By Michael O'Brien

The Small Forwards

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Our look at the upcoming season continues. Today we take a look at the area's top wing players.

THE ELITE

Evan Turner, 6-5, Sr, St. Joseph: One of the best wing players in the country.

Mike Stovall, 6-5, Sr, Marshall: An amazing athlete. In the long run, could be a better player than Patrick Beverley.

DeAndre Liggins, 6-6, Jr, Washington: Not a stats guy. Liggins does a little bit of everything. Sort of a more raw version of Julian Wright.

Matt Humphrey, 6-5, Jr, Hales: Humphrey, Hare and Fruendt should battle all season for top junior honors. Of the three, Humphrey has the most college potential. He's long, can shoot the three and will probably be a guard at the next level. He is a gym rat. Whenever Hales isn't playing, you can usually find him checking out the best SICA game of the night.

Ryan Hare, 6-4, Jr, Marshall: A warrior. Great rebounder, has a nice mid-range jumper. If he can expand his shooting range he'll be unstoppable.


THE UP AND COMING

Kellen Thornton, 6-7, Sr, Hillcrest: Very underrated. Has a very smooth shooting touch, needs to toughen up a bit.

Supo Sanni, 6-4, Jr, H-F: Incredibly active, great rebounder. Hasn't found a consistent way to score yet.

Chris Parrish, 6-3, Jr, R-B: Can also play both guard positions, strong and capable.

Tyler Thompson, 6-4, Jr, West Aurora: Big threat from three, needs to expand his game this season.

Michael Haynes, 6-5, So, Washington: Will he be able to play this season? Last year, the Public League wouldn't allow anyone Inter-Public League transfers to play.


THE SLEEPERS

Mike Capocci, 6-5, Sr, Glenbard East: Has the talent to post a breakout season.

Parish West, 6-4, Sr, Morgan Park: Had a great summer. Needs to play a leadership role for a Morgan Park team that severley underachieved last season.

Rob Belcore, 6-5, Jr, Loyola: Very good shooter, will play a key role on one of the area's best teams.

Darius Fields, 6-4, Sr, Von Steuben: Erratic. Fields can be great, but then disappear for long stretches.

Denardo Eiland, 6-4, Sr, West Aurora: Huge potential, very raw. One of the area's better rebounders.


TWO TO WATCH

Luke Fabrizius, 6-8, Jr, Hersey: The scouts love him. Great shooter for his size. Hasn't made a big impact on the high school scene yet, but that could change this season.

Peter Boehm, 6-6, Jr, New Trier: Multi-faceted offensive game. Can shoot the three and attack the basket. It will be interesting to see if he can translate his summer success into a big season.

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How come Eric Burgin For John Hope isn't on this list he's a great player

why arent Dion Dixon, Jeremy Mccray, and Nick Fruendt on the list?

Do you ever go out to the southwest suburbs to fine quality athletes?

Coach Weber should be licking his chops right about now, we still have some of the best basketball players in the country, as we do every year. DeAndre Liggins, Ryan Hare(whom will be highly recruited by out of state schools) are guy's weber already i'm sure has on his radar. dose anyone remember the state tourny last year? Ryan Hare came into his own!! By the way coach should have offered Patrick Beverly a scholarship. would have fit perfectly with the guard oriented offense that coach Weber runs.

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