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Winter

Start Date: November 9, 2015

Levels: V, JV, Soph, Soph B, Frosh A1, Frosh A2, Frosh B. Cut sport.

Time Commitment: 10-15 hours per week. Times will vary based on competitions.

Head Coach: Pat Ambrose (pambrose@d125.org)

Basketball Boys Blog Masthead

  • Cashaw Overcomes Hip Injury, Makes Impact at Rice

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Apr 29, 2016

    Connor Cashaw (Class of 2015) talked about his freshman season on the Rice University men’s basketball team, which turned out to be busier than he expected. Cashaw had hip surgery after helping Stevenson win the state championship last year, and didn’t expect to be ready until December. He was able to play earlier, and played a lot, averaging nearly 30 minutes a game for the Owls.

  • Pioneer Press All-Area Basketball Honors Announced

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Apr 08, 2016

    Justin Smith, a junior forward who averaged 19 points and nine rebounds per game, was named to the Pioneer Press All-Area Boys Basketball First Team during Spring Break. The 6-foot-7 Smith is widely regarded as one of the top players in the state’s Class of 2017. Senior guard Jessica Burke, junior guard Ashley Richardson and sophomore forward Klaire Steffens earned honorable mention on the Pioneer Press All-Area Girls Basketball Team announced earlier this week.

  • NCAA Championship Reaction From SHS

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Apr 06, 2016

    CBS 2 Chicago came to campus on Tuesday and talked with boys basketball coach Pat Ambrose, plus senior players Jordan Newman, Ryuji Aoki and Kevin Yang, about their reactions to Jalen Brunson winning the NCAA championship. Click here to watch the video.

  • Brunson, Villanova Win National Championship

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Apr 05, 2016

    Villanova beat North Carolina on a buzzer-beating shot to win the national championship in Houston Monday night. Some are calling the 77-74 thriller the greatest NCAA title game ever.  Stevenson’s Jalen Brunson (Class of 2015) started the game for the Wildcats, who won their second national title in front of a crowd of 74,340, the second-largest attendance for an NCAA championship game. The All-Big East Freshman Team selection scored four points and committed no turnovers in 22 minutes of action. During their six-game run to the title, Brunson and backcourt mate Ryan Arcidiacono had only 15 turnovers in 332 minutes of action, while handing out 29 assists. For the season, Brunson averaged 9.7 points and 2.6 assists while playing 24 minutes per game. He started 37 of 38 games. Brunson joins Tamika Catchings in winning state and national championships.

  • NCAA Tournament Spotlight Not Fazing Brunson

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Mar 24, 2016

    Anyone who followed Jalen Brunson’s career at Stevenson will not be surprised to learn that he is unfazed by all the attention and pressure accompanying Villanova University’s run in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Brunson is quick to credit SHS head coach Pat Ambrose, along with VU head coach Jay Wright and Team USA head coach Sean Miller (head coach at Arizona), with keeping him focused. Villanova will face Miami in a Sweet Sixteen game tonight at 6:10 on CBS.

  • Brunson, Villanova Reach NCAA Sweet Sixteen

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Mar 21, 2016

    Jalen Brunson scored 12 points, dished out four assists and grabbed three rebounds as Villanova crushed Iowa, 87-68, in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament on Sunday, advancing to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in seven years. The Wildcats, seeded second in the South Region, will face third-seeded Miami on Thursday in Louisville. Brunson scored 10 points in Villanova’s opening round 86-56 win over the University of North Carolina-Asheville Friday night.

  • Brunson, Villanova Earn No. 2 Seed in NCAA Tournament

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Mar 15, 2016

    Jalen Brunson (Class of 2015) and his Villanova University teammates are a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament, which tips off this week. Villanova will face the University of North Carolina-Asheville, a No. 15 seed, in the South Region on Friday. The game is scheduled to be broadcast on truTV at 11:40 a.m. Central Time.

  • Alley Oop Dunk Play of the Year Candidate

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Mar 14, 2016

    Junior dunk machine Justin Smith’s one-handed alley-oop slam is one of 10 finalists for the High School Play of the Year from Krossover, a scouting film service. You can vote for Smith and see the other nominees here. It’s that kind of play that earned Smith a spot on the Chicago Sun-Times All-Area Basketball Team last week.

  • Patriots End Season with 24-7 Record

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Mar 10, 2016

    The third-seeded Patriots fell to second-seeded Deerfield in the sectional semifinals, 53-50, ending their season with a 24-7 record. The Warriors (28-3) overcame a nine-point deficit early in the third quarter with a 25-8 run. Ryuji Aoki led SHS with 14 points, hitting four three-pointers. Justin Smith added 13 points, had 12 rebounds and blocked four shots. Jordan Newman chipped in with 11 points. Deerfield extended its winning streak to 16 games, while Stevenson had a 10-game win streak snapped. - Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald (+)

  • SHS-Deerfield Winner Will Face Niles Notre Dame

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Mar 09, 2016

    If the Patriot boys basketball team gets past Deerfield in tonight’s Glenbrook South Sectional semifinal, it will face Niles Notre Dame in the championship game Friday night. The fourth-seeded Dons knocked off the top seed, Evanston, 68-56, Tuesday night. SHS is the No. 3 seed in the sectional, and Deerfield is No. 2. The Warriors reached the sectional by beating Lake Forest on a three-pointer at the buzzer in the regional final. Tonight’s game tips off at 7 o’clock.

  • Cashaw Cracks Starting Lineup at Rice

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Mar 09, 2016

    Most people are aware of how the top player from last year’s state championship boys basketball team is doing. Jalen Brunson is firmly entrenched as a starter for Villanova, which has been one of college basketball’s top teams all season. The other all-stater from last year’s squad, Connor Cashaw, also is off to a strong collegiate start. Cashaw has become a fixture in the starting lineup for Rice University, starting the Owls’ last 16 games. He’s one of four freshmen playing heavy minutes. Cashaw is averaging 8.6 points and 4.3 rebounds in about 29 minutes per game. After starting the season 2-of-16 from three-point range, Cashaw has connected on 41 of his last 91 shots beyond the arc. He now leads the team in three-point field goal percentage (40.2%), and is 10th in Conference USA. The Owls open conference tournament play today.

  • Patriots Win Regional Championship, Face Deerfield in Sectionals

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Mar 08, 2016

    The Patriots beat Maine South, 60-42, to capture their fourth consecutive regional championship and extend their winning streak to 10 games. SHS, the No. 3 seed, (24-6) advances to the Glenbrook South Sectional, and will face second-seeded Deerfield in the semifinals at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Against Maine South, three players scored in double figures as the Patriots avenged a 48-46 defeat at the hands of the sixth-seeded Hawks (21-10) in late December. Aidan O’Connell led Stevenson with 14 points, while Jordan Newman and Willie Herenton each scored 13. Newman scored 11 points, including a trio of three-pointers, in the first quarter as SHS built a 16-11 lead. O’Connell had eight of his points in the first half, which ended with the Patriots holding a 28-17 advantage. Stevenson shot 58% from the floor (20 of 34) while holding Maine South to 35% (14 of 39). Rodney Herenton scored six points. Justin Smith scored four points, grabbed six rebounds and blocked three shots. Ryuji Aoki also had four points. - Daily Herald (+), Pioneer Press

  • Boys Basketball Team Plays for Regional Title Tonight

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Mar 04, 2016

    Stevenson travels to Maine South in Park Ridge tonight for a 7 o’clock battle with the host Hawks for the IHSA Class 4A regional championship. The winner of tonight’s game advances to the Glenbrook South Sectional semifinals against the champion of the Glenbrook North Regional at 7 p.m. Wednesday. SHS, the No. 3 seed in the sectional, enters tonight’s regional title tilt with a 23-6 record and a nine-game winning streak. The sixth-seeded Hawks are 21-9 and handed the Patriots one of their losses, a 48-46 defeat in the third-place game of the Hinsdale Central tournament during Winter Break.

  • All-Area, All-Conference Basketball Selections Announced

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Mar 04, 2016

    Several members of the boys and girls basketball teams have been selected to all-area and all-conference teams. Junior forward Justin Smith today was named captain of the Daily Herald Lake County All-Area team, and was joined on the squad by senior guard Ryuji Aoki. Smith, Aoki and senior guard Rodney Herenton also were selected to the All-North Suburban Conference team. Herenton also was an honorable mention All-Area choice. Smith has averaged 17 points and eight rebounds per game this season, and has added 26 three-pointers for good measure. He has received scholarship offers from eight Division I schools so far. Aoki averages 12.4 points per game and leads the team with 60 three-pointers, and a 43% success rate on shots beyond the three-point arc. On the girls’ side, junior guard Ashley Richardson was selected to the Daily Herald Lake County All-Area Team for the second straight year, and earned her third straight All-North Suburban Conference honor. She was joined on the all-area and all-conference teams by senior forward Jessica Burke and sophomore  forward Claire Steffens. Senior guard Janine Fajardo received all-conference and all-area honorable mention honors, while sophomore guard Kiana Cencula also was an honorable mention all-area pick. Richardson averaged 14 points, 4.8 rebounds, two assists and almost two steals per game for the Patriots, who won the NSC championship and finished the year with a 25-6 record. She shot 87% from the free-throw line and 38% from three-point range. Burke, who usually was assigned to defend the opposing team’s best player, averaged 6.4 points, two assists and almost three rebounds per contest. Steffens averaged seven points, 4.5 rebounds and a steal each game. She shot 53% from the floor and reached double-digits in scoring 11 times.

  • Patriots Defeat Highland Park, Play for Regional Title Friday

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Mar 02, 2016

    Justin Smith scored 10 of his game-high 19 points in the third quarter as the Patriots beat Highland Park in the regional semifinals, 50-27, earning a spot in the regional championship. SHS (23-6), winner of nine consecutive games, will face Maine South, a 44-43 semifinal winner over Zion-Benton, at 7 p.m. Friday for the regional title. The two teams squared off in late December, with the Hawks earning a 48-46 decision. Since then, Stevenson has gone 15-2. Against Highland Park, the Patriots faced a deliberate, slow-paced team that kept the game close in the first half. The Giants (10-17) led much of the first half, until SHS scored the last six points of the second quarter to take a 15-14 halftime lead. The Pats continued their run at the start of the third quarter, outscoring Highland Park 19-5 in the period to take control. Ryuji Aoki sank six three-pointers in the game for 18 points, hitting all four of his attempts beyond the arc in the second half, and also made three steals. Smith grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Patriots. Aidan O’Connell dished out five assists and had three steals. - Daily Herald (+)

  • Boys Basketball to Face Highland Park Tonight

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Mar 01, 2016

    The defending state champion Patriot boys basketball team will face Highland Park in the semifinals of the Illinois High School Association Class 4A Maine South Regional tonight at 6 o’clock. The winner will take on Maine South or Zion-Benton for the regional title at 7 p.m. Friday. Stevenson is the No. 3 seed in the Glenbrook South Sectional, while Highland Park is No. 19. The Patriots enter tonight’s game on an eight-game winning streak, fueled in part by a lineup change that saw Aidan O’Connell and Jordan Newman become starters.

  • Boys Basketball Team Plays Regional Game Tuesday

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Feb 26, 2016

    The boys basketball team begins defense of its state championship Tuesday night in the IHSA Class 4A regional semifinals at Maine South. Stevenson will face the winner of Monday night’s contest between Niles West and Highland Park. Tuesday’s game starts at 6 p.m. and will be followed by Maine South against Zion-Benton at 7:30. The winner of Tuesday’s semifinals will meet for the regional title at 7 p.m. Friday, March 4. The Maine South Regional is one of four regionals in the Glenbrook South Sectional. SHS is the No. 3 seed in the sectional, behind Evanston and Deerfield.

  • Aoki’s Love of Hoops Helps Break Down Barriers

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Feb 26, 2016

    Senior Ryuji Aoki, one of the key players on the boys basketball team, is the subject of a feature in today’s Daily Herald. Aoki talked about moving to America from Japan in second grade, and struggling to learn English. One thing the three-point shooting specialist didn’t struggle with learning was basketball, which he started playing before leaving his native country. Aoki told the newspaper that he hopes to leave a legacy at Stevenson that encourages Asian students to play the sport he loves. “There’s this stereotype that Asians aren’t into basketball and that prevents a lot of Asians from trying,” he said. “I know a lot of my Asian friends focus on academics. They think that’s everything. But I think you can do both.”

  • Patriots Win NSC Title

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Feb 25, 2016

    The Patriots (22-6) won their fourth consecutive NSC title with a 65-50 victory at North Chicago that was not as close as the final score suggests. SHS led by 10 points after the first quarter, and expanded the margin to 27 by early in the fourth quarter. Justin Smith scored a game-high 18 points, including four dunks, and also grabbed 12 rebounds. Ryuji Aoki added 16 points, 11 in the first half. He hit four three-pointers. Aidan O’Connell also reached double figures with 10 points. Defensively, Stevenson forced 17 turnovers, and held the Warhawks to 6-of-20 shooting in the first half. - Daily Herald (+)

  • NSC Boys Basketball Title Game On Air, Online

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Feb 23, 2016

    Stevenson’s boys basketball team will hit the road Wednesday to take on North Chicago in the North Suburban Conference championship game. The Patriots (21-6) are seeking their fourth consecutive conference championship. SHS and North Chicago squared off a little more than one month ago, with the Pats capturing a 68-49 decision in the Sports Center on January 19. This is the fourth straight season in which Stevenson has won 20 or more games, and the sixth time in head coach Pat Ambrose’s 17 years on the bench. For those unable to attend the game, WRLR 98.3 FM will broadcast the contest live on terrestrial radio and also at its website, WRLR.FM. The pregame show starts at 6:30 p.m., with tip-off at 7.

  • Patriots Prevail Against Niles North, 69-51

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Feb 22, 2016

    In their final tuneup before Wednesday night’s North Suburban Conference championship game at North Chicago, the Patriots (21-6) captured the Camp Horseshoe Shootout contest at Lake Zurich, defeating Niles North, 69-51. Justin Smith scored a game-high 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds for SHS, which won its seventh straight. Ryuji Aoki scored 14 points, and Rodney Herenton had 10 points, nine rebounds and five assists. The Patriots will be seeking their fourth consecutive NSC title. A replay of the SHS-Niles North game will air on Comcast Channel 100 at 7 p.m. Tuesday, and later in the week will become available via On Demand. - Daily Herald (+)

  • Patriots Defeat Libertyville 59-50 for Sixth Straight Victory

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Feb 22, 2016


    Ryuji Aoki
    scored a game-high 17 points in his final home game, leading the NSC Lake Division champion Patriots (20-6, 10-2) to their sixth straight victory. Justin Smith scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and also had two assists and two steals. The game was close for the first three quarters. In the third quarter, the lead changed hands eight times before Aidan O’Connell’s three-pointer with 1:33 remaining gave SHS a 38-37 lead it would not relinquish. He had seven points, while Rodney and Willie Herenton each added eight. Jordan Newman recorded five assists. The Wildcats fell to 15-10 overall and 6-6 in the division. - Daily Herald (+), News-Sun

  • SHS-Niles North Basketball Game on Comcast

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Feb 17, 2016

    Saturday’s varsity boys basketball game against Niles North at Lake Zurich has been chosen as a CN100 Game of the Week by Comcast. The game will air on Channel 100 at noon and 4 p.m. Sunday, and again at 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 23. Later next week, the game will become available via On Demand. Saturday’s game tips off at 2:30 p.m.

  • Patriots Wins NSC Lake Title

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Feb 16, 2016

    Justin Smith scored a game-high 24 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out three assists as the visiting Patriots (19-6, 9-2) won their fourth consecutive North Suburban Conference Lake Division championship against Zion-Benton, 64-57. SHS will travel to face Prairie Division winner North Chicago in the conference championship game at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 24. Smith’s final of three dunks started a 7-0 rally that broke a 50-50 deadlock with about six minutes to play, and he hit two free throws to expand the margin to four. Ryuji Aoki capped the rally with a three-pointer, one of three he hit in the game, and finished with 12 points. Rodney Herenton added 10 points for the Patriots. Jordan Newman tallied eight points, including a pair of three-pointers, and Kevin Yang had six points and two blocks. The Zee-Bees fell to 16-11 overall and finished 5-6 in the division. - Daily Herald (+), News-Sun (+)

  • Aoki Helps Patriot Hoopsters Come Together

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Feb 12, 2016

    As the season has progressed, the varsity boys basketball team has adjusted to losing four starters from last year’s state championship team. The Patriots now stand at 18-6 overall, are leading the North Suburban Conference Lake Division race, and have climbed back into the Chicago Tribune’s rankings. One reason has been the play of senior guard Ryuji Aoki, whose outside shooting dissuades opposing defenses from hovering around 6-foot-7 forward Justin Smith.

  • Patriots Avenge December Loss, Defeat Lake Zurich 52-40

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Feb 10, 2016

    The Patriots (18-6, 8-2) clinched a share of the North Suburban Conference Lake Division title and avenged a December loss to the host Bears (18-8, 6-4). SHS can win its fourth straight division championship outright with a win Friday night at Zion-Benton. Stevenson led 44-38 entering the fourth quarter, then held Lake Zurich to two points in the final period. Justin Smith led the Pats with 16 points, and also had four rebounds and three assists. Ryuji Aoki poured in 15 points, including a trio of three-pointers, and added a steal. Rodney Herenton tallied 11 points and dished out three assists. - Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald (+)

  • Strong Performance for Patriots at Lake Forest

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Feb 09, 2016

    The Patriots (17-6, 7-2) remained on top of the NSC Lake Division with a strong all-around effort winning against Lake Forest, 65-46. SHS opened the game on a 12-0 run, held the Scouts (12-8, 5-4) to four points in the first quarter, and harassed LFHS into 12 first-half turnovers en route to a 28-15 halftime lead. Offensively, Stevenson hit five three-pointers in the first half, and 12 of 19 in the game. Justin Smith led all scorers with 21 points, eight coming in the opening quarter. Ryuji Aoki nailed four three-pointers on his way to a 16-point night. Aidan O’Connell scored nine points and also made five steals. Rodney Herenton had seven assists and four rebounds. - Pioneer Press, Daily Herald (+)

  • Brunson, No. 1 Villanova at DePaul on Tuesday

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Feb 09, 2016

    Jalen Brunson (Class of 2015) and the top-ranked Villanova University men’s basketball team will travel to Rosemont on Tuesday to face DePaul in a 7:30 p.m. matchup at the Allstate Arena. Villanova is ranked No. 1 for the first time in school history. The game will be shown live on FS1. Brunson has started 22 of the Wildcats’ 23 games this season, averaging 10.2 points per game. He’s also second on the team in assists (64). Villanova is 20-3 this season. Brunson and his teammates will return to the area later this month for an afternoon game against Marquette in Milwaukee on Saturday, February 27.


  • Patriots Defeat Zion-Benton; Win Eight of Last 10 Games

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Feb 01, 2016

    The Patriots defeated Zion-Benton 64-51 at Saturday's matchup. Ryuji Aoki scored eight of his game-high 20 points in the final three minutes of the third quarter, propelling the host Patriots (16-6, 6-2) into sole possession of first place in the North Suburban Lake Division. Aoki, who had 15 points in the second half, scored eight straight points as SHS cut the Zion lead to 41-40 by the end of the third quarter. He had four three-pointers in the game, and also went 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Justin Smith put the Pats ahead for good, 45-43, with a pair of free throws early in the fourth quarter. Smith scored nine of his 14 points in the fourth. He also had six rebounds on the night, and went 7-for-8 from the line. Willie Herenton scored 11 points, while Rodney Herenton had 10 points and four assists for Stevenson, which has won eight of its last 10 games. The Pats held the Zee-Bees (15-9, 4-4) to 21 points on 8-of-24 shooting in the second half. - Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald (+)

  • “Team Herenton” Adjusting to Life at Stevenso

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Feb 01, 2016

    The Daily Herald published an article today about the Herenton brothers (+), senior Rodney and junior Willie, who play for the boys basketball team. The pair transferred to Stevenson this year from Whitney Young with younger brother Samuel, a freshman. Rodney played for Whitney Young when it beat SHS in the state semifinals and won the IHSA title in 2014. Rodney and Willie told the paper that they are glad they came to Stevenson, and are enjoying the quieter life of the suburbs. They’re also adjusting to playing for the defending state champions, which has several new faces on the roster this season. Rodney has received an offer from Dartmouth, and also has been asked to be a preferred walk-on at Stanford. Willie, meanwhile, has received interest from multiple schools, including St. Louis, DePaul, Northwestern, Air Force, Wofford, Siena and Memphis.


  • Solid Win for Patriots over Mundelein, 99-45

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Jan 28, 2016

    Four Patriots scored in double figures during the road romp as SHS improved to 15-6 overall and 5-2 in the North Suburban Conference Lake Division. Justin Smith led the team with 17 points and also had four assists, while Willie Herenton scored 16 points. Ryuji Aoki and Kevin Yang scored 11 points apiece, with Yang also yanking down six rebounds. Mundelein fell to 1-22 overall and 0-7 in the Lake Division.

  • Patriots Defeated by Warren, 55-46

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Jan 25, 2016

    Justin Smith led the host Patriots (14-6, 4-2) with 13 points and eight rebounds. Ryuji Aoki and Jordan Newman each scored seven points. The Blue Devils improved to 8-11 overall and 3-3 in the NSC Lake. - Daily Herald (+)

  • Boys Basketball Game Online Tonight

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Jan 22, 2016

    Tonight’s varsity boys basketball game between Stevenson and Warren will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network beginning at 7 o’clock. You can watch the action at www.d125.org/sbn.

  • Patriots on a Roll Winning Six of Last Seven Games

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Jan 20, 2016


    Rodney Herenton
    scored a season-high 20 points as the Patriots (14-5, 4-1) won against North Chicago (68-49) for the sixth time in their last seven games. Herenton hit five of eight attempts from the floor, and sank 10 of 12 free throw attempts. He also recorded two steals. SHS, which played its sixth game in the last five days, led by two points at halftime, 27-25. The Pats took control in the third quarter, outscoring the Warhawks 21-11 to take a 48-36 lead entering the fourth period. After North Chicago scored the first three points of the fourth quarter, Justin Smith scored six of his 13 points to fuel a 7-0 run that removed any doubt about the outcome. Smith also grabbed nine rebounds. Aidan O’Connell, starting his second straight game, had eight points, five rebounds and four assists. Ryuji Aoki scored seven points. - Daily Herald

  • Patriots Place Third at MLK Tournament

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Jan 20, 2016

    The Patriots (13-5) beat Hinsdale South, 46-41, to capture third place at the Wheaton Warrenville South MLK Tournament. Justin Smith scored 10 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out five assists against the Hornets, who beat SHS in the Lyons Township Thanksgiving tournament, 66-47. Ryuji Aoki also scored 10 points, and Rodney Herenton added nine. The Patriots fell to Benet Academy, 66-56, in the semifinals. Smith scored a game-high 21 points, while Herenton tossed in 17. - Daily Herald (Benet game) (Hinsdale South game)

    During Saturday's day of tournament play, the Patriots (12-4) beat Downers Grove South, 80-69, and Metea Valley, 61-53, to advance to the semifinals. Justin Smith scored a career-high 33 points against Downers Grove South, and also corralled 13 rebounds. Rodney Herenton had 13 points and six assists, and Ryuji Aoki and Aidan O’Connell each scored 12 points. Aoki led the Pats in scoring against Metea Valley with 23 points. Smith scored 15, Willie Herenton had 10 and Rodney Herenton added nine. - Daily Herald (Metea Valley game)

  • Patriots Rally to WIn against Libertyville, 54-53

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Jan 20, 2016

    The visiting Patriots (10-4, 4-1) rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit to upend the Wildcats (9-7, 2-4) in a game that went to the wire. Justin Smith scored nine of his team-high 15 points in the third quarter as SHS fought back to take the lead midway through the frame. After LHS pulled within 52-50 with 30 seconds to play, Willie Herenton hit two free throws to extend the lead to 54-50. The Wildcats nailed a three-pointer with five seconds left, but after getting the ball back, missed a shot at the buzzer. Herenton had 11 points on the night, and also recorded five assists. Ryuji Aoki scored 12 points, and Rodney Herenton had five points and seven rebounds. - Pioneer Press, Pioneer Press (sidebar), Daily Herald

  • Tuesday’s Boys Hoops Game on SBN

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Jan 14, 2016

    Tuesday night’s varsity boys basketball game against North Chicago is scheduled to be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network at www.d125.org/sbn. The game tips off at 7 p.m. in the Sports Center.

  • Boys Basketball to Play in MLK Tournament

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Jan 13, 2016

    The boys basketball team will play in Wheaton Warrenville South’s MLK Tournament this weekend. The Patriots will play Metea Valley in the opening round at 11 a.m. Saturday, then will play again at 5:30 win or lose. SHS will play at least one more game on Monday: at 12:30 p.m. if victorious in its opening game, or at 9:30 a.m. if it loses the opener. Click here for the tournament bracket and score updates.

  • Alum’s Career High Night Leads IWU Basketball

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Jan 12, 2016

    Andy Stempel (Class of 2013) scored a career-high 24 points to lead Illinois Wesleyan University’s men’s basketball team past Wheaton College, 82-66, on January 6. Stempel, a 6-foot-4 junior guard, broke his previous best of 16 points set during a 150-117 win over Greenville College in November.

  • Getting Defensive Pays Off for Basketball Teams

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Jan 08, 2016

    How do Stevenson’s varsity basketball teams stack up against their peers around Lake County this season? The Pioneer Press says the SHS girls are strong postseason contenders thanks to a stifling defense, which also is a strong suit of the defending state champion boys team.

  • Patriots Outscore Lake Forest 50-40

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Jan 07, 2016

    Willie Herenton scored a game-high 16 points and made four steals, and his brother Rodney added 11 points for the host Patriots (9-4, 3-1). Justin Smith scored 12 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked five shots. Both teams had the same number of field goals (15), but SHS hit 18 of 26 free-throw attempts, compared to 6 of 12 for the Scouts (7-6, 1-3). Willie Herenton was 9-of-10 from the line. Eric Zalewski scored eight points off the bench, twice providing second-half sparks to counter Lake Forest rallies. - Lincolnshire Review (+), Daily Herald (+)

  • Boys Basketball Game on SBN Tonight

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Jan 05, 2016

    Tonight’s varsity boys basketball game against Lake Forest will be broadcast live from the Sports Center by the Stevenson Broadcast Network beginning at 7:30. The game can be seen at www.d125.org/sbn.

  • Boys Basketball Places Fourth at Hinsdale Central

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Jan 04, 2016

    The varsity boys basketball team split its four games at the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic during the break, finishing fourth overall. SHS (8-4) beat Foreman (80-48) and Richards (72-41), then lost to Homewood-Flossmoor (55-51) and Maine South (48-46). Justin Smith earned first-team all-tournament honors after scoring 64 points and hauling in a tournament-best 45 rebounds in the Patriots’ four games. He had a team-high 17 points and 18 boards against Homewood-Flossmoor, and also led the squad with 20 points in its opening win over Foreman. Ryuji Aoki led the team in scoring twice in four games. He had 21 points versus Richards and 19 against Maine South. Smith scored a game-high 32 points in a 69-59 win over Prospect to start Winter Break.

  • Patriots Face Loss Against Lake Zurich

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Dec 17, 2015

    Stevenson faced defeat Wednesday by Lake Zurich 47-41. The visiting Bears (6-2, 2-0) rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to win their third straight game and hand the Patriots (5-2, 2-1) their first home loss since March 2, 2012. Ryuji Aoki led SHS with 13 points. Justin Smith scored 12 and Willie Herenton added 10. - Daily Herald (+)

  • Patriots Dominate against Mundelein

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Dec 15, 2015

    Stevenson defeated Mundelein 85-34 at Saturday's home game. Justin Smith and Eric Zalewski led all scorers with 15 points each for the Patriots (5-1, 2-0). Smith scored 10 points in the second quarter as SHS stretched a four-point first-quarter advantage to a 40-16 lead at halftime. Zalewski also had four rebounds and three assists. Ryuji Aoki added 13 points and Willie Herenton had 11. The Mustangs fell to 0-7, 0-2. - Pioneer Press

  • Patriots Defeat Warren in Conference Opener

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Dec 10, 2015

    Stevenson defeated Warren 52-44 in Wednesday's matchup. Willie Herenton scored a team-high points for the Patriots (4-1) in their North Suburban Conference Lake Division opener in Gurnee. Justin Smith had 14 points and Ryuji Aoki added 11. The Blue Devils fell to 2-6 overall.
  • Boys Basketball Team Will Face Foreman at Hinsdale

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Dec 08, 2015

    The boys basketball team will face Foreman from the Chicago Public League in the first round of the inaugural Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 26. Win or lose, the Patriots are assured of playing four games during the tournament. A single-day admission ticket for eight games is $5, and you can see all 32 games in the tournament for $15. Visit www.hcholidayclassic.com for brackets, schedules and other details.
  • Boys Basketball Team Getting Accustomed to Roles

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Dec 02, 2015

    Figuring out everyone’s roles has been the focus of the early season for the varsity boys basketball team. The Patriots have won three of their first four games, and in two of the contests all 15 players saw action. Coach Pat Ambrose says he’s been impressed with the energy and effort of the team thus far, and is looking forward to its North Suburban Conference opener a week from today.

  • 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

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    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

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    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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