Class of 2011
Wayne Blackshear, 6'-5", small forward (Morgan Park High School - Louisville)
The Louisville commitment is a strong forward who is at his best when looking to score. He is a high volume shooter who forces shots at times, but he is without a doubt going to be a go-to scorer in college.
His jump shot has improved throughout his career to the point that it is now a consistent threat. Blackshear possess a strong body, and that combined with his athleticism allow him to get in the lane and score.
At times Blackshear can be dominant finishing on the interior. Defensively, he has the skills to be a force if he wants to be. He already rebounds at a high level, and his length allows him to guard perimeter opponents. Blackshear totaled 18 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 blocks.
Frank Kaminsky, 7'-0", center (Benet Academy - Wisconsin)
Benet's center was their key player in the team's victory over Simeon. Kaminsky played great on both ends of the floor. Offensively, Kaminsky has a soft touch around the hoop with hook shots and short jumpers. His range legitimately reaches out to beyond the three point arc as he knocked down two big threes for Benet.
On the defensive end, he uses his long arms to snatch boards and swat shots. This is a player that, once Bo Ryan gets in the weight room, could pay big dividends for Wisconsin down the road.
He finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and 5 blocks in Benet's payback game from last year. Kaminsky discussed how long they have been waiting for his game.
"Since last season, when coach told us we were going to be playing them again this year. We have been looking forward to this for a really long time."
David Sobolewski, 6'-1", point guard (Benet Academy - Northwestern)
Benet's floor general came out lighting it up from the perimeter. He knocked down two early threes in the first quarter to give his team the lead. The guard has underrated athleticism and runs his team extremely well.
His combination of shooting ability and point guard skills will make him an excellent option in the pick-and-roll game. He is a smart player who makes good decisions with the ball in his hands.
Sobolewski is a true leader. He was consistently talking with his head coach about what they wanted to run on both ends of the floor. The senior guard tallied 15 points, 5 assists, and 1 steal in his team's victory.
Nick Zeisloft, 6'-4", shooting guard (Lyons Township High School - Illinois State)
Zeisloft is a shooting guard who plays under control and really understands the game. He doesn't force his scoring ability, but rather he scores in the flow of the offense. His best attribute is his shooting ability.
He is also a good passer who makes the right play when put in a decision-making role. The Illinois State signee contributed 11 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 block in his team's two point victory over Proviso East.
Chasson Randle, 6'-2", combo guard (Rock Island High School - Stanford)
Randle struggled shooting the ball from the field in this game (4-13). Overall, he is an excellent leader from the lead guard position and strong with the ball in his hands. In transition, he pushes the ball and makes good decisions.
Randle's shot has a quick release and good mechanics. His standout play was a layup where he took the ball strong to the basket and switched hands while in the air to finish.
The Stanford commitment put up 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists. Randle discussed what his reasons were for picking Stanford besides the education.
"I was so comfortable with the coaching staff and their vision for me. I just felt comfortable there."
Class of 2012
Steve Taylor, 6'-7", power forward (Simeon Career Academy)
This was one of Taylor's poorest performances of the year. He could not get the ball to go in the hoop (1-8 FG). Taylor did not display his back-to-the-basket game or mid-range shooting against Benet. Kaminsky's length on the interior bothered Taylor all night.
On the positive side, he has a good body with wide shoulders to add strength and bulk. Even when his offensive game is not on, the Simeon forward still hits the boards hard and plays tough defense. Taylor's stat line was 2 points and 7 rebounds.
Keith Carter, 6'-0", point guard (Proviso East High School)
Carter is bunched up with group of point guards in the class of 2012. None have distinguished themselves amongst the pack as of yet.
He is a very good ball handler who has range on his jump shot. In the half court, Carter struggled with turnovers throughout the game. On the other hand, he had several flashy highlight type passes. He is a high risk/high reward point guard. Carter had 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals, and 5 turnovers.
Class of 2013
Jabari Parker, 6'-7", small forward (Simeon Career Academy)
Parker displayed why he is one of the truly elite prospects in the country regardless of class. After a slow start, Parker came out in the second quarter and started showing off his offensive repertoire.
Two aspects of his game have significantly improved since last year. The first is his perimeter shooting. I have never seen Parker shoot as well from the perimeter as he did in this particular game (3-5 3pt). He gets height on his jumper and releases it smoothly out of his hand. He displayed the ability to shoot off the bounce, pull-up, and even hit a spectacular fadeaway.
The other aspect that has continued to improve is his ball handling. He handles like a 6'-7" point guard. Defensively, he is a good on-ball and help defender. Parker finished with 21 points (8-16 FG), 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. In my opinion, he is either #1 or #2 nationally in 2013.
Kendrick Nunn, 6'-2", shooting guard (Simeon Career Academy)
Nunn struggled in Simeon's loss to Benet. The sharpshooter only took four shots on the night. He handles the ball well and takes the ball hard to the hoop. Nunn's stats were 3 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists.
Sterling Brown, 6'-5", small forward (Proviso East High School)
Brown is a prospect who really stood out in the first game. He has excellent size, strength, and length for a sophomore. His perimeter shot has a soft touch to it and reaches out to beyond the arc.
At times he did lean forward a bit on the shot, which was usually when he missed his jumpers. He has a good feel for the game and showed leadership skills at a young age.
His best move of the day was when he pump-faked a defender, took a hard right-handed drive past him, and finished with a bank shot off the glass. Brown tallied 14 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, and 1 block. The Proviso East sophomore could be a player to watch for in the class of 2013 for the Illini.
Billy Garrett Jr., 6'-4", combo guard (Morgan Park High School)
Garrett has grown considerably in height over the last year, and his game continues to improve. He attacks the hoop well off the dribble and weaves through the defense to score or get to the foul line.
The sophomore played off the ball most of the game, but has the ability to play the point. His shot still needs to gain consistency, but he can knock down a shot when needed. Garrett really stood out on defense where he got in passing lanes all night long creating seven turnovers. On the night, Garrett totaled 12 points and 7 steals.
Markee Williams, 5'-10", point guard (Morgan Park High School)The Morgan Park point guard is quick in everything he does on the floor. He is a good ball handler who runs his team effectively in both the half court and transition. The guard makes crisp passes and sees the floor well. I really like Williams's abilities as a point guard. My only worry with Williams is his height.
If he shoots up a few inches like Garrett did, we could be looking at a high major target down the road. He led his team to victory with 8 points, 4 assists, and 1 steal. Morgan Park head coach Nick Irvin talked about his young point guard's ability as a leader.
"He is a natural born, tough leader. From the first day he stepped in at Morgan Park, I gave him the ball and didn't hesitate because I knew he was a leader. Last year he won a city title for us. This year we are looking for a state title."