The NY2LA Swish N Dish took over the Homestead High School gym on Friday evening and there sure wasn’t a shortage of fireworks from 4pm onward. Nothing could beat the performances that the St. Louis Eagles bunch put together, but we need to make sure we take note on some of the top performers and stock boosters that caught our eye throughout the 17-under level. 

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TYLER COOK - 6-7 - PF - 2016 – CHAMINADE COLLEGE PREP (MO) – ST. LOUIS EAGLES

While Cook’s numbers might not have been eye popping, it was his tone setting on the interior that helped his squad come away with a giant victory over the Mac Irvin Fire bunch to end the evening. The Chaminade standout has continued to diversify his game and skillset and can now convert over either shoulder in the paint, yet remains relentless on the glass as he looks to finish over any type of defender at the lid. He is a constant competitor who remains open with the recruiting process but is due to become a priority recruit with the grassroots season now under way. 

ZION MORGAN – 6’3 – CG – 2016 – KENWOOD (IL) – ALL IN BRIM
With an up and coming unit in the All In bunch, Morgan was the catalyst for his team as he facilitate nicely off the deck and scored well at the tin. He has good length that he understands how to use appropriately to get places with the basketball in his hands and remains under control whenever guarded more heavily. Morgan is due to see his stock hit the next level this month and he did a great job of starting the month off on a good note.

WALI PARKS – 6’4 – SF - 2016 – IOWA CITY WEST (IA) – IOWA BARNSTORMERS 
Parks is the consummate teammate as he is willing to do whatever it takes for his squad to pull out the W. Whether it is guarding the opposing team’s best ballplayer, facilitating in the half-court, or hitting his newly implemented mid-range pull-up, there is a lot to like about the Iowa native. He is tough, competes, and is a well-groomed kid off the floor who is due to see his two offers multiply tenfold by the time June rolls around.

JEREMIAH TILMON – 6’11 – C – 2017 – EAST ST. LOUIS (IL) – ST. LOUIS EAGLES
It is a bit mind boggling just how much Tilmon has developed his game and physical traits. A bit mechanical in his movements in the past, the big man moves super well throughout the floor vertically, yet can now slide over laterally and protect his bucket for helpside shot blocks along with putbacks dunks on the offensive glass. To make things short, there just aren’t a lot of guys around as talented, big, and improving as quickly as Tilmon in the 2017 class, making the St. Louis Eagles big man an elite option at the 5.  He delivered a strong opening night performance to the tune of 14 points and 10 rebounds in the victory for the Eagles.

SAM HAUSER - 6’6 – SF – 2016 – STEVENS POINT (WI) – WISCONSIN ACADEMY
The feel, instincts, and IQ for the game out of Hauser is unique and finite. He understands how to make others better with the ball via his skilled and sometimes flashy passes, but can create for his own self off of dribble-drive moves. He has an elite first step, a quality jumper from the mid-range on out, and can finish amidst contact at the basket. Hauser is about to become a highly recruited prospect and deserves his dues. There aren’t many around like him and because of that, he should see a variety of looks from all across the nation.

STAR WATCH
JAYSON TATUM – 6’8 – SF – 2016 – CHAMINADE COLLEG PREP (MO) – ST. LOUIS EAGLES

Tatum voiced that he hadn’t played much over the past month or so ever since his season finished up, but you couldn’t tell that after he got going later in the first half on Friday. Sure, he didn’t start off super-hot, but it was the most in shape that I have ever seen the Eagles star. He seems quicker, more fluid in guarding the ball, and has implemented a killer hesitation move on the blow-by. Tatum is special and one of the best talents in all of high school basketball and could be the lead option here in aiding his group to a possible Nike Peach Jam title.

DEREK FUNDERBURK – 6’9 – PF – 2016 – LAKEWOOD ST. ED’S (OH) – KING JAMES
The toughness and physicality that Funderburk plays and competes with is pretty special, especially for his lacking frame still at this time. He immediately sets the tone within the paint and can finish through bodies at the basket. Once he puts on some weight, well then, good luck to his opponents. After committing to Ohio State a few days back, the Ohio native competed like he knew best and was a major reason why his group secured the win over the Full Package group.

RAPOLAS IVANAUSKAS – 6’9 – PF – 2016 – BARRINGTON (IL) – FULL PACKAGE
While it wasn’t the best night for Ivanauskas and his Full Package bunch as they got beat down pretty easily by a more talented King James team, the Barrington junior showed off improved dimensions of toughness and ball skills. He has unbelievable footwork within the half-court as he can score on step-through moves in the post, and makes nice rips off the face-up and can hit on leaners and Dirk-ish, one-legged step-backs. Becoming a highly touted Big 10 guy, there aren’t many around with Ivanauskas’ length and shooting touch and he showed why his future remains so bright, even in the loss.

XAVIER SIMPSON – 5’11 – PG – 2016 – LIMA SENIOR (OH) – KING JAMES
Simpson looks to have grown another inch and has continued to work on his body as he could play running back on Saturday’s next fall at a college campus nearby. He takes contact extremely well at the lead guard spot and seemed to do a better job of harnessing his gears well below the arc and in distributing on dump-offs in the lane. Fresh off an offer from Purdue, Simpson is still eyeing more offers and looks to be driven and worthy of more looks from across the board after his play Friday night.

NICK ROBINSON – 6’5 – SF – 2016 – KENWOOD (IL) – ALL IN BRIM
Robinson has a college ready body and does a good job of using it to create for himself off the deck on drives to the bucket. Now, he still isn’t totally accustomed to his body just yet, but he plays smart with the rock, is a deceptively solid passer of the ball, and is capable of finishing through contact at the bucket. With a few offers in hand, Robinson could be a nice stock booster over the next few months on the Adidas circuit with the All In group.

STOCK BOOSTERS 
ROMEO BOUIE – 6’3 – SG – 2016 – ST. CATHERINE’S (WI) – WISCONSIN PLAYGROUND WARRIORS 

Bouie had a great showing on Friday evening as he scored the ball at all three levels and presented giant matchup problems on the offensive end. He was hitting on pull-ups in various scenarios, yet what was most impressive was in his ability to post-up the smaller defender, use his nimble feet to elude the defense, and then convert on soft hooks and even and-1 chances. With no offers in hand just yet, Bouie should become a solid low-to-mid level candidate over the next several weeks. 

TED BROWN – 6’9 – C – 2016 - DOWLING CATHOLIC (IA) – IOWA BARNSTORMERS
Brown is one big boy and probably could find a way to play on Sunday’s in the NFL as an offensive lineman. However, he calls fit on the hardwood and sets the tone down low because of his physical mindset and DNA. He understands how to use his body to seal on the offensive end, along with boxing off and securing balls on the glass and weakside. You aren’t going to move him but he will move you and is worthy of lower level looks this spring and summer.

HENRY BADDLEY – 6’4 – SF – 2016 – ST. VINCENT-ST. MARY’S (OH) – KING JAMES
Baddley may need to further develop his outside jumper in keeping the defense more honest within the half-court, yet he knows how to use his added length to slash to the basket and does a good job of scoring amidst contact. He doesn’t stop moving off the ball and is constantly engaged for the 50-50 ball, while he remains active on the defensive end as a multiple-position defender. With all this in mind, there is some value here with Baddley now, and down the road.

RECRUITING NOTES
Jeremiah Tilmon’s latest offer is from Kansas, yet noted Illinois is making a hard push for him.

Tyler Cook’s latest offers have come from Arkansas and Illinois. 
Henry Baddley mentioned offers from Kent State, Toledo, and Cleveland State.

Wali Parks holds offers from Western Illinois and Indiana State.

Xavier Simpson mentioned offers from Xavier, Illinois, Northwestern, Purdue, Cleveland State, and Toledo.

Nick Robinson’s offer list includes the likes of DePaul, Bradley, and UIC.