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Louisville To Host AAU Nationals & Super Showcases Beginning In 2014
While we have absolutely nothing against Disney's Wide World Of Sports, deep down Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has always hoped that the National AAU Tournaments for 17-Under and 16-Under would move back to a location in the Midwest. Thanks to a merger between AAU president Henry Forrest and longtime promoter Eddie Ford that has now become a reality, beginning as early as next Summer. We have all the details behind the move in this report.
Wheeling Hardwood Classic 1st Round Pairings
The Wheeling Hardwood Classic may continue to get overshadowed by Proviso West and Pontiac but the bottom line is that in recent years it has been as competitive as most any holiday tournament in Illinois. And that should definitely be the case once again. In fact, we will go as far as to say that the field at the top is about as good as you will find anywhere save for the two high-profile tournaments mentioned above which should make for several exciting contests. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the first round matchups which can be found by clicking on the above link.
Jack Tosh Holiday Classic 1st Round Pairings
By deciding to expand to 32 teams and play its championship game on New Year's Eve this year's Jack Tosh Holiday Classic provides even more quality options for the diehard high school basketball fan during the holiday season. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the first round matchups for this year's tournament which can be found by clicking on the above link.
State Farm Holiday Classic 1st Round Pairings
Most of the holiday tournament attention in Illinois will be concentrated on the Proviso West and Pontiac Tournaments, but the State Farm Holiday Classic has assembled talented fields in both their large school and small school boy's divisions, making for some attractive opening round matchups as well as some interesting possibilities down the road. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has all of the opening round pairings in both divisions which can be found by clicking on the above link.
Proviso West Holiday Tournament Pairings
With 7 teams currently undefeated and four sporting only one loss to date, one can argue that the 32 team field at this year's Proviso West Holiday Tournament is hands down the deepest in the state. What it means is that anyone who attends should be treated to some outstanding games throughout the course of the tournament including the early rounds. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has a look at the tournament field and the opening round pairings which can be found by clicking on the above link.
Pontiac Holiday Tournament Pairings
In the past those in charge of putting together the tournament bracket at the Pontiac Holiday Tournament have frowned on the prospects of an all-Chicago Public League championship game. However, seeing as though this year Simeon and Curie are both undefeated and clearly the two most talented teams in the field, there was no way that history was going to repeat itself. As a result, the Public League powerhouses have drawn the top 2 seeds and could provide the tournament with the title game that most everyone is hoping for. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the first round pairings and breaks down the Pontiac bracket which can be found by clicking on the above link.
Top One-On-One Matchups At Chicago Elite Classic
Not only does this year's Chicago Elite Classic feature outstanding game matchups, but another reason why it is the best single day high school basketball event in the nation is because there is considerable star power, meaning that everyone is sure to see some terrific head-to-head individual battles. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye examines some of the top one-on-one confrontations that will take place at the Classic in this sneak preview.
McDipper Holiday Tournament 1st Round Pairings
Marian Catholic and Bolingbrook are the headliners for this year's McDipper Holiday Tournament, which always features many of the most talented teams and players from Chicago's south suburbs. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has a look at the first round matchups which can be found by clicking on the above link.
Top 5 Unheralded Boy's Basketball Teams In Chicago Area
With the start of the Illinois high school basketball season now upon us, most of the preseason top 25 rankings for boy's basketball are out. When it comes to the Windy City and the outlying suburbs, while the usual suspects have all received their just due, there are at least a handful of teams who have been overlooked. With that in mind, despite being unranked by everyone else, Illinois Prep Bulls-eye is advising folks not to sleep on any of them. Find out who we believe are the five most underrated teams in the Chicago area by clicking on the above link.
Top Unsigned 2014 Recruits From Illinois Available In Spring
There are still more than a few quality recruits from the 2014 class in Illinois that will still be out there when the Spring signing period arrives next April, especially at the loaded wing forward position. With that in mind, Illinois Prep Bulls-eye breaks down the unsigned 2014s from the Land Of Lincoln who could end up being Spring gems in this update.
Illinois Prep Bulls-Eye's Preseason All-State Teams
As usual there is no shortage of talent in the state of Illinois when taking a look at Illinois Prep Bulls Eye's preseason all-state teams for boy's basketball. Jahlil Okafor, Cliff Alexander and Tyler Ulis head the list, which can be found by clicking on the above link.
Race For #1 In Illinois From 2016 Wide Open
The class of 2016 in Illinois is still very much a work in progress. As a result, there is no one who can lay claim to being the undisputed #1 player in the state from that class. At the same time, there are a number of prospects who we believe have a shot at achieving that honor before it is all over. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye takes a look at them, including the frontrunners and sleepers, in this report.
These 2015s Are Ready To Make Their Mark Nationally
The general consensus is that the top four prospects in Illinois from the class of 2015 are Charles Matthews, Jalen Brunson, D.J. Williams and Aaron Jordan. But there are plenty of others waiting in the wings and looking to burst onto the national scene, hoping that their play this upcoming high school season will get them further noticed in that regard. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye breaks down those players who we think are most likely to achieve that goal in this report.
Alexander Takes His Recruitment To The Wire But Opts For Big 12
The recruitment of Cliff Alexander literally went down to the final hour. As a result, Alexander succeeded in keeping everyone guessing and on edge until the end. However, the decision is now in and after wavering and possibly even flip-flopping in the final couple of days Alexander will take his talents to the Big 12. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has all that you need to know about Alexander's commitment in this story.
It Will Be The ACC For Okafor
From the beginning to the end Jahlil Okafor's recruitment was by the book. He had a well-executed plan and timetable in place and stuck to it. With that in mind, there was one school that had long been regarded by most as the sentimental favorite so to speak, due in large part to its history of recruiting success in Chicago, Okafor's admiration for the head coach and the fact that the school's star player is one of his best friends. And sure enough, when all was said and done, Okafor's decision hardly came as a surprise. As a result, he will be headed to the ACC. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has everything of pertinence surrounding Okafor's decision in this story.
Illinois And John Groce Keep Simeon Pipeline Going By Landing First 2015 Recruit
University Of Illinois head coach John Groce has done it again. As he has done repeatedly, he was able to take full advantage of a huge recruiting weekend on campus. In doing so, he further strengthened the pipeline he has already established with a Chicago Public League powerhouse and landed commitment #1 in his 2015 recruiting class. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has all that you need to know with respect to the commitment in this story.
Kenny Williams Chooses GLIAC School
While Bolingbrook's Kenny Williams received scholarship offers from several D2 schools, there was one in particular that stood out from the beginning. As a result, Williams did not hesitate on offering up a commitment to a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference program after taking an official visit there. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has more on Williams' commitment in this story.
Miles Reynolds Will Play In The Atlantic Ten
Although many had long thought that Miles Reynolds was a lock for the SEC, you couldn't tell that to the head coach of one Atlantic Ten School. And while this coach may have been a bit late to the party the bottom line is that he did his homework. And in doing so, he has now secured Reynolds' commitment. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye elaborates further in this story.
Sean O'Mara Chooses Big East School
Loyalty was a very big factor in the recruitment of Sean O'Mara. That was a big reason why his college decision was a most difficult one. In the end, O'Mara opted to go with a school that not only was on him from the very beginning, but one with an outstanding basketball tradition that also offers him the opportunity to play at the highest possible level. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye breaks down O'Mara's commitment further in this story.
Class Of 2016 Player Watch: Ethan Meeker
Not only is Quad City Elite a quality program that does things the right way, but their annual Fall Hoops Showcase is always well-worth covering. This year's showcase once again featured several prospects who have fallen under the radar and with that in mind, we came away uncovering a true "sleeper" in the class of 2016. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has that and other notes from the showcase in this Player Watch story
Brock Stull Chooses Horizon League School
There were plenty of similarities from amongst the three finalists for Rockford Boylan's Brock Stull. However, in the end the one factor that trumped all others was the opportunity to stay close to home and have his family see him play on a regular basis. It is for that reason that Stull announced at a press conference that he will be playing his college basketball in the Horizon League. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has more on Stull's commitment in this story.
Miki Ljuboja Headed To The Ivy League
It is always a pleasure to see players who benefit from putting in extra time and effort to achieve their goal of playing at a D1 school. Miki Ljuboja is a classic example, as his determination and hard work since reclassifying and heading to prep school have enabled him to fulfill his dream. As a result, he will be playing college basketball in the Ivy League. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the specifics behind Ljuboja's commitment in this story.
NIU Getting After It In 2015 With Offers To Numerous In-State Prospects
Northern Illinois University head coach Mark Montgomery recognizes the importance of the 2015 recruiting class in Illinois as it relates to the future of his program. That is why he and his assistants have been hard at work on the recruiting trail, with scholarship offers going out to a countless number of in-state prospects in 2015 who they have evaluated in open gyms throughout the state. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye elaborates further in this report.
Northwestern Adds To Stellar 2014 Recruiting Class With Their Fourth Commitment
How good has Northwestern head coach Chris Collins been on the recruiting trail this summer? Our answer is that he has been nothing short of spectacular. This is because after having already landed three quality recruits from the 2014 class Collins has added a fourth by receiving a commitment from a local product who actually had completed an official visit to one of his other finalists just prior to his pledge. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye further analyzes the impact of the Wildcats' latest commit in this story.
SIU-Edwardsville Lands Second In-State Recruit From 2014
Lennox Forrester and his staff at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville have put in considerable work when it comes to recruiting quality in-state prospects from the 2014 class. As a result, they have been rewarded with their second 2014 commitment in the form of an underrated point guard who may be small in terms of size but his heart and basketball I.Q. make him a huge get for the Cougars. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the skinny on the commitment in this story.
JayQuan McCloud Commitment Comes As Bit Of A Surprise
After an impressive summer with the Illinois Wolves, North Chicago's JayQuan McCloud added several scholarship offers and his stock was unquestionably on the rise. However, despite all of that McCloud has decided to end his recruitment rather quickly and abruptly, as he offered up a commitment this weekend while on an unofficial visit. While it is somewhat surprising, it is unequivocally a steal for the Ohio Valley Conference school that landed him. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has more on the commitment in this story.
Donte Thomas Pledges To Missouri Valley Conference School
It was a huge weekend for commitments from recruits from the Meanstreets traveling team. With Tyler Ulis ending his recruitment Friday night and Paul White coming off the board this morning, Donte Thomas became commit #3 when he verballed during his official visit to a program that had been the heavy favorite for his services from the moment they started recruiting him. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the lowdown on Thomas' commitment in this story.
Paul White Headed To The Big East
Whitney Young's Paul White had several outstanding options with which to choose from when it came to his recruitment. However, the close relationship that he has enjoyed with one particular assistant coach who has recruited him from the get-go undoubtedly gave a Big East school a clear-cut advantage. And after wrapping up an official visit there, that school has come out on top as White has offered up his commitment. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the breaking news in this story.
Ulis Goes With Kentucky
At one time the recruitment of Tyler Ulis was relatively simple. But once the July evaluation period concluded it got complex. And yes, as we have stated repeatedly since then, you can throw a certain "s word" in there as well. It is therefore hardly shocking that things played out exactly the way we figured they would with all of the factors that we said would sway Ulis' decision doing just that. As a result, Ulis ended up choosing the school that most everyone expected him to once they entered the picture. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye offers complete analysis and in doing so gives what is sure to be the most honest assessment of Ulis' recruitment and what entered into his final decision that you will find anywhere in this story.
Marcus Bartley Closes It Out By Opting For Atlantic Ten School
Marcus Bartley saw his recruiting options narrow somewhat after the July evaluation period. However, he was confident all along that he would find the right fit. And he has done just that, as the 6'4 point guard has decided to commit to a school in the Atlantic Ten Conference after taking an official visit there this past weekend. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the full details in this story.
Hillsdale Scores A True Daily Double With Latest 2014 Commits
Head coach John Tharp and his staff at Hillsdale have always done an outstanding job of recruiting players who are right for their system. This has especially held true in the state of Illinois and due to their hard-working efforts they have hit the jackpot once again. That is because Tharp and the Chargers have landed a solid inside-outside duo in the form of a rugged power forward and versatile wing who also happen to come from the same traveling team program. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the goods behind the commitments in this story.
UIC Recruiting Momentum Continues With Commitment From 2014 Power Forward
The past four days have been huge recruiting-wise for Howard Moore and his coaching staff at the University Of Illinois-Chicago. That is because after landing a commitment from a 2015 point guard during an unofficial visit, Moore and the Flames have followed that up with their first 2014 recruit in the form of a raw but promising athletic power forward who committed while on his official visit. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the goods in this story.
Leron Black Ends It By Committing To University Of Illinois
University Of Illinois head coach John Groce had been pointing to this weekend for the entire last month. That is because one of the Illini's foremost recruiting priorities in their 2014 class was on campus in Champaign for an official visit. And as he has successfully done in the past, Groce once again reeled in the big prize as he has landed a commitment from one of the most athletic forwards in the country. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the news on how the commitment went down in this story.
UIC Lands 2015 Commit From Indiana Point Guard
After extending scholarship offers to virtually every top in-state prospect from the 2015 class University Of Illinois-Chicago head coach Howard Moore has received a bonus prize. That is because the Flames have secured their first 2015 commitment in the form of a quality point guard who hails from the Hoosier state. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has more on the commitment in this story.
Drake Recruiting Bonanza Continues With 3rd 2014 Commitment In Three Days
Things can't possibly be any better on the recruiting trail right now for Ray Giacoletti and Drake University. That is because the Bulldogs have now landed their fifth commitment in their 2014 recruiting class and the third in the past three days. In doing so they have unquestionably solidified their future back court, as the latest pledge comes from an Illinois-based point guard from the southern part of the state. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the breaking news behind Drake's latest commitment in this story.
Drake Lands Athletic 2014 2-Guard From Illinois
We said from the get-go that Drake head coach Ray Giacoletti and his staff would get after it when it came to recruiting the Chicago area. Not only have they done just that, but they are already reaping the benefits, as the Bulldogs have landed a commitment from an athletic wing from Chicago's north suburbs who was one of their top priorities. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the latest on the commitment in this story.
UMKC Lands 2014 Wing From Illinois
University Of Missouri-Kansas City head coach Kareem Richardson has always done an outstanding job of recruiting the state of Illinois. With that in mind, his efforts in that area have once again paid dividends. That is because the Kangaroos have received a 2014 commitment in the form of a highly athletic and energetic wing forward from the southern region of the Land Of Lincoln. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the news behind the commitment in this story.
SIU-Edwardsville Lands 2014 Commitment From In-State Big
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville head coach Lennox Forrester did not have to travel far to land his first 2014 recruit. That is because Forrester and the Cougars have received a commitment from a power forward from their local area who has the ability to step in and be an immediate impact recruit. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye lays out the particulars in this story.
Class Of 2015 Hidden Gems: Grant Gibson And Tyler Hall
There are still far too many people including college coaches, fans and media who are completely unfamiliar with the Quad City Elite traveling team program. This is especially true with respect to their 16-under squad, who has a couple of 2015 prospects who can undoubtedly play. It is therefore our job to let everyone find out more about their games. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye does just that in this hidden gems feature.
Southern Illinois University Lands 2014 Commitment From Local Recruit
One of the keys to successful recruiting at any level is the ability to keep local talent at home. Southern Illinois University head coach Barry Hinson and his staff are doing just that and their hard work is starting to pay off with respect to their 2014 recruiting class. That is because the Salukis have landed a commitment from an an athletic wing forward in their front yard who plays for one of the most prominent traveling team programs in their area. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has more on SIU's latest commitment in this story.
Malek Harris Commits To Big East School
We indicated yesterday that Sandburg's Malek Harris was ready to shut down his recruitment for a while. As it turns out, it will be permanent. That is because after taking an unofficial visit today Harris chose to commit to a Big East program that had long been at the forefront of his recruitment. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has all of the particulars in this story.
Class Of 2015 Stock Raiser: Harrison Niego
Lyons Township's Harrison Niego is one half of the most underrated backcourt tandem in Illinois when it comes to the 16-under traveling team circuit. And after leading his Chicago Lockdown squad to yet another championship he has proven to us that he can play with the big boys and is worthy of even more recruiting attention than he is getting. Illinois Prep Bulls-eyej breaks down Niego's game and explains what makes him so valuable in this report.
Class Of 2014 Player Watch: Kurt Hall
North Chicago came up short in their Class 3A supersectional contest versus Chicago Orr but it certainly was not due to a lack of effort on the part of 2014 power forward Kurt Hall. In fact, Hall took it right to Orr's front court for most of the game to the tune of a double-double. Hall's performance offered yet another example of why he is one of the more unheralded prospects in Illinois from the 2014 class. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye breaks down Hall's game further in this player watch.
Class Of 2016 Player Watch: Donovan Oliver
The Quad City Elite Hoops Showcase featured a number of talented underclass prospects from the Quad Cities portion of Illinois and Iowa. One of the standouts at the event was Kewanee's Donovan Oliver, who simply possesses an all-around skill set that extends well beyond his years. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has more on Oliver's game and why he ranks among the top 2016 prospects in Illinois in this Player Watch.
Class Of 2015 Hidden Gem: Trevor Stumpe
Make no mistake about it--there is a ton of talent on the Illinois Wolves 15-Under traveling team. Nevertheless, a player who has gone highly unnoticed until now is 6'4 2015 2-guard Trevor Stumpe. After a strong performance at the GRBA National Championships in Ft. Wayne, we have a feeling that is going to change quickly. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has more on Stumpe's game in this "hidden gem" feature.
Class Of 2015 Player Watch: Evan Boudreaux
Right now there is no question that the bulk of the talent from the 2015 class in Illinois lies in the back court. However, a big who has proven that he is worthy of attention is Evan Boudreaux, who looked impressive at the recently concluded Chicago Best Buy Classic. In this player watch Illinois Prep Bulls-eye breaks down Boudreaux's game further and explains why he ranks among the top 2015 front court prospects in the state.
Class Of 2015 Player Watch: Jalen Brunson
There are several talented guard prospects in the state of Illinois from the class of 2015. However, we are convinced that there are none better than Stevenson's Jalen Brunson after watching him turn in a solid performance at the Wheeling Hardwood Classic. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has more on Brunson's game and why he is such an attractive underclass prospect in this player watch.
Class Of 2015 Player Watch: Jordan Ash
Those who know us realize that we seldom tout prospects who are only in eighth grade and when we do it is because we see that player as being truly special. There is no question that 5'11 guard Jordan Ash falls into that category. That is because Ash has been nothing short of electrifying since the spring started while playing on the traveling team circuit for the 15-Under Illinois Wolves. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye breaks down all of the things that make Ash a marquee underclass talent in this player watch.