By Michael O'Brien
Simeon has its point guard back, and that isnt a good thing for the rest of the state.Jaleni Neelys steady floor game was back in full force in Simeons 68-57 win over Red-South rival Bogan on Wednesday.Neely suffered an ACL tear and had surgery on July 15. Simeon coach Robert Smith has been slowly ramping Neelys minutes up throughout the season while making due with Reggie Norris and Jaylon Tate in the point guard slot. The Wolverines were winning, but not clicking as well as they had with Neely last year.Neely is the leader of our team and he understand what we want to do, Smith said. He can calm the game down. I told the other point guards they did a great job of holding it down until he got back.Bogan (19-2, 7-1) was supposed to provide a major test for the Wolverines, but the first half was a rout. Simeon took control with an 18-0 first quarter run and led 34-12 at the half. Bogan shot 4-for-29 from the field and 3-for-13 from the line in the first half.Jabari Parker led Simeon (19-1, 8-0) with 20 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks. Junior Kendrick Nunn added 20 points and eight rebounds. Neely finished with 11 points.Bogan got back in the game in the third, closing the quarter with an 11-0 run and only trailed by 11 to start the fourth.In the third quarter we got bored and let them make a comeback, Smith said. I dont think we have played a complete game yet. It would be scary if we did.Bogan was able to match Simeon in the fourth but it was too little too late, and the Bengals were still bad from the line, missing 5 of 10 free throws.We just missed a lot of free throws, Bogan coach Arthur Goodwin said. We can play with them but you cant miss that many free throws and beat them.Devonte Smith led the Bengals with 13 points and nine rebounds. Ronnell Buckner and Donte Jackson each scored 11 and Juwan Henry added 10.
The Chicago Bears 2019 season was a lesson in disappointment in almost every way possible, from the quarterback to the offensive line and even the vaunted pass rush. But no position underwhelmed more than tight end, and Adam Shaheen was a big reason why.
The former second-round pick of the 2017 NFL draft failed to make any impact whatsoever. And that's not hyperbole. He appeared in just eight games, registering nine catches for 74 yards and zero touchdowns. Believe it or not, his stat line was an improvement over 2018 when he had just five catches for 48 yards in six games.
Shaheen's career narrative has been defined by injury, and it continued last season. He was placed on injured reserve in late-November with an apparent foot injury, marking the second-straight season that his year came to an early end.
It's been a remarkably disappointing career for Shaheen so far, who was viewed as a Rob Gronkowski-lite coming out of Ashland University. His jump from the small-school ranks to the NFL was expected to include a steep learning curve, but after three forgettable seasons, it's safe to say Shaheen's failed in almost every way possible.
The Bears are expected to bring Shaheen back for 2020 and he'll likely be in a training-camp battle for a roster spot. Chicago is going to add more talent to the position via either free agency or the NFL Draft and it wouldn't be a surprise if Shaheen begins the offseason schedule last on the depth chart.
It's been an unfortunate outcome for a draft pick that seemed so promising in 2017. Instead of growing into a fixture in the Bears' lineup, Shaheen will be left to fight for his NFL future this summer.
Former Bull and Chicagoland native Dwyane Wade posted an emotional video Sunday reacting to the death of Kobe Bryant.
"I came in the league and I chased him," Wade said. "That's who I chased. I wanted to be respected by him, and once I reached that level, I knew I did something.
"Kobe, thank you, man. Thank you for all the memories — we've got a lot of good ones. These tears that we cry, we're going to miss you. And it's not leaving today, a week from now, a month from now, a year from now. We'll forever, forever miss you, man.
"You're a legend, you're an icon, you're a father, you're a husband, you're a son, you're a brother, you're a friend. Thank you for being my friend. I love you, brother."
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