NY2LA Swish N Dish: Day One

Mequon, WI - The NY2LA Swish N Dish tipped off with some nice games. Class of 2015 point guard Jalen Brunson and class of 2014 center Jahlil Okafor shined with some others who emerged from a low profile.

Jahlil Okafor, C, Mac Irvin Fire – Despite not having his best ever game, Okafor was absolutely dominant in the second half and overtime of a win. Okafor cleaned up the offensive glass, and every single time he got a touch, he scored. The top player in the 2014 class, Okafor showed he is an absolute dominant force when in the paint, and at the end scored on a tip in to win the game.

Keita Bates-Diop, SF, Illinois Wolves – This is one of the top wings in the class. Bates-Diop is a big time athlete and his three point stroke is looking good. Now he does need a little time to get the shot off, but it looks good and is very effective. Also he can block shots and is getting more and more skilled. He does need to give a better effort on the glass, but he finds a way to be productive and the future Ohio State Buckeye had some highlight plays.

Malek Harris, PF, Illinois Wolves – Not the most skilled forward, Harris did struggle to finish down low, but he was an absolute beast on the glass. Harris cleaned up on both ends of the floor and any time a shot came off the rim it seemed to go to him. Also Harris has improved his game facing the rim, now it is just a matter of him converting on opportunities down low.

Cliff Alexander, C/PF, D-Rose All-Stars – It was a bad game overall for the team, as they took a beating, but Alexander had some strong moments. Alexander is as long as any player in the class and runs the floor very well. He rebounded well and converted above the rim on several occasions, but overall it wasn't his greatest effort.

Vic Law, SF, Meanstreets – He is almost exclusively a right handed player, and that was a problem at times when using his left would have been recommended, but the big time wing came to play. He is strong, can make shots, and is a good athlete. Law led Meanstreets to a big win, and was dynamic in many ways showing his versatility and how many ways he can impact a game.

Tyler Ulis, PG, Meanstreets – The diminutive point guard had it working in a big win. He completely controlled the game with his ability to handle pressure and breakdown the defense. Also he made some shots and was a threat to score or pass. Also on the defensive end he was active and used his quickness to be a pest. Ulis is the engine who makes the team go, and he did a heck of a job of that on Friday night. Some will be scared off by his size, but Ulis is one of the more productive and effective lead guards in the class.

Tai Odiase, C, Meanstreets – He is under the radar in Chicago, but Odiase can play. Standing about 6-foot-8, Odiase has solid hands, finishes okay around the rim, is a good athlete, and has long arms. He needs to get stronger and just get more reps, but the bottom line is in a class thin on bigs, Odiase has a chance to really emerge going forward.

Paul White, PF/SF, Meanstreets – One of the most skilled forwards in the class, White showed in flashes what he did during the high school year. White hit from the mid-range, rebounded some, and just proved how hard he can be to defend. Now with that said he went through stretches where he virtually disappeared, but still the talent is there and White looked good.

LaMonte Bearden, PG, Wisconsin Swing – Playing a state championship team one would think Bearden would be receiving a ton of attention, but he isn't, and there is no good reason why. Bearden has pretty good size, is a solid athlete, and has a big time handle. Add in that he knows how to score, and Bearden was huge as the Swing dominated their opening round game. Look for Bearden to pick up a lot of attention.

Riley LaChance, SG, Ray Allen Select – A big time shooter with a flair for the big moment, every time his team needed a bucket LaChance delivered. Numerous times in overtime he hit big three pointers, and then when ice at the foul line as well. LaChance isn't a great athlete, and is on the small side, but still he knows how to play and is a big time shooter who at the right level will make an impact in college.

Dearionte Hudson, PG, TP Elite – Like Bearden he is a member of a state title team, and like Bearden he is also very solid. Hudson is an absolute blur with the basketball and someone who plays hard. He got to the rim nearly at will and then also proved to be a capable shooter. More of a scorer than a playmaker, Hudson has nice tools to work with.

Jalen Brunson, PG, Mac Irvin Fire – Brunson has long been one of the smartest floor generals in the 2015 class, and he proved it yet again in a huge game. Brunson did a good job of getting the ball to Okafor, and seemingly always made the right pass at the right time. On top of that, Brunson hit numerous deep triples, and was simply a big time performer from start to finish.

Charles Matthews, PG, Meanstreets – A big time athlete who really gets to the rim, Matthews made several nice plays. He scored it going right and left, and then hit from the mid-range. Add in that he knows how to play, and Matthews clearly showed why he is one of the top prospects in the class of 2015.

Malek Harris has offers from Iowa, Miami-Ohio, and Illinois State. Also interest is coming in from Oregon State, Miami-Florida, Xavier, VCU, Kansas State, and Oklahoma.

Lamonte Bearden has offers from North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Wisconsin-Milawukee, and Wisconsin-Green Bay. Also he has interest from Michigan State, North Carolina State, Creighton, Bradley, Richmond, Clemson, San Francisco, Idaho, Iowa, and Iowa State.

Jalen Brunson has offers from Purdue, Illinois, DePaul, SMU, and Xavier with other interest coming in from Big Ten schools.

Tai Odiase has interest from Valparaiso, Loyola-Chicago, Western Illinois, Tennessee, and Northern Kentucky.

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