Since high school basketball in Illinois is on hold; a league in St. Louis was formed to give teams a chance to play.
Here are a few Guys who caught our attention during the first weekend of the league
Mekhi Phillips, 6’0, Guard, Decatur MacArthur, 2022
Since we saw him last he has really worked on improving his body. Still one of the state’s top marksmen. Really sits down and guards.
Brylan Phillips, 6’1, Guard, Decatur MacArthur, 2022
Another kid that has improved his body. The floor general was dynamic leading his team and making shots. His passing ability is second to none.
Jalen Watson, 6’7, Forward, East St. Louis, 2021
Continued to improve from his good summer. Continues to show an improved stroke from the outside. Jalen makes his money on the glass and scores effectively from the paint
Tommie Williams, 6’3, Guard, Belleville West, 2021
Really looked good shooting the ball and running his team. His constant motor and improved jump shot will be an intriguing option to colleges later this year
Demarcus Bean, 6’7, Center, Metro East Lutheran, 2022
Continues to improve and score around the basket. His ball-handling has improved and his Motor is now on all the time.
David Granger, 6’7, Forward, East St. Louis, 2021
The Athletic forward continues to expand his game. Can take it off the glass and go coast to coast. Blocks everything in the paint.
Nate Hall, 6’7, Forward, Collinsville, 2021
The stretch 4 looks more confident in his shot than he was this summer. Looks leaner and his ball-handling looks smoother.
KJ Debrick, 6’8, Center, Lanphier, 2021
Kid is a presence around the rim. Block shots without fouling and great touch around the basket. An intriguing prospect that will make some team very happy.
Ryan Stevenson, 6’3, Guard, East St. Louis, 2021
We weren’t sure what to expect but after 2 long 3s we are intrigued. Smooth wing with a great stroke. Looking forward to seeing more of him.
McCaleb Rich, 6’4, Forward, East St. Louis, 2023
He’s one of the best sophomores in the area — just looks great with the ball in his hands. Has improved his handles and looking for his shot from the outside. Just a Freakish athlete
Jamarkus Gary, 6’1, Guard, Alton, 2021
We have not seen this Jamarkus before. He scored from everywhere. Always plays with a great motor and made 5 threes with several drives to the rim.
Dante Herrin, 6’3, Forward, Alton, 2021
The energizer bunny. When the ball is on the rim he goes after it like no one else. Takes charges and showed the ability to get to the rim
J’Laun Patterson, 6’3, Guard, Belleville West, 2021
This smooth wing continues to make strides. Hit several jumpers and smooth drives to the wing. Has definitely worked on his body.