Florida still in the mix for Parker?


Florida still in the mix for Parker?

While rumors have been swirling that Jabari Parker has narrowed his college decision down to Duke and Michigan State, it appears an SEC school is still in the mix.

University of Florida head coach Billy Donovan was on hand to watch Simeon's victory over Carver Monday night, despite Parker not playing due to an injury.

Parker wasn't the only reason Donovan was on hand to watch the Wolverines.

@Prepsbullseye tweeted that Simeon sophomore forward D.J. Williams received a scholarship offer from Florida and Donovan.

Following the game, Parker mentioned that he had a "home visit" scheduled which could be the reason why Donovan was in town.

The Wolverines star will announce his decision Thursday, Dec. 20 and it's a moment he's been dreaming about.

"It will be a pretty good relief," Parker said. "It's what I've been dreaming about from the beginning. It's a time where I know what school I want to pick and hopefully it will be the right fit for me and get all the attention away from me."

Parker had struggled in his last two games for the Wolverines (3-1), but hopes to return to the court for the Pontiac Holiday tournament on Dec. 27.

"I wanted to rest throughout the week," Parker said. "My foot was a little sore because it's not used to the pounding, but in due time I'll be there."

Lyons Township QB Ben Bryant verbally commits to Wisconsin

Lyons Township QB Ben Bryant verbally commits to Wisconsin

Lyons Township junior three-star ranked quarterback Ben Bryant (6-foot-3, 190 pounds) decided to end his recruiting process early and gave Wisconsin his verbal commitment.

"I feel like Wisconsin would be a great fit for me," Bryant said minutes after posting his decision via his Twitter account. "The coaches at Wisconsin really want me there. Wisconsin is a Top 10 program. I love the campus, plus it's really close to home. Honestly I have a lot of reasons why I decided on Wisconsin."

Bryant took part in a Wisconsin satellite camp at Homewood-Flossmoor and received his offer from the Badgers shortly after his camp appearance.

Bryant, who also had an early offer from Central Michigan, was drawing increased recruiting attention from several Big Ten schools this late fall and made unofficial visits this fall to both Iowa and Indiana along with Wisconsin.

AP Illinois Girls Basketball Rankings: Week 1


AP Illinois Girls Basketball Rankings: Week 1

Here are the latest rankings of Illinois high school girls basketball teams in each class, according to an Associated Press panel of sportswriters.

Class 4A

No. School Pts
1 Homewood-Flossmoor (4) 65
2 Montini (1) 60
3 Rock Island (2) 57
3 (tie) Edwardsville (1) 57
5 Benet 37
6 Evanston 36
7 Geneva 33
8 Belleville West 23
9 Bradley-Bourbonnais 14
10 Rockford Boylan 12

Other receiving votes: Belleville East 8, Hersey 8, Hononegah 7, Whitney Young 7, Fremd 6, Springfield 4, Proviso East 3, Bolingbrook 2, Normal Community 1.

Class 3A

No. School Pts
1 Morgan Park (4) 49
2 Bethalto Civic Memorial 42
3 North Lawndale 39
4 Normal University  36
4 (tie) Highland 36
6 Morton (2) 26
7 Marshall 24
8 Rockford Lutheran 23
9 Galesburg 16
10 Bogan 13

Other receiving votes: Rock Falls 12, Peoria Central 5, Antioch 4, Herscher 3, Urbana 2.

Class 2A

No. School Pts
1 Byron (7) 75
2 Hall (1) 52
3 Breese Mater Dei 46
4 Gilman Iroquois West 41
4 (tie) Hillsboro 41
6 Auburn 31
7 Sherrard  24
8 St. Thomas More 22
9 Eureka 20
10 Bloomington Central Catholic 19

Other receiving votes: Teutopolis 13, Nashville 13, Oakwood 8, St. Joseph 7, Camp Point Central 7, Kewanee 6, Beecher 5, St. Joseph-Ogden 3, Buffalo Tri-City 3, Tuscola 2, Althoff Catholic 1, Havana 1.

Class 1A

No. School Pts
1 Lebanon (2) 63
2 Danville Schlarman (2) 59
3 Aston-Franklin Center (1) 49
4 Okawville 45
5 Calhoun (2) 37
6 Galena 33
7 Mount Olive 32
8 Annawan 26
9 Lanark Eastland 7
10 Moweaqua Central A&M 6

Other receiving votes: Amboy 5, Heyworth 4, Liberty 4, Cissna Park 4, Winchester 3, Indian Creek 2, Princeville 2, Aquin 2, Brimfield 1, Erie 1.