Here is N’Digo “Eye on Chicago” with their feature on Jimmy “In The Gym” Smith. Smith has become a legendary figure in Chicago basketball as the go-to public address announcer at top basketball events in Chicago. He is most known for his “In The Gym” slogan letting the fans know anytime celebrity figures are among the crowd.
Normal U-High standout sophomore Kai Bates-Diop collapsed during practice on Thursday from a “cardiac event”, and is recovering in a Peoria hospital.
The athletic training staff at U-High provided Bates-Diop with immediate attention following the event.
“We appreciate all the well wishes and prayers from friends and family — and so many others. Kai is a remarkable young man and he feels blessed to have the support and love of so many to carry on with his wonderful life,” said Bates-Diop’s parents Richard and Wilma in a statement.
Bates-Diop is the younger brother of Keita Bates-Diop, who is a standout at Ohio State.
Here is video from Ballislife Midwest featuring the battle between Elijah Joiner of Chicago Curie and Alonzo Verge of Thornton at the Bob Hambric Shootout last month. Both players rank among the top 10 class of 2017 prospects in the state of Illinois.