By Michael O'Brien

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-According to Scout.com, former Washington star Michael Haynes has surfaced at Fenger. Former Julian coach Loren Jackson has landed at Fenger and is already bringing in talent. Fenger looked very good at the Eisenhower shootout a few months ago and the addition of Haynes, provided the Public League approves the transfer, would likely land Fenger in the preseason Super 25.

Steve Tucker spoke with Jackson, who is currently working on his doctorate, earlier today.

"I am the coach and I'm working at Fenger," Jackson said. "Michael Haynes is here. There were some situations that went on at Washington and his dad did not feel that Washington was a safe environment for him."

Haynes, a 6-6 senior, told Scout he has offers from Marquette and Iowa State and interest from DePaul and Bradley. He was originally considered the top player in the 2009 class. Haynes is a fabulous athlete but his game didn't mature much during his first three seasons. He should make great strides under Jackson's tutelage.

-Young guard Chris Colvin has named USC as his leader, according to Jerry Meyer at Rivals.com. Colvin will visit USC on Sept. 19. He has offers from Florida State, Baylor, Illinois, Kentucky, Providence and Marquette.

-According to Scout.com, Marshall guard Darius Smith will visit Minnesota this weekend. Smith also has offers from DePaul, Marquette, Bradley, Loyola, Iowa State and Oregon State.

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PEOPLE MAY NOT LIKE LOREN JACKSON, BUT HE CAN COACH!
I'LL NEVER FORGET THE GAME WHEN JULIAN PLAYED CRANE!
DOCKERY SCORED 50 AND WILL BYNUM SCORED 35!
CRANE WON THE GAME AND ADVANCED TO THE FINAL FOUR OF
THE CHICAGO PUBLIC LEAGUE!
PEOPLE FORGET THIS IS THE MAN THAT IS LEGALLY BLIND!
I SAW THE TELEVISION SPECIAL ON HIM SEVERAL YEARS AGO!
HE LOVES THE GAME, HE GETS THE BEST OUT OF HIS PLAYERS!

Darious Smith is better than people think

I played for former George Washington High coach Ken Crump from 1995-1998, and I can truely say that Washington made a big mistake by letting him get away. Mr. Crump took boys basketball from a laughing stock in the public league to a place where kids wanted to come and play for him. He cared for his players, and wanted them to have success on and off the court. WE ALL LOVE YOU MR. CRUMP AND WISH YOU THE BEST. Thank you for helping me be a better man.

Loren Jackson is cheater period. How could the IHSA and CPS let guy who played grown men on a highschool team. And then took off runing when Marty Hickman was about to get him for his wrong doing. This uses kids for personal gain. Ask him about the Boys to Men school. He sells kids dreams. How can Hayes play with no grades. That's the only reason why he left Washington because he was rule out. So you telling me he is a over night sucess in class room. This guy is everything highschool basketball does not need! What a joke CPS Sports for letting this guy use kids with no hope in making it the right way. We all know education is the best game in town not just highschool basketball.

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