By Michael O'Brien

The Shooting Guards

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The basketball season begins one month from today. Here is a look at the area's best two guards.

THE ELITE

Nick Fruendt, 6-5, Jr, Batavia: The best two guard in the state. This season he will be out to prove he's the best junior.

Darius Smith, 6-2, So, Marshall: Unbelievably poised as a freshman.

Trey Blue, 6-2, Sr, Thornwood: The most unjustly ignored player in the area, even after his gutsy performance in the state tournament last season.

Mustapha Farrakhan, 6-4, Sr, Thornton: Long, strong and athletic. His shooting blows very hot and very cold.

Ceola Clark, 6-2, Sr, Warren: Tremendous passing skills, scoring average should rise this season.


THE UP AND COMING

Marcus Jordan, 6-3, So, Loyola: Overpowered opponents at the soph level.

Chris Colvin, 6-2, So, Young: Showed flashes of greatness last season.

Larry Dumas, 6-3, Sr, Bloom: The toughest guard in the area. Plays hard at all times.

Jeremy Montgomery, 6-1, Jr, Lincoln Park: Excellent shooter, needs to be more aggressive.

Dion Dixon, 6-1, Jr, Crane: Silky smooth game. Needs to develop a consistent shot.


THE SLEEPERS

Antonio Topps, 6-2, Sr, Leo: Played fourth fiddle to Rose, Gordon and Flowers on Meanstreets Express. Expect him to put up some impressive numbers this year for Leo.

Justin Taylor, 6-2, Sr, Hillcrest: An amazing athlete. Showed a lot of progress last season. Started playing within the flow of the game.

Richie Walker, 6-1, Sr, Bogan: He is as good a scorer as anyone in the state. Lacking on defense.

Justin Hightower, 6-2, Sr, Proviso West: Played well over the summer. He'll get a chance to gain some attention over Christmas.

Reggie Shipp, 6-2, Sr, West Aurora: Understated game. He doesn't do anything great but does everything well.


TWO TO WATCH

John Moran, 6-1, Jr, Jacobs: Great from three, solid all-around game.

Brian Bradley, 6-4, Jr, Lockport: Opened eyes in the supersectional last year. Very active and athletic.

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James Devine 6 Foot 4 Guard Theodore Roosevelt Highschool averaged 28.6 points/8 assits/6 rebounds/ last season as a sophmore he's a Junior this year he's the younger cousin of Kansas guard Sherron Collins he 's also listed on rivials.com he is being heavily recruited by
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Also this summer James was invited to the Blue-Star Nike All-American game were he averaged 15 points against some of the nations best.He was named to the all-star game were he scored 13 points 9 assits and for steals.James holds Roosevelt single game scoring record with 41 points also assits record with 13 he should be listed in the Chicago Sun-times article.

Can you email me more info on this devine kid? Illinoishsbasketball23@yahoo.com

Moran, Colvin, and D.Smith are primarily PG's

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