Four locals make Rivals' Top 100 for Class of 2013

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Four locals make Rivals' Top 100 for Class of 2013

Joliet Catholic running back Ty Isaac may have slipped in the postseason evaluations after being slowed by a series of injuries. But Crete-Monee wide receiver Laquon Treadwell emerged with a five-star rating and the No. 10 spot in Rivals' top 100 in the class of 2013.

"We finally have a wide receiver as a five-star, something we have every year but hadn't found yet this season," said Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell.

Treadwell, a 6-foot-3, 198-pounder, boosted his stock by leading Crete-Monee to a 14-0 record and the Class 6A state championship. After making his third visit to the Ole Miss campus last week, he said Ole Miss was the "clear leader" in his recruiting. But he still plans to make other visits before announcing his decision.

One plus in Ole Miss' favor is the presence on its roster of freshman defensive back Anthony Standifer, a star on Crete-Monee's 2011 football team and a close friend of Treadwell's who originally committed to Michigan before opting for Ole Miss.

"Coming out of the summer, Treadwell had clearly established himself as the nation's top receiver in the class of 2013," said Rivals.com Midwest recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt.

"This fall, though, he took his game to the next level and turned in one of the most impressive high school seasons we have seen in the Midwest in some time. He is so big, so fast, so powerful and so fundamentally sound, he could help out a college team right now."

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Isaac, who ranked as high as No. 8 in some preseason surveys, fell to No. 20 in Rivals' postseason evaluations. Named the Chicago area's Player of the Year for the 2011 season, he remains committed to USC.

The other two Chicago area players who earned Top 100 recognition are LSU-bound offensive tackle Ethan Pocic (44) of Lemont and Michigan-bound offensive tackle Kyle Bosch (99) of Wheaton St. Francis.

Rivals' top five picks are defensive end Robert Nkemdiche of Logansville, Ga., defensive end Carl Lawson of Alpharetta, Ga., linebacker Jaylon Smith of Fort Wayne, Ind., quarterback Max Browne of Sammamish, Wash., and defensive back Su'a Cravens of Murietta, Calif.

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Ironically, like Treadwell, Nkemdiche also is seriously considering Ole Miss. He originally committed to Clemson but reopened his recruiting. He also is considering Alabama, LSU and Georgia. But his mother has made it clear that she favors Ole Miss. And Robert's brother Denzel is a starting outside linebacker for the Rebels.

Lawson is committed to Auburn, Smith to Notre Dame and Browne and Cravens to USC. In fact, USC has five commitments from five of the top 20 players and the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation according to Rivals.com.

Notre Dame, which has the No. 2 recruiting class in the nation according to Rivals.com, has commitments from five other top 100 players -- running back Greg Bryant (16) of Delray Beach, Fla., linebacker Alex Anzalone (50) of Wyomissing, Pa., offensive lineman Steve Elmer (56) of Midland, Mich., offensive lineman John Montelus (65) of Everett, Mass., and defensive back Cole Luke (95) of Chandler, Ariz.

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Dwyane Wade sounded every bit like a frustrated 35-year old father when talking about the repeated ills and so-called growing pains of his Bulls, as they surrendered yet another game against a sub-.500 team.

Sometimes it's the New York Knicks whom the Bulls are offering temporary refuge. Or maybe the Minnesota Timberwolves as they are all-too-generous to roll out the welcome mat for returning figures to Chicago.

Tuesday it was the Dallas Mavericks, the second-worst team in the Western Conference, who stormed into the United Center and escaped with a 99-98 win, courtesy of Wesley Matthews' triple with 11.7 seconds left followed by him locking down Jimmy Butler on the ensuing possession.

Wade was forced to take a contested 21-footer that went awry, but the Bulls' ills went far beyond the last two possessions, when the Mavericks exploited their strategy yet again.

"Either you learn the lesson or figure out," Wade said. "Keep putting your hand on the hot stove every day.

"We just gotta figure out not to put our hands on that stove. And understand when we come in the kitchen, that stove is hot, don't touch it. As I continue to say, this is a very young team and they have to play in these games and have to go through these moments. The one thing you want, whether it's this year or next year, is to not make the same mistakes."

The Bulls are apparently insistent on touching the stove and keep burning themselves, the most recent time with the confusion or the bad strategy in defending the Mavericks' final offensive possession.

Deron Williams found himself with Nikola Mirotic defending him off a switch from Jimmy Butler. Not the quickest afoot, Mirotic gave Williams an easy path to the basket and Wade was the backside help, not wanting to leave Matthews on the wing for a triple.

But with the bench commanding Wade to help, Williams easily found Matthews for an open 3 as Wade had no help for his man. With the Bulls up two, one could see how Wade didn't want to leave Matthews.

"I'll have to go back and watch, but it looks like Deron got downcourt, Wade went over to help and we didn’t rotate accordingly," Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. "We obviously need to do a better job of staying in front of the other end."

Mirotic was supposed to be brought back slowly in his return from strep throat, but he played the entire fourth quarter and 22 minutes overall, having lost eight pounds with his illness that had him miss four games.

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Their issues were game-long and have been seasonlong as the Mavericks were supposed to absorb a shellacking from a Bulls team that felt a 25-point beatdown in Texas last month.

Instead, they would've been happy with settling for an escape when Butler rose up over his college teammate Matthews for a 20-foot wing jumper with 22.8 seconds left.

Butler nearly added a triple-double and clutch moment to his growing resume with 24 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds but was dogged by Matthews all night, the defender who wouldn't give him airspace, went chest-to-chest and even earned a technical foul when he felt Butler exaggerated some contact in the third quarter.

"He took away my space, wouldn't let me get to my spot," Butler said of Matthews. "Good for him. I should've did something different."

Wade missed 13 of his 21 shots, scoring 17 with five rebounds on his 35th birthday

With scoring at a premium, Robin Lopez had a season-high 21 points being guarded by Dirk Nowitzki — and they were necessary considering the Bulls were without Taj Gibson (ankle injury) and Doug McDermott couldn't repeat his 30-point showing from Sunday in Memphis.

Rick Carlisle has long been regarded as one of the top strategic coaches, and though he doesn't have the usual personnel from the Mavericks' salad days, he had enough tricks up his sleeve to throw the Bulls off.

Six Mavericks scored in double figures, led by Harrison Barnes' 20 points and Seth Curry's 18, as Barnes, Matthews and Curry combined for eight triples — spreading the Bulls out and picking them apart defensively.

The Mavericks started Nowitzki at center, going to an almost all-small lineup. And though Lopez scored 14 points in the first half, trying to feed him seemed to take the Bulls out of it in the second half.

The energy was tardy to the party, as they shot just 41 percent in the first half but woke up a little in the third quarter — continuing their all-too familiar trend of half-hearted efforts against lesser teams.

And it looks like the ever-optimistic Wade is dishing out some realism, probably something that comes with the perspective of turning 35.

"You can't keep getting stressed out or frustrated. We've been going through this all year. We'll get back in in the morning.

"Once you realize who you are, you're better off. I sleep better at night. Once we want to be a better team and start winning games, we will. I'm not mad, I'm not frustrated, I'm not stressed. Just taking the hits."