Simeon Reloads With Hutton And Williams

Brandon Hutton (Scott Burgess)

When you are the top basketball program in the state, high major kids keep coming. That is what is happening at Chicago Simeon with incoming freshmen Brandon Hutton and Dennis Williams. They already have the height and athleticism necessary to play big-time high school basketball.

Brandon Hutton and Dennis Williams are 6'-4" athletic wings who will be adding even more depth to an already loaded Chicago Simeon squad. They displayed their talents this summer at the DePaul Team Camp while the team's star upperclassmen played elsewhere.

Williams talked about what he expects from his career at Simeon.

"I am looking forward to playing hard and getting better. That is why I went there. Coach Rob (Smith) is a good coach, and I want to win another state championship."

Hutton is looking forward to learning from great Simeon players like Jabari Parker, Kendrick Nunn, Steve Taylor and Jaylon Tate.

"I am excited because I can learn moves and different things they can teach me."

Williams is especially excited to play with Parker, the nation's top player in 2013.

"He is a great player and makes his teammates better."

Hutton knows it is a big step up from where they have been playing, but he is gained some experience playing with his future teammates this summer.

"I think I am doing good. I know it is a big step from middle school ball. I just continue to work hard everyday."

Both played with Ferrari 14's on the AAU circuit this summer. According to Williams, it was a successful season.

"We won three tournaments in a row in Spiece, the All Ohio tournament, and the one at Niles North High School."

Hutton agrees. After an early rough patch, they began to roll.

"It has been real good. When we first started off, we were not right on track. But since we started having practices it got on track, so it was real good."

Individually, they have both stood out to evaluators and emerged as two of the top players in Illinois for 2015. Williams described his game for people who haven't seen him play.

"I have heard people comparing me to Jabari. I am versatile as a big guy. My strengths are my spin move, dribbling, and shooting."

Hutton is a future small forward of the Wolverines. He talked about the way he likes to play.

"I am a fast-paced player who likes to take people to the basket. My strengths are going down low in the post, mid-range jumper, and dunking."

Hutton especially has received a lot of hype at a young age. He is handling it well.

"I really don't pay attention to all of it. I just play my game and stay humble."

One of Hutton's best experiences was playing at the John Lucas camp.

"That was a big step for me. That was my first time playing up with seniors that are top-ranked people."

Neither player has received significant college interest yet, but they will once they become better known. Williams likes what he sees in Coach Bruce Weber at Illinois.

"He is a good coach and gets a lot of top recruits from Illinois."

Watch out for the Wolverines. Coach Robert Smith is reloading for the next generation of state titles!

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