New Trier squeaks by Waukegan

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New Trier squeaks by Waukegan

By Tim Froehlig
YourSeason.com

New Trier hit five free throws in the final 38 seconds of the game to hold off host Waukegan 54-53 on Friday in a battle of Central Suburban League South Division unbeatens.The Trevians are 3-0 in the division and 8-1 overall while Waukegan is 2-1 in the division and 3-5 overall.Connor Boehm, New Triers 6-8 senior center, scored a game-high 27 points, grabbed seven rebounds and hit one of two free throws with 38 seconds left to put the Trevians ahead 50-47.After a Waukegan miss, David Bragiel hit two free throws with 23 seconds left to give the visitors a 52-47 bulge.Waukegans Akeem Springs (team-high 18 points) then hit a three-pointer with 15 seconds left tom make it 52-50.But then, Austin Angel hit two free throws with six seconds left to make it 54-50, and that was enough to survive a three-pointer by Dijon Ross just before the final horn.Angel finished with 10 points, and Steven Cook had 11.New Trier got just two points from its bench in the contest. It finished 11 of 12 from the free-throw line in the game, while Waukegan was 8 of 12.New Trier started the game on fire and led 15-5 after one quarter. But in the second period, the Bulldogs hit 5 of 7 from three-point range to get with 28-26 at halftime. The game seesawed from there, with New Trier taking the lead for good with 1:51 left on a layup by Cook at 49-47.We feel like we have a very versatile team, said Boehm, who carried the workload on offense against a small, fast Waukegan squad. We can adjust accordingly offensively, depending on the type of team we play.New Trier coach Scott Fricke was pleased to get out of the Dog Pound with a victory.It turns out our free-throw shooting down the stretch was huge, Fricke said, because they hit two big threes at the end of the game. Give Waukegan credit. They played really hard tonight.I thought our defense was good, but we gave up 11 offensive rebounds to Waukegan in the first half.As far as leading the division, Fricke knows theres a long way to go.Our senior leadership and our execution are the keys. We have to get the ball where we want to on offense.For Waukegan, Davonte Taylor added 10 points and five rebounds, and Jordan Johnson had 10 points and five assists.Waukegan is now idle until after Christmas when it plays at the Pontiac tourney. New Trier will head to Proviso West after Christmas.

Bears sign veteran wide receiver Victor Cruz to one-year deal

Bears sign veteran wide receiver Victor Cruz to one-year deal

The Bears added some veteran depth to their wide receiver corps on Thursday.

Former New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz announced on Instagram that he's signing with the Bears.

The Giants will forever be family. But for now, Bear down!!! 🐻⬇️

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Cruz visited Halas Hall early last week and announced on his radio show earlier Thursday that he had narrowed down his choices to the Bears and Baltimore Ravens.

Cruz, 30, missed the entire 2015 season with a calf injury, but bounced back to play in 15 games with the Giants in 2016. He had 39 receptions for 586 yards and a touchdown.

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Cruz has appeared in 67 career NFL games and has accumulated 303 receptions for 4,549 yards and 25 touchdowns. Cruz earned Pro Bowl honors in 2012 and second-Team All-Pro honors in 2011.

Cruz helped the Giants capture the Lombardi Trophy over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. During the 2011 playoffs, he had 21 receptions for 269 yards and a touchdown.

Cruz joins a crowded wide receiver group which includes Cameron Meredith, Kevin White, Markus Wheaton, Kendall Wright, Josh Bellamy, Deonte Thompson, Daniel Braverman, Titus Davis, Tanner Gentry and his former Giants teammate Rueben Randle.

Swanigan's, Diallo's decisions and how it affects Bulls' NBA Draft

Swanigan's, Diallo's decisions and how it affects Bulls' NBA Draft

The deadline for underclassmen to pull their names out of the NBA Draft passed on Wednesday at midnight.

There were a few surprises, and a handful of decisions had an effect on how the Bulls will go about next month's draft.

Staying in the draft

Caleb Swangian, PF, Purdue: The sophomore All-American surprised many by keeping his name in the draft. Swanigan actually tested the waters after his freshman season but returned to the Boilermakers in 2016. He averaged 18.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 35 games, earning Big Ten Player of the Year honors and was a National Player of the Year candidate. It's no secret the 6-foot-9 Swangian can score  - he had 15 games of 20 or more points - and showed some ability to shoot from deep, making nearly 45 percent of his 85 3-point attempts. Quickness and conditioning will be the real test for the 245-pound Swanigan, who has already lost significant weight since high school. Questions about his defense (he had just 27 steals and 36 blocks in two seasons) also stand out. With Nikola Mirotic's future in Chicago unknown, the Bulls could be in the market for depth at power forward. He wouldn't be an option for the Bulls at No. 14, but if he slides out of the first round he could be an option at No. 38.

D.J. Wilson, PF, Michigan: After averaging just 6.1 minutes as a sophomore, Wilson burst onto the scene as a junior, averaging 11.0 points and 5.3 rebounds in 30.4 minutes for the Wolverines. He did his best work during the postseason; during Michigan's Big Ten Championship run and Sweet 16 appearance, Wilson averaged 15.6 points on 54 percent shooting, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks. Standing 6-foot-10 with a 7-foot-3 wingspan, Wilson leaves some to be desired on the defensive end but has the ability to play as a combo forward - he had a 3-inch growth spurt after high school. Like Swanigan, Wilson won't be an option for the Bulls at No. 14 but could be a second-round option. He'd give the Bulls a similar look to what Bobby Portis does with a little more versatility on the wing.

Going back to college

Hamidou Diallo, SG, Kentucky: The NBA Draft's biggest mystery could have been a home-run selection for the Bulls in the first round. Alas, Diallo has decided to play a year under John Calipari at Kentucky and likely boost his draft stock. Having not played since December, where he played at a prep academy in Connecticut, so there wasn't much film of the 6-foot-5 leaper. Still, after Thon Maker went No. 10 to the Bucks last year there was thought that a team would take a gamble on a high-upside mystery.

Andrew Jones, PG, Texas: There was little surprise that Jones, a five-star recruit who put together a solid freshman season, returned. He's still a bit raw as a prospect despite having elite size (6-foot-4) and solid athleticism, and another year running the point with incoming five-star recruit Mo Bomba could really improve his draft stock. The Bulls clearly have a need at the point (less if Rajon Rondo returns) and if Jones had made the leap he likely would have been around at No. 38. Even still, Jones is a player to keep an eye on during next year's draft, assuming Cameron Payne and Jerian Grant don't make significant improvements.

Moritz Wagner, PF, Michigan: There's a need on every NBA team for a stretch forward with 3-point potential. But those teams will have to wait at least another year after Wagner decided to return to Michigan for his junior season. Like Wilson, who kept his name in the draft, Wagner had an excellent postseason run for the Wolverines. That stretch included a 17-point effort against Minnesota and a career-high 26-point outing in a win over Louisville. He weighed in at just 231 pounds and only averaged 4.2 rebounds per game, so adding some strength to his game will help his draft prospect for next year. He could have been an option for the Bulls at No. 38.