IBCA basketball

    Ryan Kutsor was a senior at Lake Zurich High School before graduating recently. He might not be from Pontiac, but he certainly knows a little bit about the place.
    Kutsor will get a chance to not only play in the IBCA all-star game for the Class 3A-4A boys, he will be doing so in as close to a home crowd as anyone this weekend.
    “It’s an honor to get selected and play with a bunch of kids at a high level,” said Kutsor, who will wear No. 51 for the North squad, which is coached by Jeff Powers of Naperville North.
    If the Kutsor name sounds familiar, it is because he comes from the Kutsor family of Pontiac.
    “Both my parents grew up here and they both played basketball here,” young Kutsor said Friday. “Growing up and visiting family, it’s cool to come here and play (in front of them).”
    His parents are Chris and Sally Kutsor. His mom is a Gschwendtner by birth.
    “My dad always coached me growing up,” Kutsor said. “He taught me to work hard and play hard. He said,’you’re not going to great if you don’t work at it.’ I got my work ethic from him.”
    As for being here, he might not have played on the Pontiac Township High School floor, but he’s seen quite a few games with some top-level talent hit the floor at the place.
    “I grew up watching the holiday tournament here but I never played here,” Kutsor said. “It’s cool to come down here and play for my last game.
    “I’m just going to do what I can, play my game. I have confidence in myself. I’ve played with kids (of this caliber) all through high school.”
    Although college basketball isn’t in his planned future, Kutsor will be attending Indiana University to study Business and Finance.
    The 3A-4A game is set to tip off at 6 p.m. and is the last of the four games on tap for the day. Some of his teammates will include Pontiac Holiday Tournament veterans Isaiah Fuller of Oak Park-River Forest and Jared Crutcher of West Aurora. Camron Donatlan of West Aurora was supposed to participate but he had another engagement.
    The coach for the 3A-4A South will be Chad Benedict, will be familiar to area fans as the head coach at Mahomet-Seymour.