Two state champions, representing the largest classifications in Illinois
and California, along with top underclass prospects in the classes of 2017,
2018 and 2019 highlight the inaugural field of teams that will participate
in the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic which will be held December 26, 28,
29, 30, 2015 at Hinsdale Central High School.
Stevenson High School won the Illinois High School Association Class 4A
state championship and Crespi Carmelite High School captured the California
Interscholastic Federation Division IV title last March. Both teams
return a highly ranked player in Stevenson's Justin Smith (6-7 sophomore)
and Crespi's De'Anthony Melton (6-4 junior).
The initial field for the 2015 Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic is composed
of 16 teams that play in 15 different conferences.
The field boasts two state champions, eight conference champions, four
conference runner's up; eight teams with 20 win seasons and all sixteen
teams compiling an overall record of .500 or better. The complete
field includes: Crespi Carmelite (Encino, California), Crete-Monee,
DePaul College Prep, Foreman, Hinsdale Central, Homewood-Flossmoor, Hope
Academy, Lincoln Park, Maine South, Perspectives Math & Science Academy,
Richards, Rockford Auburn, Saint Charles East, Stevenson, Urban Prep
Englewood and Westinghouse.
The field not only has winning programs but features a number of highly
ranked players -- including an unusually high representation of talented,
top-rated freshman and sophomores. Among the top players from
the Class of 2016 are: Jonathan Arenas (Maine South); Peter Blust (Hinsdale
Central); Miles Curry (Lincoln Park); De'Anthony Melton (Crespi Carmelite);
Kendric Pryor (Homewood-Flossmoor) and Trayvon Tyler (Rockford Auburn).
Top prospects in the Class of 2017 include: Craig Beaudion (Foreman); Malik
Binns (Hope Academy); Jaylan Catledge (Richards); Dwayne Rose (Crete-Monee);
Coreyoun Rushin (Westinghouse) and Justin Smith (Stevenson). Some of
the class of 2018 top prospects consists of: Ayo Dosunmu
(Westinghouse); Justin Hardy (Saint Charles East) and Marquan Williams
(Perspectives MSA). There's even a highly sought after incoming
freshman's class of 2019 in Fred Cleveland (Urban Prep Englewood).
The event will feature all sixteen teams playing each of the four days, and
a full day admission price of five dollars for spectators.
More information, including profiles of the top
players and information on all sixteen teams can be found on the tournament