By Michael O'Brien

The New Guy

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Everyone is raving about Simeon junior Keyon Smith, but is he ready to join Derrick Rose in the backcout of the defending state champs?

Simeon coach Robert Smith was all smiles at the University of Illinois team camp this summer. Two players that didn't see much action for the Wolverines last season, guard Keyon Smith and forward Kevin Johnson, were surpassing his expectations.

Johnson was on the varsity last season. The 6-6 senior cemented himself as a Division 1 prospect with his play at ABCD Camp.

Keyon Smith, who played with Simeon's sophomore team last season, is a complete unknown to most area basketball fans. He won't be for long. According to Robert Smith, the 6-0 junior is the front runner to join All-American Derrick Rose in Simeon's starting backcourt.

"He's like Dexter Williams was last season," Robert Smith said. "He's our best defensive player, our lockdown guy. But Keyon has plenty of offensive skills as well.

Roy and Harv Schmidt of Illinois Prep Bulls-Report were very impressed with Keyon Smith's play at Larry Butler's Spolite Shootout last month.

"Smith is vastly unheralded and personifies most everything that you would want out of a point guard," said Roy Schmidt. "He plays hard at both ends of the court and was the best defender that we saw at the Spotlite Shootout. Not only that, but Smith also does a superb job of pushing the ball up the floor and is as unselfish as they come. Although he doesn't have a knack for scoring, he will keep defenses honest if left alone. All in all, Smith could prove to be the missing link for a Simeon team that we feel has the chance to go down as one of the best in the history of Illinois high school basketball."

Check out the rest of Illinois Prep Bulls Eye's coverage of the Illinois Spotlite Shootout

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