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Start Date: November 9, 2015

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Basketball Boys Blog Masthead

  • Patriots Outscore Glenbard South at Lyons Township Tournament

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Nov 30, 2015

    At the Lyons Township Tournament, Stevenson outscored Glenbard South 63-46. Ryuji Aoki scored 17 points, Justin Smith had 16 and Willie Herenton added 11 as the Patriots (3-1) rallied in the second half. SHS trailed by six points at halftime, but outscored the Raiders 35-12 in the second half. - Daily Herald
  • Patriots Victorious over Longwood Academy

    By: SHS Information Office | Nov 30, 2015

    At the Lyons Township Tournament, Stevenson outscored Longwood Academy 68-40. Willie Herenton scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Justin Smith added 15 points and eight rebounds for the Patriots (2-1). Smith had 11 of his points in the first quarter, as SHS took a 24-7 lead. Ryuji Aoki added eight points for the Pats, who led by 30 at halftime. Longwood dropped to 0-3. - Daily Herald (+)

  • Patriots Defeated by Hinsdale South in Tournament Play

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Nov 25, 2015

    Hinsdale South defeated Stevenson 66-47 at the Lyons Township Tournament. Eric Zalewski scored nine points to lead the Patriots (1-1). Jordan Newman, Ryuji Aoki and Justin Smith each tallied eight points. Smith also had nine rebounds. Hinsdale South improved to 2-0. - Daily Herald (+)

  • Patriots Dominate in Season Opener

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Nov 24, 2015

    Stevenson defeated the Lyons 84-53 in their season-opening game at Lyons Township. Justin Smith scored 19 points, grabbed six rebounds and made three steals for the Patriots. Rodney Herenton added 17 points, six boards and three assists. Ryuji Aoki tallied 13 points, while Kevin Yang had 10 points and nine rebounds. Willie Herenton contributed three steals and three assists. Eric Zalewski also had three assists.

  • Patriots Weclome New Players, New Season

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Nov 20, 2015

    After spending two years as a supporting actor, Justin Smith is ready to take the lead for the boys basketball team this season. The 6-foot-7 junior forward, who already has received offers from eight Division I schools, focused on adding muscle in the offseason to complement his finesse game. The Daily Herald has a profile of Smith here (+). The Patriots return only Smith in the starting lineup, but also have key 2014-15 reserves Ryuji Aoki, Jordan Newman and Kevin Yang back. In addition, Pat Ambrose’s squad welcomes brothers Rodney and Willie Herenton, who transferred from Whitney Young. Read the Herald’s North Suburban Conference previews (+).
  • Boys Basketball Ranked No. 12 By CSN Chicago

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Nov 18, 2015

    The defending state champion boys basketball team is ranked No. 12 by CSN Chicago in its preseason power rankings. The Patriots open their season Monday at the Lyons Township tournament against the host school.

  • Brunson, Cashaw Begin Collegiate Careers

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Nov 17, 2015

    The leaders from last year’s state champion boys basketball team officially started their collegiate careers last Friday. Jalen Brunson was in the starting lineup for No. 11 Villanova, which beat Fairleigh Dickinson, 91-54. The former Mr. Basketball for Illinois scored 12 points, had four assists and two rebounds. Connor Cashaw, meanwhile, scored six points, five rebounds and two assists off the bench for Rice University during the Owls’ 97-65 loss at No. 14 California.

  • SHS to Play in Hinsdale Central Holiday Tourney

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Aug 26, 2015

    Stevenson is one of two defending state champions that will take part in the inaugural
    Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament in December. The Patriots will be joined in the 16-team field by Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, California. The Celts won the California Interscholastic Federation Division IV title earlier this year. Every school on the tournament roster had a winning season in 2014-15, and eight were conference champions, including SHS.  

  • Website: Brunson Will Win Big East POY

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Aug 12, 2015

    brunson-mcdonalds-jersey-with-ballJalen Brunson hasn't played a college basketball game yet, but he’s already getting Big East Player of the Year consideration. The website Fansided, which shares content with Sports Illustrated and Bleacher Report, on Tuesday made the case for Brunson as POY candidate as a freshman. "He’s the kind of player that Villanova hasn’t had since Scottie Reynolds led the Wildcats to the Final Four back in 2009," wrote Michael Whitlow. "Not only is Brunson bigger and better than Reynolds, he’ll be able to step right into the rotation for Jay Wright and contribute." Jalen and his Wildcat teammates will play for a national audience when they face Stanford in the semifinals of the Preseason NIT Tournament on ESPN2 on Thanksgiving Night.

  • Comcast Airing Special on Brunson

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Aug 05, 2015

    Tonight at 6:30 on CN100, The Comcast Network, check out the debut of "Jalen Brunson - 2015 Mr. Basketball." Hosted by Camron Smith, the show features interviews with Jalen, his parents, Coach Pat Amrbose and teammate Connor Cashaw to learn more about how Brunson developed a love for the game and progressed to win a state championship with the Patriots after losing to eventual NBA first-round draft picks Jabari Parker and Jahlil Okafor in previous years. The show also details his decision to attend Villanova, as well as the numerous other accomplishments he garnered at Stevenson, including the 2015 Mr. Basketball award. Click on the video for a preview of the show.

  • Seven Division I Offers So Far for Smith

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Aug 05, 2015

    Seven and counting. That's the number of college scholarship offers 6-foot-7 junior forward Justin Smith has received, with two seasons of high school basketball remaining. DePaul, Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, Northwestern, Rice and Wake Forest have made offers thus far. Smith and his Mac Irvin Fire teammates visited Indiana last weekend for an unofficial visit. 

    “It was a good experience,” Smith told the Inside the Hall blog. “I got to spend time with the coaches, go look around the campus and they showed me film of myself, gave me pointers and advice on how to help my game.”

  • Brunson Listed Among Top 50 College Players

    By: SHS Public Information | Jul 30, 2015

    brunson driving to hoop

    Preseason college basketball articles are starting to pop up, and Jalen Brunson’s name is featured prominently in a couple of them. Today, Brunson was named No. 11 on a list of the 50 best college players for 2015-16 by Jason McIntyre for USA Today’s sports blog, The Big Lead. McIntyre has nine incoming freshman among the top 20. Sports Illustrated, meanwhile, has Brunson at No. 19 among the top 25 recruits. He’ll be looking to help Villanova win its third straight Big East championship this season. (Chicago Sun-Times photo)

  • Pats Have Plenty of Talent Returning

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Jul 15, 2015

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    Justin Smith finishes a slam dunk in the Chicago State Supersectional on March 17. (Chicago Tribune)
    Losing four starters from a state championship team presents challenges, but Jeff Bonato of the News-Sun makes the case that Stevenson should be formidable again in 2015-16. He points to 6-foot-7 junior forward Justin Smith — who has received interest from Duke among other schools — and returnees Ryuji Aoki and Jordan Newman. Plus, the Patriots will have newcomers Rodney and Willie Herenton, who have transferred from Whitney Young. Rodney, a senior who started the last two seasons for the Dolphins, has received a scholarship offer from Dartmouth. He was in the starting lineup during Whitney Young’s 75-68 win over Stevenson in the 2014 IHSA Class 4A state semifinals. Willie, a junior, played regularly and started several games last season.

  • Brunson Named MVP as USA Wins Gold

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Jul 14, 2015

    brunson receives U19 MVP

    What a summer for Jalen Brunson. The just-graduated Mr. Basketball of Illinois earned most valuable player honors at the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship in Greece in early July. He led Team USA to the gold medal, averaging 14 points, a team-high 5.6 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals in seven games, all victories.

    Brunson’s breakout game came in the semifinals against Greece, when he scored 30 points in 31 minutes, the fourth-most recorded by a U.S. player in U19 competition. He also dished out four assists in a performance that even had his future college coach, Jay Wright of Villanova, glowing.

    “He had a great tournament,” said Team USA head coach Sean Miller, who leads the University of Arizona's program. “He emerged as our leader as well, and when you have a leader at that position it helps things. I thought his performance against Greece with 30 points was an incredible performance. Down the home stretch of (the championship game against Croatia) he stepped up big.”

    Brunson didn't have much time to celebrate winning the gold medal: He had to hop on a plane and take his first class at Villanova two days later.

  • Aoki Gets Boost From Local Columnist

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Jul 01, 2015

    ryuji aokiJeff Bonato calls senior guard Ryuji Aoki the “player most likely” to be named to the News-Sun Boys Basketball All-Area Team next March who was not mentioned on this year’s squad. The 5-foot-11 Aoki served as a backup to Matt Johnson during the 2014-15 season, but received significant playing time, especially when Johnson was sidelined by injury. He shot 42.5% from 3-point range, hitting 34 of 80 attempts, and tied the school record by hitting 7 treys in one game. Bonato says Aoki has been even more accurate this summer.

  • USA Benefitting From Brunson's Ballhandling

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Jul 01, 2015
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    Jalen Brunson scores during the USA's 93-45 win over Argentina on Wednesday. (Photo: USA Basketball)

    Jalen Brunson continues to shine with the undefeated USA Basketball U19 team at the FIBA World Championships in Greece. Brunson helped lead the squad past Argentina, 93-45, in the Round of 16 on Wednesday. The win came 24 hours after a 92-50 victory over Egypt in the final game of the preliminary round.

    Brunson scored 9 points, recorded 6 assists, and had two steals in the game against Argentina. He had 9 points, dished out 6 assists, and made two steals versus Egypt. Against Egypt, Brunson hit a 3-pointer and had a driving lay-in on the next possession to help USA score 16 straight points and break open the game in the second quarter.

    In four games, Brunson has scored 37 points with a team-best 23 assists and only 4 turnovers. He has started all four games.

    The USA will face Italy in the quarterfinals Friday. The semifinals are Saturday and the finals are Sunday.

  • Newman Ready to Step Forward

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Jun 30, 2015

    jordan newman in action 2014-15Jordan Newman played in 29 of Stevenson’s games last season, but his greatest challenge came in practice. The senior guard had to cover Jalen Brunson, Mr. Basketball for Illinois in 2015. In fact, Newman has faced the challenge of guarding Brunson in practice for the past two seasons. With Brunson moving on to Villanova University, Newman is ready to take his place in the Patriot backcourt with Ryuji Aoki.

    "I learned so much from Jalen," Newman told Pioneer Press. "I've been working out with him since early in my sophomore year. After playing against him, you know you can play against anyone. It's easy. The best thing about Jalen is he knows how to win. It doesn't matter the situation or who he is playing, he believes he can win and always is best player on the floor. I've learned from him to believe in yourself."

  • Taylor Named Head Coach at Green Bay School

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Jun 29, 2015
    john taylor at st norbert
    Stevenson alum John Taylor, who was varsity assistant the past four seasons, has been named the new head coach at Notre Dame High School in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he played collegiately at St. Norbert. He will take over a program that finished 8-15 last season.

    During his four seasons on the varsity bench, Stevenson won consecutive state trophies in 2013, 2014 and 2015. As a player for SHS, Taylor was an all-North Suburban Conference player his junior and senior seasons, and in 2007 led the Patriots to the IHSA Final Four. He set the school’s single-season 3-point percentage record (47%), which was broken by Matt Johnson in 2014 (55%), and still holds the single-game steal record with 8.

    At St. Norbert, Taylor was a two-time captain and all-conference selection. His team was the first St. Norbert squad to win back-to-back regular and tournament conference championships in 2010 and 2011. His teams also qualified for the NCAA Division III tournament during those seasons. Taylor tied the school record for 3-pointers in a game with 7, and is in the program's top five in career assists.

  • Brunson, Team USA Win Exhibitions

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Jun 25, 2015

    brunson-vs-argentina-62415Jalen Brunson and the USA U19 World Championship team beat Greece and Argentina this week in a pair of exhibition games in advance of the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championships starting Saturday in Crete.

    Brunson dished out a game-high eight assists in USA’s 86-75 win over Argentina Wednesday night, and had 15 points and nine assists in a 90-82 victory over Greece on Monday.

    Video highlights:

    vs. Argentina (look for Jalen at 0:37 and 1:23)

    vs. Greece (0:35, 0:46, 1:06 and 1:28)

    Here are the USA’s opponents in the preliminary round of the FIBA tournament:

    Iran   9:45 a.m. Saturday, June 27
    Croatia   10:15 a.m. Sunday, June 28
    Egypt   8 a.m. Tuesday, June 30

    All 16 competing teams advance to the round of 16 that will be played on Wednesday, July 1. The winners advance to the medal-round quarterfinals on July 3, while the round of 16 losers will compete out for 9th-16th places. The semifinals are on July 4, and the finals are on July 5.

  • Brunson Named to USA U19 World Championship Team

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Jun 18, 2015

    Chalk up another honor for Jalen Brunson. The just-graduated senior has been named to USA Basketball’s under-19 national team that will play at the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championships June 27 to July 5 on the Greek island of Crete. Brunson played for Team USA in the U18 Championships last year, helping the squad go 5-0 and win the gold medal.
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