Chicago Elite Classic: Player Evaluations

The 10th annual Chicago Elite Classic was able to bring basketball back this year after last year being canceled due to the ongoing global pandemic. This is one of the best events of the year and brings both the best girls and boys high school teams from around the country for a two day event.

2023 Sam Lewis (Oak Park-River Forest)

The junior guard is a name that is starting to gain a lot of attention from college coaches and that was no different after his performance of Friday night vs Fenwick. In the win, Sam finished the game with 23 points & 13 rebounds. He showcased ability to guard on the defensive end that lead to steals and dunks for him on the offensive end. This season could be a huge stepping stone for Sam as he continues to move up the rankings.

2022 Justin Mullins (Oak Park-River Forest)

The Denver commit showed why he is one of the most electric players in the state. He finished the game with 20 points in a variety of ways. He made mid-range jumpers, threes, and of course, sent the OPRF fans home happy with some high-flying dunks. Oak Park-River Forest has a deep roster and all the makings to make a deep run come state tournament time.

2023 Darren “Dai-Dai” Ames (Kenwood Academy)

In a convincing win over Evangel Christian 80-38 Dai-Dai showed why he is regarded by most as the top guard prospect in the state. He finished the contest with a game high 30 points and scored the basketball all over the floor. He has shown no signs of slowing down as he is on a complete scoring tear to start the season. It will be fun to watch this season as he has all the physical tools to score 30 points on any given night.

2022 Aviyon Morris (Simeon)

If your team is playing against Aviyon you probably don’t like him but you would love to have him on your team. The one word that comes to me as soon as I see him on the floor is competitor. He is a lockdown defender from end to end. He brings a toughness to the floor that is unmatched. In helping lead Simeon to the win Saturday over Mater Dei he finished the game with 14 points but his impact is felt far beyond anything in a boxscore.

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