Weekend Wrap — Tatum thrives for Chaminade
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 had the week off. Black and the Spartans (10-0) resume play at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at Memphis (Tenn.) Overton High School.
MICHAEL FINKE, a senior forward frsom Champaign (Ill.) Centennial High School who signed with Illinois on Nov. 13 after committing on Dec. 12, 2012, and the Chargers went 3-1 and placed fifth at the 16-team large school State Farm Holiday Classic. Centennial beat Normal (Ill.) University High School 62-46 on Saturday night in the fifth-place game, with Finke scoring 22 points. Finke had 18 points for the Chargers in a 56-41 win against Rockton (Ill.) Hononegah High School on Saturday afternoon in the fifth-place semifinals. Centennial lost 66-59 to North Chicago (Ill.) High School on Friday night in the quarterfinals, with Finke scoring seven points. Finke and the Chargers opened the tournament with a 59-57 win against Chicago North Lawndale Charter School on Thursday in which Finke scored 17 points and had 11 rebounds. Finke and the Chargers (11-4) return to the court at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at home against Danville (Ill.) High School.
D.J. WILLIAMS, a junior forward from Chicago Simeon High School who committed to Illinois on Nov. 5, and the Wolverines went 3-1 and placed second at the 16-team Pontiac Holiday Tournament. Simeon lost 62-59 to Chicago Curie High School on Saturday night in the championship game as Williams scored 13 points and made four steals. Williams played 23 minutes, but did not score in Simeon's 48-47 win against Oak Park-River Forest (Ill.) High School on Saturday afternoon in the semifinals, which came after Williams had six points and two rebounds in Simeon's 82-74 win in triple overtime against St. Charles (Ill.) North High School on Friday in the quarterfinals. Simeon started the tournament with an 82-41 win in the first round on Thursday against Waukegan (Ill.) High School, with Williams producing 10 points and four rebounds. Williams and the Wolverines (9-2) are back in action at 2:05 p.m. on Friday against Dallas Prime Prep Academy at the Cancer Research Classic in Wheeling, W. Va. The Wolverines will also play Philadelphia Neumann-Goretti High School at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday as part of the Cancer Research Classic.
CARLTON BRAGG, a junior power forward from Cleveland Villa-Angela St. Joseph High School, and the Vikings lost 68-65 to Columbus (Ohio) Bishop Watterson High School on Saturday night at the Play 4 Cancer Shootout at Massilon (Ohio) Jackson High School. Bragg had 11 points in the Vikings' first loss this season. 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 (5-1) play Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High School at 6 p.m. this Friday in a game on ESPNU as part of the Cancer Research Classic in Wheeling, W. Va.
JALEN BRUNSON, a junior point guard from Lincolnshire (Ill.) Stevenson High School, and the Patriots have gone 3-0 so far at the Proviso West Holiday Tournament. The Patriots knocked off Cicero (Ill.) Morton High School 75-62 in the quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon, with Brunson scoring 23 points, picking up seven rebounds and finishing with five assists. Stevenson beat Winnetka (Ill.) New Trier High School 76-30 on Friday in the second round, with Brunson supplying 19 points, six rebounds and five assists. Brunson scored 17 points, grabbed five rebounds and handed out four assists in Stevenson's 78-36 victory against Chicago Urban Prep West to start the Patriots' tournament run last Monday night. Brunson, who has offers from Illinois, Connecticut, Creighton, DePaul, Oklahoma State, Purdue, SMU, Temple, Tulsa, Virginia and Xavier, and the Patriots (11-0) will play Westchester (Ill.) St. Joseph High School in the tournament's semifinals at 6:30 tonight. A win there would advance Stevenson to the tournament championship game against either Chicago Bogan High School or Chicago Morgan Park High School at 4 p.m. on Tuesday while a loss sends them into the third-place game at 2:30 p.m. Once play concludes in the Proviso West Tournament for the Patriots, they get back in action at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at home against Lake Zurich (Ill.) High School.
JALEN COLEMAN, a junior shooting guard at La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind., and the Lakers beat Mitchell (S.D.) High School 84-51 on Friday night and beat West Oaks Academy (Fla.) 65-51 on Saturday afternoon. Both games were part of the Mike Miller Classic at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D. Coleman had 20 points in the win against Mitchell and 17 points against West Oaks. Coleman, who has offers from Illinois, Arizona, Cincinnati, Indiana, Memphis, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Providence, Purdue, UCLA and Xavier, and the Lakers (13-1) return to the court at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Indianapolis Arsenal Tech High School.
NOJEL EASTERN, a freshman guard from Evanston (Ill.) High School, and the Wildkits went 3-1 and placed third at the Pekin Holiday Tournament. The Wildkits beat Rockford (Ill.) Boylan High School 62-42 on Saturday evening in the third-place game, but Eastern did not play. Eastern had seven points and four assists in Evanston's 63-47 loss to Springfield (Ill.) Lanphier High School on Friday evening in the semifinals. Evanston beat Chicago Mt. Carmel High School 60-55 in overtime in the quarterfinals on Friday, with Eastern scoring nine points and distributing four assists. Eastern had 12 points and three assists in Evanston's 60-54 first-round win against Washington (Ill.) High School on Thursday. Eastern, who has interest from Illinois and Ohio State, and the Wildkits (10-4) resume play at 7 p.m. this Saturday at home against St. Charles (Ill.) East High School.
HYRON EDWARDS, a junior point guard at East Chicago (Ind.) Central High School, and the Cardinals went 0-2 at the Indianapolis North Central Tournament. East Chicago Central lost 69-62 to Fishers (Ind.) High School on Saturday in the consolation game, with Edwards scoring 14 points. Edwards had 11 points in East Chicago Central's 81-71 loss to Indianapolis North Central High School on Friday in the tournament opener. Prior to the North Central Tournament, Edwards had 12 points, seven assists, four rebounds and four steals in a 68-41 win against Indianapolis Shortridge High School last Monday afternoon in the Midwest Showcase at Indianapolis Marshall High School. Edwards, who has offers from Illinois, Indiana and Purdue, and the Cardinals (5-5) are off until 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11 when they play Chicago Marshall as part of the Bob Hambric Shootout at Thornton Fractional North High School in Calumet City, Ill.
MONTAQUE GILL-CAESAR, a junior small forward at Huntington (W. Va.) Prep who might reclassify for the Class of 2014 and who 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, and the Irish are off until this Saturday when they play Richmond (Va.) Benedictine High School at 7 p.m. at the Chance Harman Classic in Floyd, Va.
AARON JORDAN, a junior shooting guard from Plainfield (Ill.) East High School, and the Bengals went 1-3 and placed 14th at the 16-team Pekin Holiday Tournament. Plainfield East lost 53-41 to Normal (Ill.) West High School on Saturday afternoon in the 13th-place game despite five three-pointers from Jordan, who finished with 19 points and added six rebounds. Jordan had 13 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Bengals in a 44-33 win against Peoria (Ill.) Central High School on Friday night in the 13th-place semifinals. Plainfield East lost 59-57 to Lake Zurich (Ill.) High School on Friday afternoon in the consolation quarterfinals and Jordan scored 27 points to go along with four assists. The Bengals lost 50-46 to East Moline (Ill.) United Township High School in the first round on Thursday night, with Jordan scoring 17 points, grabbing six rebounds and blocking three shots. 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 (7-5) will resume play again at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at home against Plainfield (Ill.) South High School.
CHARLES MATTHEWS, a junior combo guard at Chicago St. Rita High School who has offers from Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Marquette, Michigan State, Ohio State, SMU and Wisconsin, and the Mustangs (5-3) are back in action at 12:45 p.m. this Saturday against Minneapolis De La Salle High School in the Timberwolves Shootout at Target Center in Minneapolis
DIAMOND STONE, a junior center at Whitefish Bay (Wis.) Dominican High School, and the Green Knights lost 56-42 to Rice Lake (Wis.) High School on Friday before beating Waukesha (Wis.) Catholic Memorial High School 75-52 on Saturday night. Both games came as part of the WBY Shootout at Concordia University in Mequon, Wis. Stone had 20 points in the loss to Rice Lake and 33 points against Waukesha Catholic. Stone, who has offers from Illinois, Arizona, Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, Indiana, Marquette, Maryland, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCLA and Wisconsin, and the Green Knights (6-3) are off until 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7 when they host Racine (Wis.) St. Catherine's High School.
JAYSON TATUM, a sophomore forward at St. Louis Chaminade High School, and the Red Devils went 3-0 and won its own Chaminade Christmas Classic. Tatum had 27 points and 13 rebounds in Chaminade's 75-54 win against St. Louis Bayless High School on Saturday night in the championship game. Chaminade beat St. Louis Northwest Academy 72-50 in Friday night's semifinals, with Tatum scoring 23 points, distributing eight assists and blocking six shots. Tatum scored 27 points, had 10 assists and made six steals in Chaminade's 92-68 first-round win against Hazelwood (Mo.) West High School on Thursday night. Tatum, who has offers from Illinois, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Marquette, Missouri and St. Louis, and the Red Devils (8-1) will get back in action at 4 p.m. this Friday against St. Louis Cardinal Ritter as part of the Cardinal Ritter Shootout before playing at 5:30 p.m. this Saturday against Lexington (Ky.) Catholic High School as part of the Goodfellas Pizzeria National Shootout at Lexington Catholic.
ELIJAH THOMAS, a junior power forward from Lancaster (Texas) High School, and the Tigers went 4-0 and won the Dallas ISD/Coca Cola Tournament. Lancaster defeated Dallas South Oak Cliff High School 76-73 in overtime on Saturday night in the championship game, and Thomas (20 points, 13 rebounds, seven blocks) had a superb game. Thomas had 21 points, 14 rebounds and four assists as Lancaster beat Dallas Madison High School 76-62 on Friday evening in the tournament's semifinals. Lancaster beat Dallas Kimball High School 77-69 on Friday morning, with Thomas scoring 18 points and hauling in 13 rebounds. Thomas and Lancaster opened the tournament with a 66-59 win against Dallas Carter High School on Thursday. Thomas had 13 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks in the first-round win. 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 (15-3) will play Arlington (Texas) Seguin 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 Mitchell (S.D.) High School 84-51 on Friday night and beat West Oaks Academy (Fla.) 65-51 on Saturday afternoon. Both games were part of the Mike Miller Classic at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D. Toye had nine points in the win against Mitchell. 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 (13-1) return to the court at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Indianapolis Arsenal Tech High School.