McClellin selection makes roster, draft-board statements

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McClellin selection makes roster, draft-board statements

The results of the first three rounds project to have significant impact on the future of the Bears. Defensive end Shea McClellin and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery are expected to be starters before opening day.But the picks point to several important conclusions about the thinking of the organization, the talent available in this draft as well as what is thought about sections of the current roster.Selecting a pass rusher has been expected since the end of the 2011 season. Corey Wootton was a fourth-round pick in the 2010 draft but has been besieged by injuries and simply hasnt developed enough to satisfy the organization.The pass rusher the Bears chose is revealing as to how the Bears draft board is set up.When the first pick came at No. 19, and wanting a pass rusher, the Bears had their pick from McClellin, Chandler Jones from Syracuse (No. 21 to New England), Whitney Mercilus from Illinois (26th to Houston) or Nick Perry from USC (28th to Green Bay). Alabamas Courtney Upshaw lasted until the third pick of the second round, going to Baltimore.General managerPhil Emery said last week that the Bears had a core of seven possibles for the 19th pick. Not all of them were pass rushers, but only Quinton Coples and Bruce Irvin were gone when the Bears picked. They did not settle for McClellin

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Fremd's Grace Tworek

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Fremd's Grace Tworek

This week's Wintrust Athlete of the Week is Fremd senior Grace Tworek. 

Tworek has led the Vikings on and off the court this season. Last week, the Harvard commit put up a career-high 29 points in a win over Wheeling. 

Learn more about Tworek's success in the video above. 

Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

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Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

CSN will have two Missouri Valley Conference games with local teams on Saturday. 

The first game tips at 3 p.m. live on CSN as Evansville heads to Loyola. The second game tips at 7 p.m. and is also live on CSN as Drake will play at Illinois State.

Loyola (13-7, 3-4) is coming off of a tough road loss in double overtime to Northern Iowa. The Ramblers have been led by senior Milton Doyle this season as the former Marshall star is one of the better guards in the Valley.

Evansville (10-10, 1-6) has dropped five straight games as they're struggling to gain any momentum in conference play. Senior guard Jaylon Brown is having an outstanding season for the Purple Aces as he's putting up 21.2 points per game.

The second matchup has Drake (6-13, 4-3) traveling to Illinois State. The Bulldogs have won three of four games and junior guard Reed Timmer is dangerous while former Saint Viator product Ore Arogundade is having a solid sophomore season. 

Illinois State (15-4, 7-0) is leading the Valley after a huge win over Wichita State as they've won eight straight games. The Redbirds are hoping to make a run to an NCAA tournament bid with another home win.