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50 Chicagoland boys basketball players to watch

50 Chicagoland boys basketball players to watch

There is always an abundance of talent in the Chicagoland area when it comes to high school basketball. As one of the nation's hotbeds for hoops, our area regularly churns out high-level high school basketball players and Division I prospects.

This season is no different.

With a ton of senior Division I signees, along with a talented junior class that features a lot of varsity contributors, this should be a memorable local season of high school hoops. 

Here's a look at 50 Chicagoland boys basketball players you need to watch this season. While this list isn't necessarily supposed to represent the 50 best players in the area, it's a guide for fans to check out top players on top teams along with Division I recruits. 

Have a player you think we need to watch this season that didn't make our list of 50? Make sure to let us know on our Twitter @NBCSPreps. 

CLASS OF 2020 (SENIORS)

Matthew Ambrose, Stevenson

Kendale Anderson, Leo

Tyler Beard, Whitney Young

Darius Burford, Bolingbrook

Chris Conway, Naperville Central

Kyndall Davis, Bogan

Ramean Hinton, Curie

Ryan Isaacson, Hinsdale Central

Frank Jakubicek, Cary-Grove

Elijah Jones, Marian Catholic

Jayson Kent, Oak Forest

Connor Kochera, St. Viator

Bennett Kwiecinski, Loyola

Jordan Kwiecinski, Loyola

Connor Linke, St. Charles North

Dante Maddox Jr., Bloom

Dom Martinelli, Glenbrook South

Adam Miller, Morgan Park

Martice Mitchell, Bloom

Lance Mosley, DePaul Prep

Donovan Newby, Bloom

R.J. Ogom, Homewood-Flossmoor

Aquan Smart, Niles North

Luke Sgarbossa, Lake Park

Nate Shockey, York

D.J. Steward, Whitney Young

Reggie Strong, Orr

Everett Stubblefield III, Willowbrook

Ahron Ulis, Marian Catholic

Marcus Watson, Morgan Park

Destin Whitaker, Romeoville

Jeremiah Williams, Simeon

Keshawn Williams, Bloom 

Will Wolfe, Oswego East

CLASS OF 2021 (JUNIORS)

Amar Auguillard, Zion-Benton

Isaiah Barnes, OPRF

Ahamad Bynum, Simeon

Max Christie, Rolling Meadows

Scottie Ebube, Mundelein

Conor Enright, Mundelein

Chris Hodges, Schaumburg

Bryce Hopkins, Fenwick

Louis Lesmond, Notre Dame

Blake Peters, Evanston

John Poulakidas, Neuqua Valley

Julius Rollins, Hillcrest

Anthony Sayles, Notre Dame

Brandon Weston, Morgan Park

CLASS OF 2022 (SOPHOMORES)

A.J. Casey, Tinley Park

Jaden Schutt, Yorkville Christian

High School Lites Week 2 basketball roundup

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High School Lites Week 2 basketball roundup

High School Lites featured plenty of great basketball action on Friday night as NBC Sports Chicago had highlights of many of the area's top matchups.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @CSNPreps for all of the latest IHSA basketball scores and highlights.

Windy City Legends: Kendrick Nunn

Team of the Week: Catalyst Maria Soccer

Athlete of the Week: Halle Douglass

Friday's scores:

Stevenson 57, Zion-Benton 44

No. 8 Evanston 50, New Trier 40

Homewood-Flossmoor 63, Lincoln-Way Central 31

No. 14 Thornton 58, Rich Central 34

No. 4 Whitney Young 56, No. 11 Lincoln Park 50

Loyola 34, Notre Dame 31

Homewood-Flossmoor 63, Lincoln-Way Central 31

Francis W. Parker 55, Latin 47

GIRLS: Evanston 59, New Trier 33

 

Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week

Mather 61, Foreman 57

Catalyst Maria soccer coach Jose Miguel Burgos wins SportsEngine TrueSport Champion Coach Recognition award

Catalyst Maria soccer coach Jose Miguel Burgos wins SportsEngine TrueSport Champion Coach Recognition award

Catalyst Maria soccer coach Jose Miguel Burgos said he’d never been surprised, until the day the school, his players and even family from Chile let him know he won the SportsEngine TrueSport Champion Coach Recognition Award.

“It means a lot to me because of the recognition we have for the kids,” Burgos said. “As I try to think all in, and think about this, I think my initial inclination is to think about them, about the fact that what we’re doing is seen, that their hard work will pay off and those values that I’m trying to instill in them are reaching them. And I’m very humbled about the whole experience.

"I’ve never been thanked publicly and it’s new, but it’s obviously something positive for the community, which the work I do is centered around.”

The school held a ceremony to honor Burgos, whose nomination bested more than 300 others to win. His team at Catalyst Maria won $2,500. Burgos’ friend and former colleague, Joel Farran, nominated him for his countless works in the community. Just some of the acts Burgos was noted for in the nomination include helping facilitate college scholarships for students, building relationships for students who were struggling to find proper housing, reaching out to students on the middle school levels, inviting parents to come together through events like potluck picnics and organizing a tournament for sixth through eighth-grade students as a way to provide a safe and fun environment for local children.

“He puts people first, and he puts people before himself, and he’s all about elevating others,” Farran said. “Whether it’s on the field or off the field, soccer is just one of the ways he does that. But it is the way he knows best. And it’s about creating opportunities — not only on the field — but when you fail on the field, learning to adjust from that and create solutions, but off the field, creating opportunities for scholar-athletes to continue to excel.”

Burgos’ students agree.

“He’s more than just a coach,” soccer player Alondra Gonzalez said. "He’s like another father-figure to me. When it comes to coaching, he does more than beyond. He created a webpage so everyone could see us. He created a ‘Go Fund Me’ [page] so we could have money for our uniforms, like jackets, because we play in the cold, and he wants us to do a lot more than just play and practice almost every day to be better.”

Another student-athlete, Angel Santillan, said Burgos is an “amazing person.”

“He means everything to me,” Santillan said. "Like the sport, it’s just a passion that he does everything for us. It’s a great experience to be coached by Mr. B. He’s just an amazing coach and he does everything for us.”

Three-time Olympian Kara Winger presented Burgos with the award, as a representative of TrueSport.

“Coach Burgos is clearly taking the time and effort to make a difference in these kids’ lives,” Winger said. “I was very blessed to have amazing coaches growing up who taught me how to be not only the best athlete I could be, but to be the best person I could be, and it’s clearly his mission here at Catalyst Maria schools, so TrueSport is so excited to honor him with the Champion Coach Award.”

Burgos, who was visibly moved by the surprise celebration, said he appreciated his work being recognized.

“I know there’s a lot of joy when you give, when you simply give without thinking about what’s going to happen next,” he said. “I do it because it’s the way that I continue to grow; it keeps me alive. I think we humans are here on Earth to take care of each other, to respect each other, to love each other, to cheer each other up. And those are values that I defend, and I have defended always.

"And now that I’m here, and I see that they are recognized, it validates what I knew. It will ultimately — if you are kind to people, if you’re loving, this is what happens. And it’s wonderful to see it for myself.”