High school basketball: Electrifying DeAndre Craig scores 33 as Mount Carmel takes down St. Rita

Mount Carmel’s Deandre Craig (4) shoots the ball as St. Rita’s Nojus Indrusaitis (5) defends.

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St. Rita is loaded with future college basketball players. The Mustangs feature the top three juniors in the state and all three have committed to college already. Morez Johnson (Illinois), James Brown (North Carolina) and Nojus Indrusaitis (Iowa State) had high-level recruitments, with the best college programs in the country courting them for years.

St. Rita sophomore Melvin Bell is in the same boat, widely considered one of the top three players in his class.

Over on the other side of the court on Tuesday at Mount Carmel was DeAndre Craig. The Caravan senior has been one of the area’s best guards for four years, but his recruitment never took off. Craig signed with Denver in November.

“[Denver] got the biggest steal in the country,” Mount Carmel coach Phil Segroves said. “From day one I thought he was a Big Ten guard. I thought he could play at Loyola, and he was overlooked there. I think he can play at DePaul and he was overlooked there.

“DeAndre is fine with that. He’s really excited about Denver, and they’ve got a great one coming.”

Craig was the dominant force on the floor against St. Rita, scoring 33 points to lead the Caravan to a 84-76 win.

Craig relentlessly attacked the rim, going straight into the Mustangs’ stout post defense of Johnson (6-9) and Brown (6-10). The 6-1 Craig absorbed the contact and scored, time after time.

He was 9-for-13 shooting and also contributed four steals, three assists and five rebounds.

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Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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