Weekend Wrap — Brunson wows in Peoria
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, although only targets were the ones in action during the final week of the season.
CARLTON BRAGG, a junior power forward from Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School, and the Vikings finished second in state in Division III.
Villa Angela-St. Joseph lost 64-62 to Lima (Ohio) Central Catholic High School on Saturday evening in the state title game at Value City Arena in Columbus. Bragg finished with 23 points in the setback. Prior to Saturday, the Vikings beat Columbus Bishop Ready High School 55-40 on Friday in the state semifinals at Value City Arena. Bragg compiled 11 points and seven rebounds in the win. 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, helped the Vikings finish with a 22-8 record this season.
JALEN BRUNSON, a junior point guard from Lincolnshire (Ill.) Stevenson High School, and the Patriots placed third at the Class 4A state tournament this past weekend in Peoria. He scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds during Stevenson's 70-63 win on Saturday evening against Edwardsville (Ill.) High School during the third-place game. Prior to Saturday, Brunson went off, scoring an Illinois state tournament record 56 points and adding seven rebounds, but it wasn't enough as Stevenson suffered a 75-68 loss to Chicago Whitney Young on Friday night in the state semifinals. Brunson, who has offers from Illinois, Connecticut, Creighton, DePaul, Oklahoma State, Purdue, SMU, Temple, Tulsa, Virginia and Xavier, and the Patriots ended the season with a 32-2 record.
KAIN HARRIS, a junior shooting guard at Chicago Morgan Park High School, and the Mustangs won a Class 3A state championship for the second straight year on Saturday night. Morgan Park defeated Lincoln (Ill.) High School 59-49 during the championship game at Carver Arena in Peoria, with Harris scoring five points off the bench. Harris had two points in Friday's 52-46 win against Chicago Orr Academy in the state semifinals. Prior to the weekend, the Mustangs edged Chicago Bogan High School 68-67 last Tuesday night in a super-sectional game at Joliet Central High School. Harris, who has offers from Bradley, DePaul, Minnesota, South Carolina and West Virginia, along with interest from Illinois, Creighton, Iowa State, SMU and Tennessee, helped guide the Mustangs to a 24-6 record this season.
LUWANE PIPKINS, a junior guard at Chicago Bogan High School, and the Bengals saw their season conclude short of a trip to the Class 3A state semifinals. Pipkins had a game-high 24 points, but it wasn't enough as the Bengals lost 68-67 to Chicago Morgan Park High School last Tuesday night in a super-sectional game at Joliet Central High School. Pipkins, who has offers from Bradley, Illinois-Chicago, Massachusetts and Northern Illinois, along with interest from Illinois, Creighton, DePaul, Indiana State, LaSalle and Valparaiso, led the Bengals to a 27-6 record this season.