Intro: DeAndre Hagan (2020)

Brother Rice 2020 wing DeAndre Hagan is athletic and strong enough to be a factor on the boards getting second chance points.  Finishes through contact well on drives.  He has improved his perimeter shot some which was shown in July with Chicago Lockdown.  Here is our Q & A with the rising junior wing. How[…]

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Intro: Sincere Parker (2020)

Class of 2020 wing Sincere Parker put himself on our radar with his play in Milwaukee playing for the Illinois Stars.  This 6’3” shooting guard from Rockford East has broad shoulders and long arms.  Frame where he should be able to continue to add strength going forward.  Showed an innate ability to score the ball[…]

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Grassroots First Person: Illinois Attack

In our “First Person Grassroots Recap” series we take a look at how the travel team season went for one our state’s programs. Next up is the Illinois Attack 17U group with Coach Darin Brown!   Record:  43 – 16   Championships/Accomplishments: NCAA Championships: King of the Rock (Rockford, IL); Bill Hensley Memorial Run N Slam (Ft Wayne,[…]

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Q & A: Donovan Newby (2020)

Bloom 2020 point guard Donovan Newby runs the show for the Wolves and the rising junior can score in spurts.  Most effective as a scorer off the bounce converting multiple tough layups at the rim.  Check out our Q & A with the rising junior point guard. How was June playing with your talented Bloom[…]

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Grassroots First Person: Quad City Elite

In our “First Person Grassroots Recap” series we take a look at how the travel team season went for one our state’s programs. We chatted with Logan Wynn from Quad City Elite about their stacked 17U team and 15U squad!   17U Record: 28-9   Championships/Accomplishments:  NY2LA Invitational Champions, Fab 48 Invitational Bracket Final 4   Key[…]

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Region 24 JUCO Tour Schedule

Region 24 has produced some of the best junior college prospects across the country over the last several years.  Great news for four year college coaches as the Region 24 JUCO Tour is just around the corner on September 14, 15, and 16!  Each team will work out and scrimmage for 90 minutes! Here is[…]

Prep Hoops Top 250 Expo: The Place to Be This Fall

It’s now the middle of August and school is right around the corner.  Don’t get flustered, the fall also means it’s time for the Prep Hoops Expo Top 250, the event some of the best players in the country are attending, and you can join them! This year the Prep Hoops Top 250 Expos is[…]

Recruiting Report: Will Wolfe (2020)

Aurora Christian 2020 wing Will Wolfe is the highest ranked 2020 prospect on the Illinois Wolves 16U squad.  The rising junior brings a nice combination of skill and toughness.  Shoots it well especially off the catch.  Was impressed with how well he passed the ball from his wing spot throughout July. How is his game[…]

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Grassroots First Person: Illinois T-Wolves

In our “First Person Grassroots Recap” series we take a look at how the travel team season went for one our state’s programs. We caught up with Kent Robinson from the Illinois T-Wolves to discuss their 15U team!   Record: 27-14   Accomplishments: We won one championship this year, finished 2nd Place in three other tournaments. Beating[…]

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Recruiting Notebook

With the recruiting season ramping up it is time to bring back our Recruiting Notebook where we look at some of the happenings over the last couple weeks and where things stand with recruits around the state.   #1 Narrows List No better place to start off than at the top with Belleville West 2019[…]

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Q & A: Conor Enright (2021)

Mundelein 2021 point guard Conor Enright is a lead guard that can shoot it off the catch.  Tough kid that made some clutch plays in several of the Illinois Wolves victories in July.  Here is our Q & A with the young point guard. How did July go? “We had a really good starting tournament[…]

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Grassroots First Person: Gateway Illinois

In our “First Person Grassroots Recap” series we take a look at how the travel team season went for one our state’s programs. Today we chat with Deryl Cunningham of Gateway Illinois to discuss his 16U team!   Record: 40-4 (Spring 24-2, Summer 16-2)     Championships/Accomplishments: *Won the championship in every tournament we played except NY2LA[…]

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EJ Liddell Cuts List

The state’s top 2019 prospect Belleville West power forward EJ Liddell has narrowed his list to Ohio State, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas State, and Wisconsin. Liddell has been one of the most coveted recruits in the state throughout his career. He has a bunch of unofficial visits under his belt, but now that he has narrowed[…]

Intro: Jack Holmstrom (2020)

Rockford Guilford 2020 wing Jack Holmstrom has made his name known in our eyes over the last month.  This lefty 6’6” small forward has nice strength and plays with a lot of toughness.  The skill set is there as well being able to shoot it off the catch or connect on mid-range shots.  Not a[…]

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Intro: Uchenna Egekeze (2020)

Huntley 2020 shooting guard Uchenna Egekeze is an angular and lengthy two guard that is the younger brother of former Huntley and Belmont standout Amanze Egekeze.  This guard is a plus defender with his length and quickness on the perimeter.  Active on both ends of the floor.  Rebounds well and showed some handles attacking off[…]

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Terrence Shannon to DePaul

Top prospects from the state of Illinois continue to fly off the board on a daily basis. On Sunday former Lincoln Park and current IMG (FL) 2019 small forward Terrence Shannon committed to DePaul. What a ride it has been for Shannon over the last nine months. He went from relative unknown midway through his[…]

Intro: Grant Newell (2021)

Grant Newell is among the top 2021 power forwards in Illinois and the Whitney Young rising sophomore showed coaches why during July.  Height, length, skill, and mobility!  That is a great combination for a young forward.  He showed the skill off hitting threes on occasion and handling it facing up for Meanstreets 15U.  Finished put[…]

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Intro: Latik Murphy (2019)

Morton 2019 shooting guard Latik Murphy played well with his high school team during June and was outstanding at Summer Jam with the Illinois Mustangs.  He is a powerful guard that was aggressive taking it to the hoop off the bounce.  Particularly effective working on the baseline for drives and hitting jumpers.  Strong bodied wing[…]

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July Super Sleepers: 2020 Prospects

Time to dive into some of the Super Sleepers from July!  The prospects that don’t usually get the publicity, but quietly helped themselves with their play during the live periods.  Here are our 2020 July Super Sleepers!   SF Kayman Hopkins (ET21 Buckeyes) Hopkins definitely helped himself with his play for the Buckeyes.  Bouncy 6’4”[…]

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Recruiting Report: Tevin Smith (2021)

Class of 2021 Tevin Smith is one of the top wings in the state of Illinois.  The Danville wing is a powerful slasher with very good athleticism.  Coast to coast takes finishing above the rim.  His jump shot was on point as well drilling them from both mid-range and three throughout July with Meanstreets 15U. […]

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