Chicago Elite Classic Preview

Cliff Alexander

There are several five-star matchups this weekend in the Windy City for the Chicago Elite Classic.

Where: Chicago, Illinois (UIC Pavilion)

When: December 7, 2013

Top Players: Cliff Alexander, Jahlil Okafor, Stephen Zimmerman, Chase Jeter, Jordan McLaughlin, Keita Bates-Diop, Tyler Ulis, Sean O'Mara, Tyler Dorsey, Paul White, Daniel Hamilton, D.J. Williams, Zach Norvell, Dedric Lawson, K.J. Lawson, Charles Matthews, Bryant Crawford

Looking Forward To: This might be the best one day event in the entire country. Quite simply it is an absolutely loaded day of basketball in the Windy City. Most intriguing is watching Alexander go up against the Gorman duo of Jeter and Zimmerman. Alexander is a powerful and explosive athlete, but Jeter and Zimmerman will challenge him with length and shot blocking, and it will be fun to watch him handle that. Also watching McLaughlin matchup with Ulis will be interesting. Those are two of the top point guards in the country and each will have no choice but to guard each other.

Beyond those obvious matchups, the Lawson brothers love to get up and down, but Simeon will run a tough 2-3 zone, and how will they react. Then is O'Mara a much improved player like some claim, how will Crawford and Matthews match up, and then which young kids in Chicago will step up. This is a great event and should be loaded with premier talent.

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