By Joe Henricksen
The City/Suburban Hoops Report broke down the top 25 prospects in the Class of 2011 in a previous blog. To check out the profiles on those players go to the May 3rd blog. For a quick refresher, here is a recap of the Top 25 (with a few changes made since that May 3rd blog) and then a look at the next 25 in the talented sophomore class.
1. Tracy Abrams, 6-0, PG, Chicago (Mt. Carmel)
2. Wayne Blackshear, 6-4, WF, Chicago (Morgan Park)
3. Sam Thompson, 6-5, WF, Chicago (Whitney Young)
4. Mike Shaw, 6-8, PF/WF, Chicago (De La Salle)
5. Dre Henley, 6-6, WF, Chicago (De La Salle)
6. Chasson Randle, 6-2, PG/2G, Rock Island
7. Ryan Boatright, 5-11, PG, Aurora (East)
8. Nnana Egwu, 6-9, C, Chicago (St. Ignatius)
9. George Marshall, 6-0, PG, Chicago (Brooks)
10. James Siakam, 6-6, PF, Carbondale (Brehm Prep)
11. Donivine Stewart, 5-11, PG, Bartonville (Limestone)
12. Jacob Williams, 6-5, WF, Chicago (St. Patrick)
13. Mycheal Henry, 6-5, WF/PF, Chicago (Orr)
14. Phillip Greene, 6-2, PG/2G, Chicago (Fenger)
15. Jay Parker, 5-8, PG, Harvey (Thornton)
16. Hayden Hoerdemann, 6-1, 2G, Bloomington (Central Catholic)
17. Macari Brooks, 6-2, 2G/WF, Richton Park (Rich South)
18. Jamie Crockett, 6-3, WF, Crete-Monee
19. Andrew Jordan, 6-5, WF, Peoria (Notre Dame)
20. Tywon Pinckney, 5-10, PG, Chicago (Simeon)
21. DeShawn Greer, 6-5, WF, Chicago (Simeon)
22. Devon Hodges, 6-7, PF, Romeoville
23. Julius Brown, 5-8, PG, Country Club Hills (Hillcrest)
24. Keith Gray, 6-6, PF, Chicago (Brooks)
25. D.J. Tolliver, 6-3, 2G, Chicago (Farragut)
26. Aaron Armstead, 6-3, 2G, Chicago (Hales Franciscan) ... The glimpses he shows are impressive, but he lacks consistency.
27. Will Sullivan, 6-2, 2G, Elmhurst (York) ... Solid, strong off-the-ball player who still needs to improve skill level and gain consistency with his jumper.
28. Max Bielfeldt, 6-7, PF, Peoria (Notre Dame) ... Has the heart and hustle every coach looks for in a player. He earns everything he gets and takes pride in rebounding. His big, thick, wide body is great for banging and for screens. He is not very quick and lacks athleticism to play at a high level.
29. Adonis Filer, 6-1, 2G, Chicago (Mt. Carmel) ... Has the body, strength, quickness and athleticism to play at the highest level. Now his overall skills (shooting, ballhandling) need to catch up.
30. Jordan Nelson, 5-10, PG/2G, Lincoln ... He has a picture-perfect shot and release and can get his shot off with little daylight between he and his defender. Although he's not a physical marvel by any means, he just might be the best shooter in Illinois. Will have to show he can play the point at the next level or get stronger and add weight to play off the ball.
31. Abdul Nader, 6-5, WF, PF, Park Ridge (Maine East) ... Hoops Report loves the upside of this versatile, athletic player whose skill level is getting better and better.
32. Garrett Jones, 5-10, PG, Evanston ... A point guard who is strong with the ball and a little bull in the open court.
33. Derrick Marks, 6-2, 2G, Plainfield (Central) ... A strong, powerful perimeter player. Offensively he excels with his pull-up jumper from mid-range or getting to the basket with his strength.
34. Kyle Anderson, 6-2, 2G, Newark ... A sleeper no one knows anything about but is a mix between a slasher, shooter and scorer. A good athlete who can put the ball in the hole. Level of competition, being tested regularly could hurt him in the long run.
35. David Sobolewski, 6-1, PG, Lisle (Benet Academy) ... A point guard with a solid feel for the game, keeps it simple and who can really shoot the basketball. Will he be able to defend players with great quickness?
36. Johnny Hill, 6-2, 2G/WF, Lombard (Glenbard East) ... Still just a baby but with talent ready to bloom. Here is a name you will be hearing about in the coming 12 months.
37. Roosevelt Jones, 6-3, WF/PF, O'Fallon ... Still a question mark as to just what position he translates to at the next level. But he's tough, physical, rebounds and finishes.
38. Kevin Gray, 6-6, PF, Chicago (Brooks) ... Like his brother needs to gain experience, toughen up, gain weight and add strength. But his length and potential are intriguing.
39. Mike Lang, 6-7, PF, Wilmette (Loyola Academy) ... Has had a terrific spring with the Illinois Wolves, with his touch, skill and versatility for a 4-man opening eyes.
40. Luke Hager, 6-6, WF, Chicago (Whitney Young) ... Will get an opportunity this winter to showcase his versatility.
41. Jake Junis, 6-3, 2G, Rock Falls ... An absolutely terrific shooter from the perimeter, one of the best in the state, and with deep range. You can't leave him alone. Still must be able to show he can get it done off the dribble.
42. Sondale Connor, 6-4, WF, Chicago (Simeon) ... A terrific athlete who hasn't played a lot in the last six months after sitting out after his transfer to Simeon. Skills are still very raw.
43. Kourtney Darby, 6-4, PF, Chicago (St. Patrick) ... Need to watch him a lot to fully appreciate all that he brings to the table, including rebounding, nose for the ball, toughness and a high motor. The intangibles he has make up for his limitations.
44. Montrell Hallom, 6-5, PF/WF, Chicago (Crane) ... Still learning how to play but is long, athletic, runs the floor and has an upside despite being very raw.
45. Tyrone Staggers, 6-3, WF, Chicago (St. Ignatius) ... Quick, athletic leaper who is still figuring out just what position he will play.
46. Ryan Jackson, 6-0, PG, Riverside-Brookfield ... Productive prospect who isn't flashy but just gets things done.
47. Mark Gilchrese, 5-8, PG, Springfield ... He combines speed, quickness, strength and ballhandling to form a solid point guard prospect. His lack of height and subpar length are a concern.
48. Mike Turner, 6-7, PF, Chicago (University) ... A prospect of intrigue due to his size and skill. But he's still so physicall weak and is a long way from being a factor around the basket.
49. Aaron Johnson, 5-10, PG/2G, Waukegan ... A little overlooked playing with Jereme Richmond and Colin Nickerson last season, but he has big-time scoring ability. Possesses a mid-range game and is fearless in attacking the basket.
50. Jens Kennedy, 6-7, PF, Dwight ... Skilled, face-up 4-man who lacks the ideal athleticism you would like.