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Kendall Pollard to step into Chicago preps spotlight ?


'Wolverine Madness' Sweeps Through Simeon (Chicago Sun-Times - November 9, 2012)



Jabari Parker (in walking boot) recieves a warm welcome from cheerleaders,
the mascot, and students at Simeon's kick-off event.

The only note of caution was the appearance of star Jabari Parker, the stateís reigning Mr. Basketball, who was the last player introduced. He entered the court in a walking boot. He is still recovering from a fracture in his right foot he suffered playing last summer.

His father, Sonny Parker, said Jabari Parker is scheduled to have a second MRI on Nov. 19. "Weíre just waiting to see if the bone has properly healed," Sonny Parker said. "If it has, heíll play. If not, he wonít play."

Simeonís senior class boasts at least seven Division 1 players. Starting guards Kendrick Nunn and Jaylon Tate have committed to Illinois. Power forward Kendall Pollard has committed to Dayton and reserve center Quron Davis is set to play at Chicago State.

Sonny Parker said Jabari Parker, following the November MRI, is scheduled to make the last of five official visits to BYU and Stanford before announcing his college choice.

Simeon has won an IHSA state record five championship titles. They are attempting to join Peoria Manual as the only program in state history to win four consecutive state crowns. Simeon, Manual and East St. Louis Lincoln are the only programs to win three straight titles.

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Chicago Tribune's Top 20 Boys Basketball Teams (Chicago Tribune - November 21, 2012)

Last season's records.
1. Simeon 33-1

Most talented Simeon team ever?


2. Young 16-10

Has national-level talent to challenge Simeon.

3. Proviso East 32-1

Sterling Brown (SMU), Paris Lee (ISU) ready to take the reins.

4. Morgan Park 17-9

Billy Garrett and Kyle Davis form best guard tandem in Illinois.


5. St. Rita 16-11

Matthews brothers, Victor Law, Myles Carter provide talent and size.

6. Seton 28-6

6-8 De La Salle transfer Alex Foster (Minnesota) joins underrated guards Mark Weems and Kamal Sashi.

7. Curie 25-3

Big Cliff Alexander needs help from talented but unproven perimeter players.

8. St. Joseph 20-9

Big front line will go as far as sophomore guards Jordan Ash and Glynn Watson take it.

9. Bogan 26-4

No big names, but always among Public League's toughest, best-coached teams.

10. Hillcrest 27-6

PG Kyle Oden and SG Jovan Mooring return for 3A semifinalist.

11. Benet 21-7

6-8 Sean O'Mara and 6-5 Pat McInerney have smart, gritty supporting cast.

12. Marist 26-6

Lexus Williams and L.J. McIntosh were magical before running into Simeon last March.

13. Orr 20-5

Rock-solid PG Jamal McDowell returns with 6-6 junior Tyquone Greer.

14. Hyde Park 13-10

6-8 Moshawn Thomas is among most talented bigs in state.

15. Notre Dame 20-9

Air Force-bound G Matt Mooney leads experienced Dons.

16. North Chicago 25-7

Aaron Simpson gone, but JaVairius Amos-Mays ready to take over.

17. Bolingbrook 15-11

6-8 F Ben Moore (SMU), sophomore G Prentiss Nixon give Raiders to D-I players.

18. Schaumburg 24-6

Three-year starters Jimmy Lundquist and Kyle Bolger have played in two sectional finals.

19. Glenbrook North 20-7

Spartans have a good big (Davidson-bound C Andrew McAuliffe) and a steady PG (Kurt Karis).

20. Bloom 28-5

4A semifinalists have experience but will be hard-pressed to replace PG Donald Moore.

On the verge: Andrew, Evanston, Lake Forest, Marshall, West Aurora.

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Dayton Coach Archie Miller Announces 2012 Fall Recruiting Class (Dayton Flyers - November 19, 2012)





University of Dayton men’s basketball coach Archie Miller has announced the signing of three top high school players to letters of intent. They are 6-foot-2 guard Kyle Davis, 6-foot-5 wing Kendall Pollard and 6-foot-2 Dayshon “Scoochie” Smith. Davis and Kendall are two of the top high school players out of Chicago this year, while Smith is one of the top point guards out of New York City in the class of 2013.

ARCHIE “We are very excited to add these three young men to the University of Dayton men's basketball program,” Miller said. “They will all thrive in what we think is one of the best "quality of life" environments that any major university can provide a student-athlete. They are a great fit for us, and we are a great fit for them. They really embody what we are striving for in our program. They will mix in nicely with our returning players, especially those we brought in last year.”


KYLE DAVIS

6-Foot-2 Guard, Chicago Morgan Park High School


Kyle Davis became the first recruit in the class of 2013 UD head coach Archie Miller when Davis committed in August. The 6-foot-2 left-handed combo guard averaged 25 points and seven assists for Hyde Park Academy last season. He was Chicago Sun-Times Third Team All-Chicago Public League as a junior. Davis will play for Morgan Park High School as a senior.

He selected Dayton after receiving offers from teams in the Big Ten, Big East, ACC and SEC. Both Rivals and Scout.com rate him a “four-star” recruit, and Rivals considers him the 105-th best player in the nation in the class of 2013.

Dayton Coach Archie Miller on Kyle Davis:

"Kyle is extremely competitive. He is a very smart basketball player and has the skill set to play our style of basketball. He is the kind of player who makes those around him better. But what sets him apart is the kind of competitor he is. I don’t know if I’ve been around a young guy who wants to win any more than Kyle.”


KENDALL POLLARD

6-Foot-5 Forward, Chicago Simeon Career Academy


A member of the 2011 and 2012 Illinois 4A state champions at Simeon Career Academy and a teammate of Jabari Parker, the nation’s top-ranked player, Kendall Pollard is a three-star recruit who ESPN.com rates as the 35th-best small forward in the country.

Pollard has a nearly 7-foot wingspan, and one recruiting service called him “a workhorse who is highly active around the basket. He has good instincts on the glass and a nice shooting touch in the paint area, which explains why he shoots at a high percentage. In addition, he gets out on the break well and is a hard-nosed defender who doesn’t take plays off.”

Pollard averaged 9.0 points and 6.3 rebounds a game for Simeon last year.

Dayton Coach Archie Miller on Kendall Pollard:

"I love Kendall’s basketball IQ. He can play multiple positions, is tough and a winner. In fact he may come to us next year as one of the winningest basketball players ever in the state of Illinois. He brings us the ability to make an impact at both ends of the floor, and can be a productive player inside and outside. His versatility will make him a difficult matchup.”


DAYSHON “SCOOCHIE” SMITH

6-Foot-2 Guard, Putnam Science Academy


The second member of Archie Miller’s 2013 recruiting class to be ranked in the top 125 nationally is 6-foot-2 point guard Dayshon “Scoochie” Smith. A native of the Bronx, Smith is ranked the 121st prospect in the nation by Rivals. He transferred to Putnam Science Academy in Putnam, Ct. after his high school in New York City closed.

Smith averaged 17.2 points and 6.1 assists last season for PSA, while shooting better than 40% from three-point range. The signings of Davis and Smith give the Flyers their first two Top 125 recruits in the same class in school history.

Coach Archie Miller on Scoochie Smith:

"Dayshon is the one point guard we evaluated extensively during the recruiting process whose approach and decision-making fits perfectly with the way we want to play. He is a pass-first point guard who is a threat to score in any situation. All this, along with his combination of length and quickness will give him a chance to be one of the better point guards in our league early in his career.”
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Morgan Park Makes Statement to Nation in Indy (Chicago Sun-Times - December 15, 2012)
Morgan Park wants to be known as one of the premier teams in the nation and helped back up that claim by downing previously-undefeated Lawrence North (Ind.) 67-58 in the Indy Legacy Indiana vs. Illinois Showcase.


INDIANAPOLIS
- Morgan Park players have lofty goals that go beyond winning a state championship.

The Mustangs also want to be known as one of the premier teams in the nation and made a statement in proving that on Saturday in the Indy Legacy Indiana vs. Illinois Showcase at Indianapolis Tech High School.

Morgan Park (4-0) opened the second half with an 8-2 run that put the Mustangs ahead 41-29 and Lawrence North (5-1) never again seriously threatened.

Kyle Davis scored seven of his team-high 19 points in the run to open the second half.

Proviso West Tourney Preview: Morgan Park's Davis, Garrett Catching on Quickly (Chicago Tribune - December 20, 2012)
Kyle Davis heard the doubters.

"Everybody thought me and Billy (Garrett) were going to bump heads," Davis said.

Garrett was among them.

"Just because I had never played with him before," he said.

The future Division I guards both are alpha males between the lines, albeit with clashing styles.

The 6-foot Davis, a Dayton recruit who transferred to Morgan Park from Hyde Park this season, is a blur who is always on the attack.

The DePaul-bound Garrett, a 6-5 senior and four-year Morgan Park starter, has, in his words, "a slower, smoother game."

Each has modified his game to accommodate the other, and No. 2 Morgan Park (6-0) appears to be the team to beat at the 52nd Proviso West Tournament, which has expanded from 16 to 32 teams and appears to have reclaimed its status as the strongest of the holiday tournaments.

Davis is averaging approximately 19 points, four assists and four steals, while Garrett is checking in at 17 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

Irvin likes to press and run for 32 minutes, which plays into Davis' hands.

But instead of attacking the rim at every turn, he now pulls up like a modern pass-first point guard
and looks for Garrett spotting up for 3.

Morgan Park Dominates Compton (Chicago Sun-Times - December 21, 2012)
Morgan Park picked up a win at the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas.

Everyone knows about Morgan Park's talented backcourt. But Friday at the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. it was promising junior Josh Cunningham that sparkled in a 68-39 win over Compton, Cal.

Cunningham scored 20 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked four shots.

Dayton recruit Kyle Davis scored 16, grabbed six rebounds, and had four assists. DePaul recruit Billy Garrett Jr. added 9 points, seven assists and four rebounds.
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Parker's Simeon High School Drops Out of No. 1 National Ranking After Losing Last Week (December 17, 2012)
Jabari Parker's Chicago Simeon Career Academy dropped out of the No. 1 ranking in the country Monday, four days after the Illinois school lost at DeSoto (Texas) High School 67-57.

The televised game Thursday featured some of the nation's top college basketball prospects. Parker — rated the No. 1 prospect in the country, according to some, and No. 2 prospect, according to others, is returning from a broken foot he sustained in the summer — scored just five points in the loss.

Meanwhile, DeSoto guard Matt Jones, who has agreed to play for Duke, scored 23 points to help knock off Simeon, which was ranked No. 1 by ESPN at the time.

Heading into the fourth quarter, Simeon trailed. They were able to score seven points in the first minute of the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 43-36, but the run was answered by an 11-0 spurt by DeSoto.

Simeon never recovered.

Multiple players fell short in the loss, but Simeon's Kendall Pollard played well. He scored 10 points, including seven in the final minute, as Simeon desperately tried to get back in the game.

"Right now, Kendall Pollard is our best player," Simeon head coach Robert Smith told the Chicago Tribune.

"Guys have to step up and reach his level. He's out there defending, rebounding, blocking shots, making plays. It's a plus for us when Jabari (Parker) gets healthy."

The win over Arlington lifted Simeon to a 2-1 record on the season.

Parker, the 6-8 All-American and 2012 National Player of the Year is set to announce December 20th where he'll play college basketball.

Many people believe Parker will choose Michigan State or Duke, but BYU, Stanford and Florida are also in his final five.

Tom Izzo and Mike Krzyzewski, the head coaches of Michigan State and Duke, were both in attendance at Simeon's game against DeSoto in Texas.

Top Prospect Jabari Parker Chooses Duke (AP/Yahoo! - December 21, 2012)

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Simeon Overcomes Free Throw Struggles, Throttles Brooks (Chicago Sun-Times - December 21, 2012)
Simeon coach Rob Smith was pleased with almost everything about his teamís 75-42 victory over Red-South opponent, Brooks, except for one small thing. The teamís dismal free throw percentage. The Wolverines shot 17-for-31 from the charity strip, a number Smith found totally unacceptable.

Playing without coach Chris Head, who had to sit out because he received two technical fouls on Dec. 19, the Eagles fell behind early when Simeon put together a 24 - 4 run in the first half.

Kendall Pollard scored 12 of his 14 points for the game during the run, as the lead ballooned to 40-15 at halftime.
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Spotlight on Kendall Pollard (Chicago Tribune - December 26, 2012)




Simeon's Kendall Pollard slams home two points and clings to the rim as Simeon hosts Brooks.


Friday during a victory against Brooks, the 6-foot-7 Dayton recruit capped a 15-point, multiple-dunk performance by launching an alley-oop pass to Kendrick Nunn, then bouncing about in a semicircle with a mischievous grin on his face.

"I've always been the guy with the most joy," Pollard said. "When I see somebody down, I try to crack a joke to cheer them up."

Simeon has needed a lift from Pollard this season as Jabari Parker recovers from a foot injury and Nunn relocates his groove.

Smith said the second-year starter was Simeon's best player in the two games the Wolverines played in Texas and Tennessee, and he added Friday that Pollard and Tate have carried the team to its 4-1 record.

"He's aggressive, like a Dennis Rodman," Simeon junior Saieed Ivey said. "He's a cleanup man. He's going to go get the blocks. He's going to talk on defense. He's going to guard the best player. … You don't ever have to worry about Kendall playing hard."

While working on developing a consistent jump shot, Pollard's ability to get to the basket and finish has helped him average 8.8 points per game this season, including 20 total points on the road trip. His long arms, toughness and capacity to guard multiple positions typically mean he takes on defending an opponent's best player.

"I take pride playing defense because it's what keeps me on the floor," he said. "You might be faster than me, but I'm long, so I can keep you in front of me at all times. When you shoot, I can block you. And I can steal it on a crossover."

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Morgan Park Shows Versatility in Win over Wheaton Academy (Chicago Sun-Times - Dec. 26, 2012)

Hyde Park transfer Kyle Davis continued his seamless transition to the new program by scoring 11 points in the first quarter to spark a 23-2 burst and lead the No. 3 Mustangs to an impressive 78-60 victory over Wheaton Academy in first-round play of the Proviso West Holiday Tournament Wednesday night in Hillside.

Morgan Park advances to play Proviso West in the second round Thursday.

Davis keyed a contingent of five double-figure scorers for the Mustangs (10-1). Davis added game-highs of seven assists and six steals.

The Mustangs fell behind early to the smooth-shooting Warriors 8-4, but it proved a temporary blip.

Davis converted a three-point play, nailed a three-pointer and punctuated the game-changing run with a steal and breakaway layup at the buzzer for a 27-10 lead for the Mustangs.

The Warriors’ only basket during the run was a Jake Cousins’ jump shot.

Davis was the instigator. "I talked with Billy before the game and he told me to be read to play," Davis said. "I don’t look at it, like this is my game or anything, I just want to go out and play hard and help the team."

Morgan Park forced a staggering 20 turnovers in the first half, and 29 for the game, that helped them seize a 30-12 advantage on points off turnovers. "Morgan Park is a team that plays with runs," Wheaton Academy coach Paul Ferguson said. "It was an eye-opener for us, to play against a team with that kind of speed and athleticism."


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Scoochie has scored 66 points in his last two games:


2012 Prep School Basketball Preview Capsules (Norwich Bulletin - November 27, 2012)
Putnam Science Academy

Coach/Year: Tom Espinosa/7th.

2011-12 record: 19-10.

Top returners: Sr. G Dayshon Smith; Jr. F Berkan Tuylu; Jr. G Sergen Kumas.

Top newcomers: PG C Ugur Hortom; PG G Mairega Clarke; PG F Jonte Rutty; PG F Paul Brooks; PG G Jemal Mosley; PG F Joel Angus; Sr. G Berkay Turetkun; So. G Yasin Gultrkin; So. G Emirhan Ozturk; So. G Burak Eraslan.

Outlook: The Mustangs have only one goal: Make the National Prep Championship Tournament. However, it doesn’t stop them from having personal goals.

Dayshon Smith, who averaged 16 points, seven assists, four steals and three rebounds per game last season, would like to bring the Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year trophy with him to the University of Dayton. "I just have to play the game I’ve been playing all summer and last year, and let the numbers speak for themselves," Smith said.

Espinosa believes basketball is "all about guards" and Smith and Mosley are a great place to start. The Mustangs have the deepest team they have ever had, according to Espinosa, with the 6-foot-11 Hortum being a presence inside and one of the Mustangs’ best outside shooters. "We have some great size, we’re athletic, we’re very skilled and shoot the ball. We just have to work defensively," Espinosa said.

H.S. Basketball Roundup (Norwich Bulletin - December 1, 2012)
Putnam Science Academy 111, REDA 63

PUTNAM — The Putnam Science Academy sank 18 of its 30 3-point attempts in a 111-63 rout of REDA (Canada) on Saturday for its first victory of the season.

Senior Jonte Rutty led the way with 32 points and six rebounds and senior Dayshon Smith added 11 points, 10 rebounds, and three steals for the Mustangs (1-2).

Mairega Clarke fell a rebound short of a double-double with 16 points, nine rebounds and four steals.

H.S. Basketball Roundup (Norwich Bulletin - December 2, 2012)
Putnam Science Academy 86, Notre Dame Prep 66

BARRINGTON, R.I. — Jemal Mosley led all scorers with 25 points and added three assists for the Mustangs (2-2).

Teammate Dayshon Smith added 23 points, 10 assists, six rebounds, and three steals, and Jonte Ruddy contributed 20 points and six rebounds.

H.S. Basketball Roundup (Norwich Bulletin - December 14, 2012)
South Kent 71, Putnam Science Academy 69

HARTFORD — Ugur Hortum’s 3-point attempt at the buzzer failed to fall as the Mustangs (3-5) lost in the Doc Hurley Tournament.

Dayshon Smith scored a game-high 30 points and added nine assists for Putnam Science Academy.

Jonte Rutty added 20 points and five rebounds, and Paul Brooks grabbed 11 rebounds.

H.S. Basketball Roundup (Norwich Bulletin - December 18, 2012)
Putnam Science Academy 91, Masters 66

SIMSBURY — The Mustangs put on a show on the road, draining 17 3-pointers.

Dayton recruit Dayshon Smith led the way by hitting eight threes on the way to a game-high 36 points. He also had eight assists and five steals.

Ugur Hortum (13 points, 13 rebounds) and Paul Brooks (15 points, 14 rebounds) each registered double-doubles for Putnam Science, who led 51-18 at the half.
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I know Davis and Smith are higher rated but I'm really looking forward to Pollard. It might take him a year longer to see minutes on the floor with Oliver and Derenbecker still here but he looks to have a very high ceiling. I like the fact that most are listing him at 6'7" now. I know it's a cliche but he's very under the radar considering the team he's on and the players around him.
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I know Davis and Smith are higher rated but I'm really looking forward to Pollard. It might take him a year longer to see minutes on the floor with Oliver and Derenbecker still here but he looks to have a very high ceiling. I like the fact that most are listing him at 6'7" now. I know it's a cliche but he's very under the radar considering the team he's on and the players around him.
Pollard's game sounds a lot like Oliver's to me (although possibly with better offensive skills). A year of tutelage under the hardest working Flyer should set him up for an excellent sophomore year.
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Kendall Pollard looks like he will be an outstanding basketball player at UD.

As reported on a number of occasions, 6'-7" Kendall Pollard plays head-to-head against Duke-bound 6'-8" Jabari Parker in Simeon's practices.

It looks like Archie Miller got a 'steal' with Pollard.

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Pontiac Tourney: Simeon Fights Off Bloomington, Sets Up Semifinal with Curie (Chicago Tribune - December 28, 2012)




Simeon's Kendall Pollard (24) drives over Bloomington's Jaylen Beasley (5).


PONTIAC, Ill. -- Ambushed by young autograph-seekers outside its locker room Thursday, Simeon requested that Pontiac Holiday Tournament organizers set up a room Friday night to service the requests.

Another nagging problem crept up in the meantime, which Simeon also handled in orderly fashion.

Bloomington turned the anticipated dunk-a-thon into a competitive second-round game for longer than the Wolverines would have liked, but Simeon, the two-time defending tournament champion, scored the first 14 points of the third quarter and the first eight of the fourth to pull away for an 88-53 victory.

Simeon led 30-24 after one quarter and 39-27 at the half, and even after the lead swelled to 53-27 just 2 minutes, 11 seconds into the third quarter, the Purple Raiders shot their way back into it with a 17-5 run.

"They were tough to put away because they were hitting a lot of 3s, but we managed to get in transition and keep getting breakaways," senior forward Kendall Pollard said.

Pollard had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Russell Woods had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Jabari Parker had 11 points and 7 rebounds for Simeon. Jacob Romani led Bloomington with 16 points.


Player of the Game: Kendall Pollard, Simeon, 16 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks.

Next: Simeon vs. Curie.

When: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, December 29th.

Where: Pontiac Holiday Tournament, Pontiac High School.

Records: Simeon 7-1, Curie 6-4

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Proviso West Tourney: Stevenson, Morgan Park to Meet (Chicago Tribune - December 28, 2012)

Morgan Park 65, Bogan 34

The No. 3 Mustangs played solid perimeter defense in holding Bogan, which made 15 3-pointers Thursday, to 1-for-10 on Friday.

Morgan Park (12-1) had no such problems hitting 3s, with DePaul-bound Billy Garrett Jr. shooting 3-for-5 for a game-high 21 points.

Kyle Davis shot 5-for-10 from the field for 16 points and Josh Cunningham added 10 points for the Mustangs. Morgan Park outscored the Bengals 29-2 in the third quarter in a running-clock contest.

Bogan (8-4) was paced by Juwan Henry's 12 points. Henry made the Bengals' lone 3-pointer.

Bogan sophomore guard Luwane Pipkins had 26 points in the tourney opening win over Crespi Carmelite and scored 32 points in Thursday's win. Pipkins, though, was held scoreless on 0-for-5 shooting.

The Mustangs play Stevenson in a semifinal at 8 p.m. Saturday, December 29th.

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Pontiac Tourney Semifinal: Simeon vs. Curie - Live Video Feed (Chicago Sun-Times TV)

Simeon is wearing blue uniforms and Kendall Pollard is # 24.

Jabari Parker is taking a lot of contested shots against double-team defense while teammates are wide open.

Halftime: Curie 26, Simeon 25

End of 3rd Quarter: Simeon 43, Curie 39, as Kendall Pollard steals the ball twice and scores 4 points in the last 5 seconds of the 3rd quarter to break a 39-all tie. One of Pollard's baskets in the last 5 seconds of the 3rd quarter was a highlight reel slam dunk that would have made Chris Wright proud.

Final: Simeon 62, Curie 57

Player of the Game again: Kendall Pollard, who made most of his shots and finished with a team-high 16 points.

Jabari Parker had 15 points for Simeon, but he missed a many of his shots and turned the ball over a lot.

With a minute left in the game, Simeon led 54-51, Curie had the ball, and Kendall Pollard stole it again, setting up Simeon's come-from-behind win. (Simeon trailed Curie 37-30 in the 3rd quarter.)

With 30 seconds left in the game, Simeon led 56-53, Curie had the ball, and Kendall Pollard stole it again and went coast-to-coast for another highlight reel slam dunk to ice the game for Simeon.

Pollard is a baller.


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Pontiac Tourney Semifinal: Simeon's Pollard Clutch Again Against Curie (Chicago Tribune - December 29, 2012)




Simeon's Kendall Pollard


PONTIAC, Ill. — Player after Simeon player refers to Kendall Pollard the funniest guy on the team.

When it was time for the Wolverines to get serious Saturday afternoon, Pollard was their man.

The Dayton-bound senior scored 12 of his 16 points in the final 8 minutes, 17 seconds and made two big defensive plays down the stretch to take Simeon off upset alert and deliver a 62-57 victory over Curie in a semifinal of the Pontiac Holiday Tournament.

Player of the Game: Kendall Pollard, Simeon, 16 points, 3 steals, 3 assists, 2 blocks.

Key Performers: Simeon - Jabari Parker, 16 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists; Jaylon Tate, 12 points, 10-for-10 FT.

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Proviso West Tourney Semifinal: Morgan Park Tops Stevenson, Will Meet Proviso East (Chicago Tribune - December 29, 2012)

Morgan Park won its first three games at the Proviso West Holiday Tournament by an average of almost 22 points. That trend continued in Saturday night's semifinal against Stevenson.

The No.3 Mustangs' 67-52 victory was a 32-minute, full-court display of superior speed and athleticism and sets up a highly anticipated final Monday in Hillside with defending Tournament Champion Proviso East.

Morgan Park (13-1) led 20-6 after one quarter, and its 37-24 halftime advantage never dropped its lead beneath double digits in the second half. The Mustangs' dominance showed on several fronts, but their 15-6 edge on the offensive glass was particularly telling.

Morgan Park also attempted 17 more shots (60-43) than the Patriots (10-3) and its balance was on display, as seven players scored between six and 11 points.

The finals matchup with Proviso East is what most area fans would have liked to see when the tournament bracket was released, and the Mustangs share that sentiment.

Player of the Game: Josh Cunningham, Morgan Park, 11 points, 10 rebounds.

Key performers: Morgan Park - Kyle Davis, 8 points, 7 rebounds; Kain Harris, 10 points.


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It's unfortunate that the Flyers will have to wait until next season to see Scoochie on the court.

He could have come in handy last night.

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H.S. Basketball Roundup (Norwich Bulletin - December 18, 2012)

Putnam Science Academy 91, Masters 66


Dayton recruit Dayshon Smith led the way by hitting eight threes on the way to a game-high 36 points.

He also had eight assists and five steals.

Michael O'Brien's Super 25 HS Basketball Rankings (Chicago Sun-Times - December 30, 2012)
1 Young (9-1)

LJ Peak has arrived


2 Simeon (9-1)

Parker is a force again


3 Morgan Park (12-1)

In Proviso West Tourney Final - Monday Dec. 31st



4 Proviso East (10-2)

Faces Morgan Park Monday in Proviso West Tourney Final
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5-Star SF Jabari Parker, Simeon HS (Rivals Profile) # 3 in Rivals 150 ==> Duke


4-Star SG Kendrick Nunn, Simeon HS (Rivals Profile) # 45 in Rivals 150 ==> Illinois


3-Star PG Jaylon Tate, Simeon HS (Rivals Profile) ==> Illinois


3-Star SF Kendall Pollard, Simeon HS (Rivals Profile) ==> Dayton


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I'm really looking forward to seeing Pollard.

I know it's a cliche but he's very under the radar considering the team he's on and the players around him.
Kendall Pollard isn't under the radar any longer:

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Parker's Simeon High School Drops Out of No. 1 National Ranking After Losing Last Week (December 17, 2012)


"Right now, Kendall Pollard is our best player," Simeon head coach Robert Smith told the Chicago Tribune.
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Spotlight on Kendall Pollard (Chicago Tribune - December 26, 2012)


Coach Smith said the second-year starter was Simeon's best player in the two games the Wolverines played in Texas and Tennessee.
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Pontiac Tourney: Simeon Fights Off Bloomington, Sets Up Semifinal with Curie (Chicago Tribune - December 28, 2012)


Player of the Game: Kendall Pollard, Simeon, 16 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks.
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Pontiac Tourney Semifinal: Simeon's Pollard Clutch Again Against Curie (Chicago Tribune - December 29, 2012)


Player of the Game: Kendall Pollard, Simeon, 16 points, 3 steals, 3 assists, 2 blocks.
Kendall Pollard's outstanding play in Texas, Tennessee, and the Pontiac Tourney has made him well-known in Chicago, in Illinois, and beyond.


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Michael O'Brien's Super 25 HS Basketball Rankings (Chicago Sun-Times - December 30, 2012)
1 Young (9-1)

LJ Peak has arrived


2 Simeon (9-1)

Parker is a force again


3 Morgan Park (12-1)

In Proviso West Tourney Final - Monday Dec. 31st



4 Proviso East (10-2)

Faces Morgan Park Monday in Proviso West Tourney Final
Chicago Tribune Top 20 HS Basketball Rankings (Chicago Tribune - December 31, 2012)
1. Young 9-1

In final of Beach Ball Classic on Monday.


2. Simeon 9-1

Pontiac champs face Montverde (Fla.) on Saturday.


3. Morgan Park 12-1

Faces Proviso East for Proviso West Tourney title on Monday.



4. Notre Dame 13-1

Hardwood Classic champs.


5. Proviso East 10-2

Avenged loss to Oswego to reach Proviso West Tourney final.

Proviso West Tourney Final: Cunningham Leads Morgan Park to First Title (Chicago Tribune - December 31, 2012)

Morgan Park junior forward Josh Cunningham delivered with 24 points and 16 points as No. 3 Morgan Park recorded an 82 - 57 victory over No. 5 Proviso East.

The Mustangs (13-1) won their first Proviso West Tourney title in their 14th appearance in dominating fashion, winning their five games by an average of 26 points per game.

Player of the Game: Josh Cunningham, Morgan Park, 24 points, 16 rebounds.

Key Performers: Morgan Park -- Billy Garrett Jr., 18 points, 5 assists; Kyle Davis, 14 points, 6 rebounds.


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More kudos for Kendall Pollard:


Boys Hoops Blog - Act I: The Holiday Tourneys (Mike Helfgot, Chicago Tribune - January 2, 2013)

The first act climaxes with the holiday tournaments, which provide too much action to fit into one blog.

In the spirit of the three-act approach, I'll write three blogs with holiday tournament observations and a look ahead at Act 2.

I spent three days in Pontiac, where Cliff Alexander was a beast and four under-the-radar players stood out: Joliet West's Morris Dunnigan, Warren's Aarias Austin, West Aurora's Josh McAuley and Simeon's Kendall Pollard.

Going in reverse order, some might question the inclusion of a Simeon player on a list of players who merit more attention.

But I believe Pollard, a 6-foot-4 Dayton recruit, is underrated, and with good reason. He plays with the most famous high school player in the country and two guards headed to the University of Illinois.

In my opinion, Pollard — not Jabari Parker, Kendrick Nunn, or Jaylon Tate — has been Simeon's best player this season.

He's not a great shooter, but he does everything else well — the tangible and intangible.

His toughness and leadership will come in handy in the coming months, when No. 2 Simeon could have as many as five combined showdowns with No. 1 Young and No. 3 Morgan Park.

Pollard's omission on the all-tournament's first team was a joke.


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