Chart toppers: Candidates for area boys' basketball Player of Year, courtesy Marcus Jackson
Travis Britt, Rantoul
The 6-foot-4 senior guard entered the season with lofty expectations and has delivered for the Eagles. Britt is among the area leaders in scoring (18.4), three-pointers made (43) and steals (2.9). The Division I recruit held his own against Illinois commit Jalen James in the Shootout at the Hall, scoring 26 points.
Corvon Butler, Champaign Central
The 6-5 bruising forward, who transferred from Centennial, trimmed some body fat, and it's translated on the floor. Butler is second to teammate Clayton Jones in scoring (14.1 ppg) and leads the Maroons in rebounding (8.3), steals (2.0) and field goal percentage (54.3). The big man had a season-high 22 points against Danville.
Reid Farchmin, Mahomet-Seymour
The Bulldogs forward is a double-double waiting to happen. The 6-4 senior is averaging 18.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game and was an All-Area selection on Mahomet-Seymour's Corn Belt championship team last season. Farchmin, who's shooting 76.5 percent from the free throw line, has scored 30 points twice this season.
Dennis Hightower, Danville
The football Player of the Year after accounting for more than 80 touchdowns the last two seasons as the Vikings' quarterback hasn't missed a step on the hardwood. The 6-foot guard does it all for Danville. He leads the team in scoring (17.9), including a 37-point effort early in the season. Hightower is also among the area leaders in three-pointers made (37), assists (4.4) and steals (2.2).
Aaron Larson, Unity
In his second season with the Rockets since transferring from Heritage, the 6-7 center has formed one of the area's top duos alongside guard Taylor Black. Larson leads the area in field goal percentage (70.1) and is second in rebounding to go along with 20.5 points per game. He scored 31 points in a win against St. Joseph-Ogden en route to earning MVP honors at the Kessler's Shootout.
Note: Players are listed alphabetically