Still plenty of unsigned seniors in Chicago high school basketball ranks

Still plenty of unsigned seniors in Chicago high school basketball ranks
February 7, 2014, 12:45 pm
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Scott Phillips

With national signing day occurring this past Wednesday, the recruiting focus now shifts from football to basketball. Although many of the area's best basketball players signed their letters of intent in the fall -- as is generally the norm for high school basketball players -- there are still a number of high-level players available in the state of Illinois.

Here's a look at some of the best unsigned seniors in the state of Illinois and if you haven't checked out Edgy Tim's fantastic coverage of the area's football signees for CSNChicago.com, make sure you do so.

Peyton AllenGlenwood - After battling mononucleosis during his junior year and still recovering during the AAU season, Allen is currently one of the hottest names in the country in recruiting circles. The 6-foot-4 Allen can shoot, play a bit of both guard positions and he's scored the ball at a high level all season long. College coaches began to take notice of Allen's strong play during his senior season when Peyton averaged 28 points per game at the State Farm Holiday Classic. Since then, Allen has scheduled February official visits to Butler, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt while Wichita State has also offered a scholarship and North Carolina has called expressing interest, according to Glenwood High School coach Todd Blakeman.

Josh Cunningham, Morgan Park - Things are really beginning to pick up for the 6-foot-7 senior forward as Indiana head coach Tom Crean offered Cunningham a scholarship after watching his 36-point, 22-rebound performance against Dunbar on Wednesday. Cunningham took fall official visits to Bradley, Creighton, Iowa State and Oklahoma and there are also murmurs around the city that Michigan State could be getting involved with Cunningham as well.

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Marlon Jones, Orr - The 6-foot-8 Orr center has been the Spartans' best player this season, and although he's been battling an injured foot, he's still putting up solid numbers against good competition. Orr assistant coach Jimalle Ridley informed CSN Chicago that Loyola and Tulane are the two most active schools in Jones' recruitment and his athleticism and activity level on the interior are coveted by Division-I programs searching high and low for big men at this point in the season.

Jack Morrissey, Loyola - The senior guard is one the area's premier perimeter shooters and has helped lead the Ramblers to the top of the Catholic League North while also being unbeaten in the state of Illinois. Morrissey picked up his first Division-I scholarship offer this week when Chicago State offered the 6-foot-1 guard and more schools will likely take a look at the sharpshooter as perimeter scoring is always at a premium in college basketball.

Milik Yarbrough, Zion-Benton - Yarbrough recently became Lake County's all-time leading scorer, but he's still without a college basketball home for next season. The 6-foot-6 Yarbrough can really put up points at the high school level, but college coaches and scouts have struggled to place Yarbrough at the next level because they wonder how he'll adjust to the highest level of college basketball. Yarbrough gets a lot of high school buckets scoring against smaller and weaker opponents but is he good enough going left or strong enough in his work ethic to be a high-level scorer at a BCS school? Yarbrough claims scholarship offers from Auburn, Iowa, Minnesota, Saint Louis and Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Bradley has been involved a bit as well.

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Lou Adams Jr., Orr - The coach's son is having strong senior season at guard for a top-10 team. Adams is long and athletic for a guard with quick hands and an ability to get hot from the perimeter.

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Javairius Amos Mays, North Chicago - Among a strong trio at North Chicago along with Kurt Hall (Toledo) and JayQuan McCloud (Murray State), Amos-Mays remains the uncommitted member of the group.

Trevor Clay, Edwardsville - A transfer into Edwardsville, Clay is more familiar for fans from the St. Louis area, but he can score and play a bit of both guard spots and has DI and DII schools showing interest.

Dan Dwyer, Fenwick - The 6-foot-8 Dwyer has improved this season playing under new coach Rick Malnati and he's a solid pick-and-pop forward that can defend and rebound his area.

Kevin Kucera, Loyola - Alongside Morrissey and James Clarke, Kucera forms one of the best backcourts in the state. Teams are always asking for true point guards and Kucera fits the mold.

Shea Feehan, Peoria Notre Dame - Another strong shooter, Feehan is entertaining interest from DI and DII schools as the high-scoring guard is having a strong senior season.

Bobby Frasco, Prospect - Frasco has good size at 6-foot-4 for a shooting guard and Chicago State recently offered him a scholarship. If Frasco can find more consistency, he has the talent to be a solid low-major grab.

Tyquone Greer, Orr - Once a highly sought-after prospect, Greer hasn't maximized the potential many believed he once had, but the 6-foot-7 wing is still a talented perimeter player and sound rebounder from the wing.

Javonni Harrell, Oak Park-River Forest - The hard-working lefty forward is bouncy and active on the interior as he's had a good year for the Huskies after transferring from Foreman.

Issaiah Hayes, Orr - The point guard transfer is having a strong senior year for the Spartans as a few DI programs are checking in on the former Crane star's progress.

Torry Johnson, Morgan Park - A high-academic student, Johnson has spoken with some Ivy and Patriot League schools as he continues a solid senior season at combo guard for the Mustangs.

Joseph Stamps, Curie - The scoring guard once went for 60-plus points in an AAU game and can really fill it up when he gets hot.

Eddie Puha, Reavis - Puha didn't play on the AAU circuit, as he prefers running games around town, but he's a gym rat putting up consistent double-figures that will be a great fit at the Division III level.

Max Rothschild, U-High - The 6-foot-8 Rothschild is one of the few big men still available in the area as DI and DII schools continue to check in on the productive big man.

Max Strus, Stagg - A classic late-bloomer, Strus grew a few inches from last season and is one of the better unsigned seniors in the Chicagoland area as a 6-foot-5 wing with a decent perimeter stroke and ability to put it a bit on the floor.