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EXTRAS FROM THE STATE FINALS
was good to see a couple of local area guys, Sandburg's D.J. Bennett
and Crete-Monee's James Crockett, battle it out for the 2010 Slam Dunk
Spectacular. Bennett was a returning champion from 2009 and
represented Class 4A, while Crockett represented Class 3A.
For the second
straight year, Bennett took home the crown edging Crockett 48-44.
Going into the
contest Bennett decided not to watch his competition. As they were
performing dunks all he could do is hear the crowds responses.
"I watch them
last year, and it got me nervous," Bennett said after repeating his slam
dunk title. "Crockett scared me in warm-ups. I saw that windmill he had."
The dunks that
got the 6'8" senior Bennett over the top was when he dunked two balls at
once and of course, his signature dunk of the between-the-legs jam. Both
dunks ignited the crowd.
Holding his new
hardware Bennett said "I just knew I could beat them if I stuck to my
routine," and indeed he did.
luck D.J. as you narrow down your college choices of Eastern Illinois
J-A-B-A-R-I makes history
Remember this name - Jabari Parker... Remember this date: March 19,
2010... History was made...
The 6'6" Jabari
Parker became the first freshman —
— to start for Simeon. Derrick Rose didn't do it. Neither did Nick
Wilson, either. Not Bobby Simmons, nor Deon Thomas. I must admit it is
kind of premature to compare him to these guys right now, but watch out,
over the next three years....
currently averaging 9.3 points and is gaining valuable experience each
and every game. His story is still being written.
needs a new Trophy Case
The Hillcrest trophy case is well-stocked with basketball postseason
hardware: there are plaques for 14 regional championships, four sectional
titles and three supersectionals plus second place Class 3A state title
trophies for conference championships, earned in a string of 22
consecutive seasons but no State titles.
That's no longer
2010 Boys Class 3A championship title!!!
2010-11 PRE-SEASON QUESTIONS
Who will be ranked the preseason number 1 team
in the Chicagoland area for 2010-11? Simeon, Morgan Park, Young, De
La Salle, Orr? Hillcrest? H-F?
Who will be "the
player" next season? Morgan Park's Wayne Backshear... O'Fallon's Roosevelt
Jones... Young's Sam Thompson... Mount Carmel's Tracy Abrams...
Stay tune... see everyone at the
baseline in November!!!
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