High School Cube News, St. Rita’s Myles Turner, De La Salle’s Karl Harris steal spotlight in showcase game

Patrick McGavin (source)
For Sun-Times Media
April 4, 2015

The basketball season is now part of memory and history. Players still love the spotlight and the chance to showcase their talents.

“I’ve always felt like I’m one of the best players in the city and I had an opportunity to come out and show that today,” De La Salle guard Karl Harris said.

The athletic 6-5 guard drilled five three-pointers and used his slashing ability to get to the basket in scoring a team-high 29 points as the East squad outlasted the West team 146-140 in the Kiwane Garris Future SuperStars All-Star game Saturday at Kenwood.

The former Westinghouse and Illinois star point guard Garris founded his program four years ago. The two All-Star games marked one of five annual camps and events he runs in Chicago.

“I started this in June of 2011 after my last year playing overseas in Venice, Italy,” Garris said. “I always wanted to start something like this, but I didn’t have the chance because I always played basketball year-round.

“This was my opportunity to give back to the community after I played in the NBA, overseas and other professional leagues and offer others that experience and point of view,” Garris said.

The two games primarily focused on unsigned Class of 2015 players who remain unsigned about their college playing. The games featured prominent players from the Public League, Catholic League and the top south suburban programs.

St. Rita’s 6-8 center Myles Carter, who just signed with Seton Hall, was named the most valuable player after he scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the East squad. “Even if I wasn’t committed, I’d still like to come out and play,” Carter said.

He scored 11 of his points in the wild first half that saw the East recover from a 12-point deficit to lead 74-72 at the break. “I just felt it was good to have a chance to come out and play against some of the best competition in Chicago.

All 10 players on the East roster contributed points. Fresh off leading his team to a Class 2A supersectional, St. Francis de Sales’ guard Tyler Street contributed 18 points. Orr guard Darryl Curry ended the back-and-forth affair by drilling four 3-pointers in the second half in scoring 20 points. Homewood-Flossmoor forward Destin Barnes had 18 points for the East team.

Lincoln Park forward Tobi Ewaosho added 14 points and Morton’s Dexter Dale contributed nine points.

Curry’s second half perimeter game helped nullilfy the spectacular all-around play of Hillcrest’s 6-8 Taylor Adway. The Toledo-recruit poured in a game-high 31 points on a variety of jump shots, post ups, 3-pointers and dunks.

Curry drilled three 3-pointers in the final four minutes, including back-to-back shots from distance to put his team up 141-133.

The revelation for the West team was athletic 6-5 Perspectives-Calumet leaper Darian Whiteside, who scored 14 of his 18 points in the first half. His baseline move and fierce dunk with two minutes remaining in the first half brought the crowd to its feet and temporarily halted the game. “I didn’t think I get to the ball, but it was there, and I just tried to make a play,” Whiteside said.

In the first game, Kenwood guard Rahamanh Katumbusi made a grand personal gesture at his home gym by scoring 16 of his game-high 25 points in the second half in powering the South to a 108-96 victory over the North.

“I didn’t realize until the second half this was going to be my last game playing here, and I wanted to go out and do my best,” Katumbusi said of his most valuable player showing. “I was just focused on having fun, and showcasing my [skills] the fans, parents, coaches, the programs and the schools.”

Katumbusi, Orr swingman Jason Newman and Hillcrest forward Cornelius McIntosh sparked the South team from a 51-49 halftime deficit. Newman seven seven points during a frenzied 30-second burst, hitting back-to-back 3-pointers and punctuated by the rare 4-point play.

Newman scored 20 points. McIntosh scored 10 points in each half in finishing with 20 points. All nine players on the roster scored.

Lindblom forward Chris Edomwande and Morton forward Antonio Haley scored 20 points apiece for the North side. Wing forward Daniel Soetan, who helped lead Uplift to a Class 2A state title last month, scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half.

Proviso East guard Marshawn Williams contributed 14 points, complemented by Kenwood’s Steven Williams (nine points) and Lane guard Noah Kahn (eight points).