Meet the All-State team

Meet the All-State team

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Meet the first team

Tracy Abrams

6-0, junior, Chicago Mount Carmel

With a big senior season, the UI recruit will be on the short list for N-G All-State Player of the Year consideration in 2011. This season his game evolved – but not how you might have expected. The 6-foot playmaker was more of a combo guard – not a true point – while averaging about 18 points, five rebounds and three assists.

Wayne Blackshear

6-5, junior, Morgan Park

In 10 years you could see the 6-foot-5 swingman in the NBA All-Star Game. He's that gifted. Provided the Louisville recruit develops a consistent jump shot – he scores most of his buckets within 10 feet – he has pro potential. With multiple 40-point games to his credit, Blackshear averaged about 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Mustangs.

Ryan Boatright

5-10, junior, East Aurora

Slight in stature but huge in ability, the guard, listed at 5-foot-11, emerged as one of the state's most talented playmakers. He spent last week playing with an 18-and-under national team in Germany. A one-time USC pledge that since has reopened his recruitment, Boatright averaged about 25 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Alex Dragicevich

6-6, senior, Glenbrook North

Notre Dame is getting a good one in this swingman, who played up to four positions for Dave Weber. Last seen at the Assembly Hall, he was manning the point in the Shootout at the Hall. Other times he played on the wing or near the hoop. "He's such a difficult matchup," Weber said. He averaged 23 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Duje Dukan

6-8, senior, Deerfield

Wisconsin's Bo Ryan is getting a gem of a player in the versatile forward, who averaged 24 points and 10 boards. One of the best shooters anywhere in the state, the 180-pounder should flourish in Wisconsin's system as he gets stronger.

Eric Gaines

6-4, senior, Hillcrest

A 6-4 wing, the gritty playmaker and defender flew under the radar for much of his prep career – until March of his senior year. That's when he led the Hawks on a run to the Class 3A state championship, the first in the basketball program's history. The Kent State recruit averaged 14.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists this season.

Jay Harris

6-0, senior, Oswego East

Made a name for himself on the summer AAU circuit and in his final season with the Wolves the combo guard became a household name. Valparaiso recruit averaged 29 points, including a 47-point game.

Mycheal Henry

6-5, junior, Orr

Uncommitted wing's name has been one of the hottest in recruiting circles in recent weeks after his breakthrough junior season. Averaged 29 points and nine rebounds and has offers from Illinois, Wisconsin and Baylor, among others.

Roosevelt Jones

6-4, junior, O'Fallon

They call him "The Beast" and seeing one trip down the floor is all the explanation you need. Big-bodied forward averaged 19 points, 12 rebounds and four assists for the Class 4A fourth-place team. Had 22 points and 19 rebounds in the semifinals against Simeon and 26 points and 13 boards against Waukegan the next day.

Meyers Leonard

7-0, senior, Robinson

The UI recruit produced arguably the highlight of the prep season – a poster-worthy dunk in a Class 2A super-sectional against Decatur St. Teresa. "We watched it on YouTube over and over in class," said Leonard, a 7-foot center with NBA potential. He averaged 18.9 points, 10.9 rebounds, 4.4 blocks and 3.8 assists in his final year.

Mike McCall

6-0, senior, Foreman

St. Louis recruit is as dangerous with the ball in his hands at the point as he is shooting it from the wing. First-team All-Public Leaguer averaged 24 points, seven assists and four steals for the 23-3 Hornets.

Rayvonte Rice

6-3, senior, Centennial

The first N-G All-State Player of the Year from C-U since Roger McClendon in 1984. And it was a narrow vote. Rice edged Richmond for top honors based on several factors. One was their head-to-head matchup. C-U's all-time scoring leader stole the show with 32 points as Centennial beat Waukegan. Last year we chose Richmond over Brandon Paul (Mr. Basketball) after he hit a buzzer-beater to oust Gurnee Warren from the state playoffs.

Jereme Richmond

6-7, senior, Waukegan

The 2009 N-G All-State Player of the Year – and the first four-time selection in the 78-year history of our All-State list – took another step from prodigy to prep superstar. As a 14-year-old freshman at North Shore Country Day he once scored 47 of his team's 49 points. As a senior the McDonald's All-American averaged 21 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.8 blocks. The best is yet to come.

Lenzelle Smith

6-3 senior, Zion-Benton

Ohio State will take a hit with the expected departure of all-world guard Evan Turner. But a decorated 2010 recruiting class – arguably the nation's best – should keep the Buckeyes near the top of the Big Ten. That class includes Smith, a 6-foot-3 powerhouse that averaged about 20.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 5.9 assists as a senior.

Ahmad Starks

5-8, senior, Whitney Young

When the Class 4A runner-up Dolphins needed a play, they turned to the dynamic point guard, whose fading baseline jumper at the buzzer sent Whitney Young past Waukegan and into the state title game. Oregon State recruit averaged 13.4 points, six assists and three steals.

Second team


Lawrence Alexander 6-3 Sr. Manual

Ben Brackney 6-5 Sr. Lincoln

Macari Brooks 6-2 Jr. Rich South

Ben Brust 6-2 Sr. Mundelein

Tylon Deal 6-0 Sr. Peoria Richwoods

Dwayne Evans 6-5 Sr. Neuqua Valley

Fabyon Harris 5-10 Sr. Hyde Park

Anthony Johnson 6-4 Sr. Whitney Young

Ben Jones 6-1 Sr. Robinson

Patrick Miller 6-0 Sr. Hales Franciscan

Chasson Randle 6-2 Jr. Rock Island

Alex Rossi 6-5 Sr. New Trier

Mike Shaw 6-8 Jr. De La Salle

Reggie Smith 5-11 Sr. Thornton

Brandon Spearman 6-3 Sr. Simeon

Special mention


Kyle Anderson, Newark, Jr.

Lane Barlow, St. Rita, Sr.

Max Bielfeldt, Peoria Notre Dame, Sr.

Julius Brown, junior, Hillcrest, Jr.

D'Lando Carter, Danville, Jr.

Chas Cross, Winnebago, Sr.

Victor Davis, Galesburg, Sr.

David Dudzinski, Kaneland, Sr.

Kendall Echols, Madison, Sr.

Nanna Egwu, St. Ignatius

Zach Forbes, Quincy, Sr.

Vince Garrett, senior, Marshall, Sr.

Jonny Hill, Glenbard East, Jr.

Jeff Johnson, Centennial, Sr.

Joel Learnard, Salt Fork, Jr.

Sean Montgomery, T.F. North, Sr.

Jordan Nelson, Lincoln, Jr.

Alex Ott, Williamsfield, Sr.

Nathan Ropp, Fieldcrest, Sr.

Wayne Simon, St. Joseph, Sr.

David Sobolewski, Benet, Jr.

Donivine Stewart, Bartonville Limestone, Jr.

Will Sullivan, York, Jr.

Jordan Threloff, DeKalb, Sr.

Jermaine Winfield, North Lawndale, Sr.

Honorable mention


Alan Aboona, St. Viator, Sr.

Jamie Adams, Hales Franciscan, Sr.

Mason Alwan, Peoria Richwoods, Sr.

Kareem Amedu, Neuqua Valley, Sr.

Tony Banks, Peoria Central, Sr.

Tony Baxter, Fieldcrest, Sr.

Regan Bruenger, Augustana Southeastern, Sr.

Mike Chandler, Springfield SE, Sr.

Tommy Childs, South Elgin, Sr.

Quan Conner, Waukegan, Sr.

J.D. Danforth, Rockford Auburn, Sr.

DeShawn Delaney, Carver, Sr.

Taylor Duncan, Marshall, Sr.

Tony Dunlap, Lanark Eastland, Sr.

Sam Ficker, Jerseyville, Sr.

Tony Frazier, Peoria Richwoods, Sr.

Garrett Gaffner, Breese Central, Sr.

Matt Gossett, DuQuoin, Sr.

Reggie Greenwood, Timothy Christ., Sr.

Brad Hamilton, Pittsfield, Jr.

Cale Huisinga, Monticello, Sr.

Marvin Jordan, Peoria Manual, Sr.

Chris Klimek, Fremd, Sr.

Luke Labedzki, Bartlett, Sr.

Walter Lemon, Julian, Sr.

Karl Madison, Lanphier, Sr.

Marcel Maiden, Watseka, Sr.

George Marshall, Brooks, Jr.

Justin Matyi, Sesser-Valley, Sr.

Cody McCollum, Effingham, Sr.

Malcolm McFarland, Chicago Leo, Sr.

Sean McGonagill, Riverside-Brookfield, Sr.

Zach Miller, Glenbard East, Jr.

Abdel Nader, Niles North, Jr.

Jarrion Norris, Cahokia, Sr.

Dylan Overstreet, Paxton-Buckley-Loda, Jr.

DreShean Payne, Murphysboro, Sr.

Matt Ross, Dixon, Sr.

Nick Sanford, Decatur St. Teresa, Sr.

Anthony Shoemaker, Joliet, Sr.

Brandon Snowden, Oak Lawn Richards, Sr.

Carson Sonnenberg, Belleville Althoff, Jr.

Sam Thompson, Whitney Young, Jr.

Will Triggs, Edwardsville, Sr.

Letrell Viser, East Aurora, Jr.

David Wiegmann, Breese Central, Sr.

Damon Williams, Morgan Park, Sr.

Tommy Woolridge, Foreman, Sr.

Andrew Ziemnik, Oswego, Sr.

Brady Zimmer, Delavan, Sr.