High School Basketball: When the Sides Collide schedule shows Juliet West player Jeremy Ferris Jr. vs. Young Dallen Davis

High-profile shooting schedules are getting underway, and over the years the annual City/Suburban Hoops Report’s “When Sides Collide” event has been a highlight of the high school basketball calendar.

A year ago, the event moved to Benet where, thanks to the 2021-22 phenomenon known as Glenbard West basketball, there was a large crowd and a rowdy atmosphere. He faced Hilltoppers Young, which ended up being a preview of what would be the Class 4A state championship two months later.

This year, the four-game event will once again attract many of the state’s best teams and players. In the adult category alone, the event will feature seven of the state’s top eight potential clients and 11 of the top 18 people.

Here’s a quick rundown of 2023 When Sides Collide, which will be Saturday, January 21.

Brother Rice vs Rolling Meadows

Minnesota recruits Cam Christie, one of the top players in the state, and Rolling Meadows’ loaded team takes on Brother Rice. Coach Conte Stamas replaces Bobby Frasseur and welcomes nearly everyone from the 24-win squad, including Niagara point guard catalyst Ahmed Henderson.

Young vs. Juliette West

Enduring strength Young and emerging Juliet West collide in a match featuring two top state guards: Jeremy Ferris Jr. and Dallen Davis. The star power continues with a pair of promising young players at Joliet West’s Jeremiah Fears and Young’s Antonio Munoz, two of Illinois’ top sophomores.

Simeon vs. Mullen

When the season ends in November, don’t be surprised if Simeon and Moline are the number 1 pre-season teams in the state in Class 3A and 4A respectively.

There is talent all around, starting with the in-fighting featuring Iowa recruit Owen Freeman for Mullen and the Robin brothers—6-9 Miles Rubin, a committed Loyola, and Wes Rubin, a noncommitted senior in State.

Brock Harding is one of the state’s top guards and is committed to Iowa, while Sam Lewis heads to Toledo.

Bennett vs. Kenwood

Kenwood, expected to be in the top five pre-season, boasts talent on the roster. Bennett is an experienced and budding player in Nico Abusara.

If coach Mike Irvine’s team can survive this one, he’ll be a better team because of him. Senior ranger Darren Ames and a host of the state’s younger best prospects will have to take a punch in a hostile environment.

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