By Michael O'Brien
Simeons Jabari Parker didnt just dominate the Wolverines 81-68 win over Oak Hill Monday at the Hoop Hall Classic in Springfield, Mass. He put on a show.
The 6-9 Duke recruit scored in nearly every way possible, impressing a national television audience with his post moves, three point shooting, transition baskets, mid-range game and high-flying dunks. He finished with 28 points and five rebounds, shooting 12-for-19 from the floor.
Parker scored Simeons first 11 points, helping the Wolverines to an 11-5 lead they never relinquished.
Simeon senior Jaylon Tate, an Illini recruit, ran the show. He scored 10 points and handed out eight assists, helping the Wolverines, play with more focus and cohesion then theyve demonstrated all season.
Oak Hill, ranked No. 10 in the country by USA Today was able to cut the Simeon lead to three points numerous times in the second half, but the Wolverines, ranked No. 11 by USA Today continually responded.
Kendrick Nunn added 21 points and nine rebounds and Kendall Pollard scored 11. Sophomore DJ Williams continued his recent emergence, adding eight points off the bench for Simeon (15-2).
After opening up his recruitment earlier in April, Morgan Park senior point guard and Illinois Mr. Basketball Charlie Moore is down to eight schools, he announced on Twitter.
The 5-foot-11 Moore is down to Cal, Illinois, Georgia Tech, LSU, Miami, SMU, UNLV and Western Kentucky. Moore opened up his previous commitment from Memphis after head coach Josh Pastner left to take the same position at Georgia Tech. It's worth noting that the Yellow Jackets is on Moore's final list.
A two-time state champion at Morgan Park, Moore averaged 28 points, seven assists and five steals per game as a senior.
Regarded as the No. 57 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016, according to Rivals, Moore is the best available senior point guard left in the country.
Phillips junior defensive back recruit Dexter Warren (6-foot-1, 170 pounds) already drew a handful of MAC offers and more recruiting looks this spring, yet it didn't take long for Warren to make his verbal commitment. Warren gave NIU head coach Rod Carey his verbal commitment while visiting the school last weekend for the Huskies spring game.
"NIU just feels like the right place for me," according to Warren. "I just like everything they have to offer and I was ready so I committed."
Warren, who can play either cornerback or safety at the college level, didn't choose NIU just because of its proximity to his hometown.
"I really didn't consider staying closer to home too much at first," Warren said. "I just liked everything that NIU has to offer. The school being closer to home is just another positive but it wasn't a big factor in my decision. My family and friends can come see me play, which is good."
Warren is now the second known in-state commitment for the Huskies and joins DeKalb WR Cole Tucker in the NIU Class of 2017.
Nazareth Academy junior defensive tackle Devonte Dunn (6-foot-1, 261 pounds) didn't want to make his verbal commitment over the phone or on social media, so Dunn and his family drove out to Toledo, Ohio last Saturday and gave the Rockets his decision in person. And with a handshake.
"I just didn't want to commit over the phone or on social media," Dunn said. "I wanted to give the Toledo coaches my decision in person. I wanted to look them in the eye, shake their hands and let them know how serious I am about my decision."
Dunn discussed why he decided to end his recruiting process and give the Rockets his verbal commitment.
"I just love the school and the coaches at Toledo," according to Dunn. "The coaches at Toledo really care about the players on the off the field. I like how the coaches make sure that everyone is focused on school and education along with football. I just developed a great bond at Toledo from very early on and I'm just excited to be a part of the program.
Dunn, who has been an impact starter on the Road Runners back to back state title runs also wanted to make an early decision with his 2016 senior season and a shot at a third straight state title in mind.
"My plan all along was to make an early decision," Dunn added. "I want to be able to put 100 percent of my focus on my team and my senior year without recruiting being a distraction."