Category Archives: Recruiting

Illinois Girls Navigate Unconventional Recruiting Cycle During Pandemic

Left: Glenbard East’s Lauren Huber in a game against East Aurora [Photo: Michael Stranski]. Center: Emma Rush of Vienna [provided photo]. Right: Trinity’s Savanna Childress races to the bucket [Photo: Debra Prochaska].

Glenbard East senior Huber has made college visits. She’s gone on trips to D-III schools. She’s spoken with college coaches at the Division I level. But like many players dealing with the impact of a season of frozen eligibility at the college level, Huber is still navigating the recruitment process.

“It is very important to me to find a place where I can thrive on the court in various roles,” Huber said. “Being a part of a team with competitive and talented athletes that I can contribute to and be proud of is one of the key things I am looking for in a university.” 

A three-sport athlete at Glenbard East — she was on the state second-place 4×800 relay team for the Rams’ track and field team in 2018 — Huber came to realize that basketball was her passion when she started as a sophomore.

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St. Rita Underclassmen Loaded with Talent: “I’m Going to Push Them”

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If they didn’t know already, anyone who follows Chicago-area basketball Twitter found out on Wednesday, September 2, how much young talent the St. Rita boys basketball team has.

Over the span of a few hours, four of the Mustangs’ 2024 class — players who have yet to play a game in a high school uniform — and one 2023 player all received college offers:

  • Northern Illinois and Siena offered 2024 forward Morez Johnson, Jr.
  • Northern Illinois offered 2024 center James Brown
  • Northern Illinois offered 2024 wing Joshua Pickett
  • Northern Illinois offered 2024 point guard Jaedin Reyna
  • Siena offered 2023 combo guard Kaiden Space

It was the first offer for four of the five, with Brown already holding offers from Siena, Western Illinois and Howard.

The infusion of young talent aligns with Roshawn Russell, who enters his second season as St. Rita’s head coach, taking over the program. Finishing with a 21-11 record overall in year one gave faith to prospective players about the direction of the program, Russell believes.

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