NY2LASPORTS.COM - SWISH 'N DISH RECAP - 2013 STOCK BOOSTERS
Antonio Curro — NATIONAL RECRUITING DIRECTOR - NY2LASPORTS.COM
Another standout field of performers loaded the deck at the 2011 Swish ‘N Dish Spring Warm-Up this past weekend in the Badger state and while talent filled each and every age group on the board, the 2013 class was arguably the deepest and most elite in terms of standout national talent. Led by the likes of Jabari Parker, a number of prospects improved their recruiting stock with stellar performances at the annual hoops gala. Here’s a look at a few stock boosters from the 2013 class…
NOLAN BERRY – 6’8” – PF – DESMET (MO) – ST. LOUIS EAGLES
A skilled forward with an NBA pedigree, Berry shared Co-MOP honors with Deshawn Munson at the 16U level after turning in a number of quality efforts on the weekend. Excellent size and length that stands to increase 2-3 inches over the next few years. Berry can score on the blocks and has the ability to step away from the basket as well and knock down shots. Solid instincts and excellent upside make for a potential high major talent on the rise.
DAYLIN BILLINGSLEY – 6’8” – F – IMPACT BB ACADEMY (NV) – INLAND EMPIRE
Strong physical talent who showed an ability to control the glass and also score inside and outside on occasion. One of the pleasant surprises on the weekend, Billingsley has lots of upside and potential and looks the part of a solid prospect to play close attention to at the mid and high major level over the next 24 months if he can continue to turn in solid performances like this past weekend.
DEONTE BURTON – 6’5” – SF – BREWSTER (NH) – T.P. ELITE
A powerful physical specimen with athleticism who can dominate games with his strength, athleticism, and skill package. Burton was a bit slow out of the gate but as the tournament went a long he really picked it up and turned in a number of double double performances in helping lead his team to a Platinum Division Final Four finish at the 17U level. He can score off the bounce, finishes in transition, has solid elevation and athleticism, and controls the glass on both ends of the court. Expect another strong spring and summer from this talent who laid the foundation for that this weekend with a solid performance.
KYLE DAVIS – 5’10” – 2013 – PG – HYDE PARK (IL) – MAC IRVIN FIRE
Quick athletic perimeter talent with breakdown skills, handles, solid instincts, and excellent dribble penetration skills. Davis looks the part of yet another athletic perimeter talent who can create positive chaos on the court both offensively and defensively. One to pay close attention to over the next 12-18 months for mid and high major schools as he could really blossom into an excellent talent with continued development and hard work.
RILEY DEARRING – 6’5” – 2013 – SG – DE LA SALLE (MN) – NET GAIN SPORTS
Long wiry skilled wing talent with range that extends well beyond the arc. Has a solid feel for the game, decent handles, can score off the bounce, finishes in transition, and has the ability to take over the game at times from beyond the arc with his smooth stroke. A high major talent on the rise in Minnesota, Dearring looks the part of a top 50 prospect in the 2013 class before it’s all said and done.
LUKE FISCHER – 6’9” – 2013 - PF – GERMANTOWN (WI) – WISCONSIN SWING
Yet another talented sophomore in a loaded Midwest region of 2013 prospects, Fischer came up big at times throughout the weekend playing at both the 16U and 17U levels. Arguably his best performance on the weekend came in a matchup against Mitch McGary where Fischer scored 15 points and collected 11 rebounds to help push the Swing past the SYF Players in the quarterfinals. Excellent size, nice skill, can score inside and outside, and has solid instincts. A high major talent without question who’s just scratching the surface of his enormous potential.
THOMAS HAMILTON JR. – 6’9” – 2013 – F/C – WHITNEY YOUNG (IL) – MAC IRVIN FIRE
Turned in consistent performances throughout the weekend that included an excellent stroke from long range and solid rebounding on both ends of the court. Equipped with excellent size and length, Hamilton knocked down jumper after jumper from long range while also serving as a formidable presence in the paint, primarily in terms of attacking the glass.
DESHAWN MUNSON – 6’3” – G – EAST ST. LOUIS (IL) – ST. LOUIS EAGLES
A tough scoring talent who can take over the game and score in a number of ways, Munson helped lead the St. Louis Eagles to the 16U Platinum Championship with a number of explosive performances that included a 22 point effort in a semi-final victory over the Mac Irvin Fire. He can score off the bounce, finish in transition, etc. He played hard with consistency and turned in a breakout performance this past weekend.
JABARI PARKER – 6’8” – SF – SIMEON (IL) – FERRARI
Regarded by NY2LASPORTS.COM as the measuring stick in the 2013 class nationally, Parker did nothing to disappoint. The talented forward hit the court on Friday and promptly dropped 27 points along with at least 3 highlight reel dunks and a couple of trey balls. Always skilled and instinctive, Parker is longer and leaner with a lot more bounce and he’s only getting better. Parker is the measuring stick right now in the 2013 class nationally, it’s that simple.
JOSH WEEBER – 6’5” – 2013 – G/F – DUBUQUE SENIOR (IA) – IOWA BARNSTORMERS
A skilled instinctive talent with an excellent feel and floor game, Weeber continues to progress and his performances this past weekend were another step in that direction. Sees the court well and has range that extends beyond the arc which he combines with a number of intangible to turn in solid performances whenever he takes the court. An emerging talent in the 2013 class regionally and perhaps nationally before it’s all said and done.
DUANE WILSON JR. – 6’1” – 2013 – PG – DOMINICAN (WI) – PLAYGROUND ELITE
We’ve held this young talent in high regard for many years and if this past weekend’s performance is an indicator of what lies ahead, Wilson is in for a huge spring and summer campaign. Displayed an ability to score off the bounce, a knack for getting to the free throw line, solid athleticism, and range that extends beyond the arc. Has a solid floor game offensively that is only getting better.
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.