Rare air

Rare air

Note: The names and numbers are courtesy high school officials. If we are missing someone, let us know by email at sports@news-gazette.com.

It takes basketball skill, longevity and commitment to score 1,000 career points. Yet more than 400 area players have done just that since area high schools starting charting such statistics. In conjunction with the postseason, preps coordinator Colin Likas asked around to compile a comprehensive list of boys and girls who have reached the magical mark.  

Hitting 1,000 career points in high school basketball is no easy trick.

But with the wide swath of space The News-Gazette calls its coverage area, a few current and former stars were bound to have eclipsed that particular milestone.

Or at least 411 stars.

Yes, there are, at the very least, just over 400 people who can say they tallied 1,000 or more points as a high school hoopster. East central Illinois has quite the pile of history in this regard.

Athletic directors from a majority of our institutions responded with lists, long and short, of their 1,000-point producers. We've got all the names below. But first, a few tidbits of interest.

— There's one point total that's particularly popular: 1,167. Six players stopped at that figure, with two of them coming from Centennial.

— As of today, 12 former local stars have surpassed 2,000 points. Oakwood and Watseka account for half of that figure, with three athletes each reaching the plateau.

— Nine competitors tallied between 1,000 and 1,010 points. Talk about cutting it close. But the history books won't ask how one got to 1,000 points, just that he or she did so.

— What really spurred this search was the glutton of active players who are hitting 1,000 points. Twenty-four present-day players up have notched four figures, and three of them aren't even seniors.

With all of that said, let's get to the list.

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