The top-rated player at recruiting analyst Bill Flanagan's recent Flash's Fall Hoops Review at Illinois Wesleyan in Normal was 6-9 wing forward John Wilkins from Belgium. The son of former Hales Franciscan, Elgin, Illinois State and NBA player Jeff Wilkins, he has been living with his father in Gary, Ind., and is committed to Bradley.
But the biggest news is John's younger brother, 13-year-old Jonathan, is a 7-1 eighth grader living with his mother in Belgium. All agree he is a future star who may grow to 7-3. Kansas coach Bill Self already is making overtures and the San Antonio Spurs, having been tipped by Tony Parker, are tracking him.
Dyricus Simms-Edwards, Washington's 6-2 senior point guard, had narrowed his choice to Illinois State, Wichita State, Iowa or Southern Illinois. But Washington State and Kent State are making late sales pitches.
Rounding out the list of the top 10 players at Flanagan's event were:
Bobo Drummond, Peoria Central's 5-10 freshman point guard.
Chris Harrison, a 5-10 freshman point guard from Louisville, Ky., who has been offered by Bradley, Western Kentucky and Akron and is attracting interest from Illinois, Kentucky, Dayton and Xavier.
Flanagan said Harrison has more national exposure than Drummond but the Peoria youngster is every bit as good.
Seth Evans, a Seneca senior who is committed to Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Tremel Owens, Proviso West's 6-1 senior point guard.
Tylon Deal, Peoria Richwoods' 6-0 junior point guard and the leader of what is being described as the best Downstate team of the 2008-09 season.
Marvin Jordan, Peoria Manual's 6-0 junior point guard.
Karl Madison, Springfield Lanphier's 6-0 junior point guard who has been offered by Northwestern, Northern Iowa and Missouri State.
Dimitri Riggs, Bloomington's 6-3 senior.
Daniel Lopez, South Elgin's 6-9 senior who is committed to Sacramento State.
Meanwhile, Metamora's 6-9 Zeke Schneider has been offered by American University and Mercer and also is considering Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.
And Mahomet-Seymour's 6-10, 240-pound Nick Washburn has been offered by Hillsdale and Quincy and is considering Murray State and SIU-Edwardsville.