NY2LA Swish-N-Dish Recap

8 Apr

The NY2LA Sports Swish-N-Dish in Milwaukee is always a great AAU tune-up event for teams in the Midwest. Offering high level competition under one roof at Homestead High School, NY2LA Sports brought in some of the top teams from Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio; with Nike program All-Ohio Red leading the way for Buckeye State teams. With apologies to the Cleveland VJ Sports 16u and Ohio VCC Warriors 15u teams, Triple Double Prospects spent the weekend in Milwaukee following the All-Ohio Red program; where we got at least two viewings each of the 15u, 16u and 17u teams. Here are the top players from AOR who stood out over the past weekend….

Ahmad Wagner

Ahmad Wagner

  • Jae’sean Tate – ’14 SF Columbus Pickerington Central: Since he committed to Ohio State last summer, the 6’5 Tate hasn’t changed his approach to the game. In fact, the Columbus native is still always going to be the hardest worker on the court, that’s what makes him such a great player. Tate’s lunch-pail and hard-hat attitude paid dividends in AOR 17u games over the weekend, as he found ways to score around the basket with drives, floaters, post moves and offensive rebounds. With his motor always running high, Tate turns a lot of steals and defensive rebounds into transition baskets, often dunks, and impacts the game in so many other ways besides scoring; making him arguably Ohio’s top 2014 prospect. The jumpshot of the Buckeye verbal looked much improved from last year with its mechanics, but that is still the area of his game that Tate will need to focus the hardest on improving. Still, with his athleticism, strength and toughness Tate is an ideal fit in the Big Ten at the next level.
  • Javon Bess – ’14 SF Columbus Gahanna Lincoln: The 6’5 Bess has always been sort of a jack of all trades type of player, as you might see him playing point guard, wing or power forward depending on the day. Playing for Red’s 17u team, Bess has assumed the role of starting point guard in a lineup with a lot of size. Over the weekend, Bess played some of the most productive basketball that we’ve see him play lately, using that utility role style of play to maximize that production. The Columbus native handled the ball, drove strong to the lane and scored, picked his spots on when to score or pass and defended well on the perimeter. Bess still has to continue to develop his feel for the point guard position, but with his size, length and athleticism he can be a dangerous player at the next level if he’s capable of being a primary ballhandler.
  • Robert Caldwell – ’14 PG Dayton Stivers: A lot of people questioned AOR’s selection of Caldwell onto their 17u team, but the 5’10 guard from Dayton silenced those doubters quickly in Milwaukee, coming up big for Red in an overtime victory over the Wisconsin Playground Warriors. The lefty scoring point guard has always been a good shooter, and that was evident over the weekend as he knocked down big three after big three in the closely contested game. Caldwell’s shooting ability will give All-Ohio a weapon they can use to stretch the defense all year, similar to the way that they used the shooting abilities of Zack Denny (Bowling Green) last season.
  • Ahmad Wagner – ’15 PF Dayton Huber Heights Wayne: No one surprised TDP more over the weekend than the 6’6 power forward from Dayton. After being a defensive player much of last season, Wagner came onto the court with an offensive aggressiveness in Milwaukee that we had previously not seen out of him. Wagner scored in the post, played with strength and was relentless on the offensive boards. With good strength and athleticism, Wagner is a force in the paint when he plays with that motor, and will be a breakout player this AAU season if he continues to produce at such an efficient level. Wagner told us that he has yet to receive and offer, but is being recruited by Wright State, Dayton, Cleveland State and Miami (OH).
  • Esa Ahmad – ’15 PF Cleveland Shaker Heights: The 6’7 Ahmad picked up where he left off last season with Red, as the team’s most consistent scoring threat. The versatile forward can step out on the perimeter and knock down shots or attack from the high post, but also has the strength, size and skill to score the ball down low in the painted area. As he continues to improve as a rebounder and in other areas besides scoring, Ahmad looks more and more like a skilled power forward who can be very productive as his body continues to mature. Currently, Ahmad is being recruited by Xavier, Miami (FL) and several Big Ten schools, while holding offers from Cleveland State, Akron, Toledo, Kent State, Ohio University, Wright State and Miami (OH).
  • Jordan Dartis – ’15 PG/SG Newark: The 6’2 Dartis has always been a guy that high majors programs have wanted to know more about, as his size and athleticism at the guard spot make him a top prospect. Over the weekend, Dartis showed us that he has made improvements since summer, both as a ballhandler and a decision maker. That ability to effectively run the point will be critical in Dartis’ recruitment, but he’s also a guard that is very efficient as a scorer in space in transition. Dartis is continuing to refine his perimeter shot, although that would be his biggest weakness right now; however, he is a very good defender on the perimeter who can make a name for himself as a lockdown guard on the AAU circuit.
  • Tervell Beck – ’16 SF Cleveland Central Catholic: In a 2016 class that we at TDP have been the first ones to hype, Beck’s name belongs near the top of a list of most talented. The 6’6 wing can play the two or the three guard positions on the court, is an exceptional athlete for his age and has a knack for getting to the rim off of the dribble. Beck is still working on his shot, and like most freshmen will need to get stronger, but the tools are all in place for him to have a breakout season on the AAU circuit. His size as a guard makes him a top prospect, while that leaping ability makes him elite; look for high major colleges to take an interest in Beck sooner than later.
  • Willie Jackson – ’16 SF Cleveland Garfield Heights: The 6’5 Jackson doesn’t have a pure position on the court yet, but he has several things that very few other freshmen do have, notably size, strength and elite athleticism. Right now, Jackson is most effective around the basket as a scorer and rebounder who can use his physical abilities to bully his way into being productive. If Jackson continues to improve his perimeter skills and become a player that really drive the ball strong off of the wing, then he’ll have a chance to be one of the most elite players in Ohio’s most promising class in recent memory.
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