Chicago Simeon’s Calvin Brock Continues To See His Stock Soar
March 2, 2004
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Back in November, ChicagoHoops.com told you in this article that Calvin Brock could become a hot commodity. As the Class AA state tournament begins, Brock is the hottest uncommitted 2004 prospect in the state, and the Chicago Simeon and Old Gold AAU star could see his stock soar even higher.
Brock, a 6-5 small forward, is a long and highly athletic player. He has a soft touch on his jumper, and is both a stellar rebounder and shot blocker. He excels in the open floor, and is a strong finisher around the basket. Once he tightens up his handle on the basketball, he has a chance to be an offensive force on the next level.
Prior to this season, Brock was somewhat of an unknown outside of the Chicagoland area. However, he burst onto the scene last year when he teamed with DaShawn Walker to form one of the better 1-2 punches in the state of Illinois. Brock and Walker’s Simeon team knocked off then top-ranked West Aurora at the Pontiac Holiday Tournament.
This year, Brock and 6-6 forward Anthony Newell have spent the season terrorizing opponents. Simeon is once again the only Illinois-based high school team to defeat West Aurora during the regular season.
Over the summer, Brock excelled on the AAU circuit while playing for Chicago-based AAU powerhouse Old Gold. Playing without leading scorer Nate Minnoy, Old Gold nearly stunned National runner-up Martin Brothers at the 17-U Nationals. Brock’s heroics included a monster jam over three Martin Brothers defenders in the closing minutes of the game that was wrongly called a charge.
Prior to the start of the season, Brock received heavy interest from Western Illinois and Toledo. Marquette, which does a tremendous job of identifying Chicago-area talent, also had Brock on their radar screen. Brock, who climbed 7 spots to #6 in the lastest ChicagoHoops.com Class of 2004 prospect rankings, now has added both DePaul and Illinois to his list of suitors. That list is likely to grow longer as Brock continues to gain attention, and Simeon mounts a run at the Class AA state championship.