Norvell beginning to emerge

Guard Zach Norvell might be the best in Illinois in 2016, and the potential star is starting to emerge on a young and talented roster.

Chicago (Ill.) Simeon has produced a ton of star power in recent years. While they are a young squad this season, the Wolverines are still loaded with talent. One of the more intriguing prospects on the roster is 2016 guard Zachary Norvell.

Norvell is a tough and physical player who has always been primarily a scorer, but is now adjusting to a new role as point guard.

"Over the summer I have been working on my point guard skills and everything like that," said Norvell. "I have worked on my ball handling, making open shots, and being a point guard. I have to distribute on the ball and while off the ball I have to make shots."

Even though he is just a sophomore, Norvell knows that he has to take on a leadership role for the young Simeon squad.

"Knowing that we are trying to get our fifth state title I know I need to be a vocal member of the team," Norvell explained. "Just playing hard every game and picking my teammates up when they are down, I know that is my role."

Recruiting wise Norvell is already beginning to get major interest from premier programs.

"Last week SMU came in, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan State, DePaul, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Creighton, Bradley, Memphis Tennessee, and a couple others are talking to me," said Norvell. "I have offers from Bradley and Memphis."

He continued, "I always wanted to be recruited highly and go to college wherever I want, so to see it happening this early is great."

Illinois has made recruiting Simeon a major focus, and Norvell likes what the in-state program is saying.

"Coach (Paris) Parham and I have a good relationship and I have known him for a long time," said Norvell. "He is just saying that I need to keep playing hard and go hard every day. He feels like I am starting to become more mature in basketball and everything."

With two Simeon alums already in the program, and one more committed, Norvell says he is beginning to hear a lot about a potential pipeline to the program.

"They always talk about it knowing my friend D.J. Williams is committed down there and then Kendrick (Nunn) and Jaylon (Tate) are down there, so they talk about it," said Norvell.

Another Big Ten program that has spent a lot of time at Simeon is Michigan State, and the Spartans continue to make an impression on Norvell.

"I like Michigan State a lot," said Norvell. "They have recruited Simeon a lot and I like the program and how they do things. I had one unofficial there."

For now Norvell says he plans to take his time in his recruitment, but he does have a good idea of what he is looking for in a school.

"I am looking for a family environment," said Norvell. "I feel like I could play in any style, so I just want a good staff that will help me get better."

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