Boys Basketball: City/Suburban Hoops Report

Story Image Tony Hicks, of St. Rita, moves the ball up court against Marist at St. Rita High School, Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 in Chicago, IL. l Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media

Updated: December 8, 2011 6:12PM

City: A steal for Penn

As unimpressive as the Class of 2012 may be in Illinois as college prospects, there were certainly some recruiting steals during the fall signing period. And St. Rita’s Tony Hicks may have been the biggest. Hicks, a 6-1 scoring guard averaging 32 points a game, has been sensational in the Mustangs’ first three games of the season. Hicks is showing why he’s a bona fide recruiting steal for Penn. The Quakers have snatched up a player who will likely provide an instant impact and, in return, will give Hicks great opportunities with an Ivy League education.

West: Rams streaking

Glenbard East’s Dante Bailey, who played a valuable role as a starter for a team that finished third in the state last season in Class 4A, leads a Rams team shooting for its 30th consecutive DuPage Valley Conference win Friday night. The 6-6 senior, who is averaging 22 points a game with 12 three-pointers, has become a more versatile threat while remaining one of the underappreciated players in the area. Glenbard East still needs to gain consistency at the point guard position, but the sights are set on another league title.

South: Andrew arrives

There is plenty of feel-good basketball conversation coming out of Tinley Park, where Andrew arguably has its best team in school history. And it wouldn’t have been possible if not for Jubril Adekoya, a talented 6-5 junior and Division I prospect. In a basketball hotbed like the south suburbs, Adekoya was a prime target as a hot-shot 8th grader.

“I took a lot of pride in staying home,” Adekoya says. “I had a chance to go to other schools, some private schools, but I wanted to help put Andrew on the map.”

North: Stevenson rises

Over the years, opponents haven’t felt comfortable playing against Stevenson. The Patriots are a well-coached, fundamentally sound team that plays a snarly defense that keeps games close. Just ask Warren, a 44-43 loser to Stevenson Tuesday night. While senior guard Mike Fleming is the veteran presence, freshman guard Jalen Brunson is an oh-so-smooth future star. Overshadowed early on by other big-name young players, Brunson, the son of Bulls assistant coach Rick Brunson, takes a back seat to nobody as a player or prospect in the Class of 2015.

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