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High School Basketball and College Basketball Recruiting News and Notes

Brian Stinnette
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One thing is certain, whichever school (Illinois, Michigan State), lands Shaun Pruitt of West Aurora, will be getting a true class act. Pruitt, who ranks as the #1 Class of 2004 post prospect in the state of Illinois, is one of the classiest individuals in all of Illinois high school basketball……………..Keep an eye out this high school season for the West Suburban Gold battle between Proviso East and Downers Grove South. College coaches will be eagerly anticipating the backcourt showdown between Phillip Perry of Proviso, and Bryan Mullins of Downers South, a pair of Class of 2005 studs……………..Chicago Hyde Park will have to find a way to replace scoring machine Stephon Hannah. Hannah, a 5-10 combination guard who averaged better than 20 ppg as a sophomore and junior, has moved to the state of Texas………………….It is not a major surprise that West Aurora point guard Justin Cerasoli doesn’t list any Big 10 schools among his final choices. Cerasoli, who will choose between Seton Hall, Villanova, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State and Memphis, just doesn’t think his style of play is best suited for the Big 10 conference. Cerasoli’s stock soared nationally this summer after he put up big time numbers against big time national competition…………………..I have said it before, and I will say it again. In terms of scoring points, the best offensive player in the state of Illinois is Chicago Hales Franciscan strongman Nate Minnoy. Minnoy, a 6-3 Class of 2005 prospect, scores from everywhere on the basketball court. He is unstoppable inside, and has now expanded his offensive arsenal out on to the perimeter………………………A number of factors went into Champaign Centennial point guard Trent Meacham’s decision to give Dayton a verbal commitment. Meacham really likes Dayton head coach Brian Gregory, he will get a chance to continue playing with his best friend and AAU teammate Jimmie Binnie, and Meacham also sees Dayton as a program ready to win big right away……………….Marquette continues to patrol the state of Illinois for basketball talent. They have already offered a scholarship to Bobby Frasor, a Class of 2005 stud from Chicago Brother Rice, and are also paying a lot of attention to Hillcrest Class of 2005 stud Jerel McNeal. The Golden Eagles are also keeping an eye on 6-5 small forward Calvin Brock of Chicago Simeon. Brock, a Class of 2004 prospect, is a high-flying athlete with a soft touch from the floor………………With Class of 2005 prospect Brandon Long already on the roster, Rich Central already figured to be a popular destination for college coaches for the next two years. It will be even hotter now with the addition of Class of 2004 prospect Tyrone Brazelton, and Class of 2005 prospect Jarvis Walker. Brazelton, a point guard, and Walker a small forward, will team with Long to give Rich Central quite a trio. Walker is the younger brother of All-Star forward Antoine Walker of the Boston Celtics………………University of Illinois head coach Bruce Weber was among the attendees at the open gym at Hillcrest High School last Thursday. We hear that Hillcrest’s dynamic backcourt duo of Jerel McNeal and Maurice Acker put on quite a show……………..Marcus Green, an explosive 6-4 Class of 2005 swingman from Leyden is getting real good, real fast. Green, who played on the AAU circuit with Full Package, seems to get improve his game each time he steps on the basketball court…………..Watch out for Class of 2007 prospect Jameel Harris of Chicago Foreman. Harris, a lightning-quick, point guard will likely start as a freshman for Foreman, which will be moving up to the Chicago Public League’s mighty Red Division this year.