Teams & Topics: Prep

  • jahlil_okafor_chicago_side_ben_strauss_whitney_young
    Dec 20, 2012

    Jahlil Okafor: Chicago’s Next, Best Basketball Player In The Country

    Today, Jabari Parker will make national news and announce where he intends to play college basketball, leaving Chicago—and the nation—to salivate over Jahlil Okafor, the city’s next basketball prodigy.

  • jabari_parker_simeon_BYU_chicago_side_deseret_news
    Dec 10, 2012

    Why Jabari Parker Should Choose BYU

    Dick Harmon of the Deseret News argues that no NCAA school is a better fit for the nation’s best basketball player, Jabari Parker, than Brigham Young.

  • Don_Butkus_Mount_Carmel_Chicago_Side
    Nov 20, 2012

    Being A Butkus: Mount Carmel’s QB Carries The Torch

    Don Butkus is the current football-playing torchbearer of his great family, and while the outside world heaps impossible expectation on his shoulders, he’s just honored to play the game.

  • 8_Percent_Two_ChicagoSide_600
    Jul 24, 2012

    Can Baseball Thrive On The South Side?

    Senior editor Ben Strauss went to the heart of basketball country on Chicago’s South Side and found baseball remains a vital part of several communities. Players, coaches, and parents discussed the role baseball plays in their neighborhoods and the struggles the game faces to remain relevant.

  • Rashard_Griffith_600
    Jul 12, 2012

    Rashard Griffith’s Secret To Success

    In the early 1990s, there wasn’t a more coveted basketball prospect on the planet than Rashard Griffith. With a wide frame, soft hands, and a good head on his shoulders, the Chicago-bred seven-footer garnered comparisons to Wilt Chamberlain. So what happened?

  • Leo_High_Track_McGrath_ChicagoSide_600
    Jun 8, 2012

    This Is How Leo High School Rolls

    The former full-time sports journalist turned high school president kvels over the newly crowned two-time state champion Class 1-A boy’s track team from Leo High. But there’s much, much more to be proud about.