School and Year (1997-98) Chicago Fenwick HS, IL - Senior
Height and Weight 6'6 205lbs
Position Wing Forward
Ratings #4 (G), #2 (PS), #8 (RR)
Academically Eligible Yes
Status Signed with Duke
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Heralded as one of the best players in his class, Corey Maggette is
getting attention from everywhere. His trip to ABCD in Teaneck New Jersey
started the hype, which is being closely controlled by his mother. The
following year in the summer of 1996, a strong appearance at the Nike Camp
in Indy solidified his top 10 rating, where he was named the top player
among underclassmen and the #4 player among all participants by Hoop Scoop.
Maggette's position is hard to define. His height puts him on the
wing, his weight allows him to be successful in the low post, his shooting
from the perimeter makes him a threat at 2 guard, and his ball handling and
passing skills open up the possibility of playing at the point. Weaknesses
would rival those of most COLLEGE juniors...how to recognize defenses and
adapt to them (he's had difficulty with zones) and shot selection. All in
all a very good package for any college coach to shape into a future NBA
From the looks of the letters being received, Corey will have his
pick of college coach. At the midpoint of his junior year, his choices
are still wide open, but he is getting a strong push by the Big10 to keep
him in the upper midwest. A recent Chicago Sun-Times article had Illinois,
Tennessee, Kentucky and Michigan high on his list.
11-13-97...Corey Maggette announced for Duke university, choosing
them over Illinois.
9-20-97...Among the schools visiting Maggette during the fall
evaluation period include Illinois, Duke, Stanford, Kentucky, Georgetown,
Villanova, UCONN, Clemson, North Carolina and Notre Dame. Rumors now
circulating suggest Clemson and Illinois are the favorites.
8-27-97...Corey Maggette popped up on the University of Illinois
campus on Sunday. He reportedly was impressed enough to schedule a revisit
on September 6th.
7-22-97...Maggette was a no-show for the 36-team Morris Shootout
that featured matchups with Illinois High school teams, despite assurances
Maggette would be there. Fenwick lost in the first round to Champaign
Centennial. "It's not a good thing," assistant coach Jeff Carpenter said
after the game. "he should be here." It was later discovered that
Maggette was in Orlando playing with his AAU team.
7-7-97...The Chicago Sun-Times, in the latest in a series of
articles following the recruitment of Corey Maggette, has Maggette attempting
to reduce his list of some 23 schools down to 10 by November. Taylor Bell
writes, "North Carolina, Clemson and Arizona figure to be on his list.
Maybe Duke, UCLA, Florida and Illinois. Not Kentucky or Indiana." Waiting
until November to narrow the list to ten schools makes it unlikely Corey
will sign during the early period.
6-8-97...Rumors have surfaced that say Purdue may not be actively
recruiting Maggette anymore. Considering Rodney Smith is projected as
being a contributor on the wing along with Cam Stephens, and Mike Robinson
still having 3 years remaining, this news comes as no surprise. If the
rumor is true, expect Purdue to drop off his final list when announced
6-3-97...Corey continues to impress on the summer AAU circuit.
After being rated as the best player at the Run N' Slam by Bob Gibbons,
Corey was then named the second best player at the Reebok/Bob Gibbons
Tournament of Champions in North Carolina last weekend behind 6-7 Vincent
Yarbrough of Cleveland, TN. Corey plans to cut his list of schools
down to 5 or 6 following the Nike Camp, and still plans to sign during
the fall signing period.
5-20-97...Much has been said recently about the control Nike has
had upon certain segments of the summer tournaments and some of the teams
involved. One of the issues affecting Corey Maggette has been the Nike
sponsorship of his summer AAU team, featuring many of the nation's top
high school talent. Nike had planned to fly the team to play in a
tournament in Paris, causing the members of the team to miss three days
of school in the process. The IHSA was left impotent to stop it. Enter
the individual high school principals. After meeting with the US team
officials, the trip was cancelled. The major issue was the missing of
school as most of the principals were concerned about the academic
standing of a few of the participants. Some can not academically afford
to miss three days. Maggette is one of the exceptions being on firm
academic ground. IHSA executive director Dave Fry told the Chicago
Sun-Times "There is a need for revamping our controls in this area.
But as the rule stands now, nothing is being violated."
Maggette will now play in the National AAU 17-under finals to be
held in Orlando Florida on June 20-26. He will be on an Illinois team
with Chris Williams (who is said by talent scout Roy Sandler to be
favoring Northwestern), Maine West's Lucas Johnson and Brian Wardle.
The Illinois Pacers advanced to the national tournament with a victory
over the Illinois Warrior team that recently won the Spiece Run N' Slam
tournament in early May. In that tournament, the Warriors defeated the
Nike superteam featuring Corey Maggette in the semi-finals. The Warriors,
consisting of Quentin Richardson, Rod Thompson and Cordell Henry, will
also travel to Orlando. The Pacers and the Warriors will be joined by
Ferrari Basketball (featuring Simeon's Bobby Simmons and Pierre Greene),
as the top three teams in the Central AAU tournament advance with
4-28-97...Corey Maggette has officially turned down an offer to
play AAU ball in Chicago to play for a loaded AAU squad based out of
Kansas City. The team is sponsored by Nike, who reportedly has forked
over $200K for team expenses. Prep Stars has Illinois, Purdue, Kentucky,
Indiana, Duke, and UNC on his list.
4-4-97...Contrary to popular rumor, Maggette does not have a
favorite at this point in his recruitment, nor does he have anything
resembling a final list of possibilities. The latest goal it to have a
list of 10 by the beginning of next falls basketball season (his coach
wants him to get it down to 6 or 7). He then plans on making his official
visits in September and October, and sign in the early period (November
1997). Coaches cannot contact him until July 1 of this summer, and
Maggette is not looking forward to it according to comments he made
recently to Taylor Bell of the Sun Times. "I dread it, when coaches can
begin to make contact," Maggette said. "Now they can only look in the
windows or watch practice. But after July 1, there will be a lot of
pressure on me. They'll come to our house, talk to my parents every day
and put them through a lot of stress. But I have to deal with it."
Corey is scheduled to take the SAT on March 15th, and the ACT
on April 12th. He has chosen to attend the Nike Camp in Indy in July.
3-16-97...The Illinois High School Association is looking into
the invitation by Nike to send Corey Maggette to France to play in an
international all-star game. Nike will pay all expenses for the trip.
The IHSA will hand down a ruling as to whether the trip will violate its
own bylaws. A similar event a few years ago left then Illinois stars
Ronnie Fields and Bryant Notree suspended for three games. Nike is
attempting to corral the top 10 juniors in the nation onto one "superteam"
for this summers AAU tournaments. Boo Williams reportedly will coach
2-19-97...Corey Maggette has made an unofficial visit to Indiana
according to a report. He is currently wide open, but plans to concentrate
on schools with good academic records and whittle his list down to a final
5 or 6 by July.
2-6-97...Corey had his best semester academic-wise last semester,
finishing with three A's and two B's. He has yet to take any standardized
tests, but is currently taking a prep class for the ACT. He will need all
the help he can get to reach the goals his mother has set for him in
relation to his scores. Corey's mother wants him to shoot for a 1400 on the
SAT and a 30 on the ACT.
12-27-96...Patrick Hill of Fenwick got the shot he wanted with 15
seconds left, with his team trailing by one point, but the jumper would not
fall and Westinghouse (8-1) bounced Fenwick (7-3) from the Proviso West
Tournament. The long awaited battle in front of a sellout crowd of almost
4,000 between two of the state's top juniors was only a sidenote as defense
and the flu kept both Corey Maggette and Westinghouse's Mark Treadwell in
check and under their season averages. The matchup between the two was
met with anticipation because it was the first meeting of the two friends
since Treadwell left Fenwick for Westinghouse and more playing time. "He has
a good game and I've got a good game," said Maggette of the Treadwell matchup.
"It will be a chance to see who's game is better." The answer to that
question is still in limbo as Maggette ended up with 13 points with a 102
degree temperature, and Treadwell also fell far short of his season average
with 5 points and 17 boards. "I had no energy," said the feverish Maggette.
Physically, I didn't have my strength in the post. They were pushing me
around in there."
Both teams shot miserably from everywhere on the floor.
Ironically, the only player to shoot better than 40 percent for the game
was 6-5 Victor Bryant, who supplied most of the defensive work on Maggette
for the game. Fenwick finished 19-64 from the floor and 1-16 from the
perimeter, while Westinghouse only hit 15 of 51 shots for the game.
12-21-96...Fenwick suffered its second loss of the season in a Catholic
League crossover battle with Leo. Leo played exceptional basketball in the
first half, countering Maggette's scoring in the post with a flurry of
3-pointers. Leo hit half of their 8 three's for the game in the first
quarter alone. Fenwick never got any closer than 4 points as Leo iced the
game down the stretch hitting 11 of 12 freethrows in the final three minutes.
Fenwick (6-2, 3-1) lost by the score of 64-59.
12-17-96...The Nike Corporation has offered to fly Corey to Kansas
City this summer to play on a heavily loaded AAU team for them. Maggette is
scheduled to join fellow top five players Jaron Rush of Kansas City and
Korleone Young of Witchita on the same team.
DATE MIN FG FGA FT FTA 3P 3PA RB A B S PTS
12-06-96 8 22 Won 58- St. Laurence 31
12-14-96 9 3 20 Lost 63- Oak Park 65 OT
12-20-96 12 28 Lost 59- Leo 64
12-26-96 9 3 20 Won 57- Lyons 51
12-27-96 5 14 4 1 16 15 Lost 45- Westinghouse 48
01-10-97 27 11 22 28 Won 70- Brother Rice 68
01-24-97 14 4 26 Won 72- St. Rita 67
02-07-97 17 Won 48- St Ignatious 40
02-14-97 14 27 Won 75- Deerfield 57
02-21-97 12 13 27 Won 87- Gordon Tech 62
03-14-97 14 16 10 26 Won 52- St. Patrick 44
* 03-18-97 18 13 Lost to Thornton
Season thru PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG APG SPG BPG RECORD RANK
95-96 season 21.0 26-3
01-27-97 22.0 10.0 13-4
02-19-97 24.2 11.1 2.9 17-5
03-15-97 24.1 10.5 23-5
96-97 season #1 junior in Illinois (City-Suburban Hoops Report)
Second team All-State (Hoop Scoop)
Illinois Class AA All-State Team (Chicago Sun Times)
Parade All-American Third Team selection
Illinois All-State First Team (Chicago Trib)
95-96 season Nike Camp - Best Underclassman