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Rakocevic, Rafferty To Battle Saturday

The High School Hoops Showdown is set to tip-off this Saturday with a pair of strong match-ups that will be headlined by St. Joseph (14-3) locking up with Hinsdale Central (15-2).

The St. Joseph/Hinsdale Central contest will feature top-ranked 2016 St. Joseph post Nick Rakocevic going head-to-head with Hinsdale Central's Matt Rafferty, the top uncommitted 2015 post.

It will be a good showcase opportunity for Rafferty, who has recent offers from James Madison and Furman.

Lyons Township and St. Viator will play ahead of St. Joseph/Hinsdale Central. The game will feature uncommitted 2015 guards Harrison Niego (Lyons) and Mark Falotico (St. Viator).

Lyons Township and St. Viator will tip-off at 6:00 p.m. with St. Joseph and Hinsdale Central following at 8:00 p.m. at Hinsdale Central High School.

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Video: Armani Chaney Shows His Skills

Here is the latest video from Illinois HS Hoop Stars featuring Tennessee State-bound Chicago St. Rita star Armani Chaney.

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DePaul Offers 2016 PG Jalen Harris

DePaul has offered class of 2016 Word of God (NC) star Jalen Harris according to The Hoops Column.

Harris, a 6'1 point guard, is a player who is known for his ability to run a team as well as his ability to break down defenders off the dribble.

Harris competes on the travel team circuit with CP3.

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Barret Benson Adds Offer From Illinois

Class of 2016 Hinsdale South star Barret Benson has now added a scholarship offer from the University of Illinois to his collection.

Benson, a 6'10 center, is a big, strong and physical post who is in the midst of strong junior season which has his recruiting stock continuing to rise.

Benson is fresh off of a 28-point, 10-rebound, 5-blocked shot effort in front of Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber, and already owns a long line of scholarship offers including Kansas State, DePaul, Purdue, Nebraska and Iowa State to name a few.

Benson competes on the Under Armour circuit with the Illinois Wolves, the same program that has recently produced the current star Big 10 posts Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin) and Nnanna Egwu (Illinois).

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Illini's Aaron Cosby Out 1-2 Weeks

University of Illinois guard Aaron Cosby will be sidelined for the next 1-2 weeks with a retinal tear in his left eye. Cosby suffered the injury in Sunday's game against Indiana.

Cosby underwent a laser procedure on Monday to repair the injury.

Cosby, a Seton Hall transfer, is averaging 7.8 points and 3.6 rebounds per contest in an average of 25.3 minutes per game.

The Illini also have Rayvonte Rice currently sidelined with a broken hand.

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