Swish 'N Dish: Day One

Milwaukee, Wisc. – The NY2LA Swish ‘N Dish kicked off with some of the top players in the Midwest going at it. Jabari Parker as usual stood out, but several other underclass prospects also did a good job of separating themselves and emergining on the scene

Jameel McKay, PF, T.P. Elite – Granted he is an unsigned senior playing against younger competition, but McKay had an unbelievable performance against Ferrari. The 6-foot-7 McKay is an athlete extraordinaire who plays with a non-stop motor. McKay had to have a triple-double with points, blocks, and rebounds, and was simply everywhere to help his team get the win. Right now his grades are in serious question, but McKay is someone who could help out at a high level if he is able to make it into college.

Steve Taylor, PF, Mac Irvin Fire – Taylor had it working for the Mac Irvin Fire. The 6-foot-7 combo forward was absolutely stroking it from the outside, and also did a good job on the glass. With long arms and developing strength, Taylor plays taller than his size. Still what Taylor does best is shoot the ball off the catch in pick and pop situations. With that skill he is a weapon and becomes very difficult to guard. In a blowout Taylor had it working for Mac Irvin.

Austin Arians, SF, Wisconsin Swing – The always fundamentally sound Swing have a solid player in Arians. He is a great passer who sees the floor very well, and on top of that has a skill set where he can shoot the ball as well as play some off the dribble. Not a great athlete, Arians might struggle against pressure defense, but his skill level makes him a very solid mid-level wing at absolute worst.

Zak Showalter, SG/PG, Wisconsin Swing – Absolutely no one plays harder than Showalter. He is always giving constant energy and plays with a lot of toughness and emotion. Showalter didn't shoot it well, and his point guard skills still have a ways to go, but his athleticism and toughness make him a prospect that can find a home at the mid-major level for sure.

Jabari Parker, SF, Ferrari – Quite simply Parker is playing at such a high level that it is almost unfair. He is so skilled, getting more athletic, and is shooting the ball much better as well. On top of that he plays with a non-stop motor and just understands the game at such an advanced level for his age. While Ferrari struggled mightily, Parker single handedly kept them in the game and even gave them a chance to win. When facing the rim in the mid-range there is no tougher player in high school basketball to defend than Parker.

Deonte Burton, SF, T.P. Elite – His high profile matchup with Parker really didn't go very well. Burton is still lacking with his basketball skills, but he is a big time athlete. He struggled from the foul line, though Burton did give effort most of the game attacking the glass and running the floor. Still Burton needs to translate from an elite athlete to a skilled basketball player in order to reach his ceiling.

Tommy Hamilton, C, Mac Irvin Fire – It is quite rare to see Hamilton at a Spring AAU event, but he showed up for this one and it was a good thing. All of the unique talents that Hamilton has were on display. He hit perimeter jumpers, scored with either hand inside, rebounded the ball, and even ran the floor and scored off the dribble. It is games like this that show what kind of elite talent Hamilton is. Now he simply needs to string these performances together.

Russell Woods, PF, Mac Irvin Fire – In the loaded Illinois class in 2013 Woods tends to get overlooked, but he is the real deal. Woods right now does most of his damage inside with his strength and touch, but he also runs the floor and shows some ability to play facing the rim. At almost 6-foot-8 there is no doubt that high-majors will be all over him as more get to see him this spring and summer. Woods was one of the real breakout performers for Mac Irvin

Billy Garrett, SG, Mac Irvin Fire – Garrett Jr. is making strides from the high school season and is showing that he is worthy of the added high-major attention that he is getting. He has a much tighter handle than he showed earlier in the year, and is also shooting the ball at a pretty high level. Add in a high basketball IQ, and the son of DePaul's Billy Garrett Sr. is making a name for himself with the Fire.

Luke Fischer, C, Wisconsin Swing – Fischer was a player who really stood out during the high school year, and it is easy to see his potential. At 6-foot-9 with long arms, Fischer runs the floor, has a decent touch with either hand, and is a good athlete. Still he didn't have a great game, though there were flashes. He needs to be tougher finishing through contact and on the glass. Consistency has been an issue with Fischer, but all the tools are there for him to be a big time player.

Nick Fuller, SF, Wisconsin Swing – Fuller is at his best in catch and shoot situations, and he knocked in a few of those on Friday evening. Also he is a good passer who knows how to play. Fuller scored off of a few nice backdoor cuts, and is a solid athlete. Right now he will straddle the mid to high border, but he has some definite potential.

Kevon Looney, SF, Wisconsin Rebels – This kid is absolutely no joke. A 6-foot-6 player who can play any of the three perimeter positions, Looney was dominant against his age level competition. He runs the point, makes threes, rebounds, and also even takes pride in playing defense. Looney is just now beginning to realize how good he is, and when he adds strength and figures it out he will be as good as nearly any player in the Midwest.

David Burrell, PF, Wisconsin Rebels – A high school and AAU teammate of Looney, Burrell is a nice player in his own right. Right now he is more of an athletic and undersized power forward, but what he does he does well. Burrell dunks everything, runs the floor with a purpose, and knows how to rebound. Skill level is a growth area, but for a young prospect he looks good.

Luke Fischer mentioned Wisconsin, Marquette, Wake Forest, Stanford, Butler, and Iowa.

Already Wisconsin and Marquette have made Kevon Looney a priority.

Russell Woods is in the beginning of his recruitment but mentioned that Illinois and Purdue are the leaders with Wisconsin, Nebraska, DePaul, and Marquette also showing interest.

Jameel McKay says that he is hearing from numerous junior colleges, but he is also open to the idea of going to prep school.

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