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North Chicago's Kurt Hall (33) gets past Waukegan's DeVonte Taylor (21) to take a shot in Gurnee, Ill. on Tuesday, November 20, 2012. | Joel Lerner~Sun-Times Media
North Chicago calls them the Big Three: JaVairius Amos-Mays, JayQuan McCloud and Kurt Hall. Warhawks coach Gerald “King” Coleman says that several colleges are recruiting all three players, hoping for a package deal.
There isn’t a high-major offer on the table for any of the three juniors—not yet. But if Amos-Mays keeps playing like he did Tuesday in Gurnee, it won’t be long.
“I’m waiting for that offer,” Amos-Mays said. “I’m praying it will come.”
Amos-Mays scored 30 points in North Chicago’s 102-62 thrashing of rival Waukegan in the Mundelein/Warren Thanksgiving Tournament.
He had 16 points in the decisive second quarter, closing out the half with four consecutive three-pointers followed by a slam. Nearly everything was falling, as he shot 11 for 18 from the field, including 7 of 10 from three-point range.
“I was just focused,” Amos-Mays said. “Before the game coach said he wanted us to get 100 points. I fed off JayQuan’s hot hand.”
McCloud set the pace early for the Warhawks (2-0), pouring in 12 of his 20 points before Amos-Mays heated up in the second quarter.
The wheels came off in that second quarter for the Bulldogs. Coach Ron Ashlaw called a timeout after a 10-3 run and broke a clipboard over his knee before he went over to speak to his team.
The theatrics had little effect, as North Chicago reeled off an 11-0 run to take a 39-16 lead.
Hall finished with 19 points and seven rebounds and senior forward Jarrod Coleman added 10 boards. Ten players scored for the Warhawks, who forced Waukegan into 23 turnovers.
“This was a statement game,” Amos-Mays said. “We wanted to come out and show that we were better than last year. [Aaron Simpson] is gone so people think we aren’t as good. But we have our own opinion.”
DeVonte Taylor and Quintin Davis each scored 13 for the Bulldogs (1-1).
“They are all just getting used to playing with each other right now,” Coleman said. “But once they band together they are really going to be a special team to watch.”