Here are the Pool Assignments and Schedule of Games for the inagural Showdown in Chicago will which take place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Joy of the Game Sports Center in Deerfield and the Lake Barrington Fieldhouse will host the event.
Joy of the Game is located at 158 South Waukegan Road in Deerfield, Illinois with the Lake Barrington Fieldhouse being located at 28156 West Northpointe Pkwy in Lake Barrington, Illinois.
15U, 16U and 17U games will feature a Pool Play format with the top two teams in each age divisions advancing to the Playoffs on Sunday. 13U and 14U games will feature a Pool Play format with all teams advancing to the Playoffs on Sunday.
Below are the Pool Assignments and Schedule of Games for the event.
The Midwest Available's Showcase took place this past Saturday at the Joy of the Game Sports Center in Deerfield, Illinois and featured a great wealth of uncommitted basketball talent.
David Nichols, who starred at Chicago Mount Carmel ahead of doing a postgraduate season at Midwest Elite Prep (IN), was among the standouts. Nichols, a 6'0 point guard, is a lethal scorer who is capable of scoring in bunches. He can really shoot it and shows an improved ability to lead a team. He is Division I ready and qualified right now.
6'2 Fred Sims (Chicago North Lawndale), one of the top scorer's in the Public League, put his offensive skills on full display and showed very well.
6'5 Keeshawn Palmer (Chicago Vocational) made plays throughout the event and showed why he was one of the top players in the Public League.
6'7 Stacey Whitt (Midwest Elite Prep), 6'7 Jiovanni Harrell (Midwest Elite Prep) and 6'9 Josh Wolf (Chicagoland Jewish) were all among the standouts inside. Whitt and Harrell are a pair of future Division I frontcourt standouts who bring size and plus rebounding skills. Wolf is big and mobile.
6'7 Emmanuel Smith (Chicago North Lawndale), 6'8 Aleksander Malinic (Kankakee), 6'4 Mark Winston (Plainfield North), 6'6 Gabe Grant, Joseph Larry (Chicago Hales Franciscan), 6'6 Isiah Core (Rich South), 6'6 Devante Campbell (Midwest Elite Prep) and Noah Khan (Chicago Lane Tech) were also among a long line of standouts.
We will follow with a complete report on participants in the event in the coming days.
In a surprising move, DePaul has decided to bring back Dave Leitao as the head coach of the basketball program.
“Following our search that garnered high-level national interest, we are excited to announce that Dave Leitao is our next men’s basketball coach,” said athletics director Jean Lenti Ponsetto in the official release.
Leitao was head coach at DePaul from 2002-05 and compiled a record of 58-34 during that time ahead of leaving for the head job at Virginia.
Leitao was an assistant at Tulsa this past season and was an assistant at Missouri for two years prior to that.
Bryce Drew (Valparaiso) and Bobby Hurley (Buffalo) were both also prime candidates for the position.
Top assistant Billy Garrett is expected to remain on staff with Leitao, and likely ensures that roster turnover will be minimal.