MEET THE COACH OF THE YEAR:
St. Joseph-Ogden’s Brian Brooks
All-Area First Team
NAME SCHOOL YR. HT. POS
Dedric Byrd Centennial Jr. 5-9 G
Michael Finke Centennial Jr. 6-9 F
The Illinois men's basketball team will not square off against Marquette tonight in an East Region semifinal game at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
The task to beat Buzz Williams and his Golden Eagles falls on the shoulders of Miami after the Hurricanes narrowly defeated Illinois 63-59 last Sunday night.
The numbers weren't mind-boggling, earth-shattering or awe-inducing.
Yet Chicago Simeon and its standout Jabari Parker, who was named Mr. Basketball in Illinois for the second straight year on Monday, don't win a fourth straight Class 4A state championship without the steady play of Illinois signees Kendrick Nunn and Jaylon Tate.
Every week during the prep basketball season, IlliniHQ will give a wrap-up of how Illini commits and targets fared during the previous week's games.
Austin Colbert, like most people across the country, filled out an NCAA tournament bracket this week.
While the Illinois signee wouldn’t divulge how far he picked his future team to advance, the 6-foot-9-inch power forward who is originally from Chesapeake, Va., is confident John Groce’s team can make some noise in March.
Gary DeCesare goes old-school when comparing Charles Matthews to another basketball player.
Well, old-school in relation to Matthews, who just finished his sophomore season at Chicago St. Rita High School.
“Penny Hardaway,” said DeCesare, Matthews’ coach at St. Rita. “Just because of the size and his versatility.”
Jahlil Okafor is still the top player.
Cliff Alexander is still in the top 10.
JaQuan Lyle is still a five-star prospect. The same holds true for Leron Black.
Plenty of Illinois recruiting targets in the Class of 2014 still litter Rivals.com's Top 150 list of prospects that was updated and released last Thursday.