Posted On: 01/8/22 6:00 AM

Prep Hoops had wall to wall coverage from eight holiday tournaments across the state.  Check out what players left the biggest impressions in Holiday Tournament Standouts: 2023 Prospects Pt 2!

 

Sam Lewis Sam Lewis 6'5" | SF Oak Park-River Forest | 2023 State IL (OPRF)

Lewis was solid not spectacular with his play in the two games we saw from Pontiac.  Really like the size, athleticism, and skill potential.  Clean looking three point shot as he made a couple in each game.  Smooth finisher in transition that makes it look easy at times.  Low-major and mid-majors should be tracking him.

 

Jeremy Harrington Jeremy Harrington 6'5" | PF Chicago Curie | 2023 State IL (Curie)

Harrington is one of the more under appreciated big men in the 2023 class in Illinois.  Strong bodied post that can stretch the floor with his shooting while using his strength to board inside.  So physical getting on the glass and finishing through traffic.  Low-majors/D2s take a look.

 

Chikasi Ofoma Chikasi Ofoma 6'7" | PF Curie | 2023 State IL (Curie)

Ofoma is the other big bodied post that brings toughness and physicality to the table for Curie.  High energy junior that pounds the offensive glass for tons of second chance points.  Seals well and has nimble footwork around the hoop.  Good defender with versatility on that end.

 

Sam Lewis Sam Lewis 6'5" | SF Oak Park-River Forest | 2023 State IL (OPRF) Lewis was solid not spectacular with his play in the two games we saw from Pontiac.  Really like the size, athleticism, and skill potential.  Clean looking three point shot as he made a couple in each game.  Smooth finisher in transition that makes it look easy at times.  Low-major and mid-majors should be tracking him.   Jeremy Harrington Jeremy Harrington 6'5" | PF Chicago Curie | 2023 State IL (Curie) Harrington is one of the more under appreciated big men in the 2023 class in Illinois.  Strong bodied post that can stretch the floor with his shooting while using his strength to board inside.  So physical getting on the glass and finishing through traffic.  Low-majors/D2s take a look.   Chikasi Ofoma Chikasi Ofoma 6'7" | PF Curie | 2023 State IL (Curie) Ofoma is the other big bodied post that brings toughness and physicality to the table for Curie.  High energy junior that pounds the offensive glass for tons of second chance points.  Seals well and has nimble footwork around the hoop.  Good defender with versatility on that end.   Adam Beasley Adam Beasley 5'11" | PG Bloomington | 2023 State IL (Bloomington) Beasley has been on our radar for a while.  His game against Curie was the best we have seen him in a high school setting.  Smaller point guard that relies on his quickness and athleticism.  Speed in the open floor getting to the rim for spinning layups and scoop shots.  Operates best in transition and is a pesky defender.   Jayden Martin Jayden Martin 6'2" | PG Joliet West | 2023 State IL (Joliet West) Liked what Martin brought throughout Pontiac.  In their first round upset of Bloom the junior went for 24 points.  Compact guard with a good build at the combo guard position.  High level shot maker pulling up in the 15-18 foot range and can stretch it to three as he hit a trio of them.  Tough finisher inside against taller defenders.  Like the competitiveness here.   Troy Cicero Troy Cicero 6'1" | PG Romeoville | 2023 State IL (Romeoville) Cicero was outstanding in Romeoville’s quarterfinal loss to Vashon.  Against a team with multiple D1 recruits he was the best player on the floor especially in the first quarter.  Cicero is a combo guard with a wiry frame.  He hit mid-range shots one after another after another.  Won off the bounce or came off a ball screen and pulled up with no hesitation.  Showed flashes as a passer getting others involved.  Went for 21 points.  Low-major and mid-majors get an early look during the second half of the season.   Camron Williford Camron Williford 6'0" | PG Hyde Park | 2023 State IL (Hyde Park) Williford won the title for Hyde Park at the Big Dipper.  With their star out early in the title game with an injury Williford put his team on his back and carried them across the finish line with 30 points.  He hit some huge threes along with getting to the rim with his hesitation blowing past defenders for layups and runners.   Matthew Moore Matthew Moore 6'7" | PF Hillcrest | 2023 State IL (Hillcrest) Continue to be very intrigued with the long term potential of Moore.  Elite athlete that is starting to learn the game.  Rim runs for dunks and crashes the offensive glass for slams.  Dive threat.  Flashes as a defender.   Mekhi Cooper Mekhi Cooper 6'0" | PG Bolingbrook | 2023 State IL (Bolingbrook) Cooper went for 17 points in the semis against Lyons.  Plus three point shooter that has deep range on his shot.  Also mixed in some step backs and mid-range shots.   Nik Polonowski Nik Polonowski 6'6" | PF Lyons | 2023 State IL (Lyons) This junior helped himself with his play in their final two games at Jack Tosh.  Well built small forward is a good spot up shooting threat that can also go past defenders if they get too close on him for straight line finishes.  Has some explosive pop at the rim.

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