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Lake View basketball – A future full of promise

By John Alfes
Medill Reports

Lake View High School men’s basketball heads into the off-season with a sense of determination and cohesion after the trials and tribulations of the 2018-19 season.

“We felt that we had a lot of ups and downs, but we accomplished many things,” said Dominic Saez, a junior shooting guard at the varsity level. “Coming into this next season, we’re going to try to do it better than how we did it this year.”

Despite having a 6-2 record at home and 5-4 record in conference play, the Wildcats finished with a final clip of 11-17 this winter. Following his fourth season at the helm, head coach Mike Davis will now have to piece together a new roster for the 2019-20 campaign without the 10 seniors who spearheaded much of the 2018-19 team’s production and leadership.

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Osman’s EuroLeague legacy translating to NBA with All-Star weekend pick

By John Alfes
Medill Reports

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman is an icon in the EuroLeague, where he played for four years with Anadolu Efes — a Turkish professional basketball team based in Istanbul. He started there at age 18.

The experience refined Osman’s game on the court, fostered his relationships off the court and spotlighted his reputation throughout the landscape of European basketball.

Cedi Osman played for the Turkish national team overseas prior to joining the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA. (Ayca Yildiz/Flickr)

“He’s one of the best players that Turkey has had in history,” said Bogdan Bogdanovic, a Belgrade native and shooting guard for the Sacramento Kings. “A guy who dedicated his life for basketball, very professional. He works hard every single day. He’s from a good family, too.”

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The 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend is a landmark event for the G League

By John Alfes
Medill Reports

CHARLOTTE, N.C.– Beneath the surface of the NBA is an emerging pipeline, a new route for the game’s next wave of star players.

The G League is no longer a mystery, nor is it the cellar for basketball in America.

“It’s not deemed as a punishment,” said Darvin Ham, who spent over five years in the developmental league as a player and coach. “You’re actually going down there to play. It puts players in a different light.”

It has been a landmark year for the G League — and the 2019 NBA All-Star weekend in Charlotte has amplified that notion even further.
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We are the world: International stars unite

By John Alfes
Medill Reports

CHARLOTTE, N.C.– Members of Team World in the 25th Rising Stars game are embracing the opportunity to team up and represent their native countries, an NBA experience that only comes once a year during the All-Star weekend festivities.

Coached by Wes Unseld Jr. and Dirk Nowitzki, Team World has 10 players representing 10 countries across four continents at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte.

“It’s an honor,” said Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who is from Toronto. “Obviously, not a lot of guys from Canada make it, even though we are on the rise. But it’s an honor. It’s a goal that I set out for myself a long time ago, and I was able to achieve it.”
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Rocky: An odds-defying journey from an LCL injury back to the Chicago hardwood

By John Alfes
Medill Reports

Seated senior point guard Rocky Viette extended his left leg on the baseline, reached for his foot and cracked a smile ahead of Lake View’s game against Marine Leadership Academy.

It was a welcoming sight for head coach Mike Davis. It was a relieving sight for senior guard Tyrek Warren. It was a familiar sight for the Wildcat faithful.

Rocky Viette (second from left) stretches and smiles before a conference game against Marine Leadership Academy on Jan. 23. (John Alfes/Medill)

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Full-court press, up-pace tempo fuel Lake View in blowout victory over Marine Leadership Academy

John Alfes
Medill Reports

The Lake View High School men’s basketball team stormed out to an 18-1, first-quarter lead, applying a full-court defensive press and an up-pace offensive tempo before cruising to a 59-27 rout of Chicago’s Marine Leadership Academy Bulldogs on Wednesday.

Following a rhythmic sequence of pesky defending, crisp passing and high-percentage shooting in the first half —  culminating in a 45-15 advantage — head coach Mike Davis provided substantial court time for his second- and third-string players in the one-sided home game.

Senior guards Tyrek Warren and Coby San Juan paced the first unit with 11 and 10 points respectively, while senior forward David Thomas lit a spark off the bench with a game-high 13 points.

Thirteen different names tallied at least two points for the Wildcats.

“Just being able to pressure in the full court, have our defense creating our offense from there,” Davis said of the early outburst. “At the get-go, it was finally good to see the kids jump out to an early, double-digit lead within the first couple minutes of the game.” Continue reading

Lake View seniors deliver nail-biting victory over Von Steuben

By John Alfes
Medill Reports

Seniors David Thomas, Coby San Juan and Tyrek Warren all racked up double-digit points on Wednesday, propelling the Lake View High School men’s basketball team to a 48-47 win in a tightly contested clash against the Von Steuben Panthers.

The experienced trio combined forces to score 40 points, including a floating jump shot by San Juan to give the Wildcats a narrow, 46-43 lead. Warren followed with a breakaway layup off a deep inbounds pass in the final minutes of the fourth quarter to seal the seesaw affair.
“It was something crazy out there,” said Mike Davis, fourth-year head coach at Lake View. “It just feels great to come out on top.”

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