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Chicago Recruiting Focus: Loyola basketball


Chicago Recruiting Focus: Loyola basketball

Coming off of 24-win season that included winning the postseason CBI Tournament, there is a lot of optimism coming from Loyola basketball entering the 2015-16 season.

Head coach Porter Moser and his staff have done a nice job of transitioning from the Horizon League to the Missouri Valley Conference the last two seasons, and they've started to see some success on the recruiting trail of late as well.

The Class of 2016 for Loyola will be an important one in recruiting as the Ramblers have to replace some key seniors like guards Earl Peterson, Devon Turk and Jeff White while senior forward Montel James will also exhaust his eligibility.

The good news for Loyola is that they already own a commitment from Arizona guard Cameron Satterwhite. The former Colorado commit tore his ACL over the summer at a July event and decided to open up his recruitment. Loyola jumped at the chance to bring in an athletic 6-foot-4 wing with a lot of upside.

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Satterwhite helped Gilbert Christian win a Division II state championship in Arizona as a junior and also sports a ridiculous wingspan that is over 7-feet long. Sources told CSN that the Loyola staff is optimistic that Satterwhite can make a full recovery from the ACL injury -- which could give them a major recruiting steal if he lives up to his potential.

As for the other spots in the Class of 2016, Loyola's staff is still seeking a post scorer to replace James and perimeter options that can play with Satterwhite. Iowa State transfer Clayton Custer will also be available to Loyola starting during the 2016-17 season, so he can also be looked at as another member of that recruiting class.

To fill out the final spots in that class, Moser and his staff are searching through all sorts of ways to bring in talent, including going the international route. Moser was one of the few Division I head coaches to go overseas and watch the FIBA U18 European championships in Greece this summer and Loyola has aggressively pursued international recruits. The Ramblers will also explore potential transfers and junior college prospects to round out their Class of 2016.

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Since the Class of 2017 is much deeper for in-state prospects, Loyola has already started to get involved with some talented local juniors. Jacobs junior big man Cameron Krutwig has been a focus for Loyola on the recruiting trail while Curie guard Elijah Joiner and Simeon point guard Evan Gilyard have both made unofficial visits up to Loyola's campus.

Loyola has also been actively scouring the Midwest for players in 2017, which includes recruiting La Lumiere guard Isaiah Coleman-Lands, the younger brother of Illinois freshman guard Jalen Coleman-Lands.

Overall, the Ramblers still have some work to do when it comes to finishing out an important Class of 2016. But there are a lot of reasons to pay attention to Loyola after a 24-win season and some notable commitments.

11 Days to Kickoff: Lake Zurich

11 Days to Kickoff: Lake Zurich preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: Lake Zurich

Head coach: Ron Planz

How they fared in 2018: 7-4 (5-2 North Suburban Conference). Lake Zurich made the Class 7A state playoff field and defeated DeKalb in the opening round. They lost to Mount Carmel in second round action.

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 @ Fremd
Sept. 6 vs Marist
Sept. 13 @ Zion-Benton
Sept. 20 @ Lake Forest
Sept. 27 vs Stevenson
Oct. 4 vs Libertyville
Oct. 11 vs Warren Township
Oct. 18 vs Mundelein
Oct. 25 vs Waukegan

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Biggest storyline: New head coach Ron Planz. Can the Bears make the adjustment to their new head coach and keep up their winning ways in 2019?

Names to watch this season: QB/DB Jack Moses (Sr.), LB Bryan Sanborn (Jr.), TE Hunter Welcing (Sr., Northwestern)

Biggest holes to fill: In the trenches. The Bears will need to reload on both the offensive and defensive lines.
EDGY's Early Take: The Bears have a new leader in former Elmhurst College head coach Ron Planz, who originally took the head coaching position at Larkin then took the job at Lake Zurich after Luke Mertens surprisingly stepped down late this spring. LZ welcomes back some key names from a season ago including senior QB Jack Moses, senior TE Hunter Welcing (Northwestern) along with Power Five recruit in junior LB Bryan Sanborn. The Bears schedule is certainly no gimme. Early nonconference tests against Fremd and Marist will great tests right out of the gate. Getting five straight home games to close the regular season is a big plus. This team is hungry to get back into the playoffs and make some noise later this fall. 

12 Days to Kickoff: Glenbard West

12 Days to Kickoff: Glenbard West preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: Glenbard West

Head coach: Chad Hetlet

Assistant coaches: John Sigmund, Jon Schweighardt, Chris VanDyke, Rick Heckman, Mike Hofland, Tad Keely and Sheldon Harris

How they fared in 2018: 8-3 (5-1 West Suburban Silver Conference). Glenbard West made the Class 8A state playoff field. They defeated Bartlett then lost to Lincoln-Way East in second round action.

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 31 vs Maine South
Sept. 7 vs Leyden
Sept. 14 vs Proviso West
Sept. 20 @ Addison Trail
Sept. 28 vs York
Oct. 4 @ Downers Grove North
Oct. 11 @ Lyons Township
Oct. 19 vs Hinsdale Central
Oct. 25 @ Oak Park River Forest

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Biggest storyline: The Hilltoppers have been one of the most dominant Illinois high school programs the last decade or so, but have only advanced to the second round the previous two years. Can the Hilltoppers get back to making deeper runs in the IHSA state playoffs?

Names to watch this season: OLB Greyson Metz (Sr.) and OL Andrew Johnson (Sr.)

Biggest holes to fill: The Hilltoppers have a few key spots to fill this summer including quarterback and on the defensive line.
EDGY's Early Take: Glenbard West head coach Chad Hetlet has produced a 129-21 during his time in Glen Ellyn, including two state titles (2012, 2015) and a runner-up appearance (2009). Nine of his 12 seasons have resulted in double-digit wins. Witnessing the Hilltoppers get knocked out of the state playoffs at home, 45-0 to Lincoln-Way East, has undoubtedly provided plenty of offseason motivation. The 2019 ‘Hitters’ will look towards an experience and talented defense to lead the way. They’re headlined by senior OLB Greyson Metz, who anchors a unit that showed terrific speed this summer. On offense, they will look to run the football behind a line led by senior OL Andrew Johnson. Look for senior returning starters RB Joey Richmond and FB Nic Seifert to get plenty of touches this season.