Khapri Alston, Thornwood
6-3, Sr., C
Stats: 16.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 3.0 bpg.
Analysis: Though undersized for his position, Alston made up for any physical shortcomings with a relentless work ethic. Teammate Darell Combs attracted more attention, but the Thunderbirds wouldn't have become SWSC Red champions without significant input from Alston.
Alex Austin, Mount Carmel
6-3, Sr., F
Stats: 18.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.4 apg, 48 FG Pct., 42 3-point FG Pct.
Analysis: A worthy successor to former Times Player of the Year Tracy Abrams as the Caravan's go-to guy, Austin sank 70 3-point baskets and boasted one of the area's best shooting percentages from long distance. He won the Catholic League South's Tony Lawless Award as its top senior.
Adebayo Babalola, St. Francis de Sales
6-3, Sr., F
Stats: 14.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.5 apg, 3.3 spg, 50 FG Pct.
Analysis: He flew under the radar a bit, but Babalola was highly influential in the Pioneers' posting of a plus-.500 ledger and their continued resurrection of the once-storied program. Babalola led St. Francis in scoring, steals and 3-point baskets (37), and ranked second on the team in assists.
Darell Combs, Thornwood
6-0, Sr., G
Stats: 15 ppg, 5 rpg, 5 apg.
Analysis: Headed to Loyola next season, Combs exited the prep scene in grand style as he spearheaded the Thunderbirds' run to their first conference title in 10 years and and helped restore Thornwood's hoops reputation. Combs possesses a good basketball IQ that should serve him well in college.
Lejavius Johnson, Bloom Township
6-2, Sr., G
Stats: 11.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.8 apg, 2.1 spg, 37 3-point FG.
Analysis: A worthy sidekick to Times Player of the Year Donald Moore, Johnson had one of his finest games on the biggest stage. He hit 8-of-11 shots and scored a team-high 18 points in Bloom's Class 4A semifinal loss to Simeon. LJ posted a plus-24 turnovers-to-assists ratio.
Donald Moore, Bloom Township
6-0, Sr., G
Stats: 13.6 ppg, 3.8 apg, 2.1 rpg, 1.8 spg, 78 FT Pct.
Analysis: The glue of the Class 4A semifinalist, Moore was named The Times' Player of the Year for 2011-12. His stats weren't eye-popping, but Moore simply did things the right way. As Bloom's primary ball handler, he averaged just 1 ½ turnovers per game and totaled 74 more assists than miscues.
Kamal Shasi, Seton Academy
6-0, Jr., G
Stats: 14.0 ppg, 3.5 apg, 3.0 rpg, 2.0 spg., 38 3-point FG Pct.
Analysis: Shasi will forever be remembered for his four-point play that saved the Sting from a first-round playoff exit and led them on a run to the Class 2A semifinals. He was given all-state recognition by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (third team) and Associated Press (honorable mention).
J.R. Tolliver, Seton Academy
6-5, Sr., F
Stats: 14.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 47 FG Pct.
Analysis: Tolliver, a transfer from T.F. North, infused the Sting with a degree of toughness that had been lacking the year before and helped them take fourth place in Class 2A. Tolliver was selected as a second-team all-stater by the IBCA and a third-teamer by the Associated Press.
LaQuon Treadwell, Crete-Monee
6-3, Jr., F
Stats: 11.6 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.1 bpg, 2.1 spg.
Analysis: His future lies in football, but Treadwell has been a key contributor each of the past two basketball seasons. He was the Warriors' No. 1 rebounder and shot blocker, and ranked second in both points and steals per contest. On the gridiron last fall, Treadwell caught an area-best 75 passes.
Tyler Ulis, Marian Catholic
5-6, So., G
Stats: 20.4 ppg, 4.8 apg, 3.5 rpg, 2.0 spgm 48 FG Pct., 79 FT Pct., 33 3-point FG Pct.
Analysis: One of the south suburbs' premier players and perhaps its most exciting, Ulis was a do-everything performer for the Spartans as he paced them in scoring and assists, and ranked near the top in most other categories. His style is reminiscent of former Illinois Mr. Basketball Kevin Dillard.
Mark Weems Jr., Seton Academy
6-0, Jr., G
Stats: 18.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 2.0 spg, 46 FG Pct.
Analysis: Chosen for the Class 2A All-State first team by both the IBCA and Associated Press, Weems earned those accolades while averaging less than 23 minutes per game due to the Sting's deep roster. He was also voted the outstanding player in the Catholic League South.
Tim Williams, Homewood-Flossmoor
6-7, Sr., F
Stats: 11.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 62 FG Pct, 1.3 bpg, 1.3 apg.
Analysis: After missing almost all of the 2010-11 basketball season with a severe foot injury, Williams returned to lead the Vikings to 22 wins, three of them in the postseason. Fourteen of his 40 blocks came in H-F's last two playoff games. Williams shot 31 percent from 3-point range.
Ed Buie, Thornton
6-4, Sr., F | 15.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg
He was one of the reasons the Wildcats improved as the season wore on.
Ryan Burch, Thornridge
6-1, Sr., G | 11 ppg, 4 apg, 2 spg.
The Falcons' primary ball handler frequently drew the toughest defensive assignment as well.
Ira Crawford, T.F. South
6-4, Sr., C | 10.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.0 spg.
Not flashy, but typically effective might be the best description for the Rebels' big man.
Johnny Griffin, Bloom Township
6-4, Jr., C | 6.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.2 bpg, 50 FG Pct.
The Blazing Trojans' workhorse totaled the same number of points (213) as rebounds.
Marvie Keith, Crete-Monee
5-11, Jr., G | 12.4 ppg, 3.9 apg, 1.8 spg, 76 FT Pct., 56 3s.
Keith finished the 2011-12 season as the Warriors' top scorer and best free-throw shooter.
Brandon Martin, Illiana Christian
6-0, Jr., G | 11.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.1 apg, 2.0 spg, 49 FG Pct., 35 3-point FG Pct.
The speedy Martin was Illiana's team leader in assists, steals and shooting percentage.
Mack Newson, Illinois Lutheran
5-10, So., G | 16 ppg, 4.6 apg, 1.6 spg, 37 3-point FG Pct., 67 FT Pct.
Newson's total of 110 assists established a single-season standard for the Chargers.
Willie Orange, St. Francis de Sales
6-4, Sr., F | 12.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.5 spg, 1.3 apg, 1.2 bpg, 52 FG Pct.
A rugged interior player, Orange colored the Pioneers very respectable in 2011-12.
Michael Orris, Crete-Monee
6-3, Sr., G | 10.8 ppg, 4.3 apg, 2.3 spg.
The Illinois-bound guard became more of a shooter this year and sank 46 3-pointers.
Paul Pierce, T.F. South
6-0, Sr., G | 10.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.5 apg.
Along with Ira Crawford, Pierce provided the Rebels with a solid veteran foundation.
Ashanti Randolph, T.F. North
6-3, Jr., F | 13.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg
One of the key inside players for the Meteors. He should be a force next season.
Tyrone Sherman, Homewood-Flossmoor
5-10, Sr., G | 11.1 ppg, 4.2 apg, 1.7 spg, 85 FT Pct., 50 FG Pct.
A three-year starter for the Vikings, Sherman was one of the area's best foul shooters.
HONORABLE MENTION: BEECHER -- Jake Krabbe, Sr., G; Marshall Landis. BLOOM TWP. -- Henry Hicks, Sr., G. CRETE-MONEE -- Jordan Perry, Sr., F. HOMEWOOD-FLOSSMOOR -- Antonio Bishop, Sr., C; Delvon Rencher, Sr., F. ILLIANA CHRISTIAN -- Jon Zandstra, Jr., G. MARIAN CATHOLIC -- Ki-Jana Crawford, So., G. Erik Crittenden, Sr., F. MOUNT CARMEL -- Billy Patterson, Sr., F. SETON ACADEMY -- Jordan Foster, Sr., G; Russell Robinson, Sr., C. ST. FRANCIS DE SALES -- T.J. Parham, So., G. THORNRIDGE -- Gene Jackson, Sr., F; Antonio Woods, Jr., F. THORNTON -- Marvin Jones, Sr., C; Joshua Russell, Sr., G; Joshua Taylor, So., F. T.F. NORTH -- Nick Wood, Jr., F. T.F SOUTH -- Robert Ryan, Jr., G. THORNWOOD -- Justin Kennedy, Sr., G; Johnte Shannon, Sr., G.