By Roy & Harv Schmidt
The glut of high school basketball shootouts in the state of Illinois during December may be greater than the holiday shopping rush. There are three in particular that stand out--the Shootout At The Hall on December 13, the Loop Capital Markets Shootout on December 14 and the Windy City Showdown on December 20. They are all must-see events and should be among the highlights of the month.
The Shootout At The Hall, held at the University of Illinois' Assembly Hall, will have a definite Illini feel to it. Two of Illini head coach Bruce Weber's four recruits from the class of 2009 will be participating--6'3 guard Brandon Paul from Warren and 6'4 guard Joseph Bertrand from Sterling. Not only that, but all three Illini commits from the class of 2010 will be on hand--6'7 forward Jereme Richmond from Waukegan, 6'4 guard Crandall Head from Crane and 6'10 center Meyers Leonard from Robinson. We are particularly excited about the opportunity to watch Leonard, as it will be the first time that we will have seen him play.
The event will also feature a pair of talented prospects from the loaded class of 2011 who Weber has already offered scholarships to--6'5 forward Wayne Blackshear from Curie and 6'2 guard Chasson Randle from Rock Island. We would also be remiss if we didn't mention that our preseason #1 team in Illinois--North Lawndale--will also be among the participants. All in all, it should be a great day of basketball, especially if you are an Illini basketball fan.
Ticket prices for the Shootout At The Hall are $15 for an adult VIP, $10 for general admission and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at www.uofiassemblyhall.com or (217) 333-5000.
The Loop Capital Markets Shootout will be held at St. Xavier University in Chicago and will have a strong local flavor to it, as it will feature many of the top high school basketball programs in the Chicago Public League as well as the Chicago Catholic League, including Whitney Young (our preseason #2 team in Illinois), Simeon, Seton Academy, Curie, Marshall, Hyde Park, Leo and St. Ignatius. The event will be divided into two sessions, with the first session beginning at 9:30 A.M. and the second session starting at 5:30 P.M.
Ticket prices per session are $10 in advance and $13 at the door.
The Windy City Showdown will take place at Loyola University's Gentile Center and is absolutely loaded with not only some of the top high school basketball teams in Chicago but throughout the midwest as well. In fact, we think that it is the best shootout including out of state teams to hit Chicago since Hoops In The Loop. Both Detroit Country Day and Indianapolis Lawrence North are nationally ranked, while Bishop Leurs High School in Ft. Wayne, IN has one of the top underclass prospects in the nation in 6'6 class of 2010 forward and Ohio State commit DeShaun Thomas. Racine Horlick, meanwhile, has one of the top uncommitted prospects from the 2009 class in 6'6 Jamil Wilson.
Top local talent will include De LaSalle's 6'7 Mike Shaw, our #1 ranked prospect in Illinois from the class of 2011, as well as a pair of talented teammates in 6'5 class of 2011 wing Dre Henley and 5'11 Fairfield recruit Derek Needham, Blackshear, 5'10 class of 2011 point guard George Marshall from Brooks, 6'2 class of 2009 shooting guard Jeremy Jones (whose stock is rapidly on the rise) and 6'3 class of 2010 swing man Brandon Spearman, both from Simeon and 6'0 class of 2010 guard Wayne Simon from St. Joseph.
Tickets for the Windy City Showdown are $8 per session or $12 for a pass to all five games and can be purchased in advance at NY2LASports.com.
Below are the matchups for all three shootouts.
Shootout At The Hall--December 13
10:30 A.M. Stanford (Olympia) vs. Mahomet (Mahomet-Seymour)
12:15 P.M. Robinson (H.S.) vs. Decatur (St. Thomas More)
2:00 P.M. Peoria (Central) vs. Chicago (Crane)
3:45 P.M. Rock Island (H.S.) vs. Waukegan (H.S.)
5:30 P.M. Chicago (North Lawndale) vs. Peoria (Manual)
7:15 P.M. Gurnee (Warren Township) vs. Chicago (Curie)
9:00 P.M. Sterling (H.S.) vs. Champaign (Centennial)
Loop Capital Markets Shootout--December 14
9:30 A.M. Chicago (Von Steuben) vs. Chicago (St. Rita)
11:00 A.M. Chicago (Morgan Park) vs. Niles (Notre Dame)
12:30 P.M. Chicago (Curie) vs. Chicago (Hales Franciscan)
2:00 P.M. Chicago (Marshall) vs. Chicago (St. Ignatius)
5:30 P.M. Chicago (Hyde Park) vs. South Holland (Seton Academy)
7:00 P.M. Chicago (Whitney Young) vs. Akron (St. Vincent St. Mary) OH
8:30 P.M. Chicago (Simeon) vs. Chicago (Leo)
Windy City Showdown--December 20
1:00 P.M. Milwaukee (Madison) WI vs. Westchester (St. Joseph) IL
2:45 P.M. Racine (Horlick) WI vs. Chicago (Brooks) IL
4:30 P.M. Ft. Wayne (Bishop Luers) IN vs. Chicago (Curie) IL
6:45 P.M. Beverly Hills (Detroit Country Day) MI vs. Chicago
(De LaSalle) IL
8:30 P.M. Indianapolis (Lawrence North) IN vs. Chicago (Simeon) IL
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