Superlatives for Chicago Area High School Basketball tonight!!!!
I was out at Bartlett which is a little off the beaten path but was worth it. I finally got to see the Polish Hammer. That would be 7'3" center Conrad Luczynski of Bartlett. He had a double double of 22 points and 17 rebounds 3 assists and 4 blocks. Yes they played Streamwood which has not had the greatest season. Did not have as many blocks because Streamwood did not challenge him at the basket. I more looked at the intangibles of Luczynski tonight. I would not be surprised if he's in the NBA in 2-3 years and we're talking about why local teams missed out. He does three things elite, runs the floor, soft touch, and vision. He out ran Streamwood a number of times down the floor tonight but teammates missed him. He did miss three easy shots at the rim tonight. He's more finesse than physical with that hammer, but has to as a big man in high school. If you're too physical the officials will call a bunch of fouls on you. He has a soft touch from 20 feet in though he missed his only three of the night which went in and out. He found teammates passing out of the post to cutters, kicking it out to three point shooters, and hitting cutters off the high post. He's took it coast to coast once but was fouled at the basket. He has to sit down more on defense and bend his knees more, but with a college weight room, more work on his total game, would not be surprised to see him in an NBA Draft in a couple of years. Senior guard Jesse Singh 13 points and 2 steals, senior guard Ian Smith 12 points 6 rounds 4 assists and 3 steals for Bartlett. Streamwood doesn't have a roster but #22 led them with 20 points on 5 three pointers.
#1 Glenbard West wins in another blowout this time over Oak Park River Forest. Senior wing Bobby Durkin 23, senior Gonzaga commit Braden Huff 19.
Sophomore Isiah Green of Hillcrest had 18 points on 5 threes 6 rebounds and 4 assists in win over Lemont.
Sophomore guard Nojus Industraitis 21 points for Lemont in loss to Hillcrest.
Franco Chapello 19 points for Northridge in win over Latin.
Senior guard Akron commit Tavari Johnson 24 points 5 rebounds 6 assist 2 steals for Lyons Township in win over Hinsdale Central.
Junior wing Asa Thomas a double double 18 points 10 rebounds for Lake Forest in win over Warren.
Senior guard Sam Gibson 18 points 7 rebounds 8 assists or Lake Forest in win over Warren.
Greg Miller 32 points for Richards in win over Argo.
Deven Giles 19 points for Richards in win over Argo.
Sophomore Shaheed Solebo 18 points for Lane Tech in win over Payton.
Sophomore Gianni Cobb a triple double 12 points 10 assists 10 steals for Bloom in win over Crete Monee.
Austin Ford 20 points 8 rebounds 5 assists for Leo Catholic in win over St Laurence.
Junior guard JaKeem Cole 18 points 3 assists for Leo Catholic in win over St Laurence.
Junior guard Cameron Christie 18 points for Rolling Meadows in win over Wheeling.
Senior guard Orlando Thomas 17 points for Rolling Meadows in win over Wheeling.
Junior guard DeAndre Craig 30 points for Mount Carmel in overtime win over Brother Rice.
Senior Elijah Joiner a double double 12 points 11 rebounds in overtime win over Brother Rice.
Trevon Thomas 14 points 7 rebounds for DePaul College Prep in win over St Rita.
Senior Furman commit Ben VanDerWal a double double 34 points 12 rebounds for Timothy Christian in loss to Riverside Brookfield.
Luke Williams 24 points for Naperville North in win over Metea Valley.
Senior Brandon McCoy 18 points for St Laurence in loss to Leo Catholic.
Niles North Coach Glenn Olson gets his 300th career win tonight. Congrats Coach.
Freshman Marshall Gehrke 18 points for Antioch in win over North Chicago.
Special announcement: One of the top point guards in the state sophomore Jaedin Reyna announced today he would not play for St Rita the rest of the season. Prayers for his mental and physical health and for his family. Hope you clear your head young man and we see you back on the court soon. Sooner than later.
Senior North Dakota State commit Damari Wheeler-Thomas 20 point 6 assists 5 steals for Larkin in win over East Aurora.
Senior Fernando Perez Jr 20 points 9 rebounds for Larkin in win over East Aurora and game winning layup.
Congrats to Larkin Coach Deryn Carter for his 200th win tonight.
Senior Jayden Dean 19 points for Neuqua Valley in win over Waubonsie Valley.
Senior David Gieser career high 25 points on 7 threes for Evanston Township in win over Niles West.
Senior guard Aiden Maher career high 20 points on 6 threes for Evanston Township in win over Niles West.