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Illinois Last Chance Unsigned Senior Camp Set For Next Month
Once the Illinois high school basketball season ends not only is Spring upon us, but there are also several showcases and camps geared toward the benefitg of high school seniorsx who are still looking to find a college fit.  One that will definitely be worth everyone's while is the Illinois Last Chance Unsigned Senior Camp which will take place in March.  Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has further info which can be obtained by clicking on the above link.

Chicago Public League Playoff Pairings
The Chicago Public League playoffs are set to begin and Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the first round matchups along with the complete playoff schedule.  Both can be found by clicking on the above link.  

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.

Bryce Barnes Commits To Horizon League School
Despite things moving slowly with his recruiting process, Bogan's Bryce Barnes remained patient throughout.  And in the end, he received the offer he was looking for from a school in a highly competitive D1 conference that also allows him the comfort of being able to stay close to home, resulting in a perfect fit.  Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the news behind Barnes' commitment in this story.  

Top Available Spring Recruits In Illinois From 2016
The November signing period has come and gone but there are still more than a few 2016 prospects in Illinois who will still be on the board come the Spring signing period in April and could end up at D1 schools.  Illinois Prep Bulls-eye provides a look at all of them in this update.

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.

Top 5 Non-Chicago Area Boy's Basketball Teams In Illinois
When it comes to projecting the top boy's prep basketball teams in the Land Of Lincoln, Illinois Prep Bulls-eye goes well beyond the Windy City region.  It has the entire state covered, which is fully evident in our breakdown of the top teams outside of the Chicago area.  All of that can be found by clicking on the above link.

Top 5 Sleeper Boy's Basketball Teams In Chicago Area
As we get set to embark on the start of the Illinois high school basketball season, preseason rankings are everywhere, both with respect to top teams and players.  But what about the overlooked teams--the ones that hardly anyone is talking about yet could be surprises.  Illinois Prep Bulls-eye takes an in-depth look at five Chicago area teams that we believe fall into that category, all of which can be found by clicking on the above link.

Illinois Prep Bulls-Eye's Preseason All-State Teams 
Although the state of Illinois lost three top-ranked players to prep schools, there is still more than enough talent in the Land Of Lincoln when it comes to our preseason all-state teams.  Illinois Prep Bulls-eye reveals its choices which can be found by clicking on the above link.

Charlie Moore Opts For American Athletic Conference School
There is no question that Charlie Moore's recruitment encountered some roadblocks which caused him to adjust his mindset on more than one occasion.  However, there was one school that he never deviated from in terms of either his timetable and visit plans.  That proved to make a difference when it came time for Moore to make his decision.  As a result, he will be playing his college basketball in the American Athletic Conference.  Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the particulars surrounding Moore's college choice 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.

November Signing Period Holds Little Drama This Time Around
Yes, we suppose there is still some excitement from a national standpoint when it comes to National Signing Day and the start of the November Signing Period.  But with respect to the state of Illinois, things will be status quo.  There will be very little (if anything) that wasn't known some time ago, which is why most reports you will read will be overblown. Nevertheless, Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has all one needs to know regarding what is relevant when it comes to Illinois-based recruits and Signing Day festivities in this entry. 

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.

Zach Norvell Chooses West Coast Conference School
Zach Norvell's recruitment took a complete turn this past summer after turning in one of the best individual performances of the entire July Evaluation Period in Las Vegas.  And when he did a handful of suitors ascended to the forefront.  In the end the big winner was a West Coast school whose vision for how they see Norvell fitting in to their program proved to be the difference with respect to getting him in the fold.  Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has all of that and more with respect to Norvell's 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.

Jacob Cushing Commits To Big West School
After turning in solid performances on the travel team circuit during the July Evaluation period, Jacob Cushing knew in his mind that he was D1 material. He attracted several scholarship offers but in the end the wing forward decided that he will play his college basketball on the West Coast for a Big West school that wowed him during a recent official visit.  Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the complete lowdown behind Cushing's commitment in this story. 

Illinois Prep Bulls-Eye's Summer Awards
Another Summer Evaluation Period is now in the books and that means it is once again time for an annual staple feature that Illinois Prep Bulls-eye was the originator of and others now try to imitate--our Summer Awards.  As is our tradition, we begin with our Player Of The Summer and will add an award every day until the list is exhausted.  Keep track of all the winners by clicking on the above link.  
Today's Award: Most Necessary Summer Change (Our Final Award)

Transfer Season In Illinois High School Hoops:  What It All Means
With it now being the heart of Summer and the July Evaluation period behind us, the number of transfers with respect to high school basketball recruits in Illinois has once again grown in proportion.  Quite a few notable ones have already occurred, with the potential for more before it's all over.  Illinois Prep Bulls-eye takes a close look at those players who will be transferring, the schools impacted, and who the winners and losers are in this report.

Class Of 2017 Hidden Gem: Tai Bibbs
We have already talked about how loaded Summer Jam was from an Illinois standpoint.  However, what also made it such a worthwhile event to cover was the number of sleeper prospects who emerged.  One such player was undoubtedly 2017 point guard Tai Bibbs from Mercury Elite.  There is no question that Bibbs turned some heads (including ours) with his solid play throughout the week in Mequon, WI.  Illinois Prep Bulls-eye breaks down Bibbs' game further in this hidden gem feature.

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.  

Alan Griffin Headlines 2018 & 2019 Prospects Who Shine At R-B Shootout
Marquis Brown and Chase Adams have received more pub, but Oak Park's Alan Griffin has proven to be just as consistent when it comes to talking about top 2018 prospects in Illinois.  That was certainly the case on the first day at the Riverside-Brookfield Summer Shootout, where Griffin's outstanding play led Oak Park to a first place finish in their pool.  Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has more on Griffin's game as well as a closer look at Adams and a 2019 prospect who stood out at R-B in this story.  

R-B Summer Shootut Preview
The Riverside-Brookfield Summer Shootout remains the premier high school boy's team shootout of the summer in Illinois.  And the biggest reason why is Shootout Coordinator Mike Reingruber's commitment to excellence.  Because of that, the shootout once again features the best teams and players that the Chicago area has to offer.  Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has all of the particulars with respect to this year's shootout in this sneak preview.   

Marcus LoVett Closes It Out On Final Day Of Spring Signing Period: Signs With Big East School
Admit it folks! Most of you thought that Morgan Park's Marcus LoVett would either be reclassifying and heading to a prep school next season or going to a junior college.  For a while we even thought that might be the case ourselves.  However, despite academic uncertainties that continue to abound, LoVett has put those notions to rest as he has signed with a Big East program that stuck with him through thick and thin.  Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has everything of pertinence surrounding LoVett's college choice in this story.

Analysis & Commentary: Gordie Kerkman Exits The Same Way He Entered--With Style And Class
Yesterday marked the end of an era when West Aurora's Gordie Kerkman decided to call it quits after 39 years as the school's varsity boy's basketball coach.  Illinois Prep Bulls-eye examines the impact that Kerkman had and why he will always be remembered and held in the highest regard in this commentary.  

Navigato Will Stay In MAC AFter All
TAfter receiving his release from Buffalo following the departure of Bobby Hurley to Arizona State, Geneva's Nate Navigato had a handful of alternative options on the table.  However, in the end Navigato familiarity with another MAC program that had recruited him from the beginning proved to be the difference.  As a result, he is off the board once again.  Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the skinny surrounding Navigato's commitment in this story.

Tom Crean & Indiana Add Preferred Walkon To Their 2015 Recruiting Class
Indiana University head coach Tom Crean struck paydirt when he was able to recruit Nick Zeisloft as a fifth year graduate transfer and now he has gone a different route with respect to landing players from Illinois.  That is because Crean and the Hoosiers have received a commitment from a highly underrated point guard who will join next year's squad as a preferred walkon.  And ironically, he hails from the same high school as Zeisloft.  Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has more behind IU's 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. 

Class Of 2017 Hidden Gem: Cameron Krutwig
Although he has not gotten much exposure over the past year 2017 post Cameron Krutwig has simply let his game do the talking.  He has consistently put up big numbers versus quality competition both on the high school and travel team circuits.  In doing so Krutwig has proven to be a true hidden gem in the 2017 class.  Illinois Prep Bulls-eye provides a closer look at what Krutwig brings to the table 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.

Northwestern Lands A Huge 2016 Commitment
Northwestern head coach Chris Collins and his hard working staff did a spectacular job of recruiting the 2015 class and are now off to a great start with respect to 2016.  That is because Collins and the Wildcats have secured a commitment from the top-ranked prospect in Illinois from that class, a player they had targeted for quite some time.  Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has all of the specifics behind Northwestern's latest 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.  

Class 4A Co-Coaches Of The Year: Tom McCloskey & Dave Witzig
As always, there were plenty of worthy candidates to choose from when it came to selecting our Class 4A Coach Of The Year in Illinois.  However, at the end of the day we felt that two coaches in particular had separated themselves from the rest of the pack.  That is why Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has named co-winners of our 2015 4A COY award.  We have the complete breakdown in this story.  

LoVett Hype Aside, Moore Could Prove To Be Just As Good
Maybe it's due to the fact that most all of the attention at Morgan Park centers around Marcus "Bright Lights" LoVett. Or perhaps it's because he just can't seem to shake the stigma of being an undersized guard.  Whatever the case, there is no question that Charlie Moore deserves more respect than what he has received thus far, as he has consistently proven that he ranks among the top 2016 players in Illinois.  Illinois Prep Bulls-eye states its case for Moore in this report.   

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.        

Class Of 2017 Player Watch: Christian Negron
The future of the 2017 class in Illinois is a bright one as several players have already begun to make names for themselves.  After getting our first good look at Elgin Larkin's Christian Negron at the Jim Hinkle Holiday Classic we believe that he is a player who clearly deserves to be near the top of the list.  In fact, at the present time there is one area where Negron is head and shoulders above all other Illinois-based prospects in 2017.  Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has more on Negron in this Player Watch feature.     

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.