Widely considered the top opening spring travel circuit tournament, the NY2LA Swish N’ Dish returns in 2016. Some of the nation’s top junior prospects will take the floor at Homestead High School in Mequon on Friday and they'll be on the hardwood all weekend long at the 11th installment of this prestigious tournament.
Here’s a look at a few of the top prospects in the 17U division:
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(Note – This is not an exclusive list)
Trae Berhow – 2017 – SG – Power Hoops MN
A shooter on the rise in the 2017 class, Berhow heads into the spring as one of the more up and coming talents in the Midwest. Holding nearly double-digit mid-major offers, the power-five programs are beginning to notice the 6-foot-5, 200-pound junior. A lengthy 2-guard with range and toughness around the rim, look for Berhow to pick up right where he left off this past season.
Brian Bowen – 2017 – SF – Meanstreets
On the verge of blue chip status in the class of 2017, Bowen is one of the headline prospects coming to Milwaukee. Holding offers from Michigan State, Louisville, UNLV, Indiana, Illinois, Florida State, and UCLA to name a few, Bowen is an exciting talent. An athletic wing, who can flat out jump out of the gym, Bowen is also a knock down shooter from beyond the arc.
Nojel Eastern – 2017 – PG – Meanstreets
One of the top guards in the country, Eastern has offers from Michigan State, USC, Illinois, Missouri, UNLV, LSU, Marquette, and Xavier among others. A savvy floor general who can shoot off the bounce, Eastern will light up opposing defenses from downtown if given space. The lefty has a smooth shooting stroke and terrific vision to distribute once he gets into the teeth of the defense.
Brandon Hau – 2017 – G/F – Wisconsin Shooters
An intriguing combo forward with size and versatility, Hau still has his best days ahead of him. Holding an offer from IUPUI, Hau is sure to attract more suitors this spring and into the summer. At 6-foot-7, Hau does a little bit of everything. He can shoot, slash, distribute, rebound and simply put, is the engine that makes his team go.
Monty Johal – 2018 – SG – Yanders Law
An electrifying scorer, no shot is too big or too difficult for Johal. Holding offers from Jackson State and Milwaukee, Johal is coming off a big sophomore season and will play up a level at the Swish N’ Dish. A dynamic playmaker off the bounce, Johal can shake and bake with the best of them.
Markell Johnson – 2017 – SG – King James
Johnson holds offers from Ohio State, Florida, DePaul, Arizona State, Virginia Tech, Louisville, North Carolina State, and Cincinnati going into the spring. With deadly speed and explosiveness on the ball, Johnson is a highlight waiting to happen. Able to put up huge numbers in the points and assists departments, Johnson is the straw that stirs the drink for King James.
Chris Knight – 2017 – F – Wisconsin Swing
A high-upside forward with tremendous athleticism and explosion, Knight has a bright future. Holding offers from Milwaukee, Green Bay, IUPUI, and Ohio, Knight is young for his age, yet is usually the most athletic player on the floor. A 6-foot-7, 205-pounf forward who can handle the ball and occasionally step outside the paint to shoot, Knight loves to get up and down the floor and has a soft touch around the rim.
Terrence Lewis – 2017 – SF – Playground Elite
Lewis’ recruitment is only going to take off from here. Holding offers from Iowa State, Auburn, and Illinois among others, Lewis is still flying under the radar to some degree. A junkyard dog on the floor, Lewis outworks everyone on the floor and is a menace on the glass. Having worked hard on his shooting stroke, Lewis is ready to display a whole new element to his game.
Luke Loewe – 2017 – G – Playground Warriors
As tough as they come, Loewe has made himself a reputation for being a defensive stopper. With hard-nosed man-to-man defense, Loewe causes fits to the opposition and does so without fouling. Also improving his offense, Loewe can explode in the points department occasionally with a nice mid-range and slashing game.
Connor McCaffery – 2017 – G/F – Iowa Barnstormers
One of the highest IQ players on the travel circuit, McCaffery can do it all. Able to play four positions on the floor, McCaffery runs the show offensively and steps up to the challenge defensively, whether he has to defend a guard or a post player. An excellent distributor, the Iowa commit sees plays before they happen, always looking for teammates before he looks to score himself.
Christian Negron – 2017 – F – Mac Irvin Fire
Negron showed some flashes of his high upside during his junior season. A long, gritty forward, Negron has the versatility to handle the ball and knock down open jumpers. He also showcased the ability to slash from outside the paint and finish against contact. Negron currently holds offers from Iowa, Illinois, Butler, and DePaul.
Javon Pickett – 2017 – SG – SW IL Jets
The Illinois commit blew up over numerous NY2LA events and now returns to Milwaukee off the market. At 6-foot-5, 175-pounds, Pickett causes a number of mismatch problems with his ability to score inside and out. A shooter with a killer instinct, defenders better bring it every possession if they hope to slow Pickett down.
Jordan Poole – 2017 – G – Playground Elite
One of the best shooters in his class, Poole can knock down shots with the best of them. The Michigan commit can play both guard positions. While known as a tremendous shooter, Poole can also run the show and distribute in transition. After blowing up in the 17U level last summer, Poole likely has bigger and better things in store as a junior.
Jaylen Sebree – 2017 – SF – Louisville Magic
A long, athletic wing, Sebree has offers from the likes of Xavier, Indiana, and VCU going into his final travel season. A player that loves to slash from the wing and finish over and through defenders, Sebree can put a lot of pressure on a defense throughout a game. A creative scorer around the rim, Sebree is even more difficult to handle if he finds his stroke from beyond the arc.
Justin Smith – 2017 – SG – Mac Irvin Fire
When you talk about athleticism and shooting ability, Smith is a dangerous combination. The touted shooting guard holds offers from Indiana, Wake Forest, Wisconsin, Illinois, Northwestern, and Purdue. A good looking athlete who can make plays at the rim or from beyond the arc, Smith has tremendous upside in the coming years at the Division 1 level.
Jalen Suggs – 2020 – SG – Grassroots Sizzle
He’ll be a freshman in high school next year, but Suggs has big time game that can hold up in the 17U level. A player you’ll hear about plenty over the next few seasons, Suggs has proven to be one of the top up and coming prospects at NY2LA GNBA events. Suggs has been basically unstoppable at his own level and will now step up to a big challenge in 17U.
Jarvis Thomas – 2018 – PF – Power Hoops MN
When you talk about athleticism, Thomas is one of the first players that come to mind. A freak athlete who can finish off some impressive dunks, look for Thomas to find the highlight reel this weekend. The sophomore, who is a workhorse on both ends, particularly on the glass, holds an early offer from Green Bay.
Kaleb Wesson – 2017 – PF – All-Ohio Red
A big body with skills and a soft touch, Wesson is a nightmare when he catches the ball on the block. The Ohio State commit has a tremendous feel for how to pin, seal, and use a defender’s weight and momentum against them down low. Wesson has terrific hands and can handle and pass the ball outside the paint, which makes him scary good at times.
DaMonte Williams – 2017 – SG – Mac Irvin Fire
Fresh off his Illinois commitment, Williams puts his skills to the test in the Swish N’ Dish. A long, athletic wing, Williams can do some special things with the ball in his hands. A terrific knockdown shooter, the 6-foot-3 junior has an excellent rise and fire game. Williams can also make some game changing plays in transition on both ends of the floor.
Kyle Young – 2017 – SF – King James
A very intriguing and versatile forward, Young is a mismatch nightmare. At 6-foot-9, Young can handle and shoot the basketball. An exciting transition play, Young is a difficult cover with his ability to score all over the floor and take advantage of just about every defender in one way or another. Young holds offers from Clemson, Wisconsin, Xavier, Purdue, Illinois, Butler, and Michigan.
Others to Watch: Teyvion Kirk (All In/Y&R), Demarius Jacobs (All In/Y&R), Tyler Chisom (All In/Y&R), Niekie Thomas (Yanders Law), Milton Wordlow (Yanders Law), Corey Boyd (Yanders Law), Equan Ards (Young Legends/TP Elite), Alondis Williams (Young Legends/TP Elite), Ryan Krueger (Wisconsin Swing), Rod Johnson (Wisconsin Swing), Andrew Lewis (Wisconsin Shooters), Brennen Banks (Wisconsin Dyansty), Nana Akenten (IL Celtics/Hoopers), Kyle Hart (SYF Players), Joevon Walker (Power Hoops MN), Storm Murphy (NESYB), Malik Parker (Iowa Barnstormers), Trace Young (Louisville Magic), Oumar Keita (Louisville Magic), Chris Vogt (Louisville Magic), Zach Watson (King James), Devontae Lane (Iowa Barnstormers), Austin Phyfe (Iowa Barnstormers), Bailey Basala (Iowa Barnstormers), Shawn “P.J.” Pipes (Illinois Stars), Sam Ohlrich (Illinois Stars), Justin Brookens (DTA), Connor Niego (Chicago Lockdown), Koreem Ozier (Playground Elite), Steffon Mitchell (Grassroots Sizzle), Devin Whitelow (Illinois Irish), Marreon Jackson (King James), Jayvon Graves (King James), Matt Dentlinger (Martin Brothers), Evan Gilyard (Meanstreets), Manny Patterson (Meanstreets), Alonzo Verge (Meanstreets), Will Chevallier (Playground Warriors), Owen Hamilton (Playground Warriors), Alou Dillon (Playground Elite), Steve Wooten (Playground Elite), etc.