Short and Sweet: The Twitter basketball previews

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Michael O’Brien will be tweeting out 140 character previews of every team that sends in preseason information. If you want your team to be included in the Twitter previews, please send team info to Follow along over the next few weeks on Twitter by following @michaelsobrien

Addison Trail: Lots to replace. Taylor White, Matt Gontarek return. Junior class was good as sophs, will add some needed size.

Andrew: David Wilson takes over as coach, expects a transition year.  Two promising SO to watch: Joey Krutilla, DJ Gosa-Goleman.

Argo: First time in 10 years without a returning starter. Potential, but lots of unknowns. JR’s Marcus Fry, LeVar Turner will lead.

Aurora Christian: High hopes w/4 starters back—RD Lutze, Wes Wolffe, Zack Singer, Pat McNamara. Newcomers Jacolby Maxwell, Jeremiah Wright

Bloom: JR Jamal Parks has shown flashes. 6-4 SR Mickhiell Harris, SR Davonte Henry lead. 6-5 JR Octavein Johnson is newcomer with a chance.

Bolingbrook: Loaded again. Prentiss Nixon (Colorado State), 6-9 Julian Torres (UWGB) are known. Brodric Thomas has emerged as DI player.

Bradley-Bourbonnais: 3 key starters back w/JR’s Micah Bradford, 6-7 Zach Hollywood, 6-4 shooter Peter Gray. Possible Super 25 team.

Brother Rice: Interesting team. 6-5 Jake Kozokowski will be first FR on varsity since ’95. Joe Ruzevich transferred in from Sandburg.

Buffalo Grove: 2nd year in Princeton off. Experienced, deep team led by Hans Haller, Conner Reid. Rebounding will be the challenge.

Carmel: Small, inexperienced team with just 1 returning player. 6-2 JR CJ Duff, a WIU recruit, leads the way. Watch soph guard Brian Julian.

Chicago Tech: Hoping to win conf., head up to Red. Demond Williams, Jasmine Jones, Kevin McCoy lead the way. Watch 6-4 SO Deidrick McElroy.

Clemente: Up to White West. Adam Hoover takes over as coach. Albert Mendez (great baseball player, can also shoot), Michael Calhoun return

Comer Prep: Conf. champs last year, but lost a lot. SR’s Nyles Roberts, James Washington are back. Keep an eye on SO PG Devon Green.

Conant: Dan Sotos is one of the MSL’s best. 6-9 Jordan Hughes will make immediate impact. Watch FR Ryan Davis, 6-7 and skilled. Sleeper team

Crystal Lake South: Recipe for success is there, w/returning size and SR guards. Kyle Bartusch, 6-9 JR Josh Friesen, 6-5 Wes Buckner lead.

Curie: Still elite. Josh Stamps/Devin Gage is a tremendous backcourt. 6-5 SR Malik Washington will have a big year. Watch SO Elijah Joiner.

Deerfield: Went 23-5 this summer. Experience and size w/6-9 Jack Lieb, 6-5 Will Boshes, 6-3 Nick Zwart, 6-4 Jordan Baum. Possible Super 25

DePaul Prep: 18-10 team returns everyone. Talented group of sophs, led by PG Mike Johnson, 6-4 Matt Tonkel. 6-5 SR Rae Williams is solid.

Downers Grove North: 10 guys back that played significant minutes. JR Devin Bake the best. Good size w/6-6 Matt Mahlke, 6-7 David Edwards

Dundee-Crown: Will need to be disciplined, not much room for error. SR PG Sam Buckley returns. Newcomer Montez King will contribute

DRW Prep: Coach Von Smalley says he has two possible stars, soph PG Jalen Weeks and JR SG Walter Hardy. Very young team.

Elgin Academy: Regional title is within grasp. JR Dietrich Robinson, SO Elliott Wittmeyer top returners. 6-4 FR Jordan Hare will contribute.

Evergreen Park: Coach Patrick Flannigan says they aren’t stacked w/talent, but Isaac Mathwes can play and 6-6 Darren Pritchard has improved.

Gardner-South Wilmington: Goal is  above .500, top half of conf. SR’s Kyle Robinson, Blake Marks lead. High hopes for SO Austin Kavanaugh.

Geneva: 5 back from sec. final squad, led by 6-7 Nate Navigato. Huge team w/6-10 Chandler Muzak, 6-7 Mike Landi, 6-8 Loudon Vollbrecht, more

Glenbard East: Should compete for conf title. Young, but much more experienced. SO Mike Finley, JR’s Jack Grigat, Terrance Lakes set pace.

Glenbard North: All the starters from last season’s underrated/overachieving squad are gone. Depending on some promising sophs and juniors.

Glenbrook South: Inexperienced group+rough sked=challenging year. SR’s George Mavrakis, Sean McDonagh top returners.

Grant: Brand new group looking to establish an identity. SR’s Alec Montagno, Jason Kaye should be best players, some talented SO will help.

Guerin: Tim Bowen starts to build another program. New system, environment this season. SR Adam Castro, 6-4 JR Keith Franklin top returners.

Hales: One of area’s best in 2A. Joe Larry, Johnny Fox, Nick Barnes, Erion Moore lead the way. Watch for a breakout from JR Ansar Muhammad.

Hansberry: Conf champs aim to defend title. Demonet Bernstein, Shawn Epperson, Eulice Hudson return. Watch 6-5 FR Tevon West, SO Trevor Goss

Harlan: A lot rests on the play of SR Divonte Lumpkin. 6-5 SR Elias Jones can play. A deep, fast team that could pull off an upset or two

Highland Park: Nearly made Super 25. Everyone raves about SR PG David Sachs. Luke Norcia, Jordan Krawitz among 7 key returning players.

Hillcrest: Size and experience with 6-8 Taylor Adway (Toledo), 6-5 DeAngelo Isby, 6-3 George McDaniel. Should be one of area’s best teams.

Hinsdale Central: Likely Super 25 team led by 6-7 Matt Rafferty, G Jordan Bradshaw. Plenty of size w/6-6 George Kiernan, 6-7 JR Peter Blust.

Homewood-Flossmoor: New era begins as Marc Condotti takes over. 6-5 SR Destin Barnes, 5-10 JR Kendrick Pryor provide a solid backcourt.

Hyde Park: Super 25 team led by 6-5 Antoine Pike, Martin Oliver, 6-6 Arnett Oden. Jenzell Steward maybe one of state’s top sophs.

IC Prep: 2A contenders w/JR Rhashaun Epting (19 pts, 8 rebs), Troy Burros, Will Lyles and 6-4 SO Jordan Rowell. Young, looking for leaders.

Jacobs: Plenty back from 18-win team. Chris Orange, Kenton Mack (NMU). Watch 6-8 Cameron Krutwig. Cory Boeckh is of area’s best shooters.

Joliet West: Should improve throughout season. Seniors are solid, sophs are the story. Watch 6-5 SO Trevian Bell, 6-1 SO Teyvio’n Kirk.

Kelyvn Park: Coach Robert Sylvan, unlike many, is holding back until after tryouts. Good luck this week.

Kenwood: Nick Robinson and Zion Morgan lead deep Broncos team. Transfer Manny Patterson could be the inside force needed to make state run.

King: SR Jabari Antwine is one of city’s top shooters. 6-3 Jesse Young athletic and can score. Watch Mount Carmel transfer PG Caleb Williams

Lakes: Tons of experience back, led by SR’s Jake Balliu, Ben Havilland, David Milostan, Ethan Sage. Need go-to scorers to emerge.

Lake Forest: Experienced and focused on a deep playoff run. Evan Boudreaux, Noah Karras, Steve Vogrich all return. Likely Super 25 team.

Lake Park: 4 starters back, led by PG Marcus McDaniel and Connor Vance. Finding rebounding, interior defense key. Watch SO Garrett Fant.

Lake Zurich: Could hit Super 25 at some point. Plenty of size and scoring w/Mike Travelos (19.5 ppg), 6-6 Will McClaughry, 6-8 Zach Wallace.

Lake View: Year 2 of new culture, defense-oriented. 6-4 SR Brandon Mcghee, JR G Levon Carothers lead. Keep an eye on 6-4 SO Jaylin Brown.

Lane: 4 back from team that gave Simeon a scare. SR PG Noah Khan is the leader and key player along w/ Simon Negash, Vance Rockford.

Larkin: 6-6 SO Christian Negron= showstopper. Lots of size incl. 6-7 Tanner Gardon. Charles Sanders, Keyvon Kyles the guards. Very promising

Leo: Noah Cannon expects big things. 7 top guys back including Darius Branch (19 ppg, 4 asst.), Kewan Smith, Daris Oliver (16 ppg, 8 rebs).

Libertyville: Tons of size (6-10 Joe Borcia, 6-6 Ben Kimpler, 6-6 Conor Peterson) but JR guards need to step up to compete with conf’s best.

Lincoln Park: Hoping to build on 2nd place conf. finish. Toni Ewuosho, shooter Miles Curry return. Transfer PG Jason Morris will help.

Lindblom: 6-5 SR Chris Edomwande is massively underrated. Paris Edwards, Jr., Jordan Steward also back. 6-3 Charles Dickson will contribute.

Loyola:Do-it-all Griffin Boehm returns, watch PG Mike Mangan, 6-6 SR Peter Poggioli. Brandon Danowski may be the next Jack Morrissey.

Luther North: Conf, reg titles within grasp. 4 of 5 starters back including star G Chris Jenkins (18.5 ppg, 9.1 ast.), 6-5 JR Allen Obazee.

Lyons: Possible big season on tap behind SRs Harrison Niego, Jaquan Phipps. Watch 6-8 SO Connor Niego, 6-4 SO Noah Niego. Sense a theme?

Maine South: Will make some noise this season behind 6-3 PG Caleb De Marigny and 6-7 George Sergeant. 6-11 JR Brad Perry will contribute.

Maine West: Young, inexperienced with only 2 seniors on the roster. 6-3 SR Matt Acevedo top player. Watch 5-7 freshman guard Julian Dones.

Marian Central Catholic: First year in East Suburban Catholic. JR PG Adam Pischke is solid and 6-7 SO Sam Ohlrich has plenty of upside.

Marist: Hopes to improve as season progresses. Guard heavy w/Jeremiah Ferguson, Bradley Hill, Brian Barry. Lack size. Watch SO Malik Parker.

Mather: Possible breakout season. 6-3 JR Travon Bell is the star, watch 6-3 JR PG Darius Gregory,  6-4 SO Dolapo Olayinka, SO Charles Banks.

Mooseheart: Hoping for another strong season after last season’s state championship. 6-4 G Hameed Odenewu leads the way.

Mount Carmel: Mount Carmel: Young, all 5 starters gone. 6-5 Gilbert Tyson is strong/athletic, raw. 6-3 Emmanuel Okafor one to watch, lots of JRs will play Young, all 5 starters gone. 6-5 Gilbert Tyson is strong/athletic, raw. 6-3 Emmanuel Okafor one to watch, lots of JRs will play

Muchin: Coach Ryan Allen expects to compete for Noble Street conf. title, led by SR’s Marcel Mayes, Christian Rivera.

Naperville Central: No returning starters. Will have rough start w/missing football players. Nate Dahl, Alex Pomeroy should be top players.

Naperville North: Starters Baylor Griffin, Zack Tuxhorn, Jelani McClain return. Brian Dalton improved his shot this summer, will be a factor.

Nazareth:Lost plenty but PG Kaleb Thornton may be one of area’s best FR. Young team all around, with FR Casey Linn, 6-4 SO Ryan Felbinger.

New Trier: Returners David Hammes, Sean Boyd, Robbie Abuls lead quest for 4th consecutive 20+ win season. Watch JR Colin Winchester.

Niles North: Good potential. Return starters Malik Dupree, 6’6 SR Danilo Ranger and 6’2 JR Crishawn Cook. Lack of size but deep at guard.

Niles West: Full of fast, skilled shooters. Size is the issue. Evan Hines, Jojo Rios, Mirsad Mackic all return. Watch SO Octavius Parker

Northside Prep: Middle of the road conference team who should get better as the season moves along. Led by Tony Tran, Mana Hilmara.

Notre Dame: 4 starters back, incl. 6-4 guard Joe Mooney, one of top shooters in the area.  6-6 PF Ammar Becar is very effective in the post.

Oak Forest: 6-10 Kyle Flanagan (Wisconsin-Parkside) one of area’s better bigs. David Gray, Drew Dominik, Jim Smyth step into bigger roles.

Oak Lawn: Emerging student fan section is helping at home, will cheer on SR’s Josh Prince, Joe Cosenza, Leo Nelson. Lack of size a concern.

Oak Park-River Forest: 4 guard lineup. Lots expected from SR Dallis Flowers, SR Elliot Greffin. Lost a lot but won 30 games this summer.

Oswego: Experienced, deep, return entire core from last season led by SR Zach West (Grand Valley State), JR Malique Ross. Super 25 contender

Oswego East: Young and interesting. Tall, talented soph guards w/6-2 Trevor Ross, 6-5 Stephon Harris. Watch 6-5 Derrick Dorsey.

Palatine: PG Chris Macahon is back to run the show w/longer, more athletic players this season incl. 6-4 Mike Williams. Watch SO Scott Elter

Payton: Optimistic for Blue-North title. Three key guys back: Jack Thompson, Zac Vetch, 6-6 JR Joe Droegenmuller.

Peotone: Optimistic about Interstate 8 chances behind returning starters Kale Maupin and Scott Gasik. Good size, incl. 6-6 Eric Moreno.

Perspectives-Calumet: Reg. title possible behind 6-6 Treyson Johnson, 6-5 Darian Whiteside, Charles Griffin. Watch 6-7 SO Shomari Tillett.

Perspectives-MSA/Joslin: Looking to win White West. DeAndre Lightfoot, Elijah Moore lead. Hearing freshman G Marquan Williams may be a star.

Phoenix: Hoping to win conf. 5-10 soph Gregory Boyles, Desmond Armstrong the top returners for coach Anthony Kirkland.

Plainfield Central: A little bit of everything here. Size/athletes/shooting. Good mix w/Robbie Brooks, 6-9 SR Nick Thomaston, 6-6 Logan Ivy

Plainfield East: Sky is the limit w/experienced, athletic squad led by SR Aaron Jordan (#Illinois commit). Watch breakout JR Elijah Goss.

Plano: Conf. title contenders should improve on 19-13 record. 6-5 Udochukwu Agomo, 6-4 Joe Secor, G Shawn Cochran top returners.

Prospect: 2 starters back from 16-12 incl. PG Kyle Beyak, 6-4 Kyle Formanski. Undersized, will play fast. Very unselfish, so have a chance.

Providence: Best team in awhile. 4 starters, 6 key guys return. Good size w/Jack Brody, Miles Boykin, Mitchell Gray. Football issues early.

Reavis: Not much back, but SO Brantrell Seymour should step into spotlight. SO’s solid overall. SR PG Azmi Zomot should provide stability.

Rich East: Veteran team, high expectations. Nick Harden, Calvin Harrington, Marcel McDonald the backbone. 6-6 SO Barry Scott loaded w/upside

Richards: Jevon Mamon takes over as coach. Top returners are Spencer Tears, 6-6 Marcus Burton. Watch 6-6 King transfer Gershawn Young.

Rickover: Gerald Richardson’s squad ascends to Blue Division, plans to stay. 6-4 Walter Carr III is the leader. Simi Adebosin a major factor

Ridgewood: 6-4 SO Zach Rzewnicki (10 ppg) primed for breakout season. SR Deno Devivo can shoot. 6-5 Peter Cabaj adds some size in paint.

Riverside-Brookfield: 6-7 Sam Johnson, PG Daniko Jackson provide solid foundation. Exciting SO’s incl. Jalen Clanton, Henry Trelenberg.

St. Charles East: Saints tired of finishing 2nd and want conf. title. Cole Gentry is a top-notch PG. Decent size, Jake Asquini is a shooter.

St. Charles North: Make sure to watch Jack Callaghan. What high school hoops is all about. Not always pretty, but he kinda does everything.

St. Francis: Third year varsity G Jason Sullivan back along with 6-3 Mike Shaw. Undersized, athletic will rely on talented JR class.

St. Ignatius: Should be improved. Young, but very experienced. Riley Doody can play. 6-6 Danny Ogele, 6-5 Will Fleming provide size.

St. Joseph: Everything is in place for state title run. DI backcourt w/Glynn Watson, Jordan Ash. 6-9 Nick Rakocevic may be state’s best JR.

St. Laurence: Jim Maley takes over a team full of solid shooters, led by Quentin Forberg, Rich Lamb, Mat Gurgle. Watch SO Christian Ferrer.

St. Patrick: 4 starters back from 17-10 team. PG Nick Coleman leads the way. Adrian Pierzchanowski, Isaac More, Andy Velazquez key pieces.

Sandburg: Small but 10 deep. Niko Kogionis is one to know, had 87 3’s last season. 6-7 SR Tommy Demogerontas could surprise some people.

Simeon: 4 starters back. Robert Smith says season is failure if not playing in city and state championship. Too many stars to list.

Solorio: Coach Alonzo Crowder says conference title is the goal. Very athletic w/6-3 PG Andre  Woods, 6-3 Lamont Smith, SO Terrance Boldin

Stagg: Lost a lot, JR’s will need to step up. SR Jeff Goral (9 ppg, 4 rebs) is top returner. High hopes for 5-10 SO guard John Contant.

Steinmetz: Plenty back, Blue-North title is the goal. Matt Rivera, Marquis Rushing return. High hopes for SO transfer Tavaris McCullough

Stevenson: Looking for 3rd cons. trip to Peoria and a title this time. Jalen Brunson, Connor Cashaw, Matt Johnson, Parker Nichols all return

Streamwood: Should be improved overall. 6-4 Cole Seger, Jacob McGlone top returners. Big things are expected out of 6-3 FR Brenden Martone.

Thornton: 2 starters back (Leslie Wilson, D’Quan Applewhite), Troy Jackson says team is good, not great. 6-6 SR Brian Davis one to watch.

Thornwood: Chelby  Frazier, 6-4 Kaliph Fagen, 6-10 Kenneth Bates all back. Tridge transfer Derrion Robinson will help, watch 6-4 Drew Evans.

Tinley Park: Just 3 SR’s but coach DJ Brown says JR class is talented. SR AJ Joren, JR’s Cory Stanback, Leron Williams lead the way.

Uplift: Big things in store as Jeremy Roscoe, Jamaya Wyatt return. Big addition is Northside transfer Spencer Foley, a 6-6 SR that can score

Vernon Hills: Everyone returns from 16-10, maybe most talented SR class in short school history. Robby Nardini, 6-5 Lem Turner set the pace.

Vocational: Possible Super 25 w/6-6 SR Keeshawn Palmer (12 ppg), 6-5 JR Sidney Mason, 6-7 JR Jordan Bell. As always, sked is a beast.

Von Stebuen: Should be solid behind SR’s Steve Odueze, Devon Grant and JR Merton Bunkaju.

Waukegan: Strike took a toll, with CJ Duff transferring back to Carmel. 6-5 Jachai Taylor and 6-4 SO Carson Newsome both talented players.

Wells: Deep but young team led by Darius Calhoun, soph Francisco Perez, soph Dejuan Fisher. Should compete for conf. title.

West Chicago: Mikey Bibbs (14 pts, 44 3’s) is top returner. Fairly young team with sophs Devonte Pascal, Tai Bibbs starting.

Westinghouse: Contenders in White West w/ 6-4 Jalani Ward, Gervais Posey. 6-5 SO Coreyoun Rushin opened eyes at Pangos. Watch FR Ayo Dosunmu

Wheaton Academy: Hoping to be competitive in conf. Christian Smith, Bryce Sandberg, 6-5 Jacob Linsteadt, 6-4 Evan Williams the top returners

Wheaton South: Hoping to be much improved with SR sharpshooter Josh Ruggles and JR’s Matt Dacy-Seijo and Eric Rasch.

Wheeling: Big year expected from Ola Arogundade (Ore’s bro). 6-8 JR Pat Spizer a major factor w/SR’s Jake Jordan and Bobby Webber.

York: Predominately juniors this season. Luke Libert and Jack Julian lead the way.

Yorkville: Conf/Reg title hopes behind Josh Bondurant, King Davis, Cedric Payne (all SR in third varsity year). Fast, but lacking size.

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