The 2016 NY2LA Sports Swish N’ Dish came to a close on Sunday. With teams battling for the coveted hardware in one of the nation’s premiere spring travel events, a number of players put their best foot forward to lead their programs to the promise land, including 2018 point guard A.J. Green of the Iowa Barnstormers.

Here’s a recap from Sunday’s action:

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

Easley impressed again on Sunday. Although he battled foul trouble during a loss, Easley was dominant in the little time he actually spent on the floor. A versatile big man with finesse and power, Easley can get it done in a variety of ways. With a guard-like stroke from downtown, the junior forward causes a lot of mismatch problems. He had a team-high 15 points in George Hill’s final game of the day.

Dane Goodwin – 2018 – SG – All-Ohio Red
Goodwin’s best days are ahead of him. In All-Ohio’s run to the 16U title game, Goodwin displayed the ability to score the basketball in a variety of ways. Goodwin doesn’t settle for shots, always passing on a good look to get a great one. Whether that means he puts the ball on the deck or finds an open teammate, Goodwin has a great feel for the game and is able to score from all areas of the floor. 

Terrence Lewis – 2017 – SF – Playground Elite
Lewis has gotten vastly better since last summer. A player that’s rounded out his game, Lewis is no longer just a physical interior presence. Having worked hard on his outside shot, Lewis hits from downtown consistently. He’s still got that same junkyard dog mentality and doesn’t shy away from battling on the boards or attacking the basket. Lewis was key in helping Playground Elite reach the 17U title game on Sunday. 

Jaylen Sebree – 2017 – G/F – Louisville Magic
Sebree was effective around the basket in a couple of wins for the Louisville Magic. A 6-foot-7 wing, Sebree is tough to keep out of the paint and even tougher block his shot. Even though the Louisville Magic were knocked out of the Platinum Bracket early Sebree showed a competitive toughness to help aid the Louisville Magic to a nice run on Sunday. 

Joe Wieskamp – 2018 – G/F – Iowa Barnstormers
A highly skilled and versatile wing, Wieskamp can defend and play just about any position on the floor. The Iowa commit is a terrific shooter on the wing. If he’s given space to rise and fire, it’s all over. Also able to play inside, Wieskamp will be sure to take advantage of any mismatches in the paint. He helped lead the Barnstormers to three victories on Sunday, including the 16U title. 

TOP PERFORMERS
John Diener – 2018 SG – Wisconsin Playground Warriors

Diener has probably never seen so many open looks in his life, but that’s what happens when you play next to Jordan McCabe and Tyler Herro. Diener feasted off their dribble penetration all weekend. Knocking down four triples in Sunday’s loss to All-Ohio Red, Diener finished with a team-high 14 points. A smoother shooter, Diener can be deadly from beyond the arc, even against tight coverage. 

Joey Hauser – 2018 – F – Iowa Barnstormers
Defenders have all sorts of trouble with Hauser because he’s so long and versatile. At times, he plays like a stretch four, able to catch and shoot from three-point range at a high rate. Other times, he’ll bang in the post and showcase a variety of moves. He can also slash from the wing or the high post. There’s no area on the floor in which he’s not comfortable or can’t shoot the ball from. Hauser had a game-high 15 points in the Barnstormers’ win over All-Ohio Red in the 16U title game. 

Foster Loyer – 2018 – G – All-Ohio Red
Loyer was outstanding in a 16U quarterfinal win over the Wisconsin Playground Warriors. A player that prides himself on toughness, Loyer gets after people defensively and moves his feet very well and more than held his own against a stellar backcourt. Offensively, Loyer seemed to come up with a big play every time All-Oho needed it. Finishing with a game-high 20 points, Loyer shot the ball well from the outside and dished out a handful of assists on Sunday. Loyer also had 16 points in a semifinal win. 

Jordan Poole – 2017 – G – Playground Elite
Poole led Playground Elite to the 17U finals with 21 points in a semifinal win over All-In Young and Reckless. Poole put on a shooting clinic throughout the contest. Comfortable pulling up off the dribble at full speed and taking off-balance shots, Poole can hit from just about anywhere. The Michigan commit shot the ball extremely well all day. Playground Elite ran out of gas in the title game, but nonetheless, and impressive start to the spring. 

Courtney Ramey – 2018 – PG – Team Ramey
Ramey showed why he is one of the top point guards in the country during Sunday’s 16U quarterfinals. Although Team Ramey came up short to Wisconsin United, Ramey once again proved you don’t always have to score to be an effective point guard. Ramey can light up a scoreboard for 30 minutes if he wants to, but understands the role of building confidence for his teammates, opening up other parts of the offense, and then taking over when he HAS to. 

Justin Smith – 2017 – G/F – Mac Irvin Fire
Smith really elevated his game in the second half to lead Mac Irvin Fire back from the dead against All-In Young and Reckless. Although his efforts were not enough, it was an impressive surge for Smith, who finished with a game-high 15 points. Smith attacked the basket with a vengeance and nearly brought the rim down with some big slams. A player with a very high ceiling, Smith has the tools to be a stud on either end of the floor at the next level.

Kaleb Wesson – 2017 – F/C – All-Ohio Red
You have to admire the footwork and touch around the rim for the Ohio State commit. Wesson might be an imposing player, but he’s also skilled with his back to the basket and doesn’t just rely on his size to be effective. Wesson has a nice drop step or a jump hook and can finish with either hand. He’s also effective away from the rim at times, able to shoot the mid-range jumper and pass the ball to cutting teammates. A solid weekend helped All-Ohio Red claim the 17U title. 

STOCK BOOSTERS
Dennis Alibegovic – 2017 – SG – Mac Irvin Fire

Alibegovic earned some extra playing time in Sunday’s loss to All-In Young and Reckless. He was key in sparking their second half run, overcoming a double digit deficit to push the game into overtime. Alibegovic brought instant energy on the defensive end and forced a string of turnovers on the press. A lights out shooter, Alibegovic also knocked down some key shots when his team was reeling. 

Sam Allen – 2017 – SF – Martin Bros.
Allen has some deceptive bounce and athleticism to his game. You won’t see him on any highlight reels, but he’s quick and athletic enough to get by people at 6-foot-3 or free himself via screens or off the dribble. Allen had the hot hand in the 17U gold semifinals. He scored a team-high 18 points in the loss.

Jameel Alausa – 2017 – F – All-In Young and Reckless
It seems someone new steps up for All-In Young and Reckless every single game, but on Sunday morning it was Alausa. A long, active forward, Alausa was taking care of business around the rim in an upset win over Mac Irvin Fire in the 17U quarterfinals. Never quitting on a play and out-hustling and out-toughing people around the basket, Alausa was able to come up with a big scoring day. Alausa also kept a lot of points off the board with his ability to challenge shots by the opponent. 

Nimari Burnett – 2020 – G – Mac Irvin Fire
The young 8th grade perimeter talent was extremely impressive throughout the weekend.  He handles it well, has excellent instincts, and showed an ability to distribute and create in impressive fashion.  This is a strong 8th grade group for the Fire with lots of promise and potential and Burnett is one of the biggest keys to that as the young talent has game in a major way.

Carlos Curtis – 2018 – G – Wisconsin United
Curtis had a game-high 17 points in a 16U semifinal loss to All-Ohio Red. The sophomore guard continues to show an improved outside game, knocking in a couple more triples on Sunday. Curtis matched up with some very good guards this weekend and didn’t disappoint. A 6-foot-2 combo guard, Curtis is a threat to score whenever the ball is in his hands. Curtis puts tons of pressure on a defense with his ability to attack off the bounce and finish against contact. Curtis also had 21 points in a win over Team Ramey earlier in the day.

A.J. Green – 2018 – PG – Iowa Barnstormers
A talented point guard, Green led the Barnstormers with 23 points in the 16U semifinals. Green has worked hard on his shooting over the past year and made some difficult attempts on Sunday. Able to create off the bounce, Green rained in shot after shot, shaking his man and creating space with a quick first step. Also a fine facilitator, Green can dish around a defense. Leading his team to the 16U title, Green just continued his strong play with another double-digit performance in a blowout win over All-Ohio Red.  

Malik Hall – 2019 – SG – Meanstreets
There’s a lot to like about Hall, who has a nice upside. A 6-foot-5 freshman, Hall can shoot over the top of the defense with ease and isn’t bothered by a hand in his face. Also a terrific dribble penetrator, Hall was getting a step or two on guards smaller than him en route to the paint. A player that could just take off over the next year or so, Hall has a lot of exciting tools. He had a nice double-figure scoring effort in Sunday’s win over the Louisville Magic.

Marquese Jacobs – 2019 – G – Mac Irvin Fire
Known more as a transition threat, Jacobs took his game to the next level on Sunday. The rising freshman knocked down three triples en route to a game-high 18 points in a win over Net Gain Sports in the quarterfinals. When Jacobs puts his foot on the gas pedal, there’s no stopping him. A terrific open floor player, Jacobs will go coast-to-coast, often past multiple defenders for the finish.

Emmanuel Tamba – 2019 – SG – Net Gain Sports
Tamba was impressive despite a loss to the Mac Irvin Fire in the 15U quarterfinals. A smooth guard with a nice mid-range game, Tamba pulled up off the bounce and knocked down shots throughout the game. Against a very good backcourt, Tamba was able to shake his man off the dribble and create a lot of offensive looks for himself and his teammates. 

RECRUITING NOTES
John Diener has offers from Green Bay and Milwaukee. He’s currently fielding interest from Butler, DePaul, and Xavier among others.

Jaylen Sebree has offers from Indiana, Xavier, VCU, and others. He listed Butler, Oklahoma State, Arizona State, and Oklahoma as programs currently interested. 

A.J. Green received his first offer from Northern Iowa recently. 

Justin Smith has offers from Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Northwestern, Purdue, DePaul, Wake Forest, and Rice. He listed Michigan State, Xavier, Butler, and Notre Dame as schools currently interested.