Chicago Demons Basketball Program: Current Demons-College Players

Saturday, August 24

Jamal Dantzler University of Texas Pan America

Michael Horton Saint Joseph's College

Byron Pickens Tennessee Tech

Shelton Jackson Mercyhurst University

Wilfredo Escobar Calumet College

Michael Fakuade Illinois-Springfield

Tristan Wilson Long Beach State

Tatiana Ortiz Saint Joseph's College

Meshia Reed Northwestern

Michael Dinnunno Eastern Kentucky

Esteban Vega Triton

Brandon Denson

Eric Meyers Triton

Justin Parnell

Jermaine Hiler Lindenwood Belleville

Fila Poe Malcolm X

Shonte Clay University of Minnesota

Terri Taylor Northwestern University

Danisha Cole Cleveland State

Thursday, April 17
Former Chicago Von Steuben High School basketball star Kendall Russell of Cloud County Community College has committed to play for Division I Western Carolina University.

Russell, a 6-5 forward, is known for his strength, athleticism and versatility on the basketball court. This past season, Russell was an Honorable Mention All-Conference selection in the always tough Jayhawk Athletic Conference.

Russell ranked as one of the top 2006 basketball prospects in the state of Illinois as a high school senior.

Saturday, April 19
Former Chicago Von Steuben star Jeremie Simmons of two-time defending NJCAA Division II National Champion Mott Community College has been selected as NJCAA Division II National Player of the Year.

Simmons, a 6-2 guard, is coming off of an incredibile sophomore season on the basketball court in which he led Mott to a second consecutive national championship, and in the process elevate his status as one of the premier juco prospects in the country.

Simmons, who will play in the junior college All-Star game in Arizona this weekend, is now being actively recruited by head coach Thad Matta, and Ohio State University. He could officially visit the school in the near future. Alabama, Dayton, South Florida and Valparaiso are all in the hunt with Toledo making a late run at getting involved.

Sunday, April 27

Jeremie Simmons will be finishing his college career at The Ohio State University.

Kendall Russell will be playing with Western Carolina his next two seasons.

Mike DiNunno will be at NIU for four seasons.


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Tuesday, May 27

Simmons was an all-city selection during his senior year at notorious power Von
Steuben High School in Chicago. This past season, Simmons led Mott to a D-2
NJCAA National Championship, scoring over 21 points and nearly five assists per
game. Schmidt, his coach, praises Simmons’ athleticism and play-making
ability.“I’ve coached a lot of players in my 17 years and he is very crafty and
skilled with the basketball,” Schmidt told Thursday.  “That’s
an area where I think he can step in and help run the Buckeyes.”Known for
getting to the rim, Simmons is also a solid outside shooter – something the
Buckeyes sorely lacked this past season beyond spurts from Butler. He chose Ohio
State over Alabama, Dayton, South Florida and others. Scoring Guards If nothing
else, back court scoring shouldn’t be an issue for the Buckeyes this season.
Returning sophomore Evan Turner (8.5 PPG) will join junior David Lightly (9.0
PPG) and incoming McDonald’s All-American William Buford as potentially one of
the most athletic, talented wing tandems in the Big Ten, if not America. Lighty
once again stepped up his production toward the end of OSU’s N.I.T. Championship
run. Throw in Buford, who’s a sweet-shooting threat to get to the rim and
Simmons, a skilled athlete, and suddenly Ohio State will be quicker than many of
their opponents. Perhaps the biggest key for Ohio State, however, remains
Diebler.Diebler could still become a feared, consistent shooter at some point
despite his early struggles. Ohio State fans are reminded that Butler, a 40
percent shooter this past season, hit just 23 percent of his shots as a
freshman. Purdue head coach Matt Painter said earlier this past season that he
felt Diebler, before his career was over, could become one of the top 3-point
threats in the country. The emergence of Diebler could give Ohio State the
outside scoring threat it needs along with several guys that can beat defenders
off the dribble. Further, by Diebler making an impact, the Buckeyes can afford
to play Lighty as a smaller power forward option, giving them essentially a
four-guard lineup. Still, in addition to the questions at point guard, shooting
and rebounding could still prove to be key issues next season. Until Diebler,
Turner and Lighty can consistently hit from outside and Simmons and Buford can
carry over their perimeter numbers to this level, the Buckeyes are left without
an established outside threat.



COLUMBUS, Ohio - Jeremie Simmons, a 6-foot-2-inch sophomore guard from Mott Community College in Flint, Mich., and Nikola Kecman, a 6-9 freshman forward from Eastern Arizona College, signed NCAA National Letters of Intent to play for the Buckeyes starting with the 2008-09 season, Thad Matta, head coach of the Buckeyes, announced Wednesday.

“We are excited with the addition of another frontcourt and backcourt player,” Matta said. “Nikola gives us size with the ability to step out on the perimeter and shoot the ball. Jeremie gives us another playmaker that also shoots well from behind the 3-point line. In addition, both players come from winning programs.”

Simmons will have two years of eligibility with the Buckeyes and Kecman (KETZ-man) will have three seasons in Scarlet and Gray.

Simmons led the Bears to Division II National Junior College Athletic Association National Championships each of the last two seasons with a 35-3 record in 2007 and a 35-2 mark in 2008.

As a sophomore, Simmons, who played as a prep for Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center in Chicago, averaged a team-leading 21.2 points per game with 268 of 555 (.483) made field goals, 122 of 289 (.422) 3-pointers and 125 of 139 (.899) free throws made for a total of 783 points. He rated No. 2 on the team with 185 assists and 110 steals. He finished No. 11 nationally in scoring last year.

As a freshman in 2006-07, Simmons averaged 16.6 points a game in 34 appearances. He knocked down 182 of 388 field goals (.469), including 91 of 225 (.404) 3-pointers. He also made 111 of 135 (.822) foul shots on his way to 566 points, second on the team. He led the squad with 145 assists and rated third among the Bears with 73 steals.

Simmons, a first team NJCAA All-American last season, was a 2007-08 All-Michigan Community College Athletic Association selection as a sophomore and was named the league’s player of the year.

Mott defeated Columbus State Community College 83-73 for the NJCAA national title March 22 of this year. Simmons led the Bears with 23 points to earn a spot on the all-tournament team. Mott defeated Monroe Community College for the 2007 title, 75-61. Since 2001, Mott has claimed the national title three times (2003, 2007, 2008) and finished as the national runner up twice (2001, 2004) under head coach Steve Schmidt.

Simmons played for Vince Carter at Von Steuben.

Monday, October 6
Congrats to Chris Eversley

Class Of 2009 Chicago Walter Payton Star Chris Eversley Of The Chicago Demons Verbals To Play In Conference USA For Head Coach Ben Braun, And Rice University

Class of 2009 Chicago Walter Payton star Chris Eversley of the Chicago Demons has given a verbal commitment to play his college basketball in Conference USA for head coach Ben Braun, and Rice University. Eversley ranks as one of the top 2009 basketball prospects in the state of Illinois. 

Eversley, who stands 6'6", is a unique combination of size and versatility. He is a player who can be plugged into multiple postions on the basketball court, and has the ability to play strong inside, but can also make things happen on the perimeter with shooting range that extends out to the three-point arc.

This past spring and summer, Eversley led a strong 17-U Chicago Demons team that had a number of impressive showings on the travel team circuit.

Michael Horton Jr
Thursday, February 25
Michael Horton, Jr at St. Joseph's College
Horton recorded 13 points, three rebounds and four assist against Parkside and also finished with 11 points and three rebounds verse the Marauders on Monday.