Monday, May 20, 2019


“Collectively the group has maintained its hype and promise, we will identify our top guys. Next up our goal is to share a little more information/data regarding the class.”

  • Max Christie 6-5 PG 1 Rolling Meadows/Illinois Wolves
  • Bryce Hopkins 6-7 WG 2 Fenwick/Mokan Elite
  • Brandon Weston 6-5 G/F 3 Morgan Park/Mac Irvin Fire
  • Kimarhri Wilson 6-1 PG 4 Carmel/Y&R-Kavon Looney
  • Ahmad “Black-Cat” Bynum 6-2 G 5 Simeon/Mac Irvin Fire
  • Anthony Sayles 6-1 PG 6 Niles Notre Dame/Illinois Wolves
  • Chris Hodges 6-7 PF 7 Schaumburg/Illinois Wolves
  • Grant Newell 6-7 WF 8 Whitney Young/Mean Streets
  • Scotty Ebube 6-8 F 9 Mundelein/Illinois Wolves
  • Dionysius Hogan 6-4 G 10 Peoria High/Illinois Heartland


“These prospects haven’t received all the love affair attention just yet, but they are about to have a break-out session in either June or July. Most have been on our un-heralded listing for some time. They are considered by some of us as diamonds in the rough.”


Atharva Atreya 6-3 PG LM+-LM Carl Sandburg/Windy City Magic
“Fits the category of every meaning of a sleeper; heady, can make shots & distribute. Yes, he’s tough enough! Top 35, can play in Ivy & Patriot League setting.”

Beau Frericks 6-1 G LM+ Cary Grove/RWA
“A sure-handed gamer with a wealth of confidence. Knows how to play and can score. One of the best players in the North West Suburbs. Chicago State & The WAC Conference should pursue heavily. Top 30.”

Armond Williams 6-8 F/C LM+ East St. Louis/Ill. Jets
“Has the chiseled physical look of a stud. A promising prospect saw limited action for the 3A State Champs, they played with a senior Laden cast. Look for his game/play to flourish by the start of season. A late bloomer type! Top 30-35 ranking.”

Johnathan Odom 6-5 PF LM+-LM Chicago Legal Prep/Chgo Demons
“Under-size four man with some serious springs. Slithery athlete with a wiry frame & a game that’s on the brink of soaring. Expanding his range between beyond 12-15 ft will eventually prevail. Presently we view J. Odom as a Top 35 prospect in the class.”

Aaron Tims 6-7 F LM+-LM Hinsdale South/RWA
“Currently averages 12 points & 7 rebounds for his Club Teams, he has consistently displayed the ability to knock-down mid-range shots. Good athlete who finishes at the rim. Stock starting to climb. Top 30-35.”

Justin Moore 6-0 G LM Bloom/Next Level Elite
“Starting to get recognized for all the little things he does during the course of a game. Defends, makes shots & plays, makes the extra pass & he is a fearless performer. Justin’s game is still developing though. Top 50 prospect… will be an excellent D2, small College recruit.”

Nate Seputis 6-9 P/F LM Lincoln-Way East/RWA
“Always been one of our favorite’s in the class. Has been plagued by injuries and inconsistency within the last year or so which has hindered his growth/development. Now he’s on track again, patrolling the paint while protecting the rim & becoming a reliable rebounder. Nate could really thrive in a system setting. Top 40-50 prospect…big summer awaits.”

Jamari McClendon 6-2 G LM Hope Academy/Illinois Jaguars
“A quick maneuvering player, fearless performer capable of making big shots/plays. A young player (in age) with a spirited all-around game. Poised to be a prime small College gem, also one of my favorite’s in the class. Excellent find for D2 or small College.”

Micah Schnyder 6-4 G LM+-LM 27 Lincoln-Way West/Mac Irvin Fire
“He’s one of the top shooters & players in the South Suburbs, lingering on the bench for the Fire hasn’t help his confidence or viewership. Maybe it’s time for him to dive into another setting where he can showcase his promising skills.”

Deandre Hagan 6-4 G/F LM Brother Rice/?
“The Central Junior High left-hander has played himself into plenty conversations in recent months. A swing-man type has demonstrated a penchant for making huge shots. Ball-handling improving as well. Top 35-40 prospect.”

Dakhari Jaudon 6-4 WG MM 26 Joliet West/T.Wolves
“Showed up at the Spot-Liter event at the end of March (Jamboree) as an un-known commodity. Jaudon demonstrated he could score in bunches as well as play within a team-oriented setting. We were impressed with his calming mental make-up & his rising potential. Academics & off-the court actions will determine his development/path.”



Adam Miller 6-4 G HM 1 Morgan Pk/Mac Irvin
“Nationally acclaimed Top 25-30 prospect. Capable scorer whose strength is his out-side shooting. So far spotty play in the EYBL circuit. Averaged 28 per game last season.”

D.J. Stewart 6-3 WG HM 1 Young/Mean Streets
“Went on a tear for 46 & 38 points during the Nike EYBL Event in Indy last weekend. Added a few more high-major offers including Wake Forest.”

Martice Mitchell 6-10 F/C HM 3 Bloom/Y&R-Kevon Looney
“The big fella has the best up-side arguably of anyone in the class. Now he feels the love and more valued on the Adidas circuit where he’s captured the attention of Oregon and many others.”

Isaiah Rivera 6-4 G MM+-MM 4 Geneseo/Mean Streets
“He’s carved out a nice niche playing alongside of Stewart & Ullis this Spring. Drawing interest from Big 10 & A-10 and Missouri Valley Programs.”

Keshawn Williams 6-3 G MM+-MM 5 Bloom/Y&R-Kevon Looney
“Elite athlete with a huge upside, we still have not seen his game evolve into what is going to look like on the next level in terms of his all-around floor game. He’s capable of being an explosive performer offensively. A Darrell Walker clone who played at Corliss and U. Arkansas. Colorado is in!”

Tyler Beard 6-3 WG MM+- MM 6 Young/Bradley Beal
“A combo who wants to transition into a PG instantly. Looking for an expanding role, he jumped from Mean Streets to the STL B.B. averaged around seven points per outing in 4 games in Indy, reliable defender.”

Ahron Ullis 6-3 PG MM+-MM 7 Marian Catholic/Mean Streets
“Has been a steady orchestrator all spring; demonstrating he is a capable scorer when needed. Currently playing with a wealth of confidence.”

Sincere Parker 6-3 G MM+-MM 8 Rockford East/Mac Irvin Fire
“Wasn’t in Indy last weekend but has displayed offensive ability on the perimeter. Capable of having stretches of a high-wire activity where he can also nail shots in a flurry. Rumors have him heading to a prep-school next season.”

Jerimiah Williams 6-4 G/F MM+-MM 9 St. Laurence/Mean Streets
“Swingman has had a steady productive spring. Rangy athlete with versatility on both ends. Excels in the open court. He could be a dynamite recruit in the right situation/setting.”


Ra’Shad Taylor 5-10 PG MM+MM 10 Collinsville/Gateway(IL)

“One of the hidden jewels of the class. Viewers up north (Chicago area) aren’t familiar with his in-game feats. He dropped 39 markers on state champion-Belleville West giving them their only loss last season. Terrific floor game where he has long range shooting ability in his arsenal of offensive weapons. Bradley and other Missouri Valley schools have taken notice. St. Louis U. could be a major player in his recruitment.”

Marcus Watson 5-10 PG MM 11 Morgan Pk/Mac Irvin Fire

“This speedster is a clever ball-player. His game resembles some past topflight play-makers Chicago use to produce regularly, Bobby Anderson (CVS/Fresno State), Anthony Johnson (Austin/Wyoming), and Lloyd Walton (Mt. Carmel/Marquette/NBA). Just to give readers and idea of his game/potential. Makes big plays and lethal in the open court. Watson has an offer from Illinois.”

Destin Whitaker 6-6 WF MM 12 Romeoville/Mean Streets

“Averages double digits in scoring while coming off the bench for his Club Team. A respectable out-side shooter with good length. DePaul & Loyola-Chicago has shown early interest.”

Donte Maddox 6-3 PG MM 13 Bloom/Y& R

“A competitive minded offensive threat. Double figure scorer, distributes efficiently, capable of locking down on the defensive end. Valpo has shown strong interest and that situation looms as a good destination if Maddox decides to stay local.”

Seryee Lewis 6-8 PF MM 14 Morgan Pk/Mac Irvin Fire

“Solid front-court player, whose strength right now is his ability to defend & rebound, Seryee does compete in big game settings, even though he’s not overly athletic. Despite of that, he can be a valuable asset on the Collegiate level in the right setting.”

Damontae Taylor 6-5 WF MM 15 Zion-Benton/All in Athletics

“Exciting wiry cager, capable of electrifying an audience. Once D.T. polishes the glaring shortfalls in his play/game, he likely will emerge as a full fledge stand-out after high-school. Does possess the abilities to be a high-scoring threat one day.”

Will Wolfe 6-6 WG MM 16 Aurora Christian/IL Wolves

“Has the necessary length and shooting ability on the perimeter to be a vocal focus of a defense. Could thrive in a system setting with his size & versatility. Belmont, Lipscomb University, & possibly SIU in the picture.”

Devon Davis 6-1 G MM 17 Westingouse/Y&R-Kavon Looney

“Marvelous young talent, still quite an un-finished product, but you can see the un-tapped growth in his play at times. Has elusive open-court ability, maximum effort & consistency should help channel his development.

Antoine Bloxton 6-4 WG MM 18 Chgo Bogan/Work Foundation

“Oh-so-talented, jump-shot looks sweet, has a wiry frame that has the look of a feared cager. Bloxton gave viewers a glimpse of his promising abilities during the State 3A Tournament where he was immediately hailed as a player that needed some time to put-it all together. He only suited-up a few games last season. So, naturally he was rusty during the big stage environment when Bogan dropped the title game to East Saint. Academics & discipline will be required, also his current Club Team maybe in the defunct stages.”

Ramean Hinton 6-4 WG MM 19 Curie/Team Rose

“Has big game experience, plays extremely hard. Capable of making big shots & plays while masking as a willing defender. Ball-handling reliable enough to get him in & out of pockets. Mac, Horizon League gem. A winner!”

Jayson Kent 6-4 G MM 20 Oak Forest/Mac Irvin Fire, Next Level Elite

“This big guard has his game kicked into full throttle now where his stock is starting to rise rapidly. The sleeper clone has enjoyed an impressive spring where he has brought on admirers of his ability to thrive in multiple settings/situations on the floor. He can score & handle. The Mac schools closing in, K-State interested as well.”

Romelle Howard 6-8 F/C MM 21 Lincoln Park/Mean Streets

“Has enjoyed a productive role coming off the bench for Nike EYBL playing for Mean Streets. Howard does hit the glass with authority most times while possessing a potent jump hook. Operating effectively in the classroom is a growing concern with him.”

R.J. Ogom 6-7 P/F MM 22 Homewood-Flossmoor/Y&R Kavon Looney

“A good lookn’ prospect physically, game is starting to take shape as an enforcer type who patrols the paint/base-line area as shot swatter & rebounder. Does finish some around the rim, expected to continue his growth as an offensive threat. Has improved a ton since early January.”

Devon House 6-8 F/C MM 23 Sterling Newman/Quad Cities

“Has been highly touted & mentioned quite a bit in recent years down in his west central end of the State. The big body offensive threat has man handled most high-school kids in his area, but the jury still resides in full force about his next level of play versus opponents with length & athleticism. So far, a solid spring but a big summer awaits. We will be on hand.”

Chris Williams 6-2 G MM 24 Peoria High/?

“Has the potential to be a mid-major guard, he may have to take on a couple of different routes to land in that destination. Williams does have an ultra-smooth game that illustrates some high-scoring ability. Can knock-down J’s on the perimeter.”

Chris Conway 6-9 PF MM 25 Naperville Central/Indy Spiece

“Has carved out a pretty nice niche playing club ball over in Indiana on the Nike EYBL circuit. The long-armed interior performer isn’t feared just yet but has made progress each week while indicating he is a promising prospect with an intriguing up-side. He’s a good athlete, still learning how to play through challenging moments. By the end of July, he will have a flurry of interest.”


Gary Decesare stepped away from his head post position at St. Rita. These days, most of us aren’t startled by many difficult decisions. The New York native spent ten years at the South-Side School where he completed a career record of 182-110. We wish Gary well in moving on to his new endeavors.

Simeon guard Antonio Reeves has inked on with the Wisconsin Badgers. It’s been quite a while since the Badger Program had a Chicago Public Leaguer on its roster. George Marshall (Brooks) might have been the last. We’re happy for Reeves.

We were elated when the news came in that Valparaiso All Missouri Valley Freshman guard, Javon Freeman decided to return to the Program after testing the waters/portal. The Whitney Young Grad showed he could be thoughtful.

Chicago State landed a hidden gem when six-foot five Corliss athletic forward, Leandre Townsend pledged to join Lance Irvin’s Program. Townsend is a terrific athlete, he was named honorable mentioned All City this past season, very effective baseline jump shooter. With some growth/maturity, he should blossom there.

St. Cloud State signed one of the sleepers’ in the 2019 Class, Bloomington’s 6-5 wing Caleb Donaldson. The leaper could have suited-up and contributed in some Division One situations. I wouldn’t be surprised down the road if he hits the portal.

Mike Mosley’s resignation at Bloomington High was inevitable, he’d had a successful run in the central part of our State but couldn’t seem to lift himself pass the bureaucratic drama that evolved in his area. Mosley will land somewhere soon and softly.