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Rudah Jenfro ‏@judah_renfro 
Well it's in the paper. I have decided to go to MacMurray next year and I will be playing basketball. I'm excited for next year


* Judah Renfro, 6-3 PF (Meridian H.S. - Macon, IL)

http://herald-review.com/high-school/arcola/preps-notes-cola-wars-making-a-comeback/article_281cff8e-439f-5b22-ad4b-6b1de3fe11be.html

http://www.hometeamsonline.com/teams/default.asp?u=SPORTSGUY&s=basketball&p=NewsStory&newsID=32512

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: April 06, 2016, 11:10:22 pm »
Jordan Easthon ‏@easthonj  Mar 26
I'm proud to say that I am excited to continue my education and basketball career at Carthage.



* Jordan Easthon, 6-3 PG/SG (Westosha Central H.S. - Salem, WI)

http://www.ncsasports.org/mens-basketball-recruiting/wi/salem/westosha-central-high-school/jordan-easthon

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: April 06, 2016, 11:02:50 pm »
Matt ‏@mattcapps300  Apr 3
Excited to say that I will be attending North Central College to pursue my education and basketball 🏀📚


* Matt Cappelletti, 6-5 SF (Romeoville H.S.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTLrl9Lo7zI


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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: April 06, 2016, 09:09:42 pm »
Andy McLaughlin ‏@AndyMCL34 
I'm excited to say that I will be continuing my basketball career at Augustana next year. Can't wait for everything🏀


* Andy McLaughlin, 6-7/240 C (Moline H.S.) - 18 ppg, 9 rpg

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: April 05, 2016, 07:49:23 am »
Moral of the story: Don't put too much stock in scouting-site rankings.

I say it around this time every year, and I'll say it again: The most accurate arbiter of a high-school player's college potential is what I call his Desirability Index, i.e., which (and how many) schools are recruiting him, what levels of college ball they represent (and whether or not there are scholarship offers involved), and how successful those programs have been in the recent past. It's not a perfect method of ascertaining a player's relative worth in terms of his college potential, as recruiting's not a science that lends itself to perfection -- case in point, to the best of my knowledge Juwan Henry didn't have anybody other than North Park pursuing him when he was a senior at Bogan -- but it's the best one we have. It's certainly better than scouting-site rankings like the Prep Hoops example to which you linked, which aren't nearly as comprehensively researched or thought-out as they appear (although they are, admittedly, better than nothing).

Generally, the scouting service rankings are compiled by factoring in the "Desirability Index."  The guys running the various services certainly see a ton of kids play, but their rankings end up being more based on the level of colleges pursuing the players than their evaluation of pure basketball skills observed.  What those services do well is talk to hundreds of players across the state at AAU, high school, all-star, and other games. The best services have a strong handle on which players are hearing from which schools -- and again, that becomes the biggest factor in their rankings.

When you look at a ranking of players in Illinois, generally the first 40 or so will be heading to D1, 40 to maybe 70 will have D2 or NAIA scholarships...and the kids pursued by primarily D3s end up at about 70 and below.  It doesn't perfectly end up that way, but I'd say for the most part it does.  And that is not because the evaluators' rankings align perfectly with the D1/D2/NAIA/D3 recruitment process...it's because they're using recruiting information to make the rankings.

The kid from LeRoy - Matt Chastain - is now ranked #20.  About 3 weeks ago he was ranked, I believe, lower than 100.  At the time the original ranking was done, Chastain was getting primarily recruited by D3 schools...had some D2s sniffing around.  Then he received a flood of D1 offers (15+ now) during the IHSA tournament...and all the sudden he is ranked #20.  The evaluations of the kid's game didn't change...the level of college pursuers did.  A good example of how the ranking process works.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: April 02, 2016, 08:39:58 am »
Can Bob, or anyone, put some more perspective into the Miles Curry to IWU commitment? For example, his highlight tape looks really good and Kenwood was a very good CPL team, but how does he compare in rankings out of HS to someone like Connor Raridon?

That's a tough one since I've never seen the kid play.  Just a few thoughts...

* In high school, Connor Raridon was considered to be a D1 prospect...D2 at the "lowest."  Looking through a CCIW lens, I heard many say Connor was the "best of the Raridons" - and this considering his brother Derek was a CCIW M.O.P. and All-American. Bottom line, he was a known commodity and big-time D3 recruit.  Miles Curry is more of an under-the-radar guy with a big upside.  That is just too much of an apples/oranges situation to even make a comparison.

* Curry played alongside three D1 recruits at Kenwood - Nick Robinson ('16), Zion Morgan ('16), and Manny Patterson ('17).  It's probably hard to assess exactly what he brings to the table until he gets out of those shadows and on a more level playing field.

* Curry seems to have a very nice skill set for a CCIW/D3 wing player - nice height (6-5), very athletic, can shoot it, good off the dribble, strong defender.

* Ron Rose and his staff spent a lot of time recruiting Miles Curry this season. Curry had a D2 offer and was recruited by many small colleges, including at least a couple CCIW schools.


So we'll see how it plays out. For now, I'd say a nice recruit for the Titans.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: April 02, 2016, 08:16:42 am »
Brian Kern ‏@bkern_12 
Blessed and honored to say I will be playing basketball at the next level at Elmhurst College next year🏀🐦🙏🏻


* Brian Kern, 6-2 PG/SG (Hinsdale South H.S.)

http://basketball.dailyherald.com/article/20160303/sports/160309546/

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: April 01, 2016, 10:31:28 am »
Sam ‏@sam_koeppel_15 
Happy to say I will be continuing my basketball and academic career at Augustana College! Go Vikings!


* Sam Koeppel, 6-6 C (Limestone H.S.) - 13.9 ppg, 10.5 rpg, .524 FG

http://www.pjstar.com/article/20160331/SPORTS/160339875



Blake Janssen ‏@blake_janssen 
I'm proud and excited to announce that I'm officially committed to play basketball at Augustana College. #GoVikes


* Blake Janssen, 6-6 C (Eastland H.S.)




Austin Elledge ‏@austinelledge22 
Excited to announce that I have committed to play basketball at Augustana College!! #GoVikes


* Austin Elledge, 6-2 PG/SG (Highland H.S.)

http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3429680/highlights/333966638

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 30, 2016, 09:54:34 pm »
@mcurry_30 
Proud to say that I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at Illinois Wesleyan University 🏀 #GoTitans



Ron Rose and the Titans have landed Miles Curry, a 6-5 wing from Kenwood Academy (transferred from Lincoln Park H.S.)  He played alongside three D1 recruits and helped lead Kenwood to the Chicago Public League title game.

Curry, who had a scholarship offer from D2 Regis, is a very athletic wing.  He is good off the dribble and can shoot it from the perimeter...also a very good perimeter defender. 

http://hpherald.com/2016/02/10/broncos-advance-to-second-round-of-city-playoffs/

http://suntimeshighschoolsports.com/2015/08/16/henricksen-ranking-nine-impactful-transfers-2015-2016/

http://illinois-spotlite.blogspot.com/2015/11/the-top-players-still-available-in-2016.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6F160ZZ5SzA (junior year)


I believe Curry will be the first-ever Illinois Wesleyan player from the Chicago Public League.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 29, 2016, 07:30:22 pm »
Millikin recruits...

* Korbin Farmer, 6-7 F (Columbia H.S)
* Tyler Bond, 6-2 SG (Warrensburg-Latham H.S.)

http://www.prephoops.com/2016/03/korbin-farmer-tyler-bond-millikin/


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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 23, 2016, 10:06:03 pm »
Falotico? Do you really think he'll start? What about Bonnett? He seemed to be pretty prominent this year.
From an opposition standpoint, I kind of hope Falotico does start. He only shot 34% this year, and he was a horrible, especially for a guard, 42% from the line. To top it off, he plays matador defense and fouls on an average of once every six minutes!

You are such a pleasant guy.

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Michael Hoekstra, heavily recruited before choosing Augie, has played the equivalent of about seven games (291 minutes) in three years. I doubt that he expected to be used so sparingly and, accordingly, whether he is passing out many exuberant endorsements of the AC program. 😐

Michael Hoekstra committed to Augustana knowing that posts Ben Ryan, Tayvian Johnson, and Brandon Motzel were in the class ahead of him -- 6-5 Ryan and 6-6 Johnson started as freshmen.  I don't think it's fair to blindly suggest (without any knowledge of the situation) that 3 years later Hoekstra is upset that he's been behind those same 3 guys, and that he is not happy with the Augie basketball program. 

From a common sense standpoint, why would Daniel Hoekstra have considered Augustana so strongly if his brother was unhappy there? (And I know he did strongly consider Augie.)  So your theory doesn't seem to add up.

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Well, probably not much chance that he was gonna go to Augie.  ;)

Augustana was very much in the mix for Daniel.  Augie, St. Norbert, and IWU were his final three.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 21, 2016, 09:03:40 pm »
IWU has landed Daniel Hoekstra, a 6-3 SG from Bishop McNamara H.S...

https://twitter.com/TheReal_Hook31/status/712064194422685700

http://www.prephoops.com/2016/03/daniel-hoekstra-illinois-wesleyan/

http://www.daily-journal.com/sports/boys-basketball-meet-our-all-area-team/article_6b8debb6-496d-5cc4-bd75-1905039a339d.html


Hoekstra averaged 19.5 points and 7.2 rebounds as a senior.  He is Bishop Mac's all-time leading scorer.


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