High School: Alex Foster

Alex Foster commits to Minnesota

October, 13, 2012
Seton Academy senior forward Alex Foster committed to Minnesota on Saturday.

Foster, a 6-8 forward, chose the Golden Gophers over Auburn and Tennessee. Foster is ranked the No. 59 power forward in the country and the No. 46 prospect in the region by ESPN.

“I felt it was as good of a fit as I had throughout the process,” Foster said. “I went on a visit there and everything was good.”

Foster will join former high school and club teammate Alvin Ellis in Minnesota’s 2013 recruiting class. Foster played with Ellis at De La Salle Institute in Chicago the past three seasons before transferring to Seton, which is in South Holland, Ill., and also played with him on MeanStreets, a club team.

“I wouldn’t say it was a huge factor,” Foster said of Ellis. “But he had something to do with it. We have good chemistry.”

Foster averaged 13.9 points and 10 rebounds last season at De La Salle.

Minnesota now has two commitments in its 2013 recruiting class.

Game balls: The week's top players

December, 19, 2011
Here are boys and girls basketball players who stood out last week and received our weekly ESPNChicago.com game balls.


Paris Burns, Proviso East: Burns scored 30 points in Proviso East’s 74-58 win over Hinsdale South last week.

Tyrone Terrell, Eisenhower: Terrell scored a school-record 50 points and hit 12 3-pointers in Eisenhower’s 111-92 win over St. Laurence.

Kenny Obendorf, Metea Valley: Obendorf scored 28 points in Metea Valley’s 67-61 win over Neuqua Valley.

Alex Foster, De La Salle: Foster had 20 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks in the Meteors’ 73-60 win over Hales.

Erick Locke, Brooks: Locke, a freshman, had 28 points and 10 assists in Brooks’ 66-55 win over Perspective-Calumet.


Jewell Loyd, Niles West: Loyd seems to amaze even more each week. She put up 50 points, including 10 3-pointers, in Niles West’s win over Maine West last week.

Taylor Johnson, Lincoln-Way East: Johnson was a master thief in Lincoln-Way East’s win over Joliet West. She had a school-record nine steals to go along with 20 points in the win.

Maret Burchett, Fenwick: Burchett achieved the uncommon triple-double. She had 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 steals in Fenwick’s 75-61 win over Bishop McNamara.

Mariyah Henley, Niles North: Henley had 26 points and 10 rebounds in Niles North’s 44-43 win over Warren.

Christen Prasse, Benet: Prasse scored 28 points to lead Benet to a 65-55 win over Geneva.