2017-'18 Season Coverage
updated: 1/11/2017 9:46 PM

Week 6: Lake Park's Fant earns MVP recognition

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  • Garrett Fant

    Garrett Fant

  • James Connolly

    James Connolly

  • Courtese Cooper

    Courtese Cooper

  • Jack Vaselaney

    Jack Vaselaney

Daily Herald report

Lake Park senior guard Garrett Fant has earned Daily Herald MVP recognition for his recent high school boys basketball performances.

Garrett Fant, Lake Park: Fant continued an explosive scoring stretch where he's tallied 20-plus points in six of the Lancers' last seven games. Last week the 6-foot senior guard totaled 75 points in three games, including victories over St. Viator and Metea Valley. In addition to averaging 25 points, Fant averaged 5.7 boards and 5 assists.

James Connolly, Grayslake North: A varsity starter as a sophomore last winter, the 6-foot-3 forward continues to put together a breakout season. His 2 free throws with 0.2 seconds left lifted the Knights to a 51-50 win over Grayslake Central. He followed up the 14-point effort with a season-high-tying 25 points, as the Knights lost to Buffalo Grove 87-77 in 3 overtimes.

Courtese Cooper, Elgin: This 6-foot-8 senior produced his best all-around game of the season in a 56-49 Upstate Eight River home win against Streamwood. Cooper scored 16 of his game-high 27 points in the third quarter to turn a 6-point halftime deficit into an 11-point lead. He demonstrated his unique versatility in that stretch with three 3-pointers and two high-flying slam dunks. He finished with 18 rebounds and 8 blocked shots as Elgin improved to 9-5 overall.

Jack Vaselaney, Buffalo Grove: The junior guard has been one key in the Bison's resurgence. In Saturday's matchup against visiting Grayslake North, he finished with 25 points as BG prevailed 87-77 in 3 OTs; Vaselaney had 11 points Tuesday as the Bison win streak reached four in a 52-38 win against Hoffman Estates.

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