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Cole Farrell continues his ascend

Cole Farrell (2021) is one player we’ve seen numerous times this year, dating back to April for the RecruitLook Hoops League. One thing we’ve learned… you don’t want to stop watching him — he’s that electrifying.

Farrell, the 6’4 wing from Hazelwood Central (Mo), continues to build off a successful summer. Farrell started to gain the attention of division one coaches as his name was buzzing in the coaches pit. SEMO and SIUE jumped in early and offered him after the RecruitLook Hoops event in Atlanta.

Teams see the extreme potential that Farrell possess. He’s kinda a tweener on the offensive end because of how athletic and fast he plays. He isn’t a true point guard, but he has great handles and is super fast with the ball. He isn’t a true stand on the perimeter wing and shoot the three, but he can stroke from deep when he needs to.

We’re excited to continue watching Farrell’s development. He is going to make a college coach extremely happy with his high flying, rim running, elite defense and athletic abilities. An offense that will allow him to just be himself and play loose is going to be perfect for him.

Farrell is going to see his stock soar this spring and summer, especially when he’s making plays like this…

Quani Rudd is 2021 to know

Quani Rudd is coming off an excellent holiday tourney being named 2nd team all tourney at the Centralia Holiday Tourney. The high flying wing from Mt.Vernon does it all for the rams. He plays inside, outside and often guards the best player. He continues to improve off a strong summer where he picked up D1 offers and interest with the SW Illinois Jets.

Quani will continue to improve and see his stock climb as his game continues to develop. A 6-5 wing that can score at all 3-levels, plays above the rim, can handle the ball, can guard multiple positions and be a go-to scorer will be highly coveted this coming spring/summer by Division 1 schools.

Quani will be playing with the SW Illinois Jets on the RecruitLook Hoops League.

2020 SW Illinois Jets trio playing well

The SW Illinois Jets 17u team had an exceptional year on the RecruitLook Hoops League and grassroots season overall. In the RL Hoops League, they lost in the championship in a close matchup to Gateway IL — where Gateway was riding a Kemba Walker-like Big East Tourney Run from Ray’Sean Taylor.

The Jets had an all-around team vibe on the 17u level, but three guys we’ve seen this high school season so far have been doing exactly what we saw them do this past AAU season… dominate their roles.

Rashad Weekly-McDaniels (Central Michigan Commit) –  Averaging 13 points a game and is the driving force behind Trinity Catholic. Made the all tourney team at the MICDS Christmas tourney helping lead them to the championship. 

LaShawn Johnson (Holds SEMO offer) – Leading East St. Louis in scoring averaging 11 points a game. He was named MVP of the Normandy Christmas Tourney and has taken over a leadership role for the flyers. 

Armond Williams (SEMO and SIUE offers) – The 6’7 Forward is averaging 2.6 blocks for the Flyers. He is also averaging 8 points a game and 6 rebounds a game. He is the glue guy for the flyers as they attempt to repeat as state champions.

Jordan Pickett 2023 to track

The 6’3 guard is having a good start to the high school season for Belleville East. Pickett displays a total game– scoring from all three levels and just has a knack for scoring the ball. His defensive game has improved and is continuing to build on a strong summer. He played with the SW Illinois Jets in the RecruitLook Hoops League and is younger brother of Jordan Pickett, Mizzou basketball guard.

Previewing opening night in the Southwestern Conference

Friday is the opening of Southwestern Conference Play. All teams are off to good starts, so this season of conference play is going to be entertaining.

Here is a preview of Friday’s Action

Ethyn Brown 2021

Belleville East at East St. Louis

The defending State Champions, East St. Louis, started the season 2-1 and are led by seniors LaShawn Johnson, Armond Williams and Jashawn Anderson. The flyers come into the match-up with these three seniors averaging double figures, an impressive front line and a swarming defense. East St. Louis is currently ranked 4th in the first AP basketball Poll

Belleville East has started the season 3-1 and is led by Junior Ethyn Brown, Sophomore Braxton Stacker and freshman Jordan Picket. While Belleville East may not have the size of East St. Louis, Belleville East does present multiple players that can attack the rim and are dangerous in transition. 


Edwardsville at Belleville West

Edwardsville has started the season 3-0 lead by Juniors Jalil Roundtree, Brennan Weller and Caleb Valentine. Edwardsville won the Jacksonville Tourney beating Macomb, Jacksonville and Glenwood Chatham. 

Belleville West starts the season going 2-3 playing in the always loaded Washington Tournament of Champions. West is led by the dynamic duo of Senior Greg Wells and Junior Tommie Williams. 

Shaun Riley 2021

O’Fallon at Collinsville

O’Fallon comes into the game 4-0 after winning the Alton Tip-off Tourney and are led by Juniors Shaun Riley, Mason Blakemore and sophomores Caleb Burton and Dawson Algee. O’Fallon has a mixture of size, athletes and shooters, which makes this team a difficult match-up. O’Fallon received a few votes in the first AP basketball Poll

Collinsville comes into the contest with a 4-0 record after an impressive showing — winning the Pyramid Tourney. Collinsville is led by Seniors Ray’Sean Taylor (26 ppg), Keydrian Jones, Cawhan Smith and junior Nate Hall. Collinsville can matchup with any style and has the Conference’s returning leading scorer in Ray’Sean Taylor. Collinsville is currently ranked 5th in the first AP Basketball Poll.

Alton has a bye on opening weekend.

What a great way to start off Conference Season!