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Matt Rafferty Pulls A Surprise By Committing To Southern Conference School
Matt Rafferty's recruitment was about as close to the vest as any could possibly be. So much so that not only was there uncertainty over which schools were contenders, but NO ONE (and I mean NO ONE) outside of Rafferty's inner circle saw a committing coming to the school that he ultimately chose. Nevertheless, Rafferty is now off the board, as he has pledged to a Southern Conference school where he should be an immediate impact player. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the news surrounding Rafferty's commitment in this story.
Travel Teams Conducting Spring Tryouts
Believe it or not the Spring travel team season is just around the corner and that means that a number of programs have set dates for their Spring tryouts for teams at all levels. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has pertinent information regarding various tryouts being held over the course of the next month which can be found by clicking on the above link.
Editor's Note: This entry has since been updated to reflect changes made with respect to the Fundamental University Minicamp Tryouts.
Five "Darkhorse" Teams To Watch Out For In IL State Tournament
Seedings meetings will take place next week and the start of the state tournament in Illinois for boy's basketball is just around the corner. With that in mind, in this report Illinois Prep Bulls-eye takes a look at five teams that not too many are talking about but could be major sleepers once March Madness rolls around.
McDonald's All-American Teams Announced
Chicago will once again be home to the most prestigious all-star game in boy's high school basketball--the McDonald's All-American Game. However, the state of Illinois will be represented by only one player in the class of 2015 and it's the one that everyone expected. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the complete McDonald's rosters which can be found by clicking on the above link.
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.
Recruiting Attention Continues To Mount For Ivanauskas, Rakocevic
While a few 2015 prospects in Illinois remain unsigned, the recruiting activity remains hot and heavy for the state's top two players in the class of 2016--Barrington's Rapolas Ivanauskas and St. Joseph's Nick Rakocevic. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the latest with respect to both in this update.
Kain Harris Commits To American Conference School On Heels Of His Team's Huge Win On National TV
Sometimes when things are completely going your way you just go with the flow. St. Rita's Kain Harris did that tonight and then some. That is because after his team achieved a huge win in a nationally televised game versus a Chicago Public League powerhouse, he then announced that he has committed to an American Conference program. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the lowdown behind Harris' decision in this story.
Class Of 2017 Player Watch: Alonzo Verge Jr.
Illinois Prep Bulls-eye recently got its first extensive look at one of the top 2017 prospects in Illinois--Willowbrook's Alonzo Verge Jr. And there is no question that we came away with a lot of positive vibes that go well beyond his tremendous scoring ability. We provide a further breakdown of Verge's game in this Player Watch story.
Balance Is Name Of The Game With IHSA's 2015 Sectional Assignments
This year's sectionals for the IHSA's state tournament in boy's basketball feature the most balance that they have ever had since the advent of the four class system. As a result, there is no true heavyweight amongst any of the top sectionals in either Class 3A or 4A, unlike previous years. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye offers further analysis as it pertains to the sectional assignments and explains why the IHSA deserves props on a job well-done in this report.
Illinois' Top 6 HS Basketball Conferences
With Thanksgiving Tournaments across the state of Illinois now in the books the conference season will be starting in Illinois high school basketball this week. With that in mind, Illinois Prep Bulls-eye breaks down the six conferences that shape up as the best in the state in this report.
Class Of 2017 Player Watch: Iman Reynolds
Hinsdale South features one of the top big men in Illinois from the 2016 class but how many people knew about Iman Reynolds prior to this week? The answer is virtually no one, but that's OK because Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has you covered. Reynolds turned our heads and then some with his outstanding play at the Hinsdale Central-Lyons Township Thanksgiving Tournament and as a result we have concluded that he ranks among the top 2017 prospects in the state. We break down Reynolds' game further in this player watch.
Illinois Prep Bulls-eye's Preseason All-State Teams
It may not mean as much now as it will at the end of the season, but Illinois Prep Bulls-eye takes a look at those Illinois-based high school basketball players who will be most vital to their team's efforts in 2014-15 with our preseason all-state teams. Teams are regardless of class and are not based on college potential.
These 5 Illinois-Based HS Hoops Teams Could Surprise
Everyone who follows high school basketball in Illinois knows that the two top-ranked teams to start the 2014-15 season are Stevenson and Simeon. But what teams aren't getting their just due? Illinois Prep Bulls-eye takes a closer look at that and in this report offers a peek at five schools who could make their way into the area rankings sooner rather than later.
Pat McNamara Finds His Fit By Committing To D2 School
While Pat McNamara received widespread recruiting interest from a number of D2 schools as well as a few D1s, he was sure to take his time in order to find what he perceived to be the right fit. After taking an official visit early last month, he succeeded in doing just that. As a result, McNamara is now in the fold for a D2 program in the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association who should undoubtedly be able to utilize his skills to the fullest. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has more on McNamara's commitment in this story.
Isaiah Moss Ends Recruitment By Committing To Big Ten School
The opportunity to make an immediate impact at a high major program relatively close to home was a foremost criteria in the recruitment of Simeon's Isaiah Moss. As it turns out, Moss ended up choosing a school that completely satisfies those needs and in doing so will offer him the best of both worlds. That is why Moss ended things by committing to a Big Ten school during his official visit there. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye breaks down Moss' decision in this story.
Nick Robinson Makes Statement At NY2LA Futures Camp
As we have said before, it is one thing to emerge as a "breakout" player--it is another thing altogether to take your game to another level. But that is exactly what Kenwood's Nick Robinson has done since the beginning of the summer. And after performing in dominating fashion at the Futures Camp presented by NY2LA Sports Robinson has now become a serious contender to project as the top player in Illinois from the 2016 class. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has more on Robinson's game and everything that he brings to the table in this report.
SIU-Edwardsville Lands Their Second 2015 Commitment
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville head coach Lennox Forrester is quietly putting together a most solid 2015 recruiting class. And it has now gotten stronger as the Cougars have landed their second in-state commitment from that class thanks in large part to the effort from one of their assistants. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has all of the goods on SIU-E's latest commitment in this story.
Ivy League It Is For Evan Boudreaux
Although he had other scholarship opportunities in front of him, somehow you just knew that when it came to the recruitment of Evan Boudreaux the Ivy League would ultimately be waiting. That proved to the be the case and after taking official visits to a pair of Ivy League schools and taking everything into consideration, Boudreaux has made his choice. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the news surrounding Boudreaux's commitment in this story.
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.
Gavin Block Commits To MAC School
We said in our most "Weekend Visitors" entry that the recruitment of Lincoln's Gavin Block was winding down and would be ending soon and sure enough that is exactly what happened. That is because after taking an official visit this past weekend which resulted in a scholarship offer, a MAC program has now landed a highly undervalued and fundamentally sound wing player. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the skinny behind Block's commitment in this story.
Karl Harris Commits To Atlantic Ten School
De La Salle's Karl Harris and those in his camp felt all along that it was only a matter of time before he would receive the scholarship offer that he was looking for. Sure enough that proved to be the case. Once it happened and Harris ended up visiting the campus, his commitment was a done deal. That is why Harris will be playing his college basketball in the Atlantic Ten. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has all of the particulars behind Harris' commitment in this story.
Northern Illinois University Lands Their Fourth 2015 Commitment
If there is one word that accurately describes Northern Illinois University head coach Mark Montgomery's 2015 recruiting class it is "diversity." That is because it includes several multi-dimensional players who can play at least two positions. Montgomery and the Huskies have added another piece to that puzzle by securing their fourth 2015 commitment in the form of a big combo guard with local roots. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye elaborates further on NIU's latest commit in this story.
Armani Chaney Commits To Ohio Valley Conference School
There was never much mystery when it came to the recruitment of Armani Chaney. The bottom line is that it was all about loyalty to an Ohio Valley Conference school that got involved with Chaney early and whose head coach has a history of recruiting success in Illinois. That is why after having an in-home visit and taking an official to the school's campus, Chaney is now off the board. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has all the news with respect to Chaney's commitment in this story.
Connor Cashaw Commits To Conference USA School
Rumors had been swirling for quite some time that Connor Cashaw could be headed to an Ivy League school as part of a package deal with one of his AAU teammates. However, that will not be happening. Instead, Cashaw has closed out his recruitment by announcing that he will be playing his college basketball for a school in Conference USA. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has everything of pertinence with respect to Cashaw's commitment in this story.
Weisner Perez Commits To Ivy League School
It has been known for quite some time that Morton's Weisner Perez would be headed to an Ivy League school for college. The only question was which one it would be. That question has now been answered as Perez has chosen his school. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has more on Perez's commitment in this story.
Lewis University Lands Their First 2015 Commitment
While Lewis University head coach Scott Trost has been recruiting a number of in-state guards in the 2015 class he has also had a clear-cut pecking order when it comes to which ones he is targeting the most heavily. And once again as a result of his hard work and strong connections, Trost has succeeded in landing a 2015 commitment from the player who was #1 on his priority list. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye fills everyone in on the Flyers' latest commitment in this story.
John Groce And Illinois Land A Huge Commitment From 2015 Guard
University Of Illinois head coach John Groce has known all along how essential landing a top-flight point guard has been with respect to his 2015 recruiting class. And due to his diligence and hard work, he has been rewarded in more ways than one. That is because Groce and the Illini have succeeded in landing a highly significant pledge from a talented 2015 back court prospect who can not only play the point but also has tremendous scoring capability. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the all the goods on the Illini's latest commitment in this story.
Nebraska Continues Their Recruiting Roll In Illinois With Latest 2015 Commit
Nebraska head coach Tim Miles and his staff have done an outstanding job of utilizing the strong connections they have with many of the key high school basketball figures in Illinois and therefore taking advantage of the opportunities presented. And it is paying off in a huge way, as the Cornhuskers landed their second 2015 commit from the Land Of Lincoln after he concluded his official visit this weekend. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has all of the facts surrounding the commitment in this story.
Nate Navigato Commits To MAC School
Sometimes in recruiting it reaches a point where a school has made its pitch so successfully that a recruit doesn't need to hear or see anything more from anyone else. That was undoubtedly the case with Geneva's Nate Navigato. Why? Because after taking an official visit to a MAC school and then having the coaching staff visit him twice within a week Navigato knew that was the place for him. As a result, he is now off the board. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has all of the particulars behind Navigato's commitment in this story.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'sRoland 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.