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Curie senior guard Maurice Commander commits to UT Chattanooga

Curie senior guard Maurice Commander commits to UT Chattanooga

Curie senior guard Maurice Commander ended his recruitment on Tuesday night by committing to UT Chattanooga on Twitter.

"I chose UT-Chattanooga, because deep down inside, I knew I could trust (new Mocs head coach Lamont) Paris and the staff," Commander said to CSN. "They believed in me from the jump! I know for a fact that I could go to war with this coaching staff."

The 6-foot-0 Commander was one of the area's best point guards and perimeter shooters last season as he helped Marist become a consistent presence in the CSN Preps Power Rankings.

Transferring to Public League powerhouse Curie this offseason, Commander made his presence immediately felt with the Condors this summer when he buried five first-half three-pointers against Simeon during June's annual Riverside-Brookfield Shootout. 

Curie eventually went on to win the loaded summer event as they once again look like a major threat for a city and state championship this season with Commander as a major piece. 

Commander selected UT Chattanooga over his other finalist, UC-Davis, as Paris is very familiar with recruiting the Chicagoland area. 

A former assistant coach at Wisconsin since 2010 before taking the UT Chattanooga head job this spring, Paris recruited Illinois before for the Badgers as he is plenty familiar with the area. 

High School Lites Week 4 Football Roundup

High School Lites Week 4 Football Roundup

High School Lites featured plenty of great action on Friday night as CSN had highlights of many of the area's top matchups. No. 3 Maine South has another big test against No. 14 Palatine while No. 2 Prairie Ridge also has highlights.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @CSNPreps for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights.

Also be sure to read a preview of Saturday's big Week 4 matchups as Edgy Tim breaks down No. 15 Hinsdale Central hosting Downers North and a clash between Shepard and Reavis.

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Friday's Top 25 Scores

No. 1 Lincoln-Way East 46, Sandburg 7

No. 2 Prairie Ridge 56, Crystal Lake South 14

No. 3 Maine South 17, No. 14 Palatine 14

No. 4 Marist 42, Marian Central 20

No. 5 Lake Zurich 36, Zion-Benton 6

No. 7 Homewood-Flossmoor 48. Bolingbrook 20

No. 8 Naperville Central 43, Waubonsie Valley 37

No. 10 Loyola 42, St. Francis 7

No. 11 Barrington 45, Glenbrook South 24

St. Charles North 35, No. 12 St. Charles East 34, OT

No. 13 Stevenson 35, Mundelein 7

No. 16 Hoffman Estates 56, Vernon Hills 14

No. 18 Nazareth 32, Carmel 13

No. 19 Cary-Grove 52, Jacobs 26

No. 20 Batavia 55, Elgin 8

No. 21 Huntley 56, Hampshire 14

No. 23 Crete-Monee 71, Bloom 0

No. 24 Neuqua Valley 35, Wheaton-Warrenville South 14

No. 25 Montini 29, Brother Rice 28

Other Highlights

Oswego shuts out Plainfield East

Naperville North holds off Lake Park

Whitney Young's Xavier Castaneda picks South Florida

Whitney Young's Xavier Castaneda picks South Florida

 

Whitney Young senior point guard opted to end his recruitment on Tuesday night as he selected South Florida.

The 6-foot-0 floor general helped lead the Dolphins to an IHSA Class 4A state title last season as he'll be one of the main players to watch at Whitney Young once again this season.

Castaneda is the second Whitney Young player to commit in recent weeks as he joins senior Javon Freeman, who committed to Valparaiso.

The Bulls are getting a natural distributor in Castaneda as he can get others involved while also hunting for his own offense. South Florida head coach Brian Gregory has recruited Chicago before as this could be the start of him looking to get back into the area after taking the USF job this spring.

Castaneda will be a major threat for the All-Area team this season as he's one of the best playmakers on a high-profile team that will compete for a city and state championship.