Red-South rivals Bogan (21-6) and Simeon (23-2) will meet on Sunday in the title game of the Chicago Public League Playoffs on Sunday following their semifinal wins on Wednesday night.
Bogan beat Whitney Young 73-45 in the semifinals and are playing their best basketball of the season at the ideal time. Simeon defeated Uplift 554-38 to advance and the top-rated team in the state will have face #2-ranked Stevenson on Saturday ahead of the final.
Simeon won both prior meetings between the two teams this season, but will now face a confident Bogan team that has seemed to find it's stride following a 55-48 setback to Simeon in late January.
Luwane Pipkins (UMass) and Antonio Thomas are key for Bogan. Simeon has had success defending Pipkins. However, if his shots are falling from distance, Bogan becomes a difficult team to beat.
Simeon is always tough to handle when Ed Morrow Nebraska) dominates inside and Thomas will look to keep Morrow occupied.
D.J. Williams (Illinois) and Isaiah Moss (Iowa) are the other big guns for Simeon while Bogan counters with Bryce Barnes, James Jones and Tom Johnson.
The title game is set to tip-off at 5:00 p.m. at Chicago State on Sunday.
Red-hot super-sophomore Alonzo Verge Jr. has now picked up a Big East scholarship offer from Providence. Verge continued his amazing run on Tuesday night with a 41-point scoring effort against Proviso East with Providence watching.
Verge, a 6'1 guard, has fast become the hottest story of the year in Illinois high school basketball. He has scored 40+ on three different occasions since the calendar year turned over to 2015 and has completely transformed the Willowbrook basketball program.
Verge is as smooth as they come on the basketball court, never seems to get rattled and scores the ball from all points of the floor.
Verge now has Willowbrook riding a 14-game winning streak and the team now sports a 20-6 record overall.
Willowbrook, which won just 2 games last year, is now one win away from claiming no worse than a share of the West Suburban Gold title.
The West Suburban Gold also features Kalin Fisher (Proviso East), one of the top uncommitted 2015 prospects, Harvard-bound Weisner Perez (Morton) as well as Hinsdale South 2016 stud Barret Benson, who features a wealth of offers, including one from Illinois.
The La Lumiere Classic is set to tip-off tomorrow and will feature a powerful lineup of teams and individual talent spread over three days. Highly regarded Thon Maker, who just reclassified into the 2015 recruiting class, will be in action with his Orangeville Prep (Canada) team.
Illinois-bound Jalen Coleman-Lands (La Lumiere), Isaac Humphries (La Lumiere), Alex Olesinski (La Lumiere), Munis Tutu (La Lumiere), Drew Cayce (La Lumiere), Thon Maker (Orangeville), Jamal Murray (Orangeville), Matur Maker (Orangeville), Jalen Poyser (Orangeville), Anthony Pratt (St. Louis Christian), Aleksandar Dozic (Don Bosco) and Jaycee Hillsman (Don Bosco) are all among the top prospects set to compete in the event.
Thon Maker is considered one of the top prospects in the country, as is Humphries. Humphries and Murray are both University of Illinois targets. Olesinski recently picked up an offer from UCLA. Dozic is being recruited by a number of schools and recently took an official visit to Marshall. Cayce originally starred at Libertyville High School (IL). Hillsman hails from Simeon and is being recruited by a number of Division I programs.
Below is the schedule of games for the event which will take place at La Lumiere, which is located about an hour outside of Chicago.
Thursday, February 19
Orangeville Prep (Canada) vs. Don Bosco (IN)
La Lumiere (IN) vs. St. Louis Christian (MO)
Friday, February 20
Don Bosco vs. St. Louis Christian (MO)
La Lumiere (IN) vs. Orangeville Prep (Canada)
Saturday, February 21
La Lumiere (IN) vs. Don Bosco (IN)
Orangeville Prep (Canada) vs. St. Louis Christian (MO)