Weekend Wrap — Tatum keeps producing

Weekend Wrap — Tatum keeps producing

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 had the week off. Black and the Spartans (10-0) are set to play four games this week, starting at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Memphis (Tenn.) Overton High School before hosting Memphis (Tenn.) Whitehaven High School at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The Spartans will then hit the road for a 7:30 p.m. game at Memphis (Tenn.) East High School this Friday and another road game at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday at Memphis (Tenn.) Ridgeway 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 had the week off. Finke and Centennial (11-4) get back in action at 7:30 p.m. this Tuesday at home against Danville (Ill.) High School.

AARON JORDAN, a junior shooting guard from Plainfield (Ill.) East High School who committed to Illinois on Jan. 4, and the Bengals had the week off. Jordan and the Bengals (7-5) will host Plainfield (Ill.) South High School at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday before playing at Oswego (Ill.) High School at 6:30 p.m. this Friday.

D.J. WILLIAMS, a junior forward from Chicago Simeon High School who committed to Illinois on Nov. 5, and the Wolverines did not play in the Cancer Research Classic in Wheeling, W. Va., this past weekend because inclement weather caused travel problems for the Wolverines. Simeon (9-2) and Williams return to the court at 4:30 p.m. this Tuesday at Chicago Brooks High School before playing at 4:30 p.m. this Thursday at Chicago Harlan High School and then taking on Chicago Orr at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday at Chicago State University.

THE TARGETS
CARLTON BRAGG, a junior power forward from Cleveland Villa-Angela St. Joseph High School, and the Vikings lost 73-60 to Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High School on Friday night on ESPNU at the Cancer Research Classic in Wheeling, W. Va. Bragg finished with nine points and 14 rebounds in the loss. 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 (5-2) will take part in the McCracken County of Hoops Festival this weekend in West Paducah, Ky. The Vikings will face Chicago Curie High School at 5 p.m. this Friday before playing Indianapolis Arsenal Tech High School at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday.

JALEN BRUNSON, a junior point guard from Lincolnshire (Ill.) Stevenson High School, and the Patriots won the 32-team Proviso West Holiday Tournament last week, with Brunson earning tournament MVP honors. Brunson had 23 points and nine rebounds in the Patriots' 67-55 win against Chicago Morgan Park High School last Tuesday night in the championship game. That came after Stevenson beat Westchester (Ill.) St. Joseph High School 85-72 last Monday evening in the semifinals, with Brunson scoring 32 points, grabbing eight rebounds and handing out six assists. Brunson, who has offers from Illinois, Connecticut, Creighton, DePaul, Oklahoma State, Purdue, SMU, Temple, Tulsa, Virginia and Xavier, and the Patriots (13-0) get back in action at 7 p.m. this Tuesday at home against Lake Zurich (Ill.) High School before playing at 7 p.m. this Friday at Zion-Benton (Ill.) High School.

JALEN COLEMAN, a junior shooting guard at La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind., and the Lakers lost 71-60 at Indianapolis Arsenal Tech High School on Wednesday night. Coleman finished with 21 points in the loss. 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) return to the court at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at home against ABCD Prep out of Urbandale, Iowa, before playing this Friday and Saturday at the Midwest Prep Championships in Hudson, Ohio.

NOJEL EASTERN, a freshman guard from Evanston (Ill.) High School, and the Wildkits beat St. Charles (Ill.) East High School 72-64 on Saturday night at home, with Eastern scoring 15 points. Eastern, who has interest from Illinois and Ohio State, among others, and the Wildkits (11-4) host Waukegan (Ill.) High School at 7:30 p.m. this Friday before hosting Skokie (Ill.) Niles North High School at 7 p.m. this Saturday.
 
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 (5-5) resume play at 5 p.m. this Saturday 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 beat Richmond (Va.) Benedictine High School 65-56 on Saturday night at the Chance Harman Classic in Floyd, Va. Gill-Caesar supplied 16 points in the win. Gill-Caesar and the Irish resume play this weekend at the McCracken County of Hoops Festival this in West Paducah, Ky. The Irish (14-4) will play Our Savior New American School out of Centereach, N.Y., at 8 p.m. this Friday before taking on Sunrise Christian Academy out of Wichita, Kan., at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

KAIN HARRIS, a junior shooting guard at Chicago Morgan Park High School, and the Mustangs placed second last week at the 32-team Proviso West Holiday Tournament. Harris had 11 points in Morgan Park's 67-55 loss to Lincolnshire (Ill.) Stevenson High School last Tuesday in the championship game, which came after Harris had nine points in a 61-47 win against Chicago Bogan High School last Monday night in the tournament's semifinals. 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 (12-2) get back in action with two games this week. Morgan Park is slated to play at Chicago Vocational at 5 p.m. on Tuesday before playing at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at Chicago Brooks.

CHARLES MATTHEWS, a junior combo guard at Chicago St. Rita High School, and the Mustangs lost 59-53 to Minneapolis De La Salle High School on Saturday afternoon in the Timberwolves Shootout at Target Center in Minneapolis. Matthews had 11 points and four assists. Matthews, who has offers from Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Marquette, Michigan State, Ohio State, SMU and Wisconsin, and the Mustangs (5-4) will play at Chicago De La Salle High School at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday before hosting New Lenox (Ill.) Providence Catholic High School at 7 p.m. this Friday.

LUWANE PIPKINS, a junior guard at Chicago Bogan High School, and the Bengals placed third at the 32-team Proviso West Holiday Tournament last week. Pipkins had 32 points, seven assists and four steals in Bogan's 69-67 overtime win against Westchester (Ill.) St. Joseph High School last Tuesday afternoon during the third-place game at Proviso West. Prior to that, Pipkins had nine points, four assists and three steals in a 61-47 loss to Chicago Morgan Park High School last Monday in the tournament's semifinals. 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 (13-2) were scheduled to resume play at 5 p.m. on Monday at Chicago Harlan High School before playing at 5 p.m. on Wednesday at Chicago Vocational and then playing Chicago Providence-St. Mel High School at 5 p.m. this Sunday as part of the Bob Hambric Shootout at Thornton Fractional North High School in Calumet City, Ill.

DIAMOND STONE, a junior center at Whitefish Bay (Wis.) Dominican High School, and the Green Knights had the week off. 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) host Racine (Wis.) St. Catherine's High School at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday before playing at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Greendale (Wis.) Martin Luther High School.

JAYSON TATUM, a sophomore forward at St. Louis Chaminade High School, and the Red Devils beat St. Louis Cardinal Ritter 72-64 on Friday at the Cardinal Ritter Shootout. Tatum had 28 points in the win. Tatum and the Red Devils then beat Lexington (Ky.) Catholic High School 72-41 in the Goodfellas Pizzeria National Shootout at Lexington Catholic on Saturday evening, with Tatum scoring 21 points, grabbing nine rebounds and handing out five assists. Tatum, who has offers from Illinois, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Marquette, Missouri and St. Louis, and the Red Devils (10-1) are off until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14 when they play at St. Louis DeSmet Jesuit High School.

JEREMIAH TILMON, a freshman forward at East St. Louis (Ill.) High School, and the Flyers lost 51-50 to St. Louis Madison (Mo.) Prep on Friday night at home. Tilmon had three points. Tilmon, who has interest from Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and St. Louis, among others, and the Flyers (10-4) will host Edwardsville (Ill.) High School at 7:30 p.m. this Tuesday before hosting Granite City (Ill.) High School at 7:30 p.m. this Friday.

ELIJAH THOMAS, a junior power forward from Lancaster (Texas) High School, and the Tigers lost 75-69 to Arlington (Texas) Seguin High School on Friday night. Thomas contributed 15 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks. 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 (15-4) will play at Mansfield (Texas) Lake Ridge High School at 8 p.m. on Tuesday before hosting Red Oak (Texas) High School at 8 p.m. on Friday.

JOSEPH TOYE, a junior forward at La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind., and the Lakers lost 71-60 at Indianapolis Arsenal Tech High School on Wednesday nigh. 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) return to the court at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at home against ABCD Prep out of Urbandale, Iowa before playing this Friday and Saturday at the Midwest Prep Championships in Hudson, Ohio.

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