2019 Chicago Sun-Times All-Area basketball team

Young's DJ Steward (21) floats to the basket for two points, Wednesday 02-13-19. Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times.
DJ Steward, Young

Rashaun Agee
Bogan, 6-8, F, Sr.

Rashuan Agee (12) of Bogan gets a fast break. Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times.

All-City First Team. The area’s dominant big man. Averaged 24 points, 16 rebounds and three assists. Led Bengals to the Proviso West Holiday Tournament title and 24-3 regular reason. Currently uncommitted and not receiving the attention from colleges that he deserves.

DaChaun Anderson
Leo, 6-7, F, Sr.

Leo's DaChaun Anderson (23) hoops inside for two. Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times.

All-City Second Team. The area’s best pure rebounder for two seasons, he became a major scoring threat as a senior. Averaged 19.3 points, 12.2 rebounds and three blocks. Teamed with Fred Cleveland Jr. to lead the Lions to a 24-9 season and a regional championship

Bryant Brown
Waukegan, 6-4, F, Sr.

Waukegan's Bryant Brown (25) cuts into the lane against Fremd, Wednesday 03-06-19. Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times.

Leading scorer in school history with more than 2,000 points. Four-year starter, three-year captain averaged 20.7 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.1 steals. Two-time All-Area selection. North Suburban conference Player of the Year. All-Tournament selection at Quincy and Wheeling. Led Bulldogs to conference title and into the sectional final with a 28-5 record. One of the best players in Lake County history.

Max Christie
Rolling Meadows, 6-7, G, Soph.

Max Christie (12) of Rolling Meadows gets two points against Stagg, Wednesday 12-26-18. Worsom Robinson/For Sun-Times

Has already scored more than 1,000 points in his career and is sixth in school history, high game this season was 51 points. All-Conference in the Mid-Suburban League and ranked in the top 20 in the national class of 2021 by several services. Set a York Tournament record by shooting 26-for-27 from the free-throw line. Averaged 26 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.

Perry Cowan
DePaul Prep, 6-4, G, Sr.

DePaul Prep's Perry Cowan (11) stops inside the paint against Morgan Park, Saturday 01-12-19. Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times.

Signed with Brown. All-City Second team. Two-time All-Area selection. One of the area’s best shooters and most dependable players. Averaged 18.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2.2 steals. Four-year starter, four-year All-Conference selection in the Catholic League, Lawless Award winner, leading scorer in school history.

RayJ Dennis
Oswego East, 6-2, G, Sr.


Signed with Boise State. Southwest Prairie conference MVP. All-Tournament at Hinsdale Central and Hoops for Healing. Averaged 24.1 points, 5.1 assists, 5.7 rebounds, 2.8 steals. Has scored more than 1,600 career points. Led Wolves to conference title and into sectional final with a 24-7 record.

DaJuan Gordon
Curie, 6-4, G, Sr.

Curie's Dajuan Gordon (3) dribbles away from Orr's Tujautae Williams (22) in their CPS semi final game at Chicago State University, Friday, February 15, 2019. | Kevin Tanaka/For the Sun Times

Signed with Kansas State. Sun-Times Player of the Year. First Team All-City. Averaged 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Led the Condors to the city title, the Pontiac Holiday Tournament title and the Red-South/Central title. Unselfish style has helped his team to a 32-1 record, undefeated in the state, and a sectional final appearance.

Jeremiah Hernandez
St. Viator, 6-4, G, Sr.

St. Viator's Jeremiah Hernandez (33) scores over Oswego East's Grayson Goetz (5) and Raymond Dennis (10) during their 72-69 win at the Team Rose Shootout in Chicago Saturday December 8, 2018. | Kevin Tanaka/For the Sun Times

Signed with Kent State. Four-year varsity played at an extremely high level as a senior averaging 19 points, 5 rebounds and four assists. Two-time East Suburban Catholic conference Player of the Year. Wheeling All-Tournament team selection. Teamed with Trey Calvin to led the Lions into the sectional finals with a 26-6 record.

Markese Jacobs
Uplift, 6-0, G, Sr.

Uplift's Markese Jacobs (0) runs toward the basket. Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times.

Signed with DePaul. All-City Second team. Two-time All-Area selection. One of the state’s most talented players, nicknamed “The Show.” Averaged 30.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 3.8 steals. Missed the city tournament and state playoffs after suffering a knee injury.

Lance Jones
Evanston, 6-2, G, Sr.

Evanston's Lance Jones (5) scores against Glenbrook South during their 68-60 win in Skokie Tuesday, March 5, 2019. | Kevin Tanaka/For the Sun Times

Signed with SIU. One of the area’s best defenders and scored more than 1,200 points in his career. Led the Wildkits to state as a junior and has them 29-4 and in a sectional final this season. Averaged 16.1 points, 3 assists, 3 steals, 3.4 rebounds and shot 48 percent from the field.

Marquise Kennedy
Brother Rice, 6-1, G, Sr.

Brother Rice's Marquise Kennedy (24) guides the offense against Richards, Tuesday 02-19-19. Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times.

Signed with Loyola. All-City First team. Improved tremendously over the past four seasons and earned a reputation as one of the best shot-blocking guards the city has ever seen. Averaged 25 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4 assists. Had 57 steals and 41 blocks.

Jack McDonald
Geneva, 5-11, G, Sr.

Geneva's Jack McDonald (3) drives down the baseline against Wheaton North, Friday 01-04-19. Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times.

Augustana recruit. Three-year starter at point guard, scored more than 1,100 points in his career and is the school’s all-time leader in assists. MVP of the DuKane Conference and MVP at the Wheeling Tournament. Teamed with Mitch Mascari to lead the Vikings to a 31-1 record heading into the sectional final. Averaged 15 points and six assists.

Adam Miller
Morgan Park, 6-4, G, Jr.

Morgan Park's Adam Miller (44) drives around Curie's Dajuan Gordon (3) during their 65-60 loss in the CPS Championship game at Chicago State University in Chicago, Sunday, February 17, 2019. | Kevin Tanaka/For the Sun Times

All-City First team. Tremendous shooter and one of the top 20 players in the national class of 2020. Helped lead the Mustangs to the Class 3A state title in 2018. Averaged 29.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 6.1 assists this season while leading the Mustangs to the Big Dipper title and second place in the city playoffs.

Antonio Reeves
Simeon, 6-4, G, Sr.

Simeon's Antonio Reeves (3) puts up a shot in the paint against Young, Wednesday 02-13-19. Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times.

All-City Second team. Possibly the city’s best dual threat, able to score effectively in the post and on the perimeter. Chicago native arrived at Simeon this season after winning a state title in Arizona as a junior Averaged 21.7 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists.

DJ Steward
Young, 6-4, G, Jr.

Young's DJ Steward (21) floats to the basket for two points, Wednesday 02-13-19. Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times.

All-City First team. Helped lead Fenwick to a second place finish in Class 3A as a freshman. Transferred to Young and made an immediate impact in the Public League, leading the Dolphins to the Red-North/West title. Averaging 24.3 points and 3.2 assists. Considered a top 100 player in the national class of 2020.

Ahron Ulis
Marian Catholic, 6-1, G, Jr.

Marian Catholic's Ahron Ulis (1) drives. Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times.

A dynamic point guard and scorer that has already reached the 1,000 career point mark. Helped the Spartans to Peoria as a sophomore and to a sectional semifinal appearance this season. East Suburban Catholic co-player of the year, led the team to the conference title and a 27-5 record. Averaged 18 points, 5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals.

Tom Welch
Naperville North, 6-8, F, Sr.

Naperville North's Tom Welch (1) plus a short jump shot against Lincoln Park, Saturday 02-02-19. Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times.

Signed with Loyola. One of the area’s few dominant post players. DuPage Valley conference MVP, led Huskies to the conference title. Averaged 22.9 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and shot 60 percent from the field. Topped the 20-point mark 18 times and scored more than 30 points six times.

Jeremiah Williams
St. Laurence, 6-3, G, Jr.

St, Laurence's Jeremiah Williams (30) hauls in a rebound against Morgan Park, Tuesday 03-06-18. Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times.

Multi-faceted guard had a breakout season. A talented scorer, passer and defender. Led the Vikings to their first back to back 20 win seasons and back to back regional titles since 1980. Averaged 18.3 points , 9.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 3 steals and 2.5 blocks.

Tujautae Williams
Orr, 6-6, G, Sr.

Orr's Tae Williams (22) takes off for a dunk against Orr, Friday 01-25-19. Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times.

All-City Second team. One of the most unpredictable, promising guard talents in recent memory. Williams became an all-around force in his first season as a starter. Averaged 13.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 2 steals and 1.3 blocks. Has teamed with Greg Outlaw and Sherif Kenney to lead the Spartans to a 24-11 record and the Class 2A state semifinals in Peoria.

Joseph Yesufu
Bolingbrook, 6-0, G, Sr.

Signed with Drake. Southwest Suburban conference Player of the Year. Decatur Tournament MVP. Four-year varsity point guard that led Raiders to a period of sustained success including a 22-7 record and a sectional final appearance so far this season. Averaged 17 points, four assists and four rebounds.

 

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16 comments

  • Michael Kervin

    Trevor Montiel of Lake Park in Roselle had a stellar year, so much as to contribute to Geneva;s one loss of the year. As a junior, he proved his worth for first year Coach Pitcher and hopefully you will take note a tad more of the Suburban Players generating solid play

  • Hank Johnson

    Hey Mike- Nice job on list, I gave you some grief on POY but I appreciate all the work you do. Keep up the good work.

  • Coach Frank

    I truly have NO problem with the young men that are nominated, however I do have a problem with the nominating process, the process should be open to more than just the head coach being able to nominate, especially if the coach is coaching his/her own child. ( The only person who gets nominated)

  • Donald Novelle

    Alex Timmerman from Crystal Lake Central should be on this list!! He’s 6’9″ / 250 lbs., one of the best post players in the State and going to Bucknell next year with a scholarship.

  • Perplexed

    Bloom, one of the top rated teams the entire year didn’t have anyone worthy of all-area?

  • Bobby Reed

    I always wonder if I had sent my son Collin to a school where he could shoot 30 times like alot of these kids how the narrative would’ve changed because 90 percent of this list he better than if not 99percent. This is motivation like when the rankings put Steph Curry at 256 as a Senior. Now where all the dudes at in his class?

    • jgm

      Bobby, come on. He is a very nice player and would compliment any team. The list above is pretty talented and we all saw names had to be submitted. Real prize is getting a few bucks off college education if playing, sure hope he is. You know, DGN fans know, thats good enough. Good luck tonight, worry about that. Take care

    • GSME

      Bobby, your comments take away from the Kids on here as if they haven’t earned the accolades. Not a good look when you say your Son is better than 90 if not 99% of these Kids. You might forget that several of them have played with your Son. Stop being mad and help your Son keep getting better.

  • John Elmore

    There also a kid Name Trey Davies a Jr Shooting Guard watch out for him led the team in free throws percentage And led the Conference in 3pts

  • Jaylin Ford

    Zachary Carr thornwood high school he has to be on the list

  • Ron

    But what about ______! – People, don’t do this. Celebrate the names that made it. Not everyone can be picked and that includes your neighbors friends nephew that almost averaged a double double etc. Early prediction – Max Christie wins POY in 2020.

    • GSME

      Great comments! Only problem I see with with your Max Christie statement is, you gotta also have a winning Squad. With that said, hands down going to be Adam Miller for POY. State Champ will trump individual all day.

    • David Sayless

      Timeout did you really disrespect Adam Miller like that… lol First have Max come to eybl and see if he is actually like that. 2nd : Have their school schedule an game against Mphs next year and that will solve all your problems. I rather you said he would get it his senior year.

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