April 7, 2013

Recapping the NY2LA Swish-N-Dish

The NY2LA Sports Swish-N-Dish kicked off the AAU season for some of the top travel teams from Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan and other places, as prospects from the 2014 and 2015 classes were eager to impress scouts and get back onto the court after the end of their high school season's.

Several Xavier targets got involved in the action, with three prospects really standing out above the rest in the suburbs of Milwaukee (Wisc.).

Jalen Brunson - The top performer for the entire tournament in Milwaukee was unquestionably Brunson, who had the type of breakout performance that could lead to a lot of hype (and scholarship offers) coming his way in the very near future. A 6'0 scoring point guard with a silky smooth left handed jumper, the Mac Irvin Fire junior (playing up on the 17u team) made several big plays over the weekend in Fire wins over Meanstreets, Ray Allen Select and the Illinois Wolves, all games that came down to the wire. From the Chicago area, and Stevenson (Ill.) HS, Brunson is also a mature lead guard with a competitive instinct and toughness on the court. His decision making and strong build making him a problem for opposing point guards to deal with, even though Brunson is a year younger, and combined with his shooting ability make him a potential Rivals150 player when the complete 2015 rankings are introduced. Brunson already has an offer from Xavier, as well as offers from other high majors; including Illinois.

Victor Law - The 6'6 wing forward from Chicago (Ill.) Saint Rita's is in the process of making the transition to being a true wing, after previously being more of a forward. Law's game is still in progress, but has been named a four-star prospect in the 2014 Rivals150, where he checks in at #67 in the overall rankings. Law does a nice job of shooting the ball from the perimeter, is a good athlete in space and plays with a pretty good motor. Playing for the Chicago Nike program, Meanstreets, Law is a good role player, going alongside a few Windy City superstars for the always loaded club team. Law already has offers from Florida State, Harvard, Dayton, DePaul, VCU and Providence. The current favorite for the junior would probably be Illinois, although the Illini are yet to offer a scholarship to Law.

Justin Tillman - The 6'7 power forward from Detroit (Mich.) Pershing is running with the R.E.A.C.H. Legends this summer. In Milwaukee, Tillman showed that he has made significant improvement since last summer, looking much more comfortable outside of the post. The basis for Tillman's game is his energy, as the athletic forward can be really good when he's playing with energy and toughness. That athleticism and motor is going to come in handy at the college level for Tillman, where he'll likely find his place as a role player off the bench who can provide spot minutes early. Right now, Xavier has not offered Tillman, but AAU coaches believe that an offer could be extended soon, and that Musketeer staffers are working hard to get Tillman onto campus for another visit. Since last summer, Tillman (a 2014 prospect) has accumulated a ton of new offers, including ones from Baylor and several Michigan schools.

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