Henricksen: City/Suburban Hoops Report’s All-State team

This is the 22nd year the City/Suburban Hoops Report has named an all-state team, which has always consisted of one 10-player first-team and one 10-player second-team.

First Team All-State

Ayo Dosunmu, 6-4, Jr., Morgan Park

The top-ranked prospect in the junior class in Illinois, Dosunmu led Morgan Park to Peoria before his injury in the state semifinal game. Dosunmu averaged 22 points a game as Morgan Park won 26 games and a Class 3A state title. The junior will be a favorite for POY next season.

Nojel Eastern, 6-6, Sr., Evanston

Headed to Purdue next season, the multi-faceted Eastern did it all for the Wildkits and closed a brilliant career with a sectional championship and 28 wins as a senior. Eastern was at his best at the end of the season. He put up 29 points and 17 rebounds in a sectional championship win and scored 31 in the super-sectional loss to Young. He filled the stat sheet averaging 18 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals a game.

Evan Gilyard, 5-9, Sr., Simeon

A big state tournament run from the tough, competitive point guard landed Gilyard on the first team. On the season he averaged 16 points and 4 assists per game, including a 32-point performance in a super-sectional win over Edwardsville. He was also the winner of the prestigious A.C. Williamson Award at Pontiac. Headed to UTEP.

Elijah Joiner, 6-2, Sr., Curie

The 6-2 guard signed with Tulsa in the fall and put together an outstanding senior year as the go-to player for a team that won 25 games this year after winning a Class 4A title a year ago. Joiner, who had a monster 40-point performance in a win over rival Kenwood in January, averaged 18 points a game on the season and was named MVP of the prestigious Marshall County Hoopfest.

Cameron Krutwig, 6-9, Sr., Jacobs

The most productive big man in the state. The Loyola recruit averaged a double-double (15.3 points, 13.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 2.4 assists per game) while also showcasing remarkable passing skills. Led Jacobs to its first sectional championship in school history with a monumental performance in the title game: 20 points, 23 rebounds, 11 blocks and 9 assists. Krutwig finished his career with 1,528 points and 1,258 career rebounds.

Javon Pickett, 6-4, Sr., Belleville West

The Illinois-bound Pickett was as productive as any player in the state. The 6-4 guard averaged 25.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game while knocking down 50 three-pointers. He scored 1,384 points in his final two years and finished with a career total of 1,775 points.

Justin Smith, 6-7, Sr., Stevenson

Finishes his career as one of the winningest players in state history as Smith’s teams won 108 games in his four-year Stevenson career. The high-flying Indiana recruit averaged 22 points and 10 rebounds a game and finished his career with 1,522 points.

Mark Smith, 6-4, Sr., Edwardsville

The City/Suburban Hoops Report’s Player of the Year, Smith’s ascent has been rapid. The big, burly point guard put up monster numbers (22 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists a game), led his team to a sectional title and is one of the top uncommitted players in the country.

Alonzo Verge, 6-2, Sr., Thornton

The Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Year, and CSNChicago Player of the Year, Verge put up huge numbers while leading the Wildcats to a sectional title game appearance and a 23-6 record. Verge, who led his team to a conference title and was MVP of the Big Dipper in December, had a signature performance in the regional final win over Bloom scoring 42 points. The dynamic guard put up whopping numbers, including 26 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals a game.

Lucas Williamson, 6-4, Sr., Young

What a senior season the 6-4 wing put together. He was MVP of the Proviso West Holiday Tournament and was a steady influence and rock for a Dolphins team that captured a Class 4A state championship. Williamson, who is still uncommitted, averaged 17.6 points a game and scored 36 points in Young’s two wins in Peoria.

 

Second Team All-State

■ Nana Akenten, Bolingbrook
■ Tim Finke, Champaign Central
■ Talen Horton-Tucker, Simeon
■ Demarius Jacobs, Uplift
■ Teyvion Kirk, Joliet West
■ E.J. Liddell, Belleville West
■ Yaakema Rose, Springfield Lanphier
■ Kyle Sliwa, Fremd
■ Jimmy Sotos, Conant
■ Jeremiah Tilmon, East St. Louis

Honorable Mention All-State: Trevian Bell, Joliet West; Tai Bibbs, West Chicago; Malik Binns, Bolingbrook; Deonte Billups, Moline; Kezo Brown, Simeon; Taylor Bruninga, Illini Bluffs; Tray Buchanan, United Township; Zach Couper, Rockford Boylan; Raekwon Drake, Orr; Dillon Durrett, Wheaton South; Dazon Farris, Bloomington; Javon Freeman, Young; Noah Frederking, Okawville; Marcus Garrett, Hillcrest; Jordan Goodwin, Belleville Althoff; Kendle Moore, Danville; Josh Niego, Brother Rice; Jamal Nixon, Fenwick; Jack Nolan, Benet; Drew Peterson, Libertyville; Mike Shepski, Brother Rice; Kawanise Wilkins, Farragut; Devin Whitelow, Washington

4 comments

  • qkhands

    Allante’ Pickens (Curie) ; Terry Smith,Jr. (Curie) ; Jacob Keller (Fenwick) ???? Got to be kidding me. All are good enough at least to make your Honorable Mention list. SMDH

  • TarHeelBlue

    Not sure if I’d put a kid on here who avg only 12ppg REGARDLESS OF WHO HE PLAYS FOR AND HOW MUCH POTENTIAL HE HAS… Honorable mention, sure. Hey, it’s you’re list tho… Also, oh how the mighty have fallen, Jeremiah Tilmon has gone from TOP 25 IN THE COUNTRY to this all in less than a calender yr, how???

  • James

    It would be great if we saw real stats for high school. I think the shooting percentage for some of the top players are not what you would expect.

  • James

    Pretty good list. A few names i would have also considered. Sam shafer LWE 30 points against bolingbrook and a great year. Maurice C from Marist, MVP of the best ESC team. Mitch Lewis from Naperville North, who lead his team in almost all categories. Not sure two brother rice kids over one of these guys makes sense. Both great players, but they had to take all the teams shoots.

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