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Michael O'Brien and Joe Henricksen's weekly look at Chicago area high school basketball.

No Shot Clock Michael O'Brien and Joe Henricksen

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Michael O'Brien and Joe Henricksen's weekly look at Chicago area high school basketball.

    No Shot Clock, Ep. 122: Discussing the weird end to a strange season

    No Shot Clock, Ep. 122: Discussing the weird end to a strange season

    On the latest episode of No Shot Clock Michael O'Brien and Joe Henricksen debate the format of this hastily thrown together answer questions from the listener mailbag and give their Two Takes, a regular weekly feature of commentary and opinion on high school basketball.


    -Why didn't CPS plan a season-ending event or set of games?


    -Player of the Year discussion


    -Breaking down DePaul Prep's big Chipotle tournament win


    -An in-depth look at all the Chipotle games


    -Why did Simeon and Young get knocked out of the tournament?


    -Would the basketball season been more successful in the spring?


    All that and more.

    • 1 hr
    No Shot Clock, Ep. 121: Chipotle Clash of Champions preview and more

    No Shot Clock, Ep. 121: Chipotle Clash of Champions preview and more

    On the latest episode of No Shot Clock Joe Henricksen and Michael O’Brien answer questions from the listener mailbag and give their Two Takes, a regular weekly feature of commentary and opinion on high school basketball.


    The mailbag is the biggest and longest of the season, with tons of questions addresed:


    -Is Simeon senior/Michigan recruit Isaiah Barnes a Player of the Year contender?


    -Mid-Suburban League title game predictions


    -Building the perfect conference


    -How good has Indian Creek been the last two years?


    -Who are the best underclassmen in the Chipotle event?


    -Could Downers Grove North upset Glenbard West?


    The episode wraps up with debate and predictions for all four of the Chipotle Clash of Champions quarterfinal games and of course picks to win it all.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    No Shot Clock, Ep. 120: Listener mailbag

    No Shot Clock, Ep. 120: Listener mailbag

    On the latest episode of No Shot Clock Joe Henricksen and Michael O’Brien answer questions from the listener mailbag and give their Two Takes, a regular weekly feature of commentary and opinion on high school basketball.


    The podcast concludes with a look at the week ahead.


    Topics include:


    -How good is Glenbard West and why they aren't in the Chipotle Classic


    -More shot clock debate


    -Should the overtime format be changed?


    -Is Bryce Hopkins the best Catholic League player since Corey Maggette?


    -Why can't schools just hold their own state tournament?


    -Is this the most offensive firepower ever in the Mid-Suburban League East?


    -Thoughts on the East Suburban Catholic


    -Debating the area's best rivalry and best student sections


    -First impressions of Kenwood sophomore JJ Taylor


    -Are Simeon and Young the state's two best teams? And by how much?


    -Curie, once again, is surprisingly good despite a lack of experience. What is the ceiling for the Condors?


    All that and more.

    • 52 min
    No Shot Clock, Ep. 119: The surprise teams

    No Shot Clock, Ep. 119: The surprise teams

    On the latest episode of No Shot Clock Joe Henricksen and Michael O'Brien reveal the five teams that have surprised them the most with major success so far this season. 


    The episode opens with a listener mailbag and then Joe and Mike give their Two Takes, a regular weekly feature of commentary and opinion on high school basketball.


    The podcast concludes with a look at the week ahead.


    Topics include:


    -What's going on with Player of the Year and All-Area?


    -Is there really a holiday tournament happening on Saturday?


    -Diving in to Kankakee's success under Chris Pickett


    All that and more.

    • 49 min
    No Shot Clock, Ep. 118: Previewing the Public League

    No Shot Clock, Ep. 118: Previewing the Public League

    On the latest episode of No Shot Clock Michael O'Brien and Joe Henricksen debate the recently revealed season-ending tournament, the Chipotle Classic. 


    Then we preview the top six basketball teams in the Chicago Public League, which begins its basketball season over the next week. 


    Then Joe and Mike give their Two Takes, a regular weekly feature of commentary and opinion on high school basketball.


    The podcast concludes with a look at the week ahead.


    Topics include:


    -A look at Hersey's high-scoring Ethan Roberts


    -Is St. Rita's James Brown the state's next star?


    -Appreciating Mundelein big man Scottie Ebubue


    -Why Notre Dame's ceiling is still so high, despite losing the No. ranking


    All that and more

    • 51 min
    No Shot Clock, Ep. 117: First impressions of the new season

    No Shot Clock, Ep. 117: First impressions of the new season

    Joe Henricksen and Michael O'Brien talk about their initial impressions of the very young and very short high school basketball season. 


    The episode opens with a brief news update and a listener mailbag. Then Joe and Mike give their Two Takes. 


    The podcast concludes with a look at the week ahead.


    Topics include:


    -Which players may have their recruitment hurt by the lack of a full season?


    -What is the best way to find streaming games?


    -How are we going to pick a season-ending No. 1 team?


    -Lincoln-Way East's potential


    -Bolingbrook's ceiling this season


    -Why white numbers on white uniforms just don't work


    All that and a ton more.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
83 Ratings

83 Ratings

BBallMatt29 ,

Super Knowledgable

Mike and Joe are the two most knowledgable and plugged in media guys for HS basketball in the Chicago-area. They've got a great back and fourth that makes the pod fun to listen to.

My only complaint: The files sizes for episodes are way too big! Come on guys, lower that bit rate.

Lomikey ,

Information Central

So informative and entertaining. They do a great job.

CoachL8N ,

Great content!

Thanks for all you’re doing to cover high school boys basketball in Chicago! Can you go more in depth into the style of play of the teams you’re covering? Specifically, your top 25 teams and the teams in your top 5 conferences? Also, I’d love if you guys did more features on coaches, how they got their start, their coaching philosophy, their perspective on some of your topics. Thanks for going in depth on your top teams. Fun podcast for hoop junkies living in the area! I hope this stays around for a while.

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