Locke air ball could be OPRF hoops gain

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By Brad Spencer

Sports Editor

Residency issues aren't uncommon at OPRF High School. Students have falsely enrolled at the school while living in Chicago or elsewhere outside District 200. But parents living in Oak Park and clandestinely sending their kid to a public school in Chicago? It's a bit unusual … unless it has to do with high school basketball.

It's no secret that Erick Locke is a hoops phenom. He's been ripping through defenses since he was a whippersnapper, which wasn't that long ago. Just a few years back, he led the seventh grade team at Oak Park's Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School to a conference title by averaging 15 points per game. He was a sixth grader at the time. And he's pretty much drawn interest from Division I colleges ever since.

Locke, who has starred at the AAU level, last season played on another Brooks team. The six-foot point guard was a sophomore for Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep School, a Chicago public school where his father, Bobby, was the head coach. During his freshman season, he recorded a double-double of 28 points and 10 assists in Brooks' 66-55 win over Perspective-Calumet.

It's been reported that such colleges as Northern Illinois, Illinois State, DePaul, Xavier, Loyola, Bradley, Missouri State, and Butler have shown interest in the younger Locke.

But as of right now, he's in limbo. Last month, Bobby Locke was fired from the head coaching position at Brooks, and the Chicago Tribune recently reported it was due to residency issues that involved his son. The Lockes apparently live in Oak Park, but listed the Chicago address of a relative so Erick could be eligible to attend Brooks, according to the Tribune report.

Whether or not Erick Locke, an honor student while at Brooks College Prep, will be attending OPRF High School next fall is still up in the air.

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W. R. Hearst  

Posted: June 20th, 2012 3:01 PM

Brad congrats on your award. It's nice to see mediocraty rewarded. Looks like you shot the air ball on this one. Those were some truely inspiring lyrics on the music video. In the future, you might want to check out what is put up on the page like a real professional. It's your name at the top of the column, no one else. A good day to you sir.

The Doobie Brothers  

Posted: June 18th, 2012 9:31 PM

What's wrong with "Listen to the Music" ? It's one of our best songs.

Brad Spencer, Sports Editor Wednesday Journal  

Posted: June 18th, 2012 11:44 AM

No, I did not listen to the music in the YouTube video, but it has been taken down. Thanks.

Listen First  

Posted: June 18th, 2012 11:38 AM

Brad, did you listen to music on this video before posting? Truly offensive. It is depressing to think a HS student is using this in a promo video

Have some class  

Posted: June 16th, 2012 1:30 PM

What sensible adult was involved in the production of this mixtape with this garbage audio???

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