Tag Archives: Illinois

Peach Jam: 5-star Parker says BYU very high on his list

15 Jul

Is BYU a serious contender for Jabari Parker, one of the top players in the class of 2013? (PHOTO: Chicago Sun-Times)

By Bobby Bancroft
National Hoops Report

N. AUGUSTA, S.C. – When BYU lost Jimmer Fredette to the NBA Draft last month conventional wisdom said that it would take years to replace the All-American in Provo.

Well it’s possible that help may be on the way sooner rather than later.

Jabari Parker, an admitted follower of the Mormon faith who also just happens to be one of the top players in the Class of 2013, is giving serious consideration to becoming a Cougar. Continue reading

NY2LA Sports Summer Jam Thursday recap

15 Jul

By Danny Hazan
National Hoops Report

MILWAUKEE – Forsyth Country Day 2012 point guard Tyler Lewis wasn’t in Mequon, Wisconsin the first two days of the NY2LA Sports Summer Jam to spend time with his family.

His arrival Thursday showed just how much the 6-foot North Carolina State-commit means to Team Loaded and why he’s considered one of the best point guards in the country. Continue reading

Canty connecting with A-10 school

21 Jun

By Brian Flinn
National Hoops Report

Kareem Canty is the latest talented New York City area point guards, and like the great ones before him, he just wants to win.

Canty can both score and pass at an elite level and his ability to get into the lane is unparalleled. He is also a capable shot maker, especially off the dribble.

One of the knocks on Canty is that his competitive side can mess him up at times, but if that’s one of the things he has to work on, that’s a good problem to have. Continue reading

Ranking the ACC/Big Ten Challenge games

14 Jun

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

The ACC-Big Ten Challenge was last month and truth be told, the match-ups are not the most enticing as they have been in year’s past.

The talent in the middle isn’t as a strong as it has been for both conferences. Because of that, the overall challenge doesn’t jump out as a must-see series.

Everyone loves rankings. So why not rank the games from worst to first in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge? Continue reading

Recruiting Rewind: Illinois

12 Jun

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Over the course of the summer, the National Hoops Report will look back at the six year recruiting record of the BCS conference schools. Who found success? Who missed the mark? Where did the school find the talent? Who emerged as a sleeper? Who fell short of the expectations? NHR looks back in the Recruiting Rewind.

Looking back at Illinois’ recruiting classes, nothing seems to really match-up. Continue reading

Everyone wants a piece of Mitch McGary

16 May

Big man Mitch McGary is one of the fastest rising prospects in America.

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Mitch McGary is blowing up.

He knows it. Coaches know it. Recruitniks know it. Everyone knows it.

The 6-foot-9 post from Brewster Academy (N.H.) via Chesterton, Indiana has shined at the spring events. He’s jumped from a player ranked near the bottom of the top 100 lists to No. 15 overall in the class of 2012. Continue reading

Season highlights: Illinois

4 May

Inside the #s: Scout.com rankings

26 Apr

Steve Lavin is bringing in the most top 100 players to St. John's.

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

With the release of the Scout.com top 100 rankings for the class of 2011, there are always different ways to look at the data. Continue reading