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Teen dies after being shot following high school basketball game

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Teen dies after being shot following high school basketball game

Updated: 9:23 a.m.A 17-year-oldboyis dead after being shotoutside the Jones Convocation Center at Chicago State University following a high school basketball game Wednesday night.

Officials from both the Chicago Police and the University confirmed to CSNChicago.com that the shooting occurred ina parking lotshortly after 9p.m. on Chicagos South Side. Later, an ambulance with its lights and sirens on was seen speeding away from the location of the crime, near the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and 95th Street.

The Tribune reports that the victim, Tyrone Lawson,was inserious condition at the time hewas taken from the scene, butwas laterpronounced dead at Advocate Christ MedicalCenter. Lawson was an honor student at Morgan Park and just six weeks from his 18th birthday.Chicago State University released a statementon the situationearly Thursday morning."Chicago State University is deeply saddened by the tragic shooting death that
followed a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) basketball game held on campus," the statement said."This is the first such incident to occur on the campus of Chicago State University where CPS students have played many times over the last three years. Additional security is provided by the University and all external partners during high school sporting events."A Jeep was also pulled over on the east side of the University and two individuals were taken into custodyafter police found a gun inside the vehicle, according to The Tribune."Arrests have been made and University officials are awaiting the outcome of afull investigation to learn details about the shooting incident," the Chicago State University statement said.

Prior to the shooting, Simeon Career Academy defeated rival Morgan Park High School 53-51 in a Chicago Public League game. The game was clean throughout, but there was a minor verbal and physical altercation as the two teams were shaking hands afterwards. Security quickly took control of the situation and the two teams left the court and returned to their locker rooms.

It wasnt until severalminutes later when both teams were notified of the shots fired outside the complex that they remained behind locked doors for an extended period as the building was put in a lockdown mode.

This isnt the first time there has been a conflict surrounding a Morgan Park-Simeon sporting event. A football game at Gately Stadium between the two schools on Sept. 7, 2012 was cancelled in the third quarter after fans fled the east bleachers after someone was stabbed.

Some fans leaving the stadium claimed that gunshots were fired, which led to police arrivingto the scene, but nothing more than a fight and stabbing was confirmed.

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.