Conference Preview: Upstate Eight


Posted On: 11/20/17 5:00 AM

The high school season is almost here in the state of Illinois!  With that we look at some of the top conferences throughout the state and some of the prospects in those conferences!  Today it is the Upstate Eight!


Pre-Season Player of Year

C Jalen Shaw (Larkin – 2018)

Larkin has an outstanding inside-outside duo in their senior class.  Our pick for pre-season player of the year is their center Jalen Shaw.  He has great size and the ability to change the game in so many ways.  He won’t see many post players with his size or skill this season that can match up with him.  Look for Shaw to regularly put up double doubles while also swatting a large number of shots.


Players to Watch

PG Camron Donatlan (West Aurora – 2018)
PG Traevon Brown (West Aurora – 2019)
PG Ben Tompson (Bartlett – 2018)
SG Austin Gates (Bartlett – 2019)
SG Eric Peterson (Batavia – 2018)
SF Jayden Johnson (Batavia – 2020)
SF Mattel McCurry (South Elgin – 2019)
C Jalen Shaw (Larkin – 2018)
SG Anthony Lynch (Larkin – 2018)
PG Jack McDonald (Geneva – 2019)
PF Kyle King (St. Charles North – 2018)
SF Cade Callaghan (St. Charles North – 2018)
PG Zach Ludwig (St. Charles North – 2018)
SF Justin Hardy (St. Charles East – 2018)
PG Zach Robinson (St. Charles East – 2018)
PF Keenon Cole (Streamwood – 2019)

Top Contenders

  1. Larkin
  2. St. Charles North
  3. St. Charles East
  4. Geneva
  5. West Aurora