Nation’s best set for local event
The Chicago Elite Classic, the annual twoday event featuring top teams from Illinois and around the country, has announced its lineup.
The event, which takes place Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, has moved from the UIC Pavilion to the 10,000-plus seat Wintrust Arena. Here is a look at the schedule and matchups.
6 p.m.: (Girls) Young vs. Montverde, Fla. 7:30 p.m.: St. Rita vs. St. Ignatius
St. Rita has a ton of size and experience returning from an 18-win team, including 6-7 Jeremiah Oden and the junior backcourt of Alec Millender and Joel Watts. St. Ignatius will lean heavily on the backcourt of senior Christian Davis and 6-2 junior Daniel Florey.
9 p.m.: Fenwick vs. Oak Park
This rivalry has become a staple of the Chicago Elite Classic’s opening night. A revamped Fenwick team, led by up-and-coming sophomore Bryce Hopkins and senior Solomon Oraegbu, will be the underdog. Oak Park is stacked with talent, including seniors Dahon Enoch, Charlie Hoehne, Chase Robinson and Anthony Roberts.
10:30 a.m.: Bloomington vs. St. Louis Chaminade Noon: Bloom vs. West Aurora
There are big expectations at Bloom this season with a boatload of returning talent, highlighted by a much-talked-about junior class featuring guards Keshawn Williams, Dante Maddox Jr., Donovan Newby and big man Martice Mitchell. Despite heavy losses from a sectional championship team, West Aurora is primed to be a factor again with the backcourt of Traevon Brown and Curie transfer Marquise Walker.
1:30 p.m.: Uplift vs. Evanston
Returning four starters from a team that reached Peoria and finished third in the state, Evanston will be a preseason top-10 team. Lance Jones, Jaheim Holden and Blake Peters form quite a trio on the perimeter. DePaul recruit Markese Jacobs, an exciting athletic lead guard and the state’s No. 2 prospect in the senior class, leads Uplift.
3 p.m.: Huntington Prep, WV.
vs. Sunrise Christian, Kan. 4:30 p.m.: Bogan vs. Dominican, Wis.
With a bevy of talent and depth, led by seniors Jeremiah Washington and Rashaun Agee, Bogan figures to be a preseason top-10 team. Dominican is led by 2020 point guard Abe Scruggs, a Division I prospect.
6 p.m.: Morgan Park vs. St. Louis Vashon
This will be a dandy between two powers in their respective states that play fast and free. Missouri’s Vashon is led by high-major recruit Mario McKinney, a dynamic 6-1 senior guard. Morgan Park counters with the junior backcourt of Adam Miller, the state’s top prospect in the Class of 2020, and jetquick Marcus Watson.
7:30 p.m.: Simeon vs.
St. Vincent-St. Mary, Ohio
The school that produced LeBron James heads to Chicago as the defending state champions in Ohio. SVSM captured its eighth state title — an Ohio record — winning the Division II championship under legendary coach Dru Joyce. Simeon will be led by guard Kejuan Clements, 6-5 Antonio Reeves and guard Ahamad Bynum, a sophomore looking to make a splash.
9 p.m.: Young vs. Mater Dei, Calif.
The final game of the event features two familiar names in high school basketball, including Young and its star trio of senior Myles Baker and juniors Tyler Beard and D.J. Steward. Perennial power Mater Dei will be fueled by its young talent, including a pair of top-25 prospects in the Class of 2021 — sophomore point guard Devin Askew and 6-8 Wilhelm Breidenbach.
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Among the area teams in the Chicago Elite Classic are Young, which plays Mater Dei (Calif.), and Simeon, which meets St. Vincent-St. Mary (Ohio).