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2026 & 2027 Spring Showcase Camp Evaluations

We had our spring showcase camp last Sunday that featured some good talent from around the Chicago area. For the 2026 and 2027 players who were in the first group, here are the evaluations. Ali Tharwani (5’11 PG, Marmion 2026) Tharwani’s ball control and shooting ability stood out throughout the camp. He’s a deceptive and…

Standouts That We Saw At All Hoops Events The Invite

There were a number of good in-state programs that took part in the inaugural “The Invite” tournament run by All Hoop Events. We only saw a handful of games, but here are some of the standouts. Breakaway 17U UAA Connor May (6’7 SG/SF, Palatine) May provides a level of interchangeability that kind of allows Breakaway…

2023 Bill Hensley Run N Slam Standouts That I Saw

The biggest tournament in the Midwest this weekend, the Bill Hensley Run N Slam, featured many top programs from Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio alike. Of the teams that we saw, here are some of the standouts. All-In 2024 Cam Lathos (6’6 PF, Conant) Big and skilled, Lathos got off to a great start. He hit…

2024 Takeaways From Live Periods

After the calendar year’s first two live periods, there are a lot of local players and teams who have made lasting impressions. We touched on a few takeaways in our newsletter this week, but here’s a little more in-depth information on some of the 2024 standout players, teams, and more. A General Note From Live…

Standouts That We Saw At NY2LA Grassroots Showcase

We’re looking at some of the standouts from a couple of games that we saw this weekend at the NY2LA Grassroots Showcase in Kentucky. ET21 Buckeyes 2024 Alex Keizer (6’4 SF/PF, Timothy Christian) A big shooter with the green light, Keizer showed balance and a consistent release from three. Coming off of a curl, he…

Weekend Standouts 4/23

Without many local AAU tournaments, I watched a few games on livestream at the UAA’s first live event in Arizona and two Prep Hoops events with a couple of local teams participating. Here are some of the standouts. Breakaway Connor May (6’7 SG/SF, Palatine) A lot of kids want the label of “big guard”, but…

Illinois Attack 16U/15U Practice Evaluations

I was out at Supreme Courts last night to watch the Illinois Attack 16U teams and some of the 15U players. Both groups were missing a few players, but here are the evaluations of the players who were there. 16U (2025) Anish Buddaraju (6’2 SF/PF, Geneva) Buddaraju looks like he’s just starting to grow into…

Standouts That We Saw At Prep Hoops Chi-Town Tip Off

The PrepHoops Chi-Town Tip Off featured a large number of teams around the Chicago area and we were able to watch some of them in-person and on BallerTV. Of the teams seen this week, here are the standouts. All-In 2024 Rodell Alex Daniels (6’5 PF, Warren) Following a breakout junior year, Daniels is bringing that…

Greater Purpose Athletics 16U/17U Practice Evaluations

I was out in Schaumburg to watch the Greater Purpose Athletics 16U and 17U groups ahead of the Prep Hoops tournament. Here are some of the standouts. 2024 Ben Person (6’4 SG/SF, Johnsburg) A rangy wing, Person was active off of the ball with timely cuts and understanding for when to drift off of penetration…

Weekend Standouts: RecruitLook Hoops and MadeHoops Events

We watched games from both the RecruitLook Hoops event and the MadeHoops tournament. Since there was a good amount of carryover between teams in these tournaments, we are making one post with some of the standouts of games that we saw. Y&R 17U Darrion Sutton (6’9 SF/PF, Accelerated Prep [CO]) A coveted forward prospect in…

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