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UPDATE: July 17, 2018

While waiting for the 2018-19 academic year to begin, preps coordinator Colin Likas has had some time to (finally) update our list of all-time area 1,000-point scorers.

As Likas mentioned in a couple of his Prep Pulse articles — which you can read in each Monday's News-Gazette — we are now taking video submissions from our career 1,000-point scorers.

What we're looking for is simple: a 30-second to one-minute video from those who have reached this scoring plateau, talking about what it meant to tally 1,000 points and what impact high school hoops had on them. These videos can be shot selfie style or by a family member or friend.

The end goal is to compile as many videos as possible to go with photos we have of these various athletes, before we unleash the combined result at news-gazette.com prior to the 2018-19 prep basketball season.

Like the 1,000-point scorers list, this project will be consistently updated as time goes on. So if your name is on the attached list, feel free to send us a video whenever it's easiest for you. If you'd like to make other arrangements, you also can reach out to Likas at clikas@news-gazette.com.

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UPDATE: Feb. 25, 2018

Thanks to quick responses from many area high schools, our list of 1,000-point basketball scorers that debuted Feb. 11 has nearly doubled. You can view our latest additions in Sunday's News-Gazette. The complete list, in PDF form, is connected to this story as well.

Please continue to submit your local 1,000-point information by the means mentioned below.

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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.