High-SchoolIllinois: Hoophall Classic

Hoophall preview: Spotlight on Nunn

January, 13, 2012
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ESPNHS writer Ronnie Flores previews this weekend's Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass., with Five Burning Questions. Flores' top question concerns the No. 1 team in the country, Simeon.

From Flores' story:
Which team has the most to prove at Hoophall?
That would be POWERADE FAB 50 No. 1 Simeon (Chicago). The Wolverines do have some quality victories so far this season, but they haven't faced a team with the talent level and big-game experience of No. 6 Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.). Simeon beat local rival Whitney Young (Chicago), 62-55, on Dec. 22 and No. 34 Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.), 59-56, at the Cancer Research Classic, but it was expected to beat those teams. With Dominic Artis, Nigel Williams-Goss and Amedeo Della Valle, Findlay Prep will put tremendous pressure on Simeon's backcourt when the teams meet on Monday (ESPNU, 3 p.m. ET). Simeon junior guard Kendrick Nunn had 19 points against Miller Grove and we'll put Nunn's magic number at 24 in order for the Wolverines to win this game.

Now I don't know if I agree that Nunn has to score 24 points for Simeon to win — and don't get me wrong, he's definitely capable — but I think Simeon is balanced enough to win this game without any single player going off. Sure, it would be great if junior forward Jabari Parker had a great game, but Simeon isn't a one-man team... or even a two-man team.

My prediction: Simeon gets 16-20 points from both Nunn and Parker, with senior forward Steve Taylor chipping in his usual 12 or so, and the Wolverines win their biggest game so far this season.

To read Flores' complete story, click here.

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