Missouri coach and East St. Louis native Cuonzo Martin and Kansas State coach Bruce Weber were among those who visited Belleville West on Monday to watch prized basketball prospect EJ Liddell during an open gym.
Defending Class 3A state champion Chicago Morgan Park will take on Chaminade College Preparatory School from St. Louis in the marquee game of the 27th annual Highland Optimist/Scott Credit Union Shootout on Jan. 6 at Highland High School.
With college basketball scholarship offers already on the table from Montana State University and Lindenwood-St. Charles, Malachi Smith has spent the summer sharpening his game with the Jets Ramey United AAU Basketball program.
University of Illinois recruit Mark Smith and Missouri recruit Javon Pickett headline a large group of metro-east-area players who will showcase their talents Saturday at the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association all-star games at Pontiac High School.
Southwestern Conference coaching rivals Mike Waldo of Edwardsville and Joe Muniz of Belleville West are among four metro east boys basketball coaches who have been honored as Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year award winners for the 2016-17 year.