Weekend Wrap — Stone shines for Green Knights

Weekend Wrap — Stone shines for Green Knights

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 compiled a 4-0 record last week. Black finished with 25 points in White Station's 76-71 win against Memphis (Tenn.) Hamilton High School on Saturday afternoon during the Penny Hardaway Hoopfest at Dyer County High School in Newbern, Tenn. Prior to that, White Station beat Memphis (Tenn.) East High School 79-65 at home on Friday night, with Black scoring 15 points. Black only had six points in White Station's 56-55 home victory against Sunrise Christian Academy out of Wichita, Kan., on Thursday night, but scored the game-winning basket at the buzzer, and contributed 14 points in the Spartans' 60-49 home win against Memphis (Tenn.) Overton High School last Tuesday night. Black and the Spartans (20-1) get back in action at 7:30 p.m. on Monday with a rematch at Memphis (Tenn.) Hamilton High School before playing at 7:30 p.m. this Friday at Memphis (Tenn.) Whitehaven High School.  

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 Normal (Ill.) Community High School 51-49 on Friday night at home, with Finke scoring 17 points. Finke and the Chargers (15-4) resume play at 7:30 p.m. this Tuesday at Decatur (Ill.) MacArthur High School before hosting Champaign (Ill.) Central 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 beat Orland Park (Ill.) Sandburg High School 55-42 on Saturday afternoon at the Glenbard East Shootout in Lombard, Ill., with Jordan scoring 24 points. Jordan and the Bengals won 71-62 on Friday night at Oswego (Ill.) East High School, with Jordan supplying 25 points and 10 rebounds. Prior to the weekend, Plainfield East lost 67-54 against Naperville (Ill.) Central High School last Tuesday night. Jordan had 22 points in the home loss. Plainfield East (11-7) and Jordan return to the court at 6:30 p.m. this Friday at home against Minooka (Ill.) High School before hosting Plainfield (Ill.) South High School at 5 p.m. this Saturday.

D.J. WILLIAMS, a junior forward from Chicago Simeon High School who committed to Illinois on Nov. 5, and the Wolverines lost 59-48 to St. Benedict's Prep School out of Newark, N.J., on Saturday night during the Penny Hardaway Hoopfest at Dyer County High School in Newbern, Tenn. The Wolverines beat Dyer County 78-69 on Friday night at the Hardaway Hoopfest, with Williams scoring 15 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and handing out five assists. Prior to the Wolverines' trip to Tennessee, Simeon beat Chicago Brooks 57-38 on Thursday and outlasted Morgan Park 80-72 in double overtime on the road last Wednesday. Williams had 17 points in the win against Morgan Park. Williams and Simeon (14-4) are slated to play at Chicago Bogan High School at 4:30 p.m. this Tuesday. 

THE TARGETS
CARLTON BRAGG, a junior power forward from Cleveland Villa-Angela St. Joseph High School, and the Vikings beat Mentor (Ohio) High School 82-71 on Sunday during the Dunk 4 Diabetes Shootout at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio, with Bragg scoring 28 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 (8-5) get back in action at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday at Cleveland Central Catholic before playing at 6:30 p.m. this Friday at Warren (Ohio) John F. Kennedy High School.

JALEN BRUNSON, a junior point guard from Lincolnshire (Ill.) Stevenson High School, and the Patriots knocked off Chicago Heights (Ill.) Marian Catholic High School 76-66 on Saturday night at the Glenbard East Shootout in Lombard, Ill., with Brunson scoring 32 points. Brunson and Stevenson beat Libertyville (Ill.) High School 65-43 at home on Friday night, with Brunson scoring 20 points. Prior to the weekend, Brunson had 18 points, six rebounds and seven assists during a 64-36 home win against Lake Villa (Ill.) Lakes High School last Tuesday night. Brunson, who has offers from Illinois, Connecticut, Creighton, DePaul, Oklahoma State, Purdue, SMU, Temple, Tulsa, Virginia and Xavier, and the Patriots (17-1) resume action at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday at home against Gurnee (Ill.) Warren High School.

JALEN COLEMAN, a junior shooting guard at La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind., and the Lakers won two games during the Dunk 4 Diabetes Shootout at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio, this weekend. The Lakers beat Warrensville Heights (Ohio) High School 58-54 on Sunday afternoon. Coleman had 20 points in the win. Sunday's victory came after La Lumiere defeated Cleveland Central Catholic High School 68-43 on Saturday night, with Coleman scoring 19 points. Coleman, who has offers from Illinois, Arizona, Cincinnati, Indiana, Memphis, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Providence, Purdue, UCLA and Xavier, and the Lakers (17-2) have the week off and get back into action at 7:30 p.m. this Friday against New Faith Christian Academy out of Ellenwood, Ga.

NOJEL EASTERN, a freshman guard from Evanston (Ill.) High School, and the Wildkits won 63-55 at Winnetka (Ill.) New Trier High School on Friday night, but Eastern did not play. Eastern, who has interest from Illinois, Creighton, Duke, Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State and Xavier, among others, and the Wildkits (15-5) will host Glenview (Ill.) Glenbrook South High School at 7:30 p.m. this Friday before playing Lisle (Ill.) Benet Academy 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 beat Gary (Ind.) Roosevelt High School 53-49 on Friday night at home, which came after the Cardinals beat Hammond (Ind.) High School 67-37 at home on Thursday night. Edwards, who has offers from Illinois, Indiana and Purdue, and the Cardinals (8-5) resume play at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday at Gary (Ind.) West Side High School before playing at South Bend (Ind.) Adams High School at 6:30 p.m. this Friday.

MONTAQUE GILL-CAESAR, a junior small forward at Huntington (W. Va.) Prep and the Irish beat Shaker Heights (Ohio) High School 78-36 on Saturday night during the Dunk 4 Diabetes Shootout at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio, with Gill-Caesar scoring 11 points. Prior to that game, Huntington Prep beat Cleveland Central Catholic High School 78-36 last Monday afternoon during the Flyin' to the Hoop Invitational in Kettering, Ohio, with Gill-Caesar scoring 15 points and grabbing 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 (19-4) open play in the Huntington (W. Va.) Invitational at 7:15 p.m. this Thursday against Faith Baptist Christian Academy out of Ludowici, Ga., before playing Kennedy (N.C.) at 7 p.m. this Friday at the Huntington Invitational.

KAIN HARRIS, a junior shooting guard at Chicago Morgan Park High School, and the Mustangs beat Chicago Vocational 93-55 on Thursday at home, which came after an 80-72 double overtime loss at home to Chicago Simeon High School last Wednesday. Harris had 13 points against Chicago Vocational and 12 points in the loss against Simeon. 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 (14-5) are scheduled to be off until the Chicago Public League playoffs.

CHARLES MATTHEWS, a junior combo guard at Chicago St. Rita High School, and the Mustangs easily cruised past Kankakee (Ill.) Bishop McNamara High School 81-45 last Tuesday night at home. Matthews had 16 points. Matthews, who has offers from Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Marquette, Michigan State, Ohio State, SMU and Wisconsin, and the Mustangs (8-6) get back in action at 7 p.m. this Tuesday at Chicago Brother Rice High School before playing at 7 p.m. this Friday at Chicago Hales Franciscan High School.

LUWANE PIPKINS, a junior guard at Chicago Bogan High School, and the Bengals beat Chicago Brooks 88-70 last Tuesday. 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 (19-2) are set to host Chicago Simeon High School at 4:30 p.m. this Tuesday.

DIAMOND STONE, a junior center at Whitefish Bay (Wis.) Dominican High School, and the Green Knights won 98-80 at Milwaukee St. Thomas More High School on Friday night, with Stone dropping in a game-high 44 points. Stone had 26 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks in a 68-56 win at Kenosha (Wis.) St. Joseph High School last Tuesday night. 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 (12-3) will host Racine (Wis.) The Prairie School at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday.

JAYSON TATUM, a sophomore forward at St. Louis Chaminade High School, and the Red Devils beat St. Louis DeSmet Jesuit High School 75-67 at home on Friday night, with Tatum producing 20 points. Tatum, who has offers from Illinois, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Marquette, Missouri and St. Louis, and the Red Devils (15-1) have three road games this week, starting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at St. Louis Lutheran North High School. Chaminade will then play at 5 p.m. on Thursday at St. Louis Maplewood High School and at St. Louis Christian Brothers College High School at 7 p.m. this Friday.

JEREMIAH TILMON, a freshman forward at East St. Louis (Ill.) High School, and the Flyers lost 52-48 to O'Fallon (Ill.) High School at home on Friday night. Tilmon, who has interest from Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and St. Louis, among others, and the Flyers (12-5) play next at Belleville (Ill.) East High School at 7:30 p.m. this Friday.

ELIJAH THOMAS, a junior power forward from Lancaster (Texas) High School, and the Tigers beat Waxahachie (Texas) High School 75-50 at home on Friday night, with Thomas scoring 23 points, grabbing 16 rebounds and handing out eight assists. Thomas had 21 points, 14 rebounds and six assists in a 66-44 home win against Mansfield (Texas) Legacy High School last Tuesday 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 (21-4) are slated to play at Seguin (Texas) High School at 8 p.m. this Tuesday before hosting Mansfield (Texas) Lakeridge High School at 8 p.m. this Friday.

JOSEPH TOYE, a junior forward at La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind., and  the Lakers won two games during the Dunk 4 Diabetes Shootout at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio, this weekend. The Lakers beat Warrensville Heights (Ohio) High School 58-54 on Sunday afternoon. Toye had five points in Sunday's win. La Lumiere defeated Cleveland Central Catholic High School 68-43 on Saturday night, with Toye scoring 20 points. 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 (17-2) have the week off and get back into action at 7:30 p.m. this Friday against New Faith Christian Academy out of Ellenwood, Ga.

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