Sunday, October 25, 2020


“These are loomed to be the cream of the crop at the present.”

 NAME             HT           POS         LEVEL        RANK      HIGH SCHOOL

·                     Bryce Hopkins             6-6       G          HM                  2          Fenwick

“One of the top available players nationally, this kid has a ton of talent.  Arguably just as good as Max Christie, recognized as our State’s No.1 player. Rumored to be close to committing to University Illinois, this offensive player would be a great addition to the Illini Program.  A few weeks ago, Michigan & Kentucky was said to be front-runners.”

·                     Tevin Smith                 6-4       G/F      MM+-MM       9          Danville

“A scorer has his list of DePaul, Butler, UT, Martin, SIU, & Illinois. Has had some injuries.”

·                     Anthony Sayles           6-3       G          MM                 10        Niles Notre Dame

“Two-sport standout has Big 10 football opportunities and mid-major interest in hoops. This kid with strong leadership skills has Loyola-Chgo and SIU-Carbondale leading his list.”

·                     Grant Newell               6-7       F          MM+-MM       11        Whitney Young

“Good lookn’ prospect, has had his growth & development hindered by a rash of transfers coming into Whitney Young in recent years. Does have an offer from DePaul that might be just a suitable fit. Two years ago, we would have framed his schools as, Rice University, Stanford, Northwestern, Notre Dame vying for his services.”

·                     Darrion “D.J.” Jones    5-11     PG        MM                 14        Chicago Bogan

“This sturdy lead can be lethal as a slashing, penetrating threat. Grades will be his initial roadblock. Prepared for a 2-year Juco stint.”

·                     Jaiden Lee                   6-5       WG      MM                 18        Joliet West

“This shooter was primed for a break-out senior year. His improved ball-handling has made him an all-around threat offensively. With uncertainty looming with the season, it could cost him an opportunity to showcase his improved play. Still has to improve his academics. Could be Juco bound.”

·                     Noah Raynolds            6-1       PG        LM+                 19        Peoria Notre Dame

“Journal Star player of the year last season had his team in state contention before play was halted. Has some interest from Bradley and offers from Winona State and Univ. Illinois-Springfield. One of the better distributors and leaders in the Class.”

·                     Jakobi Heady               6-6       WG      MM-LM+         20        Hillcrest

“Swingman type has the ability to stroke-it well on the perimeter with range. He’s capable of knocking down 4 or 5 consecutive jumpers. Hasn’t drawn the attention from a few schools, not like once anticipated. Patience required here. Mac & Horizon League fit.”

·                     Jalen Houston             6-0       G          MM-LM+         21        Chicago Bogan

“Hyde Park cast-off has the potential to dazzle defenders with his free-style offensive game. Capable of making shots. If academics are in place, he should be a fine recruit for Horizon League, Mac, or certain Ohio Valley Programs. South-Carolina recently expressed some interest.”

·                     Ola Ajiboye                  6-8       WF       MM-LM+         22        Evanston

“Cagey prospect left the Public League to join Mike Ellis Program in the North Suburb, great move. Ajiboye has nice frame & a sleek all-around skill package that likely will put him in position to utilize his new platform to his advantage. He could be slated for a burst-out year if we have a season. Has an offer from UIC.”

·                     Tommy Williams         6-4       G          LM+                 27        Belleville West

“Carts a 3.1 GPA, has enjoyed a fine high school career in the Metro East area of our State. He spent his first 2 years playing in St. Louis. Was often categorized as a prospect with enormous potential on the hardwood. Things have sort of flatten out some.”

·                     Nathanel Hoskins        6-4       PG        LM+                 28        Danville

“Has game & academics, look for him to land in a good situation. Hoskins has the ability to lead his team and create scoring opportunities for himself. Offers from Univ. Illinois-Springfield and Univ. Indianapolis.”

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