The 12th annual Swish N’ Dish Spring Warm-Up hit the hardwood this past weekend and the electricity in the gym was reminiscent of past years. With the prospects hitting the courts where names like Jabari Parker, Harrison Barnes, Brad Beal, etc. once shined bright the atmosphere in the gym was excellent again this past weekend as were the performances. Here’s my thoughts after another excellent weekend of basketball to kick off the travel season…
Note – Listed in Alphabetical Order
Darius Garland – 2018 – PG – Brad Beal Elite EYBL
This young man was electric at times. A scintillating blend of athleticism, skill, and potential, Garland looked like the best player in the gym most games as he displayed high major impact scoring, distributing, and floor impact potential. Arguably a top 10 caliber prospect nationally by summer’s end.
Donovan Moore – 2019 – G – Illinois Irish Elite NY2LA
One of the pure sleepers heading into the weekend, Moore was exceptional throughout as he showcased skill and instincts with athleticism and decision making to deliver a high caliber performance. A mid to high major impact guard potentially, Moore delivered this past weekend.
Courtney Ramey – 2018 – PG – Ramey Jets United
A top 25 national prospect who wins and does so consistently, Ramey took the alpha position after a sluggish team performance on Friday and he was exceptional in the lead role scoring, defending, creating, and leading. He guided his team to the 17U championship game with yet another high major impact weekend of basketball.
Talen Horton-Tucker – 2018 – G/F – Mac Irvin Fire EYBL
A blue collar skilled talent who delivered game in and game out, Horton-Tucker has an excellent feel for the game and he gets to where he wants to no matter the team and no matter the opposing defender. A physically strong skilled wing, he’s a glue type guy who fills the box score and will do whatever it takes to win.
Khalil Whitney – 2019 – SF – Mac Irvin Fire EYBL
Along with Garland and Ramey this young explosive wing opened eyes and was in the discussion of top overall prospect in the tournament. An electric blend of size, length, athleticism, explosion, and skill, all things point to Whitney being special at the next level and beyond.
Note – Listed in Alphabetical Order
A.J. Green – 2018 – PG – Iowa Barnstormers AU
A skilled and instinctive guard with an excellent stroke and the ability to score in bunches, Green stood tall against some excellent opposing guards and showed that he belongs in the discussion of most mid and potential high major guards in the Midwest in 2018.
Nick Klug – 2018 – PG – Wisconsin Swing Litscher NY2LA
A sleeper with skill and instinct, Klug turned it on in bunches and impressed in flashes with his ability to knock down the jumper and deliver a variety of things on both ends of the court. Really like what he brings to the table and with the combination of teammates Mason Seffen and Mitch Listau, the Swing have three exceptional guards that should garner a lot of mid major attention this spring and summer.
Drew Peterson – 2018 – F – Illinois Wolves UAA
Really like what Peterson brings to the table and he was impressive on Friday and Saturday at times with his versatile and skilled offensive package that he pairs with instincts and solid decisions to make for an intriguing prospect. Still developing physically, Peterson is legit and you can expect him to garner a lot of Division 1 attention this spring and summer as he can really play.
Xavier Pinson – 2018 – PG – Mac Irvin Fire Elite
One of the top sleepers in the 2018 class in Illinois, Pinson helped guide his team to the Elite 8 of the prestigious Swish N’ Dish Platinum bracket and he did so in impressive fashion. He has nice size and plus length and his skill combined with his instincts make him a legitimate mid to mid plus caliber lead guard with a nice ceiling. This young man can play and he showed that first hand this past weekend.
Jalen Shaw – 2018 – PF – Kessel Heat Black
Another talented young big on the rise in the 2018 class, Shaw was impressive in spurts with his ability to finish in a variety of ways. Really like his size, length, and ceiling moving forward and he, like many others herein, will gather a lot of Division 1 attention this spring and summer as he is just scratching the surface.
Note – Listed in Alphabetical Order
Quincy Anderson – 2018 – G – Playground Elite NY2LA
A blue collar hard working and vastly improved guard, Anderson can score at every level, he has nice physical tools, and he can play a number of different positions on both ends of the court. He’s skilled, tough, instinctive, and only getting better. A solid opening weekend of work during the Swish N’ Dish.
Xavier Castaneda – 2018 – PG – Meanstreets EYBL
A talented young floor general with upside and potential, Castaneda handles the ball well, can attack off the bounce, and he has the ability to fill the box score when at his best. Still developing both physically and skill wise, this young floor general will hold a number of mid and potentially high major offers by summer’s end if he continues his progression and plays to his potential.
Ed Chang – 2018 – F – Iowa Barnstormers AU
Really like this young man’s potential as he has the ability to score from multiple levels and he’s willing to compete on both ends. He has a nice solid perimeter stroke and he ripped the nets a number of times from beyond the arc. While everyone will focus on Green, Hauser, and Wieskamp for good reason, Chang is going to get a lot of attention and expect him to garner a number of Division 1 offers when schools start to see him this spring and summer.
JR Cison – 2019 – PG – IYBA Illinois Heat
Certain young players just get it and Cison is one of them as he makes the game look easy and he makes everyone else better. Cison handles the rock well and he sees the floor exceptionally well. Add solid perimeter shooting, excellent feel, and advanced floor leadership and decision making to the table and you have the recipe for a quality young floor general with lots of promise. He makes the team better whenever he’s on the court.
Dwayne Walker Jr. – 2018 – SG – Kevon Looney Rebels
Really like what this young man brings to the table in a variety of ways. One thing he does well is score and he can do so at every level and in electrically smooth fashion. A left handed marksmen with the ability to hit the mid-range jumper and the trey ball, Walker has a nice understanding of spacing and how to get his shot off. Look for him to open some eyes and generate some decent burn this spring and summer if he plays to his potential.
FUTURE NAMES TO KNOW
Nimari Burnett – 2020 – PG – Mac Irvin Fire EYBL
One of the best young guards on the rise nationally, Burnett helped his team to a solid bracket run and continued to make his presence felt in the process. Equipped with size, skill, and instincts, Burnett has top 15-25 national potential with hard work.
Chris Grubbs – 2020 – G/F – UA G3 GRIND UAA
A talented wing with athleticism, instincts, skill, and feel, Grubbs powered his squad to the 15U Platinum Championship in a loaded field of prospects and teams. A multi-skilled fill the box score type, Grubbs was exceptional from start to finish this past weekend.
Jalen Johnson – 2020 – G – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
One of the best in class regionally and nationally, Johnson is a long skilled perimeter talent with national top 25 potential moving forward. He was solid throughout until an injury slowed him on Sunday. A high major impact talent on the rise in Wisconsin.
Chris Payton – 2019 – F – Brad Beal Elite EYBL
A powerfully athletic forward with explosive hops and the ability to score and finish in transition and around the basket, Payton is raw skill wise but he’s a beast around the paint when engaged and active. There’s a lot of raw potential and when it all comes together he’s going to be very impressive on both ends of the court.
Zach Toussaint – 2019 – G – Kessel Heat Black NY2LA
One of the best stories of the weekend as he helped his team to a final four run in the Platinum bracket with a scintillating display of playmaking, leadership, and perimeter shooting. He has handles, feel, swagger, and a lethal perimeter stroke that can blister the nets when he’s at his best. One of the more impressive individual performances of the weekend was turned in by Toussaint.
West Virginia commit 2018 PG Jordan McCabe played at a high level this past weekend. Competing with a new cast of teammates the talented young lead guard powered his Wisconsin Playground Warriors 17U to an impressive Elite 8 finish with a number of high caliber efforts.
Hard to not like what blue collar 2018 F/C Blake Brinkmeyer of Kingdom Hoops Elite brings to the table. A big solid interior prospect with instincts and skill, look for him to garner a lot of Horizon, Summit League, etc. type attention this spring and summer.
Unsigned 2017 F Alton Thompson of the Mac Irvin Fire Elite is a beast physically on both ends. His play combined with Pinson and a few others helped power his team to an impressive Elite 8 finish. He’s athletic, active, and a tough cover on both ends. One to pay close attention to this spring and summer as he’s a talented unsigned senior.
2018 G/F Keshawn Justice of Playground Elite EYBL and 2018 G Carlos Curtis of the same were both impressive in flashes this past weekend. In tight games down the stretch on Friday and Saturday both game up with big plays that either tied or helped the team take the lead. Look for them to make a lot of noise on the Nike EYBL circuit this spring and summer.
Team Harris is a quality 17U team that opened a lot of eyes. The 1-2 punch of 2018 PG Eric Hunter and 2018 SF Aaron Henry are impressive and each delivered quality efforts this past weekend. Really like the makeup of this team and you can expect low and mid Division 1 college coaches will as well when they get a look at them this spring and summer.
2018 PF Grant Basile returned from injury this past weekend and delivered some solid minutes for the Wisconsin Shooters NY2LA 17U team. Still trying to get his legs under him, Basile showed range, skill, and instincts in spot duty. A legitimate mid major Division 1 prospect with a high ceiling, it was good to see the young man back on the hardwood this past weekend.
2019 F Taylor Currie of All Ohio Red was another who wrapped his weekend early but impressed while he was there. A high major impact talent with a nice ceiling, Currie is skilled and instinctive and he pairs that with size and feel to make for a highly intriguing Division 1 prospect.
2019 G Mario McKinney was a huge catalyst in the 16U championship run of the Brad Beal Elite squad. Athletic, skilled, active, and instinctive, McKinney will hold a number of mid and high major Division 1 offers by the end of next summer.
Like what 2020 F/C Colin Crothers of Illinois Wolves UAA brings to the table. Still raw and developing, Crothers will be another Division 1 prospect to come through the Wolves program by the time it’s all said and done.
2019 G Lamond Johnson of the Mac Irvin Fire EYBL team is a sleeper that is going to quietly explode alongside Whitney, Jacobs, etc. He has athleticism and skill and he’s just scratching the surface. Look for him to catch a lot of looks moving forward with hard work and development.
2019 G Jackson Molstead of Martin Brothers NY2LA opened some eyes. A tough gritty guard with skill and leadership, Molstead backs down from no one and he can play. One to watch closely moving forward.
2019 G/F Carlos Ramsey of the Milwaukee Spartans-Rebels Elite is one to keep track of closely. An athletic and tough talent, Ramsey fills the box score and he’s just scratching the surface. One to watch closely.
Really like the potential of the 16U Quad City Elite NY2LA team moving forward. 2019’s DJ Carton, Dylan Peeters, Deonte Billups, etc. all look like solid Division 1 prospects and each is just starting to figure things out. By summer’s end they could be a very tough matchup for anyone on the hardwood.
2020 F Martice Mitchell of All-In Athletics Williams NY2LA team is a legitimate mid to potentially a high major Division 1 prospect. Really like his physical tools, athleticism, and his feel already. One to keep very close tabs on moving forward.
Two names to track closely in Wisconsin in the 2020 class are Gabe and Mason Madsen of the Wisconsin Playground Warriors. Twin brothers, both are instinctive, skilled, and just getting started. The 15U team they’re on is loaded with prospects and you can expect they will get a lot of Division 1 looks over the next 24-36 months.
Speaking of two quality 2020 prospects in the state of Wisconsin, look no further than Insaac Lindsey and Delaware Hale of the Wisconsin Swing Litscher NY2LA team. Lindsey is a lights out shooter with high major Division 1 potential and Hale will be the name no one knows until he starts to get a lot of attention from Division 1 schools. Both opened a lot of eyes and created a nice buzz this past weekend amongst writers and teams alike.
Keep a close eye on the Meanstreets 17U EYBL team as they have a handful of interesting young sleepers like 2018 SF Messiah Jones, 2018 F Orlando Allen, 2018 PG Kaleb Thornton, and 2018 G Tim Finke whom everyone basically knows about already. If they can gel together by late April they could end up being an interesting group that will collect a lot of attention from different levels of schools this spring and summer.
The Mac Irvin Fire 17U EYBL team made a Final Four run in the Platinum bracket despite not having the services of 2018 guards Ayo Dosunmu and Kezo Brown. The play of 2017 G DeMarius Jacobs was solid as was the same of 2018 G/F Bakari Simmons and 2018 G/F Talen Horton-Tucker was sensational. A strong team performance from them this past weekend.
Congrats to the following top bracket winners:
17U Platinum Champions – Ramey Jets United AU
16U Platinum Champions – Brad Beal Elite EYBL
15U Platinum Champions – UA G3 GRIND UAA
14U Platinum Champions – Ray Allen Select GNBA
13U Platinum Champions – Meanstreets Curtis
12U Platinum Champions – Playground Elite Bradley GNBA
11U Platinum Champions – MN Spartans Elite Williams
10U Platinum Champions – MN Spartans Elite
9U Platinum Champions – Milwaukee Spartans-Rebels Elite