Boys Basketball: Sun-Times All-Area team
Updated: May 9, 2012 10:19AM
6-6, Jr., F, Andrew: Teamed with his brother Jawad to lead the Thunderbolts to one of the best seaons in school history, including a 22-2 regular season and the championship of the Kankakee Holiday Tournament. Strong and athletic, averaged 15.8 points and 11 rebounds.
6-9, Sr., C, Plainfield East: Cal Poly recruit. Lost significant weight over the summer and became a force, averaging 15.8 points and 6.8 rebounds while leading the Bengals to a 25-1 record, the Southwest Prairie Conference title and the Pekin Holiday Tournament championship.
6-7, Sr., C, New Trier: Dartmouth recruit. Four-year varsity star, a perennial double-double machine. Produced big numbers against the area’s best teams. Led the Trevians to a 21-5 record. First team All-Tournament at Proviso West.
6-4, Sr., F, Elgin:
Uncommitted. Averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 2 blocks. Led Maroons to 23-3 record and Upstate Eight conference title. Scored 18 in upset of national power La Lumiere (Ind.) to give Elgin the championship of their own holiday tournament for the first time in 12 years.
6-0, Sr., G, Proviso East: St. Louis recruit. Sensational point guard led Pirates to an undefeated, 26-0 regular season that included the West Suburban conference championship and the Proviso West Holiday Tournament title. MVP of the Proviso West Tournament.
6-3, Sr., G, Crane:
Uncommitted. Second-team All-Public League selection. Averages 18 points a game. Helped Crane overcome a tumultuous season both on and off the court to finish 16-8, 5-4 in the Red-West. Holds offers from over a dozen schools after decommitting from Texas-Pan American.
6-3, Sr., G, Marshall: Florida International recruit. First team All-Public League selection. Missed the 2010-11 season with a wrist injury and didn’t play much over the summer, but had a tremendous year, leading the Commandos with 19 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals and 2 blocks.
6-3, Sr., G, Curie:
Uncommitted. Rose from obscurity to lead Condors to 24-4 record and Red-Central title, as well as second-place finishes at the Pontiac Holiday Tournament and in the city championship. First-team All-Public League selection. First-team all-tournament at Pontiac.
Billy Garrett Jr.
6-4, Jr., G, Morgan Park: Committed to DePaul. All-Public League second-team selection, averaged 25.2 points. Led a very young Morgan Park team to a 14-8 record in the rugged Red-South. First-team all-tournament at the Proviso West Holiday Tournament.
6-2, Sr., G, St. Rita: Pennsylvania recruit. Led one of the area’s best teams. Averaged 26 points, including five games with 30 or more points and eight games with 20 or more points. Shot 49 percent from the field and 44 percent from three-point range.
6-0, Sr., G, Bloom: Uncommitted. Solid point guard led Blazing Trojans to 24-3 record, including Southland Conference title and the championship of the McDipper Holiday Tournament, where he earned MVP honors. Averaged 13.9 points and 3.6 assists.
6-10, So., C, Young: Second-team All-Public League selection. Widely considered one of the top three players in the national class of 2014, he played on the USA national team. Holds an offer from Duke. One of the most polished big men the state has produced in years.
6-9, Jr., F, Simeon: Sun-Times Player of the Year. First-team All-Public League Selection. USA Basketball Man of the Year. Led Simeon to a 26-1 record including the city championship and the Pontiac Holiday Tournament title. Averaged 26 points and 9 rebounds.
6-9, Sr., F, Warren: Western Michigan recruit. Long, strong and athletic, he teamed with Nathan Boothe to lead Blue Devils to 23-3 record and North Suburban Conference title. Led Warren to second plass finish in Class 4A in 2011.
5-10, Sr., G, North Chicago: Illinois State recruit. Averaged nearly 30 points while leading Warhawks to a 19-6 record. Fast and creative, he scored over 2,000 points in his career, shattering the previous school record. Led North Chicago to a fourth-place finish in the Class 3A state tournament in the 2010-11 season.
6-3, Sr., F, West Aurora: Uncommitted. Four-year varsity starter. Closing in on the school’s all-time scoring record. First-team all-tournament selection at the Pontiac Holiday Tournament. Led Blackhawks to 21-5 record, averaging 18 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.2 steals.
6-7, Sr., C, Farragut: Uncommitted. Can change a game with his offense and defense, in the post or on the perimeter. First-team All-Public League selection. Led Admirals to a tie for first in the Red-West. Averaged 20 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks.
6-8, Sr., F, Simeon: Marquette recruit. Talented rebounder and shooter. First-team All-Public League selection. Helped lead Wolverines to Class 4A state title in 2011 and city championship and Pontiac Holiday Tournament title this season. Averaged 17 points and 9 rebounds.
6-2, Sr., G, Downers South: Uncommitted. One of the few truly explosive athletes in the senior class. Teamed with Jamal Millison to lead Mustangs to a 21-5 record. Scored a career high 33 points against rival Downers North on Jan. 14.
6-6, So., G, Zion-Benton: Heavily recruited locally, but severely underrated on the national scene. One of the state’s top scorers and dynamic talents, averaging 23.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists, with high games of 40 and 44 points this season.