• D.J. Stewart 6-3 G HM 1 Whitney Young“Has slew of high-major offers including DePaul, Loyola, Illinois, and Northwestern. Now he takes his exciting game into the Public League.”
• Adam Miller 6-3 WF HM 2 Morgan Park “Deadly spot-up shooter enters year two in the Public League where reviews were mixed last year.”
• Tyler Beard 6-3 WG MM+ 3 Whitney Young “This high-flyer is holding the 3rd spot for now! Has a penchant for big plays, now he needs to work on his ball-handling skills.”
• Isiah Rivera 6-4 G MM+ 4 Geneseo “Had a summer where he gained some experience & was able to express who he is as a player clearly. July, we saw better athlete than we once pegged.”
• Keshawn Williams 6-2 PG MM+ 5 Bloom “An exciting/clever talent who has the potential to blossom into a high-major recruit. Pretty good shooter on the perimeter and superb athlete. Plays in the shadows of others.”
• Martice Mitchell 6-10 F/C MM+ 6 Bloom “Rapidly improving, has shown versatility this summer & indication that his future is awfully bright. Just lacks strength now.”
• Will Wolfe 6-6 WG MM+ 7 Aurora Christian “Has a lofty rankings now; one of the more impressive prospects in the class. Capable ball-handler, shoots-it well on the perimeter & has nice size in the back-court.”
• Demarius Splunge 6-4 WG MM+-MM 8 Chicago Orr“Demonstrated in July he could score in variety of ways. Physical 2-way threat.”
• Marcus Watson 5-9 PG MM+-MM 9 Morgan Park “A gamer has an old-school approach to where he’s productive on both ends of the floor. Reminds me of some guards we had in the late 70s.”
• Romelle Howard 6-8 PF/C MM+-MM 10 Lincoln Park “His game is rounding into form, hits the glass with authority, offensive game is in the developmental stages. Romelle does possess a potent jump hook.”
• Dante Maddox 6-2 PG MM+-MM 11 Bloom “A fearless scorer, now he’s carving out an understanding of pace/flow & possessions.”
• Destin Whitaker 6-6 WF MM 13 Romeoville “Development seems to have taken a plunge in the last 6 months, but he’s shown in July that placed in the right setting he could flourish into a fine player. A good out-side shooting threat.”
• Davis Walker 6-3 PG MM 13 (Home School) “Little known prospect with a terrific floor game, doesn’t look to score much even though he is more than capable. Strong body & rising recruit to follow-up on.”
• Antoine Bloxton 6-2 G MM 14 Chicago Bogan “Gifted player with tons of tools, but can he forge his talents into a student-athlete type profile? He could be a process worthy of patience!”
• Aquan Smart 6-2 PG MM 15 Niles North “Lanky talented performer, who can electrify an audience in the open floor, he’s a good finisher at the rim. The ball will be in his hands this season. Aquan is one of our more un-heralded prospects in the class.”
• Ahron Ullis 6-2 PG MM 16 Marian Catholic “Primed for a break-out season. He’s silver-quick with the ability to score or find open mates. Northwestern seems to be following closely.”
• Bryce Hall 6-2 G MM 17 Chicago Simeon “The time has come for this youngster to showcase his talented floor game. Bryce opened some eyes with steady play while hoopin’ with the fire in July.”
• Jimarius Sneed 6-5 G/F MM 18 Chicago Crane “Raw in some areas now but has a look of a promising prospect with a huge up-side. Very good athlete, big hands and he thrives in transition while finishing well.”
• Kaleb Fenelus-Williams 6-5 WF MM 19 Plainfield North “Good lookin’ prospect, one day we envision him transitioning to the back-court. Kaleb excels in the open-court while his shooting has become reliable. We’re excited about his future.”
• Nate Shockey 6-0 PG MM 20 York“This youngster has game; superb ball-handler/passer who can shoot it as well as score. Was impressive in July at several venues.”
• Beau Frericks 6-2 G MM 21 Cary Grove “Sleeper type didn’t come into the spring with a huge profile or gaudy numbers but made a splash with big shot capabilities & heady play. Has a strong skill set & a good defender. One of our favorites in the class.”
• Micah Schnyder 6-4 PG MM 22 Chicago Christian “Plays with array of confidence & flair, has the ability to drain jumpers from deep, sees the floor well as a passer. Injury hampered July.”
• Tarone Kirkwood 5-9 PG MM 23 West Aurora “One of the surprises of this group. A speedster with shrewd play-making ability. Dangerous mid-range shooter. Fun to watch.”
• Damontae Taylor 6-5 G/F MM 24 Zion-Benton“Mega athleticism can really soar around the rim, average shooter, stock should climb once he develops consistency on & off the floor.”
• Connor Kochera 6-4 G/F MM 25 St. Viator “A system guy who thrives in structured setting. Knows how to win & possess a high-skill-set. A Patriot League target.”
• Reggie Strong 5-11 PG MM 26 St. Joseph “Hopefully a change of scenery will help his psyche as well as his confidence/development. This south paw has a crafty game, but he’s sputtered of late.”
• Seryee Lewis 6-7 PF MM 27 Chicago Kenwood “This summer he has given viewers blemishes of what his potential could look like in a few years. He’s shown agility & the ability to compete. Now rebounding & finishing at the rim will accelerate his profile.”
• Jayson Kent 6-4 PG MM 28 Oak Forest “Carts a 4.9 GPA & the fact he’s a rising prospect who could amass some gaudy numbers in a break-out Junior year. Highly skilled & shoots it extremely well, and he’s a gym rat.”
• Isiah Burrell 6-4 G/F MM 29 Morgan Park “Superb athlete, masks as a 2-way player who could defend the opponent’s top offensive threat. Had a really good July.”
• Tremear Fraley 6-7 PF MM 30 Chicago Bogan “Big tough rebounder has been impressive during the spring & summer. A passionate work-horse in the interior, good athlete with a rising offensive game & huge up-side.”
Local kid Terrence Shannon’s recent walk down indecisive lane hails as one the more dubious acts of the summer. He created some excitement with his commitment to DePaul then a few days later he de-committed and headed off to IMG in Florida. That probably was a heads-up last-minute decision that bonds well for him right now. An opportunity for him to mature and his game to truly develop.
NAMEHTPOSHIGH-SCHOOL COLLEGE CHOICE
•Francis Okoro6-10CNormal WestUniversity Oregon
•Alex Timmerman6-8F/CCrystal Lake CentralBucknell University
•Ciaran Brayboy6-9CNew TrierHarvard University
•Taeyon Neal6-10CProvidence St. Mel Univ. Illinois at Chicago
•Tom Welch6-7FNaperville NorthLoyola-Chicago
•Keenon Cole6-7WFStreamwoodNorthern Illinois Univ.
•Joseph Yesufu6-1GBolingbrookDrake University
•Nate Ferguson6-8PFLemontDrake University
•Lance Jones6-2GEvanstonSouthern Illinois Univ.
Illinois Mr. Basketball, Belleville’s E.J. Liddle has his official campus visits slated, with his first opening this weekend at Ohio State-August 21st, he will head to Columbia, MO on Sept. 8th, Kansas State-Sept. 28th; Wisconsin-Oct. 6th, and wrap things up in Illini Country Oct. 12th.
We’re going to weigh in on a few items here: after a pretty good summer, where we saw some signs of maturity, Uplift’s 5-11 combo guard Markese Jacobs de-committed from his earlier pledge to attend University of Kansas. For those familiar with the circumstances and have shrewd understanding of the culture in Jayhawk Country, frankly it was inevitable for the young fella to embark on this decision to peel away from his commitment there. “Now, some guys love when the odds are stacked against them.” (Obviously the young fella didn’t want to compete yearly or perhaps be a back-up). We got a chuckle from the social media outlets; the clap chasers fueled with a roaring backlash of ridicules comments. Jacobs over the weekend landed offers from DePaul, Illinois, and Nebraska. Now, he can put his energy & focus on his academic work.
Chicago State’s hire of native Lance Irvin didn’t catch most locals off guard. Those in the know come recognize the neighborly support, it will take to push that sagging program forward. In fact, many of us hoop connoisseurs are beaming with joy for Lance and sadden for the fate of former Head Coach Tracy Dildy, when it seemed everyone around town was all in with supporting his Program’s re-building process when he was initially hired. Dildy has now landed softly joining Mike Davis at University Detroit, now watch that tandem take off.
Hmm hmm…blazing fast 2019 guard Chris Roberts will take his unorthodox acrobatic hoop game back to the south-side where he will spend his senior season at Morgan Park. Last season he made a splash with a 37-pt. outing vs Whitney Young while playing for Lincoln Pk. Roberts has been plagued by inconsistency his entire High School career which started at Kenwood.