High schools are just getting back in the swing of things for the new year after a slow weekend of high school sports. However, college teams don’t slow down during the holidays, giving area basketball products a chance to showcase their talents for their college basketball teams.
York duo getting it done at D-I programs
Former York stars Will Sullivan and David Cohn are carrying the Dukes’ flag well for their Division I colleges. Sullivan, a junior guard at Miami University in Ohio, has made six starts and is scoring 7.7 points per game. He leads the Redhawks with 13 3-pointers made.
Cohn is seeing action as a freshman at Colorado State. He is getting sixth-man minutes as the most used reserve on the team. Cohn is averaging 5.7 points per game and is 14-for-29 on 3-pointers this season.
Glenbard East pair starting for Roosevelt
Tyree York and Kevin Priebe have reunited at the college level. The former Glenbard East standouts are both starting for Roosevelt, an NAIA school in Chicago. York, a junior, is fourth on the team with 12.8 points per game and is one of just three players to start all 16 games so far. Priebe, a sophomore, is second on Lakers at 13.5 points per game and third with 5.1 rebounds per contest.
Harvey making early impact at Benedictine
Last year, Tahron Harvey helped Glenbard East to a successful season. He hasn’t had much trouble adjusting to the college game. As a freshman guard at Benedictine, Harvey has become a regular in the starting lineup and is one of the top stat-getters on the squad. He leads the team with 3.4 assists per game, is third in rebounds (4.6) and fourth in points (11.7).
Miller back on the floor
After transferring from Northern Illinois, where he played the 2011-12 season, Zach Miller sat out last year and received a medical redshirt at Hillsdale College. The former Glenbard East star has returned to action this season for the Division II school in Michigan. Miller missed the first eight games of the season, but played the next five, all wins for the Chargers. He has scored 15 points while playing in 12.8 minutes per game.
Sharpshooter Miller leads Knox
Willowbrook grad Eric Miller is the only player to have started all 12 games for Knox College this year. The senior point guard leads the Prairie Fire with 18 made 3-pointers and is scoring 10 points per game.
Local flavor sparking North Central men
The North Central College men’s basketball team has a lot of local talent on its roster. Sophomore guard Evan Fendley (York) has come off the bench in 11 games, scoring 3.5 points per game. IC Catholic grad Brian Harvey, another sophomore, has played in one game off the bench. Glenbard East grad Jack Merrithey was a key reserve and came in off the bench for the first five games of the season, but is no longer on the roster.
Bruno, three Reaber sisters playing for IWU
The Reaber sisters – Taylor, Kasey and Brittney – had various high school experiences, but have all wound up at Illinois Wesleyan. Taylor, a senior, and Brittney, a freshman, graduated from IC Catholic. Kasey, a junior, graduated from Montini. All three are currently playing basketball at Illinois Wesleyan University.
With the Titans this season, Kasey has started all 12 games so far and is averaging 7.9 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. Taylor is also seeing regular minutes, good for 14.4 minutes, 4.3 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. Brittney has played in just one game so far, but has time to catch up to her older sisters’ production.
Willowbrook grad Angela Bruno is also a freshman on the team and has come off the bench in six games.
Johnson sisters reunited at Wisconsin
Michala and Malayna Johnson both dominated while at Montini. Michala transferred to Wisconsin after two years at Connecticut and sat out last season for the transfer. As a redshirt junior she leads the Badgers in scoring (16.1 points per game) and rebounds (8.2) before Thursday’s game at Michigan.
Malayna has come off the bench in 10 games as a freshman.
Former Blazer playing at Augustana
Marissa Pezzopane, an Addison Trail grad, is a regular for the Augustana women’s team. Pezzopane, a sophomore forward, has made five starts and played in all 12 games while putting up 10 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. She also leads the Vikings in blocks, with 15 on the season.
Seberger looking for strong senior season
Illinois State senior guard Alison Seberger (Montini, Geneva) has made seven starts in 12 games for the Redbirds. She is averaging 4.2 points per game and 3.6 rebounds, which is second best on the team.
Sterling a part of high-flying North Central
The North Central College women’s basketball team is averaging 97.7 points per game, and Willowbrook grad Anita Sterling is part of the Cardinals’ deep rotation. North Central plays up-tempo and rotates a lot of players, meaning Sterling has seen playing time right away as a freshman. She has played in all 12 games with three starts and is averaging 5.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.