2016 Chicago Elite Classic Teams
Simeon – Premier program in Illinois with state record seven state championship will once again be a top city and state contender. Ranked nationally in the top 25 high school programs. Won four consecutive state titles. Features top 25 players in Class of 2018, Talen Tucker Horton and Kezo Brown. As usual, talent is abundant at Simeon. Contributors include senior Evan Gilyard (UTEP commit) who will continue the Wolverine winning tradition. Notable alumni include Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls and Jabari Parker, Milwaukee Bulls. Parker played in the two of the Chicago Elite Classic tournaments. Coach Robert Smith has won a state record of six state titles.
Whitney Young - Was the state’s 4A Champion in 2014, is ranked in the top 10 Illinois high school teams in the 2016-2017 preseason rankings. Notable alumni include top player in the country, Jahlil Okafor, #3 in the NBA draft playing with the Philadelphia 76ers. Jahlil Okafor played in the last three years of the Chicago Elite Classic. Brimming with young talent, coach Tyrone Slaughter has an outstanding foundation of youth that is ready to shine and surprise, starting with 6-1 junior Xavier Castenada, one of the top point guards in the state. Junior shooter Justin Boyd, 6-4 and senior Lucas Williamson will step up now with bigger opportunities. Other contributors include: Craig Beaudion, a 6-4 guard; Jake Kosakowski, a 6-5 junior; and 6-6 senior Justin Stovall. A transfer from Seton includes Javon Freeman, a 6-4 guard.
Chaminade College Preparatory School (Missouri) - Chaminade won the big school state championship in Missouri last year with an alumni player who was a marquee attraction at the 2015 Chicago Elite Classic, now attending Duke, Jayson Tatum. The basketball tradition from St. Louis continues. The defending Missouri state champions still have a very formidable team, led 6-5 junior Karrington Davis, ranked among the top 150 juniors in the country.
Kenwood - Loaded with talent, Kenwood is a southside powerhouse program. Manny Patterson, a 6-8 senior and Division I prospect, is a veteran presence inside. Senior point guard Bryson Langon is expected to provide a steady hand in the backcourt for a group of young and talented perimeter players finding their way.
Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.) - The prep power out of Georgia was led last year by UConn commit Alterique Gilbert, one of the top 50 players in the country. Miller Grove has a history as state champions winning seven titles between 2009-2016.
East St. Louis -The Flyers had one of their finest seasons in recent years. They were among the top 10 teams in the Class 4A state rankings and led the Southwestern Conference. This year's team will feature the state’s #1 ranked prospect, Illinois commit Jeremiah Tilmon.
Hyde Park Academy - In Hyde Park Academy's first Chicago Elite Classic appearance, the well respected Javon Mamon takes over as coach of the the Hyde Park program after leading Richards to a South Suburban Red Conference title last season.
North Lawndale - Senior Carlos Hines will headline the team and has been deemed a possible Player of the Year candidate. Senior guard Martrell Barnes returns and 6-4 senior Leonard Capels have added to the team's success in the Red West Division. Look for help from three transfers, David Forrest, Steven Ross and London Stamps.
Oak Park-River Forest -Oak Park River Forest has a proven formula for restocking talent which has translated to 20 wins or more in the past six seasons. The tradition includes Iman Shumpert, Cleveland Cavaliers. The Huskies are talented and will be built around the senior tandem of 6-5 Cameron Gross and 6-6 Jared Scott, along with a host of young, up-and-coming talent. A terrific summer for the Huskies, Coach Matt Maloney welcomes back an experienced team, the Huskies have length, athleticism, experience and interchangeable parts. Coach Matt Maloney’s team will be the favorite in the West Suburban Silver.
University of Chicago Laboratory - With their premiere appearance in the Chicago Elite Classic, given the return of Yale commit Jameel Alausa and 6-6 Oliver Maciak, U-High begins the season with high expectations.
Montverde Academy (Florida) - The powerhouse program has produced recent NBA stars Ben Simmons (76ers) and D’Angelo Russell (Lakers) and won three consecutive national championships. Montverde is loaded again. Top ESPN ranked players include 6-7 R.J. Barrett, the No. 2 ranked player nationally in the Class of 2019. In addition to Barrett, the talented roster loaded with size, athleticism and an endless list of Division I prospects includes: 6-7 junior guard and North Carolina commit Rechon Black; and senior point guard Marcus Carr, University of Pittsburgh commit.
Sunrise Christian (Kansas) - has a pipeline for elite basketball players including alumni such as NBA New Orleans Pelicans, Buddy Hield. Coach Barnwell has built a winning program with a record of 66-22 within 4 years coaching over 20 NCAA Division 1 players.
Gray Collegiate (South Carolina) - With their first Chicago Elite Classic appearance, Gary Collegiate brings in some headline talent. Jalek Felton, a 6-3 senior guard ranked among the top 25 players in the country, is headed to North Carolina. Juwan Gary, a 6-5 shooting guard, is ranked among the top 20 players nationally in the sophomore class.
Fenwick -Fenwick is expected to be a challenger in the Chicago Catholic League and will most definitely be among the top teams when the season opens. Led by Coach Rick Malnati, the Friars have all the pieces for a fabulous season with veteran seniors, Jacob Keller and Jamal Nixon, Minnesota State commit.
Loyola Academy - Some of the real underrated players in the Chicago area, Ramar Evans, a strong, powerful senior guard, and sophomore point guard Andre White are ones to watch. Veteran senior Ramar Evans, a stat-sheet stuffing guard (14.3 ppg, 6.8 rig, 3.3 apg) recently committed to Division II Maryville in St. Louis.
Evanston - With the nucleus returning, led by standout senior guard Nojel Eastern, Purdue commit, the Wildkits are a preseason top 10 team. A big impact player, Nojel Eastern, is a dynamic talent, a 6-5 senior guard who is capable of raising the level of those around him. Evanston is a guard-heavy team with the return of seniors Malik Jenkins and 6-4 Chris Hamil, who all have a lot of varsity experience. The wild card might be Elyjah Williams, a versatile and strong 6-6 senior and transfer Malcolm Townsel who be a major factor on the glass.
Curie - Curie is the state's reigning Class 4A state champs. This year's team will showcase a standout guard Elijah Joiner, University of Tulsa commit and host of other talented players as the Condors begin their repeat quest.
Gonzaga College Prep (Washington, D.C.) - Ranked nationally among the top teams of the sasaon. One of the most recognizable prep programs in the country. The backcourt is led by senior point guard Chris Lykes and Prentiss Hubb. Lykes, a 5-8 senior point guard, has committed to Miami-Fla., while the 6-3 Hubb is one of the top 40 prospects nationally in the Class of 2018.
Uplift - With the return of the Jacobs brothers –– sophomore Markese, who recently committed to Kansas, and Demarius, Southern Illinois commit, Uplift comes into the season with high expectations.
Niles Notre Dame - With a great basketball tradition, Notre Dame returns 6-6 Jeameril Wilson, 6-5 Chris Heinichen and guard Matt Stritzel.