MILWAUKEE - On an impressive and intense final day at the NY2LA Swish N Dish, Jaylon Tate was huge…
NY2LA Swish N Dish: Day Two
Duane Wilson, PG, Playground Elite – It was a big time day at the office for the future Marquette Golden Eagle. Wilson was excellent in every phase of the game scoring at will, getting others involved, and also playing hard with intensity on the defensive end. He is far more athletic than this time last year, and also getting stronger. Overall while his team suffered a tough loss, Wilson really proved himself in a tough environment. Nolan Berry, C/PF, St. Louis Eagles – One of the most skilled post players in the class, Berry was extremely impressive. A future Butler Bulldog, Berry will fit in well with their style of play. His footwork on the block is very impressive and then also he is a very good passer and has a nice touch out to three point range. Now Berry is an average at best athlete, but he makes up for it with an unreal understanding and feel for the game. Garrett Covington, SG, St. Louis Eagles – He was mostly an unknown before the event, but he shouldn't be after it. Covington is a good athlete, a versatile defender, and then he can really shoot the basketball. Also he showed some ability to drive defenders when going to his strong hand. Covington is someone who should see a ton more attention in the near future. Matt Thomas, SG, Wisconsin Playmakers – Once again Thomas rose to the occasion and had a huge game helping his team to a win. Thomas isn't great against pressure, but when off the ball he has enough stuff to his game where he can create off of two bounces. A solid enough athlete, he finishes in the mid-range and then when he gets his feet set you can forget about it, it is buckets. He had at least 30 in a huge win against Playground Elite. Marc Loving, PF/SF, All-Ohio Red – He has mastered the art of being impressive and frustrating all at the same time. When he is aggressive and attacks the rim with his size and skill level he is impossible to stop, however when he does that you wonder why he stays behind the three point line so often and chucks deep jumpers. A big time talent, the future Ohio State Buckeye showed off the impressive skill set on several occasions. Now he needs to consistently be assertive and allow himself to be an elite player. Nigel Hayes, PF, All-Ohio Red – A strong power forward with some skill facing the rim, Hayes was fairly active in his play. He finished close to the bucket and also knocked in a three, though that isn't his game. He has the frame and athleticism to be a stock riser this spring and summer, now he needs to follow up on his potential with consistent production. Kendall Stephens, SG, Illinois Wolves – Again Stephens came through with a big performance and got his team a close win. While he has missed a few shots, Stephens has been absolutely on fire knocking in jumpers. He has long arms and a quick release with his good size, and now he is mixing in a little more of a mid-range game. However still his bread and butter is catch and shoot, and already he shows and advanced feel for using screens and setting up defenders. Darryl Baker, SG, Louisville Magic – Always a good athlete who attacks and gets to the rim, Baker is now showing an ability to hit threes. When he is hitting from the outside he is definitely tough to handle, and Baker was just that on Saturday. With his aggression and natural ability to score, Baker could have a big spring, especially if the jump shot continues to show growth. D'Angelo Russell, SG/PG, Louisville Magic – There might not have been a more impressive performer on the day than Russell. He was absolutely on fire from three, and then for good measure showed good athleticism as well as an ability to play some point guard. Still the best thing he did was shoot the heck out of the basketball. Russell should be well rested as he had limited minutes during the high school year, now that he is being let loose he seems primed and ready to put on a show. Quentin Snider, PG, Louisville Magic – When Russell was shooting it was Snider getting him the ball at the right time and in the right place. Also Snider shot the ball very well in his own right. Not elite in terms of size or quickness, he has a great understanding of how to play and shows a ton of heart on the floor. A true floor general, Snider knows when to push the pace and when to slow things down, and all day long he was on his game. Keita Bates-Diop, PF/SF, Illinois Wolves – This kid just keeps on getting better. His ball handling and shooting are improving, but it is his athleticism, length, motor, and shot blocking that standout right now. At about 6-foot-7, Bates-Diop is transitioning to a small forward, though he can defend that spot right now. As his shot continues to improve and his handle gets tighter the sky is the limit. His best basketball is definitely ahead of him. Cliff Alexander, C, D-Rose – Apparently the refs felt bad for the opponents so they called two first half fouls on Alexander for being bigger and stronger than the other players. With that his team fell down by nearly 20. However he played the entire second half and no one had a chance to stop him. Alexander has great hands, long arms, and excellent athleticism. He blocked shots and dominated around the block. There wasn't much to dislike about his game once he got rolling and led his team to a comeback win. Tyquone Greer, SG/SF, Chicago Magic – This is an elite athlete with a developing skill set, and it is scary what his upside is. Greer had a few impressive dunks and then mixed in some jump shots just for good measure. He also has long arms and plays hard and with a purpose. He will need to refine his game and play with a better feel for situations, but all the physical tools are there to be a high, high level player. DaRohn Scott, PF, Meanstreets – Potential has always been a key word with him, and it is still the case, but that is beginning to turn into production. An athletic 6-foot-8 with long arms, Scott has gotten significantly stronger and more confident in the last year. He always plays hard, and now his raw tools are beginning to get more refined. Cliff Alexander noted his most recent offer is from Ohio State and also prominently mentioned Michigan State. D'Angelo Russell singled out Louisville, Ohio State, and Cincinnati. Nigel Hayes noted Cincinnati, Dayton, Xavier, Butler, and Toledo. Keita Bates-Diop has offers from Purdue, DePaul, and Northwestern. Also he is hearing from Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Oklahoma State, and Stanford. Darryl Baker listed Ohio University and Missouri State. Tyquone Greer has Baylor, Illinois, Providence, Kansas State, South Carolina, and DePaul. DaRohn Scott noted Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, and Western Michigan.
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