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Conant senior Jimmy Sotos picks Bucknell

Conant senior Jimmy Sotos picks Bucknell

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. 

Simeon defensive back Chau Smith commits to Wyoming

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Simeon defensive back Chau Smith commits to Wyoming

Simeon senior three-star ranked defensive back recruit Chau Smith (5-foot-11, 175 pounds) decided today to end his recruiting process and give the University of Wyoming his verbal commitment. Smith discusses his college decision here.

"I'm really happy about my decision," Smith said. "I had a great visit this weekend to Wyoming and the visit really sealed the deal for me."

Smith, who had recently narrowed his top schools list to the Cowboys along with Toledo, NIU, Colorado State and Temple, filled us in on what stood out to him on his weekend official visit to Wyoming.

"The coaching staff at Wyoming is great," Smith said. "Coach Rich (John Richardson) is nothing less than real and I can't emphasize that enough. I also know that head coach (Craig) Bohl has my best interest at heart. He has made a commitment to me that I will leave Laramie with my college degree. My family loves that and they also loved it at Wyoming and I loved it at Wyoming. Just the whole vibe at Wyoming is great and I feel I will be pushed to become a greater player and that the coaches will push me to do great things."

Earlier in the week Smith had no official visit plans set. He decided at the last minute to take an official visit to Wyoming.

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