While everyone is gearing up for the Final Four that is about to begin on Saturday evening, if you’re around the Milwaukee area tonight, then you might be best served heading to Homestead High School to see some of the very best basketball players throughout the high school ranks. The Swish N Dish kicks off with a full allotment of some of the best 17-under teams in the country and the #1 junior in the game taking center stage for a Friday evening that promises to be full of big time highlights and hoops action.  Here’s a look at a handful of the must watch games tonight…


All-In Athletics BRIM vs. Wisconsin Swing
6:20 PM Homestead Court 2
An excellent contest tips off earlier in the evening as 2016 PG Juwan McCloud headlines a solid Swing squad that also boasts the likes of juniors Maxwell Keefe, Lucas Wendt, Rod Johnson Jr., etc.  McCloud is a Division 1 caliber lead guard collecting mid and high major interest and he will need to be on point Friday night as his squad takes on a tough and talented AIA BRIM squad that features juniors Zion Morgan, Nicholas Robinson, and unsigned senior Alex Peacock fresh off a big time year with Normal High School in Illinois.  

Illinois Celtics vs. Milwaukee Spartans
6:20 PM Homestead Court 3
Junior PG Te’Jon Lucas guides the Milwaukee Spartans into this contest fresh off a stellar junior campaign with Milwaukee Washington High School.  A Division 1 caliber lead guard, Lucas will have plenty of help in the form of junior wing Nakell Martin and 6-10 junior Spencer Treder.  The Illinois Celtics counter with a solid group of their own headlined by 6-7 junior forward Elyjah Goss who is already holding Division 1 offers and interest.  Mix in junior guards Devon Sams and Joseph Sieger amongst others and this opening night matchup promises to be exciting from start to finish.

Iowa Barnstormers vs Wisconsin Academy
7:30PM Homestead Court 2
The Barnstormers are always a fun bunch to watch because they play an entertaining yet disciplined game and buy into the team concept. Coming off one of the most successful seasons in years past, they will look to lean on do-it-all 6’5 wing Wali Parks and should be aided by the likes of Tanner Lohaus, Alex Henderson, and big boy down low, Ted Brown. Across the court from them on Friday, the Wisconsin Academy group will play a similar style of ball and showcases potentially two of the better breakout candidates throughout the Midwest in Sam Hauser and Trevor Anderson.  Both can score in various ways and very efficiently, to say the least, and further help should come from Hausers younger brother, Joey Hauser and the rest of his talented squad.

Pocket City vs Playground Elite
7:30PM Homestead Court 3
It is going to be hard to select the best 17-under game at 7:30pm so you might as well just camp out between courts 2 and 3. On court 3, the Pocket City group is due to showcase itself off as an up-and-coming program and Friday night would be the time to make a statement against a talented Playground Elite bunch. They throw out a nice core group of CJ Hedgepeth, Jagger Surface, and Dru Smith. Big man Kaj Days will battle it out from 15-feet and in for Playground, and he will be working with a very talented backcourt in Deantae Woods, Jordan Poole, and Terrance Lewis; each are a part of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 class’s respectively. However, make sure you take note of 6’8 forward Kostas Antetokounmpo, the younger brother of Milwaukee Bucks star, Giannis Antetokounmpo.

King James vs Full Package Walker
8:40PM Homestead Court 2
This is going to be an entertaining one and while there might be a lot of talent on both teams, the matchup that would be great to see would be out of King James’ Derek Funderburk, and Full Package’s Rapolas Ivanauskas. Funderburk recently made the commitment to Ohio State over the past few days and is a menacing 6’9 forward who is agile enough to guard away from the bucket, yet also tough enough to scrap inside. Across from him is Ivanauskas who is being catered to by the likes of Wisconsin, Northwestern, and many other Big 10 programs. He is a 6’9 forward who can create for himself off the deck and also extend the defense with the deep ball. This could be a highlight affair!

St. Louis Eagles vs Mac Irvin Fire
9:50PM Homestead Court 3
What looks to be the best contest of the night comes between two Nike EYBL programs and two teams that could find themselves in the hunt for the Peach Jam title come July. The St. Louis Eagles face off with the Mac Irvin Fire and there sure will be enough star power to go around. The Eagles throw out the #1 junior in the country in 6’7 wing Jayson Tatum. However, he is aided in the frontcourt by 6’7 big man Tyler Cook, along with two new additions in 6-10 forward Jeremiah Tilmon soaring lead guard Alonzo Verge. Mighty athlete Xavier Sneed is on the wings with Tatum but they’ll have to fight off an always strong Mac Irvin bunch that boasts 6-11 junior Nick Rakocevic, the likes of 6’5 playmaking wing Zach Norvell, super sneaky and quick lead guard Charlie Moore, and the long athletic and highly talented junior wing Christian Negron. Mix in the recent addition of 6-7 sophomore Justin Smith and junior forward Alonzo Chatman and this one is must watch basketball any time or place it happens.  This one should be fun!

All-Ohio Red vs Quad City Elite
9:50PM Homestead Court 2
While the All-Ohio Red bunch might have more talent across the board, Quad City could have the best player in this one with Nebraska commit, Isaiah Roby. The 6’8 forward-type can do a little bit of everything and all across the floor. He will be leaned upon heavily to front the load for his bunch as they go up against a strong AOR group as they likely will pound the ball inside to 6’8 center, Nick Ward. The big boy is in your throwback variety type at the 5 and should look to dominate from the tip; Ohio State and Michigan State has made him a priority to date.