Riverside-Brookfield Shootout loaded as usual

Jalen Brunson drives against Normal University High's Malik Wildermuth. Riverside-Brookfield High School hosted their 11th annual Summer Shootout Saturday featuring 36 area boys basketball teams. | Sun-Times file photo.

The busy summer month of June begins this weekend for high school basketball teams across the state, and there’s no better tip-off to the offseason than the Riverside-Brookfield Shootout.

Over the years, the shootout has evolved into the top summer attraction for high school teams. This year is no different as 40 teams will play in a loaded field this Saturday and Sunday at Riverside-Brookfield.

This year’s field of teams includes the traditional heavyweights from the Chicago Public League –– Simeon, Morgan Park, Bogan, Curie and Young –– and out-of-state power St. Louis Vashon, which boasts a pair of top 100 talents in the country in their respective class: senior guard Mario McKinney and junior forward Cam’ron Fletcher.

Evanston, a team that finished third in the state last year and returns virtually everyone from that team, is the top suburban team in the R-B field.

There are several others teams expected to be ranked among the top 25 in the preseason who will be at R-B this weekend, including DePaul Prep, Marian Catholic, Homewood-Flossmoor, St. Viator, St. Rita, Uplift and Bloom.

Here is the complete schedule for Saturday and Sunday: Riverside-Brookfield Shootout.

R-B Shootout Notebook

Fenwick reboot: After five straight 20-plus win seasons and an ultra-impressive five-year run where Fenwick averaged 24 wins a year, the Friars will have a new look in 2018-2019, starting with head coach Staunton Peck, who took over the program after being Rick Malnati’s righthand man as an assistant coach.

After months of rumors, the tandem of star junior D.J. Steward and senior guard Damari Nixon have informed the basketball program they will not be returning to Fenwick. The Friars will be without Steward, one of the top 50 prospects nationally in the Class of 2020, and Nixon this weekend at Riverside-Brookfield.

Steward and Nixon have not yet decided where they will be headed for the 2018-2019 season.

Simeon addition: State power Simeon added a big weapon this week when Antonio Reeves moved back to Chicago and registered at Simeon on Tuesday. [Story here]. Reeves will make his Simeon debut Saturday at R-B.

State champions at R-B: This past year, Morgan Park became the 10th state champion to have played in the Riverside-Brookfield Shootout since 2013. Past state champions to have played in the event include Morgan Park (2018, 2017, 2014 and 2013), Young (2017 and 2014), Curie (2016), Stevenson (2015), St. Joseph (2015), Simeon (2013).

R-B to Peoria: Last March, Morgan Park, Marian Catholic, Larkin, Evanston and Young all reached the state semifinals in Peoria in Class 4A and Class 3A. All five played in last summer’s Riverside-Brookfield Shootout.

The best of pool play: While tournament and bracket play will begin Sunday, there are some intriguing pool play matchups Saturday to keep an eye on. Here are some of the best:

• Lincoln Park vs. Homewood-Flossmoor (8:30 a.m.). Saturday tips off with a fun, early matchup. H-F returns the bulk of its team while Lincoln Park has young talent and jet-quick senior Chris Roberts.

• DePaul Prep vs. Marian Catholic (11:30 a.m.). A pair of teams –– arguably the best from the Chicago Catholic League and the East Suburban Catholic Conference –– that will surely be preseason top 25 teams square off.

• Curie vs. St. Viator (11:30 a.m.). There will be a lot of perimeter firepower in this one, including Curie’s DaJuan Gordon and St. Viator’s Jerry Hernandez and Treyvon Calvin.

• Bogan vs. St. Rita (12:30 p.m.). Public League power vs. Catholic League power who are about two miles apart down 79th Street meet.

• Oak Park vs. Uplift (1:30 p.m.). Talented Oak Park, led by guard Dashon Enoch, takes on star senior Markese Jacobs and Uplift.

• Vashon vs. Bloom (1:30 p.m.). Quite possibly the best game of the first day at R-B.

 

Top five players to watch at R-B
Tyler Beard, 6-2, Jr., Young
Markese Jacobs, 6-0, Sr., Uplift
Cam’ron Fletcher, 6-6, Jr., Vashon
Mario McKinney, 6-2, Sr., Vashon
Adam Miller, 6-3, Jr., Morgan Park

Other top players to watch at R-B
Rashaun Agee, 6-7, Sr., Bogan
Myles Baker, 6-2, Sr., Young
Eddie Boston, 6-1, Sr., Downers Grove North
Trey Calvin, 6-0, Sr., St. Viator
Kejuan Clements, 6-0, Simeon
Perry Cowan, 6-4, Sr., DePaul Prep
Dashon Enoch, 6-1, Sr., Oak Park
DaJuan Gordon, 6-4, Sr. Curie
Sema’j Henderson, 6-1, Sr., Downers Grove North
Jerry Hernandez, 6-4, Sr., St. Viator
Jayden Johnson, 6-5, Jr., Batavia
Lance Jones, 6-1, Sr., Evanston
Bennett Kwiecinski, 6-7, Jr., Loyola Academy
Jordan Kwiecinski, 6-7, Jr., Loyola Academy
Dante Maddox, Jr., 6-2, Jr., Bloom
Martice Mitchell, 6-9, Jr., Bloom
Alijah Nelson, 6-0, Jr., Glenbard East
Donovan Newby, 5-11, Jr., Bloom
Jon Oden, 6-7, Sr., St. Rita
Blake Peters, 6-0, So., Evanston
Antonio Reeves, 6-5, Sr., Simeon
Chris Roberts, 5-11, Sr., Lincoln Park
Isaac Stanback, 6-4, Sr., Homewood-Flossmoor
Artese Stapleton, 5-11, Sr., Kenwood
Ahron Ulis, 6-1, Jr., Marian Catholic
Marquise Walker, 5-11, Sr., West Aurora
Jeremiah Washington, 5-9, Sr., Bogan
Marcus Watson, 5-10, Jr., Morgan Park
Keshawn Williams, 6-1, Jr., Bloom

Here is the complete schedule for Saturday and Sunday: Riverside-Brookfield Shootout.

13 comments

  • T-bone

    Basketball is nice, but Fenwick had 5 seniors and 2 juniors who got perfect scores on the ACT this year.

  • Lauren Foster

    So proud of my former SMALLFRY player Ray J Dennis

  • Lauren Foster

    Morgan Pk have more pieces left over addition of Isiah Curie look like they like each other and having fun Bogan Antoine Bloxtin should help Whitney Young If DJ Stewart goes there 😊Simeon Kewan Black Cat 2 freshmen and Antoine and some nice pieces from sophomore team will continue to make noise

  • BBall fan

    This tournament is loaded with top players… more to watch: Detalian Brown, Uplift; Collin Reed, Plainfield East; Christian Davis, St. Ignatius; Joel Watts, St. Rita; Cam Bartmann, St. Rita; Tim Ervin, Providence St. Mel; Taeyon Neal, Providence St. Mel

  • Clyde The Glide

    That kid Steward is a thoroughbred. He needs to go someplace where he can really show his skills. Evidently the kids aint feeling the new coach. I’m guessing Simeon, Whitney Young or Morgan Park will get Steward. That would definitely get him the exposure and the showtime atmosphere.

    • High school fan

      You’re absolutely right Clyde the Glide. Steward is smooth, a very cerebral player. He’ll end up at Young with Tyler Beard. The kids don’t owe Peck anything; coaches leave all the time.

    • Wscfantoo

      Please. This is a guy who’s afraid to be the man so he’ll surround himself with better players. Nice role player :eye roll:

  • Wscfantoo

    And all those writers who wanted us to think Steward was something special. Must not be too smart if he’s leaving a strong academic school. And who cares about Nixon, he’s barely an afterthought on a good team.

    • Tj

      Why are guys so concerned about these whom you know nothing about. You don’t know the full story so you are just speculating. Focus on more important things and stop worrying about people you don’t even know.

  • Tj

    @Bobby You shouldn’t speak on things that you know nothing about. It’s people like that cause unnecessary speculation.

  • bobby

    Very unfair for those 2 kids to stick it to Fenwick and Coach Peck. IHSA needs to do something about “transfers”. They should not be able to participate in athletics for 1 year. Watch how fast the number of transfers decline.

  • West sub fan

    Oak park should be a top 25 team next year
    We know everything we need to know about Fenwick
    Let’s hear more about GOOD teams please.

  • Duke Carnoustie

    Finally some good practice for the kids and a chance to get rid of the bad habits from the AAU basketball we see on Twitter in which everyone is a star.

    Also a chance to see how good Peck is as the man in charge. I know I will be watching his coaching closely.

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