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Michael O’Brien’s High school b-ball journal

Michael O'Brien's High school b-ball journal

I’m certain the thunder of a full exercise center this Thanksgiving will blow my mind. It’s difficult to try and envision a state title game in Champaign.

Those things will come on schedule. This moment I’m grateful for the Riverside-Brookfield Summer Shootout. R b-ball mentor Mike Reingruber has turned the region’s customary summer High school group occasion into a significant live period occasion. It’s an absolute necessity stop for universities all over the country.

It was ideal to see school lead trainers like Brad Underwood and Juwan Howard in the rec center. It’s been a long time since they got an opportunity to watch a neighborhood kid play face to face.

In any case, that is not what today was about for the majority of us. It’s anything but a possibility for Chicago’s b-ball local area to reconnect following a troublesome year.

So much was extraordinary. Scratch Irvin was decked out in Western Illinois’ purple with an Adidas logo on his shirt. The previous Morgan Park mentor is a school partner now. Paris Parham, presently a DePaul associate, acquainted me with new DePaul mentor Tony Stubblefield.

Exceptionally effective junior school mentor Steve Christiansen as of late left Triton to take an associate occupation at NIU. Gary Decesare is back around, this time as the mentor at De Le Salle.

Natural countenances in new spots. It’s anything but quite a while since everybody was together.

Two huge countenances were absent. Donnie Kirksey, who trained all over and knew everybody, and Bogan mentor Arthur Goodwin both passed on this year. I additionally considered Howard Moore, who is as yet managing the fallout of the horrendous fender bender his family endured in 2019.

Moore was one of the men I generally plunked down and chatted with finally at Riverside-Brookfield. His grin and consideration was a splendid spot on what could every so often be a difficult day.

That wasn’t the case this year. Every one of the insignificant questions and feelings of spite that spring up and wait from one season to another are gone at this point. Ball went through the year as a second thought.

All that will be back soon enough. Friday at Riverside-Brookfield felt like the primary day back at the workplace for the b-ball local area. It was only nice to be there, endearing to see everybody and like how exceptional Chicago ball is and what a significant spot it holds in so many of our lives.

So on to the b-ball. A few goodies from the day:

  • Remember the name Antonio Munoz. The Young green bean was somewhat amazing in games against Bolingbrook and Joliet West. Munoz impeded shots, dunked and for the most part flew everywhere on the court. It was the main rookie debut I’ve seen at Riverside-Brookfield in for a spell.
  • DePaul Prep will be okay. The Rams lost their whole beginning setup yet have completely reloaded. Large man Dylan Arnett seems as though he could be a power this season. Alex Guitierrez is strong and 6-5 sophomore Payton Kamin is promising. Senior Trevon Thomas was one of the genuine shockers of the day. He could be a top-level player next season.
  • Start the promotion on Glenbard West. Everybody was there in the rec center watching the Hilltoppers rule Simeon in the main half.
  • Downers Grove South is one of those groups that appears to consistently grab my attention at R-B. That was the case again this year. Senior gatekeeper Jaylen Montgomery is an upscale scorer, Harold Dismukes can shoot it and 6-7 senior Pat Laurich was a distinction producer.
  • New Trier snuck up on everybody last season. That will not be the situation in November. The Trevians are seriously. They are skilled and behave recklessly. Jackson Munro, a 6-8 senior, is now a notable name in enlisting circles. Senior Noah Shannon astonished in the second 50% of a success against St. Rita.
  • Hillcrest has reloaded, which won’t astound anybody. As regular the Hawks have a group of 6-6 and 6-7 athletic trees. The name to watch out for is sophomore watchman Isaiah Green. He was great and will be on school radars soon.
  • Why aren’t more individuals discussing Deandre Craig? He’s unmistakably perhaps the best watchman in the state. Mount Carmel is definitely not a conventional ball force to be reckoned with, however that is no reason for the absence of energy around him.
  • Jeremy Fears Jr. was sitting close to the Joliet West seat. That was a tempting, disappointing sight for Joliet West fans. The broadly positioned junior is relied upon to stay at La Lumiere this season. In any case, his sibling, first year recruit Jeremiah Fears, appeared for the Tigers. The more youthful Fears has similar certainty and strut as his more seasoned sibling. He helped keep Joliet West aggressive against Young in the last round of the evening.

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