2023-24 Boys Basketball Season Preview Capsules

Boys basketball season has started! So we here at reached out to every varsity coach in the CPL for their looks into the season for our second annual basketball previews.

While all coaches were contacted, only those who responded are shown on this page. Is your school missing? Have your coach reach out to Michael Wojtychiw ( to get your school included!

Ag. Science

School:  Ag. Science

Last Year’s Record: 25-7

Social Media Handle: @finnin43

Starters returning (Name, position, class, honors): 

Chris Taylor G, Senior, All City

Key non-starters returning (Name, position, class): 

Tim O’Brien, Center, Senior 

Jacob Tyrcha, Forward, Senior

Ken Lee, Guard, Senior

Caleb Guyton, Senior, Forward

Newcomers to watch (Name, position, class): 

Dillion Gray, PG, Senior

Bryce Tillis, Power Forward, Junior

Glen Howell, SG, Junior

Tournaments/Shootouts you’re participating in and/or hosting:

Coal City Thanksgiving

Kankakee Christmas

Coach’s season outlook:

We will be a very solid team. As the year goes on we will get better and better. Very excited about this team.

Chicago Academy

School:  Chicago Academy

Last Year’s Record: 18-8

Starters returning (Name, position, class, honors, stats if available): 

Isaiah Cortez – G – Sr. – All Time Single Season Scoring Leader

Kyle Orta – G – Sr.

Coach’s season outlook: Hoping to compete in the White Conference, as this is our first year there!

Chicago Math & Science

School: Chicago Math and Science

Last Year’s Record: 8-6 overall, 3-5 conference

Starters returning (Name, position, class, honors): 

Marcus Hughes-Bey, SG, So., Last year-All Conference & MVP

Filip Lipovski, SF, Sr.

Malik Lawal, SF, Sr.

Key non-starters returning (Name, class, position): 

Joune Woods, So., G

Casey Fleming, So., G

Newcomers to watch (Name, class, position): 

Michael Oginni, Fr., F

Dewayne Wesley III, Fr., F

Tournaments/Shootouts participating in:

Goode STEM High School Thanksgiving Tournament

Coach’s season outlook:

Hard work is the only way to reach our goals.


School: Clemente

Last Year’s Record: 14-15

Starters returning (Name, position, class, stats):

Guard Jerrell Taylor, 24ppg, senior

Forward John Rivera, 8ppg, Junior

Guard Paul Moore, 7ppg, Senior

Key non-starters returning (Name, position, class):

Sebastian Rivera, Senior 

Newcomers to watch (Name, position, class): 

Senior Chris Escobar

Tournaments/Shootouts participating in: Fenton HS (Thanksgiving)

Coach’s season outlook: Senior-laden team has the talent to win the Blue West and compete with upper White & Red teams


School: Corliss STEM High School

Last Year’s Record: 9-10

Newcomers to watch (Name, position, class):

Kyrese Turner, G, Freshman
Joshua Pegues, G, Freshman

Tournaments/Shootouts participating in:

De La Salle Institute Thanksgiving Tourney

Coach’s season outlook:

In the wake of graduating seven skilled seniors, the Corliss Trojans face a transformative period. This season and the next are earmarked as developmental, with the team relying heavily on underclassmen, two of whom are particularly promising. These seasons are crucial for cultivating their talents and team synergy, laying the groundwork for a stronger future. Despite the expected fluctuations of high peaks and low valleys, the experience gained during this time is invaluable. It’s a period of building resilience and honing skills, ensuring that when these athletes reach their junior year in the 25-26 season, they will be formidable competitors. The Trojans’ journey through these seasons is a testament to their enduring spirit and commitment to excellence, no matter the immediate outcomes.

Englewood STEM

School: Englewood STEM Boys Basketball

Social Media: X/Twitter: @ESHSBoysHoops

Top Returners:

5-11 senior PG Ryan Henry

6-2 senior G Demarion Coleman

6-3 senior G Marcus Owens

6-2 senior G Martrell Britton

6-3 senior W Vashawn Washington.

Top Newcomer: transfer 6-7 senior PF Thomas Mantey Jr.

Team Outlook: Englewood STEM will surprise teams in the Red South/Central led by all seniors: 2-year starter 5-11 super skilled PG Ryan Henry, 2-year starter 6-2 do-it-all G Demarion Coleman, 6-3 super athletic three-and-D G Marcus Owens, and super tough 6-2 G Martrell Britton. 6-3 W Vashawn Washington and transfer 6-7 PF Thomas Mantey Jr. will give us big minutes too.


School:  Jones College Prep

Last Year’s Record: 18-13

Starters returning (Name, position, class, stats): 

Trey Lay, Forward, Senior; 13.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg

Key non-starters returning (Name, position, class): 

Henry Close, Guard, Senior

Sam Byrd, Guard, Senior

Newcomers to watch (Name, position, class): 

Paul Murphy, Forward, Junior

Stone Cull, Guard, Junior

Tournaments/Shootouts you’re participating in:

Lane Tech/DePaul Prep Battle of the Bridge

Maine East Winter Holiday Tournament

Coach’s season outlook:

Return limited varsity experience with only 1 starter back. Looking to develop consistency both offensively and defensively as younger guys gain more experience. Looking forward to competing for top spot in CPS White West. 

Kelvyn Park

School:  Kelvyn Park HS

Last Year’s Record: 5-7

Social Media Handle: Instagram @kphbasketball 

Starters returning:                                                                                                                      
Austin Torres – (G) – Senior

Joseph Torres – (G) – Senior

Noah Collazo – (G) – Senior

Jacorey Stewart – (G) – Junior

Tayveon Johnson – (F) – Sophomore

Key non-starters returning: 

Tyshawn Johnson – (C) – Sophomore  

Jassiel Arroyo – (G) – Junior 

Newcomers to watch: 

Lateryon Lee (F) – Freshman 

Maurice Williams (F) – Freshman 

Season outlook: Goal is to win the Blue West.


School: Kennedy

Last Year’s Record: 19-12, 5-4 conference (White Central)

Social Media Handle: @crusaderjfkball, @jfkhs_athletics

Starters returning (Name, position, class):

Vincent Carrero, Guard, Senior

Joseph Dahl, Guard, Junior

Key non-starters returning (Name, position, class):

Michael Gallas, Wing, Senior

Patryk Baliczek, G/F, Senior

Roberto Guzman, C, Senior

Newcomers to watch (Name, position, class):

Jovani Naverette, forward, Junior

Ja’Veon Sargent-Williams, guard, Sophomore

Tournaments/Shootouts participating in:

Spartan Ram Thanksgiving Classic @ Reavis HS

Elgin Hardwood Holiday Classic @ Elgin HS

Coach’s season outlook: Leading this 23-24 team are 3 year varsity players senior Vince Carrero and junior Joseph Dahl. Their leadership and multiple years within the system will help guide the youthful group of teammates. Defensively we should be solid, with several players providing a 3 point threat on offense.


School:  Lane Tech

Last Year’s Record: 14-14

Social Media Handle: IG: LaneTechHoops X: @lanetechhoops

College commits (if available): 

  • Parker Williams (Trinity University in San Antonio, TX)
  • Shaheed Solebo (offered by UIC, Illinois State, Eastern Illinois has not committed yet)
  • Jackson Labkon (has several schools he is considering but has not committed yet)

Starters returning (Name, position, class, honors, stats if available): 

  • Shaheed Solebo, G, SR, All-City Honorable Mention, All-Conference
  • Parker Williams, G, SR
  • Jackson Labkon, G, SR
  • Dalton Scantlebury, F, JR

Key non-starters returning (Name, position, class, stats if available): 

  • Drew Bartolai, G, JR
  • Kenny Rosario, G, JR
  • Brayden Rosenkrantz, G, JR
  • Dylan Pepper, F, JR
  • Trevor Goodhart, G, SR

Newcomers to watch (Name, position, class): 

  • Zach Mazanowski, F, JR
  • Luka Pinto, F, JR

Tournaments/Shootouts you’re participating in and/or hosting:

  • Battle of the Bridge Thanksgiving
  • Chicago Elite Classic
  • Team Rose Shootout
  • HInsdale Central Holiday Tournament
  • CPL vs. CCL Showdown
  • Hyde Park Shootout (New Year’s Extravaganza) 

Coach’s season outlook: Lane comes into the season in Michael O’Brien’s (Chicago Sun-Times) top 25 at number 20.  Lane returns four starters and a ton of returners from last season.  Lane will be playing their toughest schedule in Coach LoGalbo’s tenure (19 years, 16 as the head coach) and will look to compete with the best of the best all season and make a serious run in the city and state playoffs.


School: Mather

Last Year’s Record: 10 – 18

Social Media Handle: X or Twitter: @MatherHoops

Starters returning (Name, position, class, honors): 

Ezekiel Irving, PG, Sr., All-conference

Keith Davis-Grove, F, Sr., All-conference

Jeremiah Chalwe, F, Jr.

Key non-starters returning (Name, position, class): 

Caleb Jackson, G, Sr. 

Yann Kwizera, G, Sr.

Newcomers to watch (Name, position, class): 

Byron Purnell, F, So. 

Adin Smajlovic, G, So

Tournaments/Shootouts participating in:

Ridgewood Thanksgiving Tournament, Nov 20 – 25th

Coach’s season outlook:

Looking to improve from last season’s 10 – 18 record, and challenge for the White North title. Three starters return, along with two players who will make major contributions in the season. Looking forward to seeing the newcomers develop and provide depth.


School:  Northside College Prep 

Last Year’s Record: 20-13 

Social Media Handle: @ncphoops

Starters returning (Name, position, class): 

  • Steven Tran, Shooting Guard , Senior
  • Kevin Adu, Forward, Senior
  • Derrick David, Forward, Senior
  • Owen Amir-Arjomand, Guard, Senior

Key non-starters returning (Name, position, class): 

  • Matthew Sterniuk, Center, Junior
  • Jayden Kim, Shooting Guard, Junior
  • Jonathan Brody, Forward, Senior

Newcomers to watch (Name, position, class): 

  • William Moran, Point Guard, Sophomore

Tournaments/Shootouts participating in and/or hosting: 

  • Ridgewood Thanksgiving Tournament 
  • Maine East Holiday Tournament

Coach’s season outlook:

I’m eager to work hard with these young athletes to help them develop their skills, win games, and make memories that will last a lifetime.  


School: Ogden International

Last Year’s record: 14-16

Starters returning (Name, position, class, stats):

Alonte Reynolds, F, Senior; 17.1 pts per game last year, 531 varsity points

Deshawn Perry-Tucker, G, Senior, 10.5 pts per game last year

Andre Bolton, G, Senior

Key non-starters returning (Name, position, class):

Antwoine Bolton, F, Junior

Juthaniel Lebron, G, Junior

Luis Leon, G, Junior

Newcomers to watch (Name, position, class):

Juthaniel Lebron, G, Junior

Tournaments/Shootouts participating in:

Galesburg Thanksgiving

Julian Winter Break Tournament

Coach’s season outlook
: We have a number of strong seniors, had great offseason, making it to summer championships vs. Curie. Looking to win the Division and move to the Red.


School:  Chicago Vocational Career Academy

Last Year’s Record: 4-17

Social Media Handle: (Instagram) cvca_cavaliers_basketball  & (twitter) @cvs_basketball  

Starters returning (Name, position, class): 

SR – Ron Thigpen, G

SR- Kyree Jones, G

SR- Emari Burks, F 

Newcomers to watch (Name, position, class): 

Kendaro Cassidy, Guard, C/O 2025

Tyrell Pickett, Forward, C/O 2027

Tyler Fulson, Forward, C/O 2025

Tournaments/Shootouts participating in:

Christmas Invitational Tourney @ Julian High School

Chicago Battle Ground Thanksgiving Classic @ Crane High School

Hoop it Up Classic @ Perspectives Leadership Academy

MLK/Ronald Chops Classic @ Whitney Young High School 

Coach’s season outlook:

This team returns some experience from last year’s team, mixed with some young players, which makes for an exciting season.  With the guard trio of Ron Thigpen, Kyree Jones, and Kendaro Cassidy, scoring there’s a lot of skill, scoring, and defense in the works.  With Coach Watson entering his third year at the helm of this program, he is looking to make strides to become a winning program. 


School: Westinghouse

Last Year’s Record: 19-11

Social Media Handle: 



Starters returning (Name, position, class): 

Damien “DJ” Bolden, Guard, Senior

Askia Bullie, Point Guard, Senior  

Key non-starters returning (Name, position, class): 

Treyvon Ali, Wing, Senior

Emmanuel Fuller, Wing, Senior

Tournaments/Shootouts you’re participating in and/or hosting:

St. Ignatius Thanksgiving Tournament

Oakland  Winter Showcase

Big Dipper Christmas Tournament

Hyde Park Classic

MLK Trojan Classic

Chops Billinger Classic

Coach’s season outlook:

This will be the team to get us over the state sectional block we’ve been encountering the past few years. Should be lots of high scoring games from the offensive side for us.  We’re looking to play a very uptempo but disciplined style of basketball.

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