The Times 2013-14 Illinois All-Area Boys Basketball Team

The Times 2013-14 Illinois All-Area Boys Basketball Team

2014-03-29T17:00:00Z 2014-03-30T00:28:30Z The Times 2013-14 Illinois All-Area Boys Basketball Team nwitimes.com
March 29, 2014 5:00 pm

FIRST TEAM

Zerell Jackson | Bloom Township

Position: Guard

Year: Senior

Height: 5-10

Stats: 10.0 ppg, 3.5 apg, 2.1 spg

Notable: "Zeke" ran the show for the Blazing Trojans, setting up his teammates. His cool demeanor kept the rest of his team calm in tough situations. An all-Southland Athletic Conference pick.

Jared Johnson | Bloom Township

Position: Forward

Year: Senior

Height: 6-5

Stats: 16.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 3.4 apg

Notable: Johnson could nail a 3-pointer, go inside, dish off or crash the boards. He was a big part of the Blazing Trojans' winning the SAC title.

Caleb Jonkman | Illiana Christian

Position: Forward

Year: Senior

Height: 6-3

Stats: 20.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.1 spg.

Notable: The Metro Suburban Conference first-team pick did it all for the Vikings. He was the team leader and shot 55 percent from the field and 82 percent from the free-throw line. He will play basketball and baseball at Trinity Christian College next year.

Mack Newson III | Illinois Lutheran

Position: Guard

Year: Senior

Height: 5-10

Stats: 20 ppg, 4.1 apg, 3.6 rpg

Notable: Newson was the go-to guy as he shot a program-record 79 percent from the free-throw line. He was an all-River Valley Conference first-team pick three years in a row. Newson scored in double figures every game and had at least 20 points nine times this year. He finished his career as the program's all-time assist leader with 310 and in 3-pointers with 118. He is second all-time leading scorer with 1,251 points.

David Nichols | Mount Carmel

Position: Guard

Year: Senior

Height: 6-0

Stats: 20.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.7 apg,

Notable: Nichols sparked the Caravan to a 20-win season and was the Catholic League North's Lawless Award winner, presented to the most valuable player. He shot 52 percent from the field.

Tai Odiase | Homewood-Flossmoor

Position: Center

Year: Senior

Height: 6-8

Stats: 17.1 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 3.4 bpg

Notable: The Illinois-Chicago recruit didn't let a broken nose stop him as he took charge in the middle. He also blocked 92 shots and scored 462 points in leading the Vikings to an upset of Thornton in the Class 4A Lincoln-Way Central Regional.

Christopher Seaton | Seton Academy

Position: Guard

Year: Senior

Height: 6-3

Stats: 19.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.8 spg

Notable: Seaton shot 48 percent from the field in leading the Sting in scoring. He often faced the other team's best defensive player.

Tyler Streeter | St. Francis de Sales

Position: Guard

Year: Junior

Height: 6-4

Stats: 21.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.3 spg

Notable: The leading scorer in the Catholic League, Streeter played for three different coaches. He was a bright spot in a tough season on the East Side. He shot 61 percent from the field and 78 percent from the free-throw line.

Jamani Pierce | Thornton

Position: Forward

Year: Senior

Height: 6-5

Stats: 14.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.2 spg

Notable: Pierce was an all-SouthWest Suburban Red pick after helping lead the Wildcats to a second-place finish. He was also named to the McDipper all-tournament team. He had 10 double-doubles and scored in double figures in 19 games. He had five games with 20 points or more.

Donte Thomas | Thornwood

Position: Center/Forward

Year: Senior

Height: 6-5

Stats: 16.0 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 2.0 apg

Notable: The Bradley recruit played in just 13 games due to a knee injury. He was a dominating force on the court from his presence to his scoring ability.

Tyler Ulis | Marian Catholic

Position: Guard

Year: Senior

Height: 5-9

Stats: 23.3 ppg, 6.8 apg, 3.7 rpg, 2.8 spg

Notable: The Times two-time Player of the Year and McDonald's All-American did it all and put the Marian program on the basketball map. The Kentucky recruit proved that it's not the size of the player, but the size of his heart. He shot 56 percent from the field (154 of 273) and 86 percent from the free-throw line (220 of 256). Ulis is the program's all-time leading scorer with 2,335 points and all-time assist leader with 578. He will play in the McDonald's All-American Games Wednesday at the United Center and also Jordan Brand Classic in New York. He led the Spartans to 57 wins over the past two seasons, the best in the program's history. He is a cousin of former Michigan State basketball player and 2009 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Travis Walton. He is also a cousin of former Cincinnati women's guard Another Shareese Ulis.  Tyler Ulis was also a Class 3A/4A all-state member two years in a row as well as the McDipper MVP two straight years. He was the first player to make the McDipper all-tourney team four years in a row.

Tyler Williams | Crete-Monee

Position: Guard

Year: Junior

Height: 6-1

Stats: 18.0 ppg

Notable: The Warriors leading scorer in an up-and-down season. He was an all-Southland Athletic Conference selection.

SECOND TEAM

Rashaad Alexander | Thornwood | 6-0 | Sr. | G

Stats: 13.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.0 apg

Notable: He stepped up after Donte Thomas was hurt and hit some big shots in close games.

Destin Barnes | Homewood-Flossmoor | 6-4 | Jr. | G

Stats: 10.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg

Notable: Barnes came up big in the Class 4A Lincoln-Way Central Regional win over Thornton. He will be one of the top seniors in the area next year.

Collin Borns | Illinois Lutheran | 6-2 | Sr. | G

Stats: 18.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.3 apg

Notable: Borns hit double figures in every game and scored 20 points or better six times. River Valley Conference special mention.

James  Coleman | Bloom Township | 6-5 | Sr. | C

Stats: 12.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg

Notable: Coleman was the inside force the Blazing Trojans needed. He will play football at Austin Peay.

Kaliph Fagan | Thornwood | 6-4 | Jr. | F

Stats: 11.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.1 apg

Notable: He too was a big part of the Thunderbirds success.

Gabe Grant | Mount Carmel | 6-4 | Sr. | F

Stats: 12.3 pg, 7.5 rpg

Notable: Played well inside despite going up against some big, physical players.

Ka-Ton Mays | T.F. South |  6-3 | Sr. | G

Stats: 12.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.5 spg

Notable: An all-South Suburban Blue pick, Mays had some big games for the Rebels.

Terrone Parham |Marian Catholic | 6-7 | Sr. | F

Stats: 12.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg

Notable: He came up big with his scoring and rebounding. The U.S. Military Academy recruit had  30 points in the super-sectional loss to Edwardsville.

Darrion Robinson | Thornridge | 6-4 | Jr. | F

Stats: 17 ppg, 9 rpg

Notable: Robinson was the team's leading scorer and rebounder. He will be a force next year.

Donald Stone | T.F. South | 6-4 | Sr. | C/F

Stats: 14.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.0 spg

Notable: He had some big dunks and some big blocks for the Rebels. Stone was also an all-SSC Blue pick.

Justin Taylor | Thornton | 6-5 | Sr. | F

Stats: 14.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.4 spg, 1.2 apg

Notable: He was an all-SouthWest Suburban Red first-team selection and was one of the Wildcats' leaders.

Sadiq Salisu | T.F. North | 5-4 | Jr. | G

Stats: 10.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.3 apg

Notable: The bright spot on a team that struggled.

HONORABLE MENTION

BEECHER -- Marshall Landis.

BLOOM TOWNSHIP -- Mickhiell Harris.

HOMEWOOD-FLOSSMOOR -- Kendric Pryor.

ILLIANA CHRISTIAN -- Brandon Galambos.

MARIAN CATHOLIC -- Ki-Jana Crawford, Josh Cohn, John Oliver.

MOUNT CARMEL -- Christian Searles, Montana Byrd.

SETON ACADEMY -- Eron Evans.

THORNRIDGE -- Carly Henry, Victor Trout.

THORNTON -- DaQuan Applewhite, Leslie Wilson.

T.F. NORTH -- Vance Johnson, Dirk Jordan

T.F. SOUTH -- Jamahre Baker, Ronald Ryan.

THORNWOOD -- Chelby Frazier, Donzel Vinson.

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