The Class of 2014 in Illinois high school boys basketball is shaping up as possibly one of the best the state has seen in some time.
Prospects like Jahlil Okafor from Chicago Whitney Young, Cliff Alexander from Chicago Curie and Keita Bates-Diop from Normal U-High are just a few of the names that are near the top of any list ranking the Class of 2014.
Some late bloomers to that group could include two players Chicago Orr coach Lou Adams has on his roster this season.
Tyquone Greer, a 6-foot-5-inch, 180-pound guard/forward, and Marlon Jones, a 6-foot-8-inch, 210-pound power forward, are possibilities Illinois head coach John Groce and his staff could turn to.
But Illinois isn't the only school seeking those two out.
"They got a lot going on with recruiting," Adams said. "But they won't (decide) any time soon."
Adams said Baylor, Bradley, DePaul, Florida State, Illinois, Marquette, Miami (Fla.), Nebraska and Southern Illinois at Carbondale have expressed interest in Greer, with offers coming from Bradley, DePaul, Illinois and Nebraska.
Greer is known as a scorer in the mold of former Orr standout and current Illinois sophomore Myke Henry, with Greer at his best off the dribble, Adams said.
Baylor, Illinois, Missouri, Notre Dame, Providence, Purdue and Vanderbilt are among the schools taking an interest in Jones, a solid defensive player who is in his first season at Orr after transferring from Chicago Crane.
Adams said Jones could possibly grow a few inches before his high school career is done, which could help him with his recruitment. Both players need to add strength and bulk before they make the move to the college game, Adams said.
Adams said he doesn't think having Henry on Illinois' roster, nor the current 8-0 start Illinois is on, playing a factor in a decision by Greer or Jones, who are in touch with college coaches on a daily basis.
"They get contacted every day by schools," Adams said. "I'm involved (with the recruiting process), but I leave it up to their parents and them to decide what school they're going to."