High School: Aaron Simpson

Game balls: The week's top hoops players

December, 5, 2011
Here are the boys and girls basketball players who stood out last week and received our weekly ESPNChicago.com game balls.


Devin Foster, Curie: Foster scored a career-high 30 points in Curie’s 81-71 overtime win over Gary Bowman on Saturday. Foster scored 22 points after halftime. He was 19-of-23 from the free-throw line.

Tony Hicks, St. Rita: Hicks, a Penn recruit, scored 31 points in the Mustangs’ 66-64 overtime win over De La Salle. Hicks also scored the game-winner on a layup in overtime.

Aaron Simpson, North Chicago: Simpson, an Illinois State recruit, scored 44 points in North Chicago’s 100-80 win over Grant on Friday.

Johnte Shannon, Thornwood: Shannon scored a game-high 29 points in the Thunderbirds’ 61-42 win over Brooks on Saturday.


Leah Bolton, Marist: Bolton scored 31 points to lead Marist to a 70-40 win over Lincoln Park on Saturday.

LaTondra Brooks, Oak Lawn: Brooks scored a game-high 34 points in Oak Lawn’s 69-50 win over Morton on Tuesday.

Jewell Loyd, Niles West: Loyd, a Notre Dame recruit, scored 39 points in her team’s 49-38 win over Niles North on Saturday. She scored 26 points in the second half. She also had 19 rebounds.

Meghan Waldron, Wheaton Warrenville South: Waldron nearly had a triple-double in the Tigers’ 63-41 win over West Aurora on Thursday. She finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and four steals.

North Chicago's Simpson commits to ISU

September, 22, 2011
North Chicago senior guard Aaron Simpson committed to Illinois State on Wednesday. A 6-foot combo guard, Simpson chose the Redbirds over Northern Illinois, Wisconsin-Green Bay, among others.

Simpson averaged 22.5 points last season while helping the Warhawks to a fourth-place finish in Class 3A. He has played for former Chicago Bulls forward Dickey Simpkins’ club program Team NLP.

“Illinois State gets a very talented scorer and a player who has an excellent feel for the game,” Simpkins said. “He has almost an Allen Iverson-type of ability and body structure. He’s been in our program the longest. He’s been loyal and dedicated to the NLP program. We’ve watched him grow as a player and young man over the years. It’s been a pleasure to see him develop.”

Illinois State does not have any scholarships for next season. The Redbirds’ roster includes no seniors.

Illinois State now has two Class of 2012 commitments. Normal Community point guard Anthony Beane, who is the son of Illinois State assistant coach Anthony Beans, committed to the Redbirds last week.