The Weekend Prep Basketball Roundup searched the web to keep you up to date on what is happening with some of the Fighting Illini recruits in their high school action. This update has updates on <b>Jamar Smith</b>, <b>Jon Scheyer</b>, <b>Jeremy Nash</b>, and <b>Sherron Collins</b> among others.

ILLINOIS SIGNEE Jamar Smith - Peoria Richwoods
On Friday night, Peoria Richwoods pulled away late from Woodruff for a 66-54 win.

From the Peoria Journal Star ...
Jamar Smith, as usual, led the Knights with 23 points, four assists and three blocks.
From bbpeoria on the Hoops Fan Forum ...
A ho-hum 23pts 4 assts and 3 blocks in a 66-54 win over Woodruff. Saw the highlights on sports rewind and Jamar only had two 3's but they were long ones. He also had a hesitation dribble blow by at the 3-line and scored at the hoop over two defenders. Statline was 8-16 from the filed and 5-6 from the line.

On Saturday night, Peoria Richwoods easily defeated Limestone 69-48.

From the Peoria Journal Star ...
Jamar Smith won't play for the University of Illinois until next season, but it appears some Illini characteristics already have rubbed off on the senior and his Richwoods teammates.

Smith was 10-of-14 from the floor, inclduing 5-of-7 on 3s, to lead all scorers with 25 points. Additionally, six rebounds, four assists, a pair of blocks and a nifty steal amounted to one of his best all-around games of the season.

"I feel like this was one of my better games because my teammates did a great job of getting me the ball in the right situations," he said.
From bbpeoria on the Hoops Fan Forum ...
My favorite play of the game involved the dynamic duo as well. The half was closing down with slightly over 10 seconds left when Jamar gets it at the top of the key. Everyone is thinking Jamar will either pull up for 3 or drive it in. He drives just past the 3 line and Reynolds joins Holmes in a quick double team. Smith quickly fires a pass to Cole in the far corner and bang 3 more at the break.

Smith displayed his overall game as he had multiple steals a bunch of boards and at least one stuff held-ball block. At the four minute mark of the 1st qtr I already had him for 4 boards and I lost track thereafter. He had many beautiful 3's as usual but also had some pretty drives and pull-ups as well. He also had a gorgeous 3/4 court bounce pass early in the game to Hogan but Hogan blew the bunny. Some of the quick moves Jamar put on just about had the defenders cork-screwed into the ground or falling over and I almost felt sorry for the seldom used #11 for Limestone when isolated 1 on 1 near the end of the game. Everybody knew he could do whatever he wanted and you could sense Jamar did as well. He did a jab-step dribble that about put the guy down, raised up high, and buried a long 3 to cap off his night and bring the subs in.
Thornton defeated Bloom on Friday night 59-44 thanks to a 22-3 run in the third quarter that they used to build up a lead of 46-26. This win marked Thorton's first SICA East Championship in 7 years.

From the Chicago Sun Times ...
The top-ranked Wildcats didn't let the premature countdown get in the way of the business at hand, disposing of Bloom 59-44.

"We saw the sign up there after warmups," Thornton center Joevan Catron said. "I told the guys to take a look at it, and we started thinking about it. There aren't a whole lot of games left between us and the state title when you think about it. It's down to nine now."

Levante Greenwood led Thornton (24-1, 9-0 SICA East) with 19 points and five assists. Catron had 11 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks.
From the Daily Southtown ...
The win, highlighted by a crucial 13-0 Wildcats run to open the second half and a dominating night in the paint from forward Joevan Catron, clinched Thornton's first SICA East Conference title in seven years.

Catron scored 11 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and added five blocks for Thornton (24-1, 9-0). Donnell Lyons added 10 points.

Feeding off the success of the Wildcats' run this season, a fan in the crowd proudly displayed a sign declaring the Wildcats had 10 more games to win to earn the Class AA state title.

Thanks to Greenwood, Catron and Co., it's down to nine.
From ...
No. 1 THORNTON 59, Bloom 44
SICA East. Levante Greenwood scored 17 and Joevan Catron had 11 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks as Wildcats (24-1, 9-0) pulled away to clinch SICA East title by opening 3rd with 13-0 run. Dwight Connie scored 16 of his 24 in 2nd half for Bloom (15-10, 3-6).

JEFF RYAN - Glenbrook South
Glenbrook South lost to Evanston Township on Friday night, 55-52.

From DrBlackheart on the Premium Fan Forum ...
I can safely categorize this as a disappointing night for Glenbrook South and Jeff Ryan. Glenbrook South rallied from an 11 point deficit in the 3rd quarter to take a 52-46 lead with 2 minutes left in the game. Evanston scored the final 9 points of the game to win 55-52.

Jeff Ryan scored 6 points in the first 3-4 minutes of the game and it looked like Jeff was going to have a big night for the Titans. Then, he missed a wide open lay-up and he couldn't buy a basket the rest of the night. Jeff finished with 9 points hitting his only 3 point attempt of the night in the 3rd quarter. Jeff missed at least 8 point blank shots by my estimation. I liked Jeff's aggressiveness, but he just wasn't able to finish.

Jeff was the only player who looked comfortable handling the ball against Evanston's pressure. However, Jeff needs to be stronger with the ball when the defense collapses on him. On a couple occassions, Jeff made up his mind to drive to the basket after crossing half court and he found himself out of control looking very loose with the ball.

I like Jeff's size and his handle. Jeff is skilled with the ball for a player his size. Jeff isn't overly quick and Jeff isn't a run and jump athlete so Jeff excels when he is able to slow the game down and play at a controlled pace. It seemed Jeff's frustration built with every missed lay-up. I'd like to see a physically and mentally tougher Jeff Ryan. Jeff did show a couple good back to the basket moves proving he isn't afraid to take a smaller player into the post.

Bill Carmody was at the game watching Jeff. I didn't talk to Coach Carmody, but it was funny watching his reaction to the Pom Kits show at halftime. Also, there were some obnoxious teenagers jostling him all night long.

JON SCHEYER - Glenbrook North
On Friday night, Glenbrook North defeated Maine West 77-58. This win was Glenbrook North's 15th straight win, and allowed the Spartans to clinch their fourth straight Central Suburban North title.

This weekend, Jon is also taking a visit to Duke, where he will take in the Wake Forest @ Duke contest on Sunday night.

From the Chicago Sun Times ...
Visiting Glenbrook North won its 15th straight game and clinched its fourth consecutive Central Suburban North title.

The No. 9 Spartans (23-2, 9-0) took a 39-20 first-half lead as Jon Scheyer scored 15 of his game-high 30 points. Maine West (9-16, 4-5) closed to within 51-45 midway through the third quarter as Pierre Oscar scored 10 of his team-high 18 points in the third quarter.

Sean Wallis scored a season-high 19 points, including five three-pointers, and Glenbrook North was 18-for-20 from the free-throw line -- including 8-for-8 in the fourth quarter. Matt Shamis added 10 points for the Spartans; Scheyer had five assists and four rebounds.
From ...
No. 7 Glenbrook N. 77, MAINE WEST 58
Central Suburban North. Jon Scheyer scored game's 1st 8 and finished with 30 points, 5 assists as Spartans (23-2, 9-0) clinched 4th straight CSL North title. Sean Wallis scored 19 for Glenbrook North, which took control with 17-2 1st-half run. Pierre Oscar scored 18 for Maine West (9-16, 4-5).

JEREMY NASH - Chicago Marist
On Friday night, Marist defeated Nazareth 62-30.

From the Chicago Sun Times ...
The No. 18 RedHawks (21-3, 10-1 East Suburban Catholic) were led by Jeremy Nash with 18 points and four steals.
From ...
No. 17 MARIST 62, Nazareth 30
East Suburban Catholic. Jeremy Nash scored 18 and Tom Sullivan had 11 for Marist (21-3, 10-1), which built 45-20 halftime lead.

On Friday night, Proviso East defeated Addison Trail 99-51.

From the Chicago Sun Times ...
eremiah Wise scored 28 points, Phillip Perry finished with 13 and Brian Carlwell added 12 as visiting No. 10 Proviso East (22-3, 11-0) captured the West Suburban Gold title.
From ...
No. 8 Proviso East 99, ADDISON TRAIL 51
West Suburban Gold. Jeremiah Wise scored 14 of his 28 during 20-0 run to open 2nd quarter for Pirates (22-3, 11-0). Also for Proviso East, Phillip Perry had 13 points, 10 assists, 5 steals, Brian Carlwell had 12 points, 7 rebounds, 6 blocks and Marcus Scott had 10 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists.
Crane Tech lost to Marshall on Saturday night 73-60.

From Chicago ...
Behind Tyrone Kent's 24 points and 17 from Sherron Collins—who was hampered by a foot injury—Crane (18-6) closed to within 51-46 after three quarters.
From Brumby on the Premium Fan Forum ...

Marshall @ Crane Tech: The First Quarter
After the first quarter, Marshall is up 24-11. Some guy Calloway has 6 three pointers, and he hit his first five. (Editor's Note: This is Jerwin Calloway, and he is averaging 20+ points a game for Marshall). Tyrone Kent on Crane has been their steady player, as I think he scored Crane's first 7 points.

Collins did not start because of a foot injury, he subbed in with about four minutes left in the first period, and has not really done much on the court. He seems to be trying to push the ball too much, as he has turned the ball over by trying to split two and three defenders.

Those I have seen in the crowd so far include:
- Tom Crean
- Bobby Simmons
Marshall @ Crane Tech: The Second Quarter
The score after the second quarter is Marshall 40 - 35.

The second quarter showed Crane coming back through a defense that pressure the basketball over and over forcing turnovers and jumping out at every pass.

As far as Collins, Sherron is obviously favoring his foot. The announcers said that it was an infection, and that he would just have to struggle through it. He has been running and pressuring the ball defensively, and he does key the offense for Crane. He is 5-5 from the free throw line, has a runner, and a deep three pointer for 10 points heading into the half.
Marshall @ Crane Tech: The Third Quarter
At the end of the third quarter it is Marshall 51-46. Nothing really new this quarter from the game, except that Tyrone Kent had a pretty nice dunk.

Collins now has 15 points, as he hit a runner and another three pointer.

I think the key with wherever Collins will end up will be for that coach to corral Collins speed and energy and turn it into good use on the basketball court. Turn him into an all around basketball player, instead of just a guy that can run really fast.
Random Thoughts
When I was watching Collins with some things, the only thing I could think of in terms of a comparison was a poor man's Dee Brown, all though it could be the corn rows and his quickness that make me think of that comparison. I also have not seen the Bynum-like athelticism from Collins, but he is obviously favoring that foot.

From highselfesteem on the Premium Fan Forum ...

sherron collins is a stud and a must get recruit. his shot is better than people give him credit for and he can handle the ball better than he showed today. definite gamer, tough as nails and body to match. he could play off guard as well if we ended up with conley as well. MUST GET RECRUIT. AND this is not my first time seeing collins.
From the Chicago Sun Times ...
Tyrone Kent led Crane (18-6) with 22 points, and Sherron Collins added 17 points. Marquette coach Tom Crean was in attendance to check out the two Crane stars.

BILL COLE - Peoria Richwoods
On Friday Peoria Richwoods pulled away late from Woodruff for a 66-54 win.

On Saturday night, Peoria Richwoods easily defeated Limestone 69-48.

From the Peoria Journal Star ...
Smith held for the last shot of the first half, but when his drive was cut off by Kyle Holmes, the Illini recruit kicked it to Bill Cole spotting up in the right corner. The 6-9 sophomore rolled in the 3 to help his 18-point, eight-rebound night.
From bbpeoria on the Hoops Fan Forum ...
You know...I watch games like this and I can't decide who is more impressive Cole or Smith. I mean Smith is definitely the better player right now but considering Cole's age and relative lack of strength and stamina the kid is amazing and you can really see how much more he can become. This kid already knows how to play defense like a big man should!

Richwoods played man to man all game which meant Cole had to guard generally one of Limestone's very active big men, Reynolds or Holmes. I'll tell you what, Reynolds was eating everybody's lunch early on until Cole guarded him and used great footwork and positioning combined with the height advantage to shut him down. Cole also displayed his blossoming ability on another play. He took the hand-off on a curl at the 3-point line and wheel around the defender and down the baseline past two more and shot a hard layup at the hoop that missed. That dribble drive was very impressive for a gangly 6'9" soph even though he couldn't finish the play.

JUSTIN BOCOT - Bloomington HS
On Friday night, Bloomington defeated defeated Mattoon 78-49.

From the Bloomington Pantagraph ...
Sophomore Lonnie Lawrence collected a game-high 11 rebounds, 10 in the first half, to go with seven points and three blocks. Justin Bocot contributed seven points an four assists while Brent Holtz had six points, five assists and three steals.

On Saturday night, Bloomington defeated Champaign Centennial 73-61 in a non-conference win.

From the Bloomington Pantagraph ...
Sophomore guard Justin Bocot contributed 13 points, including seven in the closing 5 minutes, 15 seconds that helped put the game away.

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