Erick Locke will be one of the more sought after guards in Illinois in the Class of 2014. He already holds scholarship offers from Chicago State and Valparaiso. Locke is also getting interest from Bradley, DePaul, Detroit, Illinois, Illinois State, Northern Illinois, UIC, and Xavier.
Locke played on the Sophomore team at Oak Park-River Forest last season before transferring to Brooks in the Chicago Public League, where he will play on Varsity this year for his father – Bobby Locke.
The 6-0 guard is capable of playing either guard spot on the floor.
"I'm the definition of a combo guard," said Locke. "I can go out and get 20 or 30 if I need to, but I can run the team if I have to as well. I can do both at the same time as well. I will do whatever I need to do for my team to win. If that means getting 10 rebounds and not scoring, or just running the team, or getting 20 points and 5 assists."
Locke took an unofficial visit to DePaul in October on the day of the Blue Demons' first official practice.
"It was a good visit," said Locke. "I got to see a real college practice and see how hard they work. To see just how hard you have to work in practice, if you want to be on the floor in college."
Erick was impressed by what he saw while at DePaul's Lincoln Park campus.
"I talked with the coaches," said Locke. "They're very good at what they do. They teach and they put a lot of stuff in that prepares you for the game. They do a very good job with their program."
Over the summer, Locke played with the 15-U Mac Irvin Fire team, but switched over to Mike Mullins' Illinois Wolves program in the fall.
At Brooks, Locke will be competing in the Public League with the likes of Morgan Park and Simeon this season. The Eagles will also face some stiff competition in the Proviso West holiday tournament in December. Brooks loses their twin towers of Keith and Kevin Gray, who have moved on to Northern Illinois University, and figure to be a much younger squad this season.
"We have a lot of young talent that has to mature in a short period of time, but I think we'll be pretty good if we take it one practice and game at a time," said Erick. "Once we get closer as a team, I think we'll be pretty good. "
2014 Intro: Erick Locke
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