By Michael O'Brien

A visit to Simeon and some notes...

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It was good to be back in a gym today. I checked out the first day of practice at Simeon. You can check out the story here.

The Wolverines have some experience with Jeremy Jones, Brandon Orange and Brandon Spearman, but the present and future of the squad will be determined by a very talented group of sophomores (DeShawn Greer, Tywon Pickney, Rashawn McElroy) and Rob Robinson, who was very hyped heading into high school and should start living up to that billing as a junior this year.

Steve Walker should provide some strength in the post. According to Simeon coach Robert Smith, Walker is no longer committed to Northern Illinois and his recruitment is wide-open.

Smith also named a long list of schools that had interest in Spearman: Iowa State, Baylor, Bradley, Kansas, Miami, Indiana State and Illinois State.

And he also mentioned a conversation he had with Illinois assistant coach Jerrance Howard about Spearman.

"I told him that none of the guards he has coming in can do what Spearman does," Smith said. "They've got a bunch of guys that can score, but you need someone to step up and guard. Spearman is the guy that can guard the other team's best player."

-I saw some reports today that Young guard Chris Colvin added Connecticut to his final list of five (now six I guess) and that he is going to announce his decision tomorrow (Wednesday). That's not what Chris' father told me yesterday (said it would be announced at a press conference on the 19th). I guess we will find out tomorrow.

-Word is that Jacob Williams, who left St. Patrick last month, is going to play at Bartlett this year. Bartlett opens the season against Waukegan, so that could be a very interesting game.

-Expect Marshall coach Courtney Hargrays and Morgan Park coach Mandel Oliver, who were both involved in the paddling controversy, to hold on to their jobs. Nothing has been decided yet, but that is what I'm hearing.

-Isn't it strange that the Public League singled out Young coach Tyrone Slaughter and Von Steuben coach Vince Carter for recruiting Crandall Head? I think it's fairly common knowledge that almost every powerhouse program in the city was recruiting Head. Why were they the only ones punished?

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THIS PROGRAM IS RANKED IN THE COUNTRY ONCE AGAIN ALONG
WITH WHITNEY YOUNG!
WHEN YOU HAVE A SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM, YOUR LOWER LEVELS
ARE COMPETITIVE, YOU GET TRANSFERS ON A YEARLY BASIS,
AND THE COACHING ISN'T BAD EITHER, AND THE YOUNGSTERS
ARE ON DISPLAY SO MUCH THAT MOST GET FULL RIDES TO
GREAT COLLEGES, SO I COMMEND SIMEON HIGH SCHOOL FOR ALL
THEY DO FOR HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL!
YOU EVEN MAY HAVE A PLAYER WHO WILL ONLY PLAY ONE YEAR
OF COLLEGE BALL AND BECOME THE FIRST PLAYER CHOSEN IN
THE NBA DRAFT! MY SON CALLS HIM YOUNG DRO!

Mandel Oliver was too young & too immature to be given that job. How does someone with almost no college education get that job? I'm surprised anybody at Young recommended him for that job seeing as he was an alum & they've known him since he was 14, but they wouldn't give cyrus McGinnis the job after George Stanton left. Point blank he wasn't ready. Now there are some other skeletons in his closet but I'm not gonna put him out there like that. Is he getting a raw deal from CPS, hell yeah probably because he's only 26. But right now he's incapable of being a Varsity leader, he has a great basketball mind, his magnetic personality makes him a great recruiter but you have to under what it is to be responsible & represent a prestidgeous cps sports school like Morgan Park. Young is hated on so much that why Slaughter got suspend every cps school hates them & is gunning for & it's been that way since 96-97 when "Q", Dennis Gates & Cordell Henry where there. Crandell isn't all that anyways, they've cost themselves a game against St. Benedict already.

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