Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball

81st N-G All-State POY: Jabari Parker

CHICAGO — Walk through the rotating doors outside Gate 4 at the United Center.

Take the elevator to the third floor.

Make an immediate left.

One quarter of the plush ballroom is full of circular tables bunched together, replete with white tablecloths and chairs pushed tightly together surrounding the tables.

MJ: Gimme Louisville

And the winner is ....

College basketball beat writer MARCUS JACKSON’s quick read on Monday’s championship game:

Tate: Hall call for Lou is overdue

It is appropriate to see Gene Keady elevated this year to the College Basketball Hall of Fame.

Illini Legends, Lists & Lore: Jamar Smith

Celebrating his 26th birthday Sunday is former Illini three-point shooting star Jamar Smith.

The 6-foot-3 guard from Peoria Richwoods was a News-Gazette All-State first-team selection in 2005, joining Chester Frazier and C.J. Jackson in Illinois’ recruiting class.

Bertrand has surgery

Illinois guard Joseph Bertrand had surgery on Friday to repair the labrum in his injured right shoulder. 

MJ: Louisville, Michigan

Louisville and Michigan: That’s who college basketball beat writer MARCUS JACKSON likes in Saturday’s semifinals

Wichita State-Louisville

Dawson on Groce, Calipari and more

Brett Dawson covered the last McDonald’s All-American to flourish at Illinois.

Bill Self brought in Dee Brown, who had the type of career with the Illini that future players would love to emulate.

The former Illinois men’s basketball beat writer for The News-Gazette is now covering a program that is redefining what it means to bring in top recruiting classes.

Jackson: 'It was a very difficult decision'

Demetrius Jackson just smiled.

The point guard from Marian (Ind.) High School in Mishawaka didn’t flinch, grimace or ignore the topic.

Even though it probably wasn’t the No. 1 subject the McDonald’s All-American point guard wanted to talk about.

All-State POY finalists

On Sunday, we’ll unveil our All-State Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year. Before the envelope is handed out, here are five candidates, listed alphabetically, in the running for the honor.

Cliff Alexander
Chicago Curie

Tate: Local connection not shocked by Wichita State

Wichita TV anchor Cindy Klose will return to familiar surroundings when she reports from Atlanta this weekend.

The former WCIA-TV newswoman, who anchored for CNN in Atlanta after starring here in the early ’80s with Dan Roan, Jerry Slabe and Mr. Roberts, will cover the most unlikely of Final Four contestants, Wichita State’s aptly named Shockers.

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