Saturday, January 22, 2011
Super Saturday for area prep hoops fans
By Scott Powers
The Public League playoffs will lead to some intriguing matchups. The state playoffs, especially down in Peoria, will have even more.
But when it comes to one single day, there may not be a bigger one for Chicago-area high school basketball fans
than Saturday, when three games feature top-10 teams battling each other.
No. 1 Simeon vs. No. 5 Morgan Park at Chicago State at 7:30 p.m. is the headliner. The teams are rivals. Both are city- and state-title contenders. Both possess nationally-ranked players in Morgan Park’s Wayne Blackshear and Simeon’s Jabari Parker and have plenty of other Division-I talent. The game can be seen on ESPN3.com.
In the second best game of the day, No. 2 Benet meets No. 6 Glenbard East in the High School Hoops Showdown at 8:30 p.m. at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. Undefeated Benet is led by Northwestern recruit David Sobolewski and Wisconsin recruit Frank Kaminsky. Glenbard East is 14-2, and its only losses are to undefeated Peoria Notre Dame and No. 4 Proviso East. Its stars are Illinois State recruit Jon Hill and Northern Illinois recruit Zach Miller.
There’s also a full slate of action at the Whitney Young Shootout, which features six games and begins at noon. Every matchup features at least one ranked team, but the biggest game is No. 9 Hales Franciscan vs. No. 10 Whitney Young at 6 p.m. Hales Franciscan is powered by brothers Aaron and Aaric Armstead. Whitney Young has a mass supply of Division I players, including Ohio State -bound Sam Thompson.