Larkin senior big man Jalen Shaw is riding a huge wave of confidence entering this summer.
Ever since leading the Royals to a sectional title game appearance in Class 4A in March, the 6-foot-10 big man has been generating a lot of buzz for his play on the grassroots circuit.
With an emerging offensive skill level, Shaw has a chance to be an All-Area candidate this season as he might be the most talented post player in the area next season. A gifted passer for his size, Shaw is starting to adjust to constant double teams and additional attention from opposing defenses.
Shaw will get a major opportunity to test his skills against some of the nation's elite this week when he goes to Virginia to participate in the NBPA Top 100 Camp. Between the national camps and a July playing in front of college coaches, it'll be intriguing to see how Shaw plays over the next few weeks.
Larkin also has a chance to be a top-25 staple next season thanks to a solid group of returning players. Between Shaw and aggressive attacking guard Anthony Lynch, Larkin has a lot of potential scoring pop in its starting lineup and they're coming off of a surprise season in which they had a great run in the postseason.
Who wants it more?
We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland's top prep sports show, in the hands of area basketball fans in our "Viewers' Choice Game of the Week." Fans will get the chance to pick one game that the NBC Sports Chicago (@NBCSPreps) crew will cover on Friday night. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights and postgame reaction of that game will appear on that night's "High School Lites" broadcast at 11 p.m. The show also live streams at NBCSportsChicago.com/watchlive. High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. the following Saturday. This week, Santa and his NBC Sports Chicago reindeer will either go south, north or west to cover a boys varsity basketball game for highlights and postgame reaction. Which game is the most worthy of holiday (fan) cheer?
Minooka at Plainfield North, 6:30 p.m.
Brother Rice at Loyola, 7:00 p.m.
Lake Park at Larkin, 7:00 p.m.
Poll opens Monday at 12 p.m. and closes Thursday at 4 p.m. Here is what fans need to do to vote:
— Follow @NBCSPreps on Twitter.
— Note the "pinned Tweet" atop the @NBCSPreps feed. Vote for the game you want us to cover.
— Spread the word!
We will make an announcement on @NBCSPreps just after 4 p.m. Thursday with the official results of which game will be covered. And as a reminder, be sure to follow @NBCSPreps for updates on the "Viewers' Choice Game of the week," along with other high school sports news, scores and highlights this season.