Harris, Pipkins two to watch

Harris, Pipkins two to watch

John Groce and his coaching staff are already interested in what transpires in the Chicago Public League Red-South.

That's the conference of Chicago Simeon, which Groce has used to reel in current freshmen Kendrick Nunn and Jaylon Tate, along with Class of 2015 wing commit D.J. Williams.

Williams, however, isn't the only Class of 2015 prospect Illinois — which has two scholarships still left for that class — is keeping tabs on.

Chicago Morgan Park's Kain Harris, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, and Luwane Pipkins, a 5-8 combo guard from Chicago Bogan, are two other tantalizing in-state recruits out of the Public League's Red-South.

Neither Harris nor Pipkins have offers from Illinois yet, but both have interest from Illinois.

"I'm really on board and excited about Kain Harris," said Joe Henricksen, the publisher of the City/Suburban Hoops Report. "He's big. He's athletic, and he is another player who's just starting to figure it all out."

Morgan Park won the Class 3A state title last March, with Kyle Davis (now at Dayton) and Billy Garrett (now at DePaul) leading the way.

Harris averaged 4.7 points as a reserve. But now he's one of the leaders for the Mustangs, and is making the most of the opportunity.

"He sat behind two big-time guards last year, so he had to wait his turn," Henricksen said. "He's had some big-time games, particularly at Proviso West. His shooting mechanics are solid. He's a straight two guard. He's not really a combo guard or a point guard at all. At the end of the day, he's going to be a high-major recruit, and I think Illinois is going to pick up their interest in him."

Pipkins will likely play Division I basketball somewhere. Where is the key question.

He only stands 5-8, and isn't a true point guard.

"He's really just a guard," Henricksen said. "He's a man without a position. He is ultra-tough. He competes at a high level. He's an above-average shooter, (and) Hhe has some terrific scoring ability, but he's kind of in that mid-major plus range as a prospect right now because of his size."

Pipkins showed what he can do a month ago at State Farm Center. Bogan beat Centennial, featuring Illinois signee Michael Finke, 70-58, with Pipkins scoring 30 points on Illinois' home court.

"It'll be interesting to see how his recruitment goes because a lot of people do get scared off by small guards, especially if they're not your ideal, prototypical point guard," Henricksen said. "He's a player, though."


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