National Signing Day Chicago-area news and notes: Thursday

National Signing Day Chicago-area news and notes: Thursday
November 14, 2013, 11:30 am
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Scott Phillips

Wednesday was the start of National Signing Day and as announcements roll into its second day, CSN Chicago will have coverage of the high school basketball players in the Chicagoland area signing their letter of intent with their future Division I program.

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We'll have updates throughout the day with news, quotes and some photos. If you have anything you'd like to update, be sure to reach out us on Twitter @CSNChicago or @Phillipshoops or email me at phillipshoops@gmail.com.

Be sure to keep checking back for updates throughout the week.

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3:40 p.m.: Downstate point guard Marcus Bartley from Decatur MacArthur has signed his letter of intent to play for Saint Louis. This photo is courtesy of his Peoria Irish AAU coach, Gavin Sullivan. 

1:45 p.m.: Amanze Egekeze signed his letter of intent to Belmont yesterday and the 6-foot-7 forward from Huntley spoke with CSN Chicago about his decision:

"There was just something a little bit different about Belmont than the other schools. They really had everything I was looking for. From an academic standpoint it was a very good business program -- which I'm interested in studying -- and from a basketball standpoint as far as recruiting they were really consistent with me. Once they started showing interest they let me know how much of a priority I was and that they really liked me and wanted me to be there. I really appreciated their honesty. Their program speaks for itself. Coach (Rick) Byrd is one of the most underrated coaches in the country and all that I hear is great things about him and his record speaks for itself. One other thing is the fact that they haven't had a transfer in 13 years and that let me know that they're treating the players right and doing things the right way there. Players were awesome when I went there and they have a winning tradition there. Everything just kind of fit."

11:10 a.m.: UIC head coach Howard Moore announced the signing of Homewood-Flossmoor forward Tai Odiase as well as the signing of Indiana guard Grant Sims on Twitter.