Weekend Wrap — Black keeps White Station unbeaten

Weekend Wrap — Black keeps White Station unbeaten

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.

THE RECRUITS
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 picked up three wins last week. Black poured in 32 points points in White Station's 75-60 victory at Memphis (Tenn.) Ridgeway High School on Saturday night. White Station cruised past Memphis (Tenn.) East High School 74-34 on the road Friday night, with Black scoring 18 points. Black had 12 points in White Station's 71-58 home win against Memphis (Tenn.) Whitehaven High School last Wednesday night. Black and the Spartans (13-0) will host Memphis (Tenn.) Melrose High School at 7:30 p.m. on Monday before heading to Springfield, Mo., this week for the eight-team Bass Pro Tournament of Champions at Missouri State University's JQH Arena. White Station opens the tournament at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday against Wesleyan Christian Academy out of High Point, N.C.

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 Danville (Ill.) High School 59-56 on Saturday night at home. Finke compiled 19 points and eight rebounds. Finke and Centennial (12-4) return to the court at 7:30 p.m. this Tuesday at home against Bloomington (Ill.) High School before playing at Decatur (Ill.) Eisenhower High School at 7:30 p.m. this Friday.

AARON JORDAN, a junior shooting guard from Plainfield (Ill.) East High School who committed to Illinois on Jan. 4, and the Bengals lost 60-58 in overtime at Oswego (Ill.) High School on Friday night. Jordan had 10 points, but was plagued with foul trouble before fouling out in overtime. Jordan and the Bengals (7-6) resume play at 6:30 p.m. this Tuesday at home against Romeoville (Ill.) High School before playing at 6:30 p.m. this Friday at Plainfield (Ill.) Central High School.

D.J. WILLIAMS, a junior forward from Chicago Simeon High School who committed to Illinois on Nov. 5, and the Wolverines won 58-52 at Chicago Harlan High School on Thursday night. Williams had 10 points, eight rebounds and six assists against Harlan. Williams and the Wolverines (10-2) host Chicago Bogan High School at 4:30 p.m. this Tuesday before playing at Chicago Vocational at 4:30 p.m. this Friday.

THE TARGETS
CARLTON BRAGG, a junior power forward from Cleveland Villa-Angela St. Joseph High School, and the Vikings lost 66-63 to Chicago Curie High School on Friday evening before losing 80-76 to Indianapolis Arsenal Tech High School on Saturday night. Both games came at the Mustang Madness Showcase at McCracken County High School in West Paducah, Ky. Bragg had 18 points and 13 rebounds in the loss against Curie, and finished with 24 points and nine rebounds against Arsenal Tech. Bragg, who has offers from Illinois, Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland State, Connecticut, Dayton, DePaul, Georgetown, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan State, Missouri, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Texas, UCLA, West Virginia and Wisconsin, and the Vikings (5-4) will play at Louisville (Ohio) St. Thomas Aquinas High School at 6:30 p.m. this Tuesday before taking part in the Burger King Classic in Erie, Pa., this Friday and Saturday. Villa Angela-St. Joseph will play Chicago St. Rita High School at 6 p.m. on Friday before playing either Radnor (Pa.) Archbishop Carroll High School or Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep School at 6 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. on Saturday depending on how the Vikings fare against St. Rita.

JALEN BRUNSON, a junior point guard from Lincolnshire (Ill.) Stevenson High School, and the Patriots lost 70-69 in overtime at Zion-Benton (Ill.) High School on Friday night. Brunson had 27 points in the defeat. Brunson, who has offers from Illinois, Connecticut, Creighton, DePaul, Oklahoma State, Purdue, SMU, Temple, Tulsa, Virginia and Xavier, and the Patriots (13-1) will host Lake Forest (Ill.) 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 had the week off after its game against ABCD Prep was canceled last Tuesday because of inclement weather. Coleman, who has offers from Illinois, Arizona, Cincinnati, Indiana, Memphis, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Providence, Purdue, UCLA and Xavier, and the Lakers (13-2) are slated to get back in action at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19 against Our Savior New American School out of Centereach, N.Y., at the Spalding Hoop Hall Classic in Springfield, Mass.

NOJEL EASTERN, a freshman guard from Evanston (Ill.) High School, and the Wildkits beat Waukegan (Ill.) High School 66-53 on Friday night at home before beating Skokie (Ill.) Niles North High School 62-57 at home on Saturday night. Eastern, who has interest from Illinois and Ohio State, among others, and the Wildkits (13-4) are back in action at 7:30 p.m. this Friday at Skokie (Ill.) Niles West High School before playing at Oak Park-River Forest (Ill.) High School at 6 p.m. this Saturday.
 
HYRON EDWARDS, a junior point guard at East Chicago (Ind.) Central High School, and the Cardinals beat Chicago Marshall High School 58-55 on Saturday evening during the Bob Hambric Shootout at Thornton Fractional North High School in Calumet City, Ill. Edwards finished with 18 points, six assists and five rebounds. Edwards, who has offers from Illinois, Indiana and Purdue, and the Cardinals (6-5) are off until Tuesday, Jan. 21 when East Chicago Central hosts Hammond (Ind.) High School at 6:30 p.m.

MONTAQUE GILL-CAESAR, a junior small forward at Huntington (W. Va.) Prep and the Irish beat Our Savior New American School out of Centereach, N.Y.,  68-66 on Thursday night at the Mustang Madness Showcase at McCracken County High School in West Paducah, Ky. Gill-Caesar finished with eight points and five rebounds. Gill-Caesar, 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 (15-4) will host Alice Lloyd College's junior varsity team out of Pippa Passes, Ky., on Wednesday before playing Dallas Prime Prep at 7 p.m. this Saturday at the Spalding Hoop Hall Classic in Springfield, Mass.

KAIN HARRIS, a junior shooting guard at Chicago Morgan Park High School, and the Mustangs won 74-52 at Chicago Brooks High School on Thursday night. Harris only had six points. Harris, who has offers from Bradley, DePaul, Minnesota, South Carolina and West Virginia, along with interest from Illinois, Creighton, Iowa State, SMU and Tennessee, and the Mustangs (13-2) are slated to host Chicago Harlan High School at 4 p.m. this Tuesday before playing at 4 p.m. this Thursday at Chicago Bogan High School.

CHARLES MATTHEWS, a junior combo guard at Chicago St. Rita High School, and the Mustangs beat New Lenox (Ill.) Providence Catholic High School 78-63 at home on Friday night. Matthews wound up with 18 points and five rebounds. Matthews, who has offers from Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Marquette, Michigan State, Ohio State, SMU and Wisconsin, and the Mustangs (6-4) will host Wilmette (Ill.) Loyola Academy at 7 p.m. this Tuesday before traveling to Erie, Pa., for the Burger King Classic this weekend. St. Rita will play Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School at 6 p.m. on Friday before playing either Radnor (Pa.) Archbishop Carroll High School or Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep School at 6 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. on Saturday depending on how the Mustangs fare against Villa Angela-St. Joseph.

LUWANE PIPKINS, a junior guard at Chicago Bogan High School, and the Bengals won 66-52 at Chicago Vocational on Thursday. Pipkins had 26 points, four assists and four steals in the victory. Pipkins, who has offers from Bradley, Illinois-Chicago, Massachusetts and Northern Illinois, along with interest from Illinois, Creighton, DePaul, Indiana State, LaSalle and Valparaiso, and the Bengals (14-2) are slated to play at Chicago Simeon High School at 4:30 p.m. this Tuesday before hosting Chicago Morgan Park High School at 4 p.m. this Thursday.

DIAMOND STONE, a junior center at Whitefish Bay (Wis.) Dominican High School, and the Green Knights won 66-23 at Greendale (Wis.) Martin Luther High School on Friday night. Stone had 25 points in the easy victory. Stone, who has offers from Illinois, Arizona, Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, Indiana, Marquette, Maryland, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCLA and Wisconsin, and the Green Knights (7-3) host Racine (Wis.) St. Catherine's High School at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, host Racine (Wis.) Lutheran High School at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday and host Somers (Wis.) Shoreland Lutheran High School at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday.

JAYSON TATUM, a sophomore forward at St. Louis Chaminade High School, and the Red Devils had the week off. Tatum, who has offers from Illinois, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Marquette, Missouri and St. Louis, and the Red Devils (10-1) resume play at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at St. Louis DeSmet before they begin play at the Denver Miller Tournament at Kirkwood (Mo.) High School at 5 p.m. this Thursday against St. Louis Riverview Gardens High School.

JEREMIAH TILMON, a freshman forward at East St. Louis (Ill.) High School, and the Flyers beat Granite City (Ill.) High School 55-35 at home on Friday night. Tilmon had 12 points in the win. Tilmon, who has interest from Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and St. Louis, among others, and the Flyers (11-4) will play at Alton (Ill.) High School at 7:30 p.m. this Tuesday.

ELIJAH THOMAS, a junior power forward from Lancaster (Texas) High School, and the Tigers beat Red Oak (Texas) High School 92-48 on Friday night at home. Thomas finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots. Lancaster won 78-53 at Mansfield (Texas) Lake Ridge High School last Tuesday night, with Thomas scoring 31 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and handing out six assists. 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 (17-4) will play at Ennis (Texas) High School at 8 p.m. this Tuesday before hosting Arlington (Texas) Mansfield Summit High School at 8 p.m. this Friday.

JOSEPH TOYE, a junior forward at La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind., and the Lakers had the week off after its game against ABCD Prep was canceled last Tuesday because of inclement weather. Toye, who has offers from Auburn, Bradley, Creighton, Illinois-Chicago, Iowa, Memphis, Missouri, Providence and Vanderbilt, along with interest from Illinois, Indiana and Michigan State, and the Lakers (13-2) are slated to get back in action at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19 against Our Savior New American School out of Centereach, N.Y., at the Spalding Hoop Hall Classic in Springfield, Mass.

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