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2015 Illinois Celtics Close Out Strong Year

August 16th, 2012
Chicago Hoops - Recruiting
by Scott Burgess, Friday, 8/10/12


The Illinois Celtics 15U team had a very successful run this spring and summer amassing a 42-9 overall record and four championships.  In July, they went 21-3 in front of college coaches.

There are several players on this team that I have been a fan of for a while, including  Chicago Whitney Young small forward Joseph Toye. The rising sophomore is a freak athlete with a physical body that attacks the rim strong off the bounce with great handles. He continues to improve his skill level every time I see him. Big time potential!

Another player that has really stood out is Plainfield East shooting guard Aaron Jordan. He is a smooth scorer that makes it look effortless on the perimeter. Jordan has an excellent jump shot along with a high basketball IQ. He has the upside to be a tremendous scorer.

Their 7’0” center Tyler Jackson of Nazareth Academy has struggled with his coordination in the past due to a huge growth spurt. He is showing improvement in this area as he is running the floor better. Jackson has a soft touch around the hoop, can hit a 15-footer, and has a great feel for offensive rebounding.

The player that gets over looked on the Celtics is their point guard Alex Edwards. He is a pass-first point guard that is quick and shifty. Edwards gets everyone involved and knows how to run a team. The Nazareth Academy sophomore got major run as a freshman and will see an even bigger role this year.

Myles Carter from Chicago St. Rita is one of my favorite big men in 2015. He is a good athlete that rebounds and plays defense. His offensive game is just reaching where his potential could be down the road.

The bulldog of this team is Dana Hawkins. The Oak Park-River Forest sophomore is a physical guard that has the heart of a lion. He sticks his nose in to rebound and loves to play defense.

Jackson and Jordan will be visiting Purdue on August 25th. Toye recently visited DePaul.




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