South Beats North in Chicago H.S. Classic

The crowd at the third annual Chicago High School Classic All-Star game at Niles North High School on Friday night was treated to a display of the best talent the state of Illinois has to offer. The South All-Stars defeated the North All-Stars 149-138 in this high-powered game.

Hyde Park's Malcolm Griffin led all scorers with 28 points for the victorious South squad. Griffin was named the South team's Most Valuable Player. The uncommitted senior is receiving interest from Central Florida and Toledo.

Proviso West forward Robert Covington led the North team with 20 points on a perfect 10 for 10 from the field. Covington, who is also an uncommitted senior, won the North team's MVP award. Covington is considering UAB, South Florida, and Toledo.

Eight players for the South reached double-figures in the contest. Marshall guard Darius Smith, who is headed to Connecticut, dished out five assists and scored 20 points. Seton Academy guard D.J. Cooper and Bolingbrook's Troy Snyder scored 15 apiece. Richards forward Shaun Pratl chipped in with 14. Bradley-bound forward Jordan Prosser and Leo guard James Pointer scored 12 each. While future Wisconsin Badger Diamond Taylor finished with 10.

Seton's Tony Nixon, who will play at Northern Illinois in the fall, contributed five points and two rebounds for the South.

The North team featured seven players in double-figures. Colin Nickerson scored 18. North Lawndale forward Jonathan Mills racked up a double-double of 17 and 11 rebounds. Naperville Central guard Drew Crawford chipped in with 16. Rockton's David Brown scored 11, while Zeke Upshaw and Terry Johnson contributed 10 apiece.


The South team was coached by John Chappetto from Oak Lawn Richards. North Lawndale assistant coaches Randy Brown and Terry Johnson led the North filling in for head coach Lewis Thorpe.

Earlier in the evening the three-point shootout was won by Jimmy Martin of Niles Notre Dame.

Warren's Brandon Paul was the winner of the CN-100 Slam Dunk competition over Waukegan's Colin Nickerson.

The game's Academic Excellence Award went to Naperville Central's Drew Crawford who is headed to Northwestern next year.

The game will be broadcast on CN-100 in Chicago beginning on April 4th.

Special thanks go out to game organizers Kevin Devitt and Shaun Napatal who put on a terrific event for the third straight year.

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