Players of the Week
Lincoln Levinson - Team 4 - Lincoln was making everything down low. Stayed really active throughout the game. Scrappy on defense as well.
Graham Fitzgerald - Team 3 - Graham was showing those handles with some good moves to beat his defender. He was good getting to the basket and finishing.
Lily Farrell - Team 6 - In game 2 Lilly really started to heat up. Jump shot was cooking. Did a good job of holding her follow through and and swished multiple jumpers.
Woodson Cody - Team 13 - Woodson was a defensive menace. Stayed active and got his hands on everything. Did a good job on the boards and also pitched in offensively.
Jackson Smith - Team 12 - Jackson is tough. Really competes. He has a really good first step and found his teammates on a number of nifty passes. He can score in bunches!
Michael Ambrosino - Team 21 - Michael was a beast in week 1. Overpowered the opposing team getting a number of rebounds. As a guard hes a high level rebounder. Defensive menace as well. Did a good job racking up points on a number of strong drives.
Cameron Orzoff - Team 16 - Cameron is Mr. Smooth on the court. Plays at a great pace and always stays in control. Had some nice takes and plays good team basketball.
Denym Wallace - Team 34 - His nickname is not "Diesel" for nothing. He is a man child down low. He not only put up double figures in points both games but was dominant on the boards. Has improved his game a ton. Could not be stopped down low.
Tyson Adrianopoli - Team 25 - Tyson is a real scrappy guard. Handles the ball well. When hes in the team plays better. Makes a ton of plays you dont see on the stat sheet.
Nate Gold - Team 35 - Nate was back to old tricks. Kid can flat out score! Lefty stroke always looks like its going in. And it does a lot. Had a ton of great drives, floaters, and jumpers.
Lucas Peterson - Team 38 - Lucas imposed his will down low. Does a good job using his body on drives taking the bump and finishing. Plays smart basketball and is a crafty player.
Jamari Fears - Team 47 - Jamari came out on fire in game 1. Hes all over the court defensively and his jumper and drives were on point. Hes a do it all player. Made some really nice passes as well.
Will Miller - Team 48 - Will has a lot of sauce to his game. So smooth out there. He knows how to get to the basket and is very shift with his moves. Player to watch for sure!
Mason Bloom - Team 58 - Mason was a tough as nails down low. Hauls down rebounds one after another. Soft touch down low. Hes going to be a tough matchup in the league!
Charlie Ellis - Team 50 - Charlie impressed us with his ability to score and his knockdwon jumpshot. Has a high release point and get the shot off quick. What makes him dangerous is driving ability. Gets to the basket and absorbs contact well with consistent finishes.
Jeremiah Fears (2025) - Team 69 - Theres a reason he one of the best guards in the country. He looked unguardable. Has deep range from three and elite level handles. Drives are top notch consistently making big time finishes. Made some nice passes as well.
Colby Smith - Team 61 - Colby has a strong frame and uses it well. Smooth jumper which hes solid from the 3 and midrange. Did a good job getting the basket and finishing as well. Tough defender.
Jeremiah Fears - Team 69 - Playing up a grade didnt matter for Jeremiah. He could probably play on most varsity teams as an 8th grade and be a contributor. He has many tools in his bag. He play with a swagger every time he hits the court and was knocking down jumper after jumper with some great takes as well.
Danny Birmingham - Team 70 - Danny has that old school game. Plays smart and under control. Lets the game come to him. Has a nice mid range shot and finishes well around the basket. Had some nice stops on defense and moves the ball well.
Sherod Dent jr. - Team 78 - 10th Grade - Providence St. Mel High School - 6ft6 SF - Sherod showed his ability to knockdown threes as well as some strong takes to the basket. Very strong frame. Looks to be more of 3-4 but with increased ball handling skills can be a dangerous player at the 2-3 positions.
Wunya Brown - Team 77 - 12th Grade - Joliet West High School - 5ft10 PG - Wunya was sensational. Extremely shifty and was on fire all day. Was taking his man off the dribble with some impressive ball handling and froze his defender with a number of pullup jumpshots. Real solid PG that seems to be a very under the radar recruit. One to watch!
Lucas Michel - Team 76 - 12th Grade - Evanston High School - 5ft10 PG - How Lucas got cut from his High School teams left us scratching our heads. Looks like he could start on most varsity teams in the state. This kid can hoop! Just plays with a dog mentality. Consistently was blowing by strong defender and making tough finishes to the basket. Plays with an edge and real scrappy on defense.
Matas Buzelis - Team 77 - 10th Grade - Hinsdale Central High School - 6ft8 SF - Matas grew 5 inches this past year but maintained all his guard skills. Smooth on the court. Plays with a lot of finesse. Really nice touch on the jump shot. Crafty getting to the basket. With some more strength and increased ball handling skills its scary to think how good he could be. Tons of upside and its clear why hes one of the top sophomores in the state.
Girls Grade 4
Reese Huntington - Team 82 - Reese is a floor general. Plays smart and steady. Awesome how she gets others involved and has nice jumpshot.
Stella Rydland - Team 79 - Stella can knockdown buckets but what stood out was her defense. Always stays vertical when the driver tried to score. Does well at using the backboard down low.
Girls Grades 5-6
Caroline Bailey - Team 84 - Caroline was very active on defense. Always poking the ball away or getting steals from the helpside. So one the best passes of the day that thread the needle to the paint for an easy bucket. She also was getting a ton of buckets scoring in double figures both games.
Sophie Klie - Team 85 - Sophie knows how to use her length. Changed a number of shots, got many deflections, and finished around the rim. Shes really quick off her feet which allows her to get many second chance rebounds and finish them.
Eloise McGarvey - Team 6 - Eloise is the definition of team a player. She moves the ball really well always finding an open teammate. Great at making an extra pass for a higher percentage shot. Communicated well on the court as well.
James Phillips - Team 5 - Big game James is a baller. He was non-stop attacking and pressuring the defense. He has a tough drive and can also knock down the midrange jumper.
Anderson Burek - Team 12 - Anderson causes many mismatches on the court. His size and length at the guard position makes him tough to guard. He is physical on the boards and has some shifty moves to the basket.
Avin Mehra - Team 10 - Avin has that shake and bake down. Plays with a lot of energy on both ends of the court. Finishes well at the basket and stays scrappy. Tough competitor!
Charlie Fitzgerald - Team 50 - Charlie is that go to player on his team when they need a bucket. He is a clutch performer. His patented step back jumper is always on point.
Brendan Mcnelley - Team 21 - Brendan's game was on fire this past weekend. Ability to consistently finish layups with his left hand was impressive as was his active on the defensive end. Uses a fast first step to beat his man.
Sam Saccaro - Team 26 - Sam was a one man wrecking crew this past weekend. He was showing his handles and breaking his man down for easy buckets. He is an unselfish player so when help defense came he did a great job dishing it off. Plays with a lot of tenacity.
Jaxon Yamada - Team 28 - Jax was balling out. Tough as nails! Very scrappy and gets his hands on everything. Creates a lot of passing deflections also. His defensive energy really rubs off on his teammates. Solid driver and knocks down his midrange jumpers.
Matthew Lampe - Team 41 - Matthew really brought his A game this past weekend. Played with a lot of energy and brought a ton of physicality on the boards. Made many tough drives and finishes. Looks to be the x-factor for his team!
Ben Ojala - Team 38 - Ben was impressive this past weekend. He brings it on defense and offense. Hes a matchup nightmare as hes so strong and big from the guard spot. Solid handles and a quick pull up jumper. He was huge in helping his squad to an undefeated record.
Jayden Armstrong - Team 47 - Jayden is like a freight train on the court. Bulldozes his way to the basket. Really strong at the guard position and has a nice shot too. Great rebounder as a guard and tough defender. Kid is a talent!
Keller Karnes - Team 46 - Keller was doing his thing this past weekend. Does a great job carving out space on the block and getting put backs. He is a beast down low. Knows how to rebound. See that Rodman in him! Also showed off some decent handles for a center.
Christopher Kirkpatrick Team 50 - Christopher has his team rolling. True PG facilitator on the court. Puts on a show with some fancy passes and slick moves. Fun player to watch.
Rafi Naftali - Team 52 - Rafi has been a steady force over the years in the league and continues to do his thing out there. Solid guard with nice handles. Does a good job using his body on drives and drawing contact for and 1's. Also showed some nice passing skills.
Colby Smith - Team 61 - Colby is our first back 2 back player of the week and well deserved at that. In a big time showdown between the 2 top teams in the 8th grade division Colby didnt disappoint. He also did it in front of Ball is Life! He consistently made hard nosed drives to the basket using his strength and picked up some and 1's as well. Also, flashed a nice shooting touch from downtown. Very intense defender. Hard worker!
Sam Abbott - Team 60 - Sam is steady is as they come. Plays within himself and makes smart plays. True PG. Likes to get others involved and is good at getting in the paint and dishing.
TJ Lee - Team 69 - Romeoville High School - 6ft1 - PG/SG - 2024 -Jay flashed a good ability to slash and finish at the basket. He is crafty with the ball and has a lot of length which he uses well on the defensive end. Looks to be a real nice prospect with a lot of upside.
Tyler Van Gorp - Team 71 - New Trier High School - 6ft10 - C/PF - 2023 -Tyler's post game was on full display this past weekend. Demonstrated a nice hook shot and was active on the boards. He uses his length well changing many shots as well as making some nice blocks.
Jeremy Fears Jr. - Team 77 - Joliet West High School - 6ft1 - PG - 2023 - Jeremy showed why he is one of the top PG's in the country. It's his high basketball IQ and his floor general ability. Feels like he is playing at a different pace then everyone else. Never forces anything and is always looking to set another teammate up. When he needs to he can get to the bucket and score as well. Jeremy holds over ten D1 offers including many High Majors such as Maryland, Oklahoma St. Creighton, Iowa, and Missouri.
Girls Grade 4
Coco Parr - Team 79 - Coco was balling out this past weekend. She is all over the place on defense. Had some real nice finishes down low and a few solid drives. But the defense was really impressive. Very active with her hands.
Mairead Jensen - Team 80 - Mairead was on fire. Has a real nice jumper and it was hitting a lot. Has a high release which is impressive at such a young age. Scrappy defender and has good length which she uses well on defense.
Girls Grades 5-6
Victoria Wainscott - Victoria is so tough. She is very strong and does not shy away from contact. She does a great job on the boards and has a soft touch around the basket. She is going to be hard to guard in the league!
Campbell Rudy - Team 1 - Campbell’s energy was through the roof. He was active and effected the game on both ends, pouring in baskets even hitting double digits!
Tyler Orzoff - Team 2 - Talk about Hustle, Tyler was aggressive getting to the basket, and generated a lot of turnovers. Tyler plays both ends of the court always trying to make a play.
George Hartman - Team 11 - George was active on the offensive end, generating points by cutting to the open area and finishing plays. With everyone wanting the ball to score it was nice to see some scoring productivity off cutting!
Gavin O'Neil - Team 14 - Gavin comes ready to play and it shows with his level of activity on both ends. Gavin had some nice shots, some boards, and some steals. Gavin did a little bit of everything and played hard.
Colin Jewett- Team 24- Colin was a walking bucket, every time I tuned into his game he was scoring. Whether it was shooting, attacking, or moving without the ball Colin was putting the ball in the hoop!
William Levi - Team 21 - William plays the game with passion and no breaks. Whether down or up William is bringing it. His level of energy lead to some great steals, baskets, and smart passes. William also displayed some sharp handles freeing him for some easy layups.
Bennet Hilbert - Team 32 - Bennet lived at the basket as he poured in layup after layup. He demonstrated a quick first step and ability to finish at the rim with some explosive finishes.
Denym Wallace - Team 34 - Diesel showed yet again why he is one of the players of the week. with some big offensive boards and nice put backs. He protected the paint, blocking and stealing the ball. He led his team with tenacious play and was vocal!
Landon Ginsburg - Team 25 - Landon plays team basketball with a squad that plays and trains together its no surprise they move the ball. Landon was a willing passer, making the extra pass. Landon also impacted the game with his movement, and ability to play some tough D.
Christopher Jewett - Team 38 - You name it, Christopher was doing it. Christopher showed off his athleticism with some great takes and boards. Christopher also was able to find the open man with some great passes leading to easy baskets.
Bennett Johnston - Team 36 - Bennet was relentless. On the defensive end he was snatching boards in traffic, clogging up the middle getting steals. On the offensive end he could not miss hitting shot after shot down the stretch. With his team down he hit back to back deep shots, only to come up short because his foot was on the line.
Obayd Hussain - Team 40 - Obayd has been quietly doing his thing. Its time he gets the recognition he deserves. He has been scoring on a consistent basis and had a game where he poured in 16pts. Obayd can score the ball and is not afraid to show off his scoring package.
Matthew Logue- Team 43 - Mathew is a machine. From grabbing boards with those bear claws to aggressive takes with both the right and left. Mathew plays a physical game and is not afraid of the pressure moments. Mathew has had back to back game winners, one by scoring off the dribble with the left and the other hitting a corner shot.
Robert Mitchel - Team 47- Robert plays a smooth game and finds the balance of when to be aggressive and when to be passive. Robert has an ability to move the ball, and score in a variety of ways. Robert does a good job waiting for the gap to attack.
MJ Burns - Team 50 - MJ showed out in the game of the week. Facing one of the other top teams elevated MJ's game. MJ had some shifty and difficult finishes; he made the smart play and was able to impact the game on both ends. He owned the moment and played with a high level of energy.
Will Peters - Team 51 - Will is showing off his ability to finish in the paint and step out and shoot. You can count on Will to stretch the floor with his inside game and grab boards on both ends. His game does not stop their he can step out and hit the midrange as well. His ability to score without having the ball in his hands helps his team go.
Grant Ettelson - Team 58 - Grant has been quietly doing his thing and showed up again. His on-ball defense is relentless. he moves his feet well and has active hands. Grant also pours in the baskets. Grant’s motor is the key to his success.
Trey Meyers - Team 61 - With another big game against the top team, Trey showed up. From finishing in the paint to protecting the middle, Trey was working, while taking a lot of hits. Treys ability to battle in the paint helps open the court for his guards. Trey showed a great level of energy.
Sam Forst -Team 66 - Sam is a man among boys. Sam is big and smooth. You can count on Sam to own the paint. Sam is a walking double double owning the boards and scoring at will in the paint.
Jay Adebayo- Team 69- Jay was active scoring and found some baskets from some boards. Jay must be active as the ball is not in his hand a lot. Jay takes pride in his defense and moves without the ball.
Scott Switzer - Team 72 - Scott is shifty and smooth. With great change of directions Scott can beat you off the dribble and finish with a variety of finishes. He can also hit the long-range shot. Scott knows how to score the ball! He embodies his teams gritty compete at all cost nature.
Sherod Dent Jr. - Team 78 - Sherod plays at his pace and controls his defender with his ability to score at all 3 levels. He also knows how to use his big frame to create scoring opportunities. Sherod plays with passion and is always trying to make an impact whether its scoring or playing some solid defense.
Alex Engro - Team 73 - Alex is a knock down shooter with a very quick release. Alex uses his deceptive handles to free himself from deep. He plays off his ability to shoot to get to the basket. Alex is smooth and moves well without the ball.
Girls Grade 4
Hattie Holt - Team 80 - Hattie was active and played with great energy. Hattie was scoring the ball as well as moving without the ball. On the defense end Hattie was scrappy and active on the help side.
Girls grade 5-6
Sophie Klie - Team 85 - Sophie was a walking bucket. Sophie was scoring at will and getting to the rim with ease. Sophie’s offensive success energized her on the defensive end. Making it difficult for her opponent to score
Caroline Bailey - Team 84 - Caroline made pass after pass. She did not need to score a lot to impact the game. She was racking up assists and made the extra pass often. Sometimes overlooked is the ability to take care of the ball and make key passes. Caroline did that to the T.