43-5 Dequan Smith(sr), Westinghouse
43-4 Abraham DeLeon(sr), Lane Tech
42-10 Bobby Kurek(sr), Lane Tech
41-2 Johnny Daniels(sr), Foreman
41-0 Willie McCollum(sr), Austin
40-9 Brandon Trebble(sr), Kenwood
40-4 Destry Cross(sr), Harlan
39-0 Donovan WIlliamson(jr) Urban Prep- Bronzeville
39-1 Jason Dawson(so)- Dunbar
38-5 Alex Shield(jr)- Payton
37-6 Willie Jones(jr)- Harlan
37-5 Anderson Potts(jr)- Corliss
37-4 Anthony Kowalzcyk(jr)- Steinmetz
36-10.6 Shaquille Welch(jr)- Mather
36-5.5 Brandon Solebo(sr), Raby
Dequan Smith(sr)-4th at the CPS meet last year- is the top returning shot putter. But he will not enter the season as the clear cut favorite as 5 others return with marks within 2.5 feet away from Smith's top mark.
Two shot putter that will get a lot of attention this year will be Abraham Deleon(sr) and Bobby Kurek(sr) of Lane Tech. Lane will be in the hunt to recapture the city outdoor title after losing it to Whitney Young last year and their shot put points will go a long way towards determining their chances.
Football stars Johnny Daniels(sr) of Foreman, Willie McCollum(sr) of Austin, and Brandon Trebble(sr) of Kenwood are the other top returnees who threw over 40 feet last year. All are powerful athletes and one or more of them could really bust out with a big year. Watch Trebble bench 365lbs.
Also watch out for CPS sophomore shot put champ Donovan Willamson(jr) of Urban Prep-Bronzeville. The future of the CPS shot put may come from Dunbar as Dunbar has a pair of talented and promising sophomore throwers in Jason Dawson(so) and Nevell Floyd(so). Floyd was the CPS soph meet discus champ and he can also shot put. Dawson threw 39-1 last year as a freshman. He is also a good football player and I hear one of the top sophomore wrestlers in the city and has a state sophomore wrestling ranking.