National Signing Day Chicago-area news and notes: Wednesday

National Signing Day Chicago-area news and notes: Wednesday
November 13, 2013, 12:15 pm
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Today begins the start of National Signing Day and 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

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


5:40 p.m.: Bolingbrook guard Gage Davis signed his letter of intent with IPFW today and he spoke with CSN Chicago about IPFW and his signing day.
"They were the first school to actually start recruiting me. When I went on a visit there, the coaches really made me feel welcome. I really liked that they had apartments there instead of dorms, too. And then also, The Coliseum is really nice and I really like that. I think they want me to be a scorer, but if they need me to rebound and get assists, I guess that is what I'm going to have to do."

5:20 p.m.: Loyola head coach Porter Moser released statements through the school's athletics page breaking down his newest signees, shooting guard Ben Richardson from Kansas and Simeon small forward Donte Ingram.

5:00 p.m.: Bradley head coach Geno Ford spoke with CSN Chicago about his latest signee, Thornwood forward Donte Thomas.

"Donte coming to our program at Bradley gives us a real shot in the arm for a number of reasons. He's a great kid who comes from a great family but also has a real competitive streak to him. He's a tough, competitor — which is the biggest thing we really liked about him. He's got great size, great athleticism, he's long and he can really score the ball. But his ability to rebound, in-traffic, out of his area and his ability to defend physically are really the things that we just loved about him. He's the kind of kid that we want to have in our program. He had a great summer with Meanstreets playing in the EYBL, and they played the best competition out there. He played on a great team with some great players, and he showed that he was very capable of being an impact guy at that level."

4:25 p.m.: Some out-of-area Illinois natives have sent in their letters of intent.

Normal U-High forward Keita Bates-Diop has sent in his letter of intent to Ohio State, the school informed CSN Chicago, and Rockford Boylan guard Brock Stull signed his letter of intent with Milwaukee, according to Boylan coach Mike Winters.

Though Stull signed his letter of intent, his signing ceremony will be postponed until tomorrow after a water main broke at Rockford Boylan and school was canceled.

4:00 p.m.: Illinois has the letter of intent from Champaign Centennial forward Michael Finke according to his AAU coach with the Peoria Irish, Gavin Sullivan.



3:40 p.m.: Loyola received a letter of intent from Simeon senior small forward Donte Ingram.

Loyola guard Ben Richardson also spoke with CSN Chicago about the Ramblers.

"I think I can definitely add some shooting, some ball handling and then also being able to play consistent defense. I've been thinking about playing Division I basketball for a long time. People don't give the Missouri Valley the credit it deserves with some of the teams that come out of it. There's some great teams and it's one of the best mid-major conferences in the country, and I only think it's going to get better by adding Loyola."

2:25 p.m.: Bolingbrook forward Kenny Williams has sent his letter of intent to Division II Northern Michigan, and guard Gage Davis has signed with IPFW, per Bolingbrook head coach Robert Brost.

2:10 p.m.: Loyola confirmed to CSN Chicago that shooting guard Ben Richardson from Overland Park, Kan., has signed his letter of intent. The Ramblers are also expected to receive letters from Simeon small forward Donte Ingram and Iowa shooting guard Jay Knuth.

1:20 p.m.: Bradley has confirmed to CSN Chicago that it has received the letter of intent of Thornwood wing Donte Thomas.

Illinois Wolves coach Mike Mullins also confirmed to CSN Chicago that York 6-foot-8 center Frank Toohey has sent his letter of intent to Air Force.

12:45 p.m.: Chicago State has confirmed to CSN Chicago that Richards 6-foot-7 forward Josh Meier has signed his letter of intent.

Benet 6-foot-9 center Sean O'Mara also said he sent his letter of intent to Xavier.

12:25 p.m.: Northwestern has confirmed to CSN Chicago that the letters of intent for St. Rita forward Vic Law and Fenwick guard Scott Lindsey are in as well as the letters of Ohio forward Gavin Skelly and Indiana guard Bryant McIntosh.

11:25 a.m.: St. Viator senior 6-foot-3 guard Ore Arogundade has signed his letter of intent with Drake, according to a Tweet from the university.

Drake head coach Ray Giacoletti spoke with CSN Chicago about what Ore's signing means for the Bulldogs:

"I think that its a big deal for us," Giacoletti said. "His toughness, his skill level, he comes from one of the best AAU programs in the state and he fills a need in many different ways. I think that defense is just as important as offense to him and a lot of high school kids today, that's something they need to be taught once they get to school. You always appreciate those kids in high school that appreciate how important the defensive end of the floor is and truly buy into it and Ore does that. That's not to take away anything from his offensive ability, but he's only going to get better as a player as he continues to mature and work on his craft."

Arogundade will be joined in this Drake class by Cahokia guard C.J. Rivers, Wisconsin guard Reed Timmer and Iowa forwards Casey Schlatter and Kory Kuenstling.