From Staff Reports
Brother Rice senior Deandre Hagan, a first-team All-Catholic League selection after the 2019-20 season, will continue his hoops career at Moraine Valley.
Hagan, a 6-foot-5 forward, played three years for the Crusaders’ varsity squad. He leaves Rice fourth all time in rebounds (482) for the program and 12th all time in scoring (858 points). He made more than 110 3-pointers while shooting 36 percent from behind the arc for his career.
Hagan was an all-tournament selection in 2019-20 at the Joliet West Thanksgiving Tournament and the Jack Tosh Holiday Classic.
“Deandre definitely left his mark here at Brother Rice,” said Crusaders coach Bobby Frasor. “He has the ability to catch and shoot from a deep range. He also can score inside against smaller defenders.
“I believe Deandre’s best basketball is still ahead of him as he continues to develop his fundamentals. Coach (John) Chappetto and Moraine Valley are getting a high-energy player with a lot of upside.”
Hagan’s is a versatile defender who can defend multiple positions and uses his length to his advantage.
“Deandre is a great pickup for us,” said Chappetto, the former Richards coach who led the Bulldogs to the 2008 Class 4A state title. “We are very excited to have him at Moraine Valley. He’s a well-rounded player who instantly becomes our greatest threat from the 3-point range. The lengthening of the 3-point line is not going to be a problem as he shoots NBA distance threes already.
“Our goal is to strengthen the other aspects of his game to hopefully see him move on to the highest level possible of college basketball.”