By Joe Henricksen
There was a reason Glenbard East was ranked 13th in the City/Suburban Hoops Report's preseason rankings. And after Saturday night's big -- and convincing -- win over Neuqua Valley, the little-known program in Lombard has opened everyone's eyes.
Last week it was Foreman who took a huge step with a run through the CPS Holiday Classic, which included a monumental win over Simeon in the title game. In the title game of the Elgin Holiday Tournament, it was Glenbard East's turn. The Rams were very impressive, led by the play of junior guard Zach Miller, who lit it up from outside and provided pinpoint passing for easy baskets. Miller finished with 26 points and 8 assists, including four three-pointers and 14 points in the third quarter when Glenbard East broke the game open en route to an 81-63 win.
Glenbard East, which improved to 11-1 on the season, has the guard play in Miller, emerging 6-3 junior Johnny Hill and senior Jack Merrithey to be a major factor now and in March. Throw in 6-6 Lee Skinner and much-needed role players and the favorites in the DuPage Valley Conference will most likely make it 20-plus wins for the fourth time in the last five years. Hill is on the verge of becoming a household name on the recruiting radar as he's a legitimate mid-major prospect who others are warming up to.
Maybe even more important than claiming the Elgin Holiday Tournament is the fact Glenbard East is now in the driver's seat to claim the No. 1 seed in the Neuqua Valley Sectional, where Glenbard East and Neuqua Valley will most likely be the top two seeds.