Lawmakers and others should not seek to undo laws meant to protect people from gun violence. McDonald's All-American. The Blue Demons were led by thirty-sixth year head coach Doug Bruno and played their home games at the Wintrust Arena . Sports team/skills coaching at London Pulse basketball club and at Drayton Manor High School: - Coaching and setting drills for children improved leadership and communication skills. Its more than what is to come this season and where Simeon goes from here. This was all accomplished with one of the current top five senior prospects in the country, 6-9 Matas Buzelis, leaving the Hinsdale Central program following his sophomore year. Kenwood has never won a city title. It probably will later. Senior Wes Rubin sealed it with a dunk and Simeon beat Kenwood 72-64 at Credit Union 1 Arena to win the city title . St. Paul school district hosts meeting on campus safety after fatal stabbing at Harding High Wolves pick up much-needed victory, 108-101 over Clippers The accolades are endless and the resume is, quite honestly, unlike any other in high school basketball when it comes to state championships and appearances, along with the individual talent hes produced. Steele retired all six Padres batters he faced, then headed to the bullpen to throw 25 more pitches. 27. With just Jake Fiegen returning, Fricke has guided the Trevians right back to where they were a year ago, only this season theyve added a Central Suburban League South championship and a No. But for Benet to put together a 29-1 record? Allen Cunningham/For the Sun-Times. The 2021-22 DePaul Blue Demons women's basketball team represented DePaul University during the 2021-22 NCAA Division I women's basketball season. Smith's current Simeon squad is right near the top of the state rankings again and certainly have a shot to compete for another championship. The 500th win was a nice addition to a resume that includes seven Chicago Public League championships and six state titles at Simeon. Along the way Irons crossed paths with Simeons Smith at the Nike Elite 100 camp here in town. Mr. Hambric grew up on the South Side and played basketball at the old Parker High School. CBS 2's Matt Zahn had the story on why Simeon Career Academy's leader decided now is the right time. 3 seed in the Bolingbrook Sectional. The AAU circuit is seen as a chance of opportunity for high school players to play on traveling teams at national tournaments and gain exposure in front of top college coaches. OVERALL 8-3 0.73 Win % CONFERENCE 4-2 0.67 Win % HOME 3-1 AWAY 2-1 NEUTRAL 3-1. 2005-2023 CBS Interactive. So that actually took a lot of pressure off of me.. ALTON Isaiah Camper could only look over his shoulder and smile. Print. 4 in 2012, No. We were always synchronized and organized.. Me and Coach Smith are like family, Irons said. Other future NBA players to play under Smith include Talen Horton-Tucker and Kendrick Nunn of the Los Angeles Lakers. The 2021-22 Illinois State Redbirds men's basketball team represented Illinois State University during the 2021-22 NCAA Division I men's basketball season.The Redbirds played their home games at Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena in Normal, Illinois as members of the Missouri Valley Conference.The team finished the season 13-20, 5-13 in MVC play to finish in eighth place. Especially in a game he wanted to win against a protg. . The conversations with him over the past few years led you to believe he was taking it year by year. Curtis Wilson, Ben Wilson's oldest brother, center, accepts a framed team jersey from members of the Simeon High School basketball team in 2009 during a retirement ceremony for Ben's number, No . The highly-successful and respected Houston didnt miss a beat. 3: Michael Ratliff. Robert Smith goes out on top: Simeon beats Kenwood in OT to win the city title, Sectional final roundup: Simeon, St. Ignatius win in 3A; Oswego East takes down Joliet West in 4A, 2023 Chicago Sun-Times All-Area basketball team. MaxPreps is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. 2023 IHSA Boys Basketball State Championships (Illinois) Class 3A, Photos: Simeon vs. Vashon (Bank of O'Fallon Shootout). Simeon All Access: Study halls, educational experiences part of road trips for Simeon basketball team Subscriber Services (Opens in new window) Subscribe here (Opens in new window) Senior Wes Rubin sealed it with a dunk and Simeon beat Kenwood 72-64 at Credit Union 1 Arena to win the city title. And Im sure glad he did. Smith has been head coach at Simeon for over 19 years, succeeding the legendary Bob Hambric and has coached NBA stars such as Derrick Rose, Jabari Parker, Talen Horton-Tucker, Kendrick Nunn and more. Feb 28, 2023, 7 . Simeon lost in the state semifinals last year. During the early 1980s, the city of Chicago featured one of the best high school basketball players in the country. "He upstarted my career on a national level, because he was a top five player in the country and everybody wanted to see," Smith said. Girls Cross Country Head Coach: TBA. We did it. Even with all the player turnover and a new group taking on new and bigger roles, New Trier has remained a tough, defensive-minded team. Watch online from home or on the go. 0:05. "I watched some other guys stick around too long. The lost talent and the timing of it would cripple most teams. 2 sectional seed. Slaughter, who says he and Smith were once vicious adversaries but became close friends over the years, saw the class he oozed. "He had a great understanding of the game," said Tim Bankston, whose 25 points and 12 rebounds helped Simeon to the 1984 state Class AA championship over Evanston Township High School. No. David Kvidahl is a columnist for STL High School Sports. Smith, who is Simeons athletic director, will hand the head-coaching job over to Flowers, Roses good friend and former teammate. It was a statement win for Vashon (13-7) against nationally ranked Simeon (24-3). The players have repeatedly said they havent felt extra pressure to make sure that Smiths final season was a success. Evan Kanellos made the winning free throw with five seconds left. Rob carried himself with the highest level of professionalism and had the highest level of respect from so many different people, said Slaughter. Football *David Thornton. "And then the 500 (wins) was the last piece of the puzzle.". You have to learn and understand how to make them better players and people. After 19 years and 500 wins, legendary Simeon basketball coach aims to go out on top. After 19 years and 500 wins, legendary Simeon basketball coach aims to go out on top. The plan was to win city. On 2/3, the Simeon varsity basketball team won their home non-conference game against Clark (Chicago, IL) by a score of 78-41. There wasnt any fake or forced bravado. I was going to win tonight anyway if I won or he won. The Hawks are competing and playing as a cohesive group under Houston and are the top seed in their own Class 3A sectional. And I see a principal in that postgame crush pic.twitter.com/bV8P6il45f. I want to spend more time with my kids, Smith said. . 2: Jalen Griffith . 1 and just recently capped off the regular season with a city championship. Simeon coach Robert Smiths storybook ending was slipping away Saturday. Simeon coach Robert Smith watches as the Wolverines play Kenwood. He went on to LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, where he was captain of the basketball team and an honors student. Simeon and other top Chicago basketball powers don't produce all of that talent alone. As a result, his basketball acumen and work ethic often went unnoticed. Oswego East also pulled off an upset, defeating Joliet West for the second time this season. Two teams playing in a packed house. But Smith has been around long enough to know it can mean everything. Rubin led Simeon with 21 points and six rebounds. In that scenario, with his high school teammate and best friend, Nick Anderson, at his side, Wilson surely would have flourished at that level. That resonated with his players and assistant coaches. ''Out here, very few go on to play Division I basketball,'' he says. 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They all just wanted to win and that's me.". Millions of high-quality images, video, and music options are waiting for you. Smith, a Simeon graduate, nearly took an assistant job at Loyola under Porter Moser in 2017. Averaged 19.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1 . This was a team that was ranked in the preseason and had visions of playing in Champaign. But Velasquez, who is 131-31 in the past six seasons, worked a pair of transfers into the mix and kept the Wolves humming. Simeon never had a losing season during Smith's tenure as Smith amassed a record of 480-92 with six state championships and seven Public League titles in 18 seasons. 3 - Kray Rogers - 6-2 - Jr. - 14.3 2 - Jaxon Willits - 6-0 - Sr. - 11.6 22 - Blayke Nunn - 6-2 . Smiths program produced multiple NBA players: Rose, Jabari Parker, Talen Horton-Tucker, Kendrick Nunn and more. We are going to keep our eyes on the prize. Children. Steele retired all six Padres batters he faced, then headed to the bullpen to throw 25 more pitches. Chicago Simeon eventually plied victory away from Moline 67-66 on January 21 in Illinois boys high school basketball action. ", On coaching so many great players over the years, Smith said, "It's been great. Stream sports and activities from Simeon High School in Chicago, IL, both live and on demand. People think we dont like each other, but that isnt the case. Wilson is noted as the first Chicago athlete to receive . Simeon Career Academy High School boys' basketball head coach Robert Smith is one of the co-founders of the Chicago Elite Classic. Simeon was always a great reminder that keeping it simple and structured can lead to high-level success. Morgan Park coach Nick Irvin and Simeon coach Robert Smith have each been suspended four games due to their conduct following their game on Jan. 16, according to a Chicago Public Schools . Heck, there is hardly any bravado at all from a coach who could have shown a lot of it. But there are so many coaches who have already helped their teams exceed preseason predictions or reach the high expectations placed on them. Latest Updates. "It would be like a fairytale story and we can finish this thing off the way we want to.". And beat the likes of Joliet West, Kenwood and others along the way? Guards Sam Lewis and Jalen Griffith each scored 11. Watson scored 15 of his points in the first half, when St. Rose battled Roselle Catholic to a near-stalemate before a sequence at the end of the half left the Purple Roses with an eight . But thats what having a seasoned pro on the bench will do for you. Service information was not immediately available. Lawmakers and others should not seek to undo laws meant to protect people from gun violence. All the best players wanted to come to Simeon because of Coach Rob, Parker said. Asbury Park Press. Coaches, ADs and staff who do not . Simeon coach Robert Smith coaches from the sidelines at far left. All rights reserved. Boys Basketball *Corey Bradford. Simeon will face Hillcrest on Monday in the UIC Supersectional. Twitter Water Polo: Schedule Water Polo: Roster Water Polo: News Basketball Basketball: Twitter Basketball: Schedule Basketball: . Won two gold medals with USA Basketball. The Role of the AAU. In 2003, the name changed to Simeon Career Academy to make way for a brand-new school building. PF 596 PA 444 STREAK 1L. 2022 Big East tournament winner. Sign up for our newsletter to keep reading. 773-535-3465/3236. It was never going to be easy following up last years remarkable season. Smith, who is also Simeon's athletic director, hands the job over to his assistant coach and former player Tim Flowers, who will begin his tenure during the 2023-24 season. College coaching is always something I wanted to do, Smith said. Smith is in his 19th and final season at Simeon. "College would have to be the right situation. The only thing I didnt get a chance to do is to win a national championship, and thats because the [Illinois High School Association] wont allow us to compete for that.. Michael Gulledge, Special to STLhighschoolsports.com, Collinsville guard Cawhan Smith (left) dribbles downcourt as he is closely guarded by Simeon player Jaylen Drane. It was during Covid that he learned and realized he could move on from coaching, that he wouldnt miss it as much as he thought. 2023 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. "I thought it was cross-country," Bankston said. Simeon (29-3) vs. Mount Carmel (27-6) With four losses in the final seven games of the regular season, there were some who were prepared to write an early postseason obituary for Mount Carmel. Deon Thomas, who did not play organized basketball until high school, became No. Simeon High School basketball player Ben Wilson on Nov. 13, 1984. That was good for Chicago.. There is still something to look forward to.. Robert Smith and Simeon are chasing another Chicago Public League championship. This retirement is about all that Smith has meant to the sport and, specifically, Public League basketball. Coach Robert Smith's farewell tour took a step closer to the Illinois High School Association state finals in Champaign as Simeon eased past Mount Carmel 70-47 on Friday in the final of the . Simeon carries themselves the right way. You have to be over the top. You have permission to edit this article. But what a job Velasquez has done this season in keeping the Wolves relevant and among the top teams in the area. He made adjustments when needed, changing stylistically at times to even how he managed different rosters. "To go out on top?" You can't just be a regular high school coach for those guys. Fax. The address was changed from 8235 S. Vincennes Ave. to 8147 S. Vincennes Ave. . It has been great despite the results. 1 team. Wolverine Mens Basketball Mr. Robert Smith Head Coach firstname.lastname@example.org 773.535.3200 Mr. Fred McClinton Sophomore Coach . Chase Lewis picked a perfect time to cut loose. "It was like a chess match; he'd put the right pieces in the right places to be successful.". The Illinois Mr. Basketball award is given to the person chosen as the best high school boys basketball player in the U.S. state of Illinois.. Simeon High School . The actor suffered a brain aneurysm Feb. 18 at his Los Angeles home and died in his sleep Friday at a hospital in Burbank, California, his manager said. Its a great friendship, Smith said. "That hug from Derrick in the last state championship and that hug from Jabari that last state championship, those meant a lot," Smith said. His run at Simeon coincided with the Public Leagues most successful run of state titles. Bob Hambric never had a losing season in 24 years as the boys basketball coach at Simeon Career Academy, winning more than 500 games, including the 1984 state championship. The No. 8. Boys Basketball *Maurice Brown. He was honored for that milestone by the OFallon Shootout just before Simeon tipped off against Vashon. FORT MYERS, Fla. Simeon Woods Richardson had already been traded twice before his 21st birthday, going from the Mets to the Blue Jays as part of the deal for Marcus Stroman in . . By Matt Zahn. Among those teams, however, there was one that lived up to the hype over three months of basketball better than any. He decided to return to Simeon instead and watched the Ramblers head to the Final Four. Simeon Career Academy773-535-3200. MaxPreps is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. Jabari Parker High School Basketball Highlights. We've nearly reached the conclusion of the regular season with the biggest games yet to . Smith has been head coach at Simeon for over 19 years, succeeding the legendary Bob Hambric and has coached NBA stars such as Derrick Rose, Jabari Parker, Talen Horton-Tucker, Kendrick Nunn and more. After 30 years and more than 600 victories as a girls basketball coach at Collinsville Middle School, formerly North Junior High, Greg Craft is calling it a career. And they generally always played with such pride. Just ask the fine people of Pontiac how much they appreciate their adopted program each December at the prestigious holiday tournament. Smith, 40, will have accomplished everything he set out to do at the high school level if he coaches his Simeon team to a fifth state championship in his eight-year career. High/Middle School. Simeon coach Robert Smith carries the state championship trophy at a pep rally in 2011. I'm giving another guy a chance.". Despite ample legal trouble, Sizemore had steady film and television credits. A rock solid senior group, which included four key players, departed. There wasnt extra stress, Rubin said. For better or worse. Ive completed my goals, Smith said. Wilson's slaying was indicative of the tough streets from which Mr. Hambric drew his players. Vashon takes on another big-time Illinois foe when it hosts East St. Louis (18-6) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Simeon (Chicago) 29-3: 19.9: 2: Benet Academy (Lisle) 31-1: 16.4: 3: SHGHS (Springfield) 30-3: 15.4: 4: .