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Kinney Picks Up Fifth Offer

April 21, 2008

6’1″ Champaign Centennial guard James Kinney has picked up his fifth offer as Murray State extended a scholarship Monday.

The class of 2009 prospect had a great showing as his team, Illinois Elite, went 3-1 at the Real Deal on the Hill tournament in Arkansas this past weekend.

Kinney already boasts scholarship offers from North Dakota State, Southern Illinois, George Mason, and SIU-Edwardsville.  He is sure to garner more in the coming months.

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Off the Court Extras

March 30, 2008

6’1″ Champaign Centennial point guard James Kinney recently visited Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

After a strong showing in Class 3A postseason, Donald Stewart of Champaign Central has listed seven schools that he is highly considering: Baylor, Drake (offer), Gonzaga, Illinois State, Indiana State (offer), St. Louis, and Wisconsin.

6’2″ Elgin senior Armani Williams has verbally committed to Texas-Arlington.

6’3″ Kenny Leverrette of O’Fallon has verbally committed to Southwestern Illinois College.  He had a Division I scholarship offer from Youngstown State.

Off the Court Extras

December 17, 2007

6’8″ 255 lbs Springfield Lanphier senior Ryan Connolly had a monster game against Peoria Notre Dame as he racked in 37 points and 21 rebounds as they pulled in the victory.

5’10” Chicago Leo junior James Pointer scored 53 points against Providence earlier this past week.

6’2″ Whitney Young guard Chris Colvin has picked up an offer from Gonzaga.

Former Chicago Marshall star and current Mineral Area C.C. guard Jerwin Calloway has signed with Northern Illinois.

Off the Court Extras

December 11, 2007

Miami-OH has offered 6’9″ Glenbrook South junior Jack Cooley.

Pinckneyville senior Kyle Cassity is one of the more overlooked guards in the 2008 class. The 6’5″ senior already has offers from Arkansas State and UMKC.

Former Aurora West star Reggie Shipp has started every game at St. Ambrose as a true freshman. Throughout eleven games he has averaged 10.4 points and 3.4 rebounds. In addition, Lafayette Gray, who started at St. Joseph last season alongside Demetri McCamey, has started in ten games and averaged 5 points and 3.6 assists.

Lookout for Durrell Robinson of Danville Area Community College. He’s an ace recruiter who is on the rise as a coach in the college basketball world.

6’7″ Billy Rush has led South Suburban C.C. to a 9-0 record. The former Thornridge star has been offered scholarships by Kent State, South Florida, UC-Santa Barbara, Valparaiso, and Wisconsin.

Off the Court Extras

October 4, 2007

6’5″ 175 lbs Verdell Jones III of Champaign Central has set official visits to Minnesota (November 3rd) and Kentucky (November 9th).

Hales Franciscan‘s Josh Crittle will be taking his official visit to Minnesota this weekend.

Class of 2006 Thornridge standout, Billy Rush, is now at South Suburban C.C. in South Holland, Illinois.  The 6’7″ shooter recently took a visit to South Florida and was very impressed.  A commitment is expected to come soon.  As a high school senior, MSH rated Rush as the #12 player in his class and a high major guy.

6’3″ Decatur Eisenhower super sophomore Jarod Oldham is receiving interest from Baylor, Bradley, Illinois, and Indiana.

Off the Court Extras

September 26, 2007

6’9” Jordan Prosser took an unofficial to University of Wisconsin this past weekend.  The Eureka forward was very intrigued with their facilities and style of play.

7’1” 280 lbs Kyle Rowley of Lake Forest Academy will be attending the Georgetown University’s Midnight Madness.

6’9” Springfield Lanphier center Ryan Connolly has seen UIC increase their interest at a rising pace.  Head Coach Jimmy Collins has already been in to watch him work out.

Chicago State, Eastern Illinois, Lehigh, Loyola-Chicago, North Dakota, Northern Iowa, The Citadel, and Western Illinois have all shown increasing interest in 6’7” Moline senior Isiah Nunn.  Though no schools have offered, Eastern Illinois and North Dakota may come close to doing so very soon.

6’2” Jeremy Leonard of TF North is picking up interest from Loyola-Chicago.  Expect their staff to visit him in the near future.

6’3” 185 lbs Trey Blue, formerly of Thornwood, is playing very well early on at Brewster Academy.  He looks as if he will be a very vital part to a Bobcats’ backcourt featuring Anthony Crater (Ohio State) and Mark Lyons (Xavier).  Rhode Island has really stepped up their recruiting efforts in the skilled sharpshooter.

6’10” Trey McCorkle of Bismarck Henning is receiving plenty of attention at open gyms.  Northwestern and Southern Illinois are both scheduled to check him out this week.  Tulsa is really starting to heat up their pursuit of McCorkle as well. 

Lindfors Gets Two More Offers, Expecting Even More!

September 14, 2007

6’9″ Jake Lindfors of Addison-Driscoll informed MidStateHoops.com, last night, that he has picked up two more scholarship offers.  Both Eastern Kentucky and Illinois State have extended scholarship offers.

EKU and ISU become the 4th and 5th schools to extend scholarships.  Western Illinois, Eastern Illinois, and Albany had already offered the versatile forward.

Jake exclaimed to us that he was going to have a lot of coaches coming in to watch him in the near future and most likely offer him.  Florida Gulf Coast, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Wright State were all among the names given.  DePaul will also be coming in to view the sizey and skilled scorer.

Foggy Forecast: Recruiting Predictions

August 12, 2007

Yes, we know, trying to predict where a kid will play is like trying to predict an NCAA Tournament Bracket.  But we figured, why not?  We all know how fun those brackets are!  So here are the predictions of Pat Benninger and Jason McGee of MidStateHoops.com on some of the top uncommitted prospects in the state of Illinois.  Let the discussion begin.   

Pat Benninger: 

Matt Roth to Indiana.  I think Roth is extremely intrigued by the opportunity to compete in the Big Ten.  He would have really liked to attend Illinois but they were never completely sold on him so never offered.  Bradley and St. Louis were both neck in neck until Sampson came into the picture.

Iman Shumpert  to Marquette.  It comes down to UNC and Marquette for Iman.  The attraction to play for the Tarheels is more than overwhelming to him but he realizes that he has more room to grow as a Golden Eagle.  Thoughts of Dwyane Wade come to mind and he knows he can make a bigger impact on the collegiate scene in blue and gold.

Scott Suggs (Washington, MO) to Illinois.  Washington is a very good situation for Suggs and Coach Romar invisions him being the next Brandon Roy but, at the same time, Scott realizes that there are some problems with in the Huskies system as they are debating over who gets what scholarships.  It should boil down to Illinois and MizzouCoach Mike Anderson has a style that fits Suggs and there is an opportunity to play immediately but the staff is heavily recruiting other players who play his position as well which tells me that Mizzou may not be as viable of an option as most believe.  Coach Weber was one of the first to offer Scott a scholarship and though the Illini have a style that differs from the Tigers it still fits Suggs’ style of play.  The opportunity to play immediately for the Fighting Illini is inevitable and with them lacking the ability to score, the ball will be put in his hands right away.  In addition, UI has a lot of young talent on the perimeter and if they get an inside presence to go along with the 2007 and 2008 recruiting class they have a chance to be big time contenders on the nation scale.

Jason McGee:

Matt Roth to Bradley.  Roth will keep it local and become a Brave.  He is flattered by the attention of an Indiana offer, but realizes that Bradley is the place for him and truly is the school of best fit.  Rick Majerus has done a great job since taking over at SLU, but Roth will ultimately decide to stick with what he knows best, Coach Jim Les. 

Iman Shumpert to Marquette.  Shumpert will eliminate the ACC schools by reasonable deduction.  He will not choose Georgia Tech over North Carolina.  If he went with the ACC, North Carolina would be the pick.  He did not let the Tarheels into his recruitment this late only to say no for another ACC program, Georgia Tech.  But, because he does not feel that he will have the best chance to succeed there, he will choose neither of the schools.  Like Roth, Shumpert is flattered but will stick with the original gameplan.  Marquette has produced plenty of Chicago talent of late and Shumpert plans to be the next in line. 

Scott Suggs (Washington, MO) to Missouri.  Suggs is going to keep it in the Midwest.  That means Washington is out.  They have so many players on scholarship I find it unlikely that a standup coach like Lorenzo Romar would boot out or force away any of his players to make way for a new recruit.  While playing for Illinois is a great proposition,  Suggs will decide to stay local and play for Mizzou.  Coach Anderson plays a style taylor made for Suggs and he knows that he can thrive in his system more than any other.  It will be a tough choice but in the end Suggs will please the local contingent and stay home. 

Pat & Jason: 

Stan Simpson to Arkansas.  Simpson has a lot of family in the Little Rock area and would love to be close to them.  He has a good relationship with former Marshall star Patrick Beverly and likes the SEC style of play.  He visits UA on September 22nd.

Kenyon Smith to Illinois State.  The Redbirds are real big on Smith.  They are the biggest Division I program to offer and the Missouri Valley is awfully hard to turn down.  He fits the style well and loves the facilities and coaching staff.  Easy pick.

BlueprintSAS NCAA Certified Midwest Elite HS/JUCO Basketball Showcase

July 9, 2007

BlueprintSAS July 14th and 15th NCAA Certified Summer HS/JUCO
Basketball Showcase Sessions

Who/Where/Why: Blueprint Student-Athlete Services invites you to our
NCAA Certified Summer HS/JUCO Showcase sessions (July 14th and/or July
15th) at the Mac Sport Center in Verona, Wisconsin (411 Prairie Heights
Dr.) There are 2 separate divisions -a High School Division (Class of
2010-2008) AND a Junior College Division (incoming and 2nd Year
players). The showcase will be a tremendous opportunity to showcase your
skills in front of D1, D2, D3, NAIA, JUCOs and scouting services from
all over the Midwest. Participants will compete with and against some
of the top HS/JUCO talent from all over the Midwest.

Format: check-in – 10:00-10:30 AM
guest speaker – 10:30-11:00 AM
drills/dunk & 3-point contest – 11:00 AM-12:15PM
lunch break – 12:15-12:45 PM
team practices – 12:45-1:00 PM
games – 1:00-5:00 PM

*Awards will be given for the Top Player in each class, Overall
Showcase MVP along with Dunk & 3-point champs. Awards Winners, All-Showcase
Team and Recap will be on our site and sent to colleges all over the
country at every level (D1-JUCO).

Cost/Registration: The cost is $75 for one day (session) or $125 for
both days (sessions). (includes shirt/jersey and lunch) and online
registration is available at http://www.blueprintsas.com/eventregistration.asp .
Payments can be made by paypal online at
http://www.blueprintsas.com/blueprint.asp?pageID=5&spageID=218 or
check/money can be sent to:

BlueprintSAS
5418 Katie Lane
Madison, WI 53704

Last year as a 1 day event we had 120 participants and over 60 colleges
(including Wisconsin, Eastern Illinois, Oakland, Detroit, UWGB,
Northern Illinois, Loyola-Chicago, Nebraska, UW-Milwaukee, Winona State,
UW-Parkside, Northern Michigan, Minnesota-Crookston, Minnesota-Moorhead,
Lewis University, Bemidji State, Concordia-St. Paul and many other D1,
D2, D3, NAIA and JUCOs).

Please visit http://www.blueprintsas.com for further info or contact Seneca
Blue at 608-770-3682 or blue24553@aol.com with questions/concerns. We are
filling up fast so get registered today to secure your spot, you
don’t want to miss it!