By Michael O'Brien

November 2012 Archives

Morgan Park's Kyle Davis is eligible

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According to Morgan Park coach Nick Irvin, guard Kyle Davis is eligible to play in the Mustang's first game tomorrow against Southland Prep.

Davis transferred from Hyde Park to Morgan Park at the end of last season.

Irvin expects word soon on the eligibility of guard Markee Williams. He said he expects to be at full strength for Morgan Park's game against Notre Dame on Sunday.

Williams played his first two seasons at Morgan Park. He transferred to Crane last year and sat out the season. He returned to Morgan Park last spring.

McGinnis Jump Ball Showcase lineup announced

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Tilden coach Cyrus McGinnis has announced the lineup for his shootout Dec. 2 at Notre Dame:

Morgan Park vs. Notre Dame, 7 pm
Curie vs. Benet, 5 pm
Bogan vs. TF North, 3 pm
Julian vs. New Trier, 1 pm

Should be four good games, with four ranked teams (Morgan Park, Notre Dame, Curie, Bogan) and three teams that were nearly ranked (TF North, New Trier, Benet).

The Team Rose Classic schedule is also out, all games are at the Kroc Center, 1250 W. 119th St. in Chicago.

Dec. 8
Von Steuben vs. Riverside-Brookfield, 1 pm
Morton vs. Leo, 2:30 pm
Crane vs. Notre Dame, 4 pm
Farragut vs. Chatham-Glenwood, 5:30 pm

Dec. 9
DuSable vs. Westinghouse, noon
St. Rita vs. Hyde Park, 1:30 pm
Providence St. Mel vs. North Chicago, 3 pm
TF North vs. Marshall, 4:30 pm
H-F vs. Curie, 6 pm

Jabari Parker isn't worried about being No. 2

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Since Andrew Wiggins reclassified as a 2013 recruit, most of the national recruiting sites have dropped Simeon senior Jabari Parker from the top spot in the class.

Monday at Simeon Media Day, Parker left very little doubt about just how much that bothered him.

"It's unimportant to me," Parker said. "I know what I need to do to get better and that's what is most important to me. I know my dad got a little upset. At the end of the day I'm going to be in college and they aren't really going to be ranking people. They are just going to focus on who wins the national championship and being an NBA prospect."

Parker has an MRI scheduled for Nov. 19. He thinks he will be ready for Simeon's season opener on Dec. 1 and so does Simeon coach Robert Smith.

"I think Jabari will be ready to go right away, his basketball ability and IQ is so high," Smith said. "The biggest thing will be getting him in shape. We will look at it and see where he is at physically. He's not in good shape, as you can see. But we will see what we can do. I told him if he is just out there for his presence, it is huge for us."

Smith thinks Kendrick Nunn is ready to step up and lead the Wolverines if Parker needs longer to get back.

"Kendrick is definitely ready to step up," Smith said. "He will take the 12 shots that Jabari would have been taken, I can guarantee you that. I think the guys are already prepared to play without him. They have been in open gym and now the first week of practice. I really think he'll be ready for the first game."

Short and sweet: The Twitter previews

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I'm tweeting short previews for every team that sends back their preseason questionnaire. We're at 35 right now. Follow @michaelsobrien to get the updates as they go out. Coaches, send roster, schedule and any other info to

ADDISON TRAIL: Program growing. JR James Pupillo is back from injury (13.1 ppg as soph). Should go 10-12 deep. Watch for soph Taylor White.

BARRINGTON: Young and inexperienced, other than stalwart guard Brad Zaumseil, who has an offer from UC-Davis.

BENET: 6-9 Sean O'Mara and 6-5 Pat McInerney are elite talents. The guards will be the question marks. Lots of good teams in the ESCC.

BLOOM: Johnny Griffin, Dejahown Freeman, Jataryan Dejareaux and 8 more back from 4th place state finisher. 6-4 JR Jared Johnson can score.

BOGAN: Loaded,much taller this year. Juwan Henry is solid, super soph LuWane Pipkins exciting. 6-6 Mysirell Green,6-7 Dontrell Whitaker bigs

Morgan Park coach Nick Irvin expects his two high-profile transfers to be cleared to play.

Kyle Davis, a Dayton recruit, transferred from Hyde Park at the end of last basketball season. Williams, who played at Morgan Park as a freshman and sophomore, sat out last season at Crane.

Irvin said that Hyde Park and Crane signed off on the transfers. DePaul commit Billy Garrett Jr. will team with Davis and Williams in what could be the state's top backcourt.

Irvin is very high on two of his freshman, guard Charlie Moore and 6-7 Alonzo Chatman--both will play on the varsity.

Josh Cunningham, a 6-7 forward that showed flashes of brilliance last season, has taken a few steps forward according to Irvin.

"He's the third best junior in the state I think," Irvin said. "Right behind [Jahlil] Okafor and Cliff [Alexander].

Morgan Park is tentatively scheduled to open the season Dec. 2 against New Trier in a shootout at Notre Dame.

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