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Holiday Tournament Recap: Stock-Raisers & Impressive Performances
Once again, let the record show--NOBODY took in more 2016 holiday tournament action throughout Illinois than Illinois Prep Bulls-eye. The evidence can be found in our comprehensive analysis of those players who looked most impressive to us over the course of the last week. It is all here in this report.
All-Tournament Teams From Top Illinois Holiday Tournaments
Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the complete list of all-tournament teams for the top holiday tournaments that recently concluded in Illinois. They can be accessed by clicking on the above link.
Proviso West Holiday Tournament 1st Round Pairings
Despite having gone through some considerable changes over the past couple of years, the Proviso West Holiday Tournament remains as talented as ever, due largely to the quality of teams represented from the Chicago Public League. Sure enough, the top three seeds are all from the city as they look to dominate the field once again. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has all of the first round matchups, which can be accessed by clicking on the above link.
Pontiac Holiday Tournament 1st Round Pairings
The Pontiac Holiday Tournament not only remains the richest in tradition in the state of Illinois, but also continues to feature the best overall talent. Needless to say, the 86th rendition has yet another deep and loaded field which includes last season's top three finishers in the Class 4A state tournament and the 3rd place finisher in 3A. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has a look at the first round matchups which can be found by clicking on the above link.
Collinsville Holiday Classic 1st Round Pairings
If the Pontiac Holiday Classic isn't the top holiday tournament in Illinois this year, then it is undoubtedly the Prairie Farms Holiday Classic at Collinsville High School. The field is absolutely loaded with top teams and players mainly from the "Deep South" region of the state. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the opening round matchups which can be accessed by clicking on the above link.
Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic 1st Round Pairings
Holiday Tournament time is upon us once again in Illinois, and with that in mind Illinois Prep Bulls-eye is your tournament central for opening round pairings for all of the top holiday classics in the Land Of Lincoln. In fact, there is really no need to go anywhere else. We begin with the 1st round matchups for the most rapidly rising tournament in the state--the Hinsdale Holiday Classic, which can be found by accessing the above link.
5 Sleeper Boy's Basketball Teams In Illinois
Which high school boy's basketball teams in Illinois are being undervalued and could end up competing for conference championships and more despite coming into the season unranked? Illinois Prep Bulls-eye provides the answer with an in-depth look at five teams that are clearly under the radar in this report.
Preseason All-State Teams
With the Illinois high school basketball season just around the corner, it's time for another annual installment: Illinois Prep Bulls-eye's preseason all-state selections. The teams are chosen regardless of the player's class and team class affiliation. They can be found by clicking on the above link.
Eastern Opts For The Big Ten
While accurate information was often difficult to come by due to his secretive nature, as time went on one factor appeared to stand out in Nojel Eastern's recruitment. And in the end it was that factor that was the difference-maker in enabling him to make his decision. That is why he has committed and signed a letter of intent with a Big Ten school. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye lets folks know why Eastern's choice went down the way it did in this story.
Analysis & Commentary: Jeremiah Tilmon Situation Could Warrant An Investigation
It has been a long time since we have offered up an analysis and commentary entry, but the latest news involving East St. Louis' Jeremiah Tilmon has necessitated the need to do so. That is because until some things are straightened out and questions are answered, his recruitment has reached the point where an investigation of some kind may be mandatory. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye lets folks know why and offers further thoughts in this report.
Logan Windeler Will Transfer To Prep School & Reclassify
6'9 forward Logan Windeler emerged as one of the bigger "hidden gems" this summer after more than holding his own on the travel team circuit during the July Evaluation Period. Nevertheless, Windeler has decided that his development as a player can best be served by heading to prep school. As a result, he will be moving to Florida and reclassifying. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has all the news concerning the transfer in this report.
Elijah Joiner Commits To American Athletic Conference School
To say that the recruitment of Elijah Joiner just became totally bizarre the longer it went on was a drastic understatement. So much so that it led to certain scholarship offers deliberately not being made public. In the end, Joiner ended up deciding on one of those very schools upon completing an official visit there, closing the books on a recruitment that only leads to more questions instead of answers. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye serves up an explanation in this story.
Lewis University Gets Its Big Man In 2017
Few if any D2 programs in the Midwest have consistently done a better job of recruiting to their needs than Lewis University. And once again, the proof is in the pudding. That is because after first landing a quality shooter as part of their 2017 class, the Flyers have now added a second piece in the form of a physical and ever-improving power forward from central Illinois. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has further details in this story.
Toledo Continues To Reel In Chicago Area Recruits/Negron Opts For Missouri Valley
You would be hard-pressed to find another mid-major head coach who has recruited the Chicago area any better over the last 3 years than Tod Kowalczyk at Toledo. For further proof, Kowalczyk and the Rockets have added to their stable of recruits from the Windy City by landing a commitment from a highly athletic 2-guard from Chicago's south suburbs with great blood lines. Meanwhile, Christian Negron has surprised a few folks by deciding to end his recruitment despite the fact that he will miss the entire upcoming high school season due to injury. Not only that, but the Missouri Valley Conference School that landed him is getting a steal. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the skinny behind both commitments in this story.
UIC Lands First 2017 Commitment From Underrated Big Man
The foremost priority for UIC head coach Steve McClain and his staff in the 2017 class from the get-go has been a quality big man, and the bottom line is that they were not going to be outworked in their pursuit. Their efforts have once again paid huge dividends, as the Flames have landed their first 2017 commitment in the form of an under-the-radar power forward out of Detroit. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has more on UIC's latest get in this story.
DePaul Lands Their Second 2017 Commitment
When DePaul head coach Dave Leitao and his staff hosted a pair of 2017 front court prospects on the same weekend a month ago, they were hopeful they could land at least one commitment from among them. Sure enough, that is exactly what has happened. And once again as a result of their hard-working efforts, the Blue Demons have succeeded in landing their second commitment in the 2017 class, this time from an athletic big out of the Hoosier state. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has all of the goods on DePaul's latest pledge in this story.
Demarius Jacobs Commits To Missouri Valley School
With his younger brother having committed this past weekend, Demarius Jacobs realized that it was now his turn. And in the end he ended up going with the school that had recruited him the hardest and been the most loyal throughout the entire process. As a result, the highly underrated Jacobs will be staying in-state and playing his college basketball in the Missouri Valley Conference. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye tells everyone how the commitment came about in this story.
Markese Jacobs Commits To His "Dream School"
Sometimes in the world of college basketball an opportunity comes along to an elite-level underclassman that is simply too good to pass up. That undoubtedly proved to be the case with Markese Jacobs with respect to his recruitment. And because of that, the electrifying point guard decided to end things early and commit to the Big 12 program that he wanted to play for from the get-go. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye breaks down Jacobs' commitment in this story.
Justin Smith Headed To The Big Ten
There is no question that Justin Smith was very methodical throughout his recruitment. But as the process rolled along, you got the feeling that it was going to end up having a Big Ten flavor to it. And sure enough, due to the hard work and diligence of the coaching staff that succeeded in landing him, Smith will be staying in the Midwest and playing at a Big Ten school with perhaps the conference's richest basketball tradition. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye elaborates further on Smith's commitment in this story.
Nana Akenten Commits To Big Ten School
If ever there was a recruitment we were certain was going to end after his first official visit, it wasNana Akenten's. That is because the school whose campus he frequented this past weekend had long been perceived as his frontrunner from the time that they offered him a scholarship. With that being the case, it only took a few days after the visit's conclusion for Akenten to pull the trigger. As a result, he will be playing his college basketball in the Big Ten. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has all of the details behind Akenten's commitment in this story.
Illinois Prep Bulls-Eye's Summer Awards
Another July Evaluation Period is in the books and that means that it is once again time for our annual Summer Awards. As always, Illinois Prep Bulls-eye begins with its Player Of The Summer, which unlike previous years was not a clear-cut choice. We will add an award winner each day until the list is exhausted.
Today's Award: Some Unheralded Travel Teams (Our Final Summer Award)
Jordan Goodwin Does An About Face As He Commits To A10 School
Anyone needing further proof of how basketball recruiting is fluid can look no further than how the process played out with respect to the #1 ranked 2017 prospect in Illinois--Jordan Goodwin. That is because after months of stating why a certain Big Ten school was at the top of his list, Goodwin's recruitment ended up taking a turn due to a bizarre chain of events. As a result, Goodwin will be headed to an Atlantic Ten school. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the lowdown in this story.
Lewis University Lands Its First 2017 Commitment
Lewis University head coach Scott Trost has been extremely aggressive on the recruiting trail this summer, extending scholarship offers to numerous in-state prospects in the 2017 class. And has typically been the case, it is resulting in the Flyers landing key commitments. The latest is from a hard-nosed shooting guard from Chicago's southwest suburbs who sports considerable toughness and simply knows how to win. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has further details behind the commitment in this story.
UWGB Lands 2017 Commitment From Chicago Area Wing
Wisconsin-Green Bay head coach Linc Darner and his staff are recruiting the state of Illinois extremely hard, having extended scholarship offers to a plethora of prospects from the Land of Lincoln. Their hard work and persistence is paying off, as the Phoenix have secured their third commitment in the 2017 class in the form of an athletic wing from Chicago's southwest suburbs. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has more on the commitment in this story.
Illini Land The Grand Prize In 2017
Going into the July Evaluation Period John Groce and the coaching staff at the University Of Illinois were hoping to get a huge recruiting boost. Not only have they done just that, but they may have put a rubber stamp on on what could turn out to be the best recruiting class in the Big Ten. That is because after months of speculation, Groce and the Illini have secured a commitment from the player who has long been their #1 target in the 2017 class and is unquestionably one of the top big men in the nation. Illinois Prep Bulls-Eye has all of the facts surrounding the Illini's latest commitment in this story.
Banner Recruiting Day For DePaul Results In Adding Transfer & Securing 1st 2017 Pledge
Few things in college basketball recruiting are any better than a school landing commitments just prior to one of its most important stretches. That is exactly what has happened at DePaul, as in a single day head coach Dave Leitao succeeded in landing his first 2017 commitment and also picking up another key transfer who figures to step in immediately. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye elaborates further on the Blue Demons' latest commits in this story.
Illinois State Adds Key Transfers And JUCOs To Their Recruiting Class
The coaching staff at Illinois State has worked the JUCO and transfer wires all Spring long and it has paid off big time. That is because the Redbirds have rounded out their 2016 recruiting class with a pair of key JUCO recruits and two transfers, all of whom should make an immediate and significant impact. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye fills everyone in on ISU's latest additions in this story.
Big East It Is For Max Strus
The reason whyMax Strus decided to transfer from Lewis University was because he felt he could play at an even higher level. As time wore on after obtaining his release, it became more apparent that his wishes would be fulfilled and that he would land in the Big East. And now, after taking official visits to three schools in that conference, he has decided to remain close to home, with his final choice having an advantage of a strong family connection. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has all that you need to know with respect to Strus' commitment in this story.
Marcus Ottey Becomes UIC's 5th Recruit In 2016
Having already hauled in a most impressive 2016 recruiting class, Steve McClain and the staff at UIC were looking to put the finishing touches on it. They have succeeded in doing just that in the form of a high-scoring Canadian guard with considerable athleticism. His pledge now gives the Flames what is clearly the best 2016 class in the Horizon League. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has more on the significance of UIC's latest commitment in this story.
Swish 'N Dish Recap: All-In/Y&R Makes Its Mark While Dosunmu & Horton-Tucker Move Up In 2018
The annual Swish 'N Dish presented byNY2LA Sports is always loaded with talent and is a great way to kick off the travel team season. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye was able to get a first-hand look at many of the top programs and players in Illinois and serves up the highlights from the event in this report.
Chastain Proves He's For Real As LeRoy Wins 1A State Championship
There was considerable buzz surrounding LeRoy's Matt Chastain as his team headed into Peoria for the Class 1A state finals. At the end of the day, Chastain lived up to it and then some. The proof is clearly in the pudding, as evidenced not only by the numbers that Chastain put up, but the fact that LeRoy has now won a state title. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye lets folks know why we're huge fans of Chastain's game in this report.
Da'Monte Williams Ends His Recruitment Early--Commits To Big Ten School
When you are the son of a player who is perceived as a basketball icon within his home state it automatically increases the pressure to follow in your father's footsteps, not only skill-wise but also with respect to recruiting. As it turns out, that is exactly what Peoria Manual's Da'Monte Williams ended up doing. He has therefore closed out his recruitment and will be playing his college basketball at his dad's Alma Mater. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the lowdown on Williams' commitment in this story.
John Groce & Illini Are On The Board In 2017 With Commitment From Downstate Wing
Knowing that University Of Illinois head coachJohn Groce had extended scholarship offers to just about every top in-state prospect from the talented 2017 class, the feeling was that it would only be a matter of time before he and his staff would strike paydirt. Sure enough, that is now reality, as Groce and the Illini have landed their first 2017 commitment in the form of a highly athletic wing from the southern part of Illinois. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye is more in tune with this commitment than most and has all of the particulars behind how it went down in this story.
Lewis University Lands Top 2016 Priority From Quad Cities Area
Lewis University head coachScott Trost has consistently recruited players who are ideal fits in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. It is therefore no surprise that he has done so once again when it comes to his 2016 recruiting class. As a result, the Flyers have succeeded in securing a commitment from the Quad Cities region--an athletic and talented wing forward who should be an immediate contributor. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the specifics behind the commitment in this story.
Out Of Nowhere!! UIC Reels In A Huge 2016 Haul With Commitment from Athletic Prep School Wing
OK--let the record show that we were wrong when we said that the November Signing Period would lack any drama or surprises from an Illinois-based standpoint. That is because Steve McClain and his hard working assistants at UIC turned the tables on that by landing a huge commitment from a highly athletic 2016 wing with in-state roots. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the complete breakdown behind the commitment and how it came about in this story.
DePaul Completes Package Deal With Pair Of LaLumiere Recruits
The moment that a pair of 2016 recruits from a highly prestigious prep school in Indiana announced their intentions to take official visits together to DePaul we knew that a package deal was a realistic possibility. And sure enough, it has come to fruition as the Blue Demons and head coach Dave Leitao now have the duo in the fold. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has more on DePaul's latest commitments in this story.
UIC Lands 2nd 2016 Commitment From Multi-Dimensional European 2-Guard
UIC head coach Steve McClain and his hard-working staff continue to show that their recruiting connections extend well beyond their own local area. The proof is in the pudding, as McClain and the Flames have landed their second 2016 commitment in the form of a highly versatile guard from Ireland. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye breaks down the details behind UIC's latest commitment in this story.
Class Of 2019 Player Watch: Kejuan Clements
Anyone who follows high school basketball in the Chicago Public League knows that the talent pool at Simeon never runs dry. This is further evidenced by the countless number of intriguing underclassmen they have in their stable. And now in addition to the plethora of skilled 2018 prospects at Simeon, a 2019 combo guard has burst onto the scene who caught our eye at the Pangos All-Midwest Frosh/Soph Camp and could be the best player in the state from that class--at least for now. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye breaks down his game in this Player Watch.
UIC Lands First 2016 Commitment From High-Energy Instate Wing
The feeling among the UIC coaching staff heading into last weekend was that they wanted to secure a commitment from at least one of the 2016 recruits they had on campus for official visits. Mission accomplished, as the Flames were able to close the deal with one of their top targets--a highly athletic wing from downstate Illinois with a motor that never stops. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has all the news surrounding the commitment in this story.
John Groce & Illini Have Their Point Guard At Long Last
It has been a long time coming, as it has been priority #1 from the day that John Groce was hired as the men's basketball coach at the University Of Illinois. We are talking about the Illini's need for a point guard. The Illini Nation can fret no more, as the hard-working efforts of Groce and his staff have resulted in a commitment from a 2016 floor general who is certainly good enough to make an impact from day one. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has all of the particulars surrounding the commitment in this story.
Northern Illinois University Lands 2016 Commitment From In-State Big Man
Northern Illinois University head coach Mark Montgomery spent the majority of the July Evaluation Period focusing on front court players for his 2016 recruiting class. His efforts have paid off in a big way, as the Huskies have secured their first 2016 commitment in the form of an in-state power forward who was right at the top of the staff's priority list. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the goods on the commitment in this story.
Southern Illinois Lands 1st 2016 Commitment From Local Wing Forward
With the talent pool running deep in the deep south region of Illinois and St. Louis, one of the foremost recruiting priorities for Southern Illinois University head coach Barry Hinson has been to get top local recruits in the fold. He is off to a banner start in that area, as the Salukis have secured their first commitment from the 2016 class in the form of a talented 3-man whose recruitment we thought was just getting started. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye breaks down the commitment in this story.
Bradley Lands 2016 Commitment From Local 2-Guard
One of Brian Wardle's first orders of business upon becoming the new head men's basketball coach at Bradley was to keep top local talent at home. Wardle and the Braves are already off to a flying start in that area. That is because they have secured a commitment in their 2016 recruiting class from a nearby 2-guard whose stock had been on the rise since the beginning of this past Spring. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the news on Bradley's latest pledge in this story.
DePaul Lands First 2016 Commitment From Local Point Guard
Upon becoming the head men's basketball coach at DePaul for a second time, one of the first orders of business for Dave Leitao was to go full speed ahead with the Blue Demons' recruiting efforts in the Chicago Public League. It has already landed results as Leitao and DePaul have secured their first commitment in the 2016 recruiting class in the form of a Windy City point guard who has seen his stock steadily rise over the last year. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the specifics behind the Blue Demons' latest pledge in this story.
Why Brian Wardle Will Make An Immediate Impact At Bradley
Knowing all of the factors that would end up going into the decision, Illinois Prep Bulls-eye was well in-tune with who would become the new head coach at Bradley from the moment that it was announced a change was being made. And sure enough, things have now come to fruition exactly the way we thought they would, as Brian Wardle will take over Bradley's men's basketball program. In this story, we take a look at all of the reasons why Wardle and Bradley are a perfect fit for one another, including one that figures to reap immediate rewards for the Braves.