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Illinois media members:
Votes are due by Thursday morning for the Illinois AP’s Class 1A-2A boys’ basketball All-State team.
Voting runs through Thursday morning. (The earlier the better!)
All media members in the state are eligible to cast a ballot.
When voting, please send your ballot back in a separate, clearly marked email to preppollsgmail.com.
Note: You will vote for a 5-player first team and a 5-player second-team in each class.
Two votes are needed for a candidate to receive honorable mention.
The voting totals will be released via email and on the wire Thursday afternoon.
Thanks to all of you submitting nominations.The ballot is enclosed with this announcement.
Moline Dispatch/Rock Island Argus
2018 ILLINOIS ASSOCIATED PRESS CLASS 1A/2A ALL-STATE BOYS’ BASKETBALL BALLOT
Media nominators (23):
David Adam, Quincy Herald-Whig
Rick Armstrong, Aurora Beacon-News
Chad Dare, Danville Commercial-News
Jimmy Dean, WGGH-radio Marion
Jim Dent, Southern Illinoisan
Charlie Ellerbrock, Ottawa Times
Kevin Hieronymus, Bureau County Republican
Dave Kane, Springfield State Journal-Register
Randy Kindred, Bloomington Pantagraph
John Komosa, Peoria Journal Star
Colin Likas, Champaign News-Gazette
Dennis Mathes, Jacksonville Journal-Courier
Mike Monahan, Mattoon Journal-Gazette & Charleston Times-Courier
Erich Murphy, Pontiac Daily Leader
Brock Netter, Kankakee Daily Journal
Mike O’Brien, Chicago Sun-Times
Ty Reynolds, Sauk Valley News
Greg Sapp, Effingham radio
Greg Shashack, Alton Telegraph
Steve Tappa, Moline Dispatch/Rock Island Argus
Matt Trowbridge, Rockford Register-Star
Josh Welge, Kendall County Record Newspapers
Jackson White, WCI Sports
Coaches/AD’s submitting information (15):
Dan Beebe, Aurora Christian
Tim Ervin, Providence St. Mel School
Josh Fugitt, Elmwood
Phillip Gilbert, Madison
Todd Hopkins, Ottawa Marquette
Bill Ipsen, Champaign Judah
Steve Kimbro, Nokomis
William McGuire, Chicago Corliss
Eric Miller, East Dubuque
Jeff Parsons, Wethersfield
Chet Reeder, Teutopolis
Ray Sharp, Sterling Newman
Rob Smith, Moweaqua Central A&M
Jamal Thompson, Chicago Leo
Robert Waggoner, Pinckneyville
Not represented from the Elite Eight:
Not represented from the Sweet 16:
Not represented from the Top 10:
Returning All-Staters missing:
Austin Rager, Mt. Carmel
Kavon Russell, Kewanee (moved up to 3A)
1A: (44 nominees):
-- Will Aubel, Okawville (6-4, Sr., F/G): Leading scorer (10.5 ppg) and only double-figure performer for the 21-11 defending state champions and current Elite Eight qualifiers. Remarkably balanced squad features five scorers between 8.1 and 10.5 points-per-game. Also averages 6.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists.
-- Shawn Bell, Triopia (6-0, Sr., SF): Averages 13.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists for a 32-3 Elite Eight qualifier. Also has 54 steals. Scored 34 points in the sectional championship game, including 13 of his team’s 16 points in two overtime periods. Headed to Illinois College for basketball. Nominated along with Zach Thompson and Garrett Snow.
-- Layne Boyer, East Dubuque (6-4, Sr., G): Honorable mention AP All-State last season. Arguably one of the best defensive guards in 1A for the state’s top defensive team. Owns the school’s career steals record. Averages 10.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.4 steals for a 31-1 Elite Eight qualifier ranked No. 4 in the final AP state poll. A 3-time unanimous All-NUIC first team pick. Nominated with teammates Payton Heller and Hunter Sherman, with all three scoring 1,000 career points and together posting a 113-16 career record, advancing to the Super Sectional as sophomores and Sectional finals as juniors.
-- Philip Coulter, Champaign Judah Christian (6-3, Sr., G): Leading scorer (18.6 ppg) for a 29-3 “Sweet 16” sectional finalist. Part of the best stretch in school history, as the team won its first-ever regional title last season and reached the sectional title game for the first time this year. A 54-percent shooter from the field hit 64 three-pointers. Also averaged 4.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.1 steals. MVP at the Tri-County Thanksgiving Tournament and All-Tournament at Heritage Christmas. Scored 28 points in the regional final.
-- Gabe Cox, Winchester West Central (6-0, Jr., G): Averaged 14.7 points, 6.2 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 2.7 steals for a 25-7 squad that lost to defending state champ Okawville in the sectional semifinals. Outstanding shooter, creator and distributor for the No. 7 state-ranked squad in the final AP poll. Nominated along with teammate Cole Howard.
-- Jeremy Durdan, Flanagan-Cornell (6-3, Sr., F): Second in the Bloomington Pantagraph area in scoring with 20.4 points per game. Also was second in rebounds with 9.5 per game. A repeat first-team all-conference pick scored more than 1,000 career points. Consistent force the past three years despite often being the focal point of opposing defenses. Shot 55 percent from the field.
-- Jaquan Embrey, Chicago Collins (5-8, Sr., G): Averaged 20 points, 6.8 assists, 4.9 rebounds for a “Sweet 16” sectional finalist.
-- Tim Ervin II, Providence St. Mel (5-6, Sr., PG): Top defender and floor leader for the 27-6 Elite Eight qualifier. Averages 9 points, 6 assists and 2.6 steals for the state’s top-ranked team in the final AP poll. A 3-time All-Chicago Catholic League performer. Committed to D-3 Illinois College. Nominated along with teammates Tyriel Nelson, Deion Jackson, Taeyon Neal and Eric Jordan.
-- Noah Franklin, Cobden (6-5, Soph., F): Averaged a double-double (19 points and 12 rebounds), as well as 5 assists per game for a 21-win club. MVP at the Pinckneyville Showcase Shootout. All-Tournament at the Vienna Classic, Sesesr-Valier Holiday Tournament and Chester Mid-Winter Tournament.
-- Emmitt Gordon III, Madison (6-3, Sr., G): Leading scorer (19.4 ppg) and rebounder (7.7) for a 20-win “Sweet 16” qualifier. Also averaged 3.2 assists and owns a 3.3 grade-point average for a squad ranked No. 7 in the state’s final AP poll. Receiving Division I recruiting interest from Nebraska, Missouri-Kansas City and Florida Gulf Coast. All-Tournament at East Peoria Classic and Okawville.
-- Hank Hayer, Springfield Lutheran (6-3, Sr., SG): Averaged 16.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.1 blocks for an 18-12 finisher. Shot 51 percent from field and made 44 3-pointers. Third on the school’s career scoring list with 1,300 points. Undecided on college.
-- Connor Heaton, Moweaqua Central A&M (6-5, Jr., G): Honorable mention AP All-State last season. Averages 19.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 3.0 steals for a 31-3 Elite Eight qualifier ranked No. 3 in the final AP poll. Receiving D-1 recruiting interest. Led team to the super-sectional last season, earning Decatur Herald & Review Player of the Year honors as a sophomore (coverage area from Clinton to Effingham). All-Tournament at Effingham-Teutopolis. 3-time all-conference. More than 1,600 career points already.
-- Payton Heller, East Dubuque (6-4, Sr., F): Leading scorer (15.5 ppg) and rebounder (5.7 rpg) for a 31-1 Elite Eight qualifier ranked No. 4 in the final AP state poll. Also averages 2.4 assists and boasts more than 650 rebounds in his career. A 3-time All-NUIC performer (twice unanimous first team). Team boasts the lowest defensive average statewide in 1A. Nominated with teammates Layne Boyer and Hunter Sherman, with all three scoring 1,000 career points and together posting a 113-16 career record, advancing to the Super Sectional as sophomores and Sectional finals as juniors. Coach says he is this season’s Team MVP.
-- Cole Howard, Winchester West Central (6-5, Jr., C): Leader in scoring (17.2) and rebounding (8.3) for a 25-7 squad that fell to defending state champ Okawville in the sectional semifinals. Dominant post player and tough competitor helped his school knock off Elite Eight qualifier Triopia twice this season. Added 42 steals and 35 blocks for the No. 7 state-ranked squad in the final AP poll. Nominated along with teammate Gabe Cox.
-- Lane Ippensen, Camp Point Central (6-5, Sr., F): One of the best players in Western Illinois. Averaged a double-double of 12.7 points and 10.2 rebounds for a 23-10 sectional semifinalist that scored only 45 points per game. Added 76 assists, 41 blocks, 39 steals and shot 58 percent from the field. All-Tournament at Saukee Turkey, Macomb Holiday and Winchester Invitational.
-- Deion Jackson, Providence St. Mel (6-3, Sr., G): Second team AP All-State last season. Second leading scorer (15 ppg) for the state’s top-ranked team in the final AP poll. Also averages 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals for a 27-6 Elite Eight qualifier. A two-time All-Chicago Catholic League White Division performer. All-Tournament at Quincy. Receiving D-2 recruiting interest. Nominated along with teammates Tyriel Nelson, Tim Ervin II, Taeyon Neal and Eric Jordan.
-- Eric Jordan, Providence St. Mel (6-1, Sr., G): The fifth wheel of the Elite Eight qualifier is the 27-6 team’s best 3-point shooter. Averaged 13 points and hits 3′s at a 42-percent clip for the state’s top-ranked team in the final AP poll. Nominated along with teammates Tyriel Nelson, Deion Jackson, Tim Ervin II and Taeyon Neal.
-- Tyson Kessler, Thompsonville (5-11, Sr., G): Averaged 14.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 3 steals for a 29-3 Conference champ and regional finalist. Shot 53-percent from the field for a club that shared the No. 9 state ranking in the final AP poll. Christopher Turkey Tournament MVP. Also All-Tourney at Sesser-Valier.
-- Mekhi Lunford, Yorkville Christian (6-4, Jr., G): Averages 16 points and 11 rebounds for an Elite Eight qualifier. Owns 17 double-doubles this season. Shooting 56 percent from the field. Nominated along with teammates Colton Schutt and Jaden Schutt.
-- Parker Magee, Lena-Winslow (6-4, Sr., F): Averaged 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for a 22-9 regional finalist. Also one of the best players on both sides of the ball for the No. 1-ranked football team that was upset by eventual state champion Forreston on a late kickoff return in the 1A semifinals last fall.
-- Blake McKay, Woodlawn (6-2, Jr., G): Led Cardinals in scoring (20.6 ppg) and enjoyed a clutch postseason for a “Sweet 16” qualifier. Scored 31 points in a regional title win over Thompsonville and 32 in a sectional semifinal win over Gallatin County.
-- Charlie McKinty, Elmwood (5-10, Sr., G): Averaged 18 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2 steals for a “Sweet 16” qualifier. A unanimous 1st team all-conference performer for a 26-3 finisher tied for 9th in the final AP state rankings. Scored 30 or more points 5 times and registered six double-doubles. All-Tournament at the Wethersfield Thanksgiving. No awards at Princeville Holiday or ICAC Conference tourneys, but led team to titles. WCI Sports All-Area First Team Selection. College hoops decision: Either Illinois College or Eureka.
-- Brett Myre, Newark (6-3, Sr., G): Averaged 14.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 3.0 steals for 23-6 sectional finalist, which won conference titles in the regular season and tournament.
-- Taeyon Neal, Providence St. Mel (6-10, Sr., C): D-1 signee with Illinois-Chicago. Averages 8 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks for the state’s top-ranked team in the final AP poll. Rim-protecting defensive anchor of the 27-6 Elite Eight qualifier. Nominated along with teammates Tyriel Nelson, Deion Jackson, Tim Ervin II and Eric Jordan.
-- Tyriel Nelson, Providence St. Mel (6-2, Sr., G): Leading scorer (16 ppg) for a 27-6 Elite Eight qualifier. Also averages 3.5 assists and 2.1 steals for the state’s top-ranked team in the final AP poll. Named to the Chicago Catholic League White Division’s All-Conference team. MVP of the Quincy Thanksgiving Tournament and All-Tournament performer at the State Farm Holiday Classic. Receiving recruiting interest from D-1 and D-2 schools. Nominated along with teammates Deoin Jackson, Tim Ervin II, Taeyon Neal and Eric Jordan.
-- Ryan Parker, Colfax Ridgeview (6-7, Sr., F): Averaged 14.7 points and 7.4 rebounds. First team all-conference performer helped a rebuilding team to a 16-14 record and a spot in the regional championship game.
-- Aquntez Penn, Elverado (5-11, Sr., G): First 2,000-point scorer in school history. Averaged 19.2 points and led a school-record 23-win squad in assists. Likely headed to a Junior College.
-- Nick Perry, LeRoy (6-0, Sr., G): Four-year starter averaged 17.3 points and had more than 80 3-pointers this season. Starting point guard as a freshman on LeRoy’s 2016 1A state championship team. Very consistent performer who blossomed into a dependable scorer after being more of a facilitator as a freshman. First-team all-conference for third straight year finished with 1,000 career points.
-- Coltin Quagliano, Kewanee Wethersfield (5-10, Soph., G): Averaged 22.2 points, 5.4 assists, 4.6 rebounds for a 28-3 squad ranked No. 2 statewide in the final AP poll. Added 101 steals in leading team to conference regular season and tournament titles as well as the sectional semifinals. MVP of Wally Keller Classic Thanksgiving Tourney. All-Tourney at Erie Warkins Christmas. Repeat first team all-conference. Currently at 1,172 career points after 687 points this season and averaging 24.9 points in the postseason. A WCI Sports All-Area first team selection. Area Player of the Year for the Moline Dispatch and Rock Island Argus.
-- Derrick Roberts, Springfield Calvary (6-3, Jr., G): Averaged 14.4 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.5 assists for a 20-11 regional finalist and conference runner-up. Coaches noted, “Derrick was always double-teamed or guarded by the best defender. He was also our best defender and rebounder.”
-- Carter Sabol, Nokomis (6-8, Jr., F): Honorable mention AP All-State last season. Leading scorer (17.4 ppg) and rebounder (6.2 rpg) for a “Sweet 16” sectional finalist. Also averaged 1.4 assists and shot 58 percent from the field. Ranks fourth all-time on the school’s scoring list with 1,473 points. Three-year starter with a 75-23 career record. All-Tournament at Litchfield and Tournament MVP at Morrisonville.
-- Treyon Selman, Milledgeville (5-11, Soph., G): Averaged 18.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.9 steals, 1.6 assists. Burst onto the scene for a team that lost arguably the two best players in program history to graduation, and consistently led a senior-laden team in scoring on a nightly basis.
-- Colton Schutt, Yorkville Christian (6-4, Sr., G): Captain of an Elite Eight qualifier. Averages 15 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals. Redbird Classic All-Tournament. Kendall Record Most Valuable Athlete. School record holder for assists in a game (14) and season (198 and counting). Nominated along with teammates Mekhi Lunford and Jaden Schutt.
-- Jaden Schutt, Yorkville Christian (6-4, Fr., G): Averages 16 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists for an Elite Eight qualifier. Has hit nearly 50 3-pointers this season. All-Tournament at Lisle Thanksgiving & Plano Christmas. Nominated along with teammates Colton Schutt and Mekhi Lunford.
-- Cam Scott, Illini Bluffs (6-1, Sr., G): Averaged 21.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.3 steals. Finished with 622 points this season and 1,604 career points for the regional finalist. All-Tournament at Macomb and Peoria Heights.
-- Hunter Sherman, East Dubuque (6-2, Sr., G): Missed with injury the lone loss this season for the 31-1 Elite Eight qualifier. Averages 10 points, 4.2 assists and 3.4 rebounds for a squad ranked No. 4 in the final AP state poll. A 3-time unanimous All-NUIC first team selection and school’s career assists leader. Team boasts the lowest defensive average statewide in 1A. Nominated with teammates Payton Heller and Layne Boyer, with all three scoring 1,000 career points and together posting a 113-16 career record, advancing to the Super Sectional as sophomores and Sectional finals as juniors.
-- Jack Snook, Ottawa Marquette (6-1, Sr., G): Averaged 20.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.7 steals for a 28-3 sectional semifinalist ranked No. 6 in the final AP state poll. All-Tournament at three events (Hall Holiday, Marseilles Holiday, Tri-County Conference), winning MVP honors at Marseilles for the second straight season. A 45-percent 3-point shooter (49 makes) for the conference’s regular season and tournament champs. College plans: Undecided with offers for basketball and football. An Illinois High School Football Coaches Association 1A first-team all-state choice after rushing for 1,191 yards and 22 touchdowns for a 10-1 team last fall. Also a .309 hitter as the right fielder for a 4th-place baseball team last sping.
-- Garrett Snow, Triopia (6-3, Sr., F): Leading scorer (14.9 ppg) and rebounder (7.4 rpg) for a 32-3 Elite Eight qualifier. Also has 65 steals and 56 assists. College: Undecided. Nominated along with Zach Thompson and Shawn Bell.
-- Braiden Soltow, Polo (6-3, Sr., G): Floor leader and best defender for a sectional semifinalist. Averaged 14.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 2.9 steals.
-- Christian Stadeli, Cissna Park (6-7, Sr., C): Honorable mention AP All-State last season. Leading scorer (16.1 ppg) and rebounder (10.1 rpg) for a 30-4 Elite Eight qualifier. Maintains the best field-goal percentage in the Kankakee area at 77.2. Along with twin brother Julian, a constant threat inside for a team ranked No. 5 in the final AP poll. Also averages 1.7 blocks for a conference champ. Surpassed 1,000 career points. Called the best 1A player seen this season by a rival nominating coach.
-- Zach Thompson, Triopia (5-9, Sr., PG): Floor leader and top defender for a 32-3 Elite Eight qualifier. Averages 12.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 2.2 steals. A 53-percent shooter from the field also boasts 38 3-pointers. An Illinois High School Football Coaches Association All-State running back headed to Illinois College for football. Nominated along with Shawn Bell and Garrett Snow.
-- DeMarcus Williams, Chicago Collins (5-9, Sr., G): Averaged 24.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists for a “Sweet 16” sectional finalist.
-- Tyler Winchester, Sesser-Valier (6-2, Sr., G): Honorable mention AP All-State last season. Averages 22 points, 5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2 steals for an Elite Eight qualifier. All-conference performer shoots 60-percent from the field. All-Tournament at Sesser-Valier Holiday Tournament and Benton Mid-Winter. Two-time All-South.
-- Nathan Wozniak, Gardner-South Wilmington (5-9, Sr., G): Averaged team-leading totals of 15.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.1 steals for a 23-10 sectional semifinalist. Scored 1,000th career point earlier this season. All-Tournament at Coal City Thanksgiving Classic. River Valley Conference Player of the Year. Led school to best season in 25 years, winning conference and regional title.
Class 2A: (51 nominees):
-- Gavin Alston, Chicago Dunbar (6-4, Sr., G/F): Averaged 18.7 points and 8.5 rebounds for the state’s No. 10 ranked club in the final AP poll. Nominated along with Ismael Martin and Tyrese Scurlock from a “Sweet 16” sectional finalist.
-- DaChaun Anderson, Chicago Leo (6-7, Sr., F): Averages a double-double (19.6 points, 13.2 rebounds) for a 24-8 Elite Eight qualifier. Second team All-City selection also averages 3 blocks. Repeat All-Catholic League performer. All-Tournament at Washington Thanksgiving and Proviso West Christmas. D-1 recruit undecided on college. Nominated along with teammate Fred Cleveland Jr.
-- Jack Armstrong, Pana (6-2, Sr., G): Averaged 12.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists for a 17-17 squad that bounced back from several injuries to become a sectional finalist. Team captain made 48 3-pointers. Headed to D-3 Knox for football.
-- Bryce Barnes, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (6-3, Sr., G/F): Leads a 31-2 Elite Eight qualifier in scoring (14.9 ppg). Also averaging 6.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.9 steals and is a force defensively for the third-ranked team in the final AP state poll. A standout defensive end/linebacker, who helped win the last two 2A state football titles, will be a preferred walk-on for the Illinois football team. First-team All-Area from the Bloomington Pantagraph as a junior. Nominated along with teammate Ryland Holt.
-- Kale Barnett, Bureau Valley (6-1, Sr., PG): Honorable mention AP All-State last season. Leader is scoring (18.0 ppg), rebounding (7.5 rpg), assists (4.1 apg) and steals (3.9 spg) for an Elite Eight qualifier. Four-year varsity starter for a 21-10 repeat sectional finalist. Led all scorers in the regional (27 points) and sectional semifinal (23) victories. WCI Sports All-Area first team selection. Bounced back strong from a broken arm during summer football that cost him the first four games of the football season. College plans undecided.
-- Bryce Bultman, Nashville (6-5, Sr., F): Averages 15.2 points and 6.1 rebounds for an Elite Eight qualifier. Top scorer for the top-ranked team in the final AP state poll. Signed with Division II McKendree, but may have undersold himself. Smooth player who can do a little bit of everything. Also defends the opponent’s top scorer more often than not and keeps them in check. Nominated along with teammate Carson Parker.
-- Fred Cleveland Jr., Chicago Leo (5-10, Sr., G): First team AP All-State last season. Leading scorer (21.7 ppg) for a 24-8 Elite Eight qualifier. Fourth team All-City performer also averages 6.4 assists, 3.2 steals. All-Tournament at Washington Thanksgiving and Proviso West Christmas. First team All-Catholic League. Won the Lawless Award last year in the Catholic League. D-1 signee at North Carolina A&T. Nominated along with teammate DaChaun Anderson.
-- Jaccob Dust, Effingham St. Anthony (6-7, Jr., F): Averaged 17 points and 7 rebounds for a 20-game win regional finalist.
-- Dhashon Dyson, Chicago Corliss (6-1, Sr., SG): Leading scorer (19.7 ppg) for a repeat Elite Eight qualifier. Fourth-team All-City selection by the Chicago Sun-Times also averages 3.5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2.6 steals while shooting 49-percent from the field (and 39 percent from 3-point). Honor roll student has scored 30 or more points three times this season for a 19-8 squad that plays in the same conference as four of the Top 10 teams in the Sun-Times Super 25. The repeat MVP at the Quincy Shootout also earned All-Tournament at the Effingham Christmas Shootout. Undecided on college. Nominated along with teammate Leondre Townsen.
-- Anthony Eddy, Byron (6-2, Sr., G): Averaged 21.1 points for a 24-7 regional finalist. Shot 58 percent from the field with 89 3-pointers. Also averaged 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.1 steals. Getting recruited by several D-3 and NAIA schools.
-- Brian Estes, Fairfield (6-6, Sr., F-C): Best player on a 32-win “Sweet 16” sectional finalist. Averaged 18.7 points while helping his team record double-figure wins over good teams like Teutopolis and 3A Herrin on neutral courts.
-- Eric Fowler, Chicago Wells (Sr.): Averaged 24 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds. No other details.
-- Drake Hammel, West Hancock (6-4, Jr., G/F): Leading scorer (20.7 ppg) and rebounder (6.3 rpg) for a 25-4 sectional semifinalist. Also topped the team in steals (3.1 spg), was second in assists (3.3 apg) and shot 49.4 percemt from the field. Scored nearly 1,500 career points. Winner of the Red O’Flaherty Officials Award, voted on by West-Central Illinois officials. MVP of tournaments in Bushnell, Macomb and Hancock County.
-- Josh Hammer, Erie-Prophetstown (6-2, Sr., G): Perhaps the best clutch shooter in Western Illinois. Averaged 16.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.7 steals, 1.0 blocks for a regional finalist. Shot 51.9 percent from the field. First team All-Area selection for the Moline Dispatch and Rock Island Argus.
-- Marcus Hill, Rockford Christian (6-0, Jr., G): Averaged 21.7 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2.1 steals for a 15-14 finisher.
-- Ryland Holt, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (6-5, Sr., F): Three-year starter averaging 14.4 points and 8.8 rebounds for 31-2 Elite Eight qualifier. The No. 3 squad in the final AP state rankings has won 30 straight heading into the super-sectional. Very athletic player is an adept shot blocker and dunker who has committed to D-2 Minnesota State to play hoops. First team all-conference and All-Area for the Bloomington Pantagraph. Also averages 2.6 assists and 2.0 steals. A standout wide receiver on back-to-back state football championship teams. Nominated along with teammate Bryce Barnes.
-- Justin Hogan, Riverton (6-6, Jr., G/F): Averaged 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks, shooting 51 percent from the field for a 20-13 sectional semifinalist. Had multiple double-doubles, including several games of 5-plus blocks. Nominated along with teammate Spencer Yoggerst.
-- Devon House, Sterling Newman (6-8, Jr., PF): First team 1A AP All-State last season. Leading scorer (19 ppg) and rebounder (8.3 rpg) for a 31-4 “Sweet 16” sectional finalist. Also averages 2 assists, 1.7 blocks, and 1.5 steals for the No. 9 state-ranked squad in the final AP poll. All-Tournament at the Oregon Thanksgiving, Forreston Holiday, and Erie Warkins Christmas events (MVP at the latter). All-conference repeater for a 12-0 league champion that finished third at 1A state last season. Third-year starter owns an 85-14 career record. Recruited by several D-1 programs.
-- Markese Jacobs, Chicago Uplift (6-0, Sr., G): Averaged 30.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 3.8 steals for a “Sweet 16” sectional finalist. DePaul commit suffered a knee injury in January, but should still be considered. Named second-team All-City by the Chicago Sun-Times.
-- C.J. Johnson, West Frankfort (6-5, Sr., G-F): Leader in scoring (16.6 ppg) for a sectional semifinalist. Also averaged 6.5 rebounds for a school that won its first regional in 12 years. Versatile player who can stroke the 3, get to the bucket and guard multiple positions on the floor.
-- Josh Johnson, Orion (5-11, Jr., G): Leader of an 18-11 sectional semifinalist averaged 15 points and 2.5 assists. All-conference performer for a league champ. All-Area and runner-up for Area Player of the Year from the Moline Dispatch and Rock Island Argus.
-- Griffin Keebler, Williamsville (5-10, Sr., PG): Floor leader for a 25-5 conference champ upset in the regional. Averaged 11.1 points, 5.9 assists and 5.3 rebounds, and boasted a 2:1 assist-to-turnover ratio while starting 57 games over the last two seasons, “playing nearly 32 minutes every game,” according to a coach.
-- Sherif Kenney, Chicago Orr (6-4, Sr., SG): Averaging 11.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists for the Elite Eight qualifier. Got a late start to the season, for the second ranked squad in the final AP state poll, following a transfer from national power Brewster Academy. Owns D-1 offers from UConn, Arizona State, Boston College, Penn State, Kansas State, Rutgers and DePaul.
-- Keith Kiner III, Chester (6-5, Sr., F): Might be the best overall athlete in the South. Averaged 24 points, 9 rebounds, 5 blocks for a regional finalist. All-Tournament at Chester. Repeat all-conference pick. All-South in both basketball and football. Receiving D-1 recruiting interest.
-- Payton Krager, Auburn (5-11, Jr., PG): Averaged 13.8 points, 4.9 assists, 4.1 rebounds for a 22-9 finisher. Made 180 of 220 free throws for 82 percent (one shy of the school record for free throw makes in a season.).
-- Cooper Larsen, Shabbona Indian Creek (6-3, Jr., G/F): Averages 15.0 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists for a 19-7 tourney and regular season.
-- Lamarius Lillard, Momence (6-8, Sr., F): Honorable mention AP All-State last season. Averaged 21.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.5 steals, 2.0 blocks as the lone bright spot in a underwhelming, drama-filled 14-17 season for an injury-plagued team. Became school’s all-time leading scorer, surpassing his brother. Repeat all-conference. All-Tournament at Route 17 and Watseka Holiday Classic.
-- Ishmael Martin, Chicago Dunbar (6-0, Sr., G): Averaged 18.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists for a “Sweet 16” sectional finalist. Nominating along with teammates Tyrese Scurlock and Gavin Alston from the state’s 10th-ranked squad in the final AP poll.
-- Malcolm Miller, Shelbyville (6-4, Sr., G): Second team AP All-State last season. Led a 24-5 squad and the Mattoon Journal Gazette/Charleston Times-Courier coverage area in scoring at 27.4 points per game. Also averaged team-leading totals in rebounds (11.1), assists (3.9), steals (2.2) and blocked shots (1.3). Shot 53 percent from the field (303-of-577), including 72-of-186 (39 percent) from 3. School’s all-time leading scorer with 2,368 points, breaking a 57-year old record. All-Tournament at Vandalia Holiday. The win total is the most by Shelbyville since 1996-97. The Mattoon/Charleston paper’s Player of the Year last season.
-- Riley Morris, Champaign St. Thomas More (6-0, Sr., G): Leading scorer (23.1 ppg) for a 15-17 finisher. Champaign area’s top scorer exceeded 40 points in a game multiple times. Second in the Champaign area with 90 three-pointers. Also averaged 5.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.1 steals per game.
-- Mason Muller, PORTA/A-C Central (6-7, Jr., C): Averaged 14.9 points and 9.5 rebounds for a regional finalist. Added 103 assists and 49 blocks.
-- Tommy Nelson, Bloomington Central Catholic (6-5, Sr., F): Leading scorer (17.9 ppg) and rebounder (9.2 rpg) for a “Sweet 16” sectional finalist. Shooting 57 percent from the field for the No. 6 squad in the final AP state rankings. Undecided on D-3 college offers. “Mr. Inside” to the “Mr. Outside” of nominated teammate Luke Yoder, a fellow returning starter from 2018′s third-place state team.
-- Joel Niermann, Pleasant Plains (6-5, Jr., F): Averaging 14 points and 8.2 rebounds for an 24-9 Elite Eight qualifier. Shooting 65 percent from the field. Strong, athletic player who bounced back after preseason hip surgery to lead his team to the Sangamon County Tournament title.
-- Sam Painter, Litchfield (6-3, Sr., G/F): Averaged 19.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.2 blocks for a 20-10 finisher. Shot 40 percent on 3-pointers (54 made). Coach Drew Logan: “Teams schemed to stop him and he still had big games.” Undecided on college but getting interest from small schools and JUCOs including Millikin, Illinois College, MacMurray, Illinois Wesleyan and Parkland.
-- Carson Parker, Nashville (6-5, Jr., F): Second-leading scorer (14.1 ppg) and top rebounder (7.2 rpg) for an Elite Eight qualifier and the state’s top-ranked team in the final AP poll. Similar to teammate and fellow nominee Bryce Bultman on both ends of the floor, only without some of the savvy that Bultman brings to the table by being a three-year starter.
-- Drew Reifsteck, Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin (5-9, Jr., G): Averaged 18.2 points, 4.6 assists, 4.8 steals for a 22-8 finisher, which was 16-2 with Reifsteck and suffered six losses when he was out for six weeks with a broken hand. Likely headed to D-2/D-3 soccer; won Soccer Player of the Year honors from the Danville Commercial-News.
-- Luke Richards, Casey-Westfield (6-6, Sr., C): Honorable mention AP All-State last season. Led a 25-4, undefeated conference champion in scoring (17.8 ppg) and rebounding (7.3 rpg). Shot 63 percent from the field (206-of-324). A 1,000 point career scorer. All-Tournament at First Financial Wabash Valley Classic in Terre Haute, Ind. MVP of Cumberland Thanksgiving Tournament. Repeat all-conference and All-Area for the Mattoon Journal-Gazette & Charleston Times-Courier
-- Levi Scheuermann, Deer Creek-Mackinaw (6-2, Sr., G): Honorable mention AP All-State last season. Averaged 19.5 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 3.0 steals and 1.0 blocks. Also made 51 3-pointers. Second on the school’s career lists for scoring and rebounding. Surpassed the 1,000-point career mark this season. Led team to the super-sectional last year. Talented and consistent player who will play at Bryant & Stratton Junior College next fall.
-- Tyrese Scurlock, Chicago Dunbar (6-6, Sr., F): Averaged a double-double (18.2 points, 10.7 rebounds) for a “Sweet 16” sectional finalist ranked No. 10 in the final AP state poll. Nominated along with teammates Ismael Martin and Gavin Alston.
-- Dawson Smith, Teutopolis (6-6, Sr., F/G): Best athlete and leading scorer (19.1 ppg) on a 29-5 Elite Eight qualifier, which plays a majority of their games against Class 3A/4A teams (8 state-ranked foes this season). Also averages 8.3 rebounds and 5 assists for the No. 7 team in the final AP state rankings. All-Tournament at the Capital Classic Thanksgiving, Teutopolis/Effingham Christmas and Salem Invitational. Good rebounder and defender often works as a point guard on offense. Also an All-State caliber baseball player signed to play at Kaskaskia Junior College. Nominated along with teammate Clint Weber.
-- Jaehshon Thomas, Aurora Christian (6-2, Soph., G): Averaged 17.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists for 23-6 sectional semifinalist. Nominated along with teammate Will Wolfe.
-- Leondre Townsen, Chicago Corliss (6-6, Sr., SF): Averages 14.5 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals for Elite Eight qualifier. A 51.4 percent shooter from the field boasts 51 dunks this season. All-Tournament at Effingham and Orr. Undecided on college. Nominated along with teammate Dhashon Dyson from a 19-8 squad that played in the same conference as four Top 10 teams in the Chicago Sun-Times Super 25.
-- Clint Weber, Teutopolis (6-7, Sr., F): Shot-blocker and second-leading scorer (18.9 ppg) for a 29-5 Elite Eight qualifier. Also averages 7 rebounds and 2.5 blocks for the No. 7 team in the final AP state rankings. All-Tournament at the Capital Classic Thanksgiving, Teutopolis/Effingham Christmas and Salem Invitational. Forms a formidable 1-2 combo with fellow All-State nominee Dawson Smith for the a squad that plays a majority of their games against Class 3A/4A schools (8 state-ranked foes this season). Undecided on college.
-- Jack Weber, El Paso-Gridley (6-6, Jr., F): Top player on a 22-10 sectional semifinalist, and arguably the best in the Heart of Illinois Conference. Averaged a double-double of 16.3 points and 11.4 rebounds, leading the Bloomington Pantagraph area in the latter category. Hit 57 percent from the field, and averaged 3.3 assists and 3.9 blocks. Had 17 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots in a six-point sectional semifinal loss to Chicago Corliss.
-- Tujautae Williams, Chicago Orr (6-6, Sr.,G): Named second-team All-City by the Chicago Sun-Times. Averages 13.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 2 steals, 1.3 blocks for the Elite Eight qualifier and state title favorite. Teammate Sherif Kenney also nominated from the second ranked squad in the final AP state poll.
-- Will Wolfe, Aurora Christian (6-7, Jr., G): Leading scorer (17.8 ppg) for a 23-6 sectional semifinalist. Also averaged 6.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 2.0 steals. Has 1,232 career points. All-Tournament at Washington’s Tournament of Champions. Has a D-1 scholarship offer, but still undecided and receiving recruiting interest from Colorado State, Belmont, Northern Iowa, Lipscomb, Wisconsin-Green Bay. Nominated along with teammate Jaehshon Thomas.
-- Trey Woolsey, Oregon (6-4, Jr., F): Averaged 19.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.4 steals. Added 25 blocks and 80-percent free-throw shooting. Has the ability to handle the ball, but is mostly a slasher who attacks the rim and plays above it.
-- Dawson Yates, Pinckneyville (6-2, Jr., G): Scoring leader (18.9 ppg) for a 26-6 sectional semifinalist. Also averaged 3.8 assists and 3 rebounds for a squad that slipped out of the Top 10 state rankings with late-season losses suffered when Yates was out with a back injury. All-Tournament performer led to titles at the Kaskaskian Classic, Duster Thomas Hoops Classic and Benton Invite. Southern Illinois Basketball Coaches All-South. All-conference repeater. Three-year starter has a career record of 86-14 and a fourth-place state finish last season.
-- Luke Yoder, Bloomington Central Catholic (6-0, Sr., G): A terrific all-around player averaging 16.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists for a “Sweet 16” sectional finalist. Also has 60-plus steals as the best perimeter defender for the No. 6 squad in the final AP state rankings. Has more than 50 3-pointers. Scholarship offers from Eastern Illinois and several Division II schools, but chose to play at D-3 Illinois Wesleyan. First team all-conference and all-area and a candidate for Bloomington Pantagraph Player of the Year. Nominated along with teammate Tommy Nelson.
-- Spencer Yoggerst, Riverton (6-5, Jr., G/F): Averaged 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2.2 assists for a 20-13 sectional semifinalist. Led an upset of Williamsville in the regional final, then scored 25 points and had 8 rebounds in the sectional semi loss to Tremont. Coach Kody Kirkpatrick: “He scores the ball in variety of ways vs. defenses designed to stop him. Excellent defender who’s guarded point guards through posts.” Nominated along with teammate Justin Hogan.
-- Keegan Zimmerman, Eureka (6-8, Sr., F): Led the Bloomington Pantagraph coverage area in scoring (22.2 ppg) and ranked top 5 in rebounding (8.9 rpg). With 665 points this season, broke the school’s single-season scoring record that had stood since 1966. Also averaged 1.3 assists, 1.5 blocks, 1.0 steals. Scored 30 or more five times with a high of 37. All-Tournament at GCMS Thanksgiving and Macomb Western Holiday. Finished with 1,026 career points. Committed to D-3 Dubuque for basketball.