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Off the Court Extras

March 2, 2008

6’6″ Justin Jarosz of Lockport has received a scholarship offer from Michigan Tech.

6’3″ Chicago Crane star Dion Dixon has given a verbal commitment to Cincinnati.

In contrary to recent rumors, Verdell Jones III has not narrowed his list to three schools.  Though he is high on Kentucky, Minnesota, and Tennessee, he is also in talks with Oklahoma and Arizona.

University of Illinois recruit Brandon Paul and Warren Township were eliminated by Mundelein in a sectional matchup.  Paul, however, did manage to score 36 points in addition to 10 rebounds and 5 assists.

Off the Court Extras

February 21, 2008

6’2″ Bloomington High School senior Tylon McAllister has verbally committed to Illinois Valley Community College.

6’3″ Bloomington Central Catholic guard Aaron Garriott scored 36 points in a 75-65 victory over Auburn.

6’11” Brian Carlwell is set to transfer from University of Illinois.

Off the Court Extras

January 16, 2008

6’0″ SIU-Edwardsville signee Kevin Stineman scored 27 points in a surprise victory over Zion-Benton.

6’9″ Eric McCullough of Normal U-High received an offer from Niagara University after they visited a team practice this past week.

After a 29 point performance against Bloomington, Decatur Eisenhower guard Lewis Jackson was hospitalized and diagnosed with pleurisy. Jackson is no longer hospitalized and doing well.

6’8″ Jordan Prosser of Eureka had a 15-point, 11-rebound performance in a win against 6’6″ Codey Funk and El Paso-Gridley.

Off the Court Extras

January 5, 2008

In addition to offers from Drake and Northern Iowa, former Thornwood star Trey Blue has received scholarship offers from Colorado State, Fordham, Marshall, Montana State, Old Dominion, Santa Clara, St. Louis, and UC Riverside.

Look for Rich South sophomore Crandall Head to give a verbal commitment to University of Illinois this Sunday as the Fighting Illini take on Penn State at Assembly Hall.

Champaign Centennial guard James Kinney has received a scholarship offer from Southern Illinois. This is the junior’s third offer to date.

Isiah Nunn had a great showing at the Pekin Holiday Tournament including a 5th place consolation performance against Geneseo and Tyler Storm. Nunn poured in 28 points shooting 7-7 from the field (3-3 from the 3) and 11-11 from the charity stripe (yes, 100%). He helped Moline edge Geneseo and also earned All-Tournament honors.

Junior Tom Norton has been on a tear offensively in recent weeks. During his last three contests he’s led Bloomington Central Catholic in scoring, averaging 22 points, including a 25 point performance against Olympia where he bombed four triples in the narrow victory.

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 4, 2007

6’5″ Champaign Central guard Donald Stewart has been playing at a very high level this season.  The versatile senior is averaging over 20 points (leading scorer) for a strong Central squad who already has a victory of Benedictine who features North Carolina signee, Ed Davis.

6’3″ Southern Illinois-Edwardsville signee Aaron Garriott has had a tremendous start to his senior season.  Averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds per contest, he’s led a new Bloomington Central Catholic squad to a 4-1 record, including a win over Bloomington in their first game of the year.

6’10” Mike Dunigan of Chicago Farragut scored 19 points and pulled down 13 rebounds in their opening game against Chicago Washington which they won by 17.

Fenwick senior John Comfort has committed to Princeton University.  The 6’6″ wing is one of the more overlooked players throughout the state.

Diamond to Stay

October 17, 2007

Contrary to our last entry we would like to correct our record and state that Diamond Taylor will remain at St. Joseph.  In speaking with Taylor he stated, “my parents thought about it and they decided it would be better for me to stay as far as keeping my reputation high and keeping colleges after me….so I’m staying.” 

We wish the best of luck to Diamond this season. 

Off the Court Extras

October 1, 2007

Donovan Foster, a 5’10” point guard out of Chicago Curie, has verbally committed to Detroit of the Horizon League.  The senior quickster who competed with Mac Irvin’s Illinois Fire was also offered a scholarship by Eastern Illinois.

5’10” senior point guard Nick Morgan has transferred from Peoria Richwoods to Dunlap High School.

Former Bloomington H.S. and currently Vincennes JC star Dodie Dunson was recently visited by coaches from Indiana, Kansas State, Oklahoma, and South Florida.  In addition, the 6’3” point guard has received offers from a number of Division I programs including Charlotte, Duquesne, Fordham, and Rhode Island.

6’1” Lincoln Park guard Jeremy Montgomery recently visited Northern Illinois.  He is also strongly considering Kent State.

6’1” James Kinney of Champaign Centennial will be sidelined for a few weeks due to a foot injury sustained in an open gym at his high school this past week.

Evaluation of Joseph Bertrand

January 4, 2007

Joseph Bertrand is a smooth player who moves well without the ball. Sometimes it appears that he is not quick because of how smooth he is. This is not the case. He is 6-4. His stride takes up more space so it may seem as though he is not moving as fast. Don’t be fooled.

He is a strong on the ball defender and is always at the front of the Sterling pressure because of his defensive ability. He displays excellent lateral quickness. He is good at using his length as an advantage which is rare for players his age. Usually players seem to feel as if they are in some type of a foot race when guarding the man one-one. Bertrand understands that the combination of moving his feet and using the length of his body gives him an advantage on penetration.

On offense Bertrand creates well off the dribble and finishes well at the basket. While watching him play he hit nearly every type of shot from the floor. This indicates his ability to score in a variety of ways. Over time he should improve that part of his game even more. He can play either point guard or shooting guard. For his team to succeed he needs the ball in his hands any way that they can get it to him. I like to compare him to Jamal Crawford in the combo guard sense.

The biggest thing that Bertrand needs to improve upon is his assertiveness on the floor. He is an unselfish player. At the same time he is by far and away the best player on his team. Spreading the rock is great but at some point you have to understand that you need to be selfish for the greater good of the team. He seems to understand this at points in the game. In both games we watched he had scoring spurts after half time in the third quarter. When you are the best player on the team you can’t come in and out of the picture though.

I don’t think it is a major cause for concern. I find it to be a common trend among the state’s best sophomores. For some reason they have yet to completely transform into all out go-to scorers. Derrick Rose also faced the same criticism his sophomore season. I expect Bertrand to grow out of it.

Bertrand has a decent body. Better than D.J. Richardson, D’mitri Riggs, or James Kinney. With that being said he still could stand to gain some more mass. He could still be overpowered by more physical guards. Sometimes he gets knocked off the block when he is trying to establish post position. While he does have better quickness than people give him credit for he still doesn’t have an explosive first step. Nothing he can’t change over time.

Overall this a very polished sophomore. He plays on a bad team in a very average conference. Nevertheless I believe the things he does on the court, the contributions he makes, would translate to any team and conference in the state. His game is well rounded and so if he isn’t scoring his impact on the game is still felt. He is an intelligent player who is about as controlled in his actions as any player his age you will find.

It is clear to see that Bertrand is a well-coached player. Coach Peter Goff appears to be an excellent coach. I think with the right mix of players around Bertrand Goff has the coaching ability to make serious noise at Sterling in a few years. Bertrand is the real deal. Growing pains will continue but overall this is going to be an impact player at the end of the day. Bertrand may be the must-get prospect for 2009 when it is all said and done.

Great Day of Hoops in Bloomington, Illinois Tonight at the State Farm Holiday Classic

December 30, 2006

To start the night off, Peoria Notre Dame loss a heartbreaker to Chicago De La Salle, 52-49. Notre Dame’s Josh Edmonds came out on fire in the second half, finishing with 20 points. In the final seconds of the game, he didn’t have the ball in his hands, though his team had a good luck at the 3. If he had it, it was almost a guaranteed overtime.

De La Salle’s Elliott Brown finished with 15 points. He is one of the state’s more underrated guards. He is quick, strong, and athletic with a very nice jumpshot. When he shoots, he gets nice elevation. He has really improved his stock this season. His running mate, Jeremy Leonard, was a wizard with the ball. He sees the floor very well and connected some nice passes to help his team sustain their lead in clutch moments. He finished with a total of eight points and roughly eight assists. He showed that he is one of the top point guards in the junior class. DeAndre Jackson played strong around the basket and finished with 11 points while Caleb Harris added ten, including two clutch three’s near the end of the game. Southern Illinois University was spotted at the game.

In part one of the Class A semi-finals, Bloomington Central Catholic took on St. Joesph-Ogden. The game was close for most of the night and came down to a buzzard beater.

Central Catholic’s two star players, Brandon Dunson and Josh Brent, sat the majority of the first half due to foul trouble. This allowed SJO to create a run and take the lead but a scrappy BCC bench brought them back.

In the second half, the game remained close. SJO took a 44-40 lead with around 4:00 minutes left in the game. The sharpshooting of Tom Norton and slashing of Dunson put BCC back in the lead. With the game 52-50 at BCC’s advantage, 6’4” SJO guard Nick Michael took the ball to the basket, got fouled and sank the two freethrows to tie it up. Dunson came down in the same breath with about 10 seconds left on the clock, took it to the cup and converted for the two point basket to end the game 54-52. Norton finished with 17 while Dunson added 13. Nick Michael of SJO poured in a game-high 31 points including 4 treys and a perfect 7/7 from the charity stripe.

Urbana gave Thornwood all they could handle in the third big-time matchup of the night. The Tigers controlled the game for the majority of the first half and third quarter. 6’6” senior Pat Fitzgerald played well inside and 6’2” senior-Ryne Brownfield and 6’3” junior Rashee Sallee, handled the perimeter.

In the third quarter, the T-Birds quickly cut a 16 point lead to a tied game, lead by the efforts of Reggie Hamilton who had some very clutch buckets. The lead bounced back and forth for a while but Thornwood eventually took control in the 4th and rode it out from there. Trey Blue and Hamilton were big keys in their team’s success, finishing with 18 and 17, respectively. Though Blue didn’t shoot many threes, he made his present felt on putbacks and rebounds. Hamilton’s game was on full display as he shot it well, finished around the basket, and played great defensively. Cam Snelling also played a big role tonight. Urbana’s Ryne Brownfield finished with a game high 24 points. He showed that he can score with the best of them.

The final matchup for the night featured Macon Merdian and Tri-Valley. Though Tri-Valley kept it close in the beginning, the Hawks were just a little too much. The game finished 55-42 with Meridian in the driver’s seat. Meridian senior guard, Travis Rosenkranz, finished with 17 points. He is one of the purest point guards throughout the state of Illinois and has been impressive all tournament. His teammate, 6’5” sophomore forward-Dakota Getz, had a rough start but finished with 16 points in the victory. He’s shown to be one of the state’s best sophomores. He’s very solid inside.

Stay tuned for updates on tomorrow night’s championship games.