Davis, a 6-10 forward, is considered the nation's top freshman and is the early favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. It's still so strange that only a few in Chicago knew about him until after his junior season. He's averaging 12.3 points, 9.1 rebounds, 4.5 blocks, 1.4 steals for the top-ranked Wildcats.
Plenty of people doubted Boatright could continue to be a dynamic playmaker at the college level because of his size -- listed at 6-feet. So far, Boatright has proven them wrong. While it's still early, he's showing the Allen Iverson comparisons aren't far off. He's averaging 18.5 points, three rebounds, 4.5 assists and one steal.
While Boatright and Davis didn't show much interest in any of the in-state schools, Randle, a 6-1 guard, chose Stanford over the Illini. He's been stellar so far for Stanford. With the Cardinal off to an 8-1 start, Randle has averaged 11.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 steals.
David Sobolewski, Northwestern, Benet Academy (Lisle)
Sobolewski quickly earned the trust of his Wildcats coach Bill Carmody and his teammates as the team's starting point guard. He's been playing 31.8 minutes a game and averaging 7.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and four assists. He has the chance to be a four-year starter for Northwestern like his predecessor Michael Thompson.
The Illini's Chicago recruits haven't done a whole lot yet. Abrams is logging the most minutes out of Nnanna Egwu, Myke Henry and Mike Shaw. Abrams is averaging 16.2 minutes to go along with 3.1 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.7 steals.
Crockett, a 6-4 forward, earned his first career start for DePaul against Loyola on Wednesday. He's become more comfortable playing college basketball in recent weeks. He's averaging 5.6 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.8 steals.
Nader, a 6-7 forward, has been one of the few highlights for the Huskies this season. Considered a recruiting steal, Nader's averaging 10.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 0.9 steals and one block in 24.7 minutes.