Boys' Basketball

Kroner: Monticello's Phipps says 'it was all worth it'

MONTICELLO — Bryan Phipps isn’t out to prove anything. That mission already was accomplished.

He isn’t trying to impress anyone. The numbers speak for themselves.

The Monticello High athlete is going to play a basketball game today and then join the ranks of those who derive their enjoyment and pleasure by watching contests from the sidelines or from an armchair.


81st N-G All-State Boys' Basketball Team: 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.


Kroner: Central job's a slam dunk

My dream job is different from my neighbor’s. That is to be expected. We are different people, with different interests.

The same is true for folks in a similar profession. One coach might covet a particular job while another wouldn’t even have enough interest to apply when the opening occurs.


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.


Chart toppers: All-State POY finalists

Matt Daniels offers his top five for N-G All-State Player of the Year honors, which will be announced in Sunday's News-Gazette


McDonald's All-American game primer

Hundreds of media types, players, coaches and key figures on the high school basketball landscape filled the second level of the United Center on Tuesday afternoon.

The occasion? Media day for the McDonald’s All-American game.

For any Illinois fans wanting to watch any future players John Groce will have at his disposal next year, sorry, you’re out of luck.


Bulletin Board: Parkland to host all-star game

All-stars headed to Parkland
CHAMPAIGN — The second Parkland College/News-Gazette senior all-star basketball games will be April 14 in the Cobras’ gym.

The girls’ game will start at 1 p.m. at Parkland. There will be two 10-player teams, one coached by Chris Mennig, from St. Thomas More, and the other by Susan Thomas, from Centennial.


Who's the next Central coach?

Ask prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner during Tuesday's online chat, which starts at 12:30 p.m. Submit questions of any kind at any time and Fred will drop some knowledge on you. Click here to participate


All-Area Boys' Basketball Player of the Year: Centennial's Finke

CHAMPAIGN — It’s spring break for Michael Finke.

Except there’s little indication it is spring.

On this particular early morning in late March, temperatures in the mid-teens flash on bank signs throughout Champaign-Urbana.
Frost is still evident on nearby fields. The wind is biting.

And there’s no break for the Centennial big man. Hardly.


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