Week 1 MVP
This future Purdue guard got his senior season started in exciting fashion winning MVP honors as St. Charles East won its own Thanksgiving tournament for the first time since 1994. Stephens scored 31 points in an 18-point win over St. Joseph and 30 more in a championship victory over St. Charles North. Averaged 24.3 points in the Saints’ 4 wins.
The Redhawks claimed the Hoops for Healing title behind the play of their 6-foot-3 senior forward. Blaszczyk earned tournament MVP honors by averaging 18 points and 6.5 rebounds in three wins and a loss to state-ranked Proviso East. Blaszczyk assisted the game-winning basket in the tourney final against Benet.
Cashaw was as good as money for the Patriots in their tournament finale at Buffalo Grove. The sophomore guard was named MVP of the tourney after his career-best 27 points led the way in a 75-67 win over the host school. He averaged 16.3 points in four games, as the Patriots won the title with a 4-0 record.
This 6-foot-4 forward helped St. Edward to a 4-0 start and the Westminster Christian Thanksgiving Tournament title. The senior was named tournament MVP after he scored 51 points and averaged 7 rebounds per game. Ponce notched 5 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and made 5 steals in a 51-39 title-game victory over Immaculate Conception
After 4 games, the BG senior standout is averaging a nice, round number: 25. Potnick’s top performance in four tournament games at BG was a 30-point effort in the season opener against Elgin, but he also had quality efforts against Grayslake Central (29), Christian Liberty (17, in limited minutes) and tourney champ Stevenson (24) as the Bison finished 2-2 on their homecourt.