Wolves Sweep Hall of Fame Chicago AAU Event

The Hall of Fame Chicago Championships at Attack Athletics this weekend provided a competitive tournament with a wide array of talent. While the Illinois Wolves stole the show and won the 17U and 16U titles, here are some of the players who played well over the weekend.

Class of 2011

Kyle Anderson, SG, Illinois Defenders, Newark High School: My first time seeing him play and he did a lot of good things. He's got a diverse offensive game that allows him to score from the perimeter and also attack the basket. Anderson is also very smooth and has good instincts.

Darius Stevens, SF, Full Package Walker, LaLumiere School: NW Indiana product is a high-flyer who can rise with the best of them. Mainly an athlete right now, Stevens attacked the glass for putbacks and went after it in transition. The jumper didn't look bad, but definitely needs work.

Deji Ibitayo, SG, Illinois Defenders: He gets slept on because he plays for Rich Central, but Ibitayo is a good athlete who scores in a variety of ways while staying within the offense. Ibitayo can score off the bounce, mid-range or from deep.

Tracy Abrams, PG, Illinois Wolves, Mt. Carmel: Abrams got to display just how fast he is by playing on an NBA sized court in the championship game. An absolute blur with the ball, Abrams also had the jumper working from deep.

Nnanna Egwu, C, Illinois Wolves, St. Ignatius: Egwu gets better every time he steps on the floor. He's now catching and dunking at full speed in transition and isn't afraid to shoot the faceup jumper. He still owns his area in the paint and challenges a lot of shots without fouling.

Jacob Williams, SF, Illinois Wolves, St. Patrick: Williams looked as good as I have seen in the last year in the championship game. When he uses his body to draw contact and finish he can be deadly. The jumper was also working and he had a pretty scoop layup off a break that showcased his athleticism.

Class of 2012

Aaric Armstead, SG, Illinois Old School, Hales Franciscan: Playing with older brother Aaron, the two Armsteads are great athletes that team up well offensively and defensively. Aaric had the jumper working this weekend, and while it isn't pretty, it was very effective.

Jay Simpson, F, Illinois Wolves, Champaign Central: Simpson oozes with potential, but he needs to play more down low and not shy away from contact if he wants to maximize it. He can shoot out to three-point range, but that doesn't mean he should shoot out there when he catches. Would like to see more from him on the glass.

Antonio Drummond, (Bobo Drummond), PG, Illinois Wolves, Peoria Central: Always been a tremendous floor leader, but now adding the jumper and occasional drive with it. Bobo has grown and uses his strength to beat guys off the dribble and finish at the rim. His jumper looks a lot better than the high school season.

Jerron Wilbut, SG, Illinois Wolves, Downers Grove South: Wilbut is a high-flyer with range and a bright future. He attacks the rim and uses an array of acrobatic moves to finish. The jumper also looks good. He's got a bright future.

Class of 2013

Deonte Burton, SG, Terry Porter Elite, Milwaukee Vincent: The best prospect in the event, Burton has all the tools to be an elite level player. His jumper has improved and his passing ability was also on display. Also threw down some crowd-pleasing dunks that became his trademark at the Pangos Camp in October. He just needs to up the motor to fully realize his potential, but he looks bored out there sometimes.

Special thanks go out to Colin Tabb and the organizers of the event – Basketbull, Inc. for what has been one of the better organized AAU events of the spring.


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