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.
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Per Yahoo's Shams Charania, the NBA for the first time will have its green room invitees walk across the stage with two family members prior to the draft.
For UCLA guard Aaron Holiday, his brothers will accompany him.
Aaron, a 6-foot-1 guard, is projected to go off the board sometime late in the first round. It's pretty neat that his brothers will be in attendance, both Justin of the Bulls and Jrue of the Pelicans.
And there's a chance Aaron gets to play with Justin. The Bulls hold the 22nd pick in the first round (ironically from Jrue and the Pelicans) and Scott Phillips has Aaron as one of the five players the Bulls should look at with the 22nd pick.
Aaron Holiday, G, UCLA: This potential pick would already have ties to the Bulls as Aaron's older brother, Justin, is currently on the roster. After three stellar seasons with the Bruins, Aaron is now hoping to become the third Holiday brother in the NBA (brother Jrue is with the Pelicans).
Smaller than his older brothers at 6-foot-1, Aaron makes up for his smaller size at the point with an absurd 6-foot-7.5 wingspan that enables him to play bigger on the defensive end. A talented perimeter shooter who never shot below 41 percent from 3-point range during his three years in Westwood, Holiday has shown that he can run a team on the ball or play as a shooter off of the ball. It should also be pointed out that Holiday was a selfless teammates at UCLA. Opting to come off the bench his sophomore season so Lonzo Ball could start, Holiday was great as both a starter and a sixth man during his college career.
The time has come to start counting down to the release of Madden 19. The most popular football video game franchise of all-time is set to release in early August and as is a tradition with the weeks leading up to the game appearing on store shelves, leaks about features and player ratings have started.
Here are the highest rated Bears players in this year's edition:
Adrian Amos leads the way with an 88 rating, followed by Akiem Hicks (85) and Allen Robinson (85).
Chicago's offense received a 75 overall rating, which should result in a significant challenge for Bears fans trying to score virtual points later this summer. The defense, however, will be stout, coming in with an overall rating of 81. Amos and Hicks have a lot to do with that.
Ratings are subject to change due to injury. Madden 19 is scheduled for release on August 10.