CHICAGO, IL– As we dive into our Prep Hoops Next circuit play, we felt it was important to know more of the grassroots programs that are taking their talents to our Prep Hoops Next Circuit in 2021. We take a…
CHICAGO, IL– As we dive into our Prep Hoops Next circuit play, we felt it was important to know more of the grassroots programs that are taking their talents to our Prep Hoops Next Circuit in 2021.
We take a look at a program that is no strange to our Prep Hoops Circuit, the Chicago Demons, directed by Vince Carter, who has been the club director of the Demons for many years. We sat down for a chat with Vince to talk about his multiple teams taking their talents to the Prep Hoops Next Circuit.
A Well Known Grassroots Program
Vince Carter formed the Chicago Demons back in 1980. His vision was to create a basketball program in Chicago to give kids a chance to play the great game of basketball. He wanted to build a program that allowed kids to travel across the country to play the game of basketball as he wanted to cater to the kids that may have never left their neighborhood of Chicago, much less jumped on a plane to go play in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and anywhere else in the United States basketball might take place.
A High Volume of Basketball
Being in the basketball business for over 40 years, the Demons have now created 17 teams (6 girls teams and 11 boys teams) ranging from the 1st grade to high school seniors. Carter plans on incorporating his girl’s teams onto the Prep Girls Hoops Circuit here soon, too, making the Demons well-known on all three of the basketball circuits we have with the Prep Network.
Notable Names & Track Record of Success
In the many years of basketball the Demons have played, they have had a long list of players play at the next level and even a well-known NBA player we know. Tony Allen, who played college basketball at Oklahoma State and had a 15 year NBA career with the Boston Celtics, Memphis Grizzlies, and New Orleans Pelicans and was a star defensively, being on the NBA’s “All-Defensive Team” six times throughout his NBA, started his basketball career with the Chicago Demons. For those SEC football fans out there, Alabama TE Jahleel Billingsley was also a recent star in the Chicago Demons program.
As of right now in 2021, the Chicago Demons program has 54 of their former players enrolled in college and 75% of them are playing college basketball. The Demons have also had a strong track record of players playing college football as well.
Prospects of Note
The Chicago Demons have four teams signed up for the Prep Hoops Next Circuit (one in 2025, one in 2026, and two in 2027). Coach Carter and Coach Brian gave me a significant amount of prospects across their program that we in the Heartland region will be watching frequently from the Class of 2025 to 2027.
Class of 2025:
Richieon Tolbert, Guard, Chicago Demons 2025
Class of 2026:
Larry Harris, Forward/Center (2026) Chicago Demons 2026
Coach’s Take on Larry:
Larry is our big man and one of the best bigs in the city of Chicago from his class. He’s played now for three years in our program. Harris stands 6’1 and uses his size well around the basket. Larry models his game after “The Admiral” San Antonio Spurs legendary big man David Robinson.
Ashton Flowers, Guard (2026) Chicago Demons 2026
Coach’s Take on Ashton:
Ashton is such a natural talent on the court with a natural ability when he has the basketball in his hands. At 5’7, Flowers is working on his skill set to become a true point guard for the Demons 2027 program.
Class of 2027:
Devin Cleveland, Guard (2027) Chicago Demons 2027
Coach’s Take on Devin:
Devin is our top shooter on our 2026 team. Has a solid long-range game. Great basketball pedigree as his older brother plays Division I college basketball.
Travis Brown, Guard (2027) Chicago Demons 2027
Coach’s Take on Travis:
Brown is a lightning-quick guard that shines bright in the open court if you give him an inch. Brown also has sound playmaking abilities for his age.
Matthew Greene Jr., Guard/Forward (2027) Chicago Demons 2027
Greene was a young prospect I got my eyes on a couple of weekends ago at our event in Indianapolis. I was a fan of how strong he was defensively and his ability to grab boards against some bigger competition. Greene Jr. has played with the Demons since he was in 2nd grade.
Markese Peoples, Forward/Center (2027) Chicago Demons 2027
Coach’s Take on Markese:
Markese is a forward/center built with the craft of a guard. A versatile player that can shoot, pass, and rebound from anywhere on the floor.
Ed Williams IV, Guard (2027) Chicago Demons 2027
Williams was a member of my All-Tournament Team from the Class of 2027 from our Indianapolis tournament. Williams showed off a solid mid-range stroke and showed off a basketball IQ that exceeds his age group. A fearless competitor at the rim as well.
Heartland Kickoff 2027 All-Tournament Team
Damari Stevens, Forward (2027) Chicago Demons 2027 EYL
Damari already stands at a lengthy 5’10, and according to Coach Carter, he’s probably not done growing, and it helps to have an uncle in the family that stands at 6’10 tall.
Other Key Contributors from 2025 to 2027 in the Chicago Demons Program:
Travis Marks, Forward, Chicago Demons 2026
Coach’s Take on Travis:
Travis is an all-around player that has a solid core vision while on the basketball court. Marks will be a solid combo guard/forward on the 2026 Demons roster.
Rashaun Porter, Forward/Center (2026) Chicago Demons 2026
Coach’s Take on Rashaun:
Rashaun is a long-player that has a good feel for the game as a lefty. Another player on this 2026 team that plays like a guard. Rashaun has a lot of upside that can make some big plays for this team.
Andrew Wilson, Forward/Center (2027) Chicago Demons 2027 EYG
Coach’s Take on Andrew:
Wilson shows a ton of upside in his game and could be an up and comer for this Chicago Demons 2027 EYG roster.
The Demons have dedicated themselves to play a national schedule in 2021 all over the country, with their first stop a couple of weeks on the Prep Hoops Next circuit at the Prep Hoops Next Heartland Kickoff just a short 2-hour drive in Indianapolis.
The Why in Joining the Prep Hoops Next Circuit
The Chicago Demons are no stranger to the Prep Hoops brand, as they have played plenty of events on the big brother circuit of Prep Hoops. Coach Carter said, “We used to run up to Minneapolis to play all the time, and much like the Prep Hoops circuit, you all give us plenty of tournament options to play in with Prep Hoops Next.” Carter also stated more of the reasons for joining Next were the organization and the format of the tournaments we host as a significant factor and the quality of the teams that play in our tournaments.
Vince also stated, “the parents love their player rankings as well as the coverage you bring to these kids.”
We look forward to having and following the Chicago Demons program in the Heartland region in the next several months in the gym all over the country!