MILWAUKEE – The 2017 annual Ron Glaser Hardwood Invite returned to Milwaukee Washington High School over the weekend. Day one featured three intriguing games with some of the state’s top talent taking the floor. In the main event on Friday, Milwaukee Washington made a statement with a resounding victory over Milwaukee Academy of Science…

Daishawn Dillard – 2018 – PG – Milwaukee Career & Tech Academy
This was the most surprising performance of the night. Dillard simply took the game over from start to finish. Everything on the offensive end ran through Dillard and he made it known quickly who the alpha dog on the floor was. Whatever he wanted to do offensively, Dillard accomplished. He’d pull up and take quick 3-pointers in a possession with ease. In the pick n’ roll, Dillard dished out some beautiful no-look assists. A jet in transition, Dillard just made defenders look foolish as he could get coast-to-coast with ease. Averaging close to 22 points per game this season, Dillard is a name to know in the Milwaukee City Conference. 

Jordan Dinsmore – 2018 – PG – Milwaukee Washington
After two viewings this season, I’m starting to really appreciate the job Dinsmore is doing for Washington. Dinsmore has a lot of talent around him, but finds a way to keep everyone happy while also creating for himself offensively. In a win over Milwaukee Academy of Science, Dinsmore scored 17 points and added seven rebounds and six assists. A smooth ball handler, Dinsmore controls the tempo of the game and excels at getting into the teeth of the defense and making things happen. Dinsmore was once again terrific in the open floor, shaking defenders in space or hitting his teammates in stride for easy buckets in transition. A high-IQ floor general, Dinsmore doesn’t waste many dribbles. He puts it on the deck with a purpose. A strong 3-point shooting presence, Dinsmore can play off the ball and let others create for him as well. Dinsmore can perhaps play his way onto a Division 1 roster after this season, but if he goes prep or the JUCO route, I could see his stock rise even higher. 

Darius Hannah – 2020 – F – Milwaukee Academy of Science
Was pleasantly surprised by Hannah’s performance against Michael Foster Jr. of Milwaukee Washington. While Foster is the future of Wisconsin high school basketball, Hannah was the present on Friday. The 6-foot-6 sophomore was a mismatch problem all game long with his ability to handle and shoot the ball from the perimeter. Hannah knocked down some triples and also got to the rack, going to his left and even had a poster dunk in transition. Hannah can handle the ball very well for his size and age. He was comfortable on the break and in traffic, weaving between multiple defenders. While he’s rail thin, Hannah held up very well defensively in a grown man’s matchup. Washington got nothing easy at the rim as Hannah plays the verticality rule tremendously, using his length to affect shots without fouling. Hannah finished with 17 points in the loss.

Marcus Justice – 2020 – PF – Madison East
Justice just made winning plays for East in their win over Milwaukee Vincent. A player that understands his team’s system and does the little things, Justice was very efficient and took advantage of the opportunities he was given. Justice had 12 points and eight rebounds. Part of a guard heavy lineup, Justice freed up scoring opportunities for his teammates with good, solid screens. He also crashed the glass and kept plays alive for second chances. Justice is a big body that can stretch the floor and showcased nice touch from 3-point range. He’s a little more athletic and bouncy than he looks. We’ll see in the coming years how his game develops, but Justice appears willing to do some things from the block and high post when given the touches. 

Deontay Long – 2019 – SF – Milwaukee Washington
This is just flat out a man amongst boys. If you face Long, be prepared to bring for 36 minutes or you’re going to be embarrassed. Long continued his huge junior season, dropping 35 points in a blowout win over Milwaukee Academy of Science. For good measure, Long scored a sizable amount of his points with the game out of reach late, just snatching the life out of his opponent. The top ranked player in Wisconsin’s 2019 class, Long did a little bit of everything, grabbing 11 rebounds, dishing out four assists, and recording three steals and two blocks. In the midst of a huge campaign, Long continues to get better and better. As noted earlier in the season, he’s worked hard to improve his body and overall quickness. Long’s athleticism allows him to dunk easily in traffic and recorded another poster to his resume early in the game. The ball handling ability of the 6-foot-5 junior has also drastically improved. A player that handles the point duties from time to time, Long looks way more explosive on the ball and is blowing by people with ease. 

Kaleim Taylor – 2020 – PG – Milwaukee Academy of Science
This looks like a high major prospect. Milwaukee Washington came after Taylor for 36 minutes, but the sophomore wasn’t fazed. He was steady Eddie throughout the contest, finishing with 22 points and a handful of assists. A good blend of strength and athleticism, Taylor is extremely poised against pressure and contact. Using a quick first step, Taylor blew by defenders and has the body control and hang time to convert against multiple defenders. A quick trigger shooter, Taylor can pull up well beyond the 3-point arc and drain triples. He was excellent at taking what defenders gave him and making them pay, even if it was a deep 3-pointer early in possessions. Taylor’s defensive ability is also outstanding. Using his strong frame, Taylor bodies up on the perimeter and makes sure every inch is earned. A high-IQ floor general that makes plays for himself and others at a high rate, I don’t see Taylor waiting too long into the spring before offers start rolling in.