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Highland Shootout tickets to go on sale Dec. 5

Tickets for the 2017 Highland Optimist Basketball Shootout will officially go on sale to the public Dec. 5 at showclix.com.

The 26th annual Shootout will be held on Saturday, Jan. 7 at Highland High School.

Organizers are expecting another sellout, as this year rivals any year in the past. At least 25 Division I prospects, including three Illinois recruits, two St. Louis University recruits, and one Indiana recruit.

Also, the marquee game, Belleville Althoff vs. East St. Louis, will feature the top two players in Illinois, East Side’s 6-foot-10 post player Jeremiah Tilmon, who is heading to the University of Illinois, and Althoff’s 6-foot4 all-stater Jordan Goodwin, who made the choice to become a Saint Louis University Billiken. That exciting finale is slated to tip off at 8:15 p.m.

Other games at the two-session Highland Shootout include Peoria Manual vs. Stevenson at 6:30 p.m., Champaign Central vs. Chaminade at 4:45 p.m., Highland vs. Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst at 3 p.m., University of Illinois recruit Javon Pickett and Belleville East vs. Webster Groves (Mo.) at 1 p.m., Carbondale vs. Vianney at 11:30 a.m.. and the Highland girls vs. Mississippi Valley Conference rival Civic Memorial at 10 a.m.

Peoria Manual has three Division I recruits led by Illinois recruit Da’Monte Williams, son of former Illini guard Frankie Williams, and Eastern Michigan recruit A.J. Youngman.

Webster Groves has two of the top junior recruits in the country in Carte’are Gordon and Courtney Ramey.

The Highland Shootout includes arguably the top five senior recruit in Illinois in Tilmon, Goodwin, Indiana recruit Justin Smith from Stevenson, Williams and Pickett. Champaign Central junior Tim Finke has offers from Illinois, Ohio State, St. Louis U., and Vanderbilt while Chaminade has Jericole Hellems and Karrington Davis.