The center of the basketball world will shift to the midwestern United States this weekend as a new NCAA Men's Champion will be crowned in Indianapolis and NY2LA Sports' Swish 'N Dish Spring Warm-Up is scheduled to tip from Milwaukee. This is a special year for the Swish 'N Dish, as the event will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a talented field sure to make even the teams in Indy blush as programs from Mississippi, D.C., Missouri, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin are set to take the hardwood in the Badger state this weekend! 

The class of 2011 will field nearly forty teams for the 17U division with powers like the Jackson Tigers, SYF Players, D.C. Assault, All-Ohio Red, Mac Irvin Fire, Spiece Indy Heat, Eric Gordon Fast Break, St. Louis Eagles, Full Package, IL Rising Stars Gold, Milwaukee Hurricane Rebels, Playground Elite, Pray & Play Players, Kingdom Hoops (run by former All Iowa Attack director Jake Sullivan), and Milwaukee Spartans expected to battle it out with hungry and talented programs like the Wisconsin Blizzard, Wisconsin Playmakers, Peoria Irish, Ramey Basketball, IL Old School, Wisconsin Starz, Team NLP, Randolph Boys Club, Illinois Wolverines, Bound For Glory, Friends 4 Life, Spiece All Indiana, Wisconsin Blaze, Illinois Flash, Friends of Hoop, and the T & A Sharks for Platinum and Gold supremacy! 

5 of the top 10 players in the country expected to be on hand in the 17U division as future collegiate stars like Wayne Blackshear (Mac Irvin Fire - #4 in Top 100 for the Class of 2011), Marquis Teague (Spiece Indy Heat - #6 in Top 100), Johnny O'Bryant (Jackson Tigers - #7 in Top 100), Branden Dawson (SYF Players - #8 in Top 100), and Brad Beal (ST. Louis Eagles - #10 in Top 100) set to collide for one memorable spring weekend. 

Also expected to be in the mix this weekend at the 17U are Quinn Cook (D.C. Assault - #19 in Top 100), Sam Thompson (Mac Irvin Fire - #20 in Top 100), Tyler Adams (Jackson Tigers - #44 in Top 100), Elgin Cook (Milwaukee Hurricane Rebels - #56 in Top 100), Mike Shaw (Mac Irvin Fire - #66 in Top 100), Mitch McGary (SYF Players - #75 in Top 100), Paul Jesperson (Wisconsin Playmakers - #86 in Top 100), Steve Taylor (All-Ohio Red - #87 in Top 100), and Darnell Harris (Milwaukee Hurricane Rebels #92 in Top 100).

Hungry to also make their mark in the 17U division this weekend will be talented prospects like J.J. Panoske (Randolph Boys Club), Mychal Ammons (Jackson Tigers), Andre Henley (Mac Irvin Fire), Michael Henry (IL Rising Stars Gold), Quevyn Winters (Milwaukee Spartans), Travis Trice (SYF Players), Max Biefeldt (SYF Players) etc.

And if the level of individual and team talent isn't enough to grab your attention, the potential story lines of the 2010 NY2LA Sports Swish 'N Dish Spring Warm-Up are sure to excite even the most modest hoops fan. Sure bragging rights are on the line, but teams are constantly out to make a name for themselves among the nation's elite programs, as change is the only thing constant in the world of grassroots basketball. And don't think the players don't understand this fact as well. The kids once designated as "prodigies" by from the class of 2011, are now young men who will shortly be entering their senior year of high school and vying for All-American status.

Marquis Teague may very well be the most explosive lead guard in the country and is rumored to be sporting an improved jumper and some serious leadership skills that he's ready to put on display in order to claim the throne as the number one point man in the land. The same expectations rest on the shoulders of Chicago-native Wayne Blackshear and St. Louis-native Brad Beal, who will begin their last year on the travel circuit with high hopes from Milwaukee, while trying to close in on Florida's Austin Rivers (#2 in Top 100) as the top shooting guard prospect in the country. Long recognized as elite talents by and others, top 10 national talents Mississippian Johnny O'Bryant and Indianian Branden Dawson will also put their reputations on the line while taking aim at many of the top talents in the country. 

For those not in the class of 2011, it's about showing continued improvement and building (or continuing) a legacy of your own. That message has been well-received by such talents as Perry Ellis (Pray & Play Players - #1 2012 Top 100) who is also expected to be one the hardwood at the 17U level along with other promising sophomores like LaDarius White (Jackson Tigers - #10 2012 Top 100), Elijah Macon (All-Ohio Red - #23 2012 Top 100), Ricardo Gathers (Jackson Tigers - #29 2012 Top 100), A.J. Hammons (Spiece Indy Heat - #40 Top 100), the NY2LA Sports Swish 'N Dish Spring Warm-Up will afford all prospects the opportunity to do the same, providing exposure while helping student-athletes gain the skills and knowledge necessary to take their game to a higher level.

Action at the 17U level will tip off Friday and continue Saturday and Sunday at Homestead High School in Mequon, Wisconsin with some scintillating pool play matchups up and down the board like a few of the following:

Friday April 2, 2010 - 17U Division Pool Play - @ Homestead High School - Mequon, Wisconsin
7:10 p.m. - D.C. Assault vs. Milwaukee Hurricane Rebels
7:10 p.m. - Wisconsin Blizzard - Kellett vs. IL Rising Stars Gold
7:10 p.m. - Wisconsin Playmakers vs. Full Package Elite
8:20 p.m. - St. Louis Eagles vs. Mac Irvin Fire
8:20 p.m. - Jackson Tigers vs. SYF Players
9:30 p.m. - 17U Eric Gordon Fast Break - Playground Elite

Saturday April 3, 2010 - 17U Division Pool Play - @ Homestead High School - Mequon, Wisconsin
9:10 a.m. - Wisconsin Blizzard - Kellett vs. Ramey Basketball
9:10 a.m. - Milwaukee Spartans vs. Team NLP - Dickey Simpkins
10:20 a.m. - Spiece Indy Heat vs. Milwaukee Hurricane Rebels
10:20 a.m. - Kingdom Hoops vs. Playground Elite
11:30 a.m. - St. Louis Eagles vs. All-Ohio Red
11:30 a.m. - SYF Players vs. Pray & Play Players
11:30 a.m. - Wisconsin Playmakers vs. Spiece All Indiana
1:50 p.m. - Jackson Tigers vs. Pray & Play Players
1:50 p.m. - Mac Irvin Fire vs. All-Ohio Red
1:50 p.m. - Spiece All Indiana vs. Full Package Elite
3:00 p.m. - Spiece Indy Heat vs. D.C. Assault
3:00 p.m. - Eric Gordon Fast Break vs. Kingdom Hoops
3:00 p.m. - IL Rising Stars Gold vs. Ramey Basketball

For this reason, we'll be watching and evaluating each age division closely throughout the Easter weekend, examining the games of players already on the radar, and providing coverage of prospects who are expanding their skills and deserve to get some ink of their own. With past alumni like Ohio State's Evan Turner, Arizona State's Trent Lockett, Michigan State's Korie Lucious, North Carolina State's Scott Wood, North Carolina bound Harrison Barnes, Michigan State bound Adreian Payne, North etc. yhe NY2LA Sports Swish 'N Dish Spring Warm-Up certainly sets the bar for the start of the travel circuit season, and will be the measuring stick for players hoping to emerge on the national scene. See you this weekend in Milwaukee, there isn't a better place to be to kick off the 2010 travel circuit!

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