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More Notes From High School Basketball And College Basketball Recruiting

Brian Stinnette
April 20, 2004

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Homewood-Flossmoor’s Excell Hardywill host Eastern Illinois for an in-house visit early this week, and will then make an official visit to the University of Evansville this weekend. A decision should follow by the end of the month.

The guard trio of Jerel McNeal, Maurice Ackerand Brandon Ewing has been very, very effective early on this spring for Meanstreets. They will get a stiff test this weekend as Meanstreets, last year’s 16-U National Champions, will be among a very strong contingent of Illinois teams competing at the prestigious Kingwood Classic, in Houston, Texas.

Chicago Von Steuben’s Demetrius Evans and Ryne Hamblet had a very good visit to Chipola (FL) Community College last week. The duo will be attending college together as a “package deal”. Chipoloa already has former McDonald’s All-American, and Florida Gator Mario Boggan ready to suit up next year. Boggan, a massive presence in the paint makes Chipola a serious National Championship contender. Evans continues to amaze onlookers with his incredible athleticism and leaping ability.

We all know that the Illinois Class of 2005 is absolutely loaded with guards. A pair of guards to watch closely are 6-2 Phillip Perry (Proviso East) and 6-2 Tyrone Evans (East Aurora). Both are Division I players, and both could make strong moves up the prospect rankings charts as the summer progresses.

6-9 center Patrick Nelson (Rockford Jefferson) has looked good thus far this spring. Nelson is playing on the AAU circuit with the Rising Stars Rockford team. His size and mobility makes him a “must see” prospect for Division I recruiters on the AAU circuit.

One of the best performances at this weekend’s 15-U State AAU Tournament was turned in by Kevin Dillard, and 8th grader playing with Meanstreets. Dillard, playing against some of the top freshmen in the state of Illinois, twice led his team back from huge 4th quarter deficits with a barrage of three-pointers, and an impressive array of slick passes to open teammates. Dillard packs an incredibly strong handle with strong court instincts. He has a confidence level on the basketball court far beyond his years. You will hear a lot of Kevin Dillard when he gets to high school next year.

Next year, look for 6-0 guard Jon Rice (Neuqua Valley) to emerge as an offensive force to be reckoned with. Rice, a Class of 2007 prospect, played on the varsity as a freshman along side of William & Mary recruit Kyle Carrabine. Rice, a deadly shooter with a quick release, is playing on the AAU circuit with the Illinois Wolves.

On Wednesday, Peoria Central’s Shaun Livingston will host Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski to discuss his basketball future.