Breakdown of junior class at high schools in Illinois

Breakdown of junior class at high schools in Illinois
November 18, 2013, 10:45 am
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Scott Phillips

The junior class in Illinois this season has some solid contributors that could lead teams this season. Although the class doesn't feature any elite post players like Whitney Young's Jahlil Okafor and Curie's Cliff Alexander, it does have a number of really talented guards and some good wings as well. Here is a dozen of the key juniors this season in the Chicagoland area.

Evan Boudreaux, Lake Forest — The 6-foot-7 power forward with high-major offers from Boston College, DePaul, Iowa, and Northwestern and will be one of the most productive big men in the northern suburbs.

Jalen Brunson, Stevenson — As a sophomore, he led Stevenson to the Class 4A state championship game and the son of former NBA player Rick Brunson has a tremendous feel for the game. The lefty can score or distribute with the best of them.

Myles Carter, St. Rita — As one of the few big men with upside in the junior class, Carter is making a lot of strides on the interior and he'll be asked to rebound and defend on the interior while scoring a bit as well for St. Rita. His early-season matchup against Cliff Alexander will be one to watch.

Kain Harris, Morgan Park — Ultra athletic wing that can play above the rim or knock down jumpers. Harris is best suited in Morgan Park's up-and-down style, but he thrives in the open court.

Brandon Hutton, De La Salle — Hutton's stock has exploded this fall as Iowa, West Virginia and Wisconsin all offered scholarships. The 6-foot-5 mega athlete can leap with the best of them and he has gone from an undersized forward to a developing wing with ball handling skills and an improved jumper.

Aaron Jordan, Plainfield East — One of the most sought-after guards in the state, the 6-foot-4 Jordan already has offers from schools such as Illinois, Indiana, Northwestern and Wisconsin and he can score in a number of different ways. He could be one of the leading scorers in the area this season.

Charles Matthews, St. Rita — The top prospect in the junior class has been playing varsity since his freshman year and will be one of the leaders of a deep junior- and senior-laden St. Rita team. Wirey 6-foot-5 guard can handle, pass, defend and score at a high level.

Prentiss Nixon, Bolingbrook — Nixon can man both guard spots and along with senior Gage Davis, the Raiders will have one of the better backcourts in the area. Nixon can knock in shots from the perimeter or handle the ball and make plays as a passer.

Luwane Pipkins, Bogan — A tough and hard-nosed guard, Pipkins can really defend and he also is one of the better floor leaders in the city. Bogan could surprise a lot of people this season thanks to the play of Pipkins, who can score, create turnovers, or run the point.

Roosevelt Smart, St. Viator — One of the biggest impact transfers, as the Lions get Smart from Palatine High School, Smart averaged 17 points per game as a sophomore and should come in and score right away in the dynamic St. Viator backcourt.

Glynn Watson, St. Joseph — The floor general forms the state's top junior backcourt with fellow high-major prospect Jordan Ash, and he can run the pick and roll or get in the lane whenever he wants. Watson is one of the top prospects in the junior class and is the brother of former St. Joseph and Illinois star Demetri McCamey.

D.J. Williams, Simeon — The Illinois commit has a ton of upside as a 6-foot-7 wing and along with fellow 6'7" forward Edward Morrow, they'll lead Simeon into the next phase after Jabari Parker. Williams has a high ceiling and is a long and fluid athlete on the wing. He'll need to be an assertive scorer at times for Simeon to make a run this season.