The college basketball season ended two weeks ago.
The spring AAU season, however, is in full swing.
Illinois had coaches at events in Los Angeles (the first weekend of the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League), Dallas (the adidas Exclusive Run), Pittsburgh (Pitt Jam Fest) and Minneapolis (NY2LA Spring Extravaganza) this past weekend.
Here's some brief notes from the weekend in regards to five recruits in the Class of 2014 and five recruits in the Class of 2015 John Groce and his staff are pursuing.
Class of 2014
Michael Finke: Champaign Centennial forward had 22 points for the Peoria Irish in a 58-52 win against Team YOBO on Friday in Minnesota. The Irish beat WI Select as well before losing to Texas Select on Saturday night.
Cliff Alexander: The power forward from Chicago Curie played with Mac Irvin Fire out in Los Angeles. He scored nine points and had nine rebounds in a 64-62 loss to Oakland Soliders on Friday before following up with 15 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots during a 68-48 win on Saturday afternoon against Nike Team Louisiana. Alexander added 15 points in a 72-68 win against Team Texas Elite on Saturday night before Mac Irvin Fire lost its final game on Sunday morning, 66-52 to Team Penny.
JaQuan Lyle: The guard from Evansville, Ind., who plays for Spiece Indy Heat, had seven points, three assists and three steals in a 71-62 win against Southern Stampede on Friday night in Los Angeles. Lyle contributed nine points, five assists and five steals in a 72-69 loss to Team Texas Pro on Saturday morning before adding four points in a 57-56 loss to Expressions Elite on Saturday afternoon. Lyle ended his weekend with 11 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals in a 61-56 win on Sunday morning against Albany City Rocks.
Victor Law: The high-rising forward from Chicago St. Rita had 11 points for Meanstreets during a 59-51 win against Boo Williams on Friday night in Los Angeles. He scored five points in a 66-35 win against Athletes First on Saturday morning before contributing six points and seven rebounds in a 59-49 win against Cal Supreme on Saturday afternoon. Law added four points for Meanstreets during a 53-44 win against Alabama Challenge on Sunday morning.
Larry Austin Jr.: The guard from Springfield was in Los Angeles as well playing for the St. Louis Eagles. He scored eight points and had four assists in a 53-51 win against Each 1 Teach 1 on Friday night, had two points, seven assists and five rebounds during a 62-41 win against Albany City Rocks on Saturday morning and had seven points, four assists and four steals during a 66-46 loss to BABC on Saturday afternoon. Austin ended his time in Los Angeles with four points and seven assists in a 44-41 win against Mokan Elite on Sunday morning.
Class of 2015
Carlton Bragg: The power forward from Cleveland and his Ohio Basketball Club went 3-1 in the 16U division at the Pitt Jam Fest.
Jalen Brunson: The point guard from Stevenson was out in Los Angeles with Mac Irvin Fire, which went He tallied 12 points in a 64-62 loss against Oakland Soldiers on Friday before he had four points, five assists and six steals in a 68-48 win against Nike Team Louisiana on Saturday afternoon. Brunson came through with 16 points and three assists on Saturday night during a 72-68 win against Team Texas Elite. Mac Irvin Fire lost its final game on Sunday, 66-52, to Team Penny.
Myles Carter: The power forward from Chicago St. Rita and his Illinois Celtics were 2-2 in the 16U division at the Pitt Jam Fest.
Charles Matthews: The guard from Chicago St. Rita produced nine points and four rebounds for Meanstreets during a 59-51 win against Boo Williams on Friday night in Los Angeles. Matthews delivered 11 points and three steals during a 66-35 win against Athletes First on Saturday morning before scoring 10 points and grabbing four rebounds in a 59-49 victory against California Supreme on Saturday afternoon.
Jalen Coleman: The shooting guard from Indianapolis helped Indiana Elite place second in the 16U bracket and post a 4-1 record at the adidas Exclusive Run.