Friday on CSN: Inside Look: Gene Pingatore

Friday on CSN: Inside Look: Gene Pingatore

On Friday night, Inside Look premieres at 9:30 p.m. with a profile on legendary St. Joseph's high school head coach Gene Pingatore.

The replay of this edition of Inside Look will also air at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday night on CSN right before an all-new edition of High School Lites at 10 p.m. on CSN. 

St. Joseph head coach Gene Pingatore has won over 1,000 games during his career as he's helped the Chargers capture two state championships during that time. Through it all, Pingatore insists that the most important part of everything was the people involved in everything as he went along.

"It's relationships and all the people that helped bring about those 1,000 wins," Pingatore said.

"All the people involved. When you talk players and all the coaches, even administrators. You look back and great memories."

While Pingatore is famous for producing talented players like Isiah Thomas, Evan Turner and recent players like Glynn Watson and Nick Rakocevic. But he's also happy about his other players who have moved on to do other things outside of basketball.

"It's the thrill of putting together the group and becoming a family and sending them to the next level," Pingatore said. "Watching them perform or become the doctors and the lawyers and whatever, that's what it's all at, that's what it's all about. There's no pressure to win." 

Listening to basketball philosophy from a coach with 1,000 wins would probably be wise and Pingatore has advice about one thing: always making sure a team at any level has a point guard.

"I feel, and it doesn't matter what level. Pro, college, high school. To be successful, you need a point guard. I feel if you have point guards you'll really be competitive," Pingatore said.

You can hear Pingatore go more in-depth on each of these subjects and more during Inside Look. 


Phillips defensive tackle Queneil Morrison commits to NIU

Phillips defensive tackle Queneil Morrison commits to NIU

Phillips junior defensive tackle recruit Queneil Morrison (6-foot-2, 300 pounds) gave Northern Illinois University his verbal commitment Saturday afternoon. Morrison, who is in DeKalb attending the Huskies spring game, told head coach Rod Carey his decision.

"I committed to NIU," Morrison said. "I just like NIU and it's a good school and a good program. I also really like the people at NIU and it's feel like a great place fort me."

Morrison, who had offers from Toledo and Bowling Green, was starting to draw increased recruiting looks from several FBS schools this spring.

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Why commit this early to the NIU Huskies?

"I just really like NIU and I also didn't want to lose my opportunity that I have at NIU by waiting too long," Morrison said.

Morrison is now the fourth in-state verbal commitment to the Huskies' 2018 Class, joining Andrew defensive end Mike DeHaan, Plainfield East defensive end Jack Sullivan and Maine South running back Fotis Kokosioulis. Earlier this week, Danville junior offensive tackle Julian Pearl (6-foot-7, 245 pounds), who was the first 2018 commitment for the Huskies, backed out and gave Illinois his commitment after he was offered a scholarship earlier this week.

Glenbard North DB Tyrik Henderson verbally commits to Minnesota

Glenbard North DB Tyrik Henderson verbally commits to Minnesota

Glenbard North three-star ranked defensive back Tyrik Henderson (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) has given Minnesota and head coach PJ Fleck his verbal commitment.

"The culture that Coach Fleck is bringing to Minnesota is something that fits me as a player and as a young man growing up in this world," Henderson told's Midwest Recruiting Expert Josh Helmholdt. "Coach Fleck will not only teach me the game but he and his staff will teach me the way of (life) and how to succeed the right way.

"I know it's a little ways away from home but we have more than enough close family in Minnesota and my parents still wouldn't miss a beat when coming up for games. Minnesota is on the rise and I'm not missing this Boat, it's my time to hop on and get Rowing. Ski-U-Mah."

Henderson is now the Gopher second known State of Illinois verbal commitment in the Class of 2018 and the eleventh verbal commitment overall. Henderson joins Marist three-star ranked defensive tackle Elijah Teague who gave Minnesota his verbal commitment back in late February.

Henderson's decision is yet another example of recruits giving earlier and earlier verbal commitments. Out of the's Post-Season Class of 2018 State of Illinois Top 25 recruit rankings 11 of the top 12 ranked players are already verbally committed.