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2017 IHSA Boys BBall Teams and Players to Watch

Posted on December 29, 2017. Filed under: Basketball, Boys High School Basketball, High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Who’s the hot team and players to watch this season?

December 2017

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We have compiled our list and here is how it plays out…

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1. MORGAN PARK: Phenom Nimari Burnett moved to California, but the Mustangs are still loaded. They have the state’s best senior, Ayo Dosunmu, and the best sophomore, Peoria Manual transfer Adam Miller. Tamell Pearson, a 6-9 senior, had a terrific summer and will be the primary post threat.

2. FENWICK: Sophomore DJ Steward was a sensation last season. He’s back and surrounded by a focused, talented group of seniors: AJ Nixon, Billy Bruce, 6-4 Mike O’Laughlin and Sam Daniels. Junior Damari Nixon, a 6-1 guard, had an excellent summer. Size could be an issue, but expect the Friars to mount a serious challenge for the Class 4A title.

3. BOLINGBROOK: Junior Tyler Cochran was one of the big eye-openers on the summer circuit. He’s part of an impressive guard trio including junior Joseph Yesufu and senior Kaleb Thornton. The Raiders lost a lot of size and scoring. They’ll be fast and confident but will need to find rebounding.

4. ST. RITA: The Mustangs don’t have a breakout superstar, but they have all the right pieces. Senior guard and leading scorer Jordan Matthews returns. Sophomore guard Joel Watts can play and there is plenty of size with 6-6 Jeremiah Oden, 6-8 Cam Bartman and 6-5 Landen Gladney.

5. WEST AURORA: Most everyone returns from team that lost to Bolingbrook in the sectional semifinals last season. Camron Donatlan is a four-year varsity star, 6-4 senior Jared Crutcher is underrated. Junior point guard Traevon Brown transferred in from East Aurora and will be a major contributor.

BONUS: Lincoln-Way East, Leo, Bloom, Hillcrest, Joliet Central and Joliet West.

TOP Boys Players to Watch in our Coverage Area

GUARDS
Fred Cleveland, Leo, 5-7, Jr.
Tyler Cochran, Bolingbrook, 6-2, Jr.
Eddie Creal, Romeoville, 6-3, Sr.
Camron Donatlan, West Aurora, 6-3, Sr.
Ayo Dosunmu, Morgan Park, 6-5, Sr.
Kenyon Duling, Morgan Park, 6-1, Sr.
DeAndre Heckard, Romeoville, 6-1, Sr.
Jeremiah Hernandez, St. Viator, 6-4, Jr.
Adam Miller, Morgan Park, 6-4, So.
Kaleb Thornton, Bolingbrook, 5-11, Sr.
Joseph Yesufu, Bolingbrook, 5-10, Jr.

FORWARDS
Orlando Allen, Thornton, 6-7, Sr.
Sam Shafer, Lincoln-Way East, 6-6, Sr.

CENTERS
Tamell Pearson, Morgan Park, 6-9, Sr.

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2017 Nations TOP Recruit Classes

Posted on December 29, 2017. Filed under: Basketball, NCAA Sports, Sporting News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Who has the TOP recruiting B-Ball class?

November 2017

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And the top dog is…….

1. North Carolina: A consensus top 10 player, 6-7 Nassir Little, heads the class that features two in-state four-star guards –– Coby White and Rechon Black. Tar Heels still in the mix for heralded Zion Williamson as well.

2. Kansas: An important class isn’t finished off yet, but it’s off to a great start with five-star point guard Devon Dotson. There is size in 6-9 Silvio De Sousa and 6-9 David McCormack, a pair of top 50 recruits.

3. Michigan State: There is quality and quantity as Tom Izzo restocks the cupboard with a five-player class, including four top 100 prospects and four in-state players. The headliners are 6-9 Marcus Bingham and 6-7 Gabe Brown.

4. LSU: Rugged 6-10, 230-pound Nazreon Reid, a top 20 prospect in the country, and combo guard Ja’Vonte Smart, a local boy from Baton Rouge, heads a stellar class with three top 100 players.

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5. USC: A trio of four-star recruits all ranked in the top 100 -– 6-8 wing Taeshon Curry, 6-4 point guard Elijah Weaver and 6-5 shooting guard Kevin Porter –– gives the Trojans a second straight impressive recruiting class.

6. Maryland: Homegrown Jalen Smith, a 6-10 forward from Baltimore and top 30 prospect, is the prize of the class. Combo guard Eric Ayala and 6-6 Aaron Wiggins are both top 100 recruits.

7. Michigan: There is strength in numbers in this five-man class, including four ranked in the top 150. The Wolverines landed a top 50 forward in versatile Ignas Brazdeikis and stole 6-8 Brandon Johns out of East Lansing.

8. Duke: No class has a better 1-2 punch so far than what Coach K has secured. Cam Reddish is a 6-7 do-it-all from Pennsylvania and the No. 3 ranked player in the country. Point guard Tre Jones is a top 10 prospect. But this class could rise to the top with addition of 6-7 R.J. Barrett, the nation’s No. 1 player who will announce Friday and is said to be leaning to Duke.

9. Wake Forest: Jaylen Hoard, a 6-8 star with an I.Q. and obvious physical tools, is a top 25 prospect nationally, while 6-8 Isaiah Mucius and point guard Jamie Lewis are a pair of four-star prospects.

10. Texas: Shaka Smart has lined up a strong recruiting class for the third straight year. The four-player class includes consensus top 50 prospects in 6-9 Kamaka Hepa and 6-6 wing Gerald Liddell.

 

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2017 IHSA Girls BBall Teams to Watch

Posted on December 29, 2017. Filed under: Basketball, Basketball, Girls High School Basketball, High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Who should you watch out for this season?

November 2017

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1. Homewood-Flossmoor (23-3): Even after losing seven, but there are many leaders in waiting. Keep an eye out for Senior point guard Aireal Dickson, Arianna Garry-Bell, Kaitlin Lee, Zarrea Coleman and sophomore Imani Mitchell bring more backcourt speed. Whew… should be tough!!!!

2. Marist (28-5): Just like H-F, RedHawks graduated a lots of talent, but have an all-conference pick in senior point guard Ally Corcoran as a leader on both ends of the court. Juniors Stef Schied, Abby Callahan and McKenna Kallianis are all proven shooters. Guard Sydney Affolter should be one of the area’s top freshmen.

3. Mother McAuley (22-8): Six players who started games last season including point guard Tara O’Malley has been the leading scorer since her freshman year. Senior Vanessa Gavin is a tough defender. Junior Grace Hynes is the definition of explosive, but can also step back and shoot the three. Senior Kelly Gallagher and juniors Lauren Ramsey and Hannah Swiatek add experience.

4. Lincoln-Way East (19-11): Coach Jim Martin has a lot of experience to work with in his 17th and final season. Senior guard Carolyn Waleski has great instincts, and holds the school record for steals in a game with 11. Senior forward Lauren Hunter is hard to handle under the basket. Senior guard Delani Grayer was the first off the bench last season. Junior guard Katchie Savic was an impact player after Christmas.

5. Argo (22-7): Division I recruit senior Chatori Tyler returns at forward after averaging 22 points. Junior point guard Tadriana Heard is a two-time all-conference player who’s is also being courted by big colleges. Senior forward Shannon Wilbourne is a nice addition after three years at Queen of Peace.

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6. Marian Catholic (18-14): The Spartans are young, but experienced, with four girls who have started 20-plus varsity games. Senior guard Carmen Jackson, a Hampton recruit, will have some tall targets underneath in 6-0 junior Shannan Mitchell and 6-1 sophomore Kennedy Harrell. Sophomore guard Kaylen Evans will help fill the backcourt needs.

7. Morgan Park (11-17): The Mustangs, who overcame discipline issues to advance to the Class 3A Elite Eight, will regroup under new coach Joshua Brown. They return speedy junior point guard Destiny Hall and 6-1 shooting guard Jordan Aikens. Back with the program is 6-0 senior guard Kolby Underwood, who sat out last season. A newcomer to watch is junior Charisma Robinson.

8. Crete-Monee (14-12): The defending Southland Athletic champions return four seniors, headed by all-conference center Shamarre Hale. At 6-2, she is a dominator in the middle. Forward Ariel Henry is an aggressive rebounder, while Ceairra Smith runs the point. Guard Arriyon Phillips will be counted on to step up on offense.

9. Lincoln-Way West (24-6): One thing the Warriors lack is height. One thing they have in abundance is long-distance shooting. Junior guard Tara Hastings and sophomore guard Taylor Gugliuzza return after combining for 103 3-pointers. Sophomore Guard Sydney Swanberg is yet a third threat from beyond the arc. Tara Gugliuzza will follow her older sister as a freshman on the varsity.

10. Lemont (19-9): The Indians won the South Suburban Blue title last season, and return two of the key cogs in senior guards Sarah Knoepfle and Emma Bozue. Between them, the duo averaged 17 points. The frontcourt will have senior leadership in Mairead Ruane and Claudia Sikora.

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20 PLAYERS TO WATCH

Abi Baumgartner, Lincoln-Way Central, junior, forward; Ally Corcoran, Marist, senior, guard; Aireal Dickson, Homewood-Flossmoor, senior, guard; Erin Foley, St. Laurence, senior, forward; Shamarre Hale, Crete-Monee, senior, center; Destiny Hall, Morgan Park, junior, guard; Tara Hastings, Lincoln-Way West, junior, guard; Tadriana Heard, Argo, junior, guard; Lydia Howard, Oak Forest, senior, guard; Grace Hynes, Mother McAuley, junior, guard/forward; Nade’ge Jean, Rich South, senior, center/forward; Sarah Knoepfle, Lemont, senior, guard; Kaitlin Lee, Homewood-Flossmoor, senior, forward; Shannan Mitchell, Marian Catholic, junior, forward; Ryann Ogarek, Providence, junior, forward/guard; Tara O’Malley, Mother McAuley, senior, guard; Natalie Stavropoulos, Sandburg, junior, guard; Chatori Tyler, Argo, senior, forward; Carolyn Waleski, Lincoln-Way East, senior, guard; Tanea White, Bloom, senior, guard.

 

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2017 IHSA Early Signing

Posted on December 29, 2017. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports, Sports Business | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It’s early signing time…. who’s ready?

December 2017

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Local players in OUR coverage area expected to sign during the early signing period.

Army
Brandon Walters, Bolingbrook, DB

Brown
Drew Clippert, Aurora Christian, QB

Cincinnati
Jeremy Cooper, Mount Carmel, OL

Cornell
Devan Cross, Aurora Christian, WR
Delonte Harrell, Marist, DB
Kyle Neputy, Stagg, QB

Dartmouth
Luca DiLeo, St. Ignatius, DL

Illinois State
Austin Nagel, Lemont, WR

Indiana
TJ Ivy, Marist, WR
Gavin McCabe, Marist, DL
Nick Marozas, Brother Rice, OL

Indiana State
Chris Childers, St. Rita, RB
Giavion Mason, McNamara, WR/S

Iowa State
Isaiah Lee, Nazareth, DL

Minnesota
Mariano Sori-Marin, Providence, LB
Elijah Teague, Marist, DL

Northern Illinois
Joseph Bonds, De La Salle, LB
Mike DeHaan, Andrew, DE
Jeffrey Griffin, Homewood-Flossmoor, DT
Justin Hall, Homewood-Flossmoor, RB
Jyran Mitchell, Rich Central, WR
Queneil Morrison, Phillips, DE
John Richardson, Brother Rice, K

Northwestern
Devin O’Rourke, Lincoln-Way East, DE

Purdue
Byron Perkins, De La Salle, DB

Western Illinois
Deshon Gavin, Providence, DB

Western Kentucky
Mario Wright, Homewood-Flossmoor, LB

Western Michigan
Matthew Stuckey, Rich Central, LB

Wyoming
Camron Donatlan, West Aurora, WR

 

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Congratulations young men on making a very important decision for you and your families…. we look forward to seeing you all on the sidelines Fall 2018!

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