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Fire take home top honors at Swish N Dish

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MEQUON, Wis. -- Sundays in the spring mean championship day in grassroots basketball. Sunday at the NY2LA Swish 'N Dish, there were good odds that a team from Chicago would head home with the hardware in the top 17U bracket because three teams from the city -- Mac Irvin Fire, Illinois Wolves and Meanstreets -- joined Milwaukee-based Ray Allen Select in the Final Four. When the dust had settled, the nation's top player, Jahlil Okafor, had helped lead the Fire to a championship. Meanwhile, the St. Louis Eagles rode 2016 star Jayson Tatum to a title in the 16U bracket while the Wisconsin Academy was led by sharp shooting Trevor Anderson in their 15U title run.
Team effort gets job done for Mac Irvin
On day one of the Swish 'N Dish it was the nation's top player in the class of 2014, Jahlil Okafor, who commanded the headlines for the Mac Irvin Fire. On day two, it was stud 2015 point guard Jalen Brunson who was doing much of the heavy lifting while moving the Fire into the semifinals. On Sunday, it was the supporting cast's turn to step up and help the Fire win a title as they knocked off the Illinois Wolves and Meanstreets.
We'll start with high-flying wing Lamont Walker. The 6-foot-5 small forward from Chicago (Ill.) Morgan Park plays with tremendous energy and makes a lot of hustle plays. Against the Wolves in the semis, his work on the glass and as a scorer off the weak side was a huge lift. He defends and runs the floor in transition as well. Also big in the semis was Walker's high school teammate Tori Johnson. A 6-foot-2 shooting guard, Johnson hit several key shots from deep, locked in on defense when needed and played with the physical edge his coaches wanted.
Helping out a bit at both guard spots was Okafor's Chicago (Ill.) Whitney Young teammate Miles Reynolds. A lean combo guard, Reynolds did a good job of mixing drives with jump shooting and always seemed to have energy. He makes mistakes, but his ability to bounce back and not let one negative play turn into a string of them impressed.
Finally, another pair of high school teammates was instrumental for the Fire: 6-foot-5 shooting guard Patrick McCaw and 6-foot-6 forward Raymond Doby of St. Louis (Mo.) CBC. McCaw is a long shooter who has outstanding range. On Sunday he surprised with the ability to attack the lane aggressively, and he'll boost his profile if he shows more of that dribble-drive game. Doby is a raw athlete who can play above the rim and is stronger than you might expect. He isn't known for his jump shooting, but he had a big 3-pointer on Sunday and was very active in transition.
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After spending most of the weekend playing for the Wolves 16U team, point guard Glynn WatsonClick All Ohio Red's 15-and-under team has two guys in particular who caught our eye on Sunday: 6-foot-6 combo forward Tervell BeckClick We wrote about him a bit on Saturday, but Jayson TatumClick The way things set up with games and travel, we weren't able to take a long look at 2016 point guard Trevor AndersonClick This is perhaps more of a holdover from Saturday, when we watched him more extensively, but four-star 2014 point guard Tyler UlisClick One of our favorite college players to watch is Melvin EjimClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link. of Iowa StateClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link.. Despite being only about 6-foot-6, Ejim is one of the nastiest rebounders around and causes lots of problems as a mismatch four man because of his quickness and driving ability. Watching Malek HarrisClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link. of the Illinois Wolves, it is awfully tough not to be reminded of Ejim. He has similar size, is just as athletic and like Ejim he is a double-double waiting to happen. Coaches will love his energy and ability to chase down rebounds all over the floor during the two open weekends at the end of April.Here to view this Link. is legit. Sure he is about four inches or so below 6-foot in the height department, but he doesn't play like it. Ulis is unafraid to challenge big men in the lane, is a savvy distributor of the ball, knocks down shots and most of all is a vocal leader. There's another guy similar to him who is already committed to ArizonaClick One of our favorite college players to watch is Melvin EjimClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link. of Iowa StateClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link.. Despite being only about 6-foot-6, Ejim is one of the nastiest rebounders around and causes lots of problems as a mismatch four man because of his quickness and driving ability. Watching Malek HarrisClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link. of the Illinois Wolves, it is awfully tough not to be reminded of Ejim. He has similar size, is just as athletic and like Ejim he is a double-double waiting to happen. Coaches will love his energy and ability to chase down rebounds all over the floor during the two open weekends at the end of April.Here to view this Link. by the name of Parker Jackson-CartwrightClick One of our favorite college players to watch is Melvin EjimClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link. of Iowa StateClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link.. Despite being only about 6-foot-6, Ejim is one of the nastiest rebounders around and causes lots of problems as a mismatch four man because of his quickness and driving ability. Watching Malek HarrisClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link. of the Illinois Wolves, it is awfully tough not to be reminded of Ejim. He has similar size, is just as athletic and like Ejim he is a double-double waiting to happen. Coaches will love his energy and ability to chase down rebounds all over the floor during the two open weekends at the end of April.Here to view this Link., and we'd love to see the two match up. Ulis will visit PurdueClick One of our favorite college players to watch is Melvin EjimClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link. of Iowa StateClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link.. Despite being only about 6-foot-6, Ejim is one of the nastiest rebounders around and causes lots of problems as a mismatch four man because of his quickness and driving ability. Watching Malek HarrisClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link. of the Illinois Wolves, it is awfully tough not to be reminded of Ejim. He has similar size, is just as athletic and like Ejim he is a double-double waiting to happen. Coaches will love his energy and ability to chase down rebounds all over the floor during the two open weekends at the end of April.Here to view this Link. on Thursday. Here to view this Link. of the Wisconsin Academy. But we'll look forward to seeing him down the road. A 6-foot-1 point guard from Stevens Point (Wis.) High, Anderson had a huge freshman season and his jumper has to be a big part why. He looks like a knockdown shooter who also has good strength and the ability to get to the rim. Here to view this Link. was again outstanding on Sunday in leading his team to a title. He's not a one-man show for the St. Louis Eagles 16U team, though. While we watched on Sunday, Tatum got plenty of help from guys such as Kenny Lesley and Donovan Franklin. Lesley is a 6-foot-8 sophomore big man with promise, while Franklin is a 6-foot-4 wing who knocked home tough shots and showed physicality on drives. Also playing well during stretches were guard Preston Whitfield and big men Will GladsonClick The way things set up with games and travel, we weren't able to take a long look at 2016 point guard Trevor AndersonClick This is perhaps more of a holdover from Saturday, when we watched him more extensively, but four-star 2014 point guard Tyler UlisClick One of our favorite college players to watch is Melvin EjimClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link. of Iowa StateClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link.. Despite being only about 6-foot-6, Ejim is one of the nastiest rebounders around and causes lots of problems as a mismatch four man because of his quickness and driving ability. Watching Malek HarrisClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link. of the Illinois Wolves, it is awfully tough not to be reminded of Ejim. He has similar size, is just as athletic and like Ejim he is a double-double waiting to happen. Coaches will love his energy and ability to chase down rebounds all over the floor during the two open weekends at the end of April.Here to view this Link. is legit. Sure he is about four inches or so below 6-foot in the height department, but he doesn't play like it. Ulis is unafraid to challenge big men in the lane, is a savvy distributor of the ball, knocks down shots and most of all is a vocal leader. There's another guy similar to him who is already committed to ArizonaClick One of our favorite college players to watch is Melvin EjimClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link. of Iowa StateClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link.. Despite being only about 6-foot-6, Ejim is one of the nastiest rebounders around and causes lots of problems as a mismatch four man because of his quickness and driving ability. Watching Malek HarrisClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link. of the Illinois Wolves, it is awfully tough not to be reminded of Ejim. He has similar size, is just as athletic and like Ejim he is a double-double waiting to happen. Coaches will love his energy and ability to chase down rebounds all over the floor during the two open weekends at the end of April.Here to view this Link. by the name of Parker Jackson-CartwrightClick One of our favorite college players to watch is Melvin EjimClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link. of Iowa StateClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link.. Despite being only about 6-foot-6, Ejim is one of the nastiest rebounders around and causes lots of problems as a mismatch four man because of his quickness and driving ability. Watching Malek HarrisClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link. of the Illinois Wolves, it is awfully tough not to be reminded of Ejim. He has similar size, is just as athletic and like Ejim he is a double-double waiting to happen. Coaches will love his energy and ability to chase down rebounds all over the floor during the two open weekends at the end of April.Here to view this Link., and we'd love to see the two match up. Ulis will visit PurdueClick One of our favorite college players to watch is Melvin EjimClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link. of Iowa StateClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link.. Despite being only about 6-foot-6, Ejim is one of the nastiest rebounders around and causes lots of problems as a mismatch four man because of his quickness and driving ability. Watching Malek HarrisClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link. of the Illinois Wolves, it is awfully tough not to be reminded of Ejim. He has similar size, is just as athletic and like Ejim he is a double-double waiting to happen. Coaches will love his energy and ability to chase down rebounds all over the floor during the two open weekends at the end of April.Here to view this Link. on Thursday. Here to view this Link. of the Wisconsin Academy. But we'll look forward to seeing him down the road. A 6-foot-1 point guard from Stevens Point (Wis.) High, Anderson had a huge freshman season and his jumper has to be a big part why. He looks like a knockdown shooter who also has good strength and the ability to get to the rim. Here to view this Link. and Anthony Pratt. Here to view this Link. and 6-foot-4 wing Willie JacksonClick We wrote about him a bit on Saturday, but Jayson TatumClick The way things set up with games and travel, we weren't able to take a long look at 2016 point guard Trevor AndersonClick This is perhaps more of a holdover from Saturday, when we watched him more extensively, but four-star 2014 point guard Tyler UlisClick One of our favorite college players to watch is Melvin EjimClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link. of Iowa StateClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link.. Despite being only about 6-foot-6, Ejim is one of the nastiest rebounders around and causes lots of problems as a mismatch four man because of his quickness and driving ability. Watching Malek HarrisClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link. of the Illinois Wolves, it is awfully tough not to be reminded of Ejim. He has similar size, is just as athletic and like Ejim he is a double-double waiting to happen. Coaches will love his energy and ability to chase down rebounds all over the floor during the two open weekends at the end of April.Here to view this Link. is legit. Sure he is about four inches or so below 6-foot in the height department, but he doesn't play like it. Ulis is unafraid to challenge big men in the lane, is a savvy distributor of the ball, knocks down shots and most of all is a vocal leader. There's another guy similar to him who is already committed to ArizonaClick One of our favorite college players to watch is Melvin EjimClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link. of Iowa StateClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link.. Despite being only about 6-foot-6, Ejim is one of the nastiest rebounders around and causes lots of problems as a mismatch four man because of his quickness and driving ability. Watching Malek HarrisClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link. of the Illinois Wolves, it is awfully tough not to be reminded of Ejim. He has similar size, is just as athletic and like Ejim he is a double-double waiting to happen. Coaches will love his energy and ability to chase down rebounds all over the floor during the two open weekends at the end of April.Here to view this Link. by the name of Parker Jackson-CartwrightClick One of our favorite college players to watch is Melvin EjimClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link. of Iowa StateClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link.. Despite being only about 6-foot-6, Ejim is one of the nastiest rebounders around and causes lots of problems as a mismatch four man because of his quickness and driving ability. Watching Malek HarrisClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link. of the Illinois Wolves, it is awfully tough not to be reminded of Ejim. He has similar size, is just as athletic and like Ejim he is a double-double waiting to happen. Coaches will love his energy and ability to chase down rebounds all over the floor during the two open weekends at the end of April.Here to view this Link., and we'd love to see the two match up. Ulis will visit PurdueClick One of our favorite college players to watch is Melvin EjimClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link. of Iowa StateClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link.. Despite being only about 6-foot-6, Ejim is one of the nastiest rebounders around and causes lots of problems as a mismatch four man because of his quickness and driving ability. Watching Malek HarrisClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link. of the Illinois Wolves, it is awfully tough not to be reminded of Ejim. He has similar size, is just as athletic and like Ejim he is a double-double waiting to happen. Coaches will love his energy and ability to chase down rebounds all over the floor during the two open weekends at the end of April.Here to view this Link. on Thursday. Here to view this Link. of the Wisconsin Academy. But we'll look forward to seeing him down the road. A 6-foot-1 point guard from Stevens Point (Wis.) High, Anderson had a huge freshman season and his jumper has to be a big part why. He looks like a knockdown shooter who also has good strength and the ability to get to the rim. Here to view this Link. was again outstanding on Sunday in leading his team to a title. He's not a one-man show for the St. Louis Eagles 16U team, though. While we watched on Sunday, Tatum got plenty of help from guys such as Kenny Lesley and Donovan Franklin. Lesley is a 6-foot-8 sophomore big man with promise, while Franklin is a 6-foot-4 wing who knocked home tough shots and showed physicality on drives. Also playing well during stretches were guard Preston Whitfield and big men Will GladsonClick The way things set up with games and travel, we weren't able to take a long look at 2016 point guard Trevor AndersonClick This is perhaps more of a holdover from Saturday, when we watched him more extensively, but four-star 2014 point guard Tyler UlisClick One of our favorite college players to watch is Melvin EjimClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link. of Iowa StateClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link.. Despite being only about 6-foot-6, Ejim is one of the nastiest rebounders around and causes lots of problems as a mismatch four man because of his quickness and driving ability. Watching Malek HarrisClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link. of the Illinois Wolves, it is awfully tough not to be reminded of Ejim. He has similar size, is just as athletic and like Ejim he is a double-double waiting to happen. Coaches will love his energy and ability to chase down rebounds all over the floor during the two open weekends at the end of April.Here to view this Link. is legit. Sure he is about four inches or so below 6-foot in the height department, but he doesn't play like it. Ulis is unafraid to challenge big men in the lane, is a savvy distributor of the ball, knocks down shots and most of all is a vocal leader. There's another guy similar to him who is already committed to ArizonaClick One of our favorite college players to watch is Melvin EjimClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link. of Iowa StateClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link.. Despite being only about 6-foot-6, Ejim is one of the nastiest rebounders around and causes lots of problems as a mismatch four man because of his quickness and driving ability. Watching Malek HarrisClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link. of the Illinois Wolves, it is awfully tough not to be reminded of Ejim. He has similar size, is just as athletic and like Ejim he is a double-double waiting to happen. Coaches will love his energy and ability to chase down rebounds all over the floor during the two open weekends at the end of April.Here to view this Link. by the name of Parker Jackson-CartwrightClick One of our favorite college players to watch is Melvin EjimClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link. of Iowa StateClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link.. Despite being only about 6-foot-6, Ejim is one of the nastiest rebounders around and causes lots of problems as a mismatch four man because of his quickness and driving ability. Watching Malek HarrisClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link. of the Illinois Wolves, it is awfully tough not to be reminded of Ejim. He has similar size, is just as athletic and like Ejim he is a double-double waiting to happen. Coaches will love his energy and ability to chase down rebounds all over the floor during the two open weekends at the end of April.Here to view this Link., and we'd love to see the two match up. Ulis will visit PurdueClick One of our favorite college players to watch is Melvin EjimClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link. of Iowa StateClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link.. Despite being only about 6-foot-6, Ejim is one of the nastiest rebounders around and causes lots of problems as a mismatch four man because of his quickness and driving ability. Watching Malek HarrisClick More Sunday notes and notables Here to view this Link. of the Illinois Wolves, it is awfully tough not to be reminded of Ejim. He has similar size, is just as athletic and like Ejim he is a double-double waiting to happen. Coaches will love his energy and ability to chase down rebounds all over the floor during the two open weekends at the end of April.Here to view this Link. on Thursday. Here to view this Link. of the Wisconsin Academy. But we'll look forward to seeing him down the road. A 6-foot-1 point guard from Stevens Point (Wis.) High, Anderson had a huge freshman season and his jumper has to be a big part why. He looks like a knockdown shooter who also has good strength and the ability to get to the rim. Here to view this Link. and Anthony Pratt. Here to view this Link.. Of the two 2016 prospects, Beck has better size and is perhaps more fluid laterally. He runs the floor well and gets off the ground in a hurry. Jackson has great length, is physically strong and is capable of exploding to the rim in traffic or transition. He does a lot of his damage around the rim but has the prototypical build and athleticism to play the wing. His jumper will determine a lot moving forward because it either looks really good or is way off. Either way, these two will be watched closely as they develop in the Buckeye State.Here to view this Link. got the call up to the 17s on Sunday. The long and wiry 6-foot-1 sophomore responded and provided significant pop off the bench. He's quick, was sticking pull-up jumpers and has good feet that allow him to stay in front of guys on defense. Watson lacks strength, but he could really take off once he grows into his body.
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