A stellar field of talent hits the hardwood this weekend at the annual Swish ‘N Dish Spring Warm-Up and the 17U division is loaded once again and headlined by two of the premiere prospects in the country in Jahlil Okafor and Cliff Alexander, both of which are considered to be the potential top prospect in the land.  Here’s a brief look at a handful of the top names set to hit the hardwood this weekend in Wisconsin at the prestigious event…

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17U PLAYERS TO WATCH
(Note – This is not an exclusive list and not listed in any particular order

Jahlil Okafor - 2014 - C - Mac Irvin Fire:  A premiere big man in the country will have all eyes on him this weekend. Okafor is smooth and powerful with a great repertoire of moves from 18 ft and in. Be on the lookout for a possible matchup against fellow top 2014 post Cliff Alexander.

Josh Cunningham - 2014 - SF - Mac Irvin Fire:  The athletic wing has the skill to keep opponents honest from the perimeter but the ability to take it to the rack.

Marcus Lovett - 2015 - PG - Mac Irvin Fire:  The talented sophomore point man is dangerous from anywhere on the court... When Lovett is rolling he can really fill it. Watch for him to showcase his scoring ability all weekend long and open the court for Mac Irvin’s bigs.

Cliff Alexander - 2014 - PF - D-Rose All Stars:  “Big Cliff” is straight power and dominated at Currie this year. Everyone wants to see him and Jahlil Okafor square off again this weekend... except maybe Homestead High School who may not have rims left when the two are finished.

Larry Austin Jr. - 2014 - PG - St. Louis Eagles: Austin is a sensational young guard with a knack for scoring the basketball. He has a great feel for the game, moves like water and can hurt opponents in multiple ways... will be fun to see him play with Cliff this grassroots season.

Jalen Brunson – 2015 – PG – Team NLP JT:  A talented lead guard who continues to soar nationally, Brunson is fresh off a stellar high school campaign and continues to deliver big time performances whenever he takes the floor.

Evan Boudreaux – 2015 – F/C – Team NLP JT:  The highly regarded big man pairs with lead guard Jalen Brunson to form a lethal 1-2 punch that will take aim at a loaded field of talent looking to make their mark this weekend.

Paul White - 2014 - SF - Meanstreets:  White is a very good athlete and was productive alongside Okafor again this season. Watch for his ability to take opponents inside and outside with his size and skill set.

D.J. Williams - 2015 - SF - Meanstreets:  Williams was a good contributor as a sophomore on Simeon’s championship team this year. He has good length and can score in a variety of ways.

Lamonte Bearden - 2014 - PG - Wisconsin Swing:  Bearden has been on a steady rise all year with his game really taking off recently. The smooth-moving point excites with the talent to score from all over. He really makes things easier for teammates and will have tests against high-quality opponents this weekend.

TJ Schlundt - 2014 - SG - Wisconsin Swing:  One of the premiere shooters in Wisconsin, Schlundt was sharp in the Dells last weekend and with a lot of talent around him, he is able to spot up more and knock down shots.  Look for Schlundt to keep his stock moving up with another solid tournament.

Casey Schlatter - 2014 - F - Iowa Barnstormers:  Long and runs the floor well.  Schlatter has developed nicely and is perhaps equally as dangerous from beyond the arc as he is around the hoop.

Kory Kuenstling - 2014 - F/C - Iowa Barnstormers: At 6-10 Kuenstling is long inside and is very skilled at the basket and effective from mid-range.  The Barnstormers like to put points on the board, so look for Kuenstling to put up good numbers this weekend.

Levi Bradley - 2015 - F - TP Elite:  Bradley is very athletic with a great wingspan... He is young with a good IQ offensively, and will look to provide another inside presence for TP with the absence of Marquette bound Deonte Burton this offseason.

Jaylen Key - 2015 - F - TP Elite:  The lefty forward will also be looked upon this weekend to battle on the boards and provide scoring from about 15 ft and in.

Jarvis Garrett - 2014 - PG - TP Elite:  The ultra quick lead guard returns to his hometown looking to take aim at a loaded field and solidify his status as one of the premiere lead guards on the board in the 2014 class nationally.

Keita Bates-Diop - 2014 - SF - Illinois Wolves: The Ohio State bound forward is long and talented.  He should have a strong tourney for the Wolves with his ability to hit shots away from the hoop while also having a great vision and hands inside to get teammates baskets and finish off plays.

Jae’Sean Tate - 2014 - SF - All Ohio Red: Tate leads All Ohio back into action this spring with his improved perimeter play, good frame and excellent athleticism... Ohio State also nabbed their hometown star and he’s out to prove his talents worthy, so watch out for him to get more people’s attention.

Jevon Carter - 2014 - PG - Team NLP JT:  Carter was stellar for Proviso East again this year and is a pure scorer.  He can kill it from downtown when he’s hot and is athletic enough to slash to the hoop for points as well. Exciting player with a great feel for the game.

Jordan Barnett - 2014 - SF - St. Louis Eagles:  With a solid frame and good athleticism, Barnett is versatile, able to score inside and outside and is battle-tested.  Don’t expect him to back down from anyone so he should show well in this spring warm-up.

Riley LaChance - 2014 - G - Ray Allen Select:  LaChance is up in 17’s with his teammates for the first time and looking to showcase his ability to shoot the ball from all over. Incredible game IQ and a knack for putting points together in bunches.

Reed Timmer - 2014 - PG - Ray Allen Select:  The south-paw is fluid and can also rally points together in streaks.  Great facilitator, attacks the hoop well and has great vision offensively.

Brady Ellingson - 2014 - SG - Ray Allen Select:  Ellingson is lethal from downtown when he gets a look, and he does not need much of a look.  Quick release, good size and the ability to score from inside the three as well make the guard/wing a fun player to watch when he’s on.

Ethan Happ - 2014 - SF - Quad City Elite:  The Wisconsin commit is very versatile and deceptively strong inside.  Happ can score from the wing, attack the rim, commands his team well and is good defensively as well.

Michael Finke - 2014 - PF - Peoria Irish:  Finke’s length and versatility earned him a scholarship from Illinois whom he committed to... Finke can score from multiple levels and has enough athleticism to play above the rim at times.

Lamous Brown - 2014 - F/C - SYF Players:  Brown is a big who loves to the run the floor.  He has a big frame and finishes well around the basket and in transition.

Cam Ward - 2014 - G - WI Playground Warriors:  The emerging guard continues to deliver on the court and schools continue to notice.  Look for a big weekend from him in Milwaukee.

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