Charles Matthews, St. Rita
Multiple rankings services believe he's the top sophomore in Illinois and among the best in the nation. The 6-foot-4 guard acquitted himself quite well against a brutal schedule last season and looks ready to fill the void left by the graduation of high-scoring guard Tony Hicks (Penn). His size, range and slashing ability are a potentially lethal combination. Illinois and DePaul have offered.
Evan Boudreaux, Lake Forest
The only post player of the bunch, the 6-7 Boudreaux can handle the ball and shoot from the perimeter, but his skill in the post is what really sets him apart. Strong and fundamentally sound, he should significantly improve solid freshman numbers (9.2 points, 8.6 rebounds per game). His mother, Gail Koziara Boudreaux, is Dartmouth's all-time leading scorer and rebounder. Northwestern and Boston College have offered.
Jalen Brunson, Stevenson
Among the top guards in the North Suburbs as a freshman, the son of former NBA guard Rick Brunson figures to take it to the next level this season. He's a smooth, 6-0 lefty with a strong handle, an accurate outside shot and a terrific feel for the game. He opened the season with 27 points in a win Monday night.
D.J. Williams, Simeon
Good enough to start for almost every team in the state as a freshman last year, the 6-6 wing forward was a reserve on Simeon's star-studded varsity roster while dominating on the frosh-soph level. He'll only be in Simeon's starting lineup until Parker's return from injury, but he'll play a major role off the bench and will have his share of high-scoring games.
Charlie Moore, Morgan Park