About the Author
Tom Lemming created a unique approach to the recruiting process in 1978, pursuing an up-close-and-personal look at the top 1,500 high school players in the United States. He published the first copy of his magazine, the 300-page Prep Football Report, in 1979. He has served as a contributor to USA Today since the national newspaper began publishing in 1982, co-hosted a national recruiting show for the Sunshine Network from 1992 to 1999, worked for ESPN and ESPN.com for nearly 20 years, and is currently host for "Tom Lemming's Generation Next", a weekly look at national recruiting on CSTV (College Sports TV). Lemming resides in South Barrington, Illinois.
Taylor Bell has covered high school basketball in Illinois for more than 40 years, including every state tournament since 1959. He worked at the Champaign-Urbana Courier, St. Louis Globe-Democrat, Chicago Daily News, and Chicago Sun-Times until his retirement in 2001. He was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association's Hall of Fame as a charter member in 1971, the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2002 he received the IBCA's Buzzy O'Connor Award for contributions to the game and received the Ring Lardner Award for excellence in print journalism in 2006. Bell resides in Chicago, Illinois. Past titles include Glory Days Illinois: Legends of Illinois High School Basketball (Sports Publishing, 2006) and Sweet Charlie, Dike, Cazzie, and Bobby Joe: High School Basketball in Illinois (University of Illinois Press, 2004).