N-G All-Area boys' basketball | Meet the first team

N-G All-Area boys' basketball | Meet the first team

Noah Blue, Uni High; G, Sr.

Why he made it

Even as the Illineks lost two starters to injury, Blue led the East Central Illinois Conference club to multiple victories. Blue averaged 20.2 points, 10.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.2 steals for a 16-10 squad while also setting Uni High’s career rebounds record.

A few of my favorites

I need concert tickets to see Zac Brown Band and Old Dominion. ... Before I compete, I eat a Jimmy John’s beach club with no tomatoes, add peppers. My favorite athletes are Kevin Garnett and Dee Brown. ... In my dream career, I would perform surgery on athletes and design the braces to aid their recovery. ... My favorite subjects to study in school are science and German. ... My favorite TV shows are “Game of Thrones” and “Vikings.” ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick John Wooden, Elon Musk and J.R.R. Tolkien.

Three items on my bucket list

Learn to play guitar, travel to all of the German-speaking countries and backpack the Appalachian Mountains and the Alps with my sister.

Jordan Brooks, St. Joseph-Ogden; G, Sr.

Why he made it

One of the few Spartans with bona fide varsity experience entering the season, Brooks keyed the club to a Class 2A sectional semifinal by averaging 13.8 points and hitting 82 three-pointers to go with 4.2 assists per contest.

A few of my favorites

I need concert tickets to see Drake. ... Before I compete, I eat Subway. ... In my dream career, I would be a basketball coach. ... My favorite subject to study in school is accounting. ... My favorite athlete is Steph Curry. ... My favorite TV show is “How I Met Your Mother.” ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Grayson Allen, Mike Krzyzewski and Michael Jordan.

Three items on my bucket list

Go to a Duke-North Carolina game at Cameron Indoor, visit a different country and go to Game 7 of an NBA Finals.

Cade Chitty, Judah Christian; F, Sr.

Why he made it

The 6-foot-6 athlete is soft-spoken, but lets his actions on the hardwood do the talking. Chitty averaged 19.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists for a 25-5 Tribe outfit that captured the program’s first-ever regional championship in Class 1A.

A few of my favorites

I need concert tickets to see Chance the Rapper. ... Before I compete, I eat Jimmy John’s, which is our pregame meal. ... In my dream career, I would like to be a coach at the college level. ... My favorite subject to study in school is history. ... My favorite athlete is LeBron James. ... My favorite TV show is “The Office.” ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick LeBron James, Billy Graham and Michael Jordan.

Three items on my bucket list

See a Cavs-Warriors game, travel around the world (particularly Europe) and meet LeBron James.

Bryson Cowper, Centennial; G, Jr.

Why he made it

Cowper provided a critical scoring lift on a Charger team lacking a bevy of offensive options. He averaged 19.1 points — converting 79 three-pointers — along with 2.2 assists and 1.6 steals for a 16-12 club that ran to the regional semifinals.

A few of my favorites

I need concert tickets to see Chance the Rapper or Drake. ... Before I compete, I eat fruit snacks. ... In my dream career, I would like to pursue basketball or sports therapy. ... My favorite subject to study in school is history. ... My favorite athlete is Damian Lillard. ... My favorite TV show is “Smallville.” ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Martin Luther King Jr., Zendaya and Rihanna.

Three items on my bucket list

Visit Hawaii, skydiving and scuba diving.

Tim Finke, Champaign Central; G, Sr.

Why he made it

The News-Gazette Player of the Year and Grand Canyon signee dazzled for a 20-9 group that qualified for a Class 3A sectional semifinal. The 6-foot-7 standout averaged 21.0 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.6 steals while becoming Champaign-Urbana’s all-time leading scorer at 2,015 points.

A few of my favorites

I need concert tickets to see John Mayer. ... Before I compete, I eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. ... In my dream career, I would be playing in the NBA. ... My favorite subject to study in school is history. ... My favorite athlete is Bradley Beal. ... My favorite TV show is “SportsCenter.” ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Michael Jordan.

Three items on my bucket list

Go to Elevation Church, visit the Alps and go to the NBA Finals.

Calvin Fisher, Monticello; F, Sr.

Why he made it

On an offensively-balanced Class 2A sectional finalist, Fisher stood out for more than his 6-foot-6 frame. Fisher tabbed a team-best 16.1 points per game along with 5.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.8 steals for a 25-2 squad.

A few of my favorites

I need concert tickets to see Drake. ... Before I compete, I eat a ham sandwich and yogurt. ... In my dream career, I would be a college coach. ... My favorite subject to study in school is math. ... My favorite athlete is Michael Jordan. ... My favorite TV show is “Shameless.” ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.

Three items on my bucket list

Skydive, scuba dive and go to an NBA Finals game.

A’Kieon Gill; Champaign Central; G, Sr.

Why he made it

Often passing up looks to feed teammates Tim Finke and Khailieo Terry — the latter his cousin — Gill spurred the Maroon offense without always having to fill the buckets. He still averaged 12.8 points to go with 5.0 assists and 1.5 steals per contest.

A few of my favorites

I need tickets to see the Warriors play. ... Before I compete, I eat pizza. ... In my dream career, I would be playing the game I love: basketball. ... My favorite subject to study in school is math. ... My favorite athlete is Kevin Durant. ... My favorite TV show is “SpongeBob SquarePants.” ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Martin Luther King Jr., Kylie Kardashian and my mom.

Three items on my bucket list

Play in college, play professionally and coach kids.

Kendle Moore, Danville; G, Sr.

Why he made it

The Drake signee used explosive offensive tendencies to drive the Vikings to the Associated Press’ Class 4A top 10 throughout the season. Moore averaged an area-leading 21.8 points while converting an area-best 90.2 percent of his free throws, hitting 64 three-pointers and averaging 3.2 assists and 2.8 steals for 26-3 Danville.

A few of my favorites

I need concert tickets to see NBA YoungBoy. ... Before I compete, I eat Penn Station. ... In my dream career, I would have my own business or be a teacher. ... My favorite subject to study in school is history. ... My favorite athlete is Dwyane Wade. ... My favorite TV show is “Family Guy.” ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Martin Luther King Jr., Donald Trump and Barack Obama.

Three items on my bucket list

Go to Italy, drive a Lamborghini and eat at the most expensive place in the United States.

Cory Noe, Mahomet-Seymour; G, Sr.

Why he made it

After tallying his 1,000th career point early in the campaign, Noe continued piling up baskets en route to a Class 3A sectional semifinal appearance with the 21-11 Bulldogs. He averaged 21.1 points per tilt while shooting 85.8 percent from the charity stripe and adding 5.4 rebounds. 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game.

A few of my favorites

I need concert tickets to see Drake. ... Before I compete, I eat chicken pot pies. ... In my dream career, I would be a college basketball analyst. ... My favorite subject to study in school is math. ... My favorite athlete is LeBron James. ... My favorite TV show is “That ‘70s Show.” ... If I could have dinner with any two people from any time period, I would pick Michael Jordan and Roy Williams.

Three items on my bucket list

Skydive, go to a Duke-North Carolina game and visit Australia.

J.T. Wheeler, Unity; G, Sr.

Why he made it

Despite suffering a late-season ankle injury, Wheeler was the straw that stirred the Rockets’ drink. Wheeler concluded his prep career by averaging 18.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.7 steals for a 15-9 club.

A few of my favorites

I need concert tickets to see Drake. ... Before I compete, I eat pizza rolls. ... In my dream career, I would be an NBA scout. ... My favorite subject to study in school is physical education. ... My favorite athlete is Johnny Manziel. ... My favorite TV show is “Wild ‘n Out.” ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Calvin Fisher, Will Smith and Tupac.

Three items on my bucket list

Go to Italy, go deep-sea fishing and go to a Cavs-Warriors Game 7.