Friday Rewind: #NY2LASND2K18
March 30 2018
MILWAUKEE, WI — The thirteenth annual NY2LA Sports Swish ‘N Dish Spring Warm-Up opened its doors across the greater Milwaukee area on Friday evening as a number of teams will spend Easter weekend showcasing their talents on the hardwood…
CHICAGOLAND LEAD GUARDS SHINE
- Class of 2021
- Chicago, IL
The Class of 2021 will be firmly planted on the recruiting radar this spring and it’s time to update the depth chart with the high school season now completed. For most of the elite players in the Midwest, the NY2LA Sports Swish ‘N Dish Spring Warm-Up provides an excellent opportunity for prospects to showcase their improvements and prepare for the upcoming NCAA ‘live periods’.
On opening night at #NY2LASND2k18, the conversation centered around a number of greater Chicago area lead guards, all of whom are jostling for position on our #Insiders100 National Player Rankings for the Class of 2021. A few inches taller, but just as strong and aggressive as he was in our previous viewings, Ahamad Bynum of Simeon (IL) Career Academy is easily in the conversation as the top lead guard in the Midwest among the current freshmen class. His Meanstreets teammate, Norvell Meadows of Prosser (IL) Career Academy, was also impressive in their victory.
Joining him in the discussion is the Hoops Avenues/Team Manimal backcourt trio of Jaylin Gibson of Evanston Township (IL) High School, Perrion McClinton of Loyola Academy (IL) and Kimahri Wilson of Mundelein Carmel (IL) High School. Mac Irvin Fire counters with Samuel Jackson of Bolingbrook (IL) High School and Kevin Miller of Morgan Park (IL) High School while the Illinois Wolves feature Anthony Sayles of Niles Notre Dame (IL) College Prep.
All of these players were on display Friday in Milwaukee and it’s safe to say that everyone mentioned above will be joined by several more prospects coming for their spots in coming weeks.
A TALE OF TWO HALVES
The first half was all Randolph Boys Club; they mounted their lead in convincing fashion and were led by 6-foot-2 Destin Beauprey (pictured) and his team-high 20 points. The combo guard consistently set the floor for his teammates while scoring at a high rate, which led to frequent double-teams and extra defensive attention. The Randolph Boys Club moved the ball exceptionally well on the perimeter and eight of their nine players scored.
However, the second half was a different story. The Chicago Demons came out with a new approach, using their length advantage defensively to force one turnover after another. Once the Demons dug deep on defense, their offense began to steadily flow, especially in transition. The heady guard play of Nashawn Townsen and Rasheed Dyson caused problems for their opponent, as both guards were consistently able to blow by defenders and make plays in the paint. Standing 6-foot-7, Kennedy Brown showed promise while anchoring the paint, altering and blocking numerous shots. The Demons clawed their way back into the game behind Hamahrie Bowers and his 27-point effort. Despite Bowers phenomenal performance, they fell 58-56 to Randolph Boys Club.
TWIN TOWERS DOMINATE
The Wisconsin Playmakers squad was one of the most entertaining squads at Brookfield Central on Friday evening. They play an unselfish brand of basketball, effortlessly moving the ball up and down the floor while consistently involving each one of their players. The youngest player on the team, Mekhi Shaw, belongs to the Class of 2022 but certainly looked like he belonged amongst the ninth-graders on Friday. When the Playmakers were in need of a bucket, 6-foot-3 Zac Johnson stepped up and scored the ball efficiently from all three levels.
Given the strong supporting cast, it was no surprise to see 6-foot-7 twins JT Dougherty and Liam Dougherty (pictured) dominate inside the arc. Though they didn’t share the floor very often, the brotherly duo oozes strong chemistry, and they actually complement each other quite well despite possessing similar skillsets. They blocked many shots on the evening but altered dozens more, constantly forcing opponents to think twice before strutting into the paint. Keep an eye on this Wisconsin Playmakers team going forward and expect them to compete in every game this summer season.
THE TRIO OF EXCELLENCE
LTG MCBL Elite stood out immediately upon walking in the gym due to their size and length across multiple positions. While the entire team played well and showcased their ability to dial in (on both ends of the floor), it was a three-prong attack for LTG.
It all begins with their floor general, Omarion Hatch, who should be heavily considered as one of the best passers here in Milwaukee for the Class of 2022. His backcourt mate, Jevon France was a beast, able to affect all facets of the game without needing a ton of touches on offense. However, 6-foot-5 Jalen Bullock (pictured) has an irreplaceable role on this team, standing well above everyone else while already making a noticeable impact as a rebounder and rim-protector.
DAILEY DELIVERS ON OPENING NIGHT
Brayden Dailey may be fairly reserved, but the 6-foot-5 guard flashed a game as loud as any prospect on the floor on Friday night to begin #NY2LASND2k18. ThePrepInsiders.com spotted the Wisconsin native a year ago at this very tournament and we were treated to an additional viewing last summer after Dailey punched his invite to Chris Paul’s prestigious CP3 Rising Stars National Camp.
Now, just a few weeks removed from the conclusion of his freshman season at Mineral Point (WI) High School, Dailey made the switch from the Iowa Barnstormers to the Wisconsin Swing travel program and appears very comfortable having done so. He’s continued to sprout physically and brings welcomed shooting and passing abilities, in addition to defensive versatility, to his home state club.