Rafael Cruz Jr., Kawanise Wilkins both getting closer to a college decision


Von Steuben’s Rafael Cruz Jr. in the CPLBCA all-star game.

By: Eric Van Dril   |   April 11, 2017

Von Steuben’s Rafael Cruz Jr. and Farragut’s Kawanise Wilkins are similar in several different ways.

The seniors are both big, versatile guards. They can score inside and outside. They were the unquestioned leaders of their high-school teams this past season.

They’re also both unsigned.

Cruz and Wilkins have received interest from college programs, but they haven’t yet decided where they will play next season.

“It’s so hard, making a college decision — weighing all of the options, especially academically,” Cruz said. “I’m sort of in the middle (of the process) right now.”

Cruz and Wilkins both played well in the CPLBCA all-star game on Saturday, April 8. Cruz knocked down five 3-pointers for the North-West team, which lost 151-141. The 6-foot-3 point guard finished with 21 points and six rebounds. Wilkins, meanwhile, finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds.


By | April 11th, 2017|Basketball, Farragut, Von Steuben|

The Public League’s final 2016-17 basketball rankings


Whitney Young junior guard Justin Boyd celebrates one of his five 3-pointers in the Class 4A state championship game.

The year-end rankings include teams’ final records and their preseason rankings. You can find the complete final standings here.

1. Whitney Young (27-7) 5

The Dolphins defeated Simeon in overtime to win the Class 4A state championship.

2. Simeon (30-4) 2

The Wolverines finished second in Class 4A. They edged Morgan Park 68-64 in the city championship game.

3. Morgan Park (26-6) 3

The Mustangs won the Class 3A state championship.

4. Orr (23-5) 8

The Spartans won the Class 2A state championship.


16 Chicago Public League basketball players named to 2017 IBCA Class 3A/4A all-state teams


Curie guard Elijah Joiner

The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association has announced its Class 3A/4A all-state teams.

You can view the full team here.

The following are the Chicago Public League’s players who have been honored.

First team: Whitney Young senior forward Lucas Williamson, Curie senior guard Elijah Joiner, Morgan Park junior guard Ayo Dosunmu and Simeon senior guard Evan Gilyard.


Second team: Simeon junior forward Talen Horton-Tucker and Simeon junior guard Kezo Brown.

Third team: Whitney Young junior guard Javon Freeman and Curie senior guard Allante’ Pickens.

Fourth team: Kenwood senior forward Manny Patterson and North Lawndale senior guard Carlos Hines.

Special mention: Rickover senior guard Simisola Adebosin, Westinghouse senior forward Coreyoun Rushin, North Lawndale senior forward Martrell Barnes, Farragut senior guard Kawanise Wilkins, Morgan Park senior center Lenell Henry and Brooks senior guard Quentin Shields.