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Thornwood's Eddy Curry sets to make a move against Dominguez High School's Tyson Chandler. Sun-Times library.
I spent some time filling in on the Bulls beat this week, and it made me think of those two big guys in the picture above. That picture is from the old KMOX Shootout in St. Louis. There's a serious chance that the Chicago Elite Classic could eventually become as popular and influential as the KMOX event was back then.
While we are on the subject of Eddy Curry, might as well check in with the area's best big man since Curry, Young's Jahlil Okafor.
Okafor visited Baylor last weekend. He has visits scheduled with Kansas on the weekend of Oct. 18 and Duke the weekend of Oct. 25.
All three visits are with Apple Vally, Minn. point guard Tyus Jones, so it seems the package deal is as strong as ever. The decision is expected to come some time in November. Okafor and Jones will face one another in the regular season. A game between Apple Valley and Young is currently scheduled for Dec. 12 in Minnesota. It will be telecast on an ESPN network.
Late Tuesday night Curie big man Cliff Alexander, one of the top five players in the national class of 2014, pulled another twitter tease, tweeting out that he “commits to nowhere.” Alexander’s twitter account, @humblekid11, has been a must read for fans of the schools still involved with Alexander. He’s been having a good time with the fans, regularly retweeting and communicating with his followers. That’s a first for a high-level local prep star, but probably not the last time we will see it.
Alexander visits Kansas this weekend and has future visits scheduled with Illinois and Memphis.
O’MARA OFF THE BOARD
Benet big man Sean O’Mara gave an oral commitment to Xavier on Tuesday. He chose the Musketeers over Loyola.
"I started to feel extremely comfortable at Xavier two weeks ago on my official visit," says O'Mara. "I felt comfortable with everyone and everything, from the coaching staff to the players to the managers to the campus itself. It was that comfort that put it over the top."
St. Rita guard Charles Matthews, the top player in the state’s 2015 class, recently trimmed his list of schools to ten. Duke, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Marquette, Michigan State, Ohio State, Southern Methodist, Stanford and Wisconsin made the cut.
North Chicago, expected to be one of the top teams in the area this coming season, is struggling with some chemistry issues so far this fall.
“The wins and losses don’t really matter. What matters is that we develop chemistry together so we’re all on the same page when the season starts,” North Chicago's Kurt Hall said. “We get to coach ourselves, so we find out how we respond to each other, where we’re strong and where we need guys to help out.”
THE NEXT PHENOM?
You probably haven't heard of Chase Adams yet. I probably shouldn't even be writing about him yet since he is only in eighth grade but I just couldn't resist. Ball Is Life's Scott Comeau sent over this video with Adams highlights from seventh grade and from playing this summer with the Mac Irvin Under 13 squad.