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WCRX-FM's "Nothing But Net" Shines a Spotlight on Top High School Basketball Coaches

                                                    (L-R) Shane Riordan, Joe George and Miguel Flores

With a consistent focus on high school athletics, Miguel Flores, Joseph George, and Shane Riordan of WCRX-FM's "Nothing But Net," recently snared an interview with two of the top high school basketball coaches in the United States, Robert Smith, of Simeon Career Academy Chicago and Nick Irvin, of Morgan Park High School in Chicago.

Chicago long has been a hotbed of high school basketball talent, and Simeon Career Academy, located at 81st and Vincennes on Chicago's south side, has been at the forefront. From 2009-2013, Simeon won four straight Illinois Class 4A State Championships, and leading the charge is Head Coach Robert Smith, who has coached such established stars as: Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls, Jabari Parker of Duke University, and Kendrick Nunn of the University of Illinois. Listen here as Coach Smith discusses his tenure at Simeon with the "Nothing But Net" crew.

A mere 10 minutes away from Simeon High School stands another athletic powerhouse, Morgan Park High School. Coached by Nick Irvin, the school has captured back-to-back Class 3A Illinois State Championships, with the most recent one coming on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Irvin has coached many outstanding players, including Wayne Blackshear who helped lead the University of Louisville basketball team to the 2013 NCAA Championship. Prior to winning another title, Irvin discussed his program's success with "Nothing But Net." Hit this link for the full interview.