Sweet Charlie, Dike, Cazzie, and Bobby Joe: High School Basketball in Illinois

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Batts was heavily recruited out of high school and considered attending the University of Cincinnati , Purdue University and Long Beach State. He chose Cincinnati, in large part because former Thornton Township star Jim Ard had just finished a great career there and because it was the alma mater of all-time basketball great Oscar Robertson.

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As a sophomore in —72, Batts led the Bearcats in scoring with By the end of his career, Batts' 1, career points made him the school's fourth all-time scorer behind Hall-of-Famers Oscar Robertson and Jack Twyman and also Ron Bonham. He currently stands 11th. In 58 games, he played an average of He then played professionally in Europe [12] for nine years—seven in Belgium, one in Italy and one in France. Batts has two master's degrees—one in physical education and one in administration and education.

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He has a long career as a basketball coach and school administrator, including as an assistant coach at Eastern Illinois University and both assistant coach and director of enrollment at South Suburban College. Batts has two children, Davina and Lloyd, Jr. Enright, the longtime Chicago sportswriter, wrote March Madness in But that book, Bell notes, was simply a "year-by-year compilation of state tournament records, box scores, interviews with a handful of former players and coaches, and stories about the some of the greatest teams in state history.

Sweet Charlie, Dike, Cazzie, and Bobby Joe: High School Basketball in Illinois is an excellent, well-researched and written book by a lifetime fan and authority on the sport. In the appendices, readers will find where every interviewed player, coach, and administrator is today, as well as the author's personal rankings of the best players and teams in over six decades of high school basketball in Illinois. In my opinion, this is a book that any fan of basketball will enjoy. William E.

Bessler is a lifelong fan of high school basketball. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin. West Rockford, en route to its second state championship in a row, won in two overtimes.

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