In-State Class of 2005 Will Be Big For Illinois

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Class of 2005 Will Be Big For Weber, Illinois

Brian Stinnette
June, 25 2003

The Class of 2005 in the state of Illinois features a number of very good prospects. It will be very important for Illinois to hold court and win at least one or two recruiting battles for elite in-state 2005 prospects. Here is a look at some of the Class of 2005 prospects that will be available to Illinois.

As it stands right now, 6-7 small forward Julian Wright (Homewood-Flossmor), 6-7 forward Jeremiah Bryant (Chicago Fenger) and 6-4 guard/forward Josh Tabb (Century), are the three top in-state prospects.

In addition to Bryant, the Chicago Public League features 7-0 center Clarence Holloway (Chicago Fenger), and a strong trio of 6-1 point guard’s in Jeremy Pargo (Chicago Robeson), Angel Santiago (Chicago Von Steuben), and Brandon Ewing (Chicago Julian). Ewing is rising fast as a prospect!

6-3 Sead Odzic (Niles West) and 6-2 Jerel McNeal (Hillcrest) are two strong options at shooting guard. Odzic is a deadly shooter with range. While McNeal is terrific on both ends of the floor. 6-2 combo guard Bobby Frasor (Chicago Brother Rice) is both a deadly shooter and decision-maker.

Two other players of intrigue are 6-3 forward Nate Minnoy (Chicago Hales Franciscan) and 6-7 forward DeAndre Miranda (Peoria Central). Last year, as a sophomore, Minnoy was one of the best offensive post players in the state. A strong athlete, Minnoy is now pulling his game out to the perimeter, and could be a young Sergio McClain in the making. Miranda is prospect who continues to improve, and has a big upside to his game.

The Class of 2005 appears to be especially strong in the city of Chicago with Jeremiah Bryant, Jeremy Pargo, Angel Santiago, Brandon Ewing, Clarence Holloway, Nate Minnoy and Bobby Frasor. 2005 could be a real good year for Illinois to beef up it’s roster with Chicago talent, and send a message to foes that the Chicago recruiting feast is over.