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Two four-team round-robin events the first three days at Mundelein and Warren

The top two teams at each of the sites will then square off the final two nights to determine a champion.

The bottom two teams at each of the sites will battle in consolation games.

Who plays where and when the final two days will depend on where Mundelein and Warren finish.


At Mundelein

5:30 — Lakes vs. Barrington

7 — Uplift from Chicago vs. Mundelein

At Warren

5:30 — Lake Forest Academy vs. North Chicago

7 — Waukegan vs. Warren


At Mundelein

5:30 — Barrington vs. Uplift from Chicago

7 — Lakes vs. Mundelein

At Warren

5:30 — North Chicago vs. Waukegan

7 — Lake Forest Academy vs. Warren


At Mundelein

5:30 — Uplift from Chicago vs. Lakes

7 — Barrington vs. Mundelein

At Warren

5:30 — Waukegan vs. Lake Forest Academy

7 — North Chicago vs. Warren


At Mundelein

5:30 — Teams TBA

7 — Teams TBA

At Warren

5:30 — Teams TBA

7 — Teams TBA


At Mundelein

5:30 — Teams TBA

7 — Teams TBA

At Warren

5:30 — Teams TBA

7 — Teams TBA

Updated: December 7, 2012 6:08AM

1. What’s Mundelein going to look like with superstar guard Robert Knar on the shelf for most of the season rehabbing from a torn ACL?

The Mustangs are going to look darn good even without Knar.

Recently, Cliff Dunigan, a 6-foot-3 wing, made a verbal commitment to play college hoops at the University of Missouri S&T.

Missouri S&T is an NCAA Division 2 school located in Rolla.

Last year, Dunigan averaged nine points and five rebounds per game for the Mustangs.

He is the third member of this year’s Mundelein team that has received a full basketball scholarship.

Knar has committed to Northern Iowa and Sean O’Brien has committed to SIU.

Add power forward Chino Ebube and guard Nate Williams, and you have a lot of the pieces for a very successful season, even with the devastating injury. (The Bulls’ Derrick Rose also is rehabbing an ACL injury).

2. With longtime Warren coach Chuck Ramsey now at the wheel of College of Lake County’s hoops program, which area coach is most likely to assume Chuck’s spot alongside Highland Park’s Paul Harris and Carmel’s Tim Bowen as area hoops coaching gurus?

Don’t go to sleep on Lake Forest’s Phil LaScala.

His teams are always prepared, and always seem to over-achieve — winning more games on the court than the talent level on paper would suggest should happen.

This year, he starts out with twin towers Sam Downey and Evan Boudreaux, plus a guard with real potential in Carter Bass.

They are a lot of hoops fans’ pick to click this winter.

3. If you are a student at Carmel High School, you were not alive the last time your school’s boys basketball team finished a season with a winning record. Will this season be different?

In a word, “yes.”

4. What’s Warren going to look like with Ryan Webber at the controls for Chuck Ramsey and a team that graduated virtually good player from last year’s o utstanding team?

The Blue Devils will look like a team capable of winning the North Suburban Conference Lake Division title.

The players on this year’s team practiced all last year against one of the best starting five’s in the state.

There’s more talent there than you think. The y just couldn’t break through against last year’s senior-laden powerhouse.

Plus, Warren athletic director Mark Pos hired a coach who’s a proven winner and will be a fan favorite because the Blue Devils are going to be playing an uptempo style of ball that is fan friendly.

5. Will North Chicago cave under the pressure of trying to become the first Lake County school ever to make it to the Final Four state tournament three years in a row and become the first Lake County school ever to win a state title in this sport?

Regardless of the answer, it should be fun to watch this team develop during the course of the season.

With Mundelein’s Robert Knar injured, North Chicago’s Big Kurt Hall becomes the second-best player in the county (behind Zion-Benton’s Milik Yarbrough).

A few years back, North Chicago coach King Coleman said Big Kurt would develop into a superstar in the Lake County, and he was right.

These days, he’s touting long-range bomber JayQuan McCloud as a better version of the graduated Aaron Simpson.

If King is as right about JayQuan as he was about Big Kurt, this Warhawk team could make last year’s squad look like a JV team.

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