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High School Lites Preview: Basketball Week 2

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High School Lites Preview: Basketball Week 2

This week's edition of High School Lites has plenty of enticing matchups from all over the area. Our show includes highlights of a couple of ranked teams in action while we also feature some games of teams off to solid starts.

The newest episode of High School Lites will air on NBC Sports Chicago at 11 p.m. on Friday night with replays on Saturday at 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. on the same network.

Plainfield East at No. 13 Oswego East, 6:30 p.m. -- The Southwest Prairie opens conference play with this intriguing matchup. Plainfield East (4-1) is off to a solid start with some positive results from the always tough St. Charles East Thanksgiving Tournament as Yamani Shareef & Christian Shumate made the all-tournament team. Oswego East (5-0) is off to a great start as they've won almost all of their games by double-digits. Senior RayJ Dennis is off to a monster start on the season as he's a Player of the Year candidate.

No. 17 Lincoln Park at Crane, 6:30 p.m. -- The Public League Red-North/West has an interesting game on the West Side. Lincoln Park (3-3, 0-1) is trying to snap a two-game losing streak after losing to nationally-ranked LaLumiere and locally-ranked Uplift during the week. Junior big man Romelle Howard is a player to watch as Division I schools are taking notice. Crane (2-1, 0-1) is coming off of a conference loss to Prosser earlier in the week as they try to stay in the mix after bumping up from the White Division.

Richards at Hillcrest, 6:30 p.m. -- Arguably the top two teams in the South Suburban play in this one. Representing the Red division is defending champion Richards (5-1, 1-1) as they lost to Oak Forest earlier this week. Hillcrest (5-2, 2-0) is coming off of a win over Eisenhower this week as their only losses are to ranked teams like Bloom and Marian Catholic. Senior Dylan West is off to a strong start on the interior for the Hawks.

No. 9 Benet at St. Patrick, 7:00 p.m. -- The East Suburban Catholic Conference kicks off play with a good one here. Benet (6-1) will see themselves drop in the rankings next week after a loss to York in overtime. Senior Kendrick Tchoua is off to a strong start for the Redwings. St. Patrick (4-2) is coming off of a win against Joliet West in the Ridgewood Shootout over the weekend as Austin Freeman and Joe Fanning played well.

No. 14 Marian Catholic at Marist, 7:30 p.m. -- Staying in the ESCC, this should be an intriguing clash. Marian Catholic (4-1) has already played a strong schedule to open the year as they're led by senior Chris White and junior Ahron Ulis. Marist (4-1) is in the midst of a three-game winning streak as this will be their first game in eight days.

Latin vs. Parker at DePaul, 7:30 p.m. -- One of the area's best rivalries in the Independent School League continues in this one. Latin (4-0) is favored after the solid start as they have won each game by double digits. Parker (2-5, 1-1) is hoping to get a conference win after falling to Northside earlier in the week.

Schaumburg at Barrington, 7:30 p.m. -- Mid-Suburban West play continues with two teams off to good starts. Schaumburg (6-2, 1-0) is a team to keep an eye on thanks to a strong start. They've won five straight games as Michael Hodges is looking like one of the conference's best players so far this season. Barrington (4-2, 0-1) has dropped two straight games after a strong showing at Crystal Lake Central during Thanksgiving.

Lake Forest at Lake Zurich, 7:30 p.m. -- We head to the North Suburban Conference as these two teams try to reverse some slow starts. Lake Forest (2-4, 0-1) has struggled to put up points in the midst of a two-game losing streak. The Scouts do own a top-25 win over Lincoln Park though as they have the potential to play well. Lake Zurich (2-4, 0-1) has dropped three straight games as they try to figure things out under new head coach Terry Coughlin. These two teams will also play again on Jan. 25. 

VIEWERS' CHOICE GAME OF THE WEEK

Neuqua Valley at Waubonsie Valley, 7:30 p.m. -- After over 2,500 votes, this DuPage Valley Conference game won a tight race this week. Neuqua Valley (3-3, 0-0) has won three straight games after a sluggish start as they make their conference debut for the 2018-19 season. Waubonsie Valley (5-0, 1-0) took home the title at Batavia earlier this season as senior guard Eric Cannon is one of the conference's most productive players.

High School Lites Roundup: Basketball Week 3

High School Lites Roundup: Basketball Week 3

High School Lites returned to the hardwood this week as we had IHSA basketball highlights from all over the area. Plus we also had a football commitment from the state's top prospect right before the signing period.

WINTRUST ATHLETE OF THE WEEKBrother Rice's Marquise Kennedy

TEAM OF THE WEEK PRESENTED BY SAINT XAVIER: Curie Condors 

Crystal Lake South's Trevor Keegan commits to Michigan

THURSDAY'S GAME

No. 2 Curie topples No. 12 Simeon

FRIDAY'S GAMES

Lincoln Park upsets No. 1 Whitney Young

No. 3 Bloom takes down No. 9 Homewood-Flossmoor 

No. 4 Evanston races by Niles North

No. 20 Uplift runs past Marshall

Glenbard West upsets No. 21 Downers North

No. 23 Romeoville holds off Plainfield South

Lemont beats Shepard on buzzer-beater

Payton knocks off Taft

Elmwood Park beats Guerin Prep in Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

Dundee-Crown defeats Crystal Lake South 

WATCH: Trevor Keegan, the top 2019 football recruit in Illinois, to announces his college decision

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WATCH: Trevor Keegan, the top 2019 football recruit in Illinois, to announces his college decision

It can't be easy being a low-key 6-foot-6, 310 pound senior in high school. But Crystal Lake South’s four star-ranked offensive tackle Trevor Keegan, the state's top recruit for the Class of 2019, has (for the most part) remained as ‘under the recruiting radar’ as possible.

Keegan has been very quiet. He hasn't revealed much when it comes to specific college leanings throughout his recruiting process. But that’s all about to change, as he makes his college announcement Friday night at 6:15 in South’s auditorium.

The calm before the announcement storm, so to speak, makes it all the more intriguing. It’s an event you can see live on @NBCSPreps via Periscope at 6:15 p.m. or on our live stream page here.

Keegan, who last week narrowed down his final top destination list to Michigan, Penn State and Georgia, is at the end of a rigorous decision process. He racked up 35 total scholarship offers from most —if not all— of the major players from every Power Five conference across the country. 

So which school will Keegan select on Friday night? 

According to Rivals.com Midwest Football Recruiting Expert Josh Helmholdt, "Trevor has been very quiet and really hasn't said much at all up to this point. Most roads for me on his decision leads to Michigan, yet if he decided on either Penn State or Georgia I would not be shocked."

Expect Keegan to make Friday’s verbal commitment official this coming Wednesday, Dec. 19, when the football Early National Letter of Intent Signing Period begins. 

Keegan, along with the rest of the Class of 2019, will be just the second football class allowed to sign an early Letter of Intent. Last December, the Class of 2018 took full advantage of the first early signing window as nearly 75 percent of all BCS scholarship players signed during the early period.

The Class of 2019 is projected to equal or even surpass last year's 75 percent early signing rate.