Every week during the prep basketball season, IlliniHQ will give a wrap-up of how Illini commits and targets fared during the previous weekend's games. Here are a few notes from the week that was.
AUSTIN COLBERT, a senior forward/center from Gill St. Bernard's (N.J.) School, and the Knights improved to 10-6 after three wins last week. Colbert scored 15 points during St. Bernard's 63-59 win on Friday against Roselle Catholic (N.J.) in the Newark Invitational at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Colbert had 14 points and three blocked shots during the Knights' 82-66 home win against Hunterdon Central Regional (N.J.) High School on Thursday night. In Gill St. Bernard's 70-50 win last Tuesday at home against Immaculata (N.J.) High School, Colbert had nine points and 11 rebounds. Gill St. Bernard's gets back in action this Tuesday night at Hillsborough (N.J.) High School before hosting Watchung Hills Regional (N.J.) High School this Thursday. Gill St. Bernard's plays in the Somerset (N.J.) County Tournament this Saturday before taking part in the Prime Time Shootout at Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.) High School this Sunday against Middle Township (N.J.) High School.
MALCOLM HILL, a senior guard/forward from Belleville East (Ill.) High School, dropped 37 points, but the Lancers lost 90-85 at East St. Louis (Ill.) High School on Friday night. Hill had 27 points during Belleville East's 61-54 win at Belleville Althoff Catholic (Ill.) High School last Tuesday night. The Lancers (20-3) and Hill return to the court this Friday at O'Fallon (Ill.) High School.
MAVERICK MORGAN, a senior center from Springboro (Ohio) High School, had 27 points on 11-of-13 shooting during Springboro's 79-49 home victory on Friday night against Miamisburg (Ohio) High School. Springboro won 55-40 at Butler (Ohio) High School last Tuesday, with Morgan scoring 28 points on 10-of-12 shooting and grabbing nine rebounds. The Panthers (16-3) and Morgan are back in action this Tuesday at Milford (Ohio) High School before playing at Xenia (Ohio) High School this Friday.
KENDRICK NUNN and JAYLON TATE, senior guards from Chicago Simeon High School, helped the Wolverines rout Coronado (Nev.) High School 80-33 on Saturday in Las Vegas. Nunn had 16 points while Tate contributed nine points and nine assists in the 47-point victory. Simeon (19-2) opens the Chicago Public League playoffs this week as the No. 2 seed in the 32-team field. Simeon plays Chicago Urban Prep West this Tuesday, and a win would set up a second-round game against either Chicago Von Steuben or Chicago Harlan this Thursday. Quarterfinals are slated this Saturday at Chicago State University.
MICHAEL FINKE, a junior forward from Champaign Centennial (Ill.) High School who verbally committed on Dec. 12, and the Chargers won 51-42 at Decatur Eisenhower (Ill.) High School on Friday night. Finke had 15 points and six rebounds. Finke and the Chargers (18-5) resume play this Tuesday night at home against Urbana (Ill.) High School before hosting Bloomington (Ill.) High School this Friday night.
CLIFF ALEXANDER, a junior center from Chicago Curie High School who has offers from Illinois, Connecticut, DePaul, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Tennessee and Wisconsin, had a 20-20 game (21 points, 20 rebounds) to help the Condors win 67-61 at Chicago St. Rita last Tuesday night. Curie (15-6) received the third seed in the Chicago Public League playoffs and will play Chicago TEAM Englewood this Tuesday in a first-round game. The winner of that game advances to a second-round game this Thursday against either Chicago North Lawndale or Lincoln Park. The tournament's quarterfinals are set for this Saturday at Chicago State.
LARRY AUSTIN, JR., a junior guard from Springfield Lanphier (Ill.) High School who has offers from Illinois, Bradley, DePaul, Iowa, Kansas State, Memphis, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Southern Methodist and Wake Forest, helped Lanphier win 66-30 at Rochester (Ill.) High School on Saturday night, a day after Austin and the Lions lost 49-45 home win against Jacksonville (Ill.) High School. The Lions (13-10) are off until Friday, Feb. 15, at Jacksonville.
TREVON BLUIETT, a junior forward from Park Tudor School in Indianapolis who has offers from llinois, Butler, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas State, Louisville, Michigan, Notre Dame, Purdue and Xavier, had 28 points during the Panthers' 75-54 home win against Martinsville (Ind.) High School on Saturday night. In Park Tudor's 75-61 win at Brebeuf Jesuit (Ind.) Prep on Friday night, Bluiett poured in 36 points. Park Tudor (16-1) and Bluiett return to the court this Wednesday at Scecina Memorial (Ind.) High School before playing this Saturday at Broad Ripple (Ind.) High School.
CARLTON BRAGG, a sophomore forward from Villa Angela-St. Joseph (Ohio) High School, had the weekend off after Friday's home game against Trinity (Ohio) High School was postponed because of inclement weather. Bragg, who has interest from Illinois, Dayton, Indiana, Louisville, Missouri, Texas and Xavier, and the 13-2 Vikings return to the court at home this Thursday against St. Vincent-St. Mary (Ohio) High School and hosting Cleveland Central Catholic (Ohio) High School this Friday.
JALEN BRUNSON, a sophomore point guard from Lincolnshire Stevenson (Ill.) High School, scored 17 points during Stevenson's 75-59 home win on Friday against Libertyville (Ill.) High School, which came after Brunson scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds during Stevenson's 61-47 home win against Glenbard West (Ill.) High School last Tuesday night. The Patriots (17-4) and Brunson, who has offers from Illinois, DePaul, Purdue, Southern Methodist and Xavier, along with interest from Indiana and Iowa, host Waukegan (Ill.) High School this Tuesday night and host Lake Forest (Ill.) High School this Friday night before playing at Lake Zurich (Ill.) High School this Saturday night.
HYRON EDWARDS, a sophomore point guard from East Chicago Central (Ind.) High School who has offers from Illinois, Indiana and Purdue, and the Cardinals sustained a 79-76 loss against Fort Wayne Luers (Ind.) High School on Saturday afternoon. Edwards compiled 26 points, five assists and four steals in the loss. Edwards and East Chicago Central (8-7) play at Lake Central (Ind.) High School this Tuesday night before hosting South Bend Adams (Ind.) High School this Saturday.
JAQUAN LYLE, a junior point guard from Evansville Bosse (Ind.) High School, had 30 points and 14 rebounds during Bosse's 85-70 home win on Friday against Evansville (Ind.) North High School. Lyle, who has offers from Illinois, Cincinnati, Georgetown, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Ohio State, Tennessee, Texas and Xavier, along with interest from Arizona, Duke, Florida and UCLA, had 16 points during Bosse's 60-54 win at Owensboro (Ky.) High School last Tuesday night. Lyle and Bosse (14-3) are back in action this Thursday night at home against Castle (Ind.) High School.
CHARLES MATTHEWS, a sophomore guard from Chicago St. Rita, and the Mustangs lost their second straight game after falling 66-61 on Friday at Chicago Hales Franciscan. Matthews had seven points in the defeat, which came after a 67-61 home loss to Chicago Curie last Tuesday. Matthews — who has offers from Illinois, Arizona, DePaul, Providence and Southern Methodist — had 15 points. St. Rita (13-7) resumes play this Friday at home against Chicago St. Francis de Sales.
SEAN O'MARA, a junior forward from Benet Academy in Lisle, Ill., who has offers from Illinois, Boston College, DePaul, Georgia Tech, Marquette and Virginia, among others, scored 13 points during Benet's 62-50 win on Saturday night against West Aurora (Ill.) High School at Batavia (Ill.) High School's Night of Hoops. The win came after Benet lost 55-54 at Arlington Heights St. Viator (Ill.) High School on Friday night. O'Mara had 19 points in the loss. Benet (20-4) and O'Mara return to the court this Friday at Chicago St. Patrick High School.
JAHLIL OKAFOR, a junior center from Chicago Whitney Young, along with junior teammates PAUL WHITE and L.J. PEAK, were scheduled to play on Saturday against Evangelical Christian (Tenn.) School at Broadbent Arena in Louisville, Ky., as part of a shootout but the event was canceled. The Dolphins (18-2) kick off the Chicago Public League playoffs this Tuesday against Chicago Harper, and a win would send the Dolphins into a second-round meeting against either Chicago Dunbar or Chicago Marshall this Thursday. The tournament's quarterfinals are slated for this Saturday at Chicago State. Okafor has offers from Arkansas, DePaul, Illinois, Michigan State, North Carolina and Ohio State, among others. White has offers from Illinois, Arizona, Baylor, DePaul, Florida, Florida State, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin, among others, while Peak, who has interest from Illinois, has offers from Clemson, Florida, Florida State, North Carolina State and Virginia Tech, among others.
D.J. WILLIAMS, a sophomore forward out of Chicago Simeon who has offers from Illinois, Florida, Cal-Poly, DePaul, Nebraska and SMU, and the 19-2 Wolverines open up the Chicago Public League playoffs this Tuesday.
KEVIN ZABO, a junior point guard out of Wolfeboro Brewster (N.H.) Academy, and the Bobcats moved to 21-5 after three impressive wins. Brewster beat Vermont Academy 77-51 on Sunday during the National Prep School Invitational — held in Providence, R.I. — and Zabo distributed 10 assists. Brewster beat St. Thomas More (Conn.) School 72-66 on Saturday at the National Prep School Invitational, which came after Brewster won 106-81 against Putnam Science (Conn.) Academy last Wednesday at home. Zabo, who has offers from Illinois, George Washington, Iowa State and West Virignia with interest from Connecticut, Marquette and Ohio State, among others, had 12 points in the win against Putnam Science. Brewster and Zabo are back in action this Wednesday at home against Lee (Maine) Academy before taking part in the Hoop Dreams Magazine Prep Classic this weekend in Massachusetts.