It has been a busy week of news for former Illinois prep athletes as well as other relating stories. Below, I recap all that took place this week and catch you up to date. This will become a weekly blog and they will be titled “Illinois Hoops Weekly Recap” moving forward.
Tuesday, September 14
Newly-acquired Brooklyn Nets guard Jevon Carter (Proviso East) turned 26 on Tuesday.
Wednesday, September 15
Not player related but city related. The McDonald’s All American Game is returning to Chicago next year (2022). It will was last played in Chicago in 2017. This time around it will be held at Wintrust Arena instead of the United Center. For more, read Michael O’Brien of the Chicago Sun-Times’ piece here.
This was the first event I ever received media credentials for. I share a few words and images from that evening through this link, click here.
Chicago is home and fits Chicago Sky superstar Candace Parker (Naperville Central) perfectly. The Naperville Central grad was honored by Chicago Mayor For Lightfoot with her very own day. September 16 will no be known as Candace Parker across the city of Chicago.
For more, read Annie Costabile of the Chicago Sun-Times’ piece here.
Patrick Beverly (Marshall) recently joined the Minnesota Timberwolves via a trade from the Memphis Grizzlies. By the looks of things, he is already getting acclimated to his new city. On Wednesday, Minnesota Twins celebrated Twins night and had Beverly throw out the first pitch.
Brodric Thomas (Bolingbrook) has re-signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers. This is his second two-way contract with Cleveland, the first coming on February 24. Across five Summer League with the Cavs, he averaged 10.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.4 steals in 25.7 minutes.
Thursday, September 16 (Candace Parker Day)
The Long Shot Pod dropped with Duncan Robinson and Davis Reid dropped an episode with Miami Heat forward Max Strus (Stagg). His podcast interview last for 59:32 and is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Youtube.
Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young) was waived by the Nets just last week and has found himself back with a NBA team. His contract with the Atlanta Hawks is non-guaranteed and will need to prove himself in training camp and the preseason to earn a roster spot.
Now you’re all up to date with the latest Illinois Hoops headlines.