Saturday Night Prep Basketball Roundup

IlliniBoard dug through the trenches of the web to find the latest game stories on Illini recruits including Jamar Smith, Bill Cole, Trevor Mbakwe, Derrick Rose, and DeAndre Thomas.

CLASS OF 2005
ILLINOIS SIGNEE Jamar Smith - Peoria Richwoods
Peoria Richwoods defeated the Moline Maroons 59-46 on Saturday evening in Peoria.

From the Peoria Journal Star ...
Smith and his Richwoods teammates found open spots and made them all night to defeat their guests, 59-46. The University of Illinois recruit made six 3-pointers in 10 attempts to spark a game-high 26 points.

"You can't leave him alone or he will score on you," Dexter said. "I thought our kids knew that after we watched (Richwoods) play three games at (the Pekin Holiday Tournament), but I guess not.

"We gave him too many looks and he made us pay."
From an IlliniBoard.com Fan Forum Post made by bbpeoria...
I think coach Ellis has caught on to something tonight as Richwoods cruised to an easy win hosting Moline. He did not start a "traditional" point guard but instead had Jamar run the team from the point. Oh sure, Desjardins played and so did the Frosh pg but this lineup change made a lot of sense. IMO, Richwoods best lineup consists of Smith @ pg (not college position), Dehm @ SG, Russell and Hogan @ forward and Cole @ center. The Richwoods pg's just have not earned the right to keep starting.

First off, Jamar scored the first 8 points for Richwoods and was so much more efficient tonight than against Woodruff last night even though he 'only' scored 26 vs the 28 (9 in OT) last night. Jamar was a stud on the court tonight and clearly the best player on the court! Jamar hit many open 3's but some of his drives were just magnificent. Jamar has a great knack of being able to slither his way past set defenders near the goal and hit floaters, fadeaways, and finger rolls for the deuce.
DeAndre Thomas - Chicago Westinghouse
At the MLK Dream Classic, Westinghouse defeated Riverdale (MD) Baptist 71-57 thanks to a 15-8 run in the third quarter.

From ChicagoSports.com ...
At Young DeAndre Thomas and Joe Ballard each scored 19 to lead Westinghouse (13-2) past Riverdale (Md.) Baptist 71-57. Ballard and Thomas scored 6 and 5, respectively, during 15-8 run in 3rd.
From the Chicago Sun Times ...
Deandre Thomas celebrated becoming an academic qualifier by leading Westinghouse to a 71-57 victory over Riverdale Baptist, the No. 1-rated team in the D.C. metropolitan area, on Saturday at the Martin Luther King Shootout sponsored by Marshall and hosted by Young.

"I feel really good about passing my test, and I'm set to make visits to Kansas, Illinois and Florida State,'' Thomas said.

"One reason I like playing in the MLK Classic is you get to play top competition from around the country.''

Thomas scored 19 points on 9-for-11 shooting from the field, grabbed six rebounds and had three blocks for the No. 3 Warriors (13-2).
CLASS OF 2007
Bill Cole - Peoria Richwoods
Peoria Richwoods defeated the Moline Maroons 59-46 on Saturday evening in Peoria.

From the Peoria Journal Star ...
Cole, the 6-9 sophomore, showcased his developing game. He sank his first three shots - a 3 from the top of the key, a 6-foot bank and a 15-footer from the elbow. He finished with 13 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three blocks.
From an IlliniBoard.com Fan Forum Post made by bbpeoria...
Well, Bill Cole scored the next 10 for Richwoods. Cole only ended up with 13 but clearly was a force inside and out and Richwoods is starting to funnel much more action through him. He had at least 4-5 assists from my count and one three and a long two pointer in addition to various blocks,rebounds, and altered shots on the inside. Just like last night he missed many chippies which clearly is the result from a current lack of strength. Once his body catches up with his growth pattern look out! Since his dad is a big guy and played line at UI I am not worried about the weight/strength thing much.
Derrick Rose - Chicago Simeon
Simeon defeated Morgan Park 49-36 after taking control with a 16-5 run in the third quarter.
From ChicagoSports.com ...
Tim Green scored 16 and Derrick Rose had 14 as Wolverines (14-3, 3-1) took control with 16-5 run in 3rd. Jimmie Covington had 10 points, 9 rebounds for Morgan Park (4-8, 2-2).
From the Chicago Sun Times ...
Derrick Rose had 13 points and eight rebounds.
Trevor Mbakwe - Henry Sibley
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Henry Sibley lost to Cretin-Durham Hall 70-67. In the game Trevor Mbakwe scored 16 points. The 16 points is only the second time this season that Mbakwe has scored less than 20 points.


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