The Swish N Dish is great for giving us a baseline into the spring and summer grassroots seasons on how players have progressed from the previous year and where they might be able to leap to heading into this period. This year’s teams brought in some quality basketball on the courts and while I only got a small sample size, naturally from some players, there were some that showed good development with their games that should boost their recruitment. Below, check out some of the top players to improve their stock heading into this spring and summer season…
BLAKE BRINKMEYER – 2018 – F/C – KINGDOM HOOPS ELITE
Brinkmeyer is 6’8” and long, which was already enough to grab some attention on the court, but his play really helped boost his stock this weekend as he played at a high level consistently. He was in double-digits scoring regularly, including a solid 15-point output to kick off the tourney, and was very active on the glass. He showed he is a solid free throw shooter, which also showed he was aggressive inside to get to the line a number of times. He has offers from both Northern Iowa and North Dakota. He’s also receiving interest from Drake, Wichita State, Creighton, Air Force and Denver.
RYAN DAVIS – 2018 – F/C – WI PLAYGROUND WARRIORS
The big guy (6’9”, 270) out of Schaumburg, IL was really tough the couple games I got to see this weekend. He had a great opening night effort where he was all over the floor, hustling on both ends and making plays in the middle where he showed good control of his body and was constantly going at the rim off the catch inside. He did a lot of that this weekend and did show the ability to hit a shot or two when extended a bit. He scored 10 points the one game, had 14 another, was up there in rebounds and also timed out a few blocks. Davis has offers from Kent State and Wright State, and also has looks from UAB and Kansas State.
SAM FERRIS – 2018 – PG – WI BLIZZARD-PRONSCHINSKE
Ferris played solid this weekend, consistently making plays for his team and being in control on the court. He showed his shooting ability by hitting several shots outside, his ability to pull up and hit jumpers, and his ability to get teammates involved often. He capped the tournament off with a 22-point effort and really does a nice job within an offense of controlling tempo and getting guys in the mix.
CHRIS GRUBBS – 2020 – F – UAG3 GRIND
Grubbs really impressed with the small sample size we got this weekend, but the young forward is 6’4” with a good frame and was explosive. He ran the floor really well and that’s where he showed his boost and power finishing plays at the rim, at least once emphatically. He also proved he can handle the ball a bit for his size and had a good motor, being active defensively and going after rebounds strongly. He has looks from IUPUI and Ball State currently.
NICK KLUG – 2018 – PG – WI SWING-LITCH
Klug really did a nice job throughout the event of putting pressure on opposing guards with harassing effort. Offensively, he did well finding open spots on the perimeter and then taking some opportunities to knock down three’s or used fakes and his dribble to draw defenders and then kick it to teammates for scoring opportunities.
DEREK KROGMANN – 2019 – F – IOWA BARNSTORMERS
Krogmann is a big bodied forward with good energy up and down the floor. He showed his skill level in the half court by knocking down a couple nice mid-range jumpers and at other times being able to drive down lane lines against bigger opponents to beat them to the basket for scores. He has a good motor, rebounded hard during the weekend, and showed his touch around the rim consistently.
XAVIER PINSON – 2018 – PG – MAC IRVIN FIRE ELITE
Pinson plays for Mac Irvin Fire, and he definitely played with that fire this weekend, finding multiple ways to score in the half court and was often pushing the tempo for his team to get them on the advantage offensively. The 6’3” guard went inside, offensive rebounded when he could and made several baskets in traffic, but also knocked down jumpers as well. His big game was a 25-point effort to down the Wolves.
DJ STEWARD – 2020 – G – MEANSTREETS
Steward was the main offensive threat for the Meanstreets squad throughout the weekend. He showed his skill arsenal by hitting shots from outside, while also being crafty and determined when driving to the hoop through traffic. Steward proved he can handle the show with the ball in his hands whether it be scoring it himself, but also with an ability to drive and dish, which was an improved element to his game. He seemed to get better as the weekend wore on and look out if that trend continues throughout the spring and summer.
JT WHEELER – 2018 – G/F – IL IRISH ELITE
Wheeler came up hot in some big spots for the Irish during the Swish N Dish. At 6’5” the wing prospect was able to knock down shots with good overall efficiency, but also was solid at the basket, finishing, as he has a good frame for playing through contact inside. Wheeler rebounded well, he was solid defensively and was steady from night one through day3.
ANDRE WHITE JR – 2019 – PG – ALL-IN
White keeps improving his game and what was good to see out of him this weekend was the fight in him. The quick-footed young lead guard struggled early in some games, particularly opening night, but he kept going at it, finding different ways to get himself open for quality shots and eventually he found his footing and converted his opportunities more consistently. While White is more of a scoring point guard, his passing has improved and did a nice job using his dribble penetration ability to pull defenders to him and then drop off some nice passes to teammates for scores. His jumper has improved as well.