Norvell ready to emerge

Four-star Zach Norvell is ready to lead this spring and summer and feels his recruitment will continue to pick up.

Chicago (Ill) Simeon star Zach Norvell is ready. After being in the shadow of older teammates all throughout his career now Norvell is ready to shine this spring on the AAU circuit while also transitioning to being a leader of his high school team.

For the first time in his high school career Norvell's season didn't end with a state title this season, but he is looking to change that going forward.

"High school didn't fish how I wanted with a state championship, but I feel that I improved on a lot of things," said Norvell. "I showed more ability to play point guard and also I was more efficient. It was a plus for me individually, but I wanted that state title."

Norvell had more of a leading role this year for Simeon, and now the 6-foot-4 guard is going to be asked to lead for the Mac Irvin Fire over the summer, and he says he is ready for the challenge.

"It feels good to show people that I can be the go to guy as well as a role player," said Norvell. "I think I am showing everybody what I am capable of now."

Recruiting wise he already has a pair of offers with several other high profile schools set to watch closely in the spring.

"I have scholarship offers from Memphis and Bradley," said Norvell. "Also I have interest from Kansas, Michigan State, Minnesota, SMU, Tennessee, and Illinois."

Michigan State has been one of the schools after Norvell the longest, and he likes what Tom Izzo and his staff are saying.

"It is cool to hear from Michigan State," said Norvell. "I went on an unofficial up there and I liked it. Coach Izzo told me how they like their guys to play hard and he likes how I always play 100 percent."

Illinois has done a tremendous job of recruiting Simeon over the past few years. With two former Simeon players already on campus and another current player committed, they tell Norvell all about the Illini.

"They tell me how it is a family down there and how you have to go hard every day," said Norvell. "I like watching Illinois and I know my former teammates really enjoy it there."

Currently Norvell is rated as a four-star prospect.


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