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Posted On: 07/6/18 6:00 PM
PrepHoopsIllinois attended the West Coast Elite Chicago High Academic Showcase on Friday in Waukegan. We will have more scouting and a recruiting notebook, but here we begin with the standout performers.
PG Luke Scheffers (St Charles North – 2020)
Sheffers has proven mostly to be a pass first lead guard early in his career. Excellent distributor that works well in the pick and roll finding teammates for clean looks. His scoring game was on point as well Thursday going for 25+ in the game we saw. Smooth pull up shooter that hit from both mid-range and three. Also got loose quite a bit for layups in transition.
SF Jayden Johnson (Batavia – 2020)
Johnson was the top prospect at the event checking in at #10 in the 2020 PHI rankings. What you have to love about Johnson’s game is his shooting and basketball IQ. Crafty wing that just knows how to play the game and not force things. Passed it well getting his guys involved while still scoring.
SF Connor Kochera (St Viator – 2020)
Kochera is a wing that is seeing his stock steadily rise! He had a quality spring and showed again those aspects that make him one to track. Plus size for position and he is versatile. Handles it well in space taking his man off the dribble, but is equally as effective scoring cutting without the ball getting passes on the move. Really like his all-around game!
PG Nolan Niego (Lyons – 2019)
Niego had quite a day! The Lyons point guard is a crisp ball handler and shooter. He was on fire drilling pull ups from EVERYWHERE! I don’t think I saw him miss a single one. Dishes the rock with a purpose hitting the open guy in a place where they can do damage. Tough, competitive, and leader describe him!
C Brian Mathews (DePaul Prep – 2021)
We haven’t seen this young post in a while and were impressed with the strength he has added on to his frame. Has a nice combination of height and strength already. Showed mobility and a soft touch around the hoop to score regularly.
PF Spencer Boehm (New Trier – 2019)
Boehm is one of the better power forwards on the board. He is a tough and skilled back to the basket player that is crafty with his moves down low. Really good footwork. Moves well when facing up on occassion and can pass. The Ivy League school that gets him will have a nice four year contributor.
C Isa Maguire (Northfield Mount Hermon – 2019)
Maguire is originally from Chicago, but is going to prep school out east. He has gotten alot stronger over the last year. Super athletic around the hoop scoring above the rim. Quality rebounder and shot blocker that is still just scratching the surface of his potential!
G Will King (Glenbrook South – 2019)
King is a jumbo 6’4″ combo guard that was lights out connecting feathery jumpers all over the floor. Effortless release on his shot from both mid-range and three. His best asset might be his passing at his size!