The Marshall Commandos of the Chicago Public League will be a team to reckon with next year with a cast full of talented players.
"I think we could come out of the Red West and go all the way downstate," said Marshal Center Kelly Whitney. The 6'7" Whitney has reason to be so confident.
Coming off of a junior season where Whitney averaged 20 points and 8 rebounds, he lead an underclassman dominated team to the third round of the Chicago Public League playoffs.
Returning with Whitney are senior shooting guard Ronald Davis and senior Justin Bowen. "The three of us are most cool with each other and we kick-it off the court to," said Whitney.
Last year the 6'5" Bowen averaged 15 points and 7 rebounds as a junior. Justin has burst into the spotlight this summer playing with the Illinois Fire's 16-under team. The lanky Bowen looks most comfortable out on the perimeter with the ball in his hands, creating and slashing to the basket. If Justin gets in a heap, he is more then willing to dish the ball out to the wing, where the 6'3" Ronald Davis is eagerly waiting.
Always know for his tremendous athletic ability, Davis is a highlight film on fast breaks. However, his perimeter game is improving by leaps and bounds.
Ronald's outside shot was streaky and inconsistent most of last year but he has showed this summer, playing with the Illinois Hawks, that he isn't afraid to let-fly from deep. Displaying a smooth stroke and mild consistency, Ronald's game is filling out nicely.
The most sought-after recruit on the Marshall team is Whitney, who lists Iowa State, Illinois, Iowa, UConn and Michigan as the colleges that he's most seriously looking at right now.
Don't expect any of those schools to get an early verbal from Whitney as he says that he will wait until after the season to commit.
Playing some with the RBS All-Stars as well as the Illinois Fire's 17-under team, Whitney said fellow Illinois Fire star, 6'3" point guard, Luther Head, will also wait until after the season to commit.
"Most of the recruiting wants us as a package," said Whitney. The main schools in the running for this terrific duo include Illinois, Iowa State and Iowa.
With Whitney waiting until after the season to decide on his college destination, he will have his complete focus on the coming season, which isn't good news for Chicago Red West opponents.
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