NY2LASPORTS.COM - SWISH 'N DISH RECAP - 2012 STOCK BOOSTERS
Antonio Curro — NATIONAL RECRUITING DIRECTOR - NY2LASPORTS.COM
Another strong group of prospects hit the court at the annual Swish ‘N Dish Spring Warm-Up this past weekend and when the ball stopped bouncing there were a number of 2012 prospects like Mitch McGary who boosted their recruiting stock with strong performances. Here’s a quick look at 10 2012 stock boosters from this past weekend in Milwaukee…
2012 TOP PERFORMERS IN 17U DIVISION
(Note – listed in alphabetical order)
EDDIE ALCANTARE – 6’5” – 2012 – SF – HALES FRANCISCAN (IL) – MAC IRVIN FIRE GRASSROOTS
A coach’s dream on a number of levels, Alcantare is a glue type guy who can stroke the jumper, defend, slash to the rim, finish in transition, etc. His performance this past weekend was a huge factor in the Mac Irvin Fire 17U team capturing the tournament championship as he did a number of little things game in and game out to push his team over the top. Really like his overall floor game in terms of what he brings to the table in terms of production, intangibles, and leadership.
AUSTIN ARIANS – 6’6” – 2012 – SF – MADISON EDGEWOOD (WI) – WISCONSIN SWING GRASSROOTS
Turned in an exceptional opening weekend effort that saw him rain trey balls from all over the gym. One of the true marksmen in the Badger state, Arians was sensational at times in helping lead the Wisconsin Swing to the 17U Platinum Championship game. His best effort was a 24 point performance that included six trey balls in a quarterfinal victory over the SYF Players. Arians can fill it up from well beyond the arc and his performance this past weekend was a big step forward in terms of boosting his recruiting stock heading into the spring.
SCOTT BRUXVOORT – 6’6” – 2012 – SF – PCM (IA) – KINGDOM HOOPS GRASSROOTS
In the same fashion that Alcantare brings intangibles to the table, so goes Bruxvoort. A solid athlete who can score inside and outside, Bruxvoort plays hard from start to finish. His motor combines with his instincts and skill package to bring instant production to the court every time he takes it. He attacks the glass, can finish in transition, hits the jumper, and has exceptional court awareness and instincts that make for a solid mid major prospect.
CHARLES HARRIS – 6’5” – 2012 – G/F – LAKE FOREST ACADEMY (IL) – FULL PACKAGE GRASSROOTS
Appears to be coming into his own on a number of levels, Harris attacked the rim this past weekend and scored at times with ease as he turned in a number of strong efforts along with Ka’Darryl Bell and Darius Paul, who both improved their stock as well. Harris is one to pay close attention to this spring and summer as he looks ready to take off as a prospect who can score in bunches at times.
MERVYN LINDSAY – 6’7” – 2012 – SF – CANYON SPRINGS HS (CA) – INLAND EMPIRE GRASSROOTS
A long lean wing with range that extends well beyond the arc, Lindsay knocked down trey ball after trey ball this past weekend as he showcased his smooth left-handed stroke. Needs to improve a bit in terms of his shot selection but he has an excellent smooth stroke and looks the part of a scoring wing who can fill it up from long range with high major potential. Mid and High Major programs in need of a wing who can stroke the jumper need to take a solid look at Lindsay this spring and summer as he can fill it up.
MITCH MCGARY – 6’9” – 2012 – PF – BREWSTER ACADEMY (IN) – SYF PLAYERS GRASSROOTS
One of the premiere interior prospects in the 12’ class, McGary did not disappoint this past weekend as he turned in a number of dominant efforts for the SYF Players. A bit more athletic and explosive than last summer, McGary powered home a number of dunks while also showcasing an ability to score on the blocks and control the glass on both ends of the court. Expect a ton of high major programs to shower him with attention this spring and summer as he looks primed to become one of the biggest stories on the circuit in the coming months and is a bona fide elite national talent.
TERRY ROZIER – 6’1” – 2012 – G – SHAKER HEIGHTS (OH) – ALL OHIO RED GRASSROOTS
Really liked what he brought to the table this past weekend as he handled the ball, showed range, and turned in a number of quality efforts when he took the court. While Elijah Macon is the headliner on an always tough All-Ohio Red 17u squad this season, there are a number of guys like Rozier who are definitely worth paying attention to.
ZAK SHOWALTER – 6’3” – 2012 – G – GERMANTOWN (WI) – WISCONSIN SWING GRASSROOTS
In typical Showalter fashion, he brought his blue collar skilled game to the table every time he took the court and helped lead his team to the tournament championship game in the process where he finished with 25 points including 5 trey balls before falling to the Mac Irvin Fire. Showed range, instincts, and an improved ability to create offensively in another strong tournament performance this past weekend.
STEVE TAYLOR – 6’8” – 2012 – F – SIMEON (IL) – MAC IRVIN FIRE GRASSROOTS
Captured MOP honors in the 17U division with a superb effort that included leadership, skill, and production game in and game out. Knocked down a number of trey balls throughout the weekend, showed solid athleticism, and was a factor on the glass as well in helping lead his team to the 17U tournament championship. Has really come into his own and stands to be a huge story this spring and summer with continued performances like this past weekend.
JOHNNY WOODARD – 6’4” – 2012 – SG – DULUTH EAST (MN) – NET GAIN SPORTS GRASSROOTS
Really like the toughness and athleticism that this wing talent brings to the table. This past weekend he displayed an ability to score in transition, rebounding skills, and an offensive package that included some breakdown ability and an occasional jumper from beyond the arc. An excellent athlete, Woodard stands to really see his recruiting stock take off this spring and summer with performances like this past weekend as he is explosively athletic and brings excellent toughness and upside to the table when he takes the court.
Note: Antonio Curro is the National Recruiting Editor for NY2LASPORTS.COM, GENERATIONNEXBASKETBALL.COM and 414HOOPS.COM. He is also a national consultant for ESPNU and the HOOPSCOOP.