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VOTE: Wintrust Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

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VOTE: Wintrust Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

Who wants is more?

NBC Sports Chicago and Wintrust present our “Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week.” We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland’s top prep sports show, in the hands of passionate high school football followers. Fans will get the chance to pick one game that the @NBCSPreps crew will cover on Friday night. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights and postgame reaction of that game will appear on that night’s “High School Lites” broadcast at 11:00 p.m., just after Cubs and White Sox baseball. The show also live streams at www.nbcsportschicago.com/watchlive and appears in the MyTeams app.  High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the following Saturday on NBC Sports Chicago. 

This week we are putting the spotlight on some 4A powerhouses-- and one 2A team (Clifton Central) that is making serious strides in the rankings. We will spotlight the following three games on our Twitter page (@NBCSPreps).

Which one is the most worthy of our coverage?

Bishop McNamara at Coal City, 7:00 p.m.

Herscher at Clifton Central, 7:00 p.m.

Plano at Marengo, 7:00 p.m. 

To participate, our fans are encouraged to do the following:

**Follow our NBC Sports Chicago preps Twitter page: @NBCSPreps.

**Note the pinned tweet that is atop the feed.

**Vote for the game you want NBC Sports Chicago to cover Friday night.

**Spread the word!

The poll will start promptly at 12:00 p.m. Tuesday. We will make an announcement with the official results on @NBCSPreps just after 4 p.m. Thursday. And as a reminder, be sure to follow @NBCSPreps for updates on the “Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week,” along with other high school sports news, scores and highlights, all season long.

Chicago native Will Bynum to return to the BIG3 league

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Chicago native Will Bynum to return to the BIG3 league

Chicago native Will Bynum is making a return to the Big 3 basketball league. Last year the 6-foot guard served as a co-captain for the team "Bivouac," and instantly became a fan-favorite as one of the most exciting players in the three-on-three league, where he set the single-game scoring record.

His BIG3 squad—coached by 1978 Bulls No. 9 overall pick Reggie Theus—went 4-4 last season and missed a playoff spot due to point differential. Bynum, who averaged 15.9 points per 36 minutes over an 8-year NBA career, showcased perhaps the best handles of anyone in the BIG3 and certainly broke out the best "Shammgod," hesitation dribble in the league's brief history. During his time in the BIG3, Bynum has shown off the same type of flashy playmaking and scoring prowess that made him a local legend at Crane high school.

Bynum's Bivouac squad is comprised of himself, 13-year NBA veteran Josh Smith and 10-year NBA veteran Marreese Speights. Smith was on the team last season, while Speights will be making his BIG3 debut. The 2020 BIG3 season kicks off on June 2020 in Memphis, Tennessee and they make their first stop in Chicago at the United Center on August 15. 

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Edgy Tim's Recruiting News and Notes

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Edgy Tim's Recruiting News and Notes

Bolingbrook has been a must stop for years for college coaches and recruiters, and the Raiders and head coach John Ivlow continue to develop high level talent in high demand. 

Bolingbrook already has seen Class of 20121 safety Justin Walters commit to Notre Dame earlier this month, and the Raiders also have more names emerging this winter. 

Bolingbrook (Ill.) junior three-star ranked outside linebacker recruit Tyler McLaurin (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) has continued to add more scholarship offers despite being in the middle of a recruiting dead period. 

"I've been able to add some recent scholarship offers," McLaurin said. "My latest offers come from Boston College, Missouri, Texas Tech and Virginia."

McLaurin is also starting to look harder at his upcoming spring visit plans but is also hoping to delay his visits because of basketball.

"I know that I'm going to visit Iowa State and also Nebraska this spring. I also want to get out to visit more schools, but it all depends on my basketball schedule. We are having a great season so far (26-5) and we are aiming for a deep state playoff run. I'm sure I'll try to fit a few more visits later this spring but again it all depends on my schedule and the state playoffs."

Does McLaurin have a time frame just yet for making a college decision?

"I'm hoping to make some official visits towards the end of May or early June. Ideally I would be making a college decision by the end of July, but that's still a ways away. Hopefully the timing will all work out but I also don't want to rush anything just to make a decision near a set date."

Tyler McLaurin is currently holding 14 FBS level scholarship offers this winter. 

Bolingbrook junior DB Malik Rainey (5-foot-11, 175 pounds) was able to add his first ACC offer earlier this week when the University of Virginia extended him a scholarship offer.

"The offer from Virginia was sort of a surprise," Rainey said. "My head coach (John Ivlow) shared my video with one of the coaches at Virginia. I was then asked to call back the coaches at Virginia and that's when they offered me."

Rainey, who is playing 7on7 this winter and spring for Boom Midwest has also been drawing increased recruiting attention this winter.

"I have offers now from Virginia and Kent State. I've also been in contact with the coaches from Texas Tech, Kansas State, Nebraska, Miami of Ohio along with several other MAC schools."

Does Rainey have any upcoming spring visit plans?

"I have three visits I'm looking to make this spring. I want to get out to visit Kansas State, Virginia and also Kent State. When I visit a school I'm looking to just get to know the coaches better and I'm also looking for a school; where I feel comfortable and at home."

Chicago (Ill.) Simeon three-star ranked offensive tackle Cameron James (6-foot-8, 280 pounds) has continued to draw plenty of scholarship offers and recruiting attention this winter. James checks in and lays out his upcoming spring college visit plans and more here.
"My latest offer is from Michigan State," James said. "It's a big offer for sure. They are always strong upfront and they always have a great defense. I also like the Michigan State offense as well."
James also filled us in on his upcoming spring unofficial visit plans.

"I'm going to make some visits next month (March). I'm going to go back to Purdue for a spring practice. I'm also looking at visiting both Minnesota and Missouri in March. Those are the only visits I have planned for now."

James has 17 FBS level scholarship offers so far this winter. 

Oak Park (Ill.) Fenwick sophomore dual quarterback prospect Kaden Cobb (6-foot-3, 180 pounds) is getting ready for what he hopes is a big 2020 junior season. Cobb is also planning on having a very busy upcoming spring recruiting period and recaps his latest recruiting news and more here.

"I've been in touch with several college coaches this winter and a lot of them want me to come out and make a spring visit. I'm already set to go back to Iowa on March 1st. l'm also set to visit Indiana on March 7th and then visit Michigan State on March 8th. I'm also going to visit Michigan sometime in either late March or early April. Missouri has also been in touch and I'm hoping to visit them sometime this spring."

Cobb is excited about the growing list of college coaches expected to visit his school this spring.

"It seems like a lot of the college coaches will be in school this spring and they all want to see me throw. I know that so far we are expecting coaches from Notre Dame, Michigan, Purdue, Indiana, Minnesota and Northwestern."