State champs from Missouri, Florida highlight Showcase II

ROCKFORD – This past weekend, Rockford Public Schools hosted the deepest and most talented collection of high school basketball teams in northern Illinois history.

And it’s even better this weekend. 

Friday night, the Chicagoland Summer Showcase II tips off at 6 p.m. with games at Rock Valley College and Guilford High School – with games also being played at Auburn on Saturday and Sunday.

It features 67 varsity high school teams from eight states. That includes Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy, which has won three of the past four Florida Class 4A state titles, and St. Louis Vashon, Missouri state champions three of the past four years as well.

This weekend’s Showcase also has a deeper representation from Chicago, still one of the nation’s top talent producers. Providence St. Mel, the defending 1A state champs, Bogan, second in Class 3A, and Simeon, which has won six IHSA state titles since 2004, are among the 11 Chicago schools in Rockford over the three days.

If you’re more interested in scouting players, there are plenty of those to watch as well. Davion Bradford of Mehlville, Missouri, is a 7-footer with 18 Division 1 scholarship offers. Cam’Ron Fletcher of Vashon has 17.

Wisconsin Badgers fans should come out to watch twin brothers Jonathan and Jordan Davis of LaCrosse Central. The Davis brothers verbally committed to Bucky Badger earlier this month.

Northern Illinois fans should come and check out Ahamed Bynum of Simeon and Jayson Kent of Oak Forest. The Huskies are recruiting both of those players, along with schools such as DePaul and UIC.

Like last weekend, the teams are broken into pools and super pools for the stronger programs. Teams in regular pools can earn shots at the super pool teams by winning their pools. All of the super pool action takes place at RVC over the three days.

Rockford Public Schools 205 teams went 9-8 in last weekend’s Showcase. They’ll look to build on that, but it won’t be easy. Here are the pool game schedules for District 205.

Friday, 6 p.m., RVC-Court 3: East vs. Lincoln (Nebraska) NE North Star
Friday, 7:10 p.m., RVC-Court 1: Rockford Jefferson vs. Rock Island
Friday, 7:10 p.m., Guilford-Main Gym: Guilford vs. Chicago Prosser
Friday, 8:20 p.m., RVC-Court 3: Auburn vs. St. Louis Vashon

Saturday, 9 a.m., RVC-Court 1: Guilford vs. Verona (Wisconsin)
Saturday, 9 a.m., RVC-Court 4: East vs. Taylorville
Saturday, 10:10 a.m., RVC-Court 2: Jefferson vs. Oswego East
Saturday, 4 p.m., RVC-Court 3: Auburn vs. Neenah (Wisconsin)
Saturday, 4 p.m., RVC-Court 4: Jefferson vs. Oak Forest
Saturday, 4 p.m., Guilford-Court 1: Guilford vs. Chicago Hansberry College Prep

Click here for the entire schedule.

Posted on 06.27.19