Less than a month until the end of the regular season, we have reached the players of the week for the tenth week of the season.
Alex Georgokas (Prospect)
Prospect doesn’t get the most attention, but they have been excellent all season driven in large part by the stellar play of Georgokas. He had 26 points and six assists in a big win over Glenbrook South and another 22 points later in the week. In a grind-it-out style of play at Prospect, he has been efficient and productive. Georgokas is one of the better two-way guard available and should have ample D3 suitors.
Braeden Carlsen (Wauconda)
Carlsen continues to score in bulk while providing contributions across the board for Wauconda. He had 22 points and 10 rebounds in a big win early in the week and then went back-and-forth with Dominic Jankowski of Grayslake North to finish with 28 points, five assists, and four steals. The strong, versatile two-guard is capable of carrying the Bulldogs.
Brock Harding (Moline)
You always know that it’s going to be a show with Harding. The Iowa commit became the all-time leading scorer in Moline history while scoring 30 points in a win. Harding came back the next night and had a game-high 26 points and seven assists against Rolling Meadows, one of the top teams in the state. Over the last two weeks, Harding and Moline have confirmed that they are a serious problem in 4A.
Cam Cerese (Lake Park)
Another big week for the Lake Park star. Cerese continues to respond to heavy defensive attention with a combination of patience and cerebral aggressiveness that is hard to find. He had games of 29 and 30 points to lead the Lancers.
DeAndre Craig (Mount Carmel)
The Denver commit always shows up in the big games. Against a St. Rita team with three high-major recruits, the senior was the best player on the floor with 33 points and complete control of the game. He came back and had 20 points against a solid defensive team at Fenwick in another win. Craig is a sure-fire all-state player.
Derek Bishop (Mundelein)
Bishop, a super sophomore for Mundelein, erupted for 33 points in a tight win against Waukegan. He’s a smooth athlete that is a true multi-level scorer. It seems like he is finding his grove, also scoring 20 points yesterday in another close win against a promising St. Viator team. Bishop is a player to track in the 2025 class.
Jake Fiegen (New Trier)
Fiegen dropped 30 points in a big conference win over a good Glenbrook South team, scoring at the rim, off pull-ups, and from the three-point line. The next day against DePaul Prep, he scored his 1,000th point and led the Trevians to another win over a very good team. A quintessential winner, Fiegen is a player who has been rock steady for New Trier and has the ability to lead them deep into March before heading to Cornell.
Morez Johnson (St. Rita)
The Illinois commit had a pair of double-doubles with 27 points in 12 rebounds to start the week and another 22 points and 10 boards yesterday. At this point of the year, his combination of size, athleticism, and touch have made him a force, even against some of the national-level competition that they are facing.
Ross Robertson (South Beloit)
A multi-time player of the week selection, Robertson eclipsed 1,000 points as only a sophomore. He had 21 points and 18 rebounds in that game where he reached the milestone. That was actually his lighter game of the week, putting up 26 points with 17 boards and four blocks in a game earlier in the week. The powerful sophomore is on pace to be a 1,000 rebound player as well.
Talen Pearson (Nazareth)
Pearson has emerged as a star for Naz. He had 25 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks in their first win of the week before going off for 29 points and eight more rebounds against a loaded St. Ignatius team in what was a staple win for them. Look for Pearson to draw some attention this spring and summer with his rangy 6-foot-5 frame, defensive impact, and all-around offensive game.
5 Things I Loved To See:
1. 1,000 Point Scorers and All-Time Marks
- Payton Pitts of Francis Parker scored his 1,000th point
- Jake Fiegen of New Trier went over 1,000 points
- Sophomore Ross Robertson scored his 1,000 point, the youngest to do so at South Beloit
- Moline’s Brock Harding became the school’s all-time leading scorer
- Owen Freeman (Moline) surpassed 1,000 career points
- Belmont commit and Burlington Central wing Drew Scharnowski also surpassed 1,000 career points
- Grayslake North guard Dominic Jankowski became the school’s all-time leading scorer
- Tyson Swanson, a mainstay in the Metamora lineup, scored his 1,000th point
- Crystal Lake South guard Cooper LePage surpassed 1,000 points
- Streator guard Christian Benning also went over 1,000 points and should finish in the top five scorers in school history
- Dwight big man Wyatt Thompson became their all-time leading scorer
- Columbia star Dylan Murphy scored his 1,000th point
2. 500 Win Marks
Congrats to Simeon’s Robert Smith and Stevenson’s Pat Ambrose on reaching 500 career wins!
3. More Successful Shootouts
Glenbrook South and Evanston both hosted shootouts that featured some of the top teams in the state, including Moline, Rolling Meadows, New Trier, Evanston, GBS, Loyola, and DePaul Prep to name a few.
4. Jurrell Baldwin’s Emergence
The 6-foot-6 junior has put together a breakout year and is starting to see the rewards from a recruiting standpoint. He picked up his first two offers from Saint Louis and Murray State and has jumped into the mid-major discussion quickly.