High School: Joliet West

Drama rules regional semifinals

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SmithScott Powers/ESPNChicago.comDevonte Smith scored 26 points and put Bogans ahead late to beat Mount Carmel on Tuesday.
Welcome to March Madness … in February.

There was plenty of excitement in Class 3A and 4A regional semifinals on Tuesday. If this is any indication of the games to come, it should be an interesting ride to Peoria for the state finals.

Thornton 39, Crete-Monee 37: Thornton, the No. 13 seed in the Lockport section, upset No. 4-seed Crete-Monee at Thornton. Thornton’s Marvin Jones scored on a layup with two seconds left for the game-winning basket. Joshua Russell scored 15 points in the win.

Bogan 65, Mount Carmel 64: Bogan, the No. 3 seed in the Argo sectional, needed some late-game heroics by Devonte Smith to defeat host Mount Carmel. Smith scored a layup with 41 seconds left to give Bogan the lead and finished with 26 points. Mount Carmel led 56-47 in the fourth quarter.

New Trier 39, Niles West 35: New Trier, the top seed in the Glenbrook South sectional, slipped past No. 15-seed Niles West at Niles West. Austin Angel secured the win with a steal with 21 seconds left. He had eight points, four steals and three blocks.

Downers Grove South 69, Oswego East 68: Downers Grove South, the No. 2 seed in the East Aurora sectional, just got past Oswego East after leading by as many as double digits. Downers Grove South’s Jamall Millison had 28 points, and Oswego East’s Kenny Battle Jr. finished with a career-high 33 points.

Bloom 41, T.F. North 37: Bloom, the top seed in the Lockport sectional, held on for a victory over No. 16-seed T.F. North. Donald Bloom secured the win by knocking down 11-of-13 free throws. He finished with 15 points.

Huntley 40, DeKalb 37: Huntley, the top seed in its own regional, escaped with a win over DeKalb. Huntley has only lost three games this season, and DeKalb entered the game with 16 losses.

Metea Valley 45, Geneva 42: Metea Valley, the No. 3 seed in the East Aurora sectional, had to battle No. 14-seed Geneva to pull out a victory. Geneva led 40-36 with 2:31 left, but Metea Valley went on a 9-2 run to close out the game.

Joliet West 64, Plainfield South 61: Joliet West, the No. 5 seed in the Lockport sectional, edged Plainfield South at Thornton. Morris Dunnigan came through with a three-point play with nine seconds left for the win. Brian Edwards had 16 points and 12 rebounds off the bench for Joliet West. Eddie Presniakovas had 25 points for Plainfield South.

St. Joseph's 68, Glenbard South 65: St. Joseph’s Reggie Johnson and Paul Turner combined for 53 points to help the Chargers to a win over Glenbard South at Nazareth.

Brooks 60, Rich East 58: Brooks defeated Rich East thanks to a buzzer-beating basket by sophomore Erick Locke, who finished with 26 points.

Johnsburg 60, Woodstock 54: Johnsburg needed two overtimes to defeat Woodstock at Johnsburg.

Other games: Thornridge defeated Tinley Park 60-58 behind Josh Hodges’ 24 points ... Coming off its upset of Hillcrest, Lemont just got past Corliss with a 59-55 win ... Hersey defeated Buffalo Grove 57-56 at Stevenson ... In downstate Illinois, Collinsville, one of the favorites in its own sectional, was upset by Belleville West 61-57 at Belleville East.

Previewing the boys hoops brackets

February, 25, 2012
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The Class 3A and 4A boys basketball playoffs begin on Monday. Here’s a glance at the top games and players to see this week.

Five regional semifinals to see

1. St. Charles East vs. St. Charles North at St. Charles North on Wednesday

2. Marist vs. Brother Rice at Marist on Tuesday

3. Stevenson vs. Prospect at Stevenson on Wednesday

4. Benet vs. Bolingbrook at Metea Valley on Wednesday

5. Neuqua Valley vs. Naperville Central at Neuqua Valley on Wednesday

Five potential regional championships to see on Friday
1. St. Rita vs. Whitney Young at Whitney Young

2. Bogan vs. De La Salle at Mount Carmel

3. Farragut vs. St. Joseph at Nazareth

4. Crane vs. Riverside-Brookfield at Riverside-Brookfield

5. Minooka vs. Bloom at Joliet Central

6. Crete-Monee vs. Joliet West at Thornton

7. West Aurora vs. Naperville North at Oswego

8. Harlan vs. Morgan Park at Rich Central

9. Evanston vs. Notre Dame at Notre Dame

10. Schaumburg vs. Glenbard West at Glenbard West

Ten to players to see in regional play (alphabetical order)

There will likely be plenty of time to see Simeon’s Jabari Parker and some of the other stars in the area, but these players and teams may or may not be around come next week.

1. David Cohn, junior, York: It hasn’t been a great year for high-scoring numbers, but Cohn has been one of the exceptions. He can drop 30-plus points on any night. He had 47 points just recently. York is a No. 4 seed in the Lake Park regional.

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Scott Powers/ESPNChicago.comWillie Conner and Crane could be a tough out in the Riverside-Brookfield regional.

2. Willie Conner, senior, Crane: Conner improved his game this season and made himself a mid-major college prospect. Crane has been up and down this season, but Conner has been consistent. Crane is a No. 5 seed in the Riverside-Brookfield regional.

3. Tony Hicks, senior, St. Rita: Hicks, a Penn recruit, has been as good as any senior in the state. He’s been averaging 25 points a game. St. Rita is a No. 4 seed in the Whitney Young regional.

4. Mike LaTulip, senior, Prospect: LaTulip is headed to Illinois next year as a preferred walk-on. He’s been one of the area’s top shooters and scorers this year. Prospect is a No. 9 seed in the Stevenson regional.

5. Jahlil Okafor, sophomore, Young: Okafor is the state’s top sophomore and among the nation’s top players in the Class of 2014. The state hasn’t seen a big man as skilled as Okafor since possibly Eddy Curry. Whitney Young is a No. 5 seed in the Whitney Young regional.

6. Sean O’Mara, sophomore, Benet: O’Mara, a 6-9 center, has emerged as one of the state’s top young prospects. He’s a skilled big man and is following in the footsteps of former Benet center Frank Kaminsky. Benet is a No. 6 seed in the Metea Valley regional.

7. Michael Orris, senior, Crete-Monee: Orris, a 6-3 point guard, is headed to Illinois next season. He’s expected to help backup Tracy Abrams there. Crete-Monee is a No. 4 seed in the Thornton regional.

8. Juwan Starks, senior, West Aurora: Starks is on the verge of West Aurora’s career-scoring record of 1,613 points, which is owned by Billy Taylor (1987-1991). Starks is 60 points shy of matching Taylor. West Aurora is a No. 4 seed in the Oswego regional.

9. Tyler Ulis, sophomore, Marian Catholic: Ulis, a 5-8 point guard, is a scoring machine. He put up 38 points in a loss to St. Viator last month. Marian Catholic is a No. 7 seed and could face Andrew in the Andrew regional championship.

10. Milik Yarbrough, sophomore, Zion-Benton: Yarbrough could eventually be one of the nation’s top players in the Class of 2014. He’s a multi-skilled 6-6 guard/forward. Zion-Benton is a No. 16 seed in the Zion-Benton regional.


Week 9 prep football preview

October, 19, 2011
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Here's a look at the final regular-season week of action in ESPNChicago.com's top 20.

Glenbrook South (7-1) at No. 1 Maine South (8-0)

Maine South Glenbrook South
When:Friday at 7 p.m.
The story: Maine South takes a 54-game Central Suburban South winning streak into this game. The Hawks’ last division loss was in 2000 to New Trier. Glenbrook South has often finished second to Maine South and is hopeful to change that this year. The Titans’ lone loss this season was to Stevenson early in the year. Glenbrook South has gone undefeated in conference and put up similar overall numbers to Maine South.
Glenbrook South player to watch: Fullback Kevin Schroeder has been key to the Titans’ offense.
Maine South player to watch: Running back Paul Preston has been stellar all season for the Hawks.
Prediction: Maine South 38, Glenbrook South 28

No. 2 Glenbard West (8-0) at Downers Grove North (2 6)

Downers Grove North Glenbard West
When:Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The story: Glenbard West has already clinched the West Suburban Silver title. The Hilltoppers have shut out their last two opponents. Downers Grove North is better than its record. The Trojans have been in every game this season, but just haven’t found a way over the hump.
Glenbard West player to watch: Senior offensive lineman Johnny Caspers recently committed to Stanford.
Downers Grove North player to watch: Quarterback Riley McGinnis has a big arm.
Prediction: Glenbard West 31, Downers Grove North 7

No. 3 Lincoln-Way East (8-0) at Joliet West (2-6)

Joliet West Lincoln-Way East
When:Saturday at 12 p.m.
The story: Lincoln-Way East should close out its Southwest Suburban Blue title run with an easy win. The Griffins had no trouble last week and beat Joliet Central 42-0. Joliet West has won two conference games, but is coming off a 56-19 loss to Homewood-Flossmoor.
Lincoln-Way East player to watch: Defensive end Joel Magrum returned an interception for a touchdown last week.
Joliet West player to watch: Wide receiver Korey Rogers knows how to find holes in a secondary.
Prediction: Lincoln-Way East 42, Joliet West 7

No. 5 St. Rita (7-1) at No. 4 Loyola (8-0)

Loyola Academy St. Rita
When:Saturday at 1 p.m.
The story: The Catholic League Blue championship comes down to this game. Loyola has had St. Rita’s number for the past few years. A season ago, the Ramblers beat St. Rita on its home field and forced a three-way tie for the conference crown. Both teams have stellar defenses. It could be a game decided by a field goal or a lone touchdown.
St. Rita player to watch: Defensive back Ryan Leonard is a big hitter.
Loyola player to watch: Quarterback Malcolm Weaver got dinged up last week, but will be needed this week.
Prediction: Loyola 17, St. Rita 14

No. 6 Downers Grove South (8-0) at Addison Trail (7-1)

Addison Trail Downers Grove South
When:Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The story: Downers Grove South hasn’t been tested in the West Suburban Gold in recent years. That could change this week. Addison Trail has proven to be among the area’s top teams, especially with its defense. Its only loss was a narrow one to Glenbard West. Addison Trail will have to find a way to stop Josh Williams, who is approaching 2,000 yards for the season.
Downers Grove South player to watch: Defensive lineman Jeremy Ulrich had a sack and a fumble recovery in last week’s win.
Addison Trail player to watch: Anthony Messina had three touchdown runs in last week’s win.
Prediction: Downers Grove South 24, Addison Trail 10

Cary-Grove (6-2) at No. 7 Prairie Ridge (8-0)

Prairie Ridge Cary-Grove
When:Friday at 7:15 p.m.
The story: Prairie Ridge has been one of the state’s most dominant teams this season. The Wolves have out-scored their opponents 360-65 through eight weeks. Cary-Grove is out of the Fox Valley Valley title race, but it could spoil Prairie Ridge’s outright championship. The Trojans did upset Lake Zurich early in the season and possess one of the area’s top defenses.
Cary-Grove player to watch: Junior quarterback Quinn Baker has the Trojans’ option offense running smoothly.
Prairie Ridge player to watch: Corey Barcoft is one of the key players on the Wolves’ defense.
Prediction: Prairie Ridge 31, Cary-Grove 14

Lockport (6-2) at No. 8 Bolingbrook (7-1)

Bolingbrook Lockport
When:Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The story: Bolingbrook will likely have to settle for second place in one of the area’s toughest conferences. The Raiders have allowed only three points since losing to Lincoln-Way East. Lockport is headed to the playoffs, but hasn’t fared well against the top talent in the conference. The Porters lost to Homewood-Flossmoor and Lincoln-Way East by a combined 66 points.
Lockport player to watch: Dexter Taylor scored two rushing touchdowns in last week’s win over Sandburg.
Bolingbrook player to watch: Quarterback Aaron Bailey will be in consideration for ESPNChicago.com’s Offensive Player of the Year.
Prediction: Bolingbrook 35, Lockport 14

Providence (5-3) at No. 9 Mount Carmel (6-2)

Mount Carmel Providence
When:Friday at 7 p.m. at Gately Stadium
The story: Mount Carmel fell out of the Catholic League Blue race last week with a loss to rival St. Rita. The Caravan will be looking to get back on track against Providence. Mount Carmel’s offense has struggled in its defeats this season. Providence is 0-3 against conference opponents this season.
Providence player to watch: Running back Andrew Hoffmeister leads the Celtics’ offense.
Mount Carmel player to watch: Brandon Greer scored the Caravan’s lone touchdown last week against St. Riva.
Prediction: Mount Carmel 28, Providence 20

No. 10 Crete-Monee (8-0) at Rich East (6-2)

Rich East Crete-Monee
When:Saturday at 12 p.m.
The story: Crete-Monee can win the Southland title outright with a win over Rich East, which has one conference loss. Crete-Monee hasn’t scored less than 30 points in a game this season. Rich East has allowed more than 30 points just once. Something will have to give in this game.
Crete-Monee player to watch: Recruiting attention is picking up for wide receiver LaQuan Treadwell.
strong>Rich East player to watch: Running back Rondell Willingham has been key to the team’s offensive success this season.
Prediction: Crete-Monee 35, Rich East 20

Oak Forest (6-2) at No. 11 Lemont (8-0)

Lemont Oak Forest
When:Friday at 7 p.m.
The story: Lemont has already secured itself the South Suburban Blue title. The Indians have put together a memorable defensive season. They’ve allowed one opponent more than six points. Oak Forest should be another challenge. The Bengals have scored 40 or more points five times this season.
Oak Forest player to watch: Running back Tevin Coleman is one of the state’s best.
Lemont player to watch: Jake Lemming is among the Indians’ defensive playmakers.
Prediction: Lemont 31, Oak Forest 14

Streamwood (6-2) at No. 12 Batavia (8-0)

Batavia Streamwood
When:Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The story: Batavia can put the finishing touches on its Upstate Eight River title this week. The Bulldogs have held six opponent to seven points or less and are coming off back-to-back shutouts. Streamwood guaranteed itself a playoff spot with a win last week. It’ll be the Sabres’ first playoff appearance since 2002.
Streamwood player to watch: Running back Alex Morrow rushed for 228 yards in last week’s win.
Batavia player to watch: Quarterback Noel Gaspari has been among the area’s best this season.
Prediction: Batavia 42, Streamwood 14

St. Viator (2-6) at No. 13 Nazareth (7-1)

Nazareth Nazareth
When:Saturday at 1 p.m.
The story: Nazareth will earn a share of the East Suburban Catholic title with a victory over St. Viator. The Roadrunners’ offense and defense have been clicking the past few weeks and out-scored their last two opponents 86-19. St. Viator’s defense has struggled this season, but did shut out Benet in a 28-0 win last week.
St. Viator player to watch: John Balas had four receptions for 129 yards and two touchdown in last week’s win.
Nazareth player to watch: Joshua Moore has been having some remarkable rushing performances.
Prediction: Nazareth 42, St. Viator 14

No. 14 Joliet Catholic (7-1) at Marist (6-2)

Marist Joliet Catholic
When:Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The story: There’s a good chance that this could be a high-scoring affair. Marist put up 64 points in last week’s win over Carmel. Joliet Catholic is among the state’s offensive leaders with 376 points this season. The winner will get at least a share of the East Suburban Catholic title.
Joliet Catholic player to watch: Defensive back Brody Wilhelmi blocked a punt last week.
Marist player to watch: Ian Woodworth threw eight touchdowns in last week’s win.
Prediction: Joliet Catholic 49, Marist 42

No. 15 Wheaton North (7-1) at Wheaton Warrenville South (5-3)

Wheaton Warrenville South Wheaton North
When:Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The story: Wheaton North can win the DuPage Valley outright with a win over Wheaton Warrenville South. The Falcons haven’t done much against Wheaton Warrenville South in recent years. Their last win over the Tigers came in 2002. Last year, Wheaton Warrenville South beat them twice. The Tigers are riding a four-game winning streak since their early struggles.
Wheaton North player to watch: Running back Patrick Sharp gives the Falcons a balanced offensive attack.
Wheaton Warrenville South player to watch: Running back Dan Vitale is one of the area’s most versatile players.
Prediction: Wheaton North 17, Wheaton Warrenville South 14

Wheaton Academy (1-7) at No. 16 Montini (6-2)

Montini Wheaton Academy
When:Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The story: Montini’s offense has been scary lately. Last week, the Broncos put up 75 points. Two weeks ago, they scored 59 points. They should have another big offensive day against Wheaton Academy. The Warriors lost 42-0 to Aurora Central Catholic last week.
Wheaton Academy player to watch: Isaiah Rosas is an offensive threat for the Warriors.
Montini player to watch: Wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp is in the running for ESPNChicago.com Player of the Year.
Prediction: Montini 49, Wheaton Academy 0

Conant (6-2) at No. 17 Palatine (7-1)

Palatine Conant
When:Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The story: Palatine can win the Mid-Suburban League West outright with a win over Conant. Aside from a narrow win over Schaumburg, the Pirates have been dominant against conference competition. Conant should be up for the test. The Cougars are playoff bound and their two losses came by a combined five points.
Conant player to watch: Tim Manckzo is the Cougars’ premier offensive weapon.
Palatine player to watch: Linebacker Kurt Becker is playmaker on defense.
Prediction: Palatine 28, Conant 17

Grayslake Central (7-1) at No. 18 Crystal Lake South (7-1)

Crystal Lake South Grayslake Central
When:Friday at 7:15 p.m.
The story: This could be an interesting Fox Valley crossover game. Crystal Lake South has proven itself throughout the season and will be favored. The Gators are one of the area’s top defensive teams and have allowed only one opponent more than 12 points this season. Grayslake Central has the same record, but hasn’t played the same level of competition. This will be a chance for the Rams to earn some respect.
Grayslake Central player to watch: Joel Valdivia was unstoppable last week. He rushed for 365 yards and six touchdowns against rival Grayslake North.
Crystal Lake South player to watch: Reese Dziedzic rushed for two touchdowns in last week’s win over Jacobs.
Prediction: Crystal Lake South 20, Grayslake Central 10

No. 19 Marian Central (8-0) at Marmion (5-3)

Marmion
When:Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The story: Marian Central will take the Suburban Christian Blue with a win. The Hurricanes have proven themselves with narrow wins over Montini and Oswego this season, and they’ve dominated everyone else. Marmion has been up and down this season after reaching the Class 6A title game last year. It defense has been its strength and will need to be again against Marian Central. The Hurricanes have scored 40-plus points in their last four games.
Marian Central player to watch: Quarterback Chris Streveler has been consistent throughout the season.
Marmion player to watch: Running back Jake Ruddy is a threat to run or catch the ball out of the backfield.
Prediction: Marian Central 24, Marmion 14

Kaneland (8-0) at No. 20 Morris (8-0)

Morris Kaneland
When:Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The story: This game will decide the Northern Big 12 East championship. Both teams have been dominant most of the season. Morris’ defense has probably been slightly better than Kaneland’s, and Kaneland’s offense probably has the edge between the two teams. They both were tested last week and prevailed. Kaneland rolled in last year’s meeting, winning 47-7. There isn’t much separating the two teams this season.
Kaneland player to watch: Wide receiver Quinn Buschbacher scored five touchdowns in a game earlier this season.
Morris player to watch: Quarterback Austin Feeney was the difference in last week’s 14-10 win over Rochelle. He scored on a 58-yard run to give his team the lead.
Prediction: Morris 28, Kaneland 24

Illinois spring AAU roundup

June, 10, 2011
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Because of recruiting rules changes, college coaches are not able to watch club basketball in the spring any longer, but it doesn’t mean players go unnoticed.

A number of Illinois high school player boosted their stock this spring. Here’s a look at the top ones:

Cliff Alexander, Curie HS, Derrick Rose All-Stars, Class of 2014, 6-8, forward: Alexander began creating a buzz for himself during the high school season when he started on varsity for Curie. He’s continued that this spring for the Derrick Rose All-Stars. He’s currently being recruited by Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky and a number of mid-major programs.

“He showed promise and potential this past winter, especially in the second half of the season, but when you combine his physical attributes and play this spring, Alexander's stock has shot through the roof as far as being one of the truly elite college prospects in the state of Illinois,” said recruiting analyst Joe Henricksen, who publishes the City/Suburban Hoops Report. “Big men are absolutely coveted and Alexander is now right there among the state's best.”

Milton Doyle, Marshall, Illinois Hawks, Class of 2012, 6-4, forward: Doyle sat out last season at Marshall. He caught a lot of people’s eyes at last weekend’s Reebok Headliner tryout camp in Chicago. His recruiting interest should skyrocket in July while playing with the Illinois Hawks.

“After sitting out last high school season after transferring from Tilden to Marshall, Doyle showed himself to be a very capable wing athlete with a high motor and tremendous ability to score off the dribble,” said local recruiting analyst Scott Phillips, who runs Scott Phillips Hoops. “Milton has a smoothness about his game and is capable of finishing with both hands with an array of creative moves. His jumper needs some work, but an added bonus with Doyle is his willingness to defend.”

Malcolm Hill, Belleville East, Southwestern Illinois Jets, Class of 2013, 6-4, guard: Hill has proven he can score on the biggest of stages during the spring for Southwestern Illinois Jets, and now more and more colleges are looking at him. Illinois recently offered him.

“After putting together a standout sophomore season, Hill was still a bit under the radar,” Henricksen said. “However, he opened the eyes of national recruiting services this spring and, along the way, grabbed the attention of college coaches with his play and the high ceiling he has as a prospect.

Jalen James, Hope, Illinois Wolves, Class of 2013, 6-3, guard: James has become one of the most sought after point guards in the Class of 2013 after a strong spring with the Illinois Wolves. DePaul, Illinois, Marquette, Michigan, Michigan State, VCU Xavier, among others are recruiting him.

“He was on my radar this winter after taking in a couple of his games and seeing the smooth game he possessed, the size he brought to the point guard position and how he is barely scratching the surface,” Henricksen said. “But he took it to another level as a prospect this spring playing against better, tougher competition. With his play this spring, James has solidified himself as a top 10 player in the loaded Class of 2013.”

Marlon Johnson, Joliet West, Illinois T-Wolves, Class of 2012, 6-9, forward: Playing with the Illinois T-Wolves this spring, Johnson especially put his name on the map at the Chicago Classic during the Memorial Day weekend. DePaul, Illinois, Kansas, Loyola, Northern Illinois, Tennessee and a number of others have since expressed interest in him.

“He's burst on the scene rapidly as a run-and-jump athlete that can make plays on both ends of the floor,” Phillips said. “Marlon grew six inches in a year, and he's just starting to figure out how to use his tremendous leaping ability to make an impact. His current strength is in an up-tempo game where he has room to outrun other forwards.”

Marcus Posley, Winnebago, Class of 2012, 6-1, guard: Posley and point guard Fred VanVleet have become a backcourt tandem to watch on the club circuit for Pryme Tyme. Posley has a number of mid-majors looking at him.

“I've been a huge fan of Posley for awhile and now there are others that are appreciating all that he brings to the table after a stellar, consistent spring,” Henricksen said. “He’s tough, competes, plays with a big-time motor and physically is so strong. He's elevated his game by showing an ability to knock down shots from the perimeter.

Nathan Taphorn, Pekin, Class of 2013, 6-6, forward: Taphorn has what every college desires – someone with size and who can shoot. Taphorn is now drawing high-major interest after a productive spring with the Illinois Wolves. DePaul, Illinois, Marquette, Michigan, Michigan State, VCU Xavier, among others are recruiting him.

“There may not have been a player who did more for his stock than this sharpshooter with length and a high basketball IQ,” Henricksen said. “He went from a relative unknown to a Division I prospect in a matter of weeks while playing with the Illinois Wolves this spring.”

Xzavier Taylor, Morgan Park, Illinois Fire, Class of 2013, 6-9, center: Taylor has added a number of dimensions to his game and has been one of the state’s best big men this spring for the Illinois Fire. He is receiving recruiting interest from DePaul, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Louisville, Northern Illinois, among others.

“The big thing with Xzavier is confidence,” Phillips said. “His defense has always been ahead of his offense, but with some added reps he’s become more of a scoring threat, especially in transition.”

Others who improved their stock this spring:
Jubril Adekoya, Andrew HS, MeanStreets, Class of 2013, 6-6, forward

Austin Angel, New Trier, Rising Stars, Class of 2012, 6-4, guard

Brad Foster, Lincoln-Way Central, Illinois Warriors, Class of 2012, 6-8, forward
Mike LaTulip, Prospect, Full Package, Class of 2012, 5-11, guard

Erick Locke, Brooks, Illinois Fire, Class of 2014, 6-0, guard

Luke Norman, Freeport, Illinois Warriors, Class of 2012, 6-1, guard

Fred VanVleet, Auburn, Pryme Tyme, Class of 2012, 5-11, guard
Paul White, Whitney Young, Ferrari, Class of 2014, 6-7, guard

Russell Woods, Leo, Illinois Fire, Class of 2012, 6-8, forward
Malik Yarbrough, Zion-Benton, Ferrari, Class of 2014, 6-4, forward

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