By Joe Henricksen

The next 25 in 2011...

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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.

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17 Comments

THE BEST ATHLETE IS MACARI BROOKS, HANDS DOWN, THIS YOUNG
MAN HAS THAT DAVID THOMPSON EXPLOSIVENESS TO HIS GAME!
WHEN HE PLAYS COLLEGE BALL, HE WILL EXPOSE ANOTHER
PLAYER'S LACK OF ATHLETICISM, MACARI BROOKS CAN TAKE
ANYONE OFF THE DRIBBLE TO THE CUP, HE IS A VERY DANGEROUS
PLAYER, HE HAS BIG TIME COLLEGE BASKETBALL WRITTEN ALL
OVER HIM!
HE WILL BE THE MAN FOR THE RICH SOUTH STARS THIS SEASON!
LOOK FOR THE STARS AND COACH SCOT RITTER TO DO WELL THIS
UPCOMING SEASON!
MARCARI BROOKS THE NEW KING OF THE SOUTH SUBURBS!

ARE YOU SICK JACOB WILLIAMS IS NO WHERE NEAR # 9 IN THE STATE HE'S HAS TO BE TOP 5 OR BETTER COME ON JOE WHAT IS YOU WATCHING..

Hi Joe, not sure if you've seen a kid by the name of Coral or Corral or?? play. Saw him play for a team (Tabba) at the Windy City Classic. Blocked a layup off near the top of the square! Only time I've seen him play at an event, same for his team, which I don't remember. I'm guessing 6'3". He played guard, not sure where he'd fall in your ratings, if anywhere at all, but seems worth a look if you haven't seen him. Seems like a player.

i believe that jamie crockett is too low for this ranking, he is a talented player who can change the game in a matter of seconds, he can dominate in the hole, and can dunk it on anyone in a second. he is probably one of the best in the area on the fast break, and can get the crowd going with an alley oop. he can also dominate behind the arc, and has amazing defense. if he can get stronger than he is now, and with more big game experience, he can be in the top 5 on this list.

with kentrell king, he can lead a team for an entire game, hes one of the most unselfish players in the area, and can dish the ball out better than anyone, he can read defenses really well, and can find any player open for a shot. he can also drive to the hole well, and can drop 3s too. he rarely misses on free throws. hes got room to grow, and if he has well spent time in the weight room, he cant be stopped.

Garrett Jones top 20.

KEEP SLEEPING ON ADONIS FILER, BUT THE COLLEGE COACHES ARE NOT.

ADONIS FILER IS A FOOTBALL PLAYER/BASKETBALL PLAYER THAT'S
WHY HE DOESN'T GET THE RECOGNITION FOR BASKETBALL, HIS
BROTHER IS EXPECTED TO PLAY AT NOTRE DAME THIS SEASON!
HE ISN'T GOING TO PLAY COLLEGE BASKETBALL, FOOTBALL YES,
THE FILER FAMILY IS TOP OF THE LINE!

The young man's name from Illinois team TABA 16's is Wes Koral. He played in our Kansas Jayhawk tourney and is a talented shooting guard.

L.J.

I KNOW ADONIS VERY WELL & I THINK HE'S LEANING MORE AND MORE TOWARDS BASKETBALL, JUST TO GET OUT OF HIS BROTHERS SHADOW.

Evanston's sophomore point guard Garrett Jones had a big game against Lincoln-Way East. He did whatever he wanted whenever he wanted, scoring a game-high 36 points. This was at the riverside brook tourneyment how is he not top 20.

I watched Wes play a couple of games in our tourney as I'd never heard of him. I've heard that Illinois has an excellent 2011 class. And if this young man isn't in the top 50 with his shooting, ball handling and leaping abilities, then Illinois must have a phenominal class of young men.

HAS KENTRELL KING DEVELOPED A JUMPSHOT, THE LAST TIME I
SAW HIM PLAY, THE SHOT LOOKED VERY AWKWARD, INQUIRING
MINDS WANT TO KNOW, I KNOW HE IS A GOOD POINT GUARD, BUT
CAN HE SHOOT?

Tyrone Staggers is 6-5 or 6-6 not 6-3. Although he knows the post, he should probably play the 2 or 3.

Illinois is sleeping on Letrell Viser. They call him Snoop. He has improved his game bigtime he is top 20

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