2017 Chicago Sun-Times All-State basketball team

Simeons' Evan Gilyard (3) Simeon blows past Cam Burrell (3) of Morgan Park. Worsom Robinson/ For the Sun-Times.

Simeon is always loaded with talent. Wolverines coach Robert Smith regularly trots out starting lineups packed with high-major college players. It can be difficult for anyone that isn’t Derrick Rose or Jabari Parker to really stand out.

That has never been a problem for senior Evan Gilyard. He’s been a spark plug since his sophomore year and is the unquestioned leader of the season’s team.

“It’s his team,” Smith said. “I have the confidence in him to let him make decision.”

Gilyard, a UTEP recruit, has stepped up in crunch time in dozens of games over the past three seasons. He’s won two city titles and has a chance at the Class 4A state championship this weekend.

His leadership is the major factor the Wolverines are in Peoria. As talented as Simeon is this season, it doesn’t hold a candle to the 2014 team. But this year’s group is the one that advanced to the state finals.

“We play more as a team,” Gilyard said. “My sophomore year we were broken up in parts and people went to play hero ball. Now we just have teammates that want to play together.”

Gilyard joins Sun-Times Player of the Year Alonzo Verge, Jacobs’ Cameron Krutwig, Evanston’s Nojel Eastern and Edwardsville’s Mark Smith as First Team All-State selections.

Smith was this season’s breakout star. The 6-5 guard averaged 22 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for Edwardsville. The Wolverines held him to just 12 points at the ISU Supersectional on Tuesday, but Gilyard was impressed.

“He’s a good basketball player,” Gilyard said. “He can shoot the ball, he can drive and he can feed his teammates. He’s an all-around player.”

Krutwig averaged 16 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks and three assists. The Golden Eagles lost to Fremd in the supersectional on Tuesday, but the Loyola-bound big man has a permanent spot in IHSA history. Krutwig finished his career in the state’s top ten for career rebounds.

Eastern also fell short of Peoria, but he ended his high school career with two huge games. He had 29 points and 17 rebounds in the sectional win against Waukegan and 31 points, 10 rebounds and six steals in the Wildkits’ season-ending loss to Young on Tuesday.

2017 Chicago-Sun Times All-State basketball team

Class 4A
First Team
Player, School, Position, Height, Year
Nojel Eastern, Evanston, G, 6-6, Sr.
Evan Gilyard, Simeon, G, 5-10, Sr.
Cameron Krutwig, Jacobs, C, 6-9, Sr.
Mark Smith, Edwardsville, G, 6-5, Sr.
Alonzo Verge, Thornton, G, 6-3, Sr.

Second Team
Nana Akenten, Bolingbrook, G, 6-6, Sr.
Elijah Joiner, Curie, G, 6-3, Sr.
EJ Liddell, Belleville West, F, 6-7 So.
Javon Pickett, Belleville East, G, 6-4, Sr.
Justin Smith, Stevenson, F, 6-7, Sr.

Class 3A
First Team
Ayo Dosunmu, Morgan Park, G, 6-3, Jr.
Tim Finke, Champaign Central, F, 6-6, Jr.
Marcus Garrett, Hillcrest, G, 6-1, Sr.
Coreyoun Rushin, Westinghouse, F, 6-6, Sr.
Kawanise Wilkins, Farragut, G, 6-5, Sr.

Second Team
Thomas Bell, Cahokia, F, 6-5, Sr.
Armon Brummett, Decatur MacArthur, G, 6-4, Jr.
Brett Czerak, Aurora Central, G, 6-1, Sr.
Yaakema Rose, Lanphier, G, 5-9, Sr.
Zac Rzewnicki, Ridgewood, G, 6-4, Sr.

Class 2A
First Team
Taylor Bruninga, Illini Bluffs, F, 6-8, Sr.
Raekwon Drake, Orr, F, 6-5, Jr.
Justin Fox, Dwight, F, 6-5, Sr.
Demarius Jacobs, Uplift, G, 6-3, Sr.
Charles Payton, Stanford Olympia, F, 6-7, Sr.

Second Team
Toraze Dobbs, Uplift, F, 6-5, Jr.
Jackson Marcotte, Mt. Carmel, C, 6-7, Jr.
Dannie Smith, Orr, F, 6-5, Jr.
Brandon Trimble, St. Joseph-Ogden, G, 6-3, Sr.
Gentry Whiteman, Rockridge, G, 5-11, Sr.

Class 1A
First Team
Garrett Belcher, Patoka, F, 6-7, Sr.
Jordan Doss, Hope Academy, G, 6-6, Sr.
Noah Frederking, Okawville, G, 6-4, Sr.
Drew Gibson, St. Anthony, G, 6-3, Sr.
Brennen Woods, Harvest Christian, G, 6-4, Sr.

Second Team
Jered Cain, Patoka, G, 6-2, Sr.
Will Clausel, Newark, G, 6-4, Sr.
Tyler McCormick, Colfax Ridgeview, G, 5-10, Sr.
Cory Miller, Mendon Unity, G, 6-3, Sr.
Jake Wolfe, Aurora Christian, G, 6-4, Sr.

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16 comments

  • iparson

    where is Luke Williamson Whitney Young forward

  • RealityCheck

    Blatantly obvious that Michael despises private schools kids. If you haven’t realized that by now you obviously didn’t attend a private school.

  • Coach LB

    Tai Bibbs should have been on the list. He on the Associated Press All-State team but not the Sun-Times All State Team Why? He had a outstanding season.

  • True Fan

    The question needs to be asked did O’Brien see every player single player on this list? Especially the smaller classes as they are outside the Sun-Times cover area. If not, then this list is not true. How can you put or create an All State team if you never saw them play? I find this All State list hard to be credible. Also, a lot of these players put up big numbers because they were on a terrible team or they played a terrible schedule. No Fenwick players? O’Brien saw Mark Smith ONCE and he didnt play well…so hes 1st team All State for the Sun Times which doesn’t even cover Southern Illinois? Yes, Mark Smith is very good and deserving because of the season he had but how can you justify when you personally saw him once and wasnt “impressive”. Where is the line drawn?? This is a “Chicago Sun Times” All State Team…so whose advice are you taking for kids outside the ST cover area that you never saw?

  • Len Behnen

    Where’s Jordan Goodwin Belleville Althoff ?
    There was talk while he was being recruited by Illinois he was best player
    in state. He hurts his shoulder and is out for season and is forgotten I guess.

  • TarHeelBlue

    CONGRATS MARCUS GARRETT…

  • Dwayne Blunt

    No Jordan Goodwin No Jerimah Tilden how??

  • Dwayne Blunt

    No Jordan Goodwin or Jeremiah Tilden why?????????

  • TarHeelBlue

    Congrats MARCUS GARRETT….

  • Jason

    KB…. who do you take off…. That’s the price of losing early!! Needed his biggest game when it counted most

  • Straight OUTTA BOLINGBROOK

    Congratulations to NaNa For that All State !
    Do what you do tomorrow. Take care of Business
    Shoot-the lights out of Simeon and DUNK on one of them little dudes u know you can have your way with them. Congratulations to the whole Bolingbrook team
    Y’all a COLD team them little guys can’t touch y’all
    Y’all always in BEAST MODE !

  • Ed

    Coreyoun Rushin was shut down by Jamal Nixon in the sectional semis. Find it hard to believe no Fenwick guys made it.

  • Im a Simeon Auntie

    Congrats EG3. Keep grinding!

  • KB

    No way Elijah Joiner is not first team

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