Weekend Wrap — Finke, Chargers stay on roll

Weekend Wrap — Finke, Chargers stay on roll

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 (26-1) are set to open District 16 AAA play at 7:30 p.m. on Monday at home against Memphis (Tenn.) Overton 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 improved their winning streak to 10 games after a 69-58 win at Bloomington (Ill.) High School on Friday night, which came after a 77-52 win at Urbana (Ill.) High School last Tuesday night. Finke scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds against Bloomington and produced 18 points and 10 rebounds against Urbana. Finke and the Chargers (19-4) are slated to play at Decatur (Ill.) MacArthur High School at 7:30 p.m. this Wednesday before hosting Normal (Ill.) West 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 71-69 at Plainfield (Ill.) South High School on Friday night, but Jordan poured in 38 points. Jordan and the Bengals (14-9) will host Oswego (Ill.) High School at 6:30 p.m. this Tuesday before playing at Romeoville (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 lost 71-64 to Chicago Curie High School on Sunday at Chicago State University in the quarterfinals of the Chicago Public League playoffs. Williams had nine points and five rebounds. Williams and Simeon (17-5) are slated to play Lincolnshire (Ill.) Stevenson High School at 8:30 p.m. this Saturday as part of the City-Suburban Shootout at Niles West High School in Skokie, Ill.

THE TARGETS
CARLTON BRAGG, a junior power forward from Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School has returned from a broken toe. He scored 21 points in Villa Angela-St. Joseph's 69-54 home win against Cleveland St. Ignatius High School on Saturday night, which came after he scored 24 points during the Vikings' 63-50 victory at home on Friday night against Louisville (Ohio) St. Thomas Aquinas High School. 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 (13-6) are set to resume play at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday at home against Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward High School before ending the regular seasons at 6:30 p.m. this Friday at Cleveland Central Catholic High School.

JALEN BRUNSON, a junior point guard from Lincolnshire (Ill.) Stevenson High School, and the Patriots won 94-55 at Mundelein (Ill.) High School on Friday night, with Brunson scoring 20 points. Brunson had 17 points and eight assists during a 75-52 home win against Lake Zurich (Ill.) High School on Wednesday night. Brunson, who has offers from Illinois, Connecticut, Creighton, DePaul, Oklahoma State, Purdue, SMU, Temple, Tulsa, Virginia and Xavier, and the Patriots (23-1) get back in action at 7 p.m. this Friday at Lake Forest (Ill.) High School before playing Chicago Simeon High School at 8:30 p.m. this Saturday as part of the City-Suburban Shootout at Niles West High School in Skokie, Ill.

JALEN COLEMAN, a junior shooting guard at La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind., and the Lakers' home game against Traders Point Christian Academy out of Indianapolis on Friday night was canceled 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 (18-2) are scheduled to end the regular season with three games in three days at its La Lu Classic. The Lakers are slated to play 22-Foot Academy out of Greenville, S.C., at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, ATI out of Ontario, Canada, at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and St. Louis Christian at 1:30 p.m. this Saturday.

NOJEL EASTERN, a freshman guard from Evanston (Ill.) High School, and the Wildkits won 61-32 at Waukegan (Ill.) 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 (17-8) are scheduled to host Skokie (Ill.) Niles West 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 lost 59-56 at Griffith (Ind.) High School on Saturday, which came after a 58-50 home win against St. John (Ind.) Lake Central High School last Tuesday night. Edwards scored 12 points against Griffith and poured in 32 points to go along with four steals against Lake Central. Edwards, who has offers from Illinois, Indiana and Purdue, and the Cardinals (10-6) get back in action at 7:30 p.m. this Friday at home against Hammond (Ind.) Bishop Noll Institute before playing at 12:30 p.m. this Saturday at South Bend (Ind.) John Adams High School.

MONTAQUE GILL-CAESAR, a junior small forward at Huntington (W. Va.) Prep and the Irish had the weekend off after scheduled home games against Genesis Academy out of Lynchburg, Va., on Sunday and against Kettering (Ohio) Archbishop Alter High School on Saturday were postponed because of inclement weather. 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 set to resume play at 10:30 a.m. this Wednesday against Riverside Christian Academy out of Lumberton, N.C., at the LG Big House Shootout in Charleston, W. Va., before hosting Flora Macdonald Academy out of Red Springs, N.C., at 4 p.m. this Thursday.

KAIN HARRIS, a junior shooting guard at Chicago Morgan Park High School, and the Mustangs lost 72-62 to Chicago Whitney Young on Sunday in the quarterfinals of the Chicago Public League playoffs at Chicago State University. Harris scored 10 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 are now 17-6.

CHARLES MATTHEWS, a junior combo guard at Chicago St. Rita High School, and the Mustangs opened play in the Chicago Catholic League Tournament with a 72-65 loss against Oak Park (Ill.) Fenwick High School on Sunday at the University of Chicago. Matthews scored 15 points against Fenwick. Prior to Sunday, the Mustangs beat South Holland (Ill.) Seton Academy 91-60 on Friday night at home, with Matthews scoring 22 points and hauling in 10 rebounds. Prior to Friday, the Mustangs won 57-44 at Chicago St. Ignatius College Prep last Tuesday evening, with Matthews scoring 17 points and grabbing five rebounds. Matthews, who has offers from Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Marquette, Michigan State, Ohio State, SMU and Wisconsin, and the Mustangs (15-7) will host Wilmette (Ill.) Loyola Academy this Wednesday night in a Chicago Catholic League Tournament consolation semifinal game.

LUWANE PIPKINS, a junior guard at Chicago Bogan High School, and the Bengals had the week off. 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 have a 24-4 record.

NICK RAKOCEVIC, a sophomore forward at Westschester (Ill.) St. Joseph High School, and the Chargers opened Chicago Catholic League Tournament play with a 60-45 win on Sunday against New Lenox (Ill.) Providence Catholic. St. Joseph also won 44-37 at Wilmette (Ill.) Loyola Academy on Friday night. Rakocevic had 11 points and 14 rebounds against Loyola. Rakocevic, who has offers from Creighton, Miami (Fla.) and Northern Illinois, along with interest from Illinois, Florida, Iowa, Marquette and Northwestern, among others, and the Chargers (20-4) will play Chicago Mt. Carmel High School on Wednesday night in the Chicago Catholic League Tournament semifinals.

DIAMOND STONE, a junior center at Whitefish Bay (Wis.) Dominican High School, and the Green Knights won 76-40 at Racine (Wis.) Lutheran High School on Friday night, with Stone scoring 25 points and compiling eight rebounds. The Green Knights beat Greendale (Wis.) Martin Luther High School 66-28 at home on Thursday night. Stone scored 27 points and grabbed 13 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 (17-3) will play at Somers (Wis.) Shoreland Lutheran High School at 7:30 p.m. this Tuesday before ending the regular season at 3:45 p.m. this Saturday at home against Kenosha (Wis.) St. Joseph High School.

JAYSON TATUM, a sophomore forward at St. Louis Chaminade College Prep School, and the Red Devils lost 70-68 to Florissant (Mo.) McCluer North High School at home last Tuesday night despite 33 points from Tatum. Tatum, who has offers from Illinois, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Marquette, Missouri and St. Louis, and the Red Devils (19-2) are slated to host St. Louis Hazlewood East High School at 6 p.m. this Tuesday before playing at Kirkwood (Mo.) Vianney High School at 7 p.m. this Friday.  

JEREMIAH TILMON, a freshman forward at East St. Louis (Ill.) High School, and the Flyers beat Belleville (Ill.) West High School 65-44 on Friday night at home after winning 63-47 at home to Edwardsville (Ill.) High School last Wednesday night. Tilmon, who has interest from Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and St. Louis, among others, and the Flyers (14-7) resume play at 7:30 p.m. this Friday at O'Fallon (Ill.) High School.

ELIJAH THOMAS, a junior power forward from Lancaster (Texas) High School, and the Tigers won 103-68 at Arlington (Texas) Summit High School last Wednesday night to end the regular season. Thomas compiled 20 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three 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 (27-4) are set to begin Class 4A postseason play this week.

JOSEPH TOYE, a junior forward at La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind., and the Lakers' home game against Traders Point Christian Academy out of Indianapolis on Friday night was canceled 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 (18-2) are scheduled to end the regular season with three games in three days at its own La Lu Classic. The Lakers are slated to play 22-Foot Academy out of Greenville, S.C., at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, ATI out of Ontario, Canada, at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and St. Louis Christian at 1:30 p.m. this Saturday.

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