Weekend Wrap — La Lumiere's Coleman lights it up

Weekend Wrap — La Lumiere's Coleman lights it up

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 placed second at the eight-team Bass Pro Tournament of Champions at Missouri State University's JQH Arena in Springfield, Mo. Montverde (Fla.) Academy beat White Station 73-60 on Saturday night in the championship game, with Black contributing 12 points and six rebounds. White Station beat Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI Catholic High School 65-50 on Friday night in the semifinals. Black finished with 12 points and six rebounds. Black and White Station opened the tournament on Thursday night with a 64-50 win against Wesleyan Christian Academy out of High Point, N.C. Black compiled 12 points and eight rebounds. Prior to their stay in Missouri, the Spartans beat Memphis (Tenn.) Melrose High School 72-51 at home last Monday night, with Black scoring 16 points. Black and the Spartans (16-1) are slated to have four games this week, hosting Memphis (Tenn.) Overton High School at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sunrise Christian Academy out of Wichita, Kan., at 6 p.m. on Thursday and Memphis (Tenn.) East High School at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. The Spartans are then slated to take on Memphis (Tenn.) Hamilton High School at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Dyer County High School in Newbern, Tenn., as part of the Penny Hardaway Hoopfest. That game will be televised on ESPNU.

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 won 63-44 at Decatur (Ill.) Eisenhower High School on Friday night after beating Bloomington (Ill.) High School 67-56 last Tuesday night at home. Finke had 12 points and 11 rebounds at Eisenhower, and 18 points against Bloomington. Finke and the Chargers (14-4) will host Mahomet-Seymour (Ill.) High School at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday before hosting Normal (Ill.) Community 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 won 74-40 at Plainfield (Ill.) Central High School on Friday night. Jordan had 18 points and six rebounds in the win. The Bengals came through with a 63-41 home win against Romeoville (Ill.) High School last Tuesday night. Jordan had seven points in the win. Jordan and the Bengals (9-6) are scheduled to host Naperville (Ill.) Central High School at 6:30 p.m. this Tuesday before playing at Oswego (Ill.) East High School at 6:30 p.m. this Friday. Jordan and Plainfield East are then set to play Orland Park (Ill.) Carl Sandburg High School at 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Glenbard East Shootout in Lombard, Ill.

D.J. WILLIAMS, a junior forward from Chicago Simeon High School who committed to Illinois on Nov. 5, and the Wolverines won 48-37 at Chicago Vocational on Friday, with Williams scoring 11 points and adding five rebounds, but lost 59-51 at home against Chicago Bogan High School last Tuesday. Williams and the Wolverines (11-3) are set to play at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Chicago Morgan Park High School before playing St. Benedict's Prep School out of Newark, N.J., at 7 p.m. this Saturday at the Penny Hardaway Hoopfest at Dyer County High School in Newbern, Tenn.

THE TARGETS
CARLTON BRAGG, a junior power forward from Cleveland Villa-Angela St. Joseph High School, and the Vikings went 1-1 at the Burger King Classic in Erie, Pa., this weekend. Villa Angela-St. Joseph beat Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep School 64-46 on Saturday night in the consolation game. Bragg had 24 points in the win. On Friday night, the Vikings lost 61-59 to Chicago St. Rita High School in their opening game at the Burger King Classic, with Bragg scoring 20 points and posting 10 rebounds. Prior to playing in Erie, the Vikings won 64-35 at Louisville (Ohio) St. Thomas Aquinas High School last Tuesday night, with Bragg scoring 21 points. 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 (7-5) are slated to host Parma Heights (Ohio) Holy Name High School at 6:30 p.m. this Friday before playing Mentor (Ohio) High School at 3:45 p.m. this Sunday in the Dunk 4 Diabetes Shootout at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio.

JALEN BRUNSON, a junior point guard from Lincolnshire (Ill.) Stevenson High School, and the Patriots beat Lake Forest (Ill.) High School 66-50 on Friday night at home, with Brunson scoring 25 points, making six steals and handing out five assists. Brunson, who has offers from Illinois, Connecticut, Creighton, DePaul, Oklahoma State, Purdue, SMU, Temple, Tulsa, Virginia and Xavier, and the Patriots (14-1) are scheduled to host Lake Villa (Ill.) Lakes High School at 7 p.m. this Tuesday and Libertyville (Ill.) High School at 7 p.m. this Friday before playing Chicago Heights (Ill.) Marian Catholic High School at 7 p.m. this Saturday at the Glenbard East Shootout in Lombard, Ill.

JALEN COLEMAN, a junior shooting guard at La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind., and the Lakers beat Our Savior New American School out of Centereach, N.Y., 65-55 on Sunday afternoon at the Spalding Hoop Hall Classic in Springfield, Mass. Coleman led all scorers with 28 points and made eight three-pointers. Coleman, who has offers from Illinois, Arizona, Cincinnati, Indiana, Memphis, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Providence, Purdue, UCLA and Xavier, and the Lakers (14-2) are set to resume play this weekend at the Dunk 4 Diabetes Shootout at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. La Lumiere will play Cleveland Central Catholic High School at 6:15 p.m. this Saturday before playing Warrensville Heights (Ohio) High School at 12:15 p.m. this Sunday.

NOJEL EASTERN, a freshman guard from Evanston (Ill.) High School, and the Wildkits lost 70-65 at Oak Park-River Forest (Ill.) High School on Saturday night, which came after Evanston won 69-60 at Skokie (Ill.) Niles West High School on Friday night. Eastern, who has interest from Illinois and Ohio State, among others, and the Wildkits (14-5) will get back in action at 7:30 p.m. this Friday at Winnetka (Ill.) New Trier High School.
 
HYRON EDWARDS, a junior point guard at East Chicago (Ind.) Central High School, and the Cardinals had the week off. Edwards, who has offers from Illinois, Indiana and Purdue, and the Cardinals (6-5) are back in action at home against Hammond (Ind.) High School at 6:30 p.m. this Tuesday before playing at 6:30 p.m. this Saturday at Griffith (Ind.) High School.

MONTAQUE GILL-CAESAR, a junior small forward at Huntington (W. Va.) Prep and the Irish beat Dallas Prime Prep 52-48 on Saturday night at the Spalding Hoop Hall Classic in Springfield, Mass., with Gill-Caesar scoring 13 points and grabbing nine rebounds. The win against Dallas Prime Prep came came after Huntington Prep beat Alice Lloyd College's junior varsity team out of Pippa Passes, Ky., 116-63 last Wednesday night at home. Gill-Caesar had 18 points and 10 rebounds in that win. 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 (17-4) will play Cleveland Central Catholic High School at 3:45 p.m. on Monday in the Flyin' to the Hoop Invitational in Kettering, Ohio, before playing Shaker Heights (Ohio) High School at 8 p.m. this Saturday at the Dunk 4 Diabetes Shootout at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio.

KAIN HARRIS, a junior shooting guard at Chicago Morgan Park High School, and the Mustangs lost 74-73 in overtime against Chicago Bogan High School on Thursday at Chicago Julian High School after beating Chicago Harlan High School 102-55 at home last Tuesday. Harris had 15 points in the loss against Bogan. 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 (13-4) are slated to host Chicago Simeon High School at 4:30 p.m. this Tuesday before hosting Chicago Vocational at 4 p.m. this Thursday.

CHARLES MATTHEWS, a junior combo guard at Chicago St. Rita High School, and the Mustangs placed second at the Burger King Classic in Erie, Pa., this weekend. St. Rita lost 64-38 to Radnor (Pa.) Archbishop Carroll High School on Saturday night in the title game. The Mustangs outlasted Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School 61-59 on Friday night, and Matthews had 21 points in the win. Prior to the Burger King Classic, Matthews had 17 points in a 61-57 home loss to Wilmette (Ill.) Loyola Academy last Tuesday night. Matthews, who has offers from Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Marquette, Michigan State, Ohio State, SMU and Wisconsin, and the Mustangs (7-6) are scheduled to get back in action at 7 p.m. this Tuesday at home against Kankakee (Ill.) Bishop McNamara High School.

LUWANE PIPKINS, a junior guard at Chicago Bogan High School, and the Bengals beat Chicago St. Ignatius Prep 64-45 on Sunday night at the MLK Dream Classic at Chicago Whitney Young High School. Prior to that, Bogan beat Chicago Morgan Park High School 74-73 in overtime at Chicago Julian High School on Thursday after winning 59-51 at Chicago Simeon High School last Tuesday. Pipkins had 24 points against St. Ignatius, 20 points against Morgan Park and 33 points, four assists and three steals against Simeon. 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 (18-2) are slated to host Chicago Harlan High School at 5 p.m. this Thursday

DIAMOND STONE, a junior center at Whitefish Bay (Wis.) Dominican High School, and the Green Knights went 3-0 this past week. Dominican beat Somers (Wis.) Shoreland Lutheran High School 74-42 on Saturday night, with Stone scoring 18 points. The win against Shoreland Lutheran came after an 82-32 home win against Racine (Wis.) Lutheran High School on Thursday night, with Stone scoring 29 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Stone had 23 points and 16 rebounds in a 57-48 overtime home win last Monday night against Racine (Wis.) St. Catherine's High School. Stone, who has offers from Illinois, Arizona, Connecticut, DePaul, Duke, Georgetown, Indiana, Marquette, Maryland, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCLA and Wisconsin, and the Green Knights (10-3) get back in action at 7:30 p.m. this Tuesday at Kenosha (Wis.) St. Joseph High School before playing at 7:30 p.m. this Friday at Milwaukee St. Thomas More High School.

JAYSON TATUM, a sophomore forward at St. Louis Chaminade High School, and the Red Devils won the Denver Miller Tournament at Kirkwood (Mo.) High School and also picked up a 67-39 win at St. Louis DeSmet Jesuit High School last Tuesday night. Chaminade knocked off tournament host Kirkwood 75-61 on Saturday night in the title game, with Tatum scoring 29 points. The Red Devils beat St. Louis Jennings High School 70-53 on Friday evening in the tournament's semifinals. Tatum had 31 points, 13 rebounds and four assists against Jennings. Chaminade opened the tournament with an 87-31 win on Thursday night against St. Louis Riverview Gardens High School, with Tatum scoring 24 points. Tatum had 18 points, nine rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks in the win against DeSmet. Tatum, who has offers from Illinois, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Marquette, Missouri and St. Louis, and the Red Devils (14-1) are set to host DeSmet at 7 p.m. this Friday in their next game.

JEREMIAH TILMON, a freshman forward at East St. Louis (Ill.) High School, and the Flyers won 53-52 at Alton (Ill.) High School last Tuesday night. Tilmon had four points, six rebounds and six blocks in the win. Tilmon, who has interest from Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and St. Louis, among others, and the Flyers (12-4) resume play at 7:30 p.m. this Friday at home against O'Fallon (Ill.) High School.

ELIJAH THOMAS, a junior power forward from Lancaster (Texas) High School, and the Tigers beat Arlington (Texas) Mansfield Summit High School 71-60 at home on Friday night, which came after a 67-48 win at Ennis (Texas) High School last Tuesday night. Thomas had 14 points, 14 rebounds and five assists against Mansfield Summit. He compiled 26 points, 19 rebounds and five assists in the win against Ennis. 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 (19-4) return to their home court at 8 p.m. this Tuesday against Mansfield (Texas) Legacy High School before hosting 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 Our Savior New American School out of Centereach, N.Y., 65-55 on Sunday afternoon at the Spalding Hoop Hall Classic in Springfield, Mass. 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 (14-2) are set to resume play this weekend at the Dunk 4 Diabetes Shootout at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. La Lumiere will play Cleveland Central Catholic High School at 6:15 p.m. this Saturday before playing Warrensville Heights (Ohio) High School at 12:15 p.m. this Sunday.

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