Oswego's Miles Simelton maneuvers past Oswego East's Tyler Ross at Oswego East High School in Oswego, Ill., on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012. | Corey R. Minkanic~For Sun-Times Media . Corey R. Minkanic
There hasn’t been any uncommitted senior whose stock has skyrocketed more this season than Miles Simelton. The Oswego point guard is averaging 18 points a game and has led the Panthers to a 19-2 record.
Since shining at the Proviso West Holiday Tournament last month, interest has picked up as Simelton has heard from a number of schools, including Tulane, San Diego, Lehigh, Dartmouth, Brown, Georgia State, Houston Baptist, Loyola, Valpo, Wright State, Wofford, Chicago State and UC-Riverside.
Luwane Pipkins of Bogan is among the top half dozen prospects in the Class of 2015. But in the land of Simeon and Morgan Park and all the star-studded talent in their two programs, grabbing attention in the Public League’s Red-South isn’t always easy.
Pipkins, though, has been as productive—and probably as indispensable of a player for Bogan—as any sophomore in the city. He’s an elite shooter with an ultra-competitive side and toughness to him for such a young player.
Bogan coach Arthur Goodwin has had some quality teams in his five years at Bogan, but he’s never had a player like Pipkins, who is averaging 21.7 points a game and has knocked down more than 60 shots from beyond the arc.
“We’ve never had a star at Bogan,” says Goodwin of his prize sophomore. “He’s the player to put Bogan on the map.”
Don’t underestimate the challenge of playing for four different head coaches—and four different systems—in four years, which is what York star David Cohn is experiencing this season.
The 6-2 Colorado State recruit has persevered in his four years of varsity, putting the Dukes on his back a number of times while playing for Al Biancalana, Dominic Cannon, Tom Kleinschmidt and now Vince Doran.
Cohn, who just recently broke the school’s career scoring record and is closing in on 1,500 career points, is averaging 17 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds a game. More importantly, Cohn has York in West Suburban Silver title contention. The Dukes, who last won a conference title in 2006, are 6-2 in the league and 17-5 overall, including a win last weekend over Curie.