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Iowa State continues impressive Chicago recruiting with Corliss' George Conditt

Iowa State continues impressive Chicago recruiting with Corliss' George Conditt

Iowa State has struck once again in the Chicagoland area as the Cyclones and head coach Steve Prohm landed a commitment from Corliss senior center George Conditt on Monday.

A late-blooming big man who elevated to a high-major recruit during the summer, the 6-foot-10 Conditt selected Iowa State over his other finalists of Illinois and New Mexico. Conditt took official visits to all three schools during the process but ultimately decided on the Cyclones as Iowa State gets a skilled big man with upside.

There is a family connection with the Conditts and Iowa State as George Conditt Sr. was a defensive back with the Cyclones' football team in the early '90s. While the family connection for Conditt Jr. was a small factor in his own decision to attend Iowa State, ultimately, the Cyclones deserve an immense amount of credit for pouncing on the fast-rising Conditt once he became a priority recruit. 

With high-major scholarship offers from all over the country, Iowa State fought off in-state schools and schools from far away to bring in a big man with a lot of potential in a class that is seriously lacking talented post players.

Iowa State has now come into Illinois twice in the Class of 2018 after also nabbing a commitment from another late-bloomer in Hinsdale South's Zion Griffin. Prohm and assistant coach Daniyal Robinson, a Rock Island native and noted Illinois recruiter, deserve a lot of credit in their approach to recruiting Chicago-area talent.

With Conditt and Griffin both in the fold, and the Cyclones still heavily involved with Simeon senior wing Talen Horton-Tucker, there is enough evidence to say that Iowa State is currently recruiting Chicago better than any other program in the country when it comes to the Class of 2018. 

High School Lites Week 2 basketball roundup

High School Lites Week 2 basketball roundup

High School Lites had a crazy Week 2 edition. Highlights include a matchup of top-five teams as Morgan Park battled Simeon while other rivalries took place across the Chicagoland area. 

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Team of the Week: Naperville North Cross Country

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Drew Peterson

Highlights: 

No. 3 Simeon knocks off No. 1 Morgan Park in the Battle of Vincennes 

Naperville North takes down Metea Valley

Homewood-Flossmoor upsets No. 18 Lincoln-Way East

St. Viator shocks No. 17 Marian Catholic

Andrew escapes with a road win over Thornwood

Sandburg narrowly beat Stagg

T.F. North edges Oak Lawn

Lane Tech beats Taft

Evanston slips by Maine South

 

Morgan Park vs. Simeon highlights big week on High School Lites

Morgan Park vs. Simeon highlights big week on High School Lites

High School Lites has a great show lined up this week as we have highlights from all over the area. The huge clash between No. 1 Morgan Park and No. 3 Simeon leads the list of great games we have for this week. 

Be sure to watch High School Lites this Friday at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago. 

Thursday

No. 3 Simeon at No. 1 Morgan Park, 5 p.m. -- It's always a huge deal when these two teams play and this year's rivalry matchup had some intriguing subplots. The first year of Public League conference realignment means these two rivals only get one guaranteed matchup per season now as the Wolverines made the most of it with a 70-57 win on Thursday night.

Using a second-quarter run and huge second half to get past the Mustangs, Simeon put on a ridiculous aerial show for the road win as senior Messiah Jones, a Drake commit, led the way with 23 points and 11 rebounds -- including six dunks. Senior Talen Horton-Tucker also tallied 17 points for the Wolverines while St. Patrick transfer Xavier Pinson had a great second half to finish with 12 points -- including a huge fourth-quarter dunk that had the gym buzzing. 

Illiois commit and Player of the Year candidate Ayo Dosunmu led Morgan Park with 18 points but he didn't receive enough consistent help to get by the balanced effort of Simeon. Senior Kenyon Duling added 15 points for the Mustangs with all of his points coming in the first half.

You won't want to miss the highlights of this intense rivalry as Simeon had numerous alley-oops and put on a show for the huge road win.

Friday

Lane Tech at Taft, 6:30 p.m. -- These two Public League White-North rivals always play intense matchups as Friday should be no different. The Indians (4-2) are off to a solid start this season as they look like one of the better teams in the White Division of the Public League this season. Guard Michael Malloy is off to a solid start for Lane. Taft (1-4) is off to a sluggish start as they've played a tough schedule so far.  

Stagg at Sandburg , 6 p.m. -- An intriguing matchup in the SouthWest Suburban Blue as Sandburg battles Stagg. The Chargers (3-2) knocked off Thornridge in their last contest as they try to make their way in the top half of a very difficult league. Sandburg (5-1) is also off to a solid start as they try to open Conference play on a positive note. 

Homewood-Flossmoor at No. 18 Lincoln-Way East. 6:30 p.m. -- We stay in the SouthWest Suburban Blue for this one. Lincoln-Way East (5-1) was unbeaten until a loss to Bloom earlier this week. Senior sharpshooter Sam Schaefer is headed to Southern Illinois next season as he’s one of the area’s best players. The Vikings (4-1) are an intriguing team in the Conference race as they’ve only lost to another ranked team in Marian Catholic this season. 

St. Viator at No. 17 Marian Catholic, 7 p.m. -- The East Suburban Catholic Conference looks to be wide open as this early clash could tell us a lot The No. 17 Spartans (4-0) are off to a great start after winning the Chicago Heights Classic as juniors Malik Tidwell and Chris White are some talented pieces while sophomore point guard Ahron Ulis is emerging as a player to watch. St. Viator (5-1) is also off to a solid start after winning their own Thanksgiving event against a good field. Junior Jeremiah Hernandez is a player to watch while junior Trey Calvin is a point guard to keep an eye on.

Evanston at Maine South, 7:30 p.m. -- It's always fun when these two CSL South teams get together and this year the league has a lot of overall depth. Evanston (4-1, 1-0) will rely on a trio of talented junior guards as Lance Jones, Ryan Bost and Jaheim Holden are all capable of making plays. Maine South (4-1, 0-1) was previously ranked before falling to a talented New Trier team last week as the Hawks will look to bounce back. 

Metea Valley at Naperville Central, 7:30 p.m. -- Two interesting teams in the DuPage Valley Conference as Naperville Central hosts Metea Valley. The RedHawks (5-1, 2-0) beat Neuqua Valley earlier in the week to continue a good start as senior center Ben Wolf is off to a positive start. Metea Valley (3-3, 1-1) fell to DVC favorite Naperville North earlier this week as they try to keep pace with the league leaders. 

Oak Lawn at T.F. North, 6:30 p.m. -- A crossover in the South Suburban as Oak Lawn heads to T.F. North. Coming off of a win over T.F. South earlier this week, Oak Lawn (5-1, 1-0) is off to a strong start this season. T.F. North (1-1, 1-1) dropped a close game to Shepard earlier this week as they try to bounce back against a tough opponent. 

Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week

Andrew at Thornwood, 6:30 p.m. — The SouthWest Suburban Red hosts our Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week as this one won after over 1,400 votes. Andrew (3-4, 0-1) will try to get back on track after dropping a few to tough teams like Bolingbrook and Hinsdale South. Thornwood (3-2, 1-0) is coming off of a big win over Lincoln-Way West as they try to keep an unbeaten start going in conference play.