Weekend Wrap — Stone leads Dominican to state title

Weekend Wrap — Stone leads Dominican to state title

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.

D.J. WILLIAMS, a junior forward from Chicago Simeon High School who committed to Illinois on Nov. 5, and the Wolverines lost 72-64 to Chicago Whitney Young High School last Wednesday night during a Class 4A Chicago Marist Sectional semifinal game last Wednesday. Williams compiled 20 points in the loss, which denied Simeon the possibility of winning a fifth straight state title. The Wolverines finished the season 22-5.

CARLTON BRAGG, a junior power forward from Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School, and the Vikings won a Division III regional championship, advancing to the state semifinals this week. Villa Angela-St. Joseph beat Youngstown (Ohio) Ursuline High School 69-60 on Saturday night at Canton Fieldhouse, with Bragg scoring 20 points. Prior to Saturday, the Vikings downed Canton Central Catholic High School 72-64 last Wednesday evening in a regional semifinal game at Canton Fieldhouse. Bragg finished with a double-doubley by scoring 22 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. 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 (21-7) will take on Columbus (Ohio) Bishop Ready High School at 9:45 a.m. this Friday in a state semifinal game at Value City Arena in Columbus.

JALEN BRUNSON, a junior point guard from Lincolnshire (Ill.) Stevenson High School, and the Patriots are one win away from a repeat trip to the Class 4A state semifinals. Stevenson beat Palatine (Ill.) Fremd High School 63-48 on Friday night in a sectional title game at Lake Zurich (Ill.) High School. Brunson dropped 27 points and made five steals in the victory. The sectional title came after Brunson scored 34 points during an 84-73 win against Arlington Heights (Ill.) St. Viator High School last Tuesday night in a sectional semifinal game at Lake Zurich. Brunson, who has offers from Illinois, Connecticut, Creighton, DePaul, Oklahoma State, Purdue, SMU, Temple, Tulsa, Virginia and Xavier, and the Patriots (30-1) will play Rockford (Ill.) Auburn High School at 8 p.m. this Tuesday in a super-sectional game at Northern Illinois University's Convocation Center in DeKalb.

NOJEL EASTERN, a freshman guard from Evanston (Ill.) High School, and the Wildkits saw their season end after suffering a 74-66 overtime defeat last Wednesday night against Park Ridge (Ill.) Maine South High School at Maine South in a Class 4A sectional semifinal game. Eastern, who hadn't played since mid-January because of a knee injury, scored 17 points in the loss. Eastern, who has interest from Illinois, Creighton, Duke, Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State and Xavier, among others, helped the Wildkits finish 21-9.

KAIN HARRIS, a junior shooting guard at Chicago Morgan Park High School, and the Mustangs need a win Tuesday night to get a chance to defend its Class 3A state championship this weekend in Peoria. Morgan Park routed Joliet (Ill.) Catholic Academy 97-60 on Friday night to win a sectional title at Rich East High School in Park Forest. Prior to Friday night's triumph, Morgan Park defeated Rich East 80-55 last Tuesday night in a sectional semifinal game. 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 (21-6) are set to square off against Chicago Bogan High School at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Joliet Central High School in a super-sectional game.

LUWANE PIPKINS, a junior guard at Chicago Bogan High School, and the Bengals won a Class 3A sectional title on Friday night, handily beating Chicago Hyde Park 67-37 at Chicago Vocational. Pipkins poured in 32 points to go along with six rebounds and six assists in the victory. The win Friday came after Bogan beat Chicago University High School 72-63 last Tuesday night in a sectional semifinal game. Pipkins compiled an eye-popping 45 points in the victory at Chicago Vocational. 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 (27-5) are slated to play Chicago Morgan Park High School at 7 p.m. this Tuesday in a super-sectional game at Joliet Central High School.

NICK RAKOCEVIC, a sophomore forward at Westschester (Ill.) St. Joseph High School, and the Chargers saw their season end with a 70-54 loss last Wednesday night to Oak Park (Ill.) Fenwick High School in a Class 4A Chicago Westinghouse Sectional semifinal game. Rakocevic, who has offers from Illinois, Creighton, Miami (Fla.) and Northern Illinois, and the Chargers compiled a 23-7 record this season.

DIAMOND STONE, a junior center at Whitefish Bay (Wis.) Dominican High School, and the Green Knights won a third straight Wisconsin state title with a 74-50 victory against Blair-Taylor High School on Saturday afternoon in the Division 4 title game at the Kohl Center in Madison.. Stone wracked up 28 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks in the state title game. Prior to Saturday, Dominican had no problem knocking off Brillion High School 78-47 on Thursday night in a state semifinal game at the Kohl Center. Stone led all scorers with 30 points while hauling in 12 rebounds, handing out seven assists and blocking seven shots. 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 finished the season 25-3.


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