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Weekend Visitors: Aug 26-28
The school year is upon us and that means it's time for the return of our weekly "On Campus" entries which will be a regujlar feature on our site over the next month. Our opening installment kicks off with news surrounding a huge recruiting weekend at Purdue as well as a key recruiting target who will be treking to Illinois State. All of that information can be found by clicking on the above link.
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)
Drake's Recruiting Roll In Illinois Continues As Bulldogs Land 2nd 2017 Commitment
Ray Giacoletti and his coaching staff at Drake are working some serious recruiting magic right now in the state of Illinois. That is because after landing their first commitment in the 2017 class a couple of days ago, they have tapped into the Land Of Lincoln yet again to secure commitment #2 from another talented back court prospect. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has all of the specifics in this story.
Teyvion Kirk Commits To Missouri Valley Conference School
Up until now it appeared as though Joliet West's Teyvion Kirk would go through the recruiting process, as he had a final list consisting of seven schools. However, after thinking it through one school emerged as a clearcut favorite. At that point, Kirk realized that it was time to end it. As a result, he will be playing his college basketball in the Missouri Valley. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye elaborates further in this story.
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.
Team Rose Fall League To Kick Off In September
The Team Rose Fall League has always been one of the most competitive high school team leagues in the Chicago area during the Fall season and this year will be no exception. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has some important info as it pertains to the 2017 rendition, which can be found by clicking on the above link.
"Legends Taking Back The Streets" Set For August 13
If anyone were to attend just one basketball event in Chicago for the entire year we would encourage them to make it to the second annual "Legends Taking Back The Streets" which is coming up in just over a week on Chicago's west side. We can guarantee you will be glad you did, as there is simply no other hoops extravaganza in the Windy City that is for a more worthy cause. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has all the info which can be found by clicking on the above link.
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.
A Trio Of Downstate Wings Emerge At Next Level Invitational Plus The Rise Of Akenten & Jacobs
The Next Level Invitational proved to be a coming out party for three hidden gems from downstate Illinois. And what is even more intriguing is that all of them are 6'7 wings who until now have gone overlooked. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye gives them their just due and also talks about a pair of 2017s who we believe are on the cusp of legitimizing themselves as high major recruits in this report.
Back To School Jam-Fest Set For Labor Day Weekend
The July Evaluation Period is just around the corner, but it's also never to early to start looking ahead to the Fall and some of the best team shootouts that will take place in Illinois during September. One of them is the Back To School Jam-Fest which will feature many of the top teams in Chicago competing versus some of the best from the suburbs. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye provides an in-depth look in this sneak preview.
Jacob Cushing Opts For The Colonial
One thing can certainly be said about the recruitment of Neuqua Valley's Jacob Cushing--it has literally gone coast-to-coast. That is because after starting out west, Cushing decided to migrate all the way to the Atlantic Coast. As a result, after recently taking an official visit, Cushing has found a new home at a Colonial Athletic Association school. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has all the news surrounding Cushing's 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.
Sleepers Come Out Of The Woodwork At R-B Summer Shootout
As loaded as the R-B Summer Shootout is with talent year after year, it always seems to be good for a surprise or two as well. This year it was definitely the abundant number of sleepers and "hidden gems" who turned in notable performances. Not only did they catch our eye, but in doing so they showed themselves worthy of props. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye takes a look at those who warrant close attention in this report.
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.
Lewis University Adds A Pair Of JUCOs To Their 2016 Class
Lewis University head coach Scott Trost added some athleticism and toughness to his 2016 recruiting class by turning to a local JUCO power. As a result, he has now added a strong wing forward and a high-flying 2-guard to the Flyers' 2016 haul. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the lowdown on their latest commitments in this story.
Quick Thoughts & Analysis From April Evaluation Period Week 2: Illinois-Style
The April Evaluation Period is now in the books. And while nothing really earth-shattering or game-changing occurred from an Illinois-based standpoint, there were undoubtedly a few things of note, including the confirmation of the state's #1 player, the emergence of the top prospect in the 2019 class and worthy performances from a few unheralded recruits. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye examines all of it in this report.
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.
Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic Adds 4 New Teams/Charlie Moore Wins Mr. Basketball
With veteran tournament coordinator Joe Spagnolo in charge, it only makes sense that the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic keeps making significant upgrades, as evidenced by the four new teams that will be joining next season's field. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye also has the news concerning this year's Mr. Basketball winner in Illinois which comes as no surprise. All of this information can be found by clicking on the above link.
Class 4A Coach Of The Year: Gene Heidkamp
Gene Heidkamp has really come a long way during his tenure as the varsity boy's basketball coach at Benet Academy. As far as we're concerned, all he continues to do is prove that he is the best prep hoops coach in the state of Illinois. This was evident yet again in this year's state tournament as Heidkamp took a team that doesn't have a single D1 player all the way to the Class 4A state championship game. It is therefore no wonder that Heidkamp is once again our 4A Coach Of The Year. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye explains all of the reasons why in this report.
Class 3A Coach Of The Year: Gene Pingatore
Westchester St. Joseph varsity boy's basketball coach Gene Pingatore's philosophy is one that has consistently worked wonders over the course of 47 years to the point of leaving a lasting legacy. Another chapter in that book was written this season as Pingatore once again had his team playing its best basketball when it mattered the most en route to a fourth place finish in the Class 3A state tournament. That is why Pingatore is the recipient of our Class 3A Coach Of The Year. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has all of the reasons why 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.
The 2017 Class In Illinois--There's A New Sheriff In Town
When Jeremiah Tilmon departed the state of Illinois to attend LaLumiere School the immediate question was raised as to who would take over the #1 ranks in the 2017 class from the Land Of Lincoln. From everything we have seen this season that question has now been answered to the point where there shouldn't even be any debate. Ironically, the player who has ascended to the top of the ranks hails from the same geographic region. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye reveals the new #1 and identifies all of the reasons why in this report.
SIU Lands 2016 Commitment From Prep School Guard
The coaching staff at Southern Illinois University has worked extremely hard at broadening recruiting relationships in Chicago as well as utilizing other channels. It is paying dividens, as the Salukis have secured their third 2016 commitment from a prep school combo guard who played his high school basketball on Chicago's North side. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye elaborates further on SIU's latest 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.
Justin Pierce Opts For The Colonial
While Justin Pierce stuck to his plan throughout his recruitment, that doesn't mean that his final decision regarding his college choice wasn't a tough one. As it turns out, it went down to the wire but in the end Pierce has chosen to play his college basketball for a highly respected school in the Colonial Athletic Association. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye elaborates further on Pierce's 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.
Northwestern Lands Second Commitment From A Top-Ranked In-State Recruit In 2016
It has been no secret that Northwestern University head coach Chris Collins' foremost priority in his 2016 recruiting class was landing a prized big man. As has been the case on so many occasions since taking over the men's basketball program in Evanston, his efforts have paid off big time. That is because Collins and the Wildcats have landed a commitment from one of their top front court targets in the form of a rapidly progressing center from Chicago's suburbs who was recently on campus for an official visit. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye lets everyone know how things went down 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.
John Groce And Illini Recognize Importance Of 2017 Recruiting Class
The 2017 basketball class in Illinois could go down as one of the state's best in recent memory and University Of Illinois head coach John Groce and his hard-working assistants have recognized that as well as anybody. It is therefore no surprise that the Illini have reached out to all of the top in-state prospects in that class by extending scholarship offers. In doing so, they are sending a loud and clear message that they won't be outworked. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye examines the potential impact behind the Illini's current recruiting efforts in this entry.
UIC Head Coach Steve McClain Lands His First Commitment
The aggressive recruiting approach that new UIC head coach Steve McClain and his hard working staff is using with in-state prospects is paying off big time. That is because the Flames have succeeded in landing a coveted big man who they wasted no time in targeting immediately after he received his release from another Horizon League school. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the complete lowdown behind the commitment in this story.
What's In The Water Around St. Louis? Area Rapidly Becoming A Basketball Hotbed
Basketball talent in some geographical areas goes in cycles but right now there is no question that the young talent base in St. Louis and the surrounding areas is absolutely booming. In fact it may be as good as any time in our recent memory. This was plainly evident at the recently concluded NIKE Spring Showdown. In this report Illinois Prep Bulls-eye takes a look at some of the players from the Gateway region that turned our heads at that event.
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.
Christian Negron Puts Himself On National Map With Outstanding Performance At Pangos All-Midwest Frosh/Soph Camp
Others will call it a coming-out party, but we have long been aware of the skills possessed by 2017 forward Christian Negron. And all of them came to fruition recently at the Pangos All-Midwest Frosh/Soph Camp. It explains why why Negron is now receiving national recognition and is rapidly ascending our rankings with respect to top players in Illinois from the class of 2017. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye provides a closer look in this report.
Nebraska & Tim Miles Do It Again In Illinois! Land Commitment From 2016 Wing
What a recruiting roll Tim Miles and his staff at Nebraska are on in the Land Of Lincoln. After landing two pledges in their 2015 class from Illinois the Huskers have added yet another with their first commitment in 2016. It comes courtesy of a highly athletic wing who was outstanding during the July evaluation period. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has more on Nebraska's latest commitment in this story.