Friday evening, nine former Illinois prep athletes saw minutes in various NBA games. Below I look into and share each of their NBA performances from January 7.
Best of the Day: Fred VanVleet
Fred VanVleet (Auburn) had himself and evening in a big Raptors win Friday. Not only did he dropped 37 points but also secured his first career triple-double.
VanVleet is averaging 30.4 points and 8.3 dimes over his last seven games.
- Fred VanVleet (Auburn/Toronto Raptors)- 26 minutes, 37 points, 12/22 FG, 4/12 3PT, 9/9 FT, 2 offensive rebounds, a game-high 10 total rebounds, a game-high 10 assists, 2 steals, a block, 2 turnovers, and +9 in a 122-108 win over the Utah Jazz.
Rest of the Day’s Performances:
- Keita Bates-Diop (University/San Antonio Spurs)- 28 minutes, 9 points, 3/6 FG, 1/2 FG, 2/2 FT, 5 rebounds, and -5 in a 119-100 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.
- Jevon Carter (Proviso East/Brooklyn Nets)- 7 minutes, 5 points 2/7 FG, 1/4 3PT, a steal, and +8 in a 121-109 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.
- Ayo Dosunmu (Morgan Park/Chicago Bulls)- 31 minutes, 18 points, 7/9 FG, 3/4 3PT, 1/2 FT, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 2 turnovers, and a game-high +15 in a 130-122 win over the Washington Wizards.
- His 18 points and 3 steals are new career-highs for Dosunmu.
- If it weren’t for Fred VanVleet getting his first career triple-double, Ayo would have been today’s ‘Best of the Day.’
- Alfonzo McKinnie (Marshall/Chicago Bulls)- 1 minute and a team-worst -5 (tied with Marko Simonovic in a 130-122 win over the Washington Wizards.
- Jalen Brunson (Stevenson/Dallas Mavericks)- 25 minutes, 15 points, 7/11 FG, 0/1 3PT, 1/2 FT, an offensive rebound, 4 total rebounds, a game-high 10 assists, a steal, 2 turnovers, and a game-high +31 (tied with Maxi Kleber) in a 130-106 win over the Houston Rockets.
- Sterling Brown (Proviso East/Dallas Mavericks)- 19 minutes, 9 points, 4/7 FG, 1/3 3PT, 4 rebounds, a game-high 1 block (tied with many others), and +9 in a 130-106 win over the Houston Rockets.
- Talen Horton-Tucker (Simeon/Los Angeles Lakers)- 31 minutes, 21 points, 7/13 FG, 1/4 3PT, 6/6 FT, a rebound, 5 assists, 2 steals, and -2 in a 134-118 win over the Atlanta Hawks.
- 21 points is his third highest scoring game of the season.
- Robert Covington (Proviso West/Portland Trail Blazers)- 34 minutes, 17 points, 6/9 FG, 5/8 3PT, 3 offensive rebounds, 8 total rebounds, an assist, a steal, a game-high 2 blocks (tied with Cavs’ Evan Mobley), 3 turnovers, and -8 in 114-101 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
- 17 points is his second highest scoring game of the season.
Boston Celtics waived Jabari Parker (Simeon). Parker played part of two seasons in Boston and never played less than 17 minutes and 1 sec in all of his appearances this season. During Celtic tenure, he played 22 games and averaged 11.4 minutes, 5.3 points, and 2.9 rebounds per game. He shot 51.2 percent from the field 38.5 from three, and 86.4 percent from the free-throw line.
The former second overall pick has now played for six teams in the under four years.
Keifer Sykes (Marshall) has earned a guaranteed contract with the Indiana Pacers for the remainder of the season. Through 5 games, Sykes is averaging 10.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 3.6 assists in 26.8 minutes per game
Syke’s former high school and college teammate Alfonzo McKinnie (Marshall) also received some good news on Friday night prior to the Bulls-Wizards game. McKinnie also signed a NBA contract through the end of the season.