High School Lites boys basketball All-Area teams

High School Lites boys basketball All-Area teams
March 28, 2014, 3:30 pm
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Scott Phillips

It was a great season of IHSA high school boys basketball this season as there were a number of great teams and superstar talents throughout the state. Now that the year is finished, it is time to unveil the inaugural CSNChicago.com Boys Basketball All-Area Teams.

We decided to make the list three teams of five players each, similar to the All-Americans of college basketball.

Our 15-player list includes multiple state champions in Class 3A and 4A and plenty of talented college prospects as well. There's also a smattering of juniors on the list as well who will be back next season for a chance to make this list again.

As for the seniors, it was a great class of players highlighted by three McDonald's All-Americans and a number of high-major players all over the area and the state.

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Third Team

Evan Boudreaux, Lake Forest junior forward

The 6-foot-7 uncommitted junior forward led the Scouts to a surprising season in which they won 22 games and tied for the second most wins in school history. Boudreaux was consistently great as an inside-outside scorer and one of the better rebounders in the area. A number of high-major programs will track the double-double machine this summer.

Signature performances: 40 points, 20 rebounds in a win over St. Viator; 43 points in a double-overtime loss to Stevenson; 34 points, 12 rebounds in a loss to Marian Catholic.

Milik Yarbrough, Zion-Benton senior forward

The unsigned 6-foot-5 senior became Lake County's all-time leading scorer this season and amassed over 2,500 hundred career points for the Zee-Bees, who were a top-10 team for most of the season. Beat Stevenson in a memorable home game that included the tying three-pointer with 10 seconds left in regulation to put the game into overtime. Recently visited Illinois State and will visit Bradley on Friday. Improved passer and good rebounder. Hinkle Holiday Classic winner.

Signature performances: 27 points in final home game (win) against Libertyville; 33 points in a loss to Stevenson; 24 points, 10 rebounds, five assists in a win over Stevenson in overtime.

Ed Morrow, Simeon junior forward

Long and athletic 6-foot-6 junior forward played well in big games against top competition all season long. Improved his jumper as the season got along and was consistently productive for the Wolverines. Had strong performances against top-ranked players in the country like Whitney Young's Jahlil Okafor and Curie's Cliff Alexander. Will be highly-recruited by high-major programs this summer.

Signature performances: 18 points against Jahlil Okafor in a loss against Whitney Young in Class 4A sectional semifinal; 16 points, nine rebounds, four blocks in a loss to Stevenson in the City/Suburban Showdown; 18 points, eight rebounds, three blocks against Cliff Alexander in a loss in the City semifinals.

[RELATED: Jahlil Okafor wins Morgan Wootten Award as player of the year]

Miles Reynolds, Whitney Young senior guard

Tremendous senior season from 6-foot-4 senior guard Miles Reynolds, who helped Whitney Young capture a Class 4A title and was so valuable to their offensive attack as a perimeter weapon that Simeon threw a box-and-1 defense at him in the playoffs to prevent him getting the ball. The tying three-pointer against Curie to force overtime in the city championship was as memorable a shot as there was all season and he played well in a number of big games all season. Public League Red-West winner. Committed to Saint Louis.

Signature performances: 26 points in win over Morgan Park in Public League quarterfinals despite cut on his head; game-high 19 points in win over Benet for Class 4A state title; 25 points in loss to St. John Bosco (CA.) at the Chicago Elite Classic.

Riley Glassmann, Fremd senior guard

Leader of a Fremd team that started 28-0 on the season before falling to Stevenson in the Class 4A Lake Zurich Sectional final. Cornell commit is a solid overall player and plays well on both ends of the floor. Also a tremendous leader that always played hard and made the right play. Not afraid to perform in big games. Wheeling Hardwood Classic Champion and Mid-Suburban League Champion.

Signature performances: 17 points in win over Conant; 24 points in Mid-Suburban League title game win over Prospect; 28 points in Wheeling Hardwood Classic title win over St. Viator.

Second Team

Sean O'Mara, Benet senior center

Played one of the most rigorous schedules in the area in helping lead Benet to within two points of Class 4A state champion Whitney Young. Tremendously talented center with great vision and also a good defender in the post. Game changer on both ends. Great leader with a tremendous basketball IQ. Committed to Xavier.

Signature performances: 24 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four blocks in supersectional win over Glenbard North in Class 4A; 39 points and 16 rebounds in win over Larkin; 25 points, 21 rebounds in a loss to Providence-St. Mel at Proviso West Holiday Tournament.

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Paul White, Whitney Young senior forward

Won the Class 4A state championship along with fellow All-Area selections Miles Reynolds and Jahlil Okafor. Big performances in plenty of big games and made such a huge difference on both ends of the floor in nearly every facet of the game. One of the best No. 2 options Chicago has ever seen. Helped Whitney Young capture a Red-West title including a big game against Orr. Committed to Georgetown.

Signature performances: 19 points in four-overtime loss to Curie in City title game;  29 points, nine assists and five rebounds in win over Prime Prep; 19 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks in win over Oak Hill; 18 points, five rebounds in win over Orr.

Josh Cunningham, Morgan Park senior forward

Helped lead Morgan Park to back-to-back Class 3A state championships. Only two-time state champion on this list. Had monster performances during the season in helping lead a young Mustangs team. One of the top unsigned forwards in the country, Cunningham has drawn interest from Bradley, Creighton, DePaul, Indiana, Minnesota, Oklahoma and South Carolina.

Signature performances: 35 points, 18 rebounds, four blocks in win over Harlan; 18 points, 15 rebounds in a road win over Simeon; 36 points, 22 rebounds in win over Dunbar.

Dominique Matthews, St. Rita senior guard

High-scoring senior guard carried St. Rita in the early part of the season when his brother -- Kentucky commit and junior guard Charles Matthews -- was sidelined due to injury. Came out of the gate red hot and had big scoring games in a number of games. Unsigned 6-foot-2 told CSNChicago.com in February that Boise State, Chicago State, Southern Illinois, SMU, Toledo and Wisconsin-Milwaukee were after him. Catholic League Player of the Year.

Signature performances: 39 points in a loss to Curie; 34 points in a win over Gonzaga (D.C.); 21 points in double overtime win over Loyola.

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Ore Arogundade, St. Viator senior guard

One of the best two-way guards in the area. Tremendously talented defender that could also play both guard spots and came up big for the Lions on a number of occasions. Big-game performer and good perimeter shooter. Committed to Drake.

Signature performances: 17 points and seven rebounds in Class 4A regional final win over Zion-Benton; 23 points in comeback home win over Benet;  25 points, 11 rebounds, eight steals and five assists in win over Hope Academy in Wheeling Hardwood Classic.

First Team

Jahlil Okafor, Whitney Young senior center (Player of the Year)

The CSNChicago.com Preps Player of the Year, Okafor is the consensus No. 1 player in the country entering McDonald's All-American week as he had a fantastic senior season. Class 4A state champion and also a city champion in his career. Received his first scholarship offer from DePaul as an 8th grader before deciding on Duke. Top player in Chicago from freshman year on. One of the best big men this city has ever seen.

Signature performances: 33 points and 14 rebounds in state semifinal win over Stevenson; 35 points, 13 rebounds in Marist sectional final win over St. Rita; 19 points, 11 rebounds six blocks, four assists in win over Simeon in Class 4A sectional semifinal; 24 points, 13 rebounds in win over Orr; 22 points and 23 rebounds against nationally-ranked Jacksonville Providence at the City of Palms Classic.

[RELATED: Whitney Young take homes class 4A title with victory over Benet]

Cliff Alexander, Curie senior center

Who could forget Cliff Alexander's video game-like numbers and jaw-dropping dunks. One of the most powerful big men the area has even seen. Number of ridiculous games we didn't include in the signature performances section including a game-winning tip slam against West Aurora at Pontiac and a memorable game against Bishop Gorman (NV.) at the Chicago Elite Classic. Kansas commit might be remembered as much for "Hat Gate" than his ridiculous senior season but he had one of the most memorable senior seasons in city history. Important to note that he was eligible despite the Curie scandal and Curie's only loss on the season before the DuSable loss was when Alexander was sitting out against Muskegon Michigan. McDonald's All-American. Pontiac Holiday Tournament Champion and City Champion before vacated.

Signature performances: 30 points, 26 rebounds and 14 blocks in win over King; 33 points, 24 rebounds and seven blocks in win over Hyde Park; 29 points and 17 rebounds in win over North Chicago; 30 points, 13 rebounds in win over then-No. 1 in the country Montverde (FL.) at Hoop Hall Classic; 20 points and 14 rebounds in win over Whitney Young for City title.

Jalen Brunson, Stevenson junior point guard

A truly special guard and son of former NBA veteran Rick Brunson, this lefty 6-foot-3 point guard with a tremendous basketball IQ can get on ridiculous scoring rolls. Multiple 56-point performances as a junior -- both coming against ranked teams -- and multiple games in the 40s. Tremendous passer with gifted vision. One of the state's more deadly perimeter shooters in a long time. Uncommitted with much of the Big Ten and other high-major programs giving chase. The No. 1 junior in the state. Proviso West Holiday Tournament Champion, North Suburban Conference Champion.

Signature performances: 56 points in a loss to Whiney Young in Class 4A state semifinals; 56 points in a double-overtime win over Lake Forest; 35 points in supersectional win over Rockford Lutheran; 39 points in North Suburban Conference title game win over North Chicago; 32 points in win over Marian Catholic and Tyler Ulis.

Tyler Ulis, Marian Catholic senior point guard

There hasn't been this good of an overall floor general in Illinois since Derrick Rose played at Simeon. The 5-foot-10 guard was able to win a game scoring or distributing single-handedly. Jaw-dropping highlight-reel plays both as a scorer and a passer. Tremendous teammate that showed great sportsmanship throughout the season. Kentucky commit helped Marian Catholic to unprecedented success as a boys basketball program. Chicago Heights Classic Champion. McDipper Holiday Tournament Champion. East Suburban Catholic Conference Champion. Committed to Kentucky. McDonald's All-American.

Signature Performances: 42 points in a win over Lake Forest; 40 points in Class 4A sectional semifinal win over Bloom, 28 points, six assists and four rebounds in a win over Thornton in the McDipper title game; 30 points against Dayton Dunbar at Flyin to the Hoop; 29 points in loss to Etiwanda (CA.) at Chicago Elite Classic.

[MORE: Stevenson puts controversy behind to win third-place game]

Luwane Pipkins, Bogan junior point guard

One of the best overall players in the state, Pipkins was lethal from three-point range this season but also a smothering on-the-ball defender with quick hands. Bogan's undisputed leader led them to a Red-South Conference title over Simeon and Class 3A state champion Morgan Park. Performed at a ridiculous level in the playoffs including a 45-point game against U-High in front of a West Virginia assistant coach. One of the top returning players in the state next season. The 5-foot-9 guard is uncommitted.

Signature performances: 32 points in win over Hyde Park in Class 3A sectional title; 45 points in a win over U-High in the sectional semifinal; 33 points, four assists and three steals in road win over Simeon; 24 points and seven rebounds in win over Morgan Park; 31 points in win over Hillcrest at Proviso West Holiday Tournament.

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