Chicago Elite Classic

Henricksen: Chicago Elite Classic, other top 2016-2017 hoops events announced


            Joliet Central's Jomarre McNair (13) tries to take the baseline away from Joliet West's Teyvion Kirk (14). Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times


Joe Henricksen                                            

For Sun-Times Media  |  @joehoopsreport                     

Aug.  16 7:02 a.m.

While it’s still three months away until practice begins, it’s not too early to look ahead to a few of the trustworthy events that have consistently brought us some of the most anticipated matchups each season.

CHICAGO ELITE CLASSIC at UIC Pavilion • Dec. 2-3

Arguably the premier event in the Chicago area returns to the UIC Pavilion in early December with a wide range of rivalry games mixed in with high-profile local games and out-of-state teams.

While matchups will officially be announced at a later date, here are the 18 participating teams.

Illinois teams

Curie Evanston East St. Louis Fenwick Hyde Park Joliet West Kenwood Morgan Park Niles Notre Dame Loyola Academy Oak Park-River Forest Orr Simeon University High (Chicago) Young

➤There will be two days of strong individual talent, led by the state’s top junior prospect, Morgan Park’s Ayo Dosunmu. In addition, Evanston’s Nojel Eastern, one of the elite seniors in the state, and the Simeon junior tandem of Kezo Brown and Talen Horton-Tucker, will also be playing.

From a team perspective, the blend of Public League, Catholic League and suburban schools is an attraction. Among this group of teams we can expect as many as eight or nine that will be ranked in the preseason top 25.

Out-of-state teams

Chaminade (St. Louis, Mo.) Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) Gray Collegiate (West Columbia, S.C.) Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.) Sunrise Christian (Wichita, Kan.)

➤The out-of-state contingent is led by Gonzaga College out of Washington, D.C., which is led by the backcourt of Chris Lykes and Prentiss Hubb. Lykes, a 5-6 senior point guard, has committed to Miami-Fla., while the 6-2 Hubb is one of the top 40 prospects nationally in the Class of 2018.

Gray Collegiate features one of the country’s best sophomores in Juwan Gary, a 6-5 wing who is a top 20 player nationally.

Chaminade won the big school state championship in Missouri last year, while Miller Grove captured a 5A title in Georgia and

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