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Jack Hoiberg, son of Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg, making a name for himself

Jack Hoiberg, son of Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg, making a name for himself

Having the last name of "Hoiberg" helps Hinsdale Central senior Jack Hoiberg stand out on the basketball court. But the son of Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg is more than just a varsity basketball player.

Besides being a contributor to a Red Devils program that went 16-12 on the season, Hoiberg made a name for himself as a golfer. A lefty who was committed to South Dakota for golf, Hoiberg loves the links and became a fan of the sport because of his dad.

"It was all my choice. I mean, when I was born my dad said jokingly that the only sport he was going to have me play was golf since he loved golf," Hoiberg said. "I got into it at a young age and I just fell in love with the sport. I've been working to get better at it ever since."

Hoiberg played other sports like baseball and football growing up but he's gravitated towards basketball and golf as he focused his own career as a high school athlete.

"I was pretty good at both and didn't want to give anything up," Hoiberg said.

A back-to-back state title winner in golf, Hoiberg is hoping to make one final run in boys basketball as Jack is thinking about staying with the sport at the next level. Potentially walking on at a big program, Jack is hoping to potentially coach the game someday -- just like his father.

As for Fred Hoiberg, the Bulls coach has been happy to see the way Jack's high school athletics career has played out.

"The biggest thing with Jack is how his confidence has grown in a big way," Hoiberg said.

"He's doing a great job with his leadership, which is fun for me to see. He's a great teammate. His defense has grown in a big way. It's just fun to see how his overall game has improved."

Even though the Hoibergs are somewhat of a public family since Fred has such a high-profile job, Jack has done a good job of making a name for himself and building his own athletics career.

Hoiberg still has decide what he wants to do with his athletic future but he'll have some options after a strong senior year at Hinsdale Central. 

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).