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Northwest Herald boys basketball preview: Five to watch in 2022-23

Marian Central football and basketball player Christian Bentancur

Marian Central’s Christian Bentancur

Christian Bentancur, Marian Central, jr., F

Bentancur (6-5) was second in the area in scoring at 18.9 points a game and led the East Suburban Catholic Conference in scoring. He also averaged 6.1 rebounds a game. Bentancur has about 30 NCAA Division I offers for tight end in football and should help Marian improve its record with an independent schedule this season. He was an All-Area second-team selection last season. He has 845 points for his career.

Crystal Lake South's Cooper LePage

Crystal Lake South’s Cooper LePage

Cooper LePage, Crystal Lake South, sr., G

LePage (6-1) is he lone returning All-Area first-team selection from last season. He averaged 12.1 points and hit 63 3-pointers for the 17-15 Gators. LePage, a fourth-year varsity player, will play at NCAA Division II Northern Michigan, where his parents Matt and Marisa both played.

Prairie Ridge's James Muse

Prairie Ridge’s James Muse

James Muse, Prairie Ridge, sr., F

Muse (6-3) has been tough to stop for the Wolves the last two seasons. He scored 11.8 points a game and grabbed 8.1 rebounds as they finished 16-15. Muse did not shoot a lot of 3s last season, but got his points inside and in mid-range. Muse was an All-Area second-team selection last season.

Burlington Central's Drew Scharnowski

Burlington Central’s Drew Scharnowski

Drew Scharnowski, Burlington Central, sr., F

Scharnowski (6-9) is the only returning starter from the Rockets’ 31-4 team that lost to St. Francis 37-35 in the Class 3A Crystal Lake South Sectional championship. Scharnowski averaged 9.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. He will assume more of an offensive role and can score from all over the floor. Scharnowski, an All-Area honorable-mention selection, will play at NCAA Division I Belmont.

Johnsburg's Dylan Schmidt

Johnsburg’s Dylan Schmidt (KKoontz.com/)

Dylan Schmidt, Johnsburg, sr., F-G

Schmidt (6-3) was third in area scoring (18.0 ppg.), fifth in rebounding (7.9) and fourth in 3s (73) last season and was an All-Area second-team pick. He is a fourth-year varsity player and starts this season with 953 career points. Schmidt has not picked a school for next year.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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