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Edgy Tim's Recruiting News and Notes

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Edgy Tim's Recruiting News and Notes

Kenwood Academy head coach Sinque Turner earlier this week had two of his top Class of 2021 names make college decisions. 



The Broncos’ junior three star-ranked wide receiver Dante Reynolds (6-foot-0, 175 pounds) and junior three star-ranked all purpose back Lewis Bond (6-foot-0, 194 pounds) both gave Boston College their verbal commitment. 

Reynolds and Bond had over a dozen offers from the likes of Ole Miss, Nebraska, Memphis, Syracuse and Southern Miss before deciding to commit to the Eagles.

St. Laurence junior cornerback recruit Aaron Wofford (6-foot-1, 165 pounds) decided to give Western Michigan his verbal commitment on Wednesday night. 

"Western Michigan brought me in and made me feel like a part of the family right away," Wofford said. "They recruited me the hardest out of any other school and I feel great about my decision."

Wofford discussed why he decided to give the WMU Broncos an early verbal commitment.

"I really had my heart set on Western Michigan pretty early on," he said. "It's a great school and football program and it's just a great overall fit for me. I also just didn't want to drag anything out when I already knew which school I wanted to play for in college. WMU recruited me as a defensive back and they feel I'll be a great fit for the defense. I also just didn't want to worry about recruiting and I can just focus now on the team and my senior season instead of my recruiting."

Loyola Academy junior defensive end Brandon Svets (6-foot-5, 230 pounds) has also seen his recruiting stock take off this spring, adding nine scholarship offers and growing.

"My latest offers are from SIU and Cornell," Svets said. "It's been pretty crazy lately and I now have added 7 offers over the past 10 days. It's pretty amazing and exciting."

Svets who is now holding nine scholarship offers points towards a few key reasons why his recruiting stock has taken off.

"Coach (John) Holecek has really been getting my name out there. The feedback from the college coaches has been pretty positive. They all like my junior tape and they also are excited about my weight gain. I've added around 30 pounds since last year and I feel much stronger compared to last season. I'm eating around five thousand calories a day and I've added a ton of protein into my diet and that's made a huge difference."

Vernon Hills has two Division-1 scholarship football players so far this spring in junior TE Justin Morris (6-foot-4, 215 pounds) and junior LB Jackson Wiegold (6-foot-2, 215 pounds).

Morris, who added his latest offer earlier this week from Eastern Michigan, now has offers from the Eagles along with Ball State, EIU, Bucknell and Georgetown. 

Wiegold, who recently added new offers from Ball State and Western Illinois, now has offers from D2 Minnesota State, Concordia St. Paul and Winona State. 

Max Christie selects Michigan State over Duke, several Big Ten schools

Max Christie selects Michigan State over Duke, several Big Ten schools

Sparty Nation got another reason to flex. And it may have Coach K seeing green.

Max Christie, a five-star shooting guard (Rivals) and the top Illinois player in the Class of 2021, is headed to play for Michigan State and legendary head coach Tom Izzo. The Rolling Meadows High School product made his decision Tuesday in an interview with Fox’s Andy Katz.

“It just felt like it was a place that I was needed and a place I wanted to go to,” Christie said. “I think Coach Izzo and his staff and all my teammates there can push me to be the person I want to be, not just on, but off the court.”

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Christie selected Michigan State —his only official visit— over, namely, Coach Mike Krzyzewski and Duke. Also on his list of potential choices were Villanova, Virginia, Purdue, Ohio State, Northwestern, Illinois and several others. While Christie is excited for Izzo to help improve his game, he also prides himself on his versatility and making an immediate impact.

“I think I can be a great facilitator and a great scorer,” Christie said. “I feel like I can do anything that Coach Izzo or the players need be to do if that means rebounding, pushing the ball, setting up an offense or coming off screens, I feel like I am versatile enough of anything that is asked of me.”

The 6-foot-6 Christie may get another boost on the court a few years down the line, as Class of 2022 phenom Emoni Bates, the top player in the current junior class, committed to play for MSU on June 30. All of this assumes Bates keeps his commitment to East Lansing and doesn’t hop the NBA. Christie remains steadfast in his committed to Michigan State and is not exploring any G-League options at the moment.


Christie has grabbed headlines in Chicagoland since his freshman year. He has tallied a 50-point game and a triple double and had several clutch moments during his junior season. He is coming off the first 20-win campaign at ‘Meadows in nearly 30 years.

And there’s more Christie magic in the pipeline. Cameron, his younger brother, is one of the quickly-rising sophomores in the area.

Illinois high school boys basketball state finals return to Champaign

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Illinois high school boys basketball state finals return to Champaign

It’s time to party like it’s 1995 —especially if you’re a high school basketball fan who likes watching the game in the Champaign-Urbana area.

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) board of directors voted Monday to move the host venue for the boys state basketball finals from Peoria to Champaign’s renovated State Farm Center for the next three seasons.

“We see this as the passing of the torch from Peoria to Champaign-Urbana,” IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson said in a statement. “It is bittersweet because there is incredible passion from high school basketball within these two communities, and both have done so much to elevate the state final experience as hosts. The State Farm Center is one of the best arenas in the country, and we are excited to crown state champions there once again. The timing simply felt right to make a change as the tournament format shifts in 2021."

The boys tournament will run on March 11-13, 2021, March 10-12, 2022 and March 9-11, 2023.

“We are thrilled with today’s news that the Illinois high school boys basketball state finals will return home to the campus of the University of Illinois, Illinois Athletic Director Josh Whitman said in a statement. “We are grateful to the IHSA and its leadership for choosing State Farm Center and Champaign-Urbana to host the state finals.

The boys tournament, which had been located in Champaign for 77 years, moved to Peoria’s Civic Center (Carver Arena) starting in 1996. The girls tournament was also in Champaign until 1992 before moving to Redbird Arena. The girls tournament will remain in Normal.

The Champaign area was steeped in prep basketball glory for generations. The first televised championship came in 1952 when Hebron, a school of 98 students defeated a Quincy school boasting an enrollment over 1,000. Six years later, the first Chicago school —Marshall— won state. In 1972, the tournament was split into Class A (small schools) and AA (large schools). The late Ben Wilson helped Simeon win in a title in Champaign in 1984 while future NBA stars (Kevin Garnett, Melvin Ely) and NFL receivers (Antwaan Randle El and Tai Streets) graced the floor at Assembly Hall during the 1995 tournament.

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The next year was a perfect one for the city of Peoria to grab the reins for the boys tournament. Hometown Manual High School won their third and fourth consecutive state titles in 1996 and 1997. Later, Derrick Rose guided Simeon to back-to-back state titles in 2006 and 2007. A four-class system was instituted for the 2007-08 season. Simeon dominated again from 2010-13 with Jabari Parker in the spotlight.

This year’s basketball tournaments were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.