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CSN Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 13 Bolingbrook

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CSN Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 13 Bolingbrook

School: Bolingbrook

2014-15 record: 25-7 (12-2 SouthWest Suburban Blue)

Postseason results: Finished in third place in Class 4A after losing to Stevenson and defeating Geneva in the third-place game.

[RELATED: CSN Preps Basketball Power Rankings - No. 14 Proviso East]

Players to watch: Seniors Devon Sams and Zach Grady form an experienced inside-outside duo that logged a ton of minutes for a team that went to Peoria. Junior Nana Akenten could be the key to the Raiders' season. The 6-foot-6 Akenten has earned a handful of scholarship offers this fall and could be poised for a big season.

Did you know? Two freshmen made the varsity roster for Bolingbrook as Joseph Yusefu and Tyler Cochran both join the roster.

Why they're in the Power Rankings: Bolingbrook loses a lot of talent from the third place team, but Akenten is a potential breakout player and Sams and Grady are battle-tested. With four players 6-foot-6 or taller, Bolingbrook also has a lot of front-court depth.

Breaking: RB Williams pledges to Iowa

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Breaking: RB Williams pledges to Iowa

It didn't take very long for Oak Lawn Richards three star ranked junior RB LeShon Williams (5-foot-10, 205 pounds) to give the Iowa Hawkeyes his verbal commitment. Williams, who added a scholarship offer from Iowa yesterday decided this afternoon to commit to the Hawkeyes and announced his college decision via his Twitter account. 

"For me it was really all about the tradition and the culture (at Iowa)," according to Williams. "It's always been a dram of mine to play in the Big 10 conference, so why not play for Iowa and get to play again with one of my old teammates."

Williams, who is holding 16 scholarship offers this spring will join former Richards quarterback/safety Sebastian Castro who is part of the Class of 2019 for the Hawkeyes. Williams is now the 10th known verbal commitment in the Iowa Class of 2020 and is also the third known State of Illinois pledge for Iowa. Williams joins Byron three star ranked OL Tyler Elsbury along with Lena-Winslow three star ranked defensive end Isaiah Bruce as Land of Lincoln commitments. 

Quarterback JJ McCarthy commits to Michigan

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Quarterback JJ McCarthy commits to Michigan

Nazareth Academy sophomore quarterback JJ McCarthy (6-foot-2, 180 pounds), who had an All State season in 2018 leading the Roadrunners to the Class 7A state title decided to give the Michigan Wolverines his verbal commitment today while making a return unofficial visit to the Ann Arbor, Michigan, campus.

“I have a list of all the things I need to check off before I make my decision,” McCarthy told Rivals.com's Midwest Recruiting Expert Josh Helmholdt. “It’s a literal piece of paper I have at home, and Michigan checked every single one of those boxes.”

Among the various factors for McCarthy in deciding upon Michigan included location, academics along with preparing him for the next level of football.

“With all the NFL ties Michigan has, especially quarterback-wise with coach (Jim) Harbaugh and coach (Ben) McDaniels, it’s really a no-brainer for me,” McCarthy said. “When I hear ‘Michigan,’ I think of Tom Brady. He’s the greatest of all time and he’s an alum… at my position too.”

McCarthy, who was already holding over 30 verbal scholarship offers including offers from multiple Power 5 programs is the second known verbal commitment in the Michigan Wolverines Class of 2021 joining Stevenson Sterling Heights (Mich.) ranked offensive tackle Giovanni El Hadi.

McCarthy is now the fourth known verbal commitment from the state of Illinois Class of 2021, joining Antioch sophomore QB Athan Kaliakmanis (Minnesota) and his brother Dino Kaliakmanis (Minnesota) and Naperville Central sophomore QB/ATH Sam Jackson (Minnesota).