Davis leads talented Illinois class of 2011
December, 8, 2011
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com
Andy Lyons/Getty ImagesIt's still amazing how far Anthony Davis has come in such a short time.Illinois produced one of its most talented high school basketball classes in 2011. Now as freshmen, a number of them are already making an impact in the college game.
Here's a look at the most notable ones:
Anthony Davis, Kentucky, Perspective High School (Chicago)
Davis, a 6-10 forward, is considered the nation's top freshman and is the early favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. It's still so strange that only a few in Chicago knew about him until after his junior season. He's averaging 12.3 points, 9.1 rebounds, 4.5 blocks, 1.4 steals for the top-ranked Wildcats.
Ryan Boatright, Connecticut, East Aurora High School
Plenty of people doubted Boatright could continue to be a dynamic playmaker at the college level because of his size -- listed at 6-feet. So far, Boatright has proven them wrong. While it's still early, he's showing the Allen Iverson comparisons aren't far off. He's averaging 18.5 points, three rebounds, 4.5 assists and one steal.
Chasson Randle, Stanford, Rock Island High School
While Boatright and Davis didn't show much interest in any of the in-state schools, Randle, a 6-1 guard, chose Stanford over the Illini. He's been stellar so far for Stanford. With the Cardinal off to an 8-1 start, Randle has averaged 11.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 steals.
David Sobolewski, Northwestern, Benet Academy (Lisle)
Sobolewski quickly earned the trust of his Wildcats coach Bill Carmody and his teammates as the team's starting point guard. He's been playing 31.8 minutes a game and averaging 7.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and four assists. He has the chance to be a four-year starter for Northwestern like his predecessor Michael Thompson.
Tracy Abrams, Illinois, Mount Carmel High School (Chicago)
The Illini's Chicago recruits haven't done a whole lot yet. Abrams is logging the most minutes out of Nnanna Egwu, Myke Henry and Mike Shaw. Abrams is averaging 16.2 minutes to go along with 3.1 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.7 steals.
Sam Thompson, Ohio State, Whitney Young (Chicago)
Thompson is seeing the floor a bit for No. 2 Ohio State. He's averaging 3.4 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 9.9 minutes for the Buckeyes.
Jamee Crockett, DePaul, Crete-Monee High School
Crockett, a 6-4 forward, earned his first career start for DePaul against Loyola on Wednesday. He's become more comfortable playing college basketball in recent weeks. He's averaging 5.6 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.8 steals.
Julius Brown, Toledo, Hillcrest (Country Club Hills)
Brown's numbers are as good as any freshman from the state. He's averaging 13.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.8 steals for Toledo, which is 6-2.
Abdel Nader, Northern Illinois, Niles North (Skokie)
Nader, a 6-7 forward, has been one of the few highlights for the Huskies this season. Considered a recruiting steal, Nader's averaging 10.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 0.9 steals and one block in 24.7 minutes.
Roosevelt Jones, Butler, O'Fallon High School
Jones, a 6-4 forward, has jumped into the starting lineup for the Bulldogs. He's averaging 5.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.9 steals. He had a double-double against Xavier.
Greg Travis, UIC, Curie High School (Chicago)
Travis has been one of the Flames' more consistent players early on. He's averaging 7.9 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.3 steals in 24.4 minutes.
Derrick Marks, Boise State, Plainfield Central High School
Marks has contributed right away for Boise State. He's averaging 8.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.0 steals for Boise State.