Curie's 6-foot-9 Cliff Alexander and Whitney Young's 6-foot-11 Jahlil Okafor are best of friends. "We are close, like brothers," Alexander said.
John Groce and Illinois played just one time last week, but it paid off as a string of upsets helped the Fighting Illini shoot up in the national polls.
Five Chicago area products are listed among the Top 100 players in the nation in the class of 2014, according to recruiting analyst Tom Lemming of CBS Sports Network.
Jabari Parker has talked a lot about his college recruitment process, including a visit to the CSN studio this week.
Elite basketball players like to play with elite basketball players.