Thursday, June 6, 2019


We will continue from our previous issue where we ended at 25. While resuming, make note that the class as a whole doesn’t have a surplus of high-level elite recruits, similar to our 2019 Class in number of Division One signees, we envision 35-40 potentially.


• Beau Frericks 6-1 PG MM-LM+ 26 Cary Grove/RWA
“Lid-up some defenders over Memorial weekend in St. Louis (MO), where he averaged over 25 at the event. Should be a target for Patriot League & MAAC Conference.”

• Kyndall Davis 6-5 G/F MM-LM+ 27 Bogan/All in Athletics
“Always possesses the necessary skills to be all-around two-way threat. Swingman clone has scoring ability despite of a modest individual output last season. Offer from IUPUI.”

• Aquan Smart 6-3 G MM-LM+ 28 Niles North/Pure Prep
“A wiry performer, slithers in & out of pockets with ease. Averaged 16.3 last season, now needs to cut back on ill-advised plays, he’s awfully talented. Horizon/Mac target possible.”

• Armond Williams 6-8 F/C MM-LM+ 29 East St. Louis/Ill. Jets
“Physically he resembles a stud; promising prospect still raw in areas of his play, saw limited action last season with a squad of seniors. He’s starting to show signs of growth in his play. He will be viewed closely at Riverside-Brookfield Shoot-Out.”

• Jimarius Sneed 6-5 WF MM-LM+ 30 Chicago Crane/Team Rose
“Explosive finisher built like a tight-end. Has enormous potential. Could excel as a lock-down defender. Averaged double figures last season. Sleeper recruit.”

• Javante Breckens 6-4 WF LM+ 31 North Lawndale/Wolfpack
“Versatile future wing player, superb athlete, gives you blemishes of what his game could entail to in a year or two. Good lookn’ prospect…”

• Dom Martinelli 6-3 G LM+ 31 Glenbrook S./Fundamental
“Had a fantastic junior campaign, put-up some impressive numbers. Now we lookn’ to observe him demonstrate his all-around offensive game later in the month.”

• Micah Schnyder 6-4 PG LM+- 32 Lincoln-Way West/Mac Irvin
“Talented player/scorer/ball-handler, just hasn’t been able to exhibit his abilities much this spring. Likely could suit-up for next level elite in July.”

• Connor Linke 6-9 PF LM+ 33 St. Charles North/Illinois Wolves
“Has always been on our radar, intrigued with his length & abilities to be a shot-swatter. According to Joe H., Linke is making strides.”

• Johnathan Odom 6-5 PF LM 34 Chicago Legal Prep/Chicago Demons
“Twenty years ago, this kid would be a sure-fire D1 find. In today’s highly magnified climate we tend to over examine/analyze most encounters. Odom is sort of a throw-back, a pogo stick type athlete inside, he just needs to refine his ball-handling and perimeter skills. A true sleeper.”

• Kendale Anderson 6-7 PF LM 35 Chicago Leo/Y&R
“A brute strong specimen type. Hits the glass with authority, limited offensive game now but compensates in many ways impacting a game. Stock/value will likely soar during the month of June.”

• Frank Jabubicek 6-8 PF LM 36 Cary Grove/Quad City Elite
“Big fella starting to play his way into some serious conversation particularly with what league would suit his abilities. He finished-up the school season well, now he’s created some momentum for himself on the spring circuit. Frank is becoming more consistent at finishing around the rim.”


Some cats I’ve observed over the last few weeks and I’ll continue to follow up on during the June evaluation period.

• Elijah Watson 2020 6-7 F LM 45 T.F. South/Y&R
“Two or three years away from being a player that many would covet. Agile prospect with a promising future, with mid-range jump-shooting ability.”

• Larry Johnson 2021 6-3 G/F MM 25 North Lawndale/Wolfpack
“Already doomed as a stud athlete with a bright future. Plays hard with good motor, un-tapped potential presently, look for his recruitment to soar soon.”

• Darrion Jones 2021 6-1 PG MM 23 Chicago Bogan/?
“Physically looks like a defensive back. Tough hardnose, plays with passion, starting to recognize how to win. Lethal win slashing or in transition.”

• Ryan Sroka 2020 6-4 WG ---- 42 Huntley/?
“This kid can knock-down shots on the perimeter with some range. Ball-handling efficient, has excellent length on the out-side.”

• Julio Montes 2021 5-9 PG MM 27 Lincoln Park/Mac Irvin Fire
“His heady & steady play has starting to show resemblance to a Division One play-maker. Respectable out-side threat who knows how to win.”


****Border Wars –
June 22nd-23rd, 2019

Site: Zion-Benton High School

“Not a scenic commute but should be a colorful upon arrival.”

Notable Schools/Programs: Morgan Park, La Lumiere, Plainfield North, Urbana, Romeoville, Orr H.S., Springfield Lanphier, Nicolet (Wis), Milwaukee Lutheran, Zion-Benton, Thornwood, Springfield South-East, Calumet New Tech (IN), North Lawndale.

*****Riverside-Brookfield Summer Shoot-Out –
June 21st -23rd, 2019

“Certified live & looks terrific.”

Notable Schools/Programs: Belleville West, Simeon, Whitney Young, Bogan, Lincoln Park, Curie, Rolling Meadows, Cary Grove, East St. Louis, Bolingbrook, Bloom, Providence St. Mel, Hillcrest, Joliet West, Niles Notre Dame, De LaSalle, Neuqua Valley, St. Laurence, Proviso East, Evanston, DePaul Prep, Fenwick, Uplift, Schaumburg, Oak Park, Benet Academy, York, Downers Grove South, Collinsville, West Aurora, Oak Lawn.

“We will discuss the major players & participants later.”

**Willowbrook Shoot-Out –

June 28th -30th, 2019

“Certified live.”

***Ridgwood Shoot-Out
June 28th-30th, 2019

Locations: Norridge, IL; St. Patrick H.S.-Chicago, IL;

Timothy Christian H.S.-Elmhurst, IL.

Tournament Director: Chris Mroz –

*Chicagoland Summer Showcase
June 28th-30th, 2019

Location: Rockford, IL

Sites: Rockford East, Rockford Auburn, Rockford Guilford, Rockford


“Certified Live.”

Contact Person: Mathew Parker –

****34th Annual Morris Shoot-Out
Wed. June 26th & Thurs. June 27th, 2019

“Unfortunately, this event isn’t certified live, would have been ideal for viewing, especially with its cozy amenities, great hospitality.” Quality teams will continue to participate in this well operated venue.”

Notable Schools/Programs: Belleville West, Chicago Bogan, Kankakee, Neuqua Valley, Plainfield Central, Bolingbrook, Galesburg, Joliet Central, Peoria Notre Dame, West Aurora, South Elgin, Oak Forest, Loyola Academy, Collinsville, Joliet West, Plainfield North.


The unimaginable happened to one of our favorite sons, current Wisconsin Assistant Howard Moore a proud Chicagoan, lost his wife and their daughter in a car accident in Michigan. A head-on collision caused by another driver going the wrong way on the M-14 Freeway. According to reports, the other driver a 23-year old woman was also killed. Moore, a Public League stand-out at Taft H.S. grew up on the west-side of Chicago was also injured along with his son. Continued prayers and well wishes for this family.

Former Chicago Vocational star Juwan Howard was recently introduced as the Michigan Basketball Coach, taking over for John Beilein who rebuilt the Wolverines Program into National Power before departing to coach the NBAs Cavaliers. Howard, a stand-out All-American at Michigan returns to his alma mater after spending six years coaching as an Assistant for the Miami Heat. Many detractors question his credentials, but the Public League product will thrive in the College environment especially surrounded with a strong staff able to connect with today’s hoop culture.

A.J. Casey, the top prospect in our 2022 Class has elected to leave perennial power Simeon to return to his south-suburban roots. He attended Arbor Middle in Oak Forest, so on many fronts the decision wasn’t much of a stunner. There have been some rumblings regarding Casey departed the city for months, the only head-scratching detail of the decision is he heading to the Down-Strutton Tinley Park Program next fall. Most observers including the Casey’s family must be well aware of the 13-67 record Tinley Park has languished in the previous three seasons. According to sources, the family’s decision wasn’t entirely based on basketball.

At the Spot-Liter we strive towards accuracy with the information we provide for our readers. We failed in our previous report, when indicating Simeon’s Antonio Reeves inked on with Wisconsin. Reeves actually pledged to play next season at Illinois State.