Weekend Prep Basketball Roundup

IlliniBoard dug through the trenches of the web to find the latest game stories on Illini recruits including Jamar Smith, Jon Scheyer, Jeremy Nash, Jamar Smith, Bill Cole, Trevor Mbakwe, Justin Bocot, and Jeff Ryan among others.

CLASS OF 2005
ILLINOIS SIGNEE JAMAR SMITH - Peoria Richwoods
On Friday night, Peoria Richwoods lost to Peoria Central 61-56 at Richwoods. With the win Peoria Central claimed their third straight Mid-State 6 Conference crown.

From the Peoria Journal Star ...
Richwoods senior Jamar Smith scored 25 points but needed 25 shots to do it. Lions defenders Orlando Edwards, Perkins and Wires took turns blanketing the Richwoods star, making it tough for Smith to even get the ball and forcing the Illinois recruit into a number of airballs and off-target shots when he did get it.

Smith had 10 points through three quarters, but hit four 3-pointers in the last eight minutes.
CLASS OF 2006
JON SCHEYER - Glenbrook North
In the City-Suburban Shootout on Saturday night, Jon Scheyer's Glenbrook North Spartans defeated Milwaukee Vincent, the third-ranked team in Wisconsin, 58-50.

From ChicagoSports.com ...
Jon Scheyer certainly came to play Saturday night, and so did two of his sidekicks.

"I had to make up for not playing well at the St. Louis Shootout," Scheyer said after his 24 points and seven rebounds led Glenbrook North to a 58-50 upset of Milwaukee Vincent, the third-ranked team in Wisconsin, in the 10th annual City-Suburban Shootout. "Zack Kelly and Jon Radke played unbelievable defense, and that was a key for us. We're all starting to understand our roles, and this was a really big win for us."
From the Chicago Sun Times ...
Scheyer, the heralded 6-5 junior, did it all without doing too much, and his teammates supported him well as Glenbrook North beat Wisconsin power Milwaukee Vincent 58-50 on Saturday night before 4,627 fans at the UIC Pavilion.

Scheyer scored 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting and had seven rebounds and three assists in an understated performance. He scored in a variety of ways -- hitting two three-pointers, a fadeaway jumper, a pull-up 14-footer, a left-handed drive through traffic and a floater in the lane -- against an athletic team from Milwaukee ranked No. 2 in Wisconsin.

"I've been looking forward to this game for a long time," Scheyer said. "The Thornton game [a loss in December] has been shadowing me for a long time. This is my way of making up for that -- for my team and myself. This is a big confidence booster for us."
On Friday night, Glenbrook North defeated Maine East 72-45 thanks to Jon Scheyer's 30 points on five three-pointers.

From ChicagoSports.com ...
Central Suburban North Jon Scheyer hit 5 3s and scored 30 and Sean Wallis had 10 assists for Spartans (20-2, 8-0). Jerome Jones and Jeff Alkhovsky each scored 10 for Maine East (6-17, 1-7).
BRIAN CARLWELL - Proviso East
On Saturday night, Proviso East defeated Batavia 65-59.

From ChicagoSports.com ...
Proviso East (21-3) used 15-2 run to start second half and build 43-25 lead with 4:52 left in third quarter. Guard Phillip Perry had game-high 22 points, and Brian Carlwell grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked 9 shots for Pirates. "It's almost like we expect teams to roll over and die, but we know we won't get away with that in the playoffs," Perry said.
From the Daily Herald ...
After Rashad Mitchell's (14 points) offensive rebound and basket pulled the Bulldogs to within 3 points, the Pirates used their quick hands on defense, along with some careless dribbling and passing by the Bulldogs, to go on a 15-0 run during a 2:33 stretch.

After only turning the ball over 4 times in the first half, Batavia committed 5 turnovers during this span. They resulted in 5 layups and a massive alley-oop dunk by Brian Carlwell.

While Perry hurt the Bulldogs with his scoring, it was the 6-foot-10 Carlwell whose presence made a huge difference on the defensive end. While he only scored 4 points, Carlwell grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked 9 shots.
JEFF RYAN - Glenbrook South
On Saturday night, Glenbrook South defeated Palatine 56-35.

From ChicagoSports.com ...
Glenbrook South (20-3) had 12-0 and 10-0 runs to start 2nd and 3rd quarters respectively. Jeff Ryan had 17 points and Luke Holthaus scored 14 for Titans.
From the Chicago Sun Times ...
GLENBROOK SOUTH 56, PALATINE 35: Jeff Ryan tallied 17 points, Luke Holthaus had 14 points and Kevin Bulger and Garrett Staniec added 13 and 12, respectively, for the No. 22 Titans (20-3). Grant Surprenant led the host Pirates (13-10) with 14 points.
On Friday night, Glenbrook South defeated New Trier 43-27.

JEREMY NASH - Chicago Marist
On Friday night, Marist defeated Benet 59-37.

From the Daily Southtown ...
Nash (9 points, 3 assists), Sullivan (8 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds) and McCann (7 points, 3 rebounds) contributed for the RedHawks.
JOEVAN CATRON - Thornton
On Friday night Thornton defeated Thornwood 63-50.

From the Daily Southtown ...
The Wildcats featured a stingy defense, and overcame tough nights offensively from Joevan Catron (11 points) and Donnell Lyons (4 points).

"We just played defense the way we wanted to and we got in their shooters' faces," Thornton coach Troy Jackson said. "If they're not hitting their jump shots, they're in trouble because that's what they do."
CLASS OF 2007
NAYAL "MAC" KOSHWAL - Chicago Julian
From ChicagoSports.com ...
Public League sports administrator Calvin Davis is scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. Monday with Julian standout Nyal "Mac" Koshwal and his parents about an eligibility issue that could affect his status for the remainder of the season.

Koshwal, a 6-foot-8-inch sophomore and one of the top five players in the city, was born in Africa, moved to Canada and enrolled at Julian last year. Losing Koshwal would be a severe blow to Julian's postseason hopes.
From the Chicago Sun Times ...
The Public League is investigating the status of Julian's Nyal "Mac" Koshwal, a 6-8 center, the Sun-Times has learned.

It's possible the investigation will affect Koshwal's eligibility.

"We expect to make a statement about this issue early next week," said Calvin Davis, the director of sports administration for the Public League.

Koshwal is ranked as one of the top 30 sophomores in the country, according to a national scouting service. He's been a dominant post player for the No. 2 Jaguars, who earned the top seed in the city playoffs.

"We have not been contacted about eligibility," Julian coach Loren Jackson said. "Somebody [at the Public League] got a letter with some allegations, and they asked to meet with me, Mac and his father.

"But it's not about eligibility."

Koshwal is a native of Sudan who lived in Canada before enrolling at Julian in 2003. He is one of three African-born basketball players who moved to Chicago to attend Julian.
BILL COLE - Peoria Richwoods
On Friday night, Peoria Richwoods lost to Peoria Central 61-56 at Richwoods. With the win Peoria Central claimed their third straight Mid-State 6 Conference crown.

From the Peoria Journal Star ...
Richwoods' 6-9 sophomore Bill Cole had a dozen each in points and rebounds, rejected four shots and dished three assists.
JUSTIN BOCOT - Bloomington HS
On Friday night, Bloomington lost to Urbana 62-56. On Saturday afternoon, Justin was an unofficial visitor to the Wisconsin game in Champaign.

TREVOR MBAKWE - Henry Sibley HS
On Friday night, Henry Sibley defeated Hill-Murray 56-49. Mbakwe scored a team high 12 points.

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