Chicago Elite Classic: out of area talent

Chicago Elite Classic: out of area talent
December 6, 2013, 10:30 am
Scott Phillips

The Chicago Elite Classic has a number of top players on each team, including the visiting players and teams from out of the area. This season, a number of high-level prospects from around the country will play in Chicago and many of them will be in the event at UIC on Saturday. Here's a breakdown of some of the bigger names in attendance at the Chicago Elite Classic.

Keita Bates-Diop, Normal U-High: The 6-foot-7 senior forward is rated as Rivals No. 24 prospect in the 2014 class and the Ohio State commit is a candidate for the McDonald's All-American game. This game could be a big showcase of why. Bates-Diop can do damage on the inside, but he has improved so much on the wing in the last year and he has a smoothness about him now that he didn't have before.

Bryant Crawford, Gonzaga: The No. 29 prospect in the 2015 class is the 6-foot-2 junior point guard, from Washington D.C. Crawford plays for the famed Team Takeover AAU program and already has scholarship offers from Georgetown, Indiana, Maryland, Nebraska, Rutgers, Seton Hall, South Florida and Virginia Tech.

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Jordan McLaughlin, Etiwanda: The USC commit is a tremendous senior point guard and checks in as the No. 43 point guard in the 2014 national class. At 5-foot-11, McLaughlin can knock in shots from the perimeter or get in the lane and score and he also does a nice job running an offense and finding teammates. The matchup of McLaughlin against Marian Catholic point guard Tyler Ulis, a Kentucky commit, should be fun to watch.

Jeremiah Headley, Redondo Union: The 6-foot-5 wing can do things in a number of ways and he has some ball skills as well as a bit of bounce. Headley isn't as highly regarded as some other prospects in the field, but he has some upside going forward and will be one to watch along with Redondo Union senior forward Terrell Carter, a 6-foot-7 bruiser.

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K.J. Lawson, Hamilton: The Memphis commit is the No. 25 national prospect in the junior class according to Rivals and at 6-foot-7, the older of the two Lawson brothers is productive on the inside or the outside. Lawson had some standout performances in the Nike EYBL playing for Penny Hardaway's AAU team, Team Penny along with his brother this summer.

Dedric Lawson, Hamilton: While older brother K.J. is already committed to hometown Memphis, Dedric is the better long-term prospect of the two for now. The sophomore is No. 5 in the 2016 class per Rivals and the 6-foot-8 forward can knock in shots from the perimeter or score on the inside as he played extremely well in the EYBL against competition usually two years older than him.

Stephen Zimmerman, Bishop Gorman: One of the elite prospects in the county, Zimmerman is a legit 7-feet tall and he is Rivals' No. 2 player in the 2015 class thanks the combination of size, skill and athleticism. Zimmerman runs the floor so well and he is athletic and rugged on the interior. He has a chance to be the No. 1 player in the class by the end of his high school career with continued development.

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Chase Jeter, Bishop Gorman: Zimmerman isn't the only member of the Bishop Gorman front court with a lot of upside. Chase Jeter, another junior, is the No. 21 prospect in Rivals national class and 6-foot-9, Jeter is very productive on the interior and picked up offers from Duke, Louisville and North Carolina this fall to go along with man others.

Daniel Hamilton, St. John Bosco: A dynamic wing talent at 6-foot-6, Hamilton is the younger brother of Jordan (Texas) and Isaac (UCLA) Hamilton and the No. 18 prospect in Rivals' national class. The youngest Hamilton is likely to be a McDonald's All-American just like Isaac was last year because he can really score the ball and has a lot of upside. He can also really guard on the perimeter when he puts his attention to it.

Tyler Dorsey, St. John Bosco: Dorsey is an elite scoring talent and the 6-foot-4 combo guard checks in at No. 5 in Rivals' 2015 national rankings. Dorsey can play either guard spot well and is one of the best prospects in the entire country. Besides Malik Newman, he is the best junior guard in the country.