By Joe Henricksen

Class of 2010 right on track

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By Joe Henricksen

A year ago they entered with plenty of hype. A year later the Class of 2010 in Illinois, led by Jereme Richmond of

Waukegan, hasn't disappointed. In fact, the class has only added to its early talk of being "the next great class" in

the state.

While Richmond remains the bellringer for what is shaping up as the best class since the Quentin Richardson,

Corey Maggette and Frank Williams class of 1998, Whitney Young's Anthony Johnson and rising star Lavonte

Dority of Foreman aren't too far behind. Richmond is already ranked as the No. 4 sophomore prospect in the nation

by one recruiting service, and both Johnson and Dority should find themselves among the top 20 or 30 prospects in

the country as well. And that is what truly makes a special class. That's what made the 1998 class the best in two

decades---Richardson, Maggette, Williams, Bobby Simmons and Michael Wright at the top of the class, along with a

ton of Division I depth throughout. That class also included the likes of Lance Williams (DePaul), Kevin Frey (Xavier),

Damir Krupalija (Illinois), Lucas Johnson (Illinois), Dennis Gates (Cal), Cordell Henry (Marquette) and Joey Range

(Iowa) to name just a few. A class has to have top national talent at the top and follow it up with depth, which is

what this class of 2010 is shaping up to have.

Although it's still early in the evaluation process and plenty more players will emerge over the next 18 months, the

depth is already impressive in the Class of 2010. Here is a look at how the City/Suburban Hoops Report sees the

top 20 players in the sophomore class.

Hoops Report's Top 20 Sophomores
1. Jereme Ricmond, 6-6, Waukegan .... The Illini recruit has the skills, make-up, demeanor to live up to the hype.
2. Anthony Johnson, 6-3, Whitney Young .... Combination of speed, size, shooting; able to play both guard spots.
3. Lavonte Dority, 6-0, Foreman .... Fastest rising player in class; will be a big-time national recruiting target.
4. DeAndre McCamey, 6-1, St. Joseph .... Already steady and a true point guard; another top 100 player in class.
5. Crandall Head, 6-4, Rich South .... Still very raw but oozes athleticism and untapped potential.
6. Paul Bunch, 6-10, North Lawndale .... Top big man in the class is yet another player who could crack top 100 list.
7. Alex Rossi, 6-4, New Trier .... So fundamentally sound, terrific mid-range game, plays with confidence.
8. Reggie Smith, 5-11, Thornton .... Explosive athlete; must learn to play the point.
9. Brandon Spearman, 6-3, Hales Franciscan .... Athletic wing who must find his role with loaded team.
10. Lenzelle Smith, Jr., 6-3, Zion-Benton .... Hoops Report feels he may be most underrated player in this class.
11. Mike McCall, 6-0, Foreman; 12. Jared Oldham, 6-2, Decatur Eisenhower; 13. Chance Carter, 6-4, Loyola Academy; 14. Isiah Jones, 6-2, Mounds-Meridian; 15. Ben Brust, 6-2, Mundelein; 16. Dwayne Evans, 6-4, Neuqua Valley; 17. Ahmad Starks, 5-7, Whitney Young; 18. Rob Robinson, 6-4, Simeon; 19. Fred Heldring, 6-9, New Trier; 20. Rayvonte Rice, 6-1, Champaign Centennial

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proviso west has a sophmore named elliot pleasant that is explosive he is 5-6 and can dunk


I like that sophomore from Hillcrest. His name is Darren Tillman. I own Indiana Basketball News website and I had my showcase (Reebok Sponsored Gym Rats Showcase of Stars in Fort Wayne, Indiana) on October 28th and he played great. He is very explosive and is a good defeneder. He is a sophomore I believe and he left my showcase named one of the top 10 players regardless of the class and this was a showcase full of top senior players in Indiana. Here's a evaluation we made about him at this link Go all the way down to number 84. If you can't click the link, just go to the website and go to showcase players and then go to October 28th. He attracted alot of attention from AAU coaches and college coaches at my showcase.

BIG DEAL JONNY, SO YOU "OWN A WEBSITE". Love the spelling of your name.

But to respond to Joe, Any list for the class of 2010 should have Greg Tucker in the Top 20. But I still appreciate your input...


I agree with Reggie Tisdale. Darren can ball. i Can't wait to see him play on monday at marian for the Chicago Heights classic vs. Joliet.

I've witnessed Darren from Hillcrest play as well and the Northwestern Elite Camp and at Moody Bible Institute over the summer. He can flat out ball. He just needs to work on his perimeter game(jumpshot) and he will be great. I'm not trying to blow him up with talk, but you will see for yourself. I just came from Hillcrest yesterday to see their blue and white game. MAN!; Hillcrest is going to open up alot of eyes and shut alot of mouths. They have the talent to take home that Chicago Heights Classic Championship. Just when I though the Hawks were no longer "flying" with a new coach and new set of players, it looks like they are still flying. Somebody from the Sun Times or Tribune needs to come look at them. Can't wait to see them play Joliet on Monday.

Go to Lansing,MI.Class or 2010 guard Jourdyn Thompson.He can lock anyboby up even Greg Tucker and Darren.He has mad speed.He going somewhere.You should try to catch one of his games.He is a dog.

Proviso west basketball team isnt on the right track right now but they have some very good talant on their team they has a sophmore named Elliott Pleasant followed by another sophmore named Donald Singletary that will bring victorys in the future they also have a two year senior Melvin Rowe who will bring some victorys to their program. But in the future the two star players of Class of 2010 Donald Singletary and Elliot Pleasant will bring excitement to Proviso West High School.

They say a freashman Nick Dixon is the next big comer at proviso west

Nicholas Dixon is an outstanding player he is 6'0 has great offense but his defense is what stands out. The game at Lackpark North Dixon went up for a dunk but it went hard off the rim. Dixon also pulled out a season high with 19 points at the game at Gilmbare West he is just a Freshman. Don't be surprise if you see this Freshman on tv in a couple of years from now.

A 6-1 F/G freahman George Edwards average 12.6 points a game with 5.5 rebound with a nice outside jumper needs to work on mid range shot has heart and drive to make it big with also 6-1 Nicholas Dixon is the leading scoring with 14.1, nice shot and nice inside game , last but not least Tyrone Mcdonald scoring 13.9 these 3 are the three triple prospects for proviso west 2011.

Come on man stop putting things on here about yourself this is a 2010 page not a 2011 page boy stop trying to put up these lame stats up because dont anyone know who you are and you will never put up these stats so stop putting on a act like you're good and you're not!!!!!!!!!!!

I love Melvin Rowe!!!!!

There is a point gaurd named Traven Ames who averages 25.0 points a game at wheaton north high school.

yall need to check out that 5-10 point guard at proviso east, his name is Marcell Ross. He can shoot very well, and can even dunk. He has exceptable ball-handling skills.

I heard about 5'10 Guard Elliot Pleasnt Transferr from pw to either Morton or Brookfield which is a bad move for him but do anyone know some information about hows he been doing at his new school?

Traven Ames at Wheaton Norh high school is a 5'11 star who has been filling up the stats sheet averageing 28.5 points 9 RPG 9 APG he is now a soph doing big things on the varsity team check him out.

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