Swish N' Dish Scouting Notebook

Though this past weekend marked the return of baseball season, AAU hoops took center stage in Milwaukee for the NY2LA Swish n' Dish tournament at Homestead High School in Mequon. PurpleWildcats.com was on hand and files this in-depth scouting report.

Top teams such as Chicago powerhouses Mac Irvin Fire and Meanstreets, Illinois Wolves, Canadian juggernaut CIA Bounce and Milwaukee's own TP Elite, Playground Elite and Wisconsin Playmakers made up a tough field stacked with high-level talent. Many of Bill Carmody and Northwestern's recruiting targets were in action, and here's how they performed.

Name: Jabari Parker
AAU Team: Mac Irvin Fire
High School: Chicago Simeon (Ill.) Academy
Class: 2013

Making his first appearance of the year for the 17U Fire, Parker did nothing to hurt his position at the top of his class. Though it wasn't his best weekend overall, the 6-foot-8 Parker showed his dynamic skill set, playing on the wing, in the post and even as the primary ball-handler at times.

Parker wowed with his hammer dunks and ability to pass with flair. On the defensive end, Parker is an outstanding team defender and frequently flew across the paint for weak-side blocks. He anchored the Fire's overtime comeback against All-Ohio Red in the quarterfinals playing center in a smaller Fire lineup, rejecting several shots in the final minutes of the game and creating extra possessions for his team.

Though his three-point stroke is inconsistent at times, evidenced by his shooting struggles in the Fire's intense clash with city rival Meanstreets in the semifinals, he impacted that game in a variety of ways with 13 points, seven rebounds and four blocks.

Parker's aptitude for basketball is unparalleled for his age group, and the scary part is that the best is yet to come. His list includes Duke, Kentucky, Michigan State, DePaul, Illinois and Northwestern.

Name: Thomas Hamilton Jr.
AAU Team: Mac Irvin Fire
High School: Whitney Young (Ill.) High School
Class: 2013

Injured for much of a disappointing junior year at Whitney Young, the highly skilled post appeared to be rounding back into form. Occasionally forgotten thanks to his more touted teammates Parker and Okafor, the big man flashed the abilities, which made him so coveted in the first place.

Hamilton has a soft touch around the rim and used his wide 6-foot-9 frame to create space underneath and collect his share of rebounds. The 4-man showed his perimeter skills as well, knocking down open threes and passing the ball well for his size.

Hamilton's ability to initiate the fast break was also key for the Fire, as he threw decisive outlet passes leading to buckets and occasionally brought it up himself. If Hamilton can stay in shape and utilize his full range of talents for an entire summer, his stock could quickly shoot back up. Arizona, Illinois, and DePaul are interested.

Name: Sterling Brown
AAU Team: Mac Irvin Fire
High School: Proviso East (Ill.) High School
Class: 2013

Brown gained a lot of attention after his recent performance for Proviso East in the state title game, matching up with Jabari Parker and scoring 25 points in a close loss to Simeon. Though not a featured scorer for the Fire, the long 6'6" wing scores in transition and finishes at the rim his like older brother Shannon of the Phoenix Suns.

Brown displayed a willingness to defend and rebound, and will continue to garner high-major looks with his high ceiling and basketball bloodlines. He was a key part of the Fire's quarterfinal comeback win against a tough All-Ohio Red team, playing the 4 in a small lineup and scoring a couple of clutch baskets down the stretch.

He holds offers from DePaul, Illinois and Northwestern, among others.

Name: Jaylon Tate
AAU Team: Meanstreets (Ill.)
High School: Chicago Simeon (Ill.) Academy
Class: 2013

Tate made a big impression on Day 3, reverting to the form he flashed his sophomore year at De La Salle. After a relatively down season following his transfer to Simeon, the Jaylon Tate of old showed up Sunday and was pivotal in Meanstreets' wins over the Mac Irvin Fire and Wisconsin Swing.

His athleticism was on display as he found his way to the hole, knocked down open jumpers and made a slew of clutch free throws. Tate was also a big part of Meanstreets' defensive pressure, pressing and trapping constantly and flashing active hands in the passing lanes and off the dribble. Per usual, he controlled the flow of the game nicely and handled the ball well.

His offers include Northwestern, DePaul and Xavier.

Name: Matt Thomas
AAU Team: Wisconsin Playmakers
High School: Onalaska (WI) High School
Class: 2013

The Wisconsin Playmakers standout guard absolutely lit it up the first two days of the tournament. Thomas poured in threes from deep, and hit shots going both directions off the dribble.

He displayed a consistent midrange game, and also got to the rim and played tough through contact. For stretches he acted as the Playmakers' primary ballhandler and made solid decisions. Thomas' pure stroke remains his greatest strength, and he rarely misses when he gets his feet set.

Thomas holds offers from Wisconsin, Virginia, Marquette, Northwestern, Iowa State and Boston College among others.

Name: Jubril Adekoya
AAU Team: Meanstreets
High School: Andrew (Ill.) High School
Class: 2013

One of the major risers on Day 1, the 6-foot-6 Adekoya opened eyes with his willingness to do the dirty work underneath. The undersized 4-man cleaned up the glass all weekend and got his share of putbacks, teaming with Alex Foster down low to form a tough frontcourt and playing with a high motor all game.

He's not flashy but gets the job done and knows how to maximize his abilities. This will be a crucial summer for Adekoya's recruitment, as he flies somewhat under the radar playing at Andrew High School.

Akron, Valparaiso, Northwestern and DePaul are all interested.

Name: Alvin Ellis
AAU Team: Meanstreets (Ill.)
High School: De La Salle (Ill.) Institute
Class: 2013

Fresh off a big junior year at De La Salle, Ellis lead Meanstreets in their Day 1 victory over Wisconsin Playmakers, putting up 15 points in a variety of ways. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard finishes well around the rim and hit his midrange shots consistently.

His length helps him maneuver around defenders on his way to the basket. Ellis also has a nice 3-point stroke and can put up points in bunches when he gets going.

Wichita State and Kansas State have offered in the past week to go along with his previous offer from Northwestern.

Name: Kyle Davis
AAU Team: Mac Irvin Fire
High School: Morgan Park (Ill.) High School
Class: 2013

Davis, a 6-foot-3 guard, played tenacious defense and keyed in the Fire's full-court pressure all weekend, frequently coming up with steals and finishing on the break. Davis is an exceptional athlete and can elevate for dunks, including a big jam Saturday against the Peoria Irish that really got the crowd on its feet.

The lefty showed his all-around skill set against Meanstreets, posting nine points, three assists and four steals.

DePaul, Northwestern, Illinois State and UIC have offered.


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