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Morgan Park, Althoff Set For Showdown

Two-time defending IHSA Class 3A state champion Chicago Morgan Park will square off against Belleville Althoff on Friday in a high-powered state semifinal match-up.

Althoff is led by super-sophomore Jordan Goodwin, a strong-framed and high-scoring wing, who ranks among the top prospects in his class. 6'7 junior Brendon Gooch bring added size, scoring and rebounding. Junior Tarkus Ferguson headlines the backcourt for a team loaded with talent.

Marcus LoVett continues to lead Morgan Park with Charlie Moore also capable of putting up big offensive numbers. 6'8 Alonzo Chatman is a factor inside defensively.

A terrific match-up between teams that are both deep with future Division I basketball talent. Both teams will also return enough firepower for return trips next year with Althoff being a strong preseason #1 possibility next year.

The game is scheduled for a 12:15 p.m. tip-off at Carver Arena in Peoria.

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SIU Lands Juco Star Mike Rodriguez

Marshalltown Community College (IA) star Mike Rodriguez has committed to play for head coach Barry Hinson, and Southern Illinois University.

Rodriguez, a 5'10 point guard, averaged 22.5 points and 6.1 assists per contest this past season. He should provide an immediate offensive boost to SIU's backcourt.

Rodriguez led the ICCAC in scoring en route to being named a 1st Team NJCAA All-Region XI pick.

Rodriguez hails from Boston, Massachusetts.

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Christian Williams Commits To Iowa

Class of 2015 Decatur St. Theresa star Christian Williams has committed to play his college basketball in the Big 10 for head coach Fran McCaffery and the University of Iowa.

Williams, who stands 6'6, is a highly versatile and athletic wing talent who is fresh off of leading St. Theresa to the IHSA Class 2A state title game where they lost to Chicago Uplift in front of McCaffery.

Williams joins a 2015 Iowa recruiting class that also features Isaiah Moss (Simeon) and Brandon Hutton (De La Salle) from the city of Chicago.

Williams competed on the travel team circuit with the Illinois Irish.


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Normal Community Stuns Simeon 64-50

Normal Community (32-1) defeated top-ranked Chicago Simeon (28-4) 64-50 to win the IHSA Class 4A Normal Super-Sectional in a stunner that ended Simeon's run toward a 5th title in the past 6 years.

Alex Peacock led the way for Normal with a game-high 25 points with Tyler Seibring (Elon) backing him up with 17 points and 13 rebounds.

Normal was able to limit star Simeon post Ed Morrow (Nebraska) to 7 points and 5 rebounds. Zack Norvell led Simeon with 11 points with Evan Gilyard adding 10 points.

Normal will now face Nate Navigato (Buffalo) and Geneva in the 4A state semifinals on Friday night.

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Stevenson, R-B Set For Super-Sectional

Stevenson (27-3) will be seeking a third consecutive trip downstate while Riverside-Brookfield (28-3) is seeking their first appearance when the teams collide on Tuesday in the Chicago State Super-Sectional.

Illinois Mr. Basketball frontrunner Jalen Brunson (Villanova), Connor Cashaw (Rice) and super-sophomore Justin Smith lead the way for Stevenson, who lost to Jahlil Okafor (Duke) and Whitney Young in the state semifinals last year.

Riverside-Brookfield counters with a multi-weapon lineup of their own led by Sam Johnson, Mark Smith, Daniko Jackson and Jalen Clanton.

Brunson is dialed in on making another trip downstate which makes Riverside-Brookfield's primary mission being to keep him away from a huge offensive effort.

The winner will play the West Aurora/Bolingbrook winner in the state semifinals on Friday night.

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