IHSA Class 3A and Class 4A Boys Basketball Super-Sectional Preview

IHSA Class 3A and Class 4A Boys Basketball Super-Sectional Preview

IHSA boys basketball state playoff highlights are coming to CSN and CSNChicago.com on Tuesday night as we'll have cameras all over the state for six of the eight super-sectional games.

Below we preview all eight super-sectional games in Class 3A and Class 4A as you can catch these highlights streaming on CSNChicago.com at 11 p.m.

These highlights will also air on TV as CSN Fast Break has the same highlights at 12 a.m. on Wednesday morning with re-runs airing all Wednesday morning on CSN and CSN+. 

Class 4A Super-Sectionals (bracket order)

Whitney Young vs. Evanston, 7:00 p.m. at Chicago State -- This will be a tremendous matchup as the Dolphins and Wildkits are both playing great ball. Whitney Young (24-7) is a legitimate Class 4A state title contender as Lucas Williamson, Javon Freeman and Xavier Castaneda is a very talented perimeter trio. Evanston (28-3) is one of the most balanced teams in the state as senior Nojel Eastern is playing some of his best basketball of the season. 

Fremd vs. Jacobs, 8:00 p.m. at Sears Centre -- These two teams are a combined 60-1 as this is a huge game for both conferences. The Vikings (30-0) are coming off a dramatic buzzer-beating win over Conant as Kyle Sliwa continues to be one of the area's most clutch players. Jacobs (30-1) knocked off Larkin in sectional play as senior big man Cameron Krutwig, a Loyola commit, nearly had a quadruple-double. 

Bolingbrook vs. Naperville North, 7:30 p.m. at NIU -- Bolingbrook is still unbeaten at full strength this season as they're peaking at the right time once again. The Raiders (28-1) had a dramatic comeback win over Joliet West to win a sectional title as senior Nana Akenten (Nebraska) leads the deepest team left in the field. Naperville North (25-5) is not a team to be taken lightly. The Huskies have wins over Wheaton-Warrenville South and Evanston this season as senior Mitch Lewis is one of the area's more underrated players. 

Other games in Class 4A

Edwardsville vs. Simeon, 7:00 p.m. at ISU -- This could very well be considered the Class 4A state title game as these might be the two best teams in Illinois. The Wolverines are playing great ball lately as they've recently taken down Marist and Thornton in impressive fashion. Senior Evan Gilyard and juniors Kezo Brown and Talen Horton-Tucker form a talented trio that is leading the way for a deep and balanced team. Edwardsville counters with Mr. Basketball favorite Mark Smith as the unsigned senior is having a monster final season. 

Class 3A Super-Sectionals (bracket order)

St. Viator vs. Fenwick, 6:00 p.m. at Sears Centre -- The Friars (28-4) will be the heavy favorite in this one against St. Viator (15-16) as they have one of the most balanced teams left. Fenwick has talented seniors like Jacob Keller and Jamal Nixon while freshman D.J. Steward has emerged as one of the area's most productive newcomers. St. Viator is below .500 but they went 6-3 in a rugged ESCC to prepare for games like this. 

Marengo vs. Bloomington, 6:00 p.m. at NIU -- Bloomington (25-4) has had high expectations all season long while playing in events filled with Chicago-area teams like the Pontiac Holiday Tournament and the Martin Luther King event at Wheaton-Warrenville South. They face Marengo (25-7) as the Indians are coming off a strong season in the Kiswaukee Valley.

Morgan Park vs. Hillcrest, 7:00 p.m. at Joliet Central -- Morgan Park (23-6) will be the favorites in this one behind junior guard Ayo Dosunmu as he's been one of the area's best players this season. Hillcrest (22-7) already lost to the Mustangs by 18 points in December at the Proviso West Holiday Tournament but they have played well recently to make another super-sectional appearance.

Other games in Class 3A

Centralia vs. Lanphier, 7:00 p.m. at Prairie Convention Ctr. -- Lanphier (27-3) is getting great play from Yaakema Rose during the state tournament as they're going to be favored in this one. Centralia (22-9) has won six consecutive games as their defense has been very good during the state tournament. 

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 Rivals.com'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 Rivals.com's Post-Season Class of 2018 State of Illinois Top 25 recruit rankings 11 of the top 12 ranked players are already verbally committed.