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Morgan Park's Charlie Moore commits to Memphis

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Morgan Park's Charlie Moore commits to Memphis

The top senior high school basketball player in Illinois made his commitment on Thursday as Morgan Park point guard Charlie Moore pledged to Memphis during a press conference.

The 5-foot-11 Moore is coming off of a tremendous junior season in which he made the CSN Preps Basketball All-Area second team after helping lead Morgan Park to the Class 3A final four. Regarded as the No. 57 overall prospect in the national class of 2016, according to Rivals, Moore selected Memphis over his other finalists of Cal and VCU.

A point guard capable of setting up teammates or scoring thanks to deep range on his jumper, Moore came out of the gate quickly last season with a 49-point game in Morgan Park's season-opening win over Urban Prep/Bronzeville. Moore averaged 18 points a game during his junior season and turned in a huge 28-point effort in a sectional title game win over Red-South rival Bogan.

Moore continued his solid play in the spring and summer with the Mac Irvin Fire in the Nike EYBL. In 22 games in league play, Moore averaged 15.8 points, 4.5 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game as he proved himself to be a top national point guard.

During his sophomore season, Moore was the starting point guard on Morgan Park's Class 3A state championship team, and he has a chance to go to Peoria three straight times if the Mustangs can make it back to the final four this season. Morgan Park will once again be a favorite to win a city and state championship this season as Moore is joined by other talented senior guards like Jamal Burton and Jarrin Randall.

With Moore committing, St. Joseph senior big man Nick Rakocevic remains the area's best uncommitted player as we get closer to the season beginning.

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.