Big Tim's Top 10 players in Class of 2020 in Illinois!!!!
Updated: Jan 2, 2020
This is not a prospect list, this is by production and talent since start of the season. These are players I've seen live or online, so if you think I missed a player this could be the reason.
1) ADAM MILLER, Morgan Park(Chicago)- 6'3" senior guard and Illinois commit did not have a great start to the season offensively, but has picked it up as of late. He had a 29 point, 41 point, and 56 point performances at the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, SC. Morgan Park lost two of those games, but the Illinois commit has stepped it up lately. Trying to impress the McDonald's All-American Game committee? Selections will be in about 3 weeks.
2) DJ STEWARD, Whitney Young(Chicago)-6'2" senior guard has been consistently solid putting up 20 points or more all season. He made all tournament at the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, SC, and also played well at the City of the Palms in Florida. The Duke commit is also making a final push for the McDonald's All-American Game committee.
3) RAMEAN HINTON, Curie(Chicago)-6'5" senior wing has been very good in all phases of the game. He's averaging a double/double(points and rebounds), a good amount of assists, steals, and blocks. He's doing it all for an undefeated team who has played a tough schedule. He won the AC Williamson Award for best player and sportsmanship at the Pontiac Holiday Tournament. Southeast Missouri State commit.
4) CHRISTIAN SHUMATE, Bloom(Chicago Heights)- 6'6" forward is a Plainfield East transfer that has been a rock and athletic marvel for the Blazing Trojans. He's averaging a double/double and making rim rattling dunks and put backs. He was all tournament at the Pontiac Holiday Tournament. He brings a toughness to this team. Missouri Southern and Northern Kentucky have offered since the season started.
5) DANTE MADDOX JR, Bloom(Chicago Heights)- 6'3" guard has been knocking down threes at a high rate and running the team since Donovan Newby has been out of the lineup. He was all tournament at the Pontiac Holiday Tournament, and has been consistent all season and played at a very high level. California State Fullerton commit.
6) AQUAN SMART, Niles North(Skokie)-6'3" guard is a do it all talent. He's been scoring, rebounding, passing, blocking shots, and stealing the ball at a high rate. He's been the engine that runs the Vikings all season. Looking forward to checking him out in person on Tuesday at Evanston Township. Decommitted from East Tennessee State. He has had DePaul, Iowa State, Colorado State, and Texas show interest. Siena has offered.
7) DOMINIC MARTINELLI, Glenbrook South(Glenview)- 6'5" forward is averaging around 30 points a game and close to 9 rebounds. He slivers through the defense finding spaces you would think he could not get through. He's slashing to the basket, hitting threes, and gets fouled a lot. He destroys you when he gets to the free throw line as he hits over 90% from there. Northern Michigan has offered.
8) ANTOINE BLOXTON, Bogan(Chicago)- 6'3" guard scores with ease on drives to the basket, three pointers, and mid range jumpers. He gets a lot of steals in Bogan's pressure defense and converts baskets at a high rate as a result. He's getting a lot of looks from the junior colleges. He should have been MVP at the Proviso West Tournament, but made all tournament.
9) CONNOR LINKE, North(St Charles)- 6'9" Bradley commit gave Simeon and Curie trouble with his scoring, rebounding, and rim protecting on the interior. He's averaging a double/double and making St Charles North contenders for their conference title and a deep run in the state tournament.
10) DARIUS BUFORD, Bolingbrook-6'1" guard and Elon commit is quick on both ends of the court. I say he should run track as he gets to the basket with ease. He uses it on both offense and defense. He doesn't shoot a lot of three pointers, but has shown he can make one from time to time. He gets a lot of steals, and rebounds with his quickness. MVP of the Jack Tosh Holiday Tournament at York.