Weekend Wrap — Brunson goes off for Patriots

Weekend Wrap — Brunson goes off for Patriots

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 won four games within the past week. White Station beat Arlington (Tenn.) High School 83-66 on Sunday night at the FedEx Forum, with Black scoring 31 points and grabbing nine rebounds in the AAA county championship. Prior to that, White Station won 82-68 at Memphis (Tenn.) Melrose High School on Friday night. Black had 19 points. The Spartans defeated Memphis (Tenn.) Overton High School 95-67 last Wednesday night, with Black scoring 17 points. Black compiled seven points during White Station's 64-51 victory last Tuesday at home against Memphis (Tenn.) Central High School. Black and the Spartans (26-1) are slated to return to the court on Monday, Feb. 17 when the Division I AAA state playoffs start.

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 Mahomet-Seymour (Ill.) High School 67-52 on Saturday night at home. Finke had 12 points and seven rebounds in the win. Finke and the Chargers (17-4) are set to resume play at 7:30 p.m. this Tuesday at Urbana (Ill.) High School before playing at Bloomington (Ill.) 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 33-32 at Naperville (Ill.) North High School on Saturday night, which came after a 69-48 home win against Plainfield (Ill.) North High School on Friday night. Jordan had six points against Naperville North, while he scored 17 points and had eight rebounds against Plainfield North. Jordan and the Bengals (14-8) are scheduled to get back in action at 6:30 p.m. this Friday at Plainfield (Ill.) South High School.

D.J. WILLIAMS, a junior forward from Chicago Simeon High School who committed to Illinois on Nov. 5, and the Wolverines advanced to the quarterfinals of the Chicago Public League playoffs. Simeon beat Chicago Lane High School 54-42 on Sunday afternoon at Chicago Corliss High School in a second-round game. The win on Sunday came after Simeon rolled past Chicago TEAM Englewood 102-36 last Wednesday in a first-round game, with Williams scoring 11 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and handing out five assists. Williams and Simeon (17-4) is slated to play Chicago Curie this Sunday in a quarterfinal game at Chicago State University.

THE TARGETS
CARLTON BRAGG, a junior power forward from Cleveland Villa-Angela St. Joseph High School is out with a broken toe. Bragg 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. Villa Angela-St. Joseph won 71-54 at Cleveland Trinity High School on Friday night, which came after a 73-60 loss at Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary High School on Thursday night. The Vikings (11-6) are slated to host Louisville (Ohio) St. Thomas Aquinas High School at 6:30 p.m. this Friday before playing Cleveland St. Ignatius High School at 6:30 p.m. at home this Saturday.

JALEN BRUNSON, a junior point guard from Lincolnshire (Ill.) Stevenson High School, and the Patriots beat Lisle (Ill.) Benet Academy 77-64 on Saturday evening at Batavia (Ill.) High School, with Brunson dropping 39 points. The win on Saturday came after Stevenson beat Zion-Benton (Ill.) High School 81-63 on Friday night at home, with Brunson scoring 20 points. Prior to that, Stevenson easily won 78-55 at Lake Zurich (Ill.) High School last Tuesday night. Brunson scored 28 points, made seven steals, handed out six assists and grabbed four rebounds. Brunson, who has offers from Illinois, Connecticut, Creighton, DePaul, Oklahoma State, Purdue, SMU, Temple, Tulsa, Virginia and Xavier, and the Patriots (21-1) resume play at 7 p.m. this Friday at Mundelein (Ill.) High School.

JALEN COLEMAN, a junior shooting guard at La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind., and the Lakers beat Midwest Elite Prep Academy out of Merrillville, Ind., 65-57 at home on Friday night. Coleman scored 24 points in the win. Coleman, who has offers from Illinois, Arizona, Cincinnati, Indiana, Memphis, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Providence, Purdue, UCLA and Xavier, and the Lakers (18-2) are slated to host Traders Point Christian Academy out of Indianapolis at 7 p.m. this Friday.

NOJEL EASTERN, a freshman guard from Evanston (Ill.) High School, and the Wildkits lost 54-51 in overtime on Saturday night at home to Palatine (Ill.) Fremd High School, which came after Evanston lost 46-39 at Park Ridge (Ill.) Maine South High School on Friday night. Eastern, who has interest from Illinois, Creighton, Duke, Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State and Xavier, among others, and the Wildkits (16-8) are scheduled to play at Waukegan (Ill.) High School at 7:30 p.m. this Friday.
 
HYRON EDWARDS, a junior point guard at East Chicago (Ind.) Central High School, and the Cardinals beat Crown Point (Ind.) High School 63-50 at home on Saturday night, with Edwards scoring 24 points. Edwards, who has offers from Illinois, Indiana and Purdue, and the Cardinals (9-5) resume play at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at home against St. John (Ind.) Lake Central High School before playing at 12:30 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 Carlisle (Va.) School 76-38 at home last Wednesday night. Gill-Caesar had 11 points in the 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 (22-4) are scheduled to host Kettering (Ohio) Archbishop Alter High School at 2 p.m. this Saturday before hosting Genesis Academy out of Lynchburg, Va., at 2 p.m. this Sunday.

KAIN HARRIS, a junior shooting guard at Chicago Morgan Park High School, and the Mustangs are into the quarterfinals of the Chicago Public League playoffs. Morgan Park beat Chicago Lincoln Park High School 82-66 on Saturday night at Chicago Whitney Young. Harris had 11 points in the win. The Mustangs opened the playoffs with a 105-30 home win  against Chicago Dunbar last Wednesday. 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 (17-5) will play Whitney Young this Sunday in the quarterfinals at Chicago State University.

CHARLES MATTHEWS, a junior combo guard at Chicago St. Rita High School, and the Mustangs went a perfect 3-0 last week. St. Rita won 67-51 at Chicago De La Salle High School on Saturday, with Matthews scoring 14 points, grabbing eight rebounds and handing out four assists. The Mustangs won 107-58 at Chicago St. Francis de Sales High School on Friday night, with Matthews supplying 12 points. Prior to the weekend, Matthews scored 21 points and had five rebounds during a 66-47 home win last Tuesday night against Chicago Marist High School. Matthews, who has offers from Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Marquette, Michigan State, Ohio State, SMU and Wisconsin, and the Mustangs (13-6) play at Chicago St. Ignatius College Prep at 7 p.m. this Tuesday before hosting South Holland (Ill.) Seton Academy at 7 p.m. this Friday.

LUWANE PIPKINS, a junior guard at Chicago Bogan High School, and the Bengals lost 65-54 to Chicago Farragut High School on Sunday afternoon during the second round of the Chicago Public League playoffs at Chicago Corliss High School. Pipkins had 22 points and six rebounds in the loss. Bogan opened the playoffs with a 71-47 victory against Chicago Lindblom High School last Wednesday night at home, with Pipkins scoring 25 points, making 10 steals and distributing four assists. Bogan beat Chicago Vocational 64-62 at home last Monday to start the week. 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 are now 24-4.

DIAMOND STONE, a junior center at Whitefish Bay (Wis.) Dominican High School, and the Green Knights won 50-47 at Racine (Wis.) Saint Catherine's High School on Friday night behind 34 points and 15 rebounds from Stone. Prior to that dominant performance, Dominican beat Burlington (Wis.) Catholic Central High School 69-48 last Tuesday night. Stone had 13 points and seven rebounds in that win. 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 (15-3) are slated to host Greendale (Wis.) Martin Luther High School at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday before playing at 7:30 p.m. this Friday at Racine (Wis.) Lutheran High School.

JAYSON TATUM, a sophomore forward at St. Louis Chaminade High School, and the Red Devils beat St. Louis University High School 67-59 at home on Friday night. Tatum scored 31 points to go along with eight rebounds and four steals in the win. Tatum, who has offers from Illinois, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Marquette, Missouri and St. Louis, and the Red Devils (19-1) get back in action at 6 p.m. this Tuesday at home against Florissant (Mo.) McCluer North High School.

JEREMIAH TILMON, a freshman forward at East St. Louis (Ill.) High School, and the Flyers lost 58-49 at Edwardsville (Ill.) High School on Friday night. Tilmon did not play. Tilmon, who has interest from Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and St. Louis, among others, and the Flyers (12-7) are slated to host Edwardsville at 7:30 p.m. this Wednesday before hosting Belleville (Ill.) West High School at 7:30 p.m. this Friday.

ELIJAH THOMAS, a junior power forward from Lancaster (Texas) High School, and the Tigers beat Ennis (Texas) High School 87-44 at home on Friday night. Thomas posted 18 points, eight rebounds, six assists, four blocks and three steals in the win. Thomas scored seven points and grabbed seven rebounds for Lancaster in a 90-36 win at Red Oak (Texas) 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 (25-4) will play at Arlington (Texas) Summit High School at 8 p.m. this Tuesday in their regular season finale.

JOSEPH TOYE, a junior forward at La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind., and  the Lakers beat Midwest Elite Prep Academy out of Merrillville, Ind., 65-57 at home on Friday night. Coleman scored 24 points in the win. 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 (18-2) are slated to host Traders Point Christian Academy out of Indianapolis at 7 p.m. this Friday.

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