Boys Basketball

Boys Basketball

Boys' basketball: 2017 preseason Top 10

They're having a ball in Danville ...

... and elsewhere as the season tips off today. Prep sports coordinator Colin Likas offers his inaugural rankings for the 2017-18 season:

1. Danville (22-9 LAST SEASON)

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Majerle: Finke has 'great opportunity' with Antelopes

"Thunder Dan" Majerle became popular as an NBA player in his 14-year playing career for throwing down powerful slam dunks with Phoenix, Cleveland and Miami. But on Tuesday, the 52-year-old Grand Canyon men's basketball coach made a pretty thunderous recruiting statement as well.

Bailey Dee to play basketball at St. Louis school

Senior Bailey Dee, who didn't make Champaign Central's boys' basketball team after starting the previous two seasons, is heading to St. Louis (Mo.) Christian Academy to continue his prep hoops career.

An All-Area second-team selection last season, Dee is at the center of an administrative review after Maroons coach Jeff Finke cut the point guard from the team last week.

Central star Tim Finke commits to Grand Canyon

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By COLIN LIKAS

After years of speculation, crossing his move from Centennial to Champaign Central, star guard Tim Finke committed to Grand Canyon University on Tuesday night.

Decision to cut senior prompts review

CHAMPAIGN — A coach's decision to cut a key member of last year's Champaign Central boys' basketball team has prompted an administrative review by school district officials.

Now healthy, Finke 'in no hurry'

CHAMPAIGN — Tim Finke's spring was a good one playing for MeanStreets on the Nike EYBL circuit. He averaged 14.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game and passed and defended well.

Finke's June was just as successful back playing for Champaign Central. The somewhat short-handed Maroons went 25-6 for the month, with the 6-foot-7 wing playing what's become a typical variety of roles.

'I feel like that's a good fit'

Danville senior guard Kendle Moore, The News-Gazette boys' basketball Player of the Year in 2017, committedto Drake last Sunday after receiving offers from several Division I schools, including Illinois State and Loyola. 

Danville's Moore picks Drake as next destination

DANVILLE — Kendle Moore started attracting Division I interest when he was a sophomore.

Now a senior at Danville, the Vikings' point guard has made his college intentions known.

The News-Gazette's 2017 Player of the Year, after he guided Danville to a Sweet 16 appearance in Class 4A, has verbally committed to Drake.

Growing into his swing

CHAMPAIGN — When Justin McCoy stepped out of the car before the Champaign Central boys' golf team's first summer practice in June, Maroons coach Mike Osterbur didn't recognize the kid who a year earlier was a pint-sized freshman for the seventh-place team in Class 2A.