Star of the week: St. Patrick’s Royale Ewing

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St. Patrick High School begins the 2012 basketball season with its annual Max Kurland Thanksgiving Tournament and all eyes are on the Shamrock’s star senior guard, Royale Ewing.

Ewing is a 6’1 guard from the Near West Side neighborhood of Chicago and he is currently ranked by espn.com as one of the top 25 players in Chicago.

“If I didn’t choose to go to St. Patrick, I would probably go to Whitney Young. But, I think St. Pat’s offers me the best chance to achieve my dreams.” Ewing said.

Ewing has played competitive basketball since he was 5 years old said his dream has always been to play college basketball and make it to the NBA.

Additionally important to Ewing is academics and that is another reason he left some of his friends and enrolled at St. Patrick High School. Although as Ewing said, “I work hard at school, but I really don’t like science class. That isn’t my favorite subject.”

Last season, St. Patrick lost in the regional round of the Illinois state playoffs to Maine South 43-30.

St. Patrick head coach Mike Bailey said prior to the Max Kurland Tournament that his team is predicated on great defense, but that Royale is definitely the team’s most versatile playmaker.

Ewing, who plays for the Chicago Rising Stars 16U AAU team in the offseason, has played against some of the best players in the Midwest and routinely impresses the scouts with his smooth shooting touch.

At the 3rd Annual Nike Spring Showdown in Merriville, Indiana, Ewing led his Chicago Rising Stars team to the Gold Division Title by scoring 20 points.

His strong play during the AAU circuit has resulted in much recruiting buzz.

“I am currently being recruited by Illinois, Purdue and Xavier. But, I haven’t decided where I want to play yet,” Ewing said.

All of the attention has not distracted Ewing from preparing for his final Shamrock season. He is focused on helping his team move beyond the state’s regional round. But, Ewing said, “First thing though, we have to win our games here in conference.”

Ewing got his 2012 season off to a great start in the first game of the Max Kurland Tournament, by scoring 14 points and advancing his Shamrock team past their first round match-up, Mather High School by 40 points.

“I had a pretty good game shooting tonight,” Ewing said. “But, I want to beat Oak Park Saturday in the tournament finale. They beat us last year and I think we got them this year.”