Jim Brown always believed that his 1954 Du Sable team was one of the best ever produced in Illinois and surely was destined to win the state championship with a lineup featuring Paxton Lumpkin, Swe
Springfield Lanphier was ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 3A for much of the 2011-12 season.
Historians of Illinois high school basketball almost certainly remember Jim Byassee and Mounds Meridian.
This is the way it is in the often seamy and corruptible world of high school and college basketball.