Conant senior guard Jimmy Sotos made his college decision on Monday night as he announced on Twitter that he committed to Bucknell.
The 6-foot-2 Sotos helped the Cougars win the Fremd Sectional title in Class 4A last season before falling to Rockford Auburn in the Class 4A supersectional at the Sears Centre. During his junior season, Sotos averaged 16 points and 4.5 assists per game while shooting 47 percent from the field and 84 percent from the free-throw line.
"It was the best balance for academics and basketball," Sotos said of Bucknell. "I'm excited to be able to make an impact from Day 1 on a winning program that each year has a great chance to get to the NCAA tournament. Also, I developed a great relationship with the coaching staff, as they believe in me as a player and believe in my goals to play ball after college."
With the return of Sotos and junior center Ryan Davis, Conant should be a major factor in the area this season as they'll likely find their way into the @CSNPreps Power Rankings to start the season.
NBCSportsChicago.com 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 July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.
Head coach: John Rone
Assistant coaches: Andrew Porter, Ron Rivera, Chris Lewis, Ryan McGuire and Clint Connelly
How they fared in 2017: 8-2 (5-1 South Suburban Red Conference). Shepard made the Class 6A state football playoff field. The Astros lost to Marmion Academy in opening round action.
2018 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 24 @ Leyden
Sept. 1 @ Stagg
Sept 7 vs Hillcrest
Sept. 14 vs Eisenhower
Sept. 21 @ Richards
Sept. 28 @ Oak Lawn
Oct. 5 vs Reavis
Oct. 12 vs Evergreen Park
Oct. 19 @ Argo
Biggest storyline: First-year head coach John Rone. Can the Astros challenge once again for the South Suburban Red conference title under a new head coach?
Names to watch this season: RB/LB Chris Harrison and TE/DE Kevin Graham
Biggest holes to fill: The Astros bring back 10 returning starters (five offense, five defense). Overall depth could also be a concern.
EDGY's Early Take: Shepard will be led by former Eisenhower assistant Rone, who was able to retain an experienced staff at Shepard. It will help ease the transition from former head coach Dominic Passolano this summer. If the Astros can get off to a good early start they have the overall talent to again make a state playoff appearance in 2018. Can they challenge conference power Richards in the South Suburban Red race?
Biggest storyline: T.F. South has advanced to the playoffs 20 times in the past 24 seasons. Can the Rebels get back to the IHSA state playoff field and make more noise this fall?
Names to watch this season: QB Kamron Clayton LB Michael Smith
Biggest holes to fill: The Rebels will need to replace seven starters on each side of the football this fall.
EDGY's Early Take: T.F. South head coach Bob Padjen was able to keep the Rebels on a winning path in his first season as Rebels head coach after several years serving in an assistant role. South always has talent. If the underclassmen can step up this summer, look for the Rebels to challenge for the top half of the South Suburban Blue conference race.