All-Area Boys' Basketball: Meet the First Team

All-Area Boys' Basketball: Meet the First Team

Dedric Byrd
Centennial, Junior, Guard

The numbers: Transfer from Chicago Foreman averaged 10.9 points, 3.7 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game. Led 22-9 team in free throw accuracy (76.3 percent). “Dedric has the ability to control the game by getting to the basket to score or assisting teammates,” Centennial coach Tim Lavin said. “He has been our best defender all year.”
Favorite college athlete: Mike McCall
Favorite entertainer: Kevin Hart
Favorite class: English
Favorite movie: Dance Flick
Favorite store: Hollister Co.
Favorite fast-food joints: McDonald’s and Portillo’s
Favorite car: Mercedes-Benz
Pet peeve: When someone brags about how good they are
My first job was: Barbershop
I’m always texting: Tamara Woods
Three things on my bucket list: To dunk, make a three-pointer and passing to a person who dunks.

Michael Finke
Centennial, Junior, Forward

The numbers: University of Illinois recruit averaged a team-high 16.6 points (seventh in the area) as well as 7.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. He also drained team-high 47 three-pointers. Helped state-ranked team reach the Sweet 16 in Class 3A before suffering a loss in the sectional finals. “Michael has the ability to score inside and out, making him difficult to guard,” Centennial coach Tim Lavin said.
Favorite college athlete: Trent Meacham
Favorite entertainer: Kevin Hart
Favorite class: Sociology
Favorite movies: Step Brothers and Ted
Favorite store: Eastbay
Favorite fast-food joint: Jimmy John’s
Favorite car: Nick Stokowski’s Toyota Prius
Pet peeve: Losing
My first job was: Babysitting
I’m always texting: Artemis Comet
Three things on my bucket list: Go out of the country, play in the Final Four and beat Luke Vaughn one-on-one.
Cole Hasselbring
Cissna Park, Senior, Forward
The numbers: Averaged team-high 15.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game for a 21-11 team that reached the Class 1A super-sectional. The four-year letterman was sixth in the area in field goal accuracy (60.6 percent). Also led the Timberwolves in free throw accuracy (73.1 percent) and blocked 48 shots.
Favorite college athlete: Cody Zeller
Favorite entertainer: Daniel Tosh
Favorite class: Physical education
Favorite movies: The Batman series
Favorite store: Dick’s Sporting Goods
Favorite fast-food joint: Steak ‘n Shake
Favorite car: Mustang GTO
Pet peeve: Bad drivers
My first job was: Bailing hay
I’m always texting: Alexis Johnson
Three things on my bucket list: Go skydiving, go scuba diving and go to a Green Bay Packers game.

Donald McKinley
Urbana, Senior, Guard

The numbers: Averaged a team-high 16.5 points (ninth in the area) and also led the Tigers with 42 three-pointers. Also the top rebounder (6.9 average) and the Urbana leader in assists (2.7 per game). One of three squad members who played in all 26 games. Second on squad in free throw accuracy at 71.6 percent.
Favorite college athlete: Trey Burke
Favorite entertainer: Kevin Hart
Favorite class: Social studies
Favorite movie: Don’t be a Menace
Favorite store: Jimmy Jazz
Favorite fast-food joint: McDonald’s
Favorite car: BMW
Pet peeve: Waking up early when I don’t have to be up
My first job was: At a summer sports camp
I’m always texting: Jaslene Garcia
Three things on my bucket list: Nothing.

Chase Patton
St. Joseph-Ogden, Senior, Guard

The numbers: Repeat selection and Danville Area Community College recruit finished with 1,085 career points (ninth in SJ-O history). Averaged 11.7 points per game as a senior and hit 49 three-pointers (second on the team). Also shot 73.8 percent from the free throw line for a 29-5 team that was fourth in Class 2A. Second all time at SJ-O with 171 career three-pointers.
Favorite college athlete: Victor Oladipo
Favorite entertainer: Drake
Favorite class: Spanish
Favorite movie: Friday Night Lights
Favorite store: Buckle
Favorite fast-food joint: Taco Bell
Favorite car: Cadillac CTS
Pet peeve: Bad drivers
My first job was: Working at a fitness center
I’m always texting: Girlfriend Hailee Robbins and other friends
Three things on my bucket list: Go to Hawaii, sit courtside for OKC game and go scuba diving.

Brent Schluter
St. Joseph-Ogden, Junior, Forward

The numbers: Top scorer (14.6) and rebounder (6.2) on a 29-5 team that placed fourth in the Class 2A state tournament. Also hit 53.7 percent of his shots from the field and 72.2 percent of his free throws. He needs 175 points next season to become the school’s 13th 1,000-point scorer.
Favorite college athlete: Kyle Wiltjer
Favorite entertainer: Drake
Favorite class: American history
Favorite movie: Coach Carter
Favorite store: Finish Line
Favorite fast-food joint: Wendy’s
Favorite car: My 2004 Malibu
Pet peeve: When people don’t answer my calls
My first job was: Working with my grandpa
I’m always texting: My friends
Three things on my bucket list: Go skydiving, travel the world and go scuba diving.

Tyler Schuring
Arthur-Lovington, Sophomore, Forward

The numbers: Averaged 10.5 points per game and led a 24-6 team with 50 three-pointers. Shot 75 percent from the free throw line and was second on the Knights — who advanced into the Class 1A Sweet 16 before losing in the sectional finals — with 62 assists. Also averaged 2.6 rebounds per game.
Favorite college athlete: D.J. Richardson
Favorite entertainer: Jensen Ackles
Favorite class: Geometry
Favorite movie: Coach Carter
Favorite store: Under Armour
Favorite fast-food joint: McDonald’s
Favorite car: Mine
Pet peeve: Impatience
My first job was: Shagging balls for my parents when they are coaching
I’m always texting: Ashley Tabb and Luke Frantz
Three things on my bucket list: Go skydiving, visit another country and go scuba diving.

Denzel Smith
Danville, Junior, Center

The numbers: Averaged 15.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, with high games of 39 points and 17 rebounds against Champaign Central. Shot team-high 50.6 percent from the field and hit 73.2 percent of free throws attempted. An All-Big 12 Conference unanimous selection who earned honorable mention all-state status on Associated Press team.
Favorite college athlete: Victor Oladipo
Favorite entertainer: Kevin Hart
Favorite classes: Mathematics, trigonometry
Favorite movie: Above The Rim
Favorite store: Foot Locker
Favorite fast-food joint: McDonald’s
Favorite car: BMW
Pet peeve: When people think they’re better than you when they know they’re not
My first job was: Taco Bell
I’m always texting: Shasaizah Reed
Three things on my bucket list: Go skydiving, go to Hawaii and play against Carmelo Anthony.

Nick Stokowksi
Monticello, Junior, Guard

The numbers: Averaged team-high 15.7 points and 8.0 rebounds, leading team in scoring and rebounding for second year in a row (14.6 points and 8.5 rebounds as a sophomore). Led 23-6 Sages with 31 three-pointers and hit 77.1 percent of his free throws. Made 52.6 percent of field goals attempted. Has 867 career points.
Favorite college athlete: Jeff Finke
Favorite entertainer: Gabriel Iglesias
Favorite class: Social Studies
Favorite movie: Step Brothers
Favorite store: Amazon
Favorite fast-food joint: Culver’s
Favorite car: Maybach
Pet peeve: Weird sounds
My first job was: Working on the farm
I’m always texting: Yung Polo AKA Matt Kruse
Three things on my bucket list: Go to Italy, go to a Cubs’ World Series game and meet Joakim Noah.

Max Stutsman
Salt Fork, Junior, Forward

The numbers: Averaged 14.3 points and 10.5 rebounds (tied for fourth in the area) for a 26-5 team that won a Class 1A regional title. “He is a relentless worker who plays with a great amount of emotion that our team really feeds off of,” coach Andrew Johnson said. “His presence in the paint on the defensive end of the floor allows us to extend our ball pressure.”
Favorite college athlete: Cody Zeller
Favorite entertainer: Tyler Johnson
Favorite class: Spanish
Favorite movie: Coach Carter
Favorite store: Scheels
Favorite fast-food joint: Culver’s
Favorite car: Range Rover
Pet peeve: Being late
My first job was: Baling hay
I’m always texting: Kenzie James
Three things on my bucket list: Go skydiving, go to the Super Bowl and go to Game 7 of the World Series.

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