Sunday, October 25, 2020


Highly touted sophomore guard Jeremy Fears Jr. has grown somewhat antsy over the uncertainty of a hoop season. Reportedly he will continue to polish his game at La Lumiere Prep over in Indiana. Fears has an offer from Illinois and several other high-majors, I guess he feels he has a lot at stake with national profile.

A shoutout to my local guys out here on the hoop front lines making a conscientious effort to assure that some of our youngsters are receiving the necessary recognition and exposure they deserve during a Pandemic crisis. These guys have formed a nice partnership for sharing. These guys are: Lefty Boyd-Illinois High School Hoop Heads; Derek Ellison-National Prep Round Ball; Big Tim Coleman-Inside High School Basketball Review; Ricky Moore-Youth Junior Hoops Elite; Damion Porter Sr.-Team Illinois US Basketball; Kevin Dennis-Illinois High School Sports Central.

Six-foot six Donald Coates is on the move again, he left Thornton to attend school in Indianapolis recently. He spent his first 2 years at Thornwood and his junior year he suited up with the Wildcats.


Freshmen/Sophomore Camp @ La Grange Park District

“Over the weekend Dino Trigonis set up shop with his mobilized Pangos brand based out of Southern Cali, has seemingly given us locals the golden opportunity to size-up some of our area’s top up & coming 2023 & 2024 prospects.”

Spot-Liter’s Picks

·                     James J.B. Brown        St. Rita                         6-8       F          2023       

 “No.1 in our 2024 Class. Poised and has a very good skill set.”

·                     Christopher Riddle      Kenwood                     6-4       WF       2024       

“Top notch versatile type”     

·                     Monez Johnson Jr.      St. Rita                         6-6       F          2024   

       “Impressive youngster, flashed his potential at camp.”

·                     Andre Blakley Jr.         Marmion Academy     5-10     G         2024     

“Played well, has a gloating floor game.”

·                     Joseph White              Zion-Benton                5-9       PG        2024        

“Has some game, comes from good stock.”

·                     Javonte “J.J. Taylor     Kenwood                     6-7       WF       2023 

“Camp MVP 29pts in top 30 game.”

·                     Darrin Ames Jr.           Kenwood                     6-0       G          2023   

“Lefty can score in his sleep.”

·                     Matas Buzelis              Hinsdale Central           6-8      F          2023

“Lithuanian terrorizer is so promising.”

·                     Tevonta Jackson          Springfield Lanphier    6-1       PG       2023       

“Dynamite performer.”

·                     Dalen Davis                 Whitney Young           5-10     PG        2023      

 “Was solid.”

·                     Davius Loury               Kenwood                     6-7       WF       2023   

 “Silk-smooth talent.”

·                     Darrion Baker             St. Rita                         6-7       F          2023       

 “Game on the rise.”

·                     Bryce Coleman            St. Joseph                    6-6       G/F      2023

“Going to be lethal.”

·                     Owen Freeman           Bradley Bourbonnais 6-8       F         2023   

“Big fella can score many ways.”

·                     Jalen Griffith               Simeon                        5-7       PG        2023   

 “Slippery & nifty.”

·                     Yarell Greer                Chicago Bogan            5-9       PG        2023

“Flat-out speedster with tight handle.”

·                     Daniel Johnson            Whitney Young           6-6       F          2023   

 “Game on the rise.”

·                     Sam Lewis                   Oak Park                      6-5       PG        2023

“Going to be a standout prospect.”

·                     Maurice Thomas         DePaul Prep                5-11     PG        2023

“Showed flashes, somehow managed to get an invite to the Top 30 game.”


1.                  Baye Fall                      6-11     F          2023    Lutheran (Parker, CO)

“Best player at camp, a bad dude, really talented.”

2.                  Malik Olafioye            6-0       G          2023    Ecorse Community (MI)

“Athletic combo guard who can score in a hurry.”

3.                  Assane Diop                6-10     C          2023    Belleville Christian (Westminster, CO)

“Agile-front courter was impactive much of camp.”

4.                  JaQualon Roberts        6-7       F          2023    Bloomington North (IN)

“Consistently good throughout camp.”

5.                  Jeremiah Johnson        6-3       G          2023    Putnam City (Oklahoma City, OK)

“Talented combo guard, has some explosiveness in his game.”

6.                  Maki Johnson              6-4       G          2023    Huntington Prep (WV)

“It had strong floor game, made shots.”

7.                  Keary King                   6-0       G          2025    Good Pasture Christian (Madison, TN)

“Super poised for an 8th grader playing up; more than held his own played well in the top 40 game.”

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