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The Ghost Players

5'11 160lbs


 

Excell Hardy is one of the most underrated players in Illinois. Just ask the competition.


Most Unheralded Players in the State:

Ray Nelson 6'1" PG, Century -  They probably won't get any underrated as this.  The gutsy point guard led his team in just about every major catagory in the absence of a Josh Tabb.  Nelson still wasn't commended after keeping them afloat after Tabb was gone.  Just recently is he getting the attention he deserves.  He should and will climb the list of many scouting list.

Excell Hardy 5'11" PG/SG, H-F - The leader of the 18-1 Viking squad that depends on him to have double-digit outputs every night.  Excell is averaging 18 points per game against one of the best schedules in the state.  Excell is uncommitted and will be a catch for any college next year.  Possesses all the intangibles.

James Watson 6'1" SG, Julian - The often overlooked senior of Julian has been a 3-year starter, but has recently been shadowed in the wake of junior standout Brandon Ewing.  Watson tends to be the best all around player for the Jaguars and a consistent scorer. 

Jonathon Austin 6'4" SF, Bloom - Jonathon does everything for the Trojans.  From rebounding, scoring, passing, defense.  He has helped keep Bloom in the running for a conference championship.  A major difference maker in a game.

Ronald Coleman 6'6" PF, Thornridge - The Ridge hasn't had its winning ways this year, but this guy and his teammate Josh Cummings have been a constant.  Coleman is averaging 22pts and close to 9reb.  If Thornridge had a better record he would be the runaway MVP of the S.I.C.A. East.

J.B. Jones 6'2" PG, Belleville West - When it comes to perfection, it start here with J.B..  Has taken sort of a back seat to the hype surrounding Xavier Price, but is the reason why 4 West players average double figures this year.  Distributes the ball in such a way that an heady point guard should.

Travis Marion 6'2" SG West Aurora - He is definitely the epitome of a ghost player with all the superstars surrounding him.  He is the most consistent Blackhawk player and his stock will soar after the seniors leave this year.  Not in many scouts top 10, but he definitely cracks my top 5 sophomores.




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