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Maurice Commander leads talented group of Curie transfers with state title hopes

Maurice Commander leads talented group of Curie transfers with state title hopes

Curie lost some talented senior guards like Elijah Joiner, Allante Pickens and Terry Smith from last season, but the Condors still have reason to be optimistic heading into the 2017-18 season thanks to some talented transfers.

Though head coach Mike Oliver has a few new notable perimeter pieces, senior guard Maurice Commander, a transfer from Marist, made the biggest impact with the Condors at Riverside-Brookfield this past weekend.

The 5-foot-11 guard is a noted perimeter threat who can also make plays for others with the ball in his hands. Commander drew a lot of defensive pressure on him in helping Curie win the title at R-B.

In a semifinal blowout win against Simeon, Commander made a major statement by canning five 3-pointers in a row in the first half as he showed that he can stretch the floor for Curie's big men. Since Commander can knock down 3-pointers off the catch from multiple spots, he can draw a lot of defensive attention even without the ball in his hands — a valuable tool for the other players in Curie's offense.

With Commander joining the roster, Curie is in position to once again compete for a city and state championship this season. They also added notable transfers Marquise Walker (St. Joseph) and Jayden Gasby (Urban Prep-Englewood). 

If Commander can continue to shoot the ball like he did at Riverside-Brookfield then he has a chance to be on the All-Area team next season and the Condors won't miss a beat from last season's top-10 team.

IHSA Football Playoff Pairings Show Roundup

IHSA Football Playoff Pairings Show Roundup


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Revealing the Class 2A Bracket

Analyzing the Class 2A Bracket


Revealing the Class 3A Bracket

Analyzing the Class 3A Bracket


Revealing the Class 4A Bracket

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High School Lites Week 9 football roundup


High School Lites Week 9 football roundup

High School Lites featured plenty of great action on Friday night as NBC Sports Chicago had highlights of many of the area's top matchups. Some playoff dreams came to fruition while others crashed and burned. 

Watch tomorrow as the IHSA playoff brackets are revealed tomorrow on NBC Sports Chicago+ at 8 p.m. Be sure to also follow us on Twitter @NBCSPreps for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights. 

DRIVE: Prairie Ridge: Episode 10

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Back of the Yards QB Jeremiah Harris

St. Xavier Team of the Week: De La Salle Meteors

Friday's Top 25 Games

No. 1 Lincoln-Way East 18, No. 19 Bolingbrook 14 

No. 2 Prairie Ridge 55, Dundee-Crown 14

No. 3 Maine South 56, Niles West 9

No. 4 Marist 42, Joliet Catholic 14

No. 5 Lake Zurich , Mundelein

No. 6 Phillips 53, Clark 0

No. 9 Homewood-Flossmoor 50, Sandburg 14

No. 10 Barrington 40, Conant 19

No. 11 Huntley 45, McHenry 7

No. 12 Naperville Central 35, Lake Park 21

No. 13 Hinsdale Central 42, Hinsdale South 14

No. 24 St. Charles North 35, No. 14 Batavia 28

No. 16 Wheaton North 20, Waubonsie Valley 10

No. 17 Crete-Monee 52, Cahokia 8

No. 18 St. Rita 47, Marmion 14

No. 20 Lyons 31, Oak Park-River Forest 14

No. 21 Nazareth 48, Marian Catholic 7

No. 22 Oswego 30, Plainfield Central 0

Mount Carmel 35, No. 23 Providence 34

Other Highlights

Tinley Park 29, Evergreen Park 0

T.F. South 21, Oak Forest 14

Glenbard North 24, Neuqua Valley 14

St. Edward 29, Wheaton Academy 28

Marian Central Catholic 44, St. Patrick 21

Saturday's Top 25 Games

No. 7 Loyola vs. Brother Rice

No. 8 Glenbard West vs. Proviso West