Stakes High For Battle Of NU Prospects

Not many high school sporting events have had hype like Saturday's City-Suburban Showdown does. The main event features the nation's third-ranked team, Chicago Simeon High School, and 25-0 Benet Academy, whose ranked 24th in the country. This highly-anticipated game features some Northwestern prospects.

2011 Wildcat commit David Sobolewski leads the Benet Academy Red Wings (25-0) against Chicago Simeon and their five-star power forward, Jabari Parker. Parker, the second-ranked power forward in the class of 2013 according to, has an offer from Northwestern as well as Illinois, Kansas, Michigan State, Texas, and others.

In addition to Parker, junior forward Steve Taylor is another impressive prospect who is receiving interest from Northwestern. The three-star forward has received interest from the ‘Cats as well as Dayton, DePaul, Illinois, and Xavier.

But Parker could be the next star from Simeon, a school that has produced NBA talents such as Derrick Rose. Sobolewski is well aware of Parker's talent.

"It starts with Jabari Parker, he's one of the best players in the state as a sophomore," said Sobolewski. "We've got to play great team defense and help each other out. We're going to have to buckle down and win the game on defense."

Simeon dropped their first game of the season on Wednesday, when they fell by 14 to Whitney Young High School. That brought Simeon's season record to 22-1. After the tough loss, Simeon will be looking to get back on the winning side against Benet.

With some of college basketball's future names on the court with top-ranked teams, Saturday's game is gaining a lot of hype. The game will be played at UIC Pavilion in Chicago, and nearly each one of the nearly 7,000 seats is expected to be occupied.

Sobolewski said people have been swarming the Benet Academy athletic office for tickets, and tickets have been selling rapidly on the internet. With such hype surrounding the game, the Benet point guard said he's never been a part of a game with such hype.

"Our school sold 2700 tickets out of the AD office alone," said Sobolewski. "Obviously, a lot of fans bought their tickets on Ticketmaster. From what I've heard, we could have 4000 fans from Benet. Everyone's excited and wishing the team luck. Everyone's just ready to go."

Saturday's showdown will be an exciting night for Northwestern fans, which will get a glimpse of their future point guard, David Sobolewski. Despite playing through a back injury, Sobolewski is on pace for another season filled with awards and accolades. As a junior, Sobolewski was named 2nd team All-State, All-Area, and was the Player of the Year in the East Suburban Catholic Conference.

Since his commitment to Northwestern, the native of Lisle (IL) has been able to make many trips to Evanston to see the Wildcats play. During his visit on January 3rd to see Northwestern play Michigan State, Sobolewski was able to meet with Jabari Parker. Sobolewski said the two haven't been in touch since January, but he's been able to follow Parker's Simeon team.

But will the future Wildcat Sobolewski give Parker a recruiting pitch after the game on Saturday?

"We'll see how the game goes first," said Sobolewski.


Chicago Simeon:

Jabari Parker: 5-Star, Soph. (6'2, 235-lb)

Steve Taylor: 3-Star, JR. (6'6, 200-lb)


Dave Sobolewski: 2-Star, SR. (6'1, 175-lb) Committed to Northwestern

Frank Kaminsky: 3-Star, SR. (6'10, 220-lb) Committed to Wisconsin

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