGROUND ELITE
He’s not the biggest player at 5’9” but he is fearless attacking the basket and finding ways to get a decent look at the basket. Carrington did a nice job throughout the weekend of putting points on the board, particularly in dropping 27 points opening night with a mixture of jumpers and tough finishes at the hoop through contact.
CARLOS CURTIS – 2018 – PG – WI PLAYGROUND ELITE
The athletic lead guard was once again tough this weekend. He takes a bit to get going in his games, but once he finds a rhythm, he’s a tough player to stop. Saturday night’s result was tough on him, but he did what he could in the second half, hitting some really tough shots inside, as well as a very clutch three-pointer in the closing seconds of the game to try to force overtime. Curtis also rebounded really well overall during the tournament, crashing often from the wings. Curtis currently has interest from St. John’s, Michigan State, Marquette, DePaul, Maryland, UNLV, Georgia Tech, Texas A&M, Purdue and Indiana State.
DEANDRE HECKARD – 2018 – PG – HOOPS 4 HEALTH
Heckard made some big plays at the Swish N Dish, particularly Saturday in an exciting back-and-forth affair with Team Harris. The smooth-moving point man was constantly on the attack with excellent control, showed good feel of the game both with his decisions when to pull up for a jumper, when to glide all the way through traffic to the rim, and when to drop off some nice passes to teammates for scores. He had 30 points in their final game of the weekend. Heckard has offers from Bethune-Cookman, Drake and Coppen State, but is getting looks now from Montana, Utah, North Dakota State, NIU, SIU, Bradley, Illinois State, DePaul, UIC, UW-Green Bay and Ohio.
AARON HENRY – 2018 – SF – TEAM HARRIS
Henry showed off a really well-rounded skill set this weekend which was eye-opening with his 6’6”, 210-pound frame. He was good with the ball in his hands and taking defenders off the dribble, particularly in transition, and had a nice little jumper too when playing off the ball and being able to spot up. He scored 21 points in a big performance Saturday where he was exceptional around the basket, cleaning up plays and putting the ball home consistently. Henry is receiving interest from Indiana, Purdue, Butler, Michigan, Michigan State, Xavier and Louisville, while he already has offers from Ball State, Toledo, Bradley, N. Kentucky, Indiana State and UW-Milwaukee.
TALEN HORTON-TUCKER – 2018 – G/F – MAC IRVIN FIRE
The Mac Irvin standout was simply a force on the court in a number of games, using his broad-shouldered frame to create space for himself when driving the paint in traffic and bullying opponents on defense. His stretch of 3 straight swats one game was impressive and offensively he shows all the tools as he can score off the bounce, he can knock down three’s off the spot up and can back down defenders with his strength. He was consistently scoring in double figures in each of their games, including a couple game span where he averaged 16 points per contest. Tucker has offers on the table from Arizona State, DePaul, Toledo, Mizzou, Northwestern, UIC, Townsend and Loyola. He’s receiving interest also from Michigan State, Michigan, Xavier, Creighton, Notre Dame and Illinois.
JORDAN MCCABE – 2018 – PG – WI PLAYGROUND WARRIORS
Locally, anyone watching this weekend that has seen the Kaukauna star play would simply say that was McCabe being McCabe, with his flashy passes, outstanding ball handling and knocking down shots in a variety of ways. He made plays at the hoop using his smarts to keep shot blockers off balance, knowing when to pull up and knock down a mid-range shot and also dropped in a couple three’s throughout the weekend. McCabe was constantly in double figures scoring and was pushing that assist-wise as well as he made sure his teammates were staying involved offensively.
DOMINIQ PENN – 2020 – PG – ALL OHIO RED
Simply said, the kid can flat out shoot the rock. Penn warmed himself up Saturday with a few nice shots and spreading the ball around to teammates. Later in the day and into Sunday, Penn really started to fill it up, knocking down three-point shot after three-point shot, including 8 in two games at one point Sunday.
BLAKE REMME – 2020 – F – NET GAIN SPORTS
Remme made an impression the one time I got to see him compete this weekend as he showed a rounded skill set that will be even more lethal as he fills out and gains more strength to use his moves more effectively around the block. That said, he showed he can step outside and knock down shots, he was great from 10-15 feet where he used his body well to create looks for himself and sank shots, all to a 26-point effort.
DWAYNE WALKER JR. – 2018 – G/F – MKE REBELS-SPARTANS
Walker had a really solid weekend, and was especially tough in a heated battle with another Wisconsin program where Walker scored 21 points and came up clutch, hitting one of the biggest shots of the tournament with a game-winner in the final seconds against a rival. Walker proved this weekend he has the ability to step behind the three-point arch to score, but was really tough when he was attacking the basket and using his body to get through defenders and complete challenging shots. Walker has some interest right now from Iowa and Bradley.
KHALIL WHITNEY – 2019 – F – MAC IRVIN FIRE
Whitney might get overshadowed a bit by another premiere player on his team, but that didn’t take away from the fact that often times this weekend, the 6’7” Roselle Catholic standout was the best player on the floor. He mixed in making jump shots with no hesitation and attacking the rim with strength and aggressiveness. Whitney was always scoring in the double-digits and he was a monster on the boards most of the time as well. He currently has offers from Syracuse, Rutgers, St. John’s, Illinois, UIC, DePaul, and New Mexico, but he’s also receiving interest from Stanford, Kansas, UConn, California and Notre Dame.