Alumni in Action: College Basketball Preview


Bobby Winebrenner

The Lake Forest basketball program has produced many talented players over the years, many of which have gone on to compete at the next level in the college ranks. With the season starting up soon, the alums hope to be contributors and lead their teams to conference titles this winter. The Scouts have had successful teams in recent years and the leaders of those squads will be suiting up in many different uniforms as the slate of games begin on Friday.

Alumni in Action: College Basketball PreviewEvan Boudreaux: Update.

Boudreaux has been carving up Ivy League defenses since he stepped on campus. However, Boudreaux has decided to graduate Dartmouth a year early. As of an announcement that Boudreaux posted today via Twitter, he will not be playing basketball for the Big Green this year; rather, he will be sitting out per NCAA rules and is looking to find a new home to compete for with two years of eligibility left. As a freshman, Boudreaux was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year and made the second team All-Ivy accolades. He was 9th across the entire country in scoring as a freshman with 17.7 points per game. Not satisfied with his freshman numbers, Boudreaux only improved as a sophomore, finishing second in the Ivy League in scoring with 17.5 PPG and also 9.5 rebounds per contest. It will be interesting to see where Boudreaux ends up as his talent will clearly be welcomed by whichever program he chooses.

Alumni in Action: College Basketball Preview 1Noah Karras: University of Chicago, Junior.

Noah Karras has continued his three-point accuracy that he displayed at Lake Forest from 2013-2015. After not getting a whole lot of minutes his freshman year, he improved mightily as a sophomore and it was obvious. Karras went from averaging 2.1 points per game to 13.1 points. His 11-point increase was in large part to his sensational numbers from beyond the arc. He’s even approaching school records for the Maroons; Karras finished second in school history last season with 75 three-pointers on the season. On a career level, he’s third in UChicago history with a 44% clip from three. If Karras can increase his production in a similar to last year, expect the Maroons to take another leap forward.

Alumni in Action: College Basketball Preview 2Lorenzo Edwards: Saint Joseph’s University, Redshirt Freshman.

The injury bug struck former Scouts big man Lorenzo Edwards his freshman year at Saint Joseph’s. Edwards was able to play in only one game, an early season tilt against Columbia, in which he received four minutes. He was extremely unfortunate last season, and he wasn’t alone. The Hawks suffered many key injuries over the course of last year leading many pundits to believe a healthy squad can compete at the top of the Atlantic 10 standings this season. After a year off the court, Edwards looks to contribute on a team poised to make the NCAA tournament.

Alumni in Action: College Basketball Preview 3Justin McMahon: DePauw University, Freshman.

After a season that ended all too early for Justin McMahon at Lake Forest, DePauw University  is lucky enough to get the talented guard. After averaging 14 points a game his senior year, McMahon hopes to see some playing time this season at a new level. The jump from the North Suburban Conference to the college ranks will not be easy, but McMahon wouldn’t want it any other way. DePauw visits Wheaton University on Friday, February 17th if anyone would like to catch the three-year varsity player competing for his new team.