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Josh Cunningham helped lead Morgan Park to the Class 3A state title last season. | Patrick Gleason/For Sun-Times Media
With National Signing Day quickly approaching in November, senior prospects have been flying off the shelf this month with commitments as college coaches look to finish up their work in the Class of 2014.
There is still some talent remaining in the senior class, including overlooked Simeon senior Donte Ingram, who is poised for a breakout season after a gut-wrenching junior year.
“I’m just very excited,” said Ingram of the chance to finally be one of the key cogs in the Simeon machine. “Last year was a rough season with the transfer and eligibility issue. But I always kept working, and the players and coaches here have prepared me for this season. I’m ready to step up to the plate.”
Ingram, who transferred to Simeon from Danville prior to last year, battled on-and-off again eligibility issues with the IHSA over the transfer and found minutes and opportunities hard to come by on a star-laden team.
Now, Ingram has grown to 6-5 and is feeling comfortable again on the floor. He’s gained more confidence, has a terrific mid-range game with range out to the three-point line and is capable of filling a stat sheet in multiple ways with his size and length. Simeon coach Rob Smith believes Ingram is ready to be one of the focal points of this year’s Simeon team.
“He’s going to be big for us,” Smith said. “He just has to remain consistent and know he doesn’t have to do too much.”
Here are seven of the top uncommitted prospects in the Chicago area not named Okafor or Alexander.
Josh Cunningham, 6-6½, SF/PF, Morgan Park
The top uncommitted prospect left on the board after Jahlil Okafor and Cliff Alexander. Right now it looks like Creighton, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Minnesota and Bradley are front and center for the productive forward with a motor and athleticism.
Donte Ingram, 6-5, SG/SF, Simeon
A highly undervalued and overlooked prospect in the senior class with terrific size on the perimeter. Ingram just makes plays on both ends of the floor.
Marlon Jones, 6-8, PF, Orr
“I really think this year is going to be his coming out party,” Orr coach Lou Adams said of his big man who is long, athletic, blocks shots and runs the floor.
Dominique Matthews, 6-2, PG/SG, St. Rita
A combo guard with size and scoring ability who is being courted by several mid-major programs. Wouldn’t be a surprise to see Matthews play out his senior year and be a late signee in April.
Sean O’Mara, 6-8½, C, Benet
With his visits complete, this one is down to the wire and, realistically, in its final days. And it’s a two horse race down the stretch between Xavier and Loyola.
Milik Yarbrough, 6-5, SF, Zion-Benton
A big-bodied wing with scoring ability. He’s produced throughout his high school career and is on track to become the leading scorer in Lake County prep basketball history.