Homewood-Flossmoor will bounce back. The loss of 6-foot-8 senior Tai Odiase to graduation will be difficult for H-F to overcome. The UIC recruit developed into a dominant presence on both ends of the floor. However, the Vikings return three starters, guards Destin Barnes and Kendric Pryor and forward Terrence Bradley. Pryor has the potential to dominate if he continues to develop. Plus, 6-foot-4 forward Malcolm Grady appears ready to emerge as a go-to guy next season.
Big 3 leaves big void at Bloom. The Blazing Trojans have three huge holes to fill with the graduation of seniors James Coleman, Jared Johnson and Zerell Jackson. The trio spent three years on the varsity. However, the Blazing Trojans have some talent and experience returning next season, led by forwards Davontae Henry, Mickhiell Harris and Jamal Parks and guard Mark Fulwiley. That foursome should assure Bloom of reloading and not rebuilding.
St. Rita will reload. For the first time in four years, coach Gary DeCesare will not have the benefit of Vic Law, a Northwestern recruit, on his roster next season. Three-year starters Dominique Matthews, the Catholic League South MVP, and Treston Forbes also will be playing college ball. However, the return of Charles Matthews, a Kentucky recruit, point guard Armani Chaney and 6-8 Myles Carter assures the Mustangs of remaining competitive next winter.