However, it was future Wildcat David Sobolewski who made the difference. Benet's senior point guard was very impressive, finishing with 15 points, and more importantly, leading his team to a win. It was the toughest test for Benet, but Sobolewski was all over the court and able to give his team the boost they needed to take down Simeon.
The game came down to the wire, but ended with some clutch free throws from Benet's Pat Boyle and Matt Parisi which put the game away.
In all, the game billed as ‘the game of the year' lived up to the hype. 8,184 people jammed into the UIC Pavilion (which holds under 7,000 in capacity) to see some of the best talent in the state. Needless to say, they were not disappointed.
PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Jabari Parker: The five-star forward was unbelievable on Saturday. After a slow start, Parker caught fire, and took over for Simeon. The sophomore finished with 21 points, and showed off his incredible athletic abilities.
Benet head coach Gene Heidkamp on David Sobolewski: "I have the utmost confidence for him to go out there and do what this team needs him to do. He's done a good job this year of scoring when he needs to score and setting the table for other guys. That's the sign of a great point guard. "
David Sobolewski: UIC Pavilion was filled with shades of Northwestern purple, as Wildcat fans came out to see their point guard of the future in action. They did not leave disappointed.
Sobolewski proved that he has what it takes to be a leader. Playing on the biggest stage that a high school player can play on, Sobolewski took over. Benet's point guard played all 32 minutes of the game, and didn't let up down the stretch.
In addition, Sobolewski showed traits of a great point guard. When in control of the ball, Sobolewski knows when to pass and when to shoot, showing he has great court awareness.
Playing with an aching back which has lingered for the past month, Sobolewski managed to show incredible athleticism. His ability to drive to the hoop for a layup or quick pass is what separates him as a great point guard.
But it's the intangibles that make Sobolewski a great point guard. He has that incredible drive and attitude that it takes to be a winner. With the game on the line, Sobolewski was his team's leader. He was constantly communicating with his head coach, and relaying everything to his team. Sobolewski showed unbelievable determination.
All together, Northwestern is getting an absolute steal with David Sobolewski. He has the attitude and mindset to be a great player in Evanston.
It was evident on Saturday that Frank Kaminsky isn't your average seven-footer. While he finished with a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds, Kaminsky brought more than just points and rebounds.
For starters, Kaminsky finished the game with five blocks, but that's to be expected from a seven-foot center.
With Sobolewski as point guard, the offense revolves around Kaminsky. Sobolewski is in charge of distributing the ball, but Kaminsky is often the target of those passes. The center brings a dual-threat as a great post player and a surprisingly good jump-shooter. That was evident as Kaminsky finished shooting 6-12 from the field, including two three-pointers.
The 220-lb Kaminsky will need to bulk up to battle with the Big Ten's tough big men, but he should present a tough challenge to defend. Wisconsin may have landed a very talented player in Frank Kaminsky.
Quite frankly, I saved the best for last. Jabari Parker is one of those players who year later, you tell your friends about seeing him play. The 6'7 sophomore finished with 21 points, all of those coming after the midway point of the second quarter.
Parker shows phenomenal athleticism that is simply not often seen at the high school level. He has the ability to drive and dunk or pull back for a jumper. Parker has a beautiful three-point stroke that makes him a threat from the outside as well.
Still a sophomore, Parker hasn't grown into his full frame just yet. He has been projected as a power forward down the road, but he should get looks as a small forward, thanks to his amazing shooting abilities.
The five-star has been compared to the Boston Celtic's Paul Pierce, which I believe to be a fair comparison. With Parker's amazing athletic abilities, shooting, and size, he has the potential to be an unbelievable player at the next level. It's just hard to believe that he's just a sophomore.