Friday Night Prep Basketball Roundup

Friday night in Illinois High School Basketball saw conference titles being clinched, city final games being decided, and a final home game for many seniors. Read this update on Illini signee <b>Jamar Smith</b>, and other recruiting targets including <b>Tim Flowers</b>, <b>Derrick Rose</b>, <b>Jon Scheyer</b>, <b>Jeff Ryan</b>, and <b>Joevan Catron</b> among others.

ILLINI SIGHTINGS AROUND THE HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SCENE
  • Bruce Weber was in Deerfield watching Jon Scheyer and his brother, the Head Coach of Glenbrook North High School.
  • Senior guard Luther Head was part of the standing room only crowd at the DePaul Athletic Center on Friday night watching the CPL Final Four. Head told the Chicago Sun Times that "[he] wish [he] would've had a chance to play in the [Public League] final four in high school." Illinois fans are hoping that this year he will be able to play in a Final Four, the NCAA Final Four.

  • CLASS OF 2005
    ILLINOIS SIGNEE JAMAR SMITH - Peoria Richwoods
    On Friday night, Peoria Richwoods rolled to a 70-53 victory over Pekin on Senior Night for Jamar Smith.

    From the Peoria Journal Star ...
    Jamar Smith scored 10 of his game-high 25 points in the first quarter, which included a pair of 3s and two breakaway dunks from half-court steals.

    "I was so hyped up with all these emotions," said Smith, who missed his first two 3s. "But once I went to the basket and got one to go down, I got in the flow of the game."

    Smith clinched the league scoring title with a regular-season average of 21.8 points per game.

    DeANDRE THOMAS - Westinghouse
    On Friday night in the CPL Final Four, Westinghouse defeated Von Steuben 72-61.

    From ChicagoSports.com ...
    Westinghouse had too much DeAndre Thomas as the 6-8, 270-pound center scored 28 and grabbed seven rebounds in a 72-61 victory over No. 13 Von Steuben. Thomas hit his first five shots in the post and wound up making 12 of 18.

    "That was the game plan, get the ball to me inside and then attack the rim," Thomas said. "My teammates did a good job getting me the ball, and there was no stopping me or my team."
    From the Chicago Sun Times ...
    Give him the ball and get out of his way. That was the plan, and Westinghouse's DeAndre Thomas executed it flawlessly.

    The 6-7, 290-pound Thomas overpowered Von Steuben all night, scoring a game-high 28 points to lift the No. 3 Warriors to a 72-61 victory in the Public League semifinals Friday at DePaul.

    "That's how I feel -- ain't no stopping me or my team," said Thomas, who was 12-for-18 from the field and grabbed seven rebounds. "That was the game plan -- to get the ball to me and keep attacking the rim."
    CLASS OF 2006
    JOEVAN CATRON - Thornton
    Thornton was upset by Homewood-Flossmoor on Friday night, 59-50.

    From ChicagoSports.com ...
    Joevan Catron led Thornton with 15 points.

    "We gave up too many easy baskets," Thornton coach Troy Jackson said.
    From the Chicago Sun Times ...
    Catron, who scored 15 points with nine rebounds, started an 11-2 run with four consecutive points.
    From the Daily Southtown ...
    Thornton was paced by Catron (15 points, 5 rebounds), Donnell Lyons (12 points, 6 steals, 3 rebounds), Brandon Dagans (12 points, 3 rebounds) and Brandon Long (9 points, 6 steals, 3 rebounds).

    JEFF RYAN - Glenbrook South
    Glenbrook South defeated Niles West 59-40 on Friday night to clinch its first Central Suburban South Championship in 11 years.

    From ChicagoSports.com ...
    Mindful of the cheering by Niles West players behind the Glenbrook bench during the Titans' loss last weekend to Evanston, South entered Niles West's gym aiming to send a message.

    "Coach spoke about that all week," said Titans guard Jeff Ryan (game-high 22 points). "He wanted us to picture that [taunting] in our minds. That definitely was motivation."

    Defensively, the 6-foot-7-inch Ryan and his imposing wingspan limited Sead Odzic, West's main scoring weapon, to a nine-point night.

    "Defense wins championships, and we got our conference championship outright tonight," said Ryan, whose team held Niles West scoreless for 8 minutes 27 seconds in the pivotal second half. "We played intense in the fourth quarter."
    From the Chicago Sun Times ...
    Jeff Ryan scored 22 points to lead the Titans (22-4, 8-2 Central Suburban South) to their first conference title since 1994.
    There will be more on Jeff Ryan and the Glenbrook South victory over Niles West on IlliniBoard.com, as Brumby was in attendance for the Glenbrook South victory.
    JON SCHEYER - Glenbrook North
    With Bruce Weber in attendance, Jon Scheyer and Glenbrook North defeated Deerfield 51-42.

    From ChicagoSports.com ...
    Jon Scheyer had 22 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks as Spartans (24-3, 10-0) clinched conference title. Scheyer scored 6 straight to open 2nd quarter and give Glenbrook North 23-10 lead, and Deerfield (11-13, 4-6) never got closer than 7.
    From the Chicago Sun Times ...
    No. 9 Glenbrook North (24-2, 10-0) won its 21st consecutive Central Suburban North game behind Jon Scheyer's 22 points. The victory was the 16th in a row overall for the Spartans, who tied a school record for regular-season victories first set in 1994-95.
    A question and answer session from the The Devils Den after last night's contest ...
    You've been quoted as saying that you won't think about a decision before your season is completely over. Once that happens, when are you targeting?

    Right now I'm thinking around April or at the very latest May.

    BRIAN CARLWELL - Proviso East
    Proviso East defeated Hinsdale South 71-56.

    From ChicagoSports.com ...
    Marcus Scott and Brian Carlwell scored 13 and 12, respectively, for Proviso East.

    JEREMY NASH - Chicago Marist
    Chicago Marist defeated Carmel 68-56 on Friday evening.


    CLASS OF 2007
    BILL COLE - Peoria Richwoods
    On Friday night, Peoria Richwoods rolled to a 70-53 victory over Pekin.


    TIM FLOWERS - Simeon Vocational
    In the Chicago Public School Final Four, Simeon defeated Marshall 69-64.

    From ChicagoSports.com ...
    Simeon's Tim Flowers walked onto the DePaul Athletic Center court Friday night with a little bit of an attitude.

    The 6-foot-5-inch, 250-pound sophomore, one of the better players in the Public League, was upset at being snubbed on the all-city team.

    "He was disappointed," said Simeon coach Robert Smith, who doesn't allow his players to be interviewed by the media. "I told him to come out and show everyone what he can do."

    Flowers responded with 23 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks in leading No. 4 Simeon to a 69-64 victory over No. 12 Marshall in the Public League semifinals.
    From the Chicago Sun Times ...
    In school Friday, Simeon center Tim Flowers was disappointed to learn that he had been left off both the Sun-Times' All-Public League team and the All-Public League team selected by the coaches. Simeon coach Robert Smith told Flowers to prove everyone wrong on the court in the Public League semifinals later in the day at DePaul.

    Flowers did just that. The 6-5 sophomore had 23 points and 11 rebounds in the No. 4 Wolverines' 69-64 victory against No. 11 Marshall.

    DERRICK ROSE - Simeon Vocational
    In the Chicago Public School Final Four, Simeon defeated Marshall 69-64.

    From ChicagoSports.com ...
    After a Beverley basket made it 65-64, Simeon sophomore Derrick Rose came up with two huge steals. Rose and Green hit four foul shots to hold off the Commandos.

    "That's just Derrick," Smith said about the 6-foot-3-inch guard, who finished with 17 points and seven steals. "He can just take over a game."
    From the Chicago Sun Times ...
    Rose finished with 17 points, seven steals, five rebounds, three blocks and three assists

    JUSTIN BOCOT - Bloomington HS
    Bloomington clinched its second straight Big 12 Conference Title with an 80-50 victory over Decatur MacArthur on Friday night.

    From the Bloomington Pantagraph ...
    After falling behind 10-8 early in the game, the Purple Raiders went on a 21-2 run, capped by a Justin Bocot breakaway slam-dunk, to totally take control in the first half. About the only thing to go wrong for BHS occurred when Dunson got a technical foul after hanging on the rim after a dunk.

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