NY2LA Swish N Dish: Day Three

Mequon, WI - The Mac Irvin Fire weren't the favorites coming in to the event, but Jahlil Okafor simply lifted them to the title. Also some highly touted freshmen shined as well on the big stage.

Jahlil Okafor, C, Mac Irvin Fire – Despite being undermanned on Sunday, the Mac Irvin Fire came home with the 17 and under title, and it was Okafor who was the biggest reason. Quite simply he wore every opponent down, and made big shots and free throws when it mattered. Though Okafor missed shots he usually makes, his still dominated every step of the way and set the tone as the best player in the class.

Justin Tillman, PF, REACH Legends – A bouncy athlete down low, Tillman is very productive. He has a good tough within about five feet of the rim, and is excellent at blocking shots and rebounding. Now he is slightly undersized, but he knows how to produce. Tillman is healthy and it is showing. He needs to continue to get stronger and continue to improve his skill level, but Tillman is showing why a lot of schools in the Midwest are going to be taking a close look at him during the April evaluation period.

Darrell Davis, SG, REACH Legends – A smoother scorer, Davis had it working early for REACH despite his team struggling at times on the defensive end. Davis can score from the mid-range, but his bread and butter is shooting from deep. A good athlete, he knows how to create space and just has that feel for how to put the ball in the basket.

Tyler Ulis, PG, Meanstreets – Ulis concluded his big time weekend with another strong day. The floor general got his team to the championship game and he did it by running the show and getting everyone easy looks. Add in that he just knows how to be a pest on defense by getting steals, and Ulis is the complete package despite not being someone who intimidates during layup lines.

Cody Schwartz, PF, Wisconsin Blizzard – A very skilled forward with good size at about 6-foot-8, Schwartz is someone who opened up eyes. He can really shoot it from three, has ability to get into the lane off the dribble, and is an okay rebounder. Schwartz' skill level is impressive and he showed a good feel for the game, and could be a player who breaks out this spring.

Esa Ahmad, PF, All-Ohio Red – Ahmad is a very skilled power forward. What he lacks in raw athleticism he makes up for in savvy and understanding of the game. On the baseline Ahmad is very difficult to handle because of his intelligence and ability to score in the mid-range or down low. Ahmad played excellent in getting his team to the Final Four, and continued to show why his name is emerging in the state of Ohio.

Prentiss Nixon, SG/PG, Illinois Wolves – The Wolves uncharacteristically had a rough outing on Sunday, but Nixon did what he could to keep his team in the game. A good athlete, he can get hot from the outside, and Nixon did just that. Also he got to the rim some and used his athleticism to make things happen on the defensive end. Nixon is someone with a load of potential, and as he continues to improve he could be one to really watch.

Glynn Watson, PG, Illinois Wolves – A kid with long arms, a good understanding of the game, and a good athlete, Watson did some nice things for the Wolves. He got to the rim fairly well, got some steals on defense, and put his team in a position to come back and get a win. Watson won't blow you away with any one skill, but the total package of his game is very solid.

D'Mitrik Trice, PG, All-Ohio Red – Like his older brother Travis, D'Mitrik is a good scorer from the point guard spot and someone who can really make shots and catch fire. Trice is very solid going right, though he needs to improve his handle going to his left. As he gets stronger and more athletic Trice will continue to see his stock go up.

D.J. Williams, SF, Meanstreets – Williams was solid on Sunday in helping his team to a few wins. He is still making that transition to being a full time perimeter player, and that showed up when he struggled with turnovers, but overall he was good. Williams made a few shots, scored from the mid-range, and used his length and athleticism on the defensive end. He is still a bit more prospect than player, but the upside is enormous for Williams.

Charles Matthews, PG, Meanstreets - Though his team didn't come out with the title, Matthews was absolutely impressive. He at times was the best player on the floor and showed how dynamic he is using the dribble. Matthews missed a few easy opportunities that won't happen in the future, and the upside is huge for a kid who is just now beginning to figure out how good he is.

Tervell Beck, SF, All-Ohio Red – An athletic and physical specimen, Beck was very impressive from the mid-range. He showed the ability to handle going in either direction, and then scored it well and also rebounded. His strength and athleticism can be too much for most at the 15-and under level to handle, and the upside is through the roof for Beck who is one of the best in Ohio in a loaded class.

Willie Jackson, SF, All-Ohio Red – Jackson isn't quite as big as Beck, but he is just as talented. H has big time athletic ability and knows how to convert in traffic. While his game is not yet refined on the perimeter he did hit a few jumpers, and overall looked to be a high level prospect. As long as he continues to improve his handle, Jackson will be nearly impossible to guard.

Jayson Tatum, SF, St. Louis Eagles – A tough matchup for anyone, he proved again and again why he is such a highly thought of prospect. Tatum scored from all three levels on the court and got others easy looks as well. Look for Tatum to lead his team to a lot of wins this summer, and he did just that on Championship Sunday


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