CSNChicago.com to chronicle 1 nationally-ranked SIMEON CAREER ACADEMY throughout the 2011-12 IHSA basketball season

CSNChicago.com to chronicle 1 nationally-ranked SIMEON CAREER ACADEMY throughout the 2011-12 IHSA basketball season

CSNCHICAGO.COM GRANTED UNPRECENDENTED ACCESS TO CHRONICLE 1 NATIONALLY-RANKED SIMEON CAREER ACADEMY THROUGHOUT THE 2011-12 IHSA BASKETBALL SEASON

Weekly webisodes to be hosted by David Kaplan, along with feature pieces from Insider Aggrey Sam, plus numerous player profiles & exclusive video features

Chicago, IL (December 12, 2011) -- Comcast SportsNets 247 digital outlet, CSNChicago.com, will provide preps fans with a special treat this winter as the network has been granted unprecedented access to the 1 pre-season ranked high school basketball team in the nation: Simeon Career Academy (the alma mater of Chicago Bulls superstar and reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose), who are now led by the nations top-ranked player, Jabari Parker.

In this latest edition of CSNChicago.coms popular preps feature section entitled DRIVE, hosted by Comcast SportsNet on-air personalityformer college basketball coach & recruiter David Kaplan, fans will be taken on a season-long journey with the Simeon hoops team as they vie for their third-straight Class 4A state title (NOTE: a fan-friendly DRIVE: Simeon Basketball page has been created to act as a hub for all video and written components: CSNChicago.compreps_simeon).

Among the key season-long highlights of DRIVE: Simeon Basketball include the following:

Weekly video webisodes featuring exclusive, never-before-seen, inside access to the amazing world of Simeon basketball.

CSNChicago.coms basketball Insider Aggrey Sam to pen numerous team feature pieces and player profiles throughout the 2011-12 preps season.

SportsNet Centrals news desk to provide additional video coverage of games to supplement digital team's exclusive inside access; content to also be utilized in High School Lites (airing on Comcast SportsNet every Friday night at 10:30 PM).

Player profile video features to include top college recruits Jabari Parker (who was recently named USA Basketballs Male Athlete Player of the Year), along with standouts Steve Taylor, Jaleni Neely, Kendrick Nunn, Kendall Pollard and many others.

Analysis of team development by legendary head coach Robert Smith through exclusive interviews and 'mic'd up' practice sessions.

CSNChicago.coms Jake Flannigan, Matt Zickus and Jeremy Masaki Murayama will be shootingproducingediting all DRIVE: Simeon Basketball webisodes.

Hawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks' bottom six steps up in Colorado

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks' bottom six steps up in Colorado

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Jamal Mayers discuss the bottom six carrying the Blackhawks to a come-from-behind win over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night.

Later, Mayers weighs in on possible targets with the NHL trade deadline just six weeks away.

Listen to the latest episode of the Hawks Talk Podcast below:

Pro Football Focus gives Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman historical 2016 grade

Pro Football Focus gives Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman historical 2016 grade

Bears GM Ryan Pace struck gold with his signing of Jerrell Freeman last offseason.

Freeman, who signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Bears last March, was graded as the NFL's No. 1 inside linebacker in 2016, according to Pro Football Focus.

Freeman's 93.8 overall grade was PFF's third-highest defensive grade behind Los Angeles Rams All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald (95.6) and Oakland Raiders standout edge rusher Khalil Mack (93.9). 

Here's what PFF's Mike Renner had to say about Freeman's historic 2016 season:

One of the most impressive pure statistics any player amassed this season came from Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman. He made 40 tackles in coverage while missing only one tackle attempt. That ratio is insane, and it’s the best we’ve recorded since 2012. That’s about the only exciting stat, though, as the Bears’ front-seven desperately missed a fully-healthy Pernell McPhee for a good portion of the year.

Despite Freeman's outstanding season, he was left off of PFF's All-Pro Team for 2016. Although he was ranked ahead of Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner (91.6) and Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly (92.9), PFF likely omitted Freeman due to him missing four games with a PED suspension.

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In his first season with the Bears, the 30-year-old Freeman led the team with 110 tackles (the next highest total was Harold Jones-Quartey's 78). Freeman also finished with a team-high 7 tackles for a loss. 

Check out a snapshot below of Freeman's PFF metrics from last season:

If there's any doubt about Freeman's play falling off after serving a suspension, he put that theory to rest. Freeman's second-best game grade came in Week 17 against the Minnesota Vikings (3.5). Freeman also had a positive grade (1.4) in his first game coming off the suspension against the Washington Redskins in Week 16.

"People know me," Freeman told the media after returning from suspension. "People know who I am. People know what I'm about. I wouldn't do that on purpose. I made a mistake and that's what it is. It's not like I was going out of my way to do something (illegal). But it happened. It's my fault and I take responsibility for it."