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Obediah Church Commits To Missouri Valley Conference School
Springfield's Obediah Church needed to wait and see how certain things were going to play out with respect to his recruitment. However, once they did he had a clear idea of where he wants to go and is most confident with his decision. As a result,he will be heading to the Missouri Valley Conference. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye fills everyone in on Church's choice in this story.
Tyler Hall Pledges To Big Sky School
As the saying goes, recruiting is often all about relationships. That was certainly the case with respect to the recruitment of Rock Island'sTyler Hall as the comfort level that existed between him and the head coach of the program that he pledged to ended up being the difference. As a result Hall is in the fold for a Big Sky school. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has more behind Hall's commitment in this story.
Wisconsin-Green Bay Lands Second 2015 Commitment
With University Of Green Bay head coach Brian Wardle having three Illinois-based recruits on campus this past weekend for official visits it was a good bet that he would land a commitment from at least one of them. Sure enough, that is now the case and as a result a skilled big man from Chicago's southwest suburbs is now in the fold. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye fills everyone in on the Phoenix's latest commit in this story.
SIU-Edwardsville Lands Commitment From Local Area Wing
SIU-Edwardsville head coach Lennox Forrester and his assistants were absolute workhorses throughout the July Evaluation Period, leaving no stone unturned when it came to in-state prospects in the 2015 class. And because of it, their efforts have paid off big-time, as the Cougars have landed their first 2015 commitment in the form of a highly athletic wing right in their back yard. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has all the details behind the pledge in this story.
Team Rose Shootout Set For November 30
While the opening month of the high school basketball season in Illinois will have its usual fill of Thanksgiving and Christmas tournaments, there will also also be a plethora of team shootouts on tap. And one that will be well-worth watching for any basketball junkie will be the Team Rose Shootout, which is sure to have some of the best talent in the Chicago area as well as downstate Illinois on hand. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the skinny which can be found by clicking on the above link.
Chicago High Potential/Blue-Chip Fall Showcase Coming Up Soon
The Chicago High Potential/Blue-Chip Fall Showcase is a must for any high school basketball player looking to polish up their game, compete against top-flight competition and broaden their scholarship opportunities. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the lowdown on this year's showcase which can be found by clicking on the above link.
Trevor Stumpe Decides On Southern Conference School
For Plainfield North's Trevor Stumpe one of the primary factors that entered into his recruitment was whether he wanted to stay close to home or get away. After completing his second official campus visit that question has now been answered. As a result Stumpe's decision is finalized--he will play his college basketball for a Southern Conference school. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has all of the specifics surrounding Stumpe's commitment in this story.
Weekend Visitors: September 12
Another busy weekend of campus visits is on tap from an Illinois-based standpoint. And once again, a lot could be on the line with respect to decisions being reached. Iowa and Wisconsin-Green Bay in particular are two schools that have a big recruiting weekend planned. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye takes a close look at that plus all of the other visits that lie ahead in this edition of "Weekend Visitors."
Jalen Brunson Will Play In The Big East
Who says that you can't return to your roots? For Jalen Brunson and his father Rick the opportunity to do just that ended up being a primary driving force in Jalen's recruitment. That, along with a few other factors that worked in the winner's favor resulted in him announcing that he has committed to a Big East school. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has all that you need to know with respect to Brunson's commitment in this story.
Weekend Visitors: September 5
While the opening weekend of official campus visits was filled with activity this weekend appears to be relatively light with respect to Illinois-based recruits. Once again all eyes will be on Jalen Brunson as he takes his second official. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye takes a look at that and other notable visits in this week's edition of "Weekend Visitors."
Glynn Watson Ends Recruitment By Committing To Big Ten School
As the recruitment of St. Joseph's Glynn Watson wound down one thing that was clear was that he would be playing his college basketball in the state of Nebraska. The only question was who would end up reaping the reward? That question has now been answered, as Watson closed things out by committing to the school that he took his first official visit to this weekend. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has all of the pertinent news on Watson's commitment in this story.
Admiral Schofield Commits To SEC School
After performing in spectacular fashion throughout the July Evaluation Period, scholarship offers for Zion-Benton's Admiral Schofield came in by the dozen (literally!). However, once Schofield ultimately received his first offer from a high major program it changed the complexion of his recruitment completely. It is therefore no surprise that he ended up committing to a SEC school immediately upon the conclusion of his official visit there. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the full details on the commitment in this story.
Weekend Visitors: August 29
The first full weekend of on-campus recruiting visits is a big one, with several notable recruits beginning to take official visits, all of which could could have a significant impact on their final decision. In our first installment of "Weekend Visitors" Illinois Prep Bulls-eye breaks down and analyzes all visits of note with respect to Illinois-based recruits this holiday weekend.
Let's Play Hoops Fall League/Illinois Old School Skills Academy Set To Kick Off In September
In addition to the numerous showcase events there will also be a glut of exposure leagues and skill academies taking place throughout the fall in Illinois. With that in mind, Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has information on two of the most notable ones which can be found by clicking on the above link.
More Recruiting Blurbs
It is that time of year again--the start of school is just around the corner and the July Evaluation period has concluded. And what that means is that there's a lot on the line for many of the top high school basketball prospects in Illinois from the class of 2015. In fact, many of them have already begun the process of zooming in on their recruitment by narrowing their lists and finalizing dates for official campus visits. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye focuses on all of the recruiting news surrounding Illinois-based prospects in 2015 in the latest edition of our recruiting blurbs.
Illinois Prep Bulls-Eye's Summer Awards
The July Evaluation Period is now history and that means that it is once again time for Illinois Prep Bulls-eye to present its annual Summer Awards. As always, they will encompass all of the best as it pertains to high school basketball recruits in the state of Illinois. We begin with our Player Of The Summer and will add an award winner each day until our list is exhausted.
Today's Award: Most Disturbing Trend Of The Summer (Our Final Award)
Recruiting Blurbs From Peach Jam And Beyond
Illinois-based teams were well-represented at the two premier events held during week two of the July Evaluation Period--the EYBL Finals/NIKE Peach Jam in North Augusta, SC and the Under Armour Finals in Suwanee, GA. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye was there as well and fills everyone in on the latest recruiting buzz as it pertains to several prospects from the Land Of Lincoln who were in attendance at these events.
July Evaluation Period Week 1 Synopsis Illinois-Style
As has often been the case in past, there was nothing earth-shattering during the first week of the July evaluation period as it pertained to Illinois-based recruits. However, there were some notable developments, including a number of players who proved that they are worthy of increased recruiting attention based on their play. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye offers up a week in review in this report.
Roland Griffin Will Stay In-State: Commits To Missouri Valley Conference School
There were indicators from the very beginning that the recruitment of West Aurora's Roland Griffin would not be long or drawn out. And sure enough, Griffin has decided to close things out as a result. He has committed to a Missouri Valley program that was in on him from the get-go and made him a huge priority. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the breaking news on Griffin's commitment in this story.
Nixon Headed To Mountain West--Adway Opts For MAC
Father's Day ended up being Commitment Day for a couple of Illinois-based recruits in the class of 2015. One was combo guard Prentiss Nixon, who closed it out in favor of a Mountain West school while on his official visit. The other is unheralded forward Taylor Adway who pulled the trigger for a MAC school that had been the leader for his services from the get-go. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye fills everyone in on both commitments in this story.
Class of 2016 Player Watch: Antonio Johnson
There is plenty of young talent on hand at East St. Louis High School including highly acclaimed 6'9 2017 post Jeremiah Tilmon. However, as of now the team's most efficient offensive performer is a 2016 prospect who has gone relatively unnoticed. We are talking about 6'3 combo guard Antonio Johnson. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye breaks down Johnson's game and why he is a recruit coaches need to know in this player watch.
The Top 5 Under-recruited Prospects In Illinois From 2015
The 2015 high school basketball class in Illinois has as many under-the-radar prospects as any in recent memory. As a result, many of them are still being under-recruited. In this update, Illinois Prep Bulls-eye breaks down who all of them are including our look at the top 5 in that category.
A Little Of This And That From R-B Shootout
With many of the top prospects in Illinois from the 2015 and 2016 classes not in attendance, this year's Riverside-Brookfield Summer Shootout offered an opportunity for several others to come to the forefront. More than a few were up to the task. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye takes a look at some of the top performances and other notable accomplishments from the shootout in this wrapup.
R-B Summer Shootout Is Loaded Again As Usual
With the arrival of June comes the start of the high school team shootout season in Illinois. It begins with the best of the bunch--the Riverside-Brookfield Summer Shootout, where the list of top teams and players that will be participating reads like a "who's who." Illinois Prep Bulls-eye offers an in-depth preview of the shootout in this report.
Malek Harris Announces For Big 12 School
Malek Harris chose to honor his mother on Mother's Day by announcing his college decision. At the same time, there is no question that it will end up being just as special a day for the Big 12 coach that Harris ended up committing to. That is because Harris is arguably the most talented recruit that coach has landed to date since being in that conference. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye lets everyone know how Harris' commitment went down in this story.
Proviso West Holiday Tournament To Return To 16 Teams
It appears as though changes are in store once again for the prestigious Proviso West Holiday Tournament. With new people in charge, the decision has been made to return the tournament to its original format after going to an expanded field the past two years. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye breaks it all down, takes a look at some of the parties affected and examines what it means in this report.
Editor's Note: This entry has since been updated to reflect the latest development concerning one of the teams initially affected by the tournament's reduction to 16 teams.
Luwane Pipkins Decides To End It Early--Commits To Atlantic Ten School
Make no mistake about it--the Chicago hype machine was in full force when it came to analyzing the recruitment of Luwane Pipkins to the point where none of them were living in the real world. Fortunately for Pipkins, he and his high school coach saw the reality of the situation from the very beginning. As a result, Pipkins' recruitment ended exactly the way it should have--with one of the toughest and fiercest competitors in the Chicago Public League finding an Atlantic Ten school that is a perfect fit for him. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the facts behind Pipkins' commitment in this story.
Darreon Reddick Commits To Ohio Valley Conference School
The recruitment of Belleville East's Darreon Reddick has been up and down over the course of the past year and it was filled with tons of uncertainty heading into the Spring Signing Period. But after spending the majority of the winter focusing on his high school season, Reddick at long last has found the school that he believes to be the best fit for him. As a result, he is now off the board and will be headed to the Ohio Valley Conference. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the details behind Reddick's commitment in this story.
Josh Cunningham Lands In The Missouri Valley
Despite choosing to take things into the Spring, it has long been believed that one school held a definite advantage when it came to the recruitment of Morgan Park's Josh Cunningham. Sure enough, that has proven to be the case. That is because after a long drawn-out process which saw some twists and turns along the way, Cunningham has decided to go with the school that showed love from the very beginning, which is why he will be playing his college ball in the Missouri Valley Conference. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has all the details surrounding Cunningham's commitment in this story.
Hillsdale College Lands Third 2014 Recruit From Illinois
It is no small coincidence that there is a direct relationship between the level of success Hillsdale College head coach John Tharp and his staff have had in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference and their ability to recruit the state of Illinois. And the Chargers are showing no signs of letting up in that area, as they have secured their third 2014 recruit from the Land Of Lincoln in the form of a front court player with strong perimeter skills. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has more behind the commitment in this story.
Lewis University Lands Their Second 2014 Commit
Lewis University head coach Scott Trost has gone a long way toward solidifying the Flyers' back court for the next four years. That is because he has secured a commitment from a sharpshooting guard who was the leading scorer in the Peoria area this past season. In doing so, the Flyer's greatest recruiting needs in the 2014 class have been successfully fulfilled. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the news behind Lewis' latest pledge in this story.
Lewis University Lands 2014 Commitment From Athletic 2-Guard
Lewis University head coach Scott Trost had made it no secret that landing an athletic wing was his foremost priority when it came to his 2014 recruiting class. Sure enough, he has succeeded in getting exactly the type of player he was looking for. That is because the Flyers have secured a commitment from a high-scoring and athletic off-guard from Chicago's southwest suburbs who Trost and his staff had been targeting from day one. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the news on the commitment in this story.
Northwestern Lands Its First 2015 Commitment (Updated)
One reason why Northwestern head coach Chris Collins has been so successful on the recruiting trail is because of his ability to identify viable targets early, zoom in on them and then close the deal. With that said, Collins has done so yet again as the Wildcats have secured their first commitment in their 2015 recruiting class in the form of a highly athletic local 2-guard who fits the Northwestern mold of a true student-athlete to a tee. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye lets everyone know how the commitment came about in this story.
Morgan Park Wins A Thriller At Joliet Supersectional To Advance To 3A State Finals
The Class 3A supersectional at Joliet Central was everything you could ask for between two Chicago Public League powers who know each other extremely well. When the final horn sounded, it was Morgan Park who stood tall as they emerged with a one point victory to move on to the state finals in Peoria. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has more in this report.
Stevenson Shows Why They're #1 In Winning Lake Zurich 4A Sectional Title
The biggest reason why Stevenson is the favorite to win the Class 4A state championship in Illinois is because their entire team has responded in big-game situations all season long. They did so once again in their Class 4A sectional final contest versus previously undefeated Fremd. In the end it was the full-court pressure that Stevenson applied defensively along with the tremendous 1-2 punch of Jalen Brunsonand Connor Cashaw offensively that resulted in them capturing the sectional championship at Lake Zurich and moving on to the supersectional at Northern Illinois University. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has further details in this report.
Whitney Young Punches Ticket To 4A Sectional Final At Marist By Defeating Simeon
The Class 4A sectional final between Whitney Young and Simeon was highly entertaining and had lots of intrigue. When the chips were down, Whitney Young accomplished the two things that they knew from the beginning were essential to them getting the win: getting the ball to their franchise big man and clamping down defensively. As a result, they have moved one step closer to the state finals in Peoria. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye expounds further in this report.
Benet Academy Reaches 4A Sectional Final At East Aurora Behind Stellar Defensive Effort
While Sean O'Mara is a dominant offensive force in the paint, if Benet Academy reaches the Class 4A state finals in Peoria it will be primarily on account of their outstanding defense. That was fully evident in their sectional semifinal victory over Hinsdale Central as they held their opponent's best player in check and forced the rest of the Hinsdale squad into a bad shooting night. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has more on Benet's sectional win in this report.
Brandon Hutton Pulls Trigger For Big Ten School During Unofficial Visit
De La Salle's Brandon Hutton had been focused on four schools when it came to his recruitment and we knew things were moving quickly. However, after recently completing an unofficial visit to one of his frontrunners he concluded that it is the place for him. As a result, Hutton will be playing his college basketball in the Big Ten. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the goods on Hutton's commitment in this story.
Charles Matthews Opts For The SEC
St. Rita's Charles Matthews has always had a fondness for a particular coach with a proven history of success when it comes to putting guards in the NBA. Combine that with the other top players that coach has landed from Matthews' traveling team program and Matthews decided there was no need to prolong his recruitment any longer. It is therefore no surprise that he will be headed to the SEC. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has all you need to know with respect to Matthews' commitment in this story.
Class Of 2015 Hidden Gem: Matt Johnson
There is no question that the splendid 1-2 punch of Jalen Brunson and Connor Cashaw get most of the ink for Stevenson, but it is safe to say that the team may not be where they are at right now without the outstanding play of 2015 combo guard Matt Johnson, who has come up big more often than not. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye breaks down Johnson's game and explains why he is a player that D1 schools should have on their radar in this hidden gem feature.
Aaron Jordan Commits To Big Ten School
Plainfield East's Aaron Jordan had been hinting that he was on the verge of a decision with respect to his recruitment. And sure enough, after taking yet another visit to a Big Ten school that has been a favorite all along, Jordan finally opted to close things out. As a result, he becomes that school's second commit from the 2015 class. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye breaks down Jordan's commitment further 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.