Chicago’s biggest and best known high school basketball programs are Simeon Career Academy and Whitney Young HS.
Both play national schedules. Young (22-7, 8-1) plays in the Red North/West. Simeon (16-13, 5-4) plays in the South/Central. Normally when they play, the game is held in an arena.
This time, they meet for the first time this season in the Chicago Public League quarterfinals at Young (who had better record).
Just a few weeks ago Simeon dropped out of the top 25 in Chicago. They were 6-9 at one point this season! City basketball fans expected Young to cruise.
Simeon plays 2 freshmen Andre AJ Casey Jr and Jaylen Drane and sophomore Ahamad Bynum meaningful minutes which is rare for young Simeon varsity players.
Simeon’s top seniors are all unsigned, Antonio Reeves (transfer from Shadow Mountain), Kejuan Clements and Jeremiah Stamps.
Young is led by juniors DJ Steward, Tyler Beard and unsigned senior Myles Baker.
Tons of college coaches (for Chicago this season) were in the gym including Wisconsin’s Greg Gard, DePaul’s Dave Leitao, UW-Milwaukee’s Pat Baldwin and Shaka Smart of Texas, along with assistants from Mizzou, Iowa State, DePaul and Wisconsin.
It was a game of runs. Young led 55-49 with 5 minutes to play in the 4th quarter. From there, Simeon dominated. They finished on a 17-2 run!
Final score Simeon 66-Young 57.
Simeon moves on to play rivals Morgan Park in the Final 4.
Simeon’s Kejuan Clements scored 14 points, 6 rebounds. Antonio Reeves scored 18 points, 4 rebounds. Ahamad Bynum finished with 12 points, 8 rebounds.
For Young, DJ Steward finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds and Myles Baker added 13.
Check out these raw highlights from Public League playoff game Chicago Simeon Career Academy at Chicago Whitney Young.
After the game watch interviews with Simeon Coach Rob Smith and players of the game Antonio Reeves and Jeremiah Stamps!
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