Con­ditt’s long road fin­ishes at Iowa State

Chicago Sun-Times - - HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL - MICHAEL O’BRIEN Email: mo­brien@ sun­times. com

Ge­orge Con­ditt was an un­known when the sea­son ended in March. His team, Corliss, fin­ished the sea­son 8- 12, fourth in the Blue- South. It has been a long road from that point to sign­ing with a high- ma­jor school.

“To be hon­est, I knew ev­ery­thing was com­ing, even dur­ing the sea­son last year,” Con­ditt said. “But I didn’t know it was com­ing like this. I never imag­ined it would get as big as it did, with 40 of­fers and ev­ery­thing.”

Con­ditt was sur­rounded Wed­nes­day by his friends, fam­ily, coaches, team­mates and school of­fi­cials as he signed his let­ter of in­tent to play for Iowa State. The 6- 10 se­nior is part of a lo­cal trio head­ing to Ames, Iowa, next sea­son. Hins­dale South’s Zion Grif­fin and Simeon’s Talen Hor­ton- Tucker also signed with the Cy­clones. Iowa State coach Steve Prohm landed three of the state’s top four prospects.

“Ge­orge brings size, length and re­ally good skill in the front­court,” Prohm said. “His best basketball is ahead of him. As we went through the process, he was a guy we had to get. We are ec­static about get­ting him.”

Con­ditt was the area’s break­out star on the spring- and sum­mer­club cir­cuit. He’ll be a marked man this high school sea­son, but he’s ready for the chal­lenge.

“A lot of be­hind- the- scenes work went into this, a lot of pa­tience,” Con­ditt said. “I worked hard for this. I’m ready for what the sea­son will bring. I have to go at ev­ery­body. Ev­ery­one is go­ing to come at me stronger, so I need to play my heart out ev­ery game.”

Illi­nois gets its man

Mor­gan Park se­nior point guard Ayo Do­sunmu made it of­fi­cial with Illi­nois, sign­ing his let­ter of in­tent. He’s the best lo­cal re­cruit the Illini have signed since Waukegan’s Jereme Rich­mond.

“It’s not a good day, it’s a great day for the his­tory of Illi­nois basketball,” Illi­nois coach Brad Un­der­wood said.

Do­sunmu was the only player to sign with Illi­nois, which has two schol­ar­ships re­main­ing. Un­der­wood said he ex­pects to bring in a big man and a shooter.

Still on the board

The class of 2018 is one of the weak­est in the state’s his­tory. But there are sev­eral play­ers vir­tu­ally guar­an­teed to sign with Di­vi­sion I schools even­tu­ally, in­clud­ing Simeon’s Xavier Pin­son and Zion Young, Larkin’s Jalen Shaw, Co­nant’s Ryan Davis and Orr’s Raek­won Drake.

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Corliss se­nior cen­ter Ge­orge Con­ditt ( top) signed his let­ter of in­tent to play for Iowa State on Wed­nes­day. Mor­gan Park point guard Ayo Do­sunmu was the only player to sign with Illi­nois. WORSOM ROBIN­SON/ FOR THE SUN- TIMES

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