Illinois Next-Level Preps: Men’s Roundup 12.13.2020
On Sunday 40 men’s basketball players who played at Illinois high schools saw Division I action. Eleven players scored in double digits, with some notable performances below.
You can also view all Division I men from Illinois and Division I women from Illinois.
Geneva’s Love Makes History
Loudon Love had a monster game in Wright State’s 85-67 win over Bowling Green: 16 points and 16 rebounds. But one of those boards meant a little more than the others — Love is now the leading rebounder in school history.
Love was one of three Illinois players to come up big against the preseason MAC favorites.
- Champaign Central’s Tim Finke scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds
- Saint Viator’s Trey Calvin had 5 points and 2 assists
Verge’s Dime Leads to Game-Winner
Arizona State narrowly edged Grand Canyon 71-70. Former Thornton and Willowbrook star Alonzo Verge — known for his scoring — was on the giving end of the game-winner, zipping a beautiful one-handed baseline pass.
Three defenders are drawn to Verge because of his scoring ability, and he makes a fantastic read. This is a great play from a guy with NBA aspirations.
Jacobs Grad Gaining National Attention?
Cameron Krutwig had another big game for Loyola, scoring 22 points in a 77-67 win over UIC. The 6-9 center from Algonquin is averaging 17.3 points and 5.3 rebounds, shooting 66.7 percent from the field.
I don’t have access to the list, but he’s apparently faring quite well in analytical models:
Loyola had a number of strong performances from in-state players:
- Marquise Kennedy (Brother Rice/Crete-Monee): 16 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists
- Lucas Williamson (Whitney Young): 10 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists
- Tom Welch (Naperville North): 5 points, 4 rebounds
Niles North Alumni Impresses in Debut
Damaria Franklin led Tennessee Tech in scoring as a junior, but he hadn’t played yet this season after undergoing COVID-19 protocols.
He picked right up where he left off.
The Niles North graduate had 21 points, four rebounds and two assists in a 73-67 loss to Jacksonville State.
All Performances by Men from Illinois High Schools (12.13.2020)
|Daniel Filippone||Antioch||Northern Illinois||L: 53-106 (Iowa)||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Dante Maddox Jr.||Bloom||Cal State-Fullerton||W: 94-70 (SDC)||19||7||2||2||0||1|
|Donovan Newby||Bloom||UW-Milwaukee||W: 71-63 (WMU)||16||2||1||2||0||1|
|Joseph Yesufu||Bolingbrook||Drake||W: 81-53 (AF)||23||11||0||3||0||1|
|Kaleb Thornton||Bolingbrook / Nazareth||Northern Illinois||L: 53-106 (Iowa)||29||6||2||3||0||1|
|Marquise Kennedy||Brother Rice / Crete-Monee||Loyola||W: 77-67 (UIC)||21||16||2||2||0||2|
|Darius Beane||Carbondale||Northern Illinois||L: 53-106 (Iowa)||28||5||6||1||0||1|
|Tim Finke||Champaign Central||Wright State||W: 85-67 (BGSU)||34||10||6||0||1||1|
|Jimmy Sotos||Conant||Ohio State||W: 67-61 (CSU)||14||3||1||1||0||1|
|Maurice Commander||Curie / Marist||UIC||L: 67-77 (Loyola)||32||5||2||3||0||0|
|Mike Smith||Fenwick||Michigan||W: 62-58 (PSU)||31||8||4||3||0||0|
|Nicolas Hobbs||Fenwick||Iowa||W: 106-53 (NIU)||1||0||0||0||0||1|
|Loudon Love||Geneva||Wright State||W: 85-67 (BGSU)||27||16||16||2||4||1|
|Jack Hoiberg||Hinsdale Central||Michigan State||W: 109-91 (Oakland)||5||2||1||1||0||0|
|Zion Griffin||Hinsdale South||UIC||L: 67-77 (Loyola)||38||10||4||2||1||0|
|Cameron Krutwig||Jacobs||Loyola||W: 77-67 (UIC)||32||22||4||2||1||1|
|Teyvion Kirk||Joliet West||UIC||L: 67-77 (Loyola)||24||17||1||5||0||0|
|Bryson Langdon||Kenwood||Northern Kentucky||L: 73-92 (KENT)||24||2||1||5||0||1|
|Dane Quest||Lake Forest||Tennessee Tech||L: 67-73 (JSU)||20||2||1||0||0||1|
|Nate Ferguson||Lemont||Drake||W: 81-53 (AF)||17||3||2||1||0||0|
|Grant Coleman||Mahomet-Seymour||UW-Milwaukee||W: 71-63 (WMU)||15||2||2||1||1||0|
|Ahron Ulis||Marian Catholic||Iowa||W: 106-53 (NIU)||14||4||0||2||0||0|
|Malik Hall||Matea Valley||Michigan State||W: 109-91 (Oakland)||16||10||6||1||0||0|
|Chris Conway||Naperville Central||Oakland||L: 91-109 (MSU)||6||0||1||1||1||0|
|Tom Welch||Naperville North||Loyola||W: 77-67 (UIC)||8||5||4||0||0||0|
|Damaria Franklin||Niles North||Tennessee Tech||L: 67-73 (JSU)||31||21||4||2||1||2|
|Carlos Hines||North Lawndale||Northern Kentucky||L: 73-92 (KENT)||15||2||2||1||0||1|
|Tujautae Williams||Orr||Tennessee Tech||L: 67-73 (JSU)||18||2||6||0||0||1|
|RayJ Dennis||Oswego East||Boise State||W: 70-59 (Weber)||31||12||2||4||0||4|
|Trey Calvin||Saint Viator||Wright State||W: 85-67 (BGSU)||25||5||1||2||0||0|
|Jeremiah Hernandez||Saint Viator||Kent State||W: 92-73 (NK)||6||0||0||0||0||1|
|Josh Thomas||Simeon||UW-Milwaukee||W: 71-63 (WMU)||34||7||5||0||0||1|
|Zion Young||Simeon||Oakland||L: 91-109 (MSU)||8||0||0||0||0||0|
|Keenon Cole||Streamwood||Northern Illinois||L: 53-106 (Iowa)||12||3||3||0||0||0|
|Alonzo Verge Jr.||Thornton / Proviso West||Arizona State||W: 71-70 (GC)||26||9||2||2||0||3|
|Chris Johnson||Thornton Fractional North||Northern Illinois||L: 53-106 (Iowa)||4||0||2||0||0||0|
|Detalian Brown||Uplift||North Alabama||L: 52-87 (Indiana)||29||8||4||5||0||3|
|Rafael Cruz Jr.||Von Steuben||Western Michigan||L: 63-71 (UWM)||32||8||6||1||0||1|
|Lucas Williamson||Whitney Young||Loyola||W: 77-67 (UIC)||31||10||8||2||0||1|
|Craig Beaudoin||Whitney Young||Cleveland State||L: 61-67 (OSU)||33||2||1||4||0||1|
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