Two of my favorites from the Class of 2012, underappreciated guards Devin Foster of Curie and Jaleni Neely of Simeon, have signed with junior college powers.
Foster, a 6-foot-3 lefty who does just about everything well, is headed for Mott Community College in Michigan.
Don't be surprised if Foster follows in Taylor's footsteps and becomes Mott's fifth national player of the year.
Not only can he play both guard spots, score and distribute, he has the often elusive knack for knowing what his team needs at any given moment. Though Curie was upset by Marist in the sectionals following a terrific regular season, there's no question Foster is a winner.
Speaking of winning, few high school players have ever done more of it than Neely.
The 5-10 point guard had a couple Division I opportunities but will attend Highland CC in Kansas instead.
After leading Simeon's frosh-soph team to a 32-0 as a freshman, Neely was a major contributor to each of the Wolverines' three consecutive 4A titles.
Nobody sacrificed more on those star-studded teams than Neely, whose ballhandling, smarts and leadership were clearly lacking early in the season while he recovered from ACL surgery.
He averaged about 10 points a game while shooting only when necessary, and he seemed to hit big shots the few times Simeon was challenged last winter.