High school news & notes
Updated: May 24, 2012 9:11PM
Hall of Famers
Curie basketball coach Mike Oliver was inducted into the Chicago Public League Basketball Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame earlier this month. Oliver was inducted with 13 former Public League players, including King’s Efrem Winters and Hubbard’s Reggie Rose. This past year Curie finished 25-3 and reached the city title game and the Pontiac Holiday Tournament championship game for the first time in school history. In 20 years, Oliver has led Curie to 11 seasons of 20 or more wins and will welcome back another loaded team next season, highlighted by 6-9 sophomore Cliff Alexander.
New head Knight
Immaculate Concepcion hired T.J. Tyrrell as boys basketball coach on Thursday. Tyrrell, a 1997 grad of the school, has coached at all levels since rejoining his alma mater, including most recently as the head coach of the sophomore team. “T.J. understands the importance of the athletic and academic traditions we have at IC,” principal Pamela Levar said. “He is committed to the positive development of his players both on the court and in the classroom.”
One of the most coveted female bigs in the state, Maine South’s Jacqui Grant, gave an oral commitment to Illinois last week. The 6-3 center who projects as a wing player at the next level picked the Illini over DePaul and will play for new Illinois coach Matt Bollant. After helping the Hawks to third place in the state as a sophomore, Grant’s season ended with an ankle injury in the fourth quarter of the team’s regional title win over Niles North. It was Maine South’s third in a row, all with Grant in the lineup.
He’s No. 6
Days after Joliet Catholic running back Ty Isaac committed to USC, Sporting News ranked the 2011 Sun-Times player of the year as the No. 6 prospect in its national Top 125 list for the Class of 2013.