The 2016 NY2LA Sports Swish N’ Dish continued on Saturday. On day two, marched on towards their goal of winning one of the nation’s premier spring travel events, while others were unexpectedly sent home early. Rolling into Sunday after two blowout wins, 2018 shooting guard Tyler Herro and the Wisconsin Playground Warriors looked awfully impressive.

Here’s a recap of Saturday’s action from Homestead High School.

STAR WATCH
Kevin Easley – 2018 – PF – George Hill Rising Stars

Easley was an imposing shot blocking presence for George Hill Rising Stars in their win over Yanders Law on Saturday. Easley can also stretch the floor with his three-point shooting, which catches defenders off guard to see a bruising 210-pound forward to shoot like a guard. Active on both ends of the floor, Easley scored a game-high 25 points in the victory.

Markell Johnson – 2017 – PG – King James 
Johnson was an absolute alpha dog on Saturday. The touted point guard led King James to two victories, including a 20-point performance in a win over Meanstreets. A fearless, imposing guard, Johnson aggressively attacks the rim throughout the game and basically goes through any challengers along the way. Having the ball on a string along with an explosive first step, Johnson is so difficult to stay in front of. 

Jordan McCabe – 2018 – PG – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
McCabe helped the Playground Warriors to two victories on Saturday. The talented sophomore floor general saved his best for last, going for 14 of his 16 points in the first half to help his team advance to Sunday in a blowout win. McCabe was absolutely feeling it from downtown, pulling up way beyond the arc and hitting nothing but net, just sucking the life out of his defender. 

Jordan Poole – 2017 – G – Playground Elite
Poole had another effective outing in a win over NESYB on Saturday. The Michigan commit connected on two huge three-pointers in the second half to help Playground Elite pull out a victory. Poole shot the ball exceptionally well from all areas, pouring in a game-high 25 points in the win.

Alonzo Verge – 2017 – SG – Meanstreets
Verge excited the crowd with a number of flashy plays on both ends of the floor. Using his speed to his advantage, Verge picked his opponent’s pocket a number of times. With defenses flying at him to try and contain, Verge got around and split defenders with breathtaking ball handling. Verge finished with a team-high 11 points in limited duty during Saturday’s win over Quad City Elite. Verge and Meanstreets came up short to King James later in the day. 

TOP PERFORMERS
Carlos Curtis – 2018 – G – Wisconsin United

It doesn’t matter what name is on the front of the opponent’s jersey, put a ball out there and Curtis will play. The aggressive, athletic guard scored a team-high 20 points to lift Wisconsin United to a win over Mac Irvin Fire Saturday night. A terrific slasher and driver, Curtis’ motor is rarely matched as he just overpowers and bullies people into the paint. He also displayed an improved outside shot, able to stretch a late-arriving defense. 

Marcus Domask – 2019 – SF – Ray Allen Select
Domask had a dominant effort in Saturday’s win over Hoop Avenues. The freshman wing took his game into the paint and made things look easy with an array of post moves. A versatile player, Domask loves to take advantage of mismatches and makes a lot of players uncomfortable with his ability play with his back to the basket. Domask is also an excellent passer out of the post or off the dribble, able to feel to feel the defense and find the open man. He finished with a game-high 23 points in limited duty

Raekwon Drake – 2018 – PF – Meanstreets
Drake had a nice morning session in an easy win for Meanstreets. Displaying a high motor that doesn’t quit, Drake gets after it on the glass and in transition. He kept a number of plays alive for his team and finished a handful of second-chance baskets. A strong, athletic post, Drake sets the tone on the interior with his physical play on both ends. He finished with 16 points in limited duty.

Ayo Dosunmu – 2018 – G – Mac Irvin Fire
Dosunmu is so smooth with the basketball. A wonderful creator off the dribble, Dosunmu glides to the basket and makes the game look very easy. The sophomore guard poured in 14 points at the half and finished with a game-high 27. Attacking aggressively for 30 minutes, Dosunmu scored all of his points in the paint and at the free throw line. 

Nojel Eastern – 2017 – PG – Meanstreets
It’s a treat to watch Eastern play. A fundamentally sound point guard that plays the game the right way, Eastern knows exactly what his team needs and how to get it. A high-IQ floor general, Eastern has exceptional length and strength for the position. He’s not afraid to post up and is often too strong to keep from getting to the rim. He was in double figures in Saturday night’s loss to King James.

Tyler Herro – 2018 – SG – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
When Herro is in the zone, there’s no stopping him. He’s too quick to defend tightly and too much of a deadly shooter to sag off. The touted shooting guard scored all of his 17 points in the first half as the Playground Warriors rolled to an easy win over Team Ramey Saturday morning. Herro again scored 17 points in another blowout victory over the Wisconsin Blizzard. Herro displayed a toughness on the defensive end that resulted in some easy transition dunks to pad his stat line.

Tony Jackson – 2017 – G/F – Louisville Magic
Very physically advanced, Jackson is a tough cover when he puts his head down and attacks the basket. Able to play above the rim, Jackson just explodes to the basket and doesn’t need a ton of momentum to elevate. A player that gets after it defensively, Jackson has an in-your-face mentality on that end of the floor. Also able to stretch the floor with a quick, smooth stroke, Jackson shot the ball well from the perimeter en route to a game-high 16 points in a win over Team Ramey.

Demarius Jacobs – 2017 – G – All-In Athletics/Y&R
Jacobs was fantastic in a win for All-In over Powerhouse Minnesota. A terrific athlete, Jacobs just seems to float around the rim and finished some impressive dunks in transition. Getting it done on both ends, Jacobs turned defense into offense on numerous occasions, sparking a big second half run. Jacobs had 14 points and a handful of assists in Saturday’s win. 

Devontae Lane – 2017 – PG – Iowa Barnstormers
Lane came up with 22 points in a win over Yanders Law. A strong, quick guard, Lane can post up and dribbles penetrate effectively. Lane has excellent skills on the ball and is able to maneuver his way through tight spaces. A sound passer in transition, Lane always seems to make the right play. 

Kyle Young – 2017 – F – King James
Versatility is the name of the game for Young. The 6-foot-9 forward stretches the floor as a sharpshooter, but can also slash from the high post and play with his back to the basket. Young can also play a variety of positions on the floor, both offensively and defensively. In short work, he finished with a game-high 11 points in a win over All-Ohio Black.

STOCK BOOSTERS
Jose Grubbs – 2017 – G/F – Illinois Stars

Grubbs came up big for the Illinois Stars in their Saturday night win over Hoop Avenues. The junior wing scored a game-high 17 points, helping his team advance to Sunday. Grubbs was a workhorse on the glass, always looking to clean things up and keep plays alive. He also put in the work defensively to gain the key stops down the stretch that helped preserve the victory. 

Tyrese Haliburton – 2018 – PG – Wisconsin United
Haliburton’s feel for the game is second to none. Such a high-IQ player that does so much more for his team than what shows up in the scorebook, Haliburton did put up numbers in Saturday’s win over Mac Irvin Fire. Haliburton connected on a number of three-pointers and also dished out a handful of assists against a very good backcourt. He finished with 15 points.

Jaheim Holden – 2019 – PG – Hoop Avenues
Holden doesn’t let his size stop him from scoring. At just 5-foot-6, Holden is able penetrate and finish over bigger defenders. Holden loves get into isolation settings and break down his man. The freshman floor general has a nice floater from mid-range or around the hoop and didn’t have one of his shots blocked all game, despite living in the paint. Holden finished with 20 points in a loss to Ray Allen Select on Saturday.

Bailey Kale – 2017 – PG – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
The Playground Warriors advanced to Sunday thanks to a game-high 21 points from Kale. In a win over DTA, Kale had the hot hand. A knock down three-point shooter, Kale loves to catch and shoot from the perimeter. An underrated finisher, Kale does a great job of shielding defenders with his body and not allowing his shot to get blocked. 

Jeremiah Keene – 2019 – SG – All-Ohio Red
Keene broke the game open for All-Ohio Red in Saturday’s win over the Illinois Islanders with his transition play and three-point shooting. A quick, athletic guard, Keene never seems to tire was impressive in the open floor with his ability to blow by and shake defenders. The freshman looks like he’s far from growing and filling out, making him a potential high major prospect. Keene scored in double figures in limited duty as All-Ohio Red rolled to an easy win. 

Donald Lee – 2018 – SF – George Hill Rising Stars
Lee is an intriguing wing who can slash and finish around the rim. A long, athletic sophomore, Lee is tough to handle when he gets downhill and displayed a soft finishing touch at the basket. Lee did some nice things in transition and also worked the glass and created a number of second chance opportunities. He was in double figures in Saturday’s win over Yanders Law.

Patrick McCaffery – 2019 – F – Iowa Barnstormers
In a defensive battle, McCaffery helped the Barnstormers get past Young Legends with a big second half. The touted freshman scored all but two of his points after halftime in the win. The long, athletic forward is a versatile player that can impact the game in so many ways. McCaffery runs the floor, blocks shots, and uses takes advantages of mismatches out on the perimeter or in the post. He finished with a team-high 14 points in a low-scoring victory. 

Storm Murphy – 2017 – PG – NESYB
One of the best hidden talents in the state of Wisconsin, Murphy was very effective in a loss to Playground Elite. Holding his own against some very good guards, Murphy put up a team-high 22 points in a loss. The crafty, but flashy floor general could not be contained on Saturday. Murphy worked his way into the paint and fooled the defense with a number of no-look passes. He also shot the ball well from the perimeter and did a nice job of floating shots up over the top of the defense. 

Cole Nau – 2019 – PG – Ray Allen Select
In two games, Nau was very effective and jump started his team with his playmaking skills. A high-IQ point guard, Nau creates a lot of offense for Ray Allen Select, whether it’s getting his teammates organized in their sets or dribble penetrating for easy looks or dishing it off. Nau sees the floor exceptionally well and can handle the ball against pressure. He also scored in double figures twice on Saturday.

Keontae White – 2018 – G – Wisconsin United
In a highlight matchup against the Mac Irvin Fire, White played up for the task. The smooth, quick combo guard shot the ball exceptionally well off the dribble. In a game that was basically a track meet, White set the pace with some blazing ball handling and tough finishes at the basket. He finished with 14 points Saturday’s win. 

RECRUITING NOTES
Jeremiah Keene is receiving early interest from Ohio State, Xavier, Michigan, and Wake Forest.

Tyler Herro has offers from Wisconsin, Marquette, Creighton, DePaul, and others. Arizona, Michigan, Kansas, Virginia, and Xavier are also showing interest. 

Tony Jackson is being recruited by Oklahoma, VCU, Texas, and others.

Nojel Eastern has offers from USC, Missouri, Michigan State, Seton Hall, Illinois, UNLV, Purdue, LSU, Marquette, DePaul, Northwestern, Xavier, and Iowa State.

Kevin Easley has offers from Purdue, Indiana, Temple, Butler, Cincinnati, Xavier, St. Louis, and others. He listed Michigan, Michigan State, Maryland, Illinois, and Ohio State as schools currently interested. 

Demarius Jacobs has offers from Chicago State, North Dakota, Southern Illinois, and LIU-Brooklyn. VCU and St. Louis are among the schools showing interest. 

Kyle Young has offers from Clemson, Michigan, Purdue, Wisconsin, Illinois, Butler, and Xavier among others. He listed West Virginia and Northwestern as those currently interested.

Markell Johnson holds offers from Ohio State, DePaul, VCU, Arizona State, Florida, Virginia Tech, Louisville, North Carolina State, and Cincinnati. Michigan State, Missouri, Xavier, West Virginia, and Notre Dame are currently interested.