Times have changed, of course, since the 1940s and 1950s when Illinois coach Harry Combes didn't have to leave his home to lure the state's best basketball players to Champaign.
The state high school basketball tournament has begun, Illinois' signature event, the original March Madness.
Chicagoans who are looking forward to seeing Simeon's Jabari Parker participate in the annual McDonald's All-America basketball game in 2013 will be disappointed.
How good is Jabari Parker?
Better than his father?
Better than Derrick Rose?
Good enough to rank among the top five players in Public League history?