Boys Basketball

Boys Basketball

Benedict leaving M-S hoops position after 12 years

MAHOMET -- One of the area's most stable boys' basketball coaching positions will be vacated, it was announced Monday, as longtime Mahomet-Seymour leader Chad Benedict will step down to accept an assistant principal position at the high school.

M-S superintendent Lindsay Hall delivered the news Monday in a press release, and Benedict confirmed the move a short time later.

Friends, rivals put on a show

CHAMPAIGN — Fans and supporters attending Sunday's Parkland College/News-Gazette All-Area All-Star boys' basketball game may not have known exactly what to expect as they entered Dodds Athletic Center.

But it didn't take long for that picture to become clear, as players on both teams sank three-pointers from well beyond the arc in warmups.

All Star HS Basketball

Jordan Brooks participates in the three point contest. Cobras Parkland College presents The News-Gazette All Area, All Star Games, Class of 2018, Sunday April 8, 2018. 

Judah Christian's Chitty amped for All-Star game

CHAMPAIGN — Prior to the 2017-18 boys' basketball season, Cade Chitty was part of a Judah Christian program that had most recently compiled a 13-14 campaign.

He also was suiting up for a team that had never won postseason hardware. And he still was seeking a college at which to continue his hoops career.

Things sure can change in a hurry, though, especially in the sports world.

2018 N-G All-State boys' basketball Player of the Year: Belleville West's E.J. Liddell

BELLEVILLE — E.J. Liddell first popped up on Joe Muniz's radar in 2012.

The Belleville West boys' basketball coach received some insider information on Liddell from one of his teaching and coaching colleagues, Bob Keefe, who doubled as a junior high basketball official.

Keefe's advice to Muniz? You might want to take an interest in Liddell, then in elementary school.

86th News-Gazette All-State boys' basketball team

FIRST TEAM

PLAYER HIGH SCHOOL HT. YR. POS. COMMENT

Darius Beane, Carbondale 6-4 Sr. G

Southern Illinois signee will join Salukis after putting up 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists as a senior

Cam Burrell, Morgan Park 6-6 Sr. F

Kelley steps aside as STM boys' hoops coach

CHAMPAIGN — In six seasons leading the St. Thomas More boys' basketball program, Matt Kelley has worked with dozens of high school student-athletes.

Ex-Maroon declares for NBA draft

A former Champaign Central boys' basketball player declared for the NBA draft on Tuesday.

Jordan Caroline, who spent the past two seasons playing at Nevada, did so by writing a note and posting it to his Twitter account.

State champion coach leaving SJ-O: 'The timing is right'

ST. JOSEPH — Brian Brooks arrived at St. Joseph-Ogden in 2003 with bright ideas and big ambitions for the Spartans' boys' basketball program.

Safe to say, he achieved those lofty expectations he set for SJ-O.

Brooks stepping aside at SJ-O

ST. JOSEPH — One of the most successful boys' basketball coaches in the area is stepping down.

St. Joseph-Ogden's Brian Brooks will resign after 15 seasons in charge of the Spartans, Brooks told The News-Gazette on Wednesday morning.