If you want to see some of the future of college basketball I'd recommend you come to Gentile Center on Loyola (Ill.)'s campus tonight. There some of the top high school talent in the area is going to come together to play in the Chicago High School Classic. The doors open at 4:30 p.m., but the real fun doesn't start until around 6:30 p.m. when there is a Slam Dunk and 3-point contest. Then at 7:30 p.m. the game begins.
And while none of the players in the fourth annual game are going to be sticking around Chicago, at least as of right now, a lot of the talent will find its way back to the city for future games. The one possible exception to this rule is Jon Gac. The 6'7" forward from Mt. Carmel is rumored to be on Loyola's radar.
Some of the other players were on Chicago team's radars, but they ended up heading out of the city. Alex Rossi is a 6'5" 3-star forward that was recruited by Northwestern for a while, but he decided to head to the west coast and play for Cal. Ahmad Starks, a 5'9" guard from Whitney Young, is also heading to the west coast. He's going to be playing for Craig Robinson and Oregon State next season.
Some players that will be in the game and then stay a bit closer to home are Alex Dragicevich, a 6'6" forward from Glenbrook North who will be attending Notre Dame next season; Ben Brust, a 6'2" guard from Mundelein who will be going to Iowa; Jay Harris, a 6'1" guard who will play at Valparaiso next season; and Reggie Smith, a 6'0" guard from Thornton who will be attending Marquette. Brust isn't the only player that will be in the Big Ten next season as Anthony Johnson, a 6'3" guard from Whitney Young is heading to Purdue. Johnson might be the best overall prospect in the group, though a number of them are tightly bunched.
Also, Rick Majerus has shown he can come up to Chicago and take some of the top talent away. Two players that will be teammates next season at St. Louis will be playing on opposite sides in the game. Mike McCall, a 6'1" guard from Foreman, and Dwayne Evans, a 6'6" forward from Neuqua Valley, will both be Billikens next season.
Overall it should be a really entertaining night. Chicago College Basketball will be there to bring you photos and thoughts from some of the players at the game.