By Joe Henricksen

Loss of star big blow to St. Pat's

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By Joe Henricksen

As the City/Suburban Hoops Report begins putting together its preseason Top 25 for its first issue due out in November, St. Patrick was a lock to be in that top 25. In fact, coach Mike Bailey's team may have been a top 15 team with the talent that was returning. But the sudden loss of star sophomore Jacob Williams, who has left the northwest side private school, will change that.

Williams, who is ranked the No. 6 sophomore in the state in the most recent Hoops Report player rankings after an eye-opening spring and summer on the AAU circuit and playing for St. Pat's, is no longer part of the program or enrolled at the school. The 6-6 versatile wing was attracting college coaches by the waves, with Ohio State, Purdue and Illinois among the many showing the most interest. Ohio State, in fact, was just in the gym watching Williams this past Monday.

St. Patrick was expected to be one of the favorites in the East Suburban Catholic Conference this season. St. Pat's returned the backcourt combination of Tim Traversa and Bryant Smith, along with rising sophomores Williams and 6-5 Kourtney Darby.

The next step for Williams remains up in the air, along with his eligibility for this upcoming season after moving schools as details about his departure from St. Pat's needs to be cleared up. The West Side native could perhaps land in the Chicago Public League, where both Crane and Foreman have been mentioned.

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If he does end up in a CPS school,...Typical CPS. No standards, no rules... steal whatever players needed to win in sports and forget about integrity, loyalty, class...I could keep going on. I hope St Pats denies any transfer to CPS.

When will the IHSA grow some marbles and create/enforce transfer rules. Simply put... transfer for ANY reason... sit out THAT SPORT for a year.

Slow down Phil. My understanding is that the kid got himself in some trouble and they want him out. This has nothing to do with basketball at all. Now, if he is a resident of Chicago, he will likely attend a public school. St. Pat's cannot challenge anything here.

If you leave a private school you are always able to attend a public school. It's your right!

Before you get all upset. The leaving is mutual.

Stop bashing the CPS everytime someone mentions a transfer, before you even know where that person goes.

Pairing up with Crandall Head at Crane could make the beginnings of quite a team.

Williams & Crandall Head could make some noise at Crane.


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