Monday, February 19, 2018


A packed house at Chicago State saw Simeon run past Orr 62-57. A contest billed as a showdown between South Side vs West Side bragging rights. Talen Horton-Tucker finished with 23 points and 9 rebounds, and Kejuan Clements tallied 18 points. While Orr's Chase Adams recorded 16 points, Dannie Smith 15, and Raekwon Drake had 13. The game had to have some controversy with officiating as we've often witnessed this season. Fairly good Championship game, now both teams can re-connect and prepare for a State Playoff run.

Up in Dekalb for a Saturday afternoon matinee watching Mac Conference Schools Northern Illinois - Western Michigan square off in their annual competitive clash. NIU won the contest which featured a duel between two of the Conferences better guards in senior- Thomas Wilder and the Huskies sophomore wizard- Eugene German. This was a good win for Mark Montgomery and the NIU Program. Western Michigan does a good job recruiting in the Chicago area and carries 4 area players on their roster. Historically, they seen to always have Chicago guys on their teams dating back to the 70s.

Whitney Young defeated Morgan Park in a quarter Final match-up earlier in the week when senior forward Jake Kosakowski nailed a 3pointer at the buzzer, giving Young a 69-66 victory. Watching both proud Programs perform, we came away with a really good read on several notable players for both teams. Javon Freeman heading to Valpo should be penciled in as a dynamite all League performer before his days end in the Missouri Valley League. Now, Xavier Castaneda headed to South Florida might have to re-tool some areas of his game to thrive in that competitive League. Castaneda being from Chicago, we expect his competitive nature to rise above certain challenges that could await. 6-2 Sophomore Tyler Beard for Young looks to have a promising future. He is explosive in the open floor and dangerous off the dribble, he reminds me of some players we used to have around here years ago. Morgan Park which bolsters Illinois recruit Ayo Dosunmu and talented sophomore spot-up shooter Adam Miller and fellow second year guard Marcus Watson who is touted to be a terrific general, played well. It just wasn't enough to derail the home team. Morgan Park's two other seniors Cam Burrell, a 6-4 athlete with a good motor often show signs of being a low division one recruit and Kenyon Duling, an offensive threat anytime he's on the floor, measures in as a burly 6-3 specimen, should garner attention from low majors and division 2s. This was a pretty good ball game to take in.

Sunday, February 11, 2018


"These guys have sort of been a forgotten cast. A few of these prospects can play in a Division One setting."


Nas Turner 6-6 F LM Kenwood - "Hit Lincoln Pk with 4 slams; OVC possibilities?"

R.J. McGee 6-5 G/F LM Kenwood - "Smooth, deceptive athlete; go see."

Cam Burrell 6-5 F LM Morgan Pk - "He will have an opportunity to show what his game entails."

Morgan Taylor 6-2 G LM Marist - "Carries an awful lot of duties with him team."

David Swedura 6-0 PG LM Prospect - "Has stellar floor game; Walk-on candidate at SIU."


"Some stock has dwindled slowly since last summer. Why is that?"


  1. E.J. Liddle 6-7 HM Belleville West - Illinois, Purdue, Mizzou, STL
  2. Francis Okoro 6-10 HM Normal West - Kansas, Oregon, Purdue, Indiana
  3. Terrance Hargrove 6-7 MM+ East St. Louis - "St. Louis U. in hot pursuit."
  4. Chris Payton 6-7 MM+ Bloomington - "Tennessee, Ohio St., Butler, DePaul should get after him heavily."
  5. Markese Jacobs 6-2 MM Chicago Uplift - "Big test awaits at Simeon on Tues. Kansas recruit."
  6. Dajuan Gordon 6-4 MM+ Curie - "Cagey fellow has his game on the rise."
  7. Lance Jones 6-2 MM Evanston - "Flashy-open court talent; Bradley."
  8. Tyler Cochran 6-3 MM+ Bolingbrook - "A big game player, makes huge shots."
  9. Myles Baker 6-3 MM Young - "Look for him to become a hot prospect come spring."
  10. Tom Welch 6-7 MM Naperville North - "Sleek operator, can score."
  11. Kejuan Clements 5-11 MM Simeon - "Best leader/play-maker in the class."
  12. Jerry Hernandez 6-4 MM St. Viator - "Versatile threat, has leadership qualities."
  13. Rashawn Agee 6-8 MM+-MM Bogan - "One of the state's top front-court prospects."
  14. Perry Cowan 6-4 DePaul Prep - "Intriguing prospect, respectable mid-range scorer."
  15. Marquis Kennedy 6-1 MM Brother Rice - "His game is evolving into mid-major recruit."
  16. Taeyon Neal 6-10 MM Providence St. Mel - "Wisconsin might slip him away."
  17. Chris White 6-7 MM Marian Catholic - "Academic schools will line-up for him. Wiry versatile performer."
  18. Bryant Brown 6-4 MM Waukegan - "Just a hooper, can flat-out play."
  19. Tujautae Williams 6-6 MM Chicago Orr - "Long-armed can score & play multiple positions."
  20. Nate Ferguson 6-8 MM Lemont - "Lanky fellow, has athleticism & big up-side."
  21. Chase Robinson 6-2 MM Oak-Park - "Looking like one of the sleepers of the class."
  22. Ciaran Brayboy 6-9 MM New Trier - "Good student, looking for academic situation."
  23. Anthony Roberts 6-4 MM Oak-Park - "One of the sleepers in the class. Plays bigger than his size."
  24. Marquise "Pearl" Walker 5-11 --- Curie - "Has game, tries to do too much at times. He's learning though."


"A group we will re-visit what the culture looks like presently."

D.J. Stewart 6-4 PG HM Fenwick"Grasping the game in flight: has a marvelous floor game. Looking like a high-major recruit."

Adam Miller 6-2 G HM Morgan Park"The lefty from P-town has answered in his new environment with a several eye-popping performances."

Lamontay Daughtery 6-5 G/F HM Duquoin"He has had some outings where he was exceptional. He's a throwback athlete."

Tyler Beard 6-3 G MM+ Whitney Young"Back in the line-up after sitting for majority of the first half of the season. His all-around play has WY back in the mix late season."

Brandon Weston 6-4 HM WG Lake-Forest Academy"One of our best kept secrets around here. High-flying athletic scorer, hails from Wisconsin. Likely high-major recruit."

Reggie Strong 5-11 PG MM+ Farragut"South-paw has a crafty game, the ability to think & understand possessions as well as pace. Respectable shooter & scorer. Tennessee may have some interest."

Keshawn Williams 6-3 PG MM+ Bloom"This kid has array of offensive moves. Clever player with the ability to blossom into a high-major recruit. Now developing winning intangibles is the key for him."

Romelle Howard 6-8 C MM+ Lincoln Park"The big-fella with a feathery touch, demonstrated at various times in recent weeks that is one of our areas best young post-players. To continue reaching his potential, tutelage will be required, he already can score."

James Baltz 6-5 F MM Carbondale"He's really stepped-up his game with Kani out all season. He can score along the blocks, then take defenders on the perimeter & knock-down jumpers. Baltz just might land in the Valley."

Dante Maddox Jr. 6-1 G MM Bloom"He & Keshawn form one of the most exciting young back-courts in the state. A fearless scorer, now carving out an understanding of pace, flow, & possessions."

Aquan Smart 6-2 G MM Niles North"Long lanky combo with the ability to be electric in the open-court, excels finishing at the rim. Terrific talent, which needs to be turned over."

Isaiah Rivera 6-4 G MM+ Geneseo"Happens to be another un-heralded prospect from the Quad Cities area, plays with poise & precision, makes plays & shots. This spring will be a platform where he demonstrates his game. Has made plenty campus visits recently."

Demarius Splunge 6-5 WG MM+ Chicago Orr"A gifted young offensive talent, became eligible recently, showed on-lookers that high-major schools will pursue him soon."


Us locals can't help but admirably catalog the performances of Illinois products, who have carved out a fine College season thus far. A candidate for player of the year in the Big 10 is Ohio State's, red shirt Junior forward Keita Bates-Diop (Normal U-High). Wisconsin's Ethan Happ, another red-shirt Junior from our talented 2014 Class has played exceptionally well for a short-handed Badger squad. Happ is from Rockridge which is near the Quad Cities. Glynn Watson who hails from St. Joseph, has spearheaded Nebraska's run to near the top of the Big 10. His team-mate, Sophomore Isiah Roby from tiny Dixon Illinois, has come on strong in recent weeks, demonstrating the kind of potential we often pegged his future to be. Dayton's forward, Josh Cunningham (Morgan Pk) is another product from the 2014 Class, has been a formidable force in the rugged Atlantic 10 Conference. Villanova point-guard, Jalen Brunson (2015) happens to be one of the front-runners for College player of the year honors, laced his sneakers up at Stevenson. It's always fascinating to see how our elite talent who opt to play out-side the area/state, as to how their potential would prevail in coming years.

Kenwood 57 - Lincoln Park 42
"This second-round play-off clash was billed as a big game tussle between two of Chicago Public Schools finer academic programs. In some instances, the two mirror one another within their neighboring culture. From the very onset, Kenwood scooted in as visitors with a chip on it's shoulders and ousted the inexperienced Lincoln Park squad from the city play-offs. The home team looked doom from the start missing 6 foul shots in the 1st quarter. Seniors, Nas Turner, R.J. McGhee, and Artese Stapleton were too stifling. The Broncos also received stellar performances from
the Stewart twins, Andrew & Elijah. Lone-bright spot for Lincoln Park was Junior guard Tahir Thompson, a six-foot two explosive guard. 

Mizzou rolled in here and nabbed a commitment from top Senior guard Xavier Pinson last week. The slithery six-foot three Simeon point-guard has displayed a wealth of ability this season, gliding & spinning his way around defenders. Pinson, has an exciting arsenal to his game, that may require him to put the breaks on some of his high-risk maneuvers, particularly late in games where possessions are so valued. "He says he chose Missouri, because of an opportunity to immediately step-in and play. Well, we all know Cuonzo isn't going to stand along the side-lines watching carless miscues. We here really like his potential. Assistant Coach, C. Mann did a great job pitching the Columbia environment while Wisconsin, Dayton, Georgetown, and Rutgers made a late push and were finalist.

Friday, February 2, 2018


1. Drew Peterson 6-8 F MM Libertyville"Has a Tues nite outing versus Hersey where Rice University Head Coach, Scott Pera will visit him. Former Stevenson stand-out guard Connor Cashew is Rice's leading scorer.

2. Xavier Pinson 6-3 PG MM+-MM Chicago Simeon"Has talent but has moments where he drifts off into wonderland. Pinson is smooth, the high-risk plays he so often gambles with, will leave him on the pine late in games at the next level. He will learn to value possessions during a course of a game. Georgetown's Louis Orr saw him play vs Curie."

3. Terrence Shannon 6-6 G/F MM Lincoln Park"I enjoy watching this versatile un-flappable southpaw. Shannon has leadership ability to go along with athleticism and a knack for consistently knocking down a huge trey. In fact he is a feared shot blocker. Now he has the task of rallying his young mates back together after a string of losses (3). Lately the Lions have been plagued by selfish/individual play, some of their under-classmen thinks they are auditioning for and I mix tape."

4. Chase Adams 5-7 PG MM Chicago Orr"With an offer from UIC in his saddle, his recent play has been stellar. His team is playing well & on a roll since Xmas. Adams' leadership abilities have really soothed the pressure from his mates."

5. Dannie Smith 6-5 WF MM-LM+ Chicago Orr"A gamer, can make shots & defend. Kent-State has offered.

6. Morgan Taylor 6-2 G LM Chicago Marist"He's been on a tear, as well as his team; we will view him closely Tues nite when Marist will visit St. Rita."

7. Orlando Allen 6-6 F LM Thornton
"Best basketball awaits, hasn't quite grasp how to play yet. Already academic qualifier."

8. Quincy Broadway 6-2 G LM Peoria Manual"This kid is a late bloomer. He gives you blemishes of what his future could look like. Very good student."

9. Justin Boyd 6-4 WG LM Chicago Young
"Very team oriented, has all the right intangibles to be a fine player at the next level."

10. Raekwon Drake 6-5 F LM Chicago Orr
"The leaper has performed well since Xmas!"


(Starter List)

"This is the starting point! Inquiries become a reality in some instances. I've grown concerned about the depth of this group as a whole. At the moment not many high-major recruits stick-out. In addition, I see a number of prospects who will need a make-over with how they approach the game. For starters changing the way they are wired would help."

  • Markese Jacobs 5-11 --- Chicago Uplift - "We once were a believer, his body language & court demeanor has been un-settling to watch. The Kansas recruit has dampened many local observers take on his game of late."
  • KeJuan Clements 5-11 MM Chicago Simeon - "A gamer, a winning mentality, while managing his team. Good leader & defender. Strong body attacks the rim well. Out-side shooting could use some touch-up."
  • Marquise Kennedy 6-1 MM Brother Rice - "Good speed & quickness. A leader, has poise & potential to be a really good mid-major."
  • Raymond Dennis 6-1 MM Oswego East - "Quietly has been okay, we will view him later."
  • Trey Calvin 6-0 LM+ St. Viator - "Talented, potential Div 1, mid-major recruit. He has to learn control pace & tempo, which leads to a W."
  • Marquise "Pearl" Walker 5-11 Lm+-LM Chicago Curie - "Quise has the Pearl Washington syndrome going! Needs to tone down the high-risk maneuvering which leads to miscues in a big game environment. Tends to try to do too much."
  • Fred Cleveland 5-8 LM+ Chicago Leo - "Has to be surgical most nights, he's shrewd & understands game situations. His team is winning."
  • Jahiem Holder 5-10 LM+ Evanston - "His play has sizzled of late. He is a dangerous, special player who has calmed down quite a bit from the razzle-dazzle moments."
  • Traevon Brown 6-0 LM+ West Aurora - "Starting to cease the moment more effectively. Was wild & erratic at times early in the season. He's makin winning plays now."
  • Payton Havens 5-9 LM Metamora - "A confident, sure handed floor leader. Had a big game in upset victory over Springfield Southeast last Friday. Important spring awaits."

1. Tyler Cochran 6-3 MM Bolingbrook - "Starting to emerge at the top of the class at this position. Nice size & he can score."

2. Jerry Hernandez 6-4 MM St. Viator - "Bringing his game every outing, and grasping the formula of winning should be his point of emphasis. Very good prospect could land in the Valley."

3. Lance Jones 6-1 MM Evanston - "Too nifty at times, really good playing down hill, half-court situations tend to expose many of his weaknesses. A huge summer awaits."

4. Myles Baker 6-3 MM Chgo Young - "Has an array of offensive arsenal that he doesn't display regularly. He's going to be a hot commodity come spring."

5. Chase Robinson 6-3 MM Oak Park - "Got game & a confidence that seems to be soaring. Ball-handler & out-side shooting threat!"

6. Joseph Yesufu 5-11 LM+ Bolingbrook - "Has a wealth of talent, he's self inflicted with his lack of energy & decision making at times."

7. Aaron Strong 6-1 LM+ Farragut - "Has offensive ability, particularly in big games, but very un-disciplined during important stretches of a game."

Terrence Hargrove 6-7 MM+-MM East St. Lewis - "Hasn't been sleek & prolific with his play thus far. Top 5 in class though."

DaJuan Gordon 6-3 MM+-MM Chicago Curie - "Cagey fella, has a nose for the ball & can make big plays. Yes, he can score. Chi-town throwback hooper."

Tujautae Williams 6-6 MM Chicago Orr - "This kid has a wealth of potential. His future is in the back-court, where he handles, can score, & make good decisions."

Evan Taylor 6-5 MM Glenbard West - "Very good student, has some game. Plagued by inconsistency."

Tom Welch 6-7 MM Naperville North - "Had a break-out summer, has showcased his skills this season playing an effective role for his team. System type recruit."

Perry Cowan 6-4 MM-LM+ DePaul Prep - "Intriguing prospect, respectable scorer."

Bryant Brown 6-4 MM-LM+ Waukegan - "He's just a hooper, gets 'buckets', plays tough. He tends to drift off at times."

Anthony Fairlee 6-4 LM+ Springfield Southeast - "Big-time athlete & his game is soaring to new heights. Excellent leaper & player to watch."

Nate Ferguson 6-7 LM+ Lemont - "Lanky versatile prospect, shows blemishes of a break-out player. Will see him Friday night vs Hillcrest."

Martin Macenis 6-4 LM+ Stagg - "A player to watch, has good skill & all around floor game."

Jeremiah Oden 6-7 L+M St. Rita - "Thin now, he gives you a glimpse of what Colleges convey in his potential. He's been un-productive each time we viewed him."

E.J. Liddle 6-7 HM Belleville West - "One the state's more productive players & arguably No. 1 in the 2019 Class-Illinois*Mizzou*Purdue, we hear lead the pack."

Chris Payton 6-7 MM+ Bloomington - "De-committed from Illinois State. His recruiting will be dialed-up quickly."

Rashawn Agee 6-7 MM+ Chicago Bogan - "Hits the glass with authority.His stock will climb this spring."

Anthony Roberts 6-4 MM Oak-Park - "A sleeper prospect, long-arms good athlete, plays bigger than his size. Finishes at the rim well."

Chris White 6-7 MM Marian Catholic - "Spider man wing-span, makes plays, can score some. Academic situation he seeks."

Deng Reng 6-7 ---- Wheaton North - "Has been quiet thus far."

Francis Okoro 6-10 HM Normal West

Legit, high-level recruit. His high-school numbers doesn't reflect the kind of talent this kid has."

Taeyon Neal 6-10 MM Providence St. Mel

Mobile big fella with a promising future, this spring & summer may be his coming party. Wisconsin has shown steady interest."

Ciaran Brayboy 6-9 MM New Trier

Hardworker/battler has some abilities that may increase his value in a academic or system type setting."


Chicago area was stricken with sadness over the passing of highly respected sports agent, Henry Thomas. The Chicago based agent was 64, he represented notable NBA players Tim Hardaway, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, and Lindsey Hunter. Hank was a stand-out guard at Harlan High-School late 60's & 70's. He also went on to play collegiately at Bradley. His services will be held Friday morning, February 2nd at the Bulls Advocate Practice Facility. His presence in the industry will be well missed.

"Last week Curie visited 'Simeon' for a game billed as the 2nd bout. The 1st clash Simeon won (championship game last month at the Pontiac Holiday Tournament). Well, won't you know," the officiating pretty much validated most area viewers' opinions; the officiating this season hasn't been an exhibit of excellence.

Tennessee State absolutely landed a pair of gems. Curie's six foot eight front-court twins, Treavon & Tyree Martin have the potential to catch the Ohio Valley Conference by a storm before their career ends. The pair plays above the rim while playing hard & they are pretty good shot-blockers. Both are starting to finish better at the rim now.

Evanston freshman swingman, Blake Peter's became a folk hero around Evanston when his seventy-five foot heave beat Maine South at the buzzer over the week-end. Peters, a sharp shooter, has been a steady contributor all season, he's been one of the area's top first year players.