Meet the first team | 2019 N-G All-Area boys' basketball

Meet the first team | 2019 N-G All-Area boys' basketball

Bryce Barnes | G/F, Sr., Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley

Why he made the team: The University of Illinois football signee formed a potent 1-2 punch with Ryland Holt, as Barnes averaged 14.0 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.8 steals for Class 2A's third-place outfit.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Lil Wayne. ... Before I compete, I eat chicken. ... In my dream career, I would play in the NFL. ... My favorite subject to study in school is history. ... My favorite athlete is LeBron James. ... My favorite TV show is "SportsCenter." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick LeBron James, Peyton Manning and Donald Trump.

Three items on my bucket list: Go out of the country, play college football and be rich.

Philip Coulter | G, Sr., Judah Christian

Why he made the team: Coulter was the driving force for the Tribe's first-ever sectional final appearance, putting up 18.3 points per contest on the power of 67 three-pointers to go with 2.2 assists and 2.1 steals per night.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Electric Light Orchestra (back in their prime). ... Before I compete, I eat Jimmy John's Slim 1. ... In my dream career, I would play in the NBA. ... My favorite subject to study in school is world views. ... My favorite athlete is Jayson Tatum. ... My favorite TV show is "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Michael Jordan, Dean Smith and Bryan Mead.

Three items on my bucket list: Scuba diving, visit Bora Bora and buy my momma her dream Mustang.

Ryland Holt | F, Sr., Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley

Why he made the team: Our Player of the Year, signed with Division II Minnesota State-Mankato hoops, was integral to the Falcons' best-ever postseason showing. He averaged 15.1 points on 53.1 percent shooting from the field — boasting 34 points in the state third-place bout with Chicago Corliss — along with 9.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.0 steals.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see J. Cole. ... Before I compete, I eat Subway steak and cheese. ... In my dream career, I would be a surgeon. ... My favorite subject to study in school is biology. ... My favorite athlete is LeBron James. ... My favorite TV show is "Grey's Anatomy." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.

Three items on my bucket list: Skydive, attend a Lakers-Bucks game a travel Europe.

Sean Houpt | G, Sr., Danville

Why he made the team: The Big 12 Conference co-Player of the Year provided valuable senior leadership to the young Vikings, also averaging 17.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.5 steals while draining 84.5 percent of his free throws and setting a school record for three-pointers with 93.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see J. Cole. ... Before I compete, I eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. ... In my dream career, I would work in a pro sports organization. ... My favorite subject to study in school is sociology. ... My favorite athlete is Roger Federer. ... My favorite TV show is "Modern Family." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Barack Obama, Roger Federer and Martin Luther King Jr.

Three items on my bucket list: Travel the world, go to the U.S. Open (tennis) and go to the Super Bowl.

Riley Morris | G, Sr., St. Thomas More

Why he made the team: The area's leading point producer at 23.1 per night exceeded 40 on multiple occasions thanks in part to 90 made three-pointers, and he also averaged 5.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.1 steals.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Lil Baby. ... Before I compete, I eat Subway. ... In my dream career, I would be general manager for the Bulls. ... My favorite subject to study in school is math. ... My favorite athlete is Brian Scalabrine. ... My favorite TV show is "Drake & Josh." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Libby Herr, Mike Morris and Keith Fruehling.

Three items on my bucket list: Visit every continent, climb a mountain and play professional pickle ball.

Jalen Quinn | G, Fr., Tuscola

Why he made the team: The lone first-team freshman dazzled while leading the underdog Warriors to a regional title, averaging 16.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.2 steals.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Lil Baby. ... Before I compete, I eat Skittles. ... In my dream career, I would play in the NBA. ... My favorite subject to study in school is English. ... My favorite athlete is Paul George. ... My favorite TV show is "The Office." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick LeBron James, Paul George and Michael Jordan.

Three items on my bucket list: Go out of the country, scuba dive and get a tattoo.

Payton Sheen | F, Sr., Urbana

Why he made the team: Crucial to the Tigers capturing their first regional crown since 1989 were Sheen's 17.4 points per bout, fueled by 83 conversions from distance and 84.5 percent free-throw shooting.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Lil Baby. ... Before I compete, I eat a chocolate bar for energy. ... In my dream career, I would play in the NBA. ... My favorite subject to study in school is civics. ... My favorite athlete is Kevin Durant. ... My favorite TV show is "Martin." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Connor McGregor, Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal.

Three items on my bucket list: Get out of the country once, go on a vacation with friends and see a Celtics-Warriors game.

Tevin Smith | G, So., Danville

Why he made the team: Already receiving offers from Division I programs, Smith led the 31-4 Vikings in scoring (18.0 points per game) on 53.4 percent shooting from the field, as well as rebounds (6.9 per night) while also averaging 2.7 assists and 1.7 steals.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Lil Baby or J. Cole. ... Before I compete, I eat Subway bacon, chicken and cheese. ... In my dream career, I would play in the NBA. ... My favorite subject to study in school is math. ... My favorite athletes are LeBron James and Paul George. ... My favorite TV show is "The Flash." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Michael Jordan, Kevin Hart and Tupac.

Three items on my bucket list: Ziplining, parachuting and scuba diving.

Christian Stadeli | C, Sr., Cissna Park

Why he made the team: The 6-foot-7 first-team all-state choice centered the Timberwolves' runner-up effort in Class 1A, averaging 17.0 points, notching the area's best shooting percentage (75.9) and hauling in 7.6 rebounds per event.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Switchfoot. ... Before I compete, I eat steak and potatoes. ... In my dream career, I would study ocean wildlife. ... My favorite subject to study in school is science. ... My favorite athlete is Zion Williamson. ... My favorite TV show is "House." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Mark Twain, Edgar Allen Poe and John Denver.

Three items on my bucket list: Visit Australia, walk the Great Wall of China and learn to surf.

Khailieo Terry | G, So., Champaign Central

Why he made the team: The dunk machine was pulled out from under the net this season but still excelled, potting 18.0 points per matchup on 65.5 percent field goal shooting to go with 6.5 rebounds and 1.7 steals per bout.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Juice Wrld or Trippie Redd. ... Before I compete, I eat Subway. ... In my dream career, I would a professional basketball player. ... My favorite subject to study in school is science. ... My favorite athlete is Kevin Durant. ... My favorite TV show is "Wild 'n Out." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick My great-grandma, my Uncle Duke and Stephen Curry.

Three items on my bucket list: Meet LeBron James, go skydiving and swim with sharks.

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