2012 Swish N Dish Opening Day Prospects
Saturday, 07 April 2012 23:27 Written by Van Coleman
The Opening Day of the 2012 Swish N Dish featured a strong field of talented individuals, as well as some teams that will make a real splash in spring and summer play. Tournament Director Antonio Curro has put together a surprising field for the kick off event of the spring season. We got to see thirty-four teams on Day one and were impressed with the Mac Irvin Fire, Illinois Wolves, Louisville Magic, Meanstreets, Playground Elites, and Wisconsin Swing squads. But, first lets look at some of the top talent we observed Day One at the Swish N Dish.
Opening Day’s Top Performers -
Jahlil Okafor (pictured) 6-10 (2014) PF Mac Irvin Fire – He has slimmed down and was is more mobile than in the past. He took it off the glass, went end to end to throw it dawn, posted up and went round and over opponents to dominate on the offensive end. Made a statement that he is ready to compete for top spot in the Class of 2014!
Keondre Dew 6-9 (2014) PF Inland Empire – This long face-up four man took it off the glass and went end to end, knocked down jumper to the arc and used his length to finish at the rim. He did nice job helping on defense with block or quick hands in the lane. Adding strength will be key to final level.
Alex Foster 6-8 (2013) PF Meanstreets – He seemed to have a renewed focus on the offensive end, he grabbed ball off the glass, and took it end to end, hit elbow jumper and posted up and out quicked opponents on the blocks to score with regularity.
Jabari Parker 6-8 (2013) WF Mac Irvin Fire – The nation’s top junior looked ready and able to defend his spot at the top of our rankings. He was explosive off the floor and can flat out finish with either hand or with flush off the dribble. He knocked down the three with regularity, invoking a comparison to Paul Pierce from among the scouts in attendance.
Kevon Looney 6-8 (2014) WF Milwaukee Rebels – He has grown two inches and added ten pounds of body that amplify his talents with the ball off the dribble and ability to finish in the paint. He hit jumper from three on occasion, but is still at his best knocking down pull-up off dribble.
Kendall Stephens 6-5 (2013) SG Illinois Wolves – Purdue commit can flat out stroke the jumper from beyond the arc, hitting 4 of 5, in the half we watched. He can create drive with both hands and knock down pull-up or finish at the rim.
D’Angelo Russell 6-4 (2013) SG Louisville Magic – This explosive wing showed a variety of offensive talents, he knocked down three with regularity, popped pull-up off the glass and finished with highlights off the drive.
Xavier Rathan-Mayes 6-3 (2013) SG CIA Bounce – He was on fire from three and attacked hoop off the dribble to finish with dunk or kiss off the glass. He knocked down jumper off the dribble from elbow for good measure and had scouts buzzing about his explosive offensive skills!
Duane Wilson Jr. 6-2 (2013) P/SG Playground Elite – This skilled combo guard was stroking jumper from three or off the dribble from 16-feet to set up drive and finish or kick to open cutter in half-court. He has added strength and with it has come a visible new confidence.
Opening Day’s Top Sleepers –
A.J. Patty 6-9 (2013) PF Illinois Wolves – Athletic and long face-up four man can flat out run the court finish with touch off the glass or throw it down with authority on the break. He has range to the elbow and ball skills to create dribble drive off pop and face. One that high mars will have to take look at in April.
Xzavier Taylor 6-9 (2013) PF Mac Irvin Fire – Another lanky big man who surprised us with his ability to catch and finish around the hoop or facing to 12-feet. He needs to get stronger, but high majors are going to have to monitor his improvement.
Jubril Adekoya 6-6 (2013) W/PF Meanstreets – This physical rebounder can flat out finish with contact versus big boys inside or pop and knock down 15-footer. He even took it off the glass and took it end to end. Mid-major-up teams need to get involved with this tough board man.
We will be covering more of the Swish N Dish this weekend, so watch for that coverage from this top notch Spring event, right here at Hot100Hoops.com.