Posted On: 08/6/20 6:00 AM
It was a tremendous weekend of basketball in Minnesota at the PrepHoops Midwest Collision! There were quite a few Illinois teams in the house. Time to break down the prospects that shined. Here is our Midwest Collision: 2022 Illinois Stock Risers!
Lance RodgersLanceRodgers6'6" | PFSimeon | 2022StateIL (Illinois Stars)
Rodgers is primed to breakout this season in the CPS. The 6’7” Simeon power forward has gotten stronger and is filling out his frame. He is a force on the defensive end with his shot blocking. The Simeon post has anticipation and timing swatting shots. Good rebounder on both ends and the offensive game will come in time.
We talked quite a bit about this Hillcrest 6’6” small forward a week ago. He is definitely going to make a splash in the next rankings. There is a lot of like here beginning with his positional size and length. Long strides allow him to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time. Drove through the defense for several slick takes. Caught passes on the move for scores.
Eric LockeEricLocke6'5" | PFOPRF | 2022StateIL (Illinois Jaguars)
Locke has grown to 6’5” and is making an impact as a two way forward. Defensively he uses his length getting in passing lanes, defending very well on the perimeter, and blocking shots. Fluid athlete runs the floor with ease. Quick to the offensive glass with his bounce. Got to the foul line quite a bit over the weekend.
Gabe MadejGabeMadej6'5" | SFFenwick | 2022StateIL (Illinois Jaguars)
This Fenwick small forward played very well against HIT on Sunday. Strong bodied forward that can slide over to the four at times. Used his strength inside to score and board. His three point shot is his biggest strength. One of the better pure shooters in the 2022 class as he drilled them off the catch.
Koen DerryKoenDerry6'6" | PFGalesburg | 2022StateIL (Archangels)
Derry is a 6’6” power forward from Galesburg. He has some bounce to his game blocking shots defensively and playing above the rim on the offensive side. Had a sweet baseline take that he slammed home. Presents some upside long term.