Eight from Illinois make Rivals' final top-150

Eight from Illinois make Rivals' final top-150
April 15, 2013, 1:45 pm
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Mark Strotman

Rivals.com completed its final top-150 rankings for the heralded 2013 class, and the state of Illinois is well-represented.

Simeon's All-American Jabari Parker dropped to No. 4 in the rankings, below top-ranked prepster Andrew Wiggins, Kentucky-bound Julius Randle and Arizona-bound Aaron Gordon. Parker is joined in the rankings by his future Duke teammates Semi Ojeleye (No. 31) and Matt Jones (No. 36). Parker, who played most of the season recovering from an injured foot, still managed to lead the Wolverines for a fourth-straight 41 state title.

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He was helped out by Illinois-bound Kendrick Nunn, who finished as the No. 60 recruit in the 2013 class. He is joined by his future Champaign teammates forward Malcolm Hill (Belleville East, No. 62) and 6-foot-9 center Austin Colbert (No. 97).

Notre Dame and DePaul are no longer Big East counterparts, but they did share spots in the final Rivals.com rankings of the year. The Blue Demons' lone member was Billy Garrett Jr., the 6-foot-3 point guard from Morgan Park whose father, Billy, is an assistant under Oliver Purnell.

The FIghting Irish, who lose Jack Cooley to graduation, will replenish their group with three top-150 players, led by McDonald's All-American Demetrius Jackson at No. 38.

Also on the list for Mike Brey's group were 6-foot-6 wing V.J. Beachem (No. 86) and Steve Vasturia (No. 108), a 6-foot-5 shooting guard.

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Three other players from Illinois joined the Simeon duo, Garrett and Hill in the final rankings.

St. Charles East's Kendall Stepehens was ranked No. 61 and is headed to Purdue; Morgan Park point guard Kyle Davis (No. 114) is headed to Dayton; And Proviso East shooting guard Sterling Brown will play for Larry Brown next season at SMU.