Weekend Wrap — Jordan keeps on scoring for Bengals
Every week during the high school basketball season, recruiting blogger MATT DANIELS will give a wrap-up of how Illini commits and targets fared during the previous week's worth of games.
LERON BLACK, a senior forward from Memphis (Tenn.) White Station High School who signed with Illinois on Nov. 15 after committing on Sept. 1, and the Spartans won 67-63 at Arlington (Tenn.) High School on Tuesday night before winning 59-50 at Memphis (Tenn.) Central High School on Friday night. Black had 10 points in the win against Arlington. Black and the Spartans (6-0) will travel off the mainland next week for the Iolani Classic in Hawaii and will play Fuxin New Star out of China next Tuesday in a first-round game of the 16-team tournament.
MICHAEL FINKE, a senior forward from Champaign (Ill.) Centennial High School who signed with Illinois on Nov. 13 after committing on Dec. 12, 2012, and the Chargers beat Decatur (Ill.) MacArthur High School 65-62 at home on Tuesday night before beating Urbana (Ill.) High School 55-42 at home on Friday night. Finke had 14 points against MacArthur and 22 points and 13 rebounds against Urbana. Finke and the Chargers (7-3) will play at 7:30 p.m. next Friday at Normal (Ill.) West High School.
D.J. WILLIAMS, a junior forward from Chicago Simeon High School who committed to Illinois on Nov. 5, and the Wolverines beat Chicago Harlan 65-46 on Tuesday at home before winning 41-35 at Memphis (Tenn.) University School on Friday night and winning 54-35 at Memphis (Tenn.) Christian Brothers High School on Saturday night. Williams had seven points against Harlan, all from the free throw line, while collecting eight rebounds. He had four points, three rebounds, three blocks and three assists against Memphis University and finished with 10 points and six rebounds against Christian Brothers. Williams and the Wolverins (4-0) are slated to host Chicago Vocational at 4:30 p.m. this Tuesday before hosting Chicago Morgan Park High School at 4:30 p.m. this Thursday.
CARLTON BRAGG, a junior power forward from Cleveland Villa-Angela St. Joseph High School, and the Vikings won 79-50 at Parma Heights (Ohio) Holy Name High School on Friday night before beating Euclid (Ohio) High School 90-56 at home on Saturday night. Bragg had 24 points against Holy Name and 21 points and seven rebounds against Euclid. Bragg, who has offers from Illinois, Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland State, Connecticut, Dayton, DePaul, Georgetown, Indiana, Kansas, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan State, Missouri, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Texas, UCLA, West Virginia and Wisconsin, and the Vikings (4-0) will host Warren (Ohio) John F. Kennedy High School at 6:30 p.m. this Friday.
JALEN BRUNSON, a junior point guard from Lincolnshire (Ill.) Stevenson High School, and the Patriots won 77-48 at Libertyville (Ill.) High School on Wednesday night. Brunson led all scorers with 29 points. Brunson, who has offers from Illinois, Connecticut, Creighton, DePaul, Oklahoma State, Purdue, SMU, Temple, Tulsa, Virginia and Xavier, and the Patriots (7-0) will play at Gurnee (Ill.) Warren High School at 7 p.m. this Friday.
JALEN COLEMAN, a junior shooting guard at La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind., and the Lakers beat Gary (Ind.) Roosevelt High School 68-48 on Tuesday night at home. Coleman had 23 points against Roosevelt. Coleman, who has offers from Illinois, Arizona, Cincinnati, Indiana, Memphis, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Providence, Purdue, UCLA and Xavier, and the Lakers (10-1) will play Trinity International Schools out of Las Vegas this Friday afternoon at the Tarkanian Classic at Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High School before playing Dallas Prime Prep on Saturday afternoon at the Tarkanian Classic at Bishop Gorman.
NOJEL EASTERN, a freshman guard from Evanston (Ill.) High School, and the Wildkits beat Villa Park (Ill.) Willowbrook High School 71-49 on Tuesday night at home before winning 57-51 in overtime at Glenview (Ill.) Glenbrook South High School on Friday night. Eastern, who has interest from Illinois and Ohio State, and the Wildkits (7-1) will host Park Ridge (Ill.) Maine South High School at 7:30 p.m. this Friday before playing at 6 p.m. this Saturday at Wilmette (Ill.) Loyola Academy.
HYRON EDWARDS, a junior point guard at East Chicago (Ind.) Central High School, and the Cardinals lost 59-58 at Munster (Ind.) High School on Friday night before beating Bloomington (Ind.) South High School 67-51 on Saturday afternoon at Indianapolis Southport High School. Edwards had 24 points against Munster and 19 points against Bloomington South. Edwards, who has offers from Illinois, Indiana and Purdue, and the Cardinals (4-2) will play at 6:30 p.m. this Tuesday at Chesterton (Ind.) High School.
MONTAQUE GILL-CAESAR, a junior small forward at Huntington (W. Va.) Prep, and the Irish beat Mountain Mission (Va.) High School 88-51 at home on Wednesday night before beating Cincinnati Walnut Hills High School 64-46 on Friday night and beating Pickerington (Ohio) Central High School 93-72 on Saturday night. The wins against Walnut Hills and Pickerington Central came as part of the Boyd County Shootout in Ashland, Ky. Gill-Caesar had 30 points against Mountain Mission, 10 points against Walnut Hills and 21 points and five rebounds against Pickerington Central. Gill-Caesar, who might reclassify to the Class of 2014, has offers from Alabama, Baylor, Kansas, Memphis, Missouri, Providence and West Virginia for the Class of 2014 and offers from Illinois and Ohio State for the Class of 2015. Gill-Caesar and Huntington Prep (12-2) are back in action at 8:30 p.m. this Thursday at Indianapolis Arsenal Tech High School in a game televised by ESPN before playing Faith Baptist Christian Academy (Ga.) at 5 p.m. this Saturday and West Oaks Academy (Fla.) at 7:30 p.m. this Sunday. The games against Faith Baptist and West Oaks are part of the Ironton Classic Invitational in Ironton, Ohio.
AARON JORDAN, a junior shooting guard from Plainfield (Ill.) East High School, and the Bengals won 52-45 at Minooka (Ill.) High School on Friday night before beating O'Fallon (Mo.) Fort Zumwalt North High School 60-55 on Saturday afternoon at the Midwest Shootout at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. Jordan had 15 points in the win against Minooka and 21 points against Fort Zumwalt South. Jordan, who has offers from Illinois, Chicago State, Creighton, Fairfield, Hampton, Illinois-Chicago, Illinois State, Indiana, La Salle, Northwestern, San Jose State, Valparaiso and Wisconsin, and the Bengals (6-1) will play at 6:30 p.m. this Friday at Plainfield (Ill.) North High School.
CHARLES MATTHEWS, a junior combo guard at Chicago St. Rita High School, and the Mustangs beat Chicago Gordon Tech High School 72-46 at home on Tuesday night before winning 77-63 at Chicago Leo High School on Friday night. Matthews, who has offers from Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Marquette, Michigan State, Ohio State, SMU and Wisconsin, and the Mustangs (3-1) will play Kailua (Hawaii) High School this Wednesday afternoon in the first round of the 16-team Iolani Classic in Hawaii.
DIAMOND STONE, a junior center at Whitefish Bay (Wis.) Dominican High School, and the Green Knights won 67-23 on Tuesday night at The Prairie School in Racine, Wis., before losing 75-29 to Germantown (Wis.) High School on Saturday night at Mequon (Wis.) Homestead High School. Stone had 24 points against Prairie and had 11 points and 14 rebounds against Germantown. Stone, who has offers from Illinois, Arizona, Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, Indiana, Marquette, Maryland, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCLA and Wisconsin, and the Green Knights (4-1) will play at Burlington (Wis.) Catholic Central High School at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday before playing Chicago Orr at 8 p.m. this Saturday at Waukesha (Wis.) High School.
JAYSON TATUM, a sophomore forward at St. Louis Chaminade HIgh School, and the Red Devils have started the season 4-1. Tatum had 25 points in an 80-73 home loss to St. Louis CBC High School on Thursday night, which came after he scored 23 points as Chaminade beat St. Louis University High School 57-45 on Dec. 6 to win the Pattonville Tournament title. Tatum, who has offers from Illinois, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Marquette, Missouri and St. Louis, and the Red Devils (4-1) will host St. Louis Vianney High School at 7 p.m. this Friday.
ELIJAH THOMAS, a junior power forward from Lancaster (Texas) High School, and the Tigers won 71-40 at home against West Mesquite (Texas) High School on Tuesday night before winning 68-63 at Dallas Lincoln High School on Friday night. Thomas, who has offers from Illinois, Alabama, Arizona, Baylor, Florida, Georgetown, Indiana, Louisville, LSU, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, SMU, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, UNLV and USC, and the Tigers (9-3) will play at Mansfield (Texas) High School at 8 p.m. this Tuesday before playing at Waxahachie (Texas) High School at 8 p.m. this Friday.
JOSEPH TOYE, a junior forward at La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind., and the Lakers beat Gary (Ind.) Roosevelt High School 68-48 on Tuesday night at home. Toye had 16 points against Roosevelt. Toye, who has offers from Auburn, Bradley, Creighton, Illinois-Chicago, Iowa, Memphis, Missouri and Providence, along with interest from Illinois, Indiana and Michigan State, and the Lakers (10-1) will play Trinity International Schools out of Las Vegas this Friday afternoon at the Tarkanian Classic at Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High School before playing Dallas Prime Prep on Saturday afternoon at the Tarkanian Classic at Bishop Gorman.