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Admiral Schofield (10) averaged 15 points per game as Zion-Benton's second offensive option. | Brian O'Mahoney/For Sun-Times Media
Zion-Benton’s Admiral Schofield is on a very short list of individuals poised to breakout in a big way this spring and summer.
Schofield had a breakout season this past winter. He put up 15 points and five rebounds a game playing as Milik Yarbrough’s sidekick. He helped the Zee-Bees to a 26-win season.
On top of that, he was able to attend the Super Bowl in New York in February to watch his brother, O’Brien, help lead the Seahawks to a win over the Broncos.
Admiral, however, is far from a household name in high school basketball circles, and received little to no attention from college coaches. Yet the 6-5, 210-pound junior is among the City/Suburban Hoops Report’s top 20 prospects in the Class of 2015.
He’s a big, strong wing who can provide steady streams of scoring with a solid perimeter jumper, while using his size, strength and skill in getting to the basket. Schofield will be a star, especially with the graduation of the high-scoring Yarbrough.
Schofield believes the opportunity to play with Yarbrough this past season was beneficial in his development.
“I wouldn’t say I was hindered by playing with Milik because I learned so much by playing with and watching him,” said Schofield, who will play on the AAU circuit with Team NLP. “He showed me how to play, different things to look for in certain situations. But I am very anxious to show my skills, to show what I can do.”
When discussing high school basketball coaching jobs in the Chicago Public League, for years coaches around the city have repeatedly noted how Kenwood is a sleeping giant.
The school has a sound education, a desirable location in the Hyde Park area just west of Lake Shore Drive and near Metra stops, along with a talent pool on Chicago’s South Side.
Even after the controversial firing of Kenwood coach Jim Maley, there is no question a very strong foundation was built and left for recently hired Marlo Finner.
Kenwood is now ready to take off with young talent in place, including a pair of players who are among the City/Suburban Hoops Report’s top 10 prospects in the Class of 2016: versatile 6-5 Nick Robinson and guard Zion Morgan.
With Robinson, Morgan and the return of Rahamanh Katumbusi, labeling Kenwood as a contender to jump into area rankings and potentially end Curie’s domination in the Public League’s Red-Central doesn't seem improbable.
The IHSA should seriously consider going back to having the top four sectional seeds as regional hosts. While geography and gym size are thrown around as reasons behind the change several years ago, under the current format there is little reward for being a top four sectional seed.
Why should No. 3-seed Fenwick have to play at fifth-seeded Farragut in a regional final? And the same goes for No. 2-seed Uplift having to travel to seventh-seeded Richmond-Burton, No. 3-seed Harlan playing at No. 11 Brooks, and top-seed Maine South playing at No. 7-seed Niles North for regional championships.
In addition, there would likely be bigger crowds and less travel if the No. 1 seed hosted a regional.