Thursday, March 29, 2018

Updated 4/3/2018 - CLUB TEAM RITUALS

Illinois Spot-Lite’s Annual Spring Jamboree kicked-off Saturday, March 24th & Sunday, the 25th in Plainfield which has become a local hub for evaluating our area prospects. The event was good, games ran on time, officiating was noticeably efficient. The talent on-hand was promising, especially lower levels. The spectators on site were pleasant & gleeful, the warmth likely polarized by the excitement of Loyola. “Myself, I took-it-all-in as a welcoming stage to a new Club Season.” Now, we will elude to a short observation on most of the Club Programs who participated in the 2-day venue. Some of these dudes didn’t forward a roster so I’m going to wing it in certain areas.

The RWA Program arrived with a 17-U and 2 16s. One 16-U Program was coached by enthusiastic leader Daniel Burford. The RWA Program founded by A.J. Jennings and Walt Fisher has built some steam with their mission. The pair seems to be in line for a shoe deal in the near future. The 17’s laced-in with a roster made-up of rapidly emerging prospects Collin Dietz 6-7 Metamora-had a very quiet showing, Payton Havens 5-11 PG Metamora, Jeremiah Oden 6-7 St. Rita, Fred Cleveland PG Leo H.S., Julian Barr A 6-3 sharp shooter from Lincoln-Way East all had its moments. Adam Taylor a 6-5 all-around performer has vastly improved, he made shots all weekend. He likely will be courted by Ivy & Patriot League schools. Treye Tucker, an under-rated point-guard from Harlem H.S. near Rockford, can flat-out bring it. Look for his recruitment to take off in April

The 16-U RWA went un-defeated & had a contingent of under-classmen dandies who were led by sharp shooter Bo Frericks six-footer out of Cary Grove H.S. , Nate Seputis six-foot nine mobile face-up threat out of Lincoln-Way East, Elijah Jones 6-6 wing from Marian Catholic, and John Duszynski a hardnose scoring threat from Ridgewood H.S. We are high on these youngsters.

The Y&R Group headed by Stan, Jay, Par, Aubrey, and Brown. The 17’s was comprised of two teams, the first one opened on Saturday coached by Aubrey. Had a roster of Dachaun Anderson 6-6 out of Leo H.S. considered a top 20-25 prospect in the 2019 Class, St. Viators Jerry Hernandez considered Top 20, and seniors (2018), Terrence Shannon (Lincoln Pk), and Morgan Taylor (Marist) showed-up and got some run. Shannon, will likely suit-up with the Mac Irvin Fire during the spring period. Taylor will probably elect to leave his options open. Parham on Sunday trotted in his 17-U group with noted performers, acrobatic Chris Roberts (Lincoln Pk), under-rated gem Alex Raiford (De La Salle), Malik Tidwell (Marian Catholic), Dave Pinskus (De La Salle 2018 Grad), Kia Parham-a talented guard from Milwaukee Goldie Mier and Brandon Harmon from the same Milwaukee school.

The 16-U Y&R Team coached by Stanley-featured several of the top 10-20 prospects in the 2020 Class. Seryee Lewis- a 6-8 Sophomore at Kenwood, respected out-side marksmen, Johnny Close (Rockford Boylan), Leo H.S.-forward Kendale Anderson provides some serious punch. The back-court has potential to do some damage on a national circuit starting out with elite talent, Keshawn Williams (Bloom)-athletic/explosive performer whom checks in at a top 10-12 slot in the class. His back-court mate left hander, Reggie Strong hails from Farragut and knows how to play. Missing was highly regarded top 25 guard, Josh Homes from Jones Prep, who was out of the country on a school trip. Promising prospects Kee Hargrove (Joliet Central), Jaden Williams (Leo), touted frosh Elijah Bull (Evanston), Dakoda Joachim (Joliet Central), and Ja’Quan Davis, rounds out this impressive group.

Made Men-headed by Q. Peterson & Phil Gary Jr. arrived in Plainfield with 3 groups (15,16, &17). The younger groups hooped on Saturday & Sunday. The 17s played their 3 games on Sunday. The 15s had some promising youngsters I will follow this spring; while 16’s featured a trio of prospects we’ve followed through the past season: Jabari Chiphe, a 6-4 high-jumper from Walter Payton. Chiphe made a splash at the season’s end with 26 points vs. Uplift. Justin Cross, a gangly six foot six soph from Oak-Pk is a player to watch; Michael Osborne (Proviso East), Paul Ziminski (Richards), a 6-2 sharp shooter will be players we will follow. The 17-U Made Men finished Sunday with a 2-1 record, they dropped their only game to Next-Level 24. 2018 recruit Isaiah Fuller spearheaded this cast, which featured Chase Robinson (Oak-Park), Charlie Hoehne (Oak-Park), 6-5 junior Anthony Roberts is one of the sleepers in the 2019 Class, every time I see him, he shows me something different.

Next Level 24 is a South-Suburban based organization that has built its brand by core values of fundamentals and hard-work. Jason Kent, a one-time Division One Assistant operates the Program. They brought a 17-U squad & a 15-U. Jason’s 17-U had a strong showing from Hillcrest guard Jeremiah Stanton, Chance Love 6-5 out of Rich-Central, 6-4 Chris Harrison (Shepard), and promising soph Jayson Kent (Oak-Forest), freshman Jolo Amoran 5-11 from Andrews was really good for Next-Level’s 15-U squad he had a couple of really good games.

NBU-founded by Francis Parker H.S. Head Coach, Kevin Snider, participated with 4 groups (14-U – 17-U). Snider’s teams are comprised of players from Academic Schools on the North-Side of Chicago as well as down-town. Lane-Tech, North-Side Prep, Latin, Francis Parker, Whitney Young & Jones College Prep. Max Williams from IMG in Florida was impressive in a couple of games, he suited-up in. He looks to be a Division One recruit in academic environment.

Kessel Heat-showed up on Sunday with 14-17U Groups. Their Program is out of the North-Suburban area and ran by Kyle Kessel & his dad, by not having a roster on-hand I can only wing-it so much with my observation piece. I was totally impressed with 15-U -2021 prospect, Scotty Ebube a 6-7 wiry lad from Mundelein with a bright future. Kyle Kessel had all of his teams playing at a high competitive level.

Chicago Select-the Program most noted as the Sonny Parker foundation is coached by Tim Ervin. Players who shined at the two-day event were: Taeyon Neal (Providence St. Mel), Myles Baker (Whitney Young), Greg Outlaw (Bogan), Damari Nixon (Fenwick). Jeff Duncan happens to be the general manager.

Windy City Magic 16-U-headed by Mark Serdar had his South-Suburban cast extremely impressive, even though they finished with a 2-2 mark, their play was good. Several of his guys helped they’re stock. The Carl Sandburg tandem of Atharva Atreya, a 6-3 all-around performer is an Ivy League Patriot League recruit. A total hidden gem and Leo Serdar, six foot one, strong player who has shown the ability to score, will likely be recruited by academic schools. Providence Catholic, Noah Vassau had a break-out game. Lockports’s 6-4 Tommy Ferriter has always been on our radar. Windy City will be a fun team to follow.

The Illinois T-Wolves – a Program managed by Kent Robinson & crew. They entered the Jamboree with three groups (15-17U). This Program has been around, they are at the stages of resurrecting their presence in the South Suburban’s areas of Joliet, Plainfield, Romeoville, Lockport, Bolingbrook, and Oswego. We will continue viewing them build their brand in April. They will be a force sometime soon.

Hoopers – a Bolingbrook based Program with several good players; starting with Top 20 performer Tyler Cochran, the cast of 6-5 Marquise Ratcliff, Ikenna Okeke a 6-5 forward, and 6-7 Kameron Leonard, all from Bolingbrook. Plainfield South’s 6-4 swingman Diamond Presniakovas once again displayed how talented & overlooked he is.

Mean Streets – 15-U rolled in with rising young Coach Reggie Bates, they and their bus-load of young talent for a Sunday only run. They were impressive rolling past several 16-U squads, even though Kessel Heat’s 15-U team gave them a good opening game test. Bates rolled in with a roster comprised of talented freshman Amar Augillard 6-5 (Zion-Benton), hot-shot scoring guard Norvell Meadows (Prosser), Brandon Hall a 6-2 under-rated combo from Thornton, Josh Smith a 6-3 wiry wing (Oak-Park), and hardnose play-maker Kenton Wright (Hillcrest).

Old-Gold – from Chicago, had a South-Side contingent of youngsters mostly from the East-Side. Antonio Wilks-the Hyde Park Academy Coach brought a 14-U/15, both groups had several talented players & they provided well.

D1 Express – was a late entry, but eagerly ready to strut their stuff. The up & coming Program had promising big-man 6-9 London Denman (T.F. South), Bryonte Washington (Rich-Central) a brash talking scorer. 

Next-up more Club Teams

To be continued…


“We’ll provide a short list of candidates, some may even opt for Prep-School experience. Hopefully most will receive the right advice.”

• William Bynum 6-3 F Chicago Prosser
“Purely excited watching him before late season. Can score in a variety of ways in a hurry. Mid-Major potential.”

• Damaria Franklin 6-3 G/F Niles North
“Swingman type, really good athlete, good spot-up shooter. Potential Mid-Major down-the-road.”

• Isiah Lasenby 6-6 SF Marine Leadership Academy
“An athletic raw prospect. With some skill development work, we could find a Low-Major recruit in 2 years.”

• Jamal Stephenson 6-3 G Niles North
“Has major game; a combo with lethal offensive abilities. Has been hampered by academic woes.”

• Cardell McGee 6-2 G Springfield Lanphier
“Has potential, just needs re-tooling, turn-overs & academics. Has slowed-up his progress.”

• Eddie Creal 6-2 G Romeoville
“Didn’t enjoy the season he envisioned coming over from Joliet West.”

• Toraze Babbs 6-5 SF Chicago Uplift
“This bruiser is starting to mature & understand how he can garner success. He’s be a good pick-up.!

• Barlow Alleruzzo 6-8 SF De La Salle
“Majority won’t agree, but this would be my suggested route for 1year of growth. Has talent, wires need rekindling.”

Illinois cast-off Mark Smith is back on the loose, the Edwardsville native received his release not long after Illini’s last game. After speaking with various social engines surrounding him, he likely will opt for situations such as Creighton, Butler, Boston College, Marquette, Mizzou, or Georgia. Smith has reportedly mentioned never fitting in the offensive scheme at Illinois.

Dwayne Rose was given his request for his release at Toledo last week. The six-foot two Freshman guard from Crete-Monee H.S. has mega potential. Explosive, can really get to the rim & finish. Out-side shooting has improved since high-school. Most of us feel he was misled by the Toledo staff from the beginning. This kid is going to be terrific at his next stop after sitting a year.

Champaign native, Michael Finke will explore his 5th year options by opting not to re-join the Illini next season. Finke’s quest for wanting to join a program where he has a chance to make a NCAA Tournament run is quite understandable.


Former Providence Catholic Alum “98”, Tavaras Hardy was named Head-Coach at Loyola University- Maryland today. The Northwestern stand-out was destined to land a head gig soon. Hardy, an assistant at Georgia Tech the last few seasons will inherit a pretty good returning roster at the Patriot League school. He has the profile & background to connect with the kinda student-athletes it takes to succeed at a school where academics is a valued priority. Watch him accelerate that program to one of best in the conference then exit for larger challenge in a few years. The key for him is to hiring the right staff from the start.

Montini Catholic H.S. Coach Darryl Thomas passed away from a heart attack this morning. The St. Joseph stand-out and Indiana player under Bob Knight was a real mentor/gentleman. West-Suburban legend will always be remembered as a beautiful person. This untimely passing really saddens our hearts today.

The entire Chicago hoop community is heart-broken over the recent death of former University High stand-out, Zeke Upshaw. The 6-8 athlete played 3 seasons at Illinois State. “For those who don’t know by now, Zeke collapsed on the court of a G-League game last Saturday night.” Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family & friends. “It’s been a tough month for some of our local products.

“Yes, Loyola has the area believing & feeling really optimistic about the Ramblers chances of romping Michigan this week-end. Visions of confetti falling from a post-game stage while celebratory players, coaches hug and embrace while sharing the moment.” See, Chicago has kind of been tormented by a basketball wasteland nowadays, Loyola has made the city proud again and thankful!

Amid the chaos offers, all the bandwagoners who lust just to meet or hug our beloved international treasure, Sister Jean, who is now widely known as living on the Loyola campus; she is comfortably flanked by three body guards and two nurses. “Just saying.” Now come word, the University is price gouging, they are selling Sister Jean bobble-heads. They’re going for a lucrative two grand a pop! LOL

Tracy Dildy’s ouster at Chicago State will leave a huge void at the South-Side School. From hoops to a revenue, fundraising standpoint. Reportedly, he had significant amount of donations floating into the athletic department yearly. Amid reports, this will be a hard job for any newly appointed victim. Maybe Lance Irvin & his family would take a stab. It’s a challenging position seeming though administrators tend to be Cut-throaters.

The hate meter is out in full force these days behind the Loyola Ramblers recent success. From various vices & social media engines, I’ve often disclosed that Chicagoans can be so competitive with one another at times, while not displaying timely support. This is a unique time where being someone else’s cheerleader will create huge dividend for so many people. What’s so wrong with supporting others achieve their dreams? We tend to not always be fully present with the big picture.

Illinois Mr. Basketball Honor’s went to Junior stud E.J. Liddle of Belleville West. His play at the State Tournament a week ago captivated writers and scouts, especially those down-state pockets where writers religiously vote for players in the Central & Southern part of our State for that prestigious honor. E.J. is talented & worthy of the Honor. Now, the Illini will have to tussle with Mizzou, Notre Dame, and Purdue for his services.

Thursday, March 22, 2018


Drew Peterson 6-8 F MM Libertyville
Dannie Smith 6-5 F MM-LM+ Orr
Chase Adams 5-6 PG MM-LM+ Orr
Cam Burrnell 6-6 F LM+ Morgan Park
Quinlan Bennett 6-3 G LM+ Proviso East
Nas Turner 6-6 PF LM+ Kenwood
Jalen Shaw 6-10 C LM+ Elgin-Larkin
Raekwon Drake 6-5 PF LM+ Orr
Kenny Strawbridge 6-2 G LM+ Rockford Lutheran
Kenyon Duling 6-3 F LM Morgan Park
Morgan Taylor 6-2 G LM Marist
R.J. McGee 6-4 G/F LM Kenwood
Dusan Mahorcic 6-9 C LM Niles Notre Dame

Next up we’ll talk and identify who the Junior College prospects are and another look at some 2019 and 2020 prospects. Until then, you can surf through some previous reports we’ve compiled in the last few weeks to catalog your needs.


Our area just came off an un-believable weekend, where North-Side Loyola Chicago captivated the city as well our state with one the more feel good stories of the year.
Loyola’s sweet sixteen run to Atlanta only reinforced what many of us have felt since December about Porter Moser’s eleventh seeded squad headed for highly anticipated collision with a hot Nevada team Thursday night. The Ramblers late season push, flashes memories of the 1985 Rambler team and DePaul’s accelerating success in the late 1970’s. The city has hopefully joined in on the ninety-eight-year-old sister Jean Band Wagon.

Illinois kids have shined over the last weekend exemplifying our once status as a big game/clutch performers during the NCAA play: Zac Norvell (Simeon), Dante Ingram (Simeon), Keita Bates (Normal U-High-Bloomington), Charles Matthews (St. Rita), Cameron Krutwig (Jacobs), Tommy Hamilton (Whitney Young), Lucas Williamson (Whitney Young), Jalen Brunson (Stevenson), Jevon Carter (Proviso East), Sean O’Mara (Benet), Nojel Eastern ( Evanston), Admiral Schofield (Zion Benton), Kendall Stephens (St. Charles East), Jordan Caroline (Champaign Central). We all have band together to become proud cheerleaders for all of them.
Highland Community College located in Freeport, Illinois has enjoyed a fine season. Chad Boudreau has his troops in Juco Finals in Hill Hutchinson, KS. Where they dropped a hard-fought contest to South-Plains. Congratulations to them on a fine season.

Despite of sagging attendance again in Peoria, the state High-Schools hoop season officially ended this past weekend. A week ago, Orr walked (ran away) with the 2A Title drubbing Winnebago 76-49. This past week-end Whitney Young became a recipient of Belleville West’s E.J. Liddle’s coming out viewing. The six-foot seven Junior led West to a 4A Title in over-time victory over Young 60-56. He recorded 17 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks. He’s arguably the No. 1 Prospect in our 2019 Class with Illinois, Missouri, Notre Dame, Purdue, and Northwestern in hot pursuit for his services. The 3A Title game featured a tough close-knit Springfield Southeast squad versus 3A regular Morgan Park. The Mustangs managed to prevail with a 71-56 win. Southeast Coach Lawrence Thomas, a close friend, finally had the state tournament platform to demonstrate how he is considered to be one of our state’s better coaches and teachers of the game. Thomas had his team ready & prepared for a late season stand. His Juniors, Anthony Fairlee & Terrion Murdix showed they’ve been vastly under-rated.

It’s amazing to me, as to how College Coaches can be so zoned out when it comes to Farragut High-School who clearly excels at producing untapped talent. William “Wolf” Nelson and his staff do such a superb job of turning over undeveloped talent. Viewers down in Hutchinson, KS are getting a first-hand point of reference, while sizing-up first year Barton Community College forward and former Farragut stand out – Kwansie “Squeaky” Wilkins. He’s at the Juco Finals captivating an audience with his hard-nose play and ability to splash offense. Notables, Bradley, Loyola, Wisconsin, Western Michigan, UIC, Kent-State, Indiana State, and Albany have recently offered. Albany was much earlier. Squeaky is an academic qualifier. This afternoon Barton takes on Indian Hills with Proviso East Alum Antonio “Boo Man” Williams in their line-up!

“Just a heads-up for future Farragut prospects. 2019 guard Aaron Strong and stellar sophomore point-guard Reggie Strong will be Division One recruits. 6-6 – 2019 forward Demetreus Shaver is a sleeper; his game is starting to emerge. Farragut kids tend to be late bloomers and generally have grades. 

The state’s top available senior, Libertyville’s Drew Peterson has a visit slated at Rice University April 7th/8th. After leaving “the Huston campus, I’d been interested to see what his decision is.”


March 24th-25th, 2018

4:30pm CRT 2 Old-Gold vs Y&R 14-U
4:30pm CRT 4 IDM Panthers vs NBU 14-U
4:30pm CRT 3 Windy City Magic vs Y&R (Brown) 16-U
4:30pm CRT 1 Y&R (Stan) vs RWA (Buford) 16-U

5:30pm CRT 2 Made Men vs NBU 15-U
5:30pm CRT 3 Next Level 24 vs T Wolves 15-U
5:30pm CRT 1 All in Athletics vs Next Level 24 17-U
5:30pm CRT 1 T Wolves vs Y&R (Brown) 16-U

6:30pm CRT 4 Y&R vs NBU 14-U
6:30pm CRT 3 Old-Gold vs IDM Panthers 14-U
6:30pm CRT 2 Y&R (Stan) vs Made Men 16-U
6:30pm CRT 1 RWA (Buford) vs Windy City Magic 16-U

7:30pm CRT 4 Old-Gold vs Made Men 15-U
7:30pm CRT 1 Chicago Select vs Y&R (Aubrey) 17-U
7:30pm CRT 2 All in Athletics vs Y&R (Stan) 16-U
7:30pm CRT 3 NBU vs T Wolves 17-U

8:30pm CRT 1 RWA (Walt) vs Y&R (Brown) 16-U
8:30pm CRT 2 Hoopers vs Y&R (Aubrey) 17-U
9:30am CRT 2 Kessel Heat vs Old-Gold 14-U
9:30am CRT 4 T Wolves vs NBU 15-U
9:30am CRT 1 Old-Gold vs Next Level Elite 15-U
9:30am CRT 3 NBU vs T Wolves 16-U

10:30am CRT 3 Mean Streets vs Kessel Heat 15-U
10:30am CRT 4 Old-Gold vs NBU 14-U
10:30am CRT 2 RWA (Buford) vs Made Men 16-U
10:30am CRT 1 Kessel Heat vs RWA (Walt) 16-U

11:30am CRT 4 IDM Panthers vs Kessel Heat 14-U
11:30am CRT 3 NBU vs Kessel Heat 16-U
11:30am CRT 1 Old-Gold vs T Wolves 15-U
11:30am CRT 2 T Wolves vs All in Athletics 16-U

12:30pm CRT 4 Y&R vs Kessel Heat 14-U
12:30pm CRT 3 Kessel Heat vs NBU 15-U
12:30pm CRT 1 Next Level vs Made Men 15-U
12:30pm CRT 2 Mean Streets vs RWA (Walt) 15/16-U

1:30pm CRT 3 Made Men vs All in Athletics 16-U
1:30pm CRT 1 RWA vs Made Men 17-U
1:30pm CRT 4 Windy City Magic vs Kessel Heat 16-U
1:30pm CRT 2 Y&R (Par) vs Kessel Heat 17-U

2:30pm CRT 1 Chicago Select vs Hoopers 17-U
2:30pm CRT 2 All in Athletics vs NBU 17-U
2:30pm CRT 4 Next Level 24 Elite vs T Wolves 17-U
2:30pm CRT 3 NBU vs RWA (Walt) 16-U
3:30pm CRT 2 Y&R (Par) vs RWA 17-U
3:30pm CRT 1 Made Men vs Next Level 17-U
3:30pm CRT 3 Kessel Heat vs Chicago Select 17-U
3:30pm CRT 4 Mean Streets vs Windy City Magic 16-U

4:30pm CRT 2 T Wolves vs Made Men 17-U
4:30pm CRT 3 Next Level 24 vs Hoopers 17-U
4:30pm CRT 1 RWA vs All in Athletics 17-U
4:30pm CRT 4 Kessel Heat vs NBU 17-U

Tuesday, March 6, 2018


"This class already has an abundance of talented guards. This group will be the beginning of our state's return to elite status."

Reggie Strong
5-10 PG Farragut - "has game & good understanding, plays at various speeds and he can score."

Tyler Beard
6-3 WG Whitney Young - "explosive athlete with a rising confidence."

Keshawn Williams
6-1 PG Bloom - "electric talent, innovative attacking the rim. Capable scorer."

Kendale Anderson
6-5 F Leo - "a potential stud, 2-way threat. His abilities can impact a game."

Romelle Howard
6-8 C Lincoln Park - "with some work, he could be one of the city's best big men. Already can score."

Jabari Chiphe
6-5 F Walter Payton - "very athletic, starting to come into his own. Had a big offensive night against Uplift during the city playoffs."

Marcus Watson
5-7 PG Morgan Park - "very quick & nifty, plays with a confidence/swagger. He could develop into a really good prospect."


"Most of us around here seem to have a gloating idea of who the top 10-12 guys are in the class. Now we're looking for these guys to accelerate their play come Spring."

  • Dachaun Anderson 6-7 F Chicago Leo - "a potential stud."
  • Evan Taylor 6-5 WF Glenbard West - "very good student."
  • Anthony Roberts 6-5 F Oak-Park - "potential gem."
  • Fred Cleveland 5-7 PG Leo - "had an exceptional year."
  • Chris White 6-7 G/F Marian Catholic - "big time student."
  • Anthony Fairlee 6-4 WF Springfield Southwest - "big time track guy."
  • Ian Stanback 6-4 F Homewood-Flossmoor
  • Marquise Kennedy 6-1 PG Brother Rice - "has a chance to earn some marks vs Simeon."
  • Raymond Dennis 6-1 PG Oswego East - "opened some eyes this season."
  • Payton Havens 5-9 PG Metamora - "could have a breakout Spring."
  • Tujautae Williams 6-6 G Orr - "a sleeper prospect, Lincoln Pk transfer."
  • Deonte Billups 6-3 WG Moline - "a scorer who stock is rising."
  • Rashawn Agee 6-7 SF Bogan - "one of the top front court players in the class."


"I'm betting several of these players will develop into fine players in College especially if they arrive in the right setting/system."

R.J. McGee
6-4 G/F Kenwood - "Swingman looked athletic & smooth late in season."

Orlando Allen
6-6 F Thornton - "Had his issues late, could blossom in College."

Robert Harvey
6-4 G Hillcrest - "Season ended abruptly Fri vs Rich East."

Dallas Bryson
6-4 F Peoria Richwoods - "Had excellent season, likely Prep or Juco."

Justin Boyd
6-4 G/F Chicago Young - "Skilled all-around watch-out for in College."

Kenyon Duling
6-3 F Morgan Pk - "Could be a D2 gem; offensive threat."

Quincy Broadway
6-2 PG Peoria Manual - "A sleeper prospect."

Matt Myers
6-4 WG Willowbrook - "Crisp shooter-still playing."

Ryan Kutsor
6-4 WG Lake Zurich - "Heady player & good shooter."

Jalen Washington
6-5 G Al Raby - "Enormous potential, can blossom into stardom one day."

Kaleb Thornton
6-0 G Bolingbrook - "Acrobatic finisher, could land in a good situation."

Branden Ellis
6-4 WG Warren - "Sleek performer, good athlete."

Anthony Lynch
6-2 WG Elgin-Larking - "Drawing plenty of D2 interest."

Isaiah Fuller
6-0 G Oak-Park - "Jet quick, dangerous open-court player out-side shooting has improved, now it's the leadership part."

Artese Stapleton
5-11 PG Kenwood - "His future could be really bright at his next stop. Could really excel immediately at a D2 setting."

Jalen Hughes
5-10 Hillcrest - "A tough sturdy playmaker who had his moments this season. D2 gem."


Drew Peterson 6-8 F MM+-MM Libertyville "Had 30pts vs Conant, Lake Zurich awaits Tuesday night."

Dannie Smith 6-4 F MM-LM+ Chicago Orr "Has a Kent State offer and some others in pursuit for him."

Chase Adams 5-7 PG MM-LM+ Chicago Orr "A true quarterback and has carved out a dynamite season."

Jalen Shaw 6-10 C MM-LM+ Elgin-Larkin "Promising big man, still has his team in contention. Late qualifier?"

Terrence Shannon 6-6 WF MM-LM+ Lincoln Park "42 pt outing vs Oak-Park will be a performance observers will talk about for a long time. He will need the same magic vs Whitney Young on Wednesday."

Quinlan Bennett 6-3 WG LM+ Proviso East "Has some offers and a ton of interest. The slithery scorer has a bright future."

Raekwon Drake 6-5 F LM+ Chicago Orr "His value is starting to rise again; the leaper has a stage to strut his skills this week."

Nas Turner 6-6 F LM Kenwood "Was flying high late season. His best basketball may be ahead for him."

Cam Burrell 6-4 F LM Morgan Park "Superb motor with good athleticism, didn't have the opportunity to display perimeter skills so far this season. He still has time."

Morgan Taylor 6-2 G LM Marist 
"Guiding his mates with the do it all mentality. Big test awaits vs HF Wednesday night."

Dusan Mahorcic 6-9 C LM Niles Notre Dame "Plays hard, tailed-off late. Unfortunately did not have enough time to showcase his skills after losing Friday night. I'm sure his Club Team will suit him up in the Spring until he gets the right school."


Proviso East vs Curie @Riverside-Brookfield 7pm
Joliet Central vs Bolingbrook @ Romeoville 7pm
Simeon vs Brother Rice @ Thornton 7pm
Willowbrook vs Naperville North @ Glenbard East 6pm
Belleville West vs Quincy @ Alton 7pm

Marist vs Homewood @ Thornton 7pm
West Aurora vs Lincoln-Way East @ Romeoville 7pm
Whitney Young vs Lincoln Park @ Riverside Brookfield 7pm
Niles North vs New Trier @ Maine East 7pm

Lincoln Park senior point-forward Terrence Shannon's 42 points exhilarated the North-Side crowd at Lane-Tech Friday night leading the Lions to a 73-70 upset over Oak-Park. Shannon's 45 foot three-pointer with 3 seconds left in over-time left fans in state of uncontrollable excitement. Lincoln Park will advance to play Whitney Young on Tuesday.

The state's top un-signed senior Drew Peterson carted out his own heroics when his three-pointer at the buzzer knocked-out Conant in over-time 59-56 Friday night. He finished with a cool 30. Rice University should be leading for his services.


Chicago area hoop fans are ecstatic about the success of Loyola-Chicago these days, not to mention the automatic NCAA Tournament bid they earned over the week-end by routing Illinois State in the Conference final. What's so hip about the potential storybook season, is coach Porter Moser is a local who grew up in Naperville, IL (Benet Academy) "he gives you that local vibe when you encounter him." He has six in state players on his roster including Simeon grad Donte Ingram who snagged Missouri Valley Tournament MVP Honors. Moser and his spirited team-oriented cast will make their first NCAA appearance since 1985, entering his seventh season Moser, was once a border-line maniac roaming the side-lines, now operates at a cool/calming frequency and you can clearly see the confidence & trust he exhibits with this group. Kudos to Loyola-a North Side Jesuit School for understanding the patience needed for Moser to see his building plan through. Congratulations!

Our area was saddened upon hearing about the death of Marquis Todd, a promising 6-9 post-player from T.F. North. The 2013 grad was a senior at William Penn in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He was such a happy spirit and will be remembered for his contagious smile. We will miss him!