The talent at Highland was impressive and included one prospect who is considering Illinois and another who will most likely be receiving attention from the staff in the future.
Class of 2011
Chasson Randle, 6'-2", combo guard (Rock Island High School, Illinois – Stanford)
The Stanford commitment started the game off on fire from the perimeter. He has a quick release with solid form as he keeps his elbow in and is straight up and down on his shot. Randle moved well off the ball, effectively using screens to get open on curls for three point shots.One aspect that stood out to me was Randle's athleticism. I had not remembered him being that athletic in past years. He has the ability to take his man hard off the bounce and attack the rim. His ball handling skills are impressive, and he uses his left hand just as well as his right when handling the basketball.
Randle plays under control and has a basketball savvy that is noticeable. He just gets it. In transition he spaces the floor and finds the right man. Defensively, Randle will be able to defend opposing point guards with his lateral quickness.
He finished the game with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists in his team's four point loss to East St. Louis.
Roosevelt Jones, 6'-5", small forward (O'Fallon High School, Illinois – Butler)
Jones had his typical game. He showed strong defensive ability when guarding Memorial star Junior Lomomba. Offensively, he bullied his way to the hoop with his elite strength at the high school level. He also rebounded at a high level. One occasion he grabbed a board, dribbled the length of the floor, and threw in a backhanded layup.
His passing ability really stood out in this game, especially two nice backdoor passes to teammates that showed nice vision, touch, and timing. Before he fouled out, the forward tallied 10 points and 11 rebounds in his team's victory.
Charles Joy, 6'-5", small forward (O'Fallon High School, Illinois – SIU-Edwardsville)
Joy is a bouncy athlete with an improving jump shot. When he stays up and down on his jumper, it is a thing of beauty. Joy was injured in the second half and his loss was noticeable. He scored 11 points and recorded 6 rebounds.
Class of 2012
Junior Lomomba, 6'-4", shooting guard (Madison Memorial High School, Wisconsin)
Lomomba has been a prospect on the national radar for a couple of years. The power guard struggled shooting the ball in his game against O'Fallon, but he stood out in other areas.
He is an athletic guard who can really get to the hoop with authority. The Memorial junior does this with a quick first step and killer crossover. Once in the lane, Lomomba prefers to use the glass to put the ball in the hoop. He does this by using a variety of floaters, banking them in for buckets. It is quite an unusual style of finishing but effective nonetheless.
He posts up strong on the interior, and when he gets deep post position it is over for the defense. I thought he moved well within the flow of the offense with nice aggressive cuts to receive the pass. Lomomba rebounds at a good rate for a guard at the high school level.
Lomomba had 18 points and 9 rebounds for Memorial on the night. Lomomba says he enjoyed his visit to Illinois last year and feels he could fit into their system. He hopes to take another visit to Champaign in the future.
Brandon Book, 6'-6", power forward (Breese Central High School, Illinois)
Book is an undersized, athletic post player. He has soft hands and a soft touch around the hoop. Book has a nice upside, and if he continues to grow his recruiting stock with rise as well. He scored 16 points and was named MVP of the game.
Class of 2013
DeShawn Munson, 6'-3", shooting guard (East St. Louis High School, Illinois)
Munson was very impressive in his team's victory over Rock Island. He is an athletic and quick wing who does the little things for his team to win. The guard is at his best attacking off the bounce and going strong to the hoop. Around the hoop, he uses his strength to overpower his defender and finish.
He is a stat sheet stuffer and fills all of them while helping his team. Rebounding is a strength of Munson's game. For a 6'-3" guard, he grabs boards at an above average level. Defensively he has the ability to be a stopper. He uses his length to swat passes, getting in passing lanes and blocking shots.
In transition, Munson runs the floor hard and can either finish or distribute the ball for two points. The one aspect of his game that needs improvement is his shot. He was more consistent from the free throw line at Highland than he was a week earlier at Collinsville.
I really like Munson's upside as a prospect. If he continues to develop his shot, he could be a Big 10 type prospect. The East St. Louis sophomore finished with 23 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks on his way to the game's MVP award.