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Fundamental University Set To Conduct Mini Camp
Fundamental University's Mini Camp is a unique program like no other, designed to prepare high school basketball players for the commitment and desire to reach their goals of being a college athlete. With that in mind, the dates, times and location for this year's Mini Camp has been set. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has all of the particulars which can be found by clicking on the above link.
Editor's Note: This entry has since been updated as the dates for the third and fourth tryouts have been changed.
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.
Illinois Old School Set To Conduct Spring Tryouts
Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has all of the information regarding Illinois Old School's Spring tryout dates for their boy's basketball travel teams, with age groups ranging from third grade all the way through senior year of high school. It can be found by clicking on the above link.
Who Are The Darkhorses To Reach The State Finals In Peoria In 3A And 4A?
Everyone who follows Illinois high school basketball knows that teams such as Stevenson, Curie, Whitney Young, Marian Catholic and Simeon are all serious contenders for the Class 4A state championship while Lanphier, Orr, St. Joseph, Morgan Park, Bogan and North Chicago are among the frontrunners in Class 3A. But what other teams stand a reasonable chance of advancing to the state finals in Peoria--the ones no one is talking about? In this report Illinois Prep Bulls-eye looks at the five teams from amongst both the 3A and 4A ranks who we think are most capable of spoiling the party for the favorites.
Holy Smokes! Peyton Allen Stuns Many By Opting For SEC School
With Peyton Allen having set a vigorous official visit consisting of four schools in a three week stretch and having a prominent ACC school monitoring him as well, it was thought that it would be until the end of February at the earliest before he would be ready to render a decision. SURPRISE! In an move that almost came out of nowhere, Allen has decided to wrap things up, as he has committed to a SEC school that he took an official visit to just over a week ago. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has all of the particulars behind Allen's commitment in this story.
Lamont Walker Is Seeking But Has Not Yet Been Granted His Release From UMKC
This seems to be an unusual time of the year for an incoming recruit to want out of a letter of intent, but such is the case with Morgan Park's Lamont Walker. It so happens that Walker has requested his release from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. However, questions abound as to whether or not it will be granted and the situation appears to be more complicated than what is on the surface. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye elaborates further in this report.
Editor's Note: This entry has since been updated to reflect the most recent developments concerning this situation.
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.
Three Illinois-Based 2014 Recruits Named McDonald's All-Americans
There is little debate that when it comes to the class of 2014 the high school basketball talent in Illinois stacks up as well as (if not better than) any other state in the nation. That was certainly confirmed today, as three of the top prospects from the Land Of Lincoln were named McDonald's All-Americans. The selections should come as no surprise to anyone who follows the game. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has more in this report.
Kurt Hall Commits To MAC School
There was one school that was well ahead of the game when it came to the recruitment of North Chicago's Kurt Hall. That is why Hall long had the feeling that it was only a matter of time before he would be offering up a commitment to his frontrunner. Sure enough, things played out exactly that way and as a result Hall will be playing his college basketball in the MAC. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has further details behind the commitment in this story.
Loyola Academy Represents "Old School" Basketball At Its Finest
Being what folks in the establishment would call "basketball purists", we have a deep appreciation for high school programs that win by fully understanding the meaning of the word TEAM. And perhaps no other boy's team in Illinois personifies that more than Loyola Academy. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye tells everyone why they may be the best team in the Chicago Catholic League and why they are a pleasure to watch in this report.
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.
It's Not A Chip On Cliff Alexander's Shoulder: It's A Boulder
Ever since his infamous double technical incident at the Derrick Rose Shootout, Curie's Cliff Alexander is more focused and more determined than ever. It seems as though he is taking a new approach to things in his quest to prove that he is the best high school player in the nation, and quite frankly, we love what we are now seeing. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye takes a look at what could lie ahead for Alexander and his team should he continue on his tear.
Jalen Brunson & Connor Cashaw--The State's Premier 1-2 Punch
There are plenty of top high school basketball teams in Illinois that sport talented and dynamic duos. But after leading Stevenson to the championship of the prestigious Proviso West Holiday Tournament we are convinced that there is none better than Jalen Brunson and Connor Cashaw. In this report, Illinois Prep Bulls-eye provides further analysis on both of these top 2015 prospects and what makes them so special.
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.
Analysis And Commentary: IHSA Boy's Basketball Sectional Pairings Offer Further Indictment Of Four-Class System
The Illinois High School Association has never figured it out when it comes to all of the fallacies with the four-class system they implented six years ago four the state tournaments in boy's basketball. It simply hasn't worked and every move the IHSA makes only tarnishes a once great event even further. The latest evidence can be found in this year's sectional assignments for both Class 3A and 4A. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye offers further thoughts on the matter in this analysis and commentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.