This may have been the most impressive week of individual performances so far, but we have our players of the week as well as some notes from the week with about a month until the postseason begins.
Amarion Nimmers (6’2 PG/SG, Rock Island 2022)
Nimmers went over 1,000 career points and scored 24 points early in the week. Then he kept that momentum in a 33-point game later in the week. Rock Island is clicking and Nimmers has been doing his part. Defenses really struggled to keep him out of the rim.
Brock Harding (6’0 PG, Moline 2023)
Another Quad Cities star, Harding is one of the purest floor generals in the state. Harding exploded for 38 points for Moline in a win. Harding is a terrific decision maker and a proficient finisher able to get going off the bounce.
Conrad Luczynski (7’3 C, Bartlett 2022)
It’s almost unfair at times. Luczynski had a colossal triple-double with 25 points, 15 rebounds, and 13 blocks in a win. He is an excellent positional defender who blocks everything in his area. But his offensive game has been just as effective rolling, getting putbacks, and getting easy looks with his back to the basket. He added five assists in the win. Luczynski is the best available center in the senior cl
Chase Bonder (6’7 PF, Libertyville 2022)
Bonder put on a show and capped it off with a buzzer-beater in a 27-point game. Versatility and skill have been staples of Bonder’s game over the last few years, but he has taken his game to another level. Libertyville and Bonder had a nice week.
Donovan Jones (6’2 PG, Solorio 2022)
Solorio’s floor general did a little bit of everything this week. He went for 19 points, seven rebounds, and nine assists in one game. Then followed that up with 29 points, seven rebounds, and five assists in the game. Jones is a physical and productive point guard that is still uncommitted.
Nick Martinelli (6’8 SG/SF, Glenbrook South 2022)
We knew Martinelli was a bucket getter, but he put up a career high 41 points in a win over Yorkville Christian. He got whatever he wanted around the rim and used all kinds of shot fakes and interior moves to score. Martinelli compiled one of the best individual scoring outputs in school history.
Jaylen Drane (6’3 PG, Simeon 2022)
Drane made big plays on big stages all week. He has been on a tear this year, playing like he has something to prove. He had a 28-point performance and showcased a ton of leadership ad competitiveness throughout the week.
Rich Barron (6’5 SG, St. Ignatius 2023)
Barron is a large part of the rejuvenated St. Ignatius squad that looks to be on a mission. He was key in a win over previously undefeated Mt. Carmel and had 32 points and 10 rebounds in a game. Barron continues to impact the game in a number of ways and is a no-question All-State player who will continue to add Division 1 interest.
Toby Onyekonwu (6’3 SG, Joliet West 2022)
The fresh face in the Joliet West lineup had yet another eye-opening game with 36 points early in the week. Adding a new element to their offense, he is able to play free and is catching up on missed time while he awaited being deemed eligible as a transfer.
Walter Hill Jr. (6’2 PG, Rockford Lutheran 2023)
Hill is an under-the-radar point guard who really knows how to create his own shot. On a rising Rockford Lutheran team, he had games of 32 points and 31 points this week. Their offense runs through his ability to break down defenses and open up scoring opportunities. Hill is going to keep getting better.