High school news & notes
Updated: May 10, 2012 11:54PM
Just like home
Citing the similarities between his current and future schools, Marist junior point guard Lexus Williams has committed to play for coach Bryce Drew at Valparaiso. “It’s actually kind of scary,” Williams said with a laugh. “It’ll be a seamless transition from high school to college. And that’s what I’m looking for, a place just like home. I think I’ll be very comfortable at Valparaiso.” Williams, who picked Valparaiso over Western Illinois, Oakland and Green Bay, averaged 12.2 points and 5.2 assists last season.
Rambler heads west
Loyola senior safety Rob Dooley’s next stop will be Los Angeles. The 6-1, 190-pounder has been invited to walk on at USC by Trojans assistant head coach John Baxter, a Loyola grad, after Dooley sent some tape to the Pac-12 school. “That’s one of the top schools in the nation academically,” Dooley said. “That’s something you can’t pass up, even though I grew up a die-hard Notre Dame fan. This is a lifetime opportunity for me.”
No shot clock
The shot clock is not coming to prep basketball anytime soon, thanks to a recent decision by the National Federation of State High School Associations’ Basketball Rules Committee. Meeting in Indianapolis last month, the group chose not to join college and pro basketball in adopting a shot clock. Among the reasons cited to maintain the status quo was a desire by smaller schools to retain a slow-down option in order to be competitive against bigger rivals.
Schaumburg baseball coach Paul Groot picked up his 600th victory May 4 when the Saxons edged Rolling Meadows 3-2.