High School: Devin Foster

Curie's Foster grabs spotlight in victory

December, 13, 2011
Curie/Hyde ParkScott Powers/ESPNChicago.comCurie's Devin Foster led the Condors with 23 points in a win over Hyde Park on Tuesday.

CHICAGO -- All eyes weren’t on Curie guard Devin Foster when Tuesday’s game between the No. 4 Condors and No. 9 Hyde Park tipped off.

With notable names like Curie’s Cliff Alexander and Hyde Park’s Moshawn Thomas and Kyle Davis on the floor, it was easy to see why the full house at Hyde Park could overlook Foster.

By the end, though, Foster got everyone’s attention.

Foster scored 23 points, including seven points during the decisive stretch of the fourth quarter, to lead Curie to a 65-61 win over the Thunderbirds in a Red-Central matchup.

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Scott Powers/ESPNChicago.comCurie center Cliff Alexander is a mobile big with tremendous upside.
“I tell people all the time if someone were to offer him a scholarship they wouldn’t regret it,” Curie coach Mike Oliver said. “For him not to be one of the top 50 players in the city is a joke.”

Foster showed off an ability to score inside and outside with the game on the line Tuesday. With Hyde Park leading 53-52 with 3:53 remaining, Foster grabbed an offensive rebound and scored to put the Condors ahead. Two possessions later, Foster drained a 3-pointer to extend Curie’s lead to 59-53.

From there, Curie (5-0) held off the Thunderbirds (2-2) the rest of the way.

“I knew it was a big game,” Foster said. “I kept my focus on the game. I blocked everything else out.”

Despite Foster’s heroics, Davis nearly stole the show in the end. Davis scored six of his 22 points in the final minutes and made Curie sweat it out. He also had six steals.

Oliver expected nothing less from the game.

“It was a good test,” Oliver said. “This is the type of game that will help us if we’re going to make a run for it all this year.”

Curie junior guard Malcolm Hill-Bey appeared as if he was starting to adjust to his new team after transferring from Mount Carmel. He scored 15 points.

“Malcolm’s going to be fine,” Oliver said. “He’s still learning our system.”

Alexander finished with four points, 12 rebounds and three blocks. Thomas had eight points and six blocks.

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.