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 FilipponeAntiochNorthern IllinoisL: 53-106 (Iowa)100000
Dante Maddox Jr.BloomCal State-FullertonW: 94-70 (SDC)1972201
Donovan NewbyBloomUW-MilwaukeeW: 71-63 (WMU)1621201
Joseph YesufuBolingbrookDrakeW: 81-53 (AF)23110301
Kaleb ThorntonBolingbrook / NazarethNorthern IllinoisL: 53-106 (Iowa)2962301
Marquise KennedyBrother Rice / Crete-MoneeLoyolaW: 77-67 (UIC)21162202
Darius BeaneCarbondaleNorthern IllinoisL: 53-106 (Iowa)2856101
Tim FinkeChampaign CentralWright StateW: 85-67 (BGSU)34106011
Jimmy SotosConantOhio StateW: 67-61 (CSU)1431101
Maurice CommanderCurie / MaristUICL: 67-77 (Loyola)3252300
Mike SmithFenwickMichiganW: 62-58 (PSU)3184300
Nicolas HobbsFenwickIowaW: 106-53 (NIU)100001
Loudon LoveGenevaWright StateW: 85-67 (BGSU)271616241
Jack HoibergHinsdale CentralMichigan StateW: 109-91 (Oakland)521100
Zion GriffinHinsdale SouthUICL: 67-77 (Loyola)38104210
Cameron KrutwigJacobsLoyolaW: 77-67 (UIC)32224211
Teyvion KirkJoliet WestUICL: 67-77 (Loyola)24171500
Bryson LangdonKenwoodNorthern KentuckyL: 73-92 (KENT)2421501
Dane QuestLake ForestTennessee TechL: 67-73 (JSU)2021001
Nate FergusonLemontDrakeW: 81-53 (AF)1732100
Grant ColemanMahomet-SeymourUW-MilwaukeeW: 71-63 (WMU)1522110
Ahron UlisMarian CatholicIowaW: 106-53 (NIU)1440200
Malik HallMatea ValleyMichigan StateW: 109-91 (Oakland)16106100
Chris ConwayNaperville CentralOaklandL: 91-109 (MSU)601110
Tom WelchNaperville NorthLoyolaW: 77-67 (UIC)854000
Damaria FranklinNiles NorthTennessee TechL: 67-73 (JSU)31214212
Carlos HinesNorth LawndaleNorthern KentuckyL: 73-92 (KENT)1522101
Tujautae WilliamsOrrTennessee TechL: 67-73 (JSU)1826001
RayJ DennisOswego EastBoise StateW: 70-59 (Weber)31122404
Trey CalvinSaint ViatorWright StateW: 85-67 (BGSU)2551200
Jeremiah HernandezSaint ViatorKent StateW: 92-73 (NK)600001
Josh ThomasSimeonUW-MilwaukeeW: 71-63 (WMU)3475001
Zion YoungSimeonOaklandL: 91-109 (MSU)800000
Keenon ColeStreamwoodNorthern IllinoisL: 53-106 (Iowa)1233000
Alonzo Verge Jr.Thornton / Proviso WestArizona StateW: 71-70 (GC)2692203
Chris JohnsonThornton Fractional NorthNorthern IllinoisL: 53-106 (Iowa)402000
Detalian BrownUpliftNorth AlabamaL: 52-87 (Indiana)2984503
Rafael Cruz Jr.Von SteubenWestern MichiganL: 63-71 (UWM)3286101
Lucas WilliamsonWhitney YoungLoyolaW: 77-67 (UIC)31108201
Craig BeaudoinWhitney YoungCleveland StateL: 61-67 (OSU)3321401

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