Illinois high school basketball: The Twitter previews – Chicago Sun-Times - Techy Hunters


Monday, October 11, 2021

Illinois high school basketball: The Twitter previews – Chicago Sun-Times

Coaches and/or athletic directors, please send info on your team to I’ll tweet out a preview on every team that sends in the information. You can follow along on Twitter @michaelsobrien or read the previews here. All Illinois schools are eligible, not just schools in the Sun-Times coverage area. Please include the following:



Cell Phone:

Outlook for this season:

Top Returning Players (Position, Height, Year in school):

Top Newcomers (Position, Height, Year in school):

Top teams in your conference:

Players on your team and in the conference to consider for the list of the area’s best:

Interesting story idea about your team:

The 2021-22 Twitter Previews

Dyett: Went 8-1 last season and are ready to win the White Central again. Eagles have won 20+ games every season since reopening in 2016. Tavarius Vinson, a 7-1 senior, leads the way. Keep an eye on newcomers Vijay Wallace, DeAndre Nobles, Malik Johnson and Neveah Clinkscales.

Francis Parker: Slightly undersized but looking to compete in the ISL. Young with just two seniors, Jackson Antonow and Sam Laser, in the starting five. Sophs Sam Forst and Connor Elligan are the top newcomers.

Hoffman Estates: Returning a lot of experience. Twin guards Mike and Nick Vuckovic will pace the Hawks offensively. Good size on the wing with 6-4 seniors Darien Irvin and Luka Sparavalo. DJ Wallace, a 6-7 junior, will open eyes with skill and athleticism.

Hubbard: Basically the same team as last season. Guards Arion Johnson, Jumario Johnson and Asean Johnson all return. They are not related. Arion is a terrific shooter, Jumario is an athlete with potential.

Lakes: Young, but 3 juniors played meaningful minutes last season. Good athleticism and strong outside shooting. Will need to develop depth. Senior guard Ethan McGruder and 6-6 junior Brock Marino are the top returners. Juniors Tyson Dewey, Cade Primack will have major roles.

Manteno: Won 3 of their final 4 games last season with two freshmen starting. 6-3 senior Manny Carerra will be a matchup problem for many teams and 6-4 soph guard Nicky Johnson should take a major step forward after a good summer.

Oak Park: First full season under coach Phil Gary, who says the Huskies will look to play in transition more. Senior Justin Mullins (6-5) and junior Sam Lewis (6-6) are skilled and experienced. 6-9 senior John Vincent and guards Max Murray and Raimon Yarbrough also return.

Rolling Meadows: Cameron Christie moves into the spotlight. The 6-5 junior has Orlando Thomas, Foster Ogbonna and Lukas Paisley back with him. Keep an eye on 6-6 Mark Nickolich-Wilson, 6-6 Tsvet Sotirov and 6-5 freshman guard Ian Militec.

Yorkville Christian: Duke recruit Jaden Schutt and the Mustangs have their sights set on the Class 1A state title. That’s just fun to type again. Champaign in March. Brayden Long, KJ Vasser, Tyler Burrows, Jehvion Starwood and Elijah Fisher all return as well.

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