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NBC Sports Chicago Preps Basketball All-Area Team

NBC Sports Chicago Preps Basketball All-Area Team

It's time to hand out some awards for the 2018-19 boys basketball team as we unveil the three-team All-Area team and our NBC Sports Chicago Preps Player of the Year.

Our All-Area team is more of the college-style All-American team, featuring three teams of five players in a tiered format. Players must be from our Chicagoland coverage area and individual accomplishments and team success is factored into the equation. We also wait until after the season is fully complete so that state titles are also factored in. 

This season featured the toughest Player of the Year race in recent memory as four players had a credible claim for the award. In the end, it comes down to a dominant double-double machine who helped take his team to the state-title game while continually performing against the area's best teams. 

FIRST TEAM

Rashaun Agee, Bogan (Player of the Year) -- The area's best big man this season, Agee helped put Bogan on the statewide map by helping the Bengals earn second place in Class 3A. Agee went from All-Area candidate to Player of the Year this season thanks to a ridiculous campaign filled with huge dunks and eye-opening double-doubles. Averaging 19.2 points, 13 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game, Agee shot 63 percent from the floor for the Bengals.

During the Proviso West Holiday Tournament, Agee helped Bogan win the title by averaging an astounding 19.3 points and 17.8 rebounds over four games while shooting 60 percent from the field -- earning MVP honors in the process. Against elite competition, Agee thrived this season. He had 18 and 18 against Orr, 25 and 14 in a loss to Morgan Park, 27 and 15 against Simeon and 11 and 21 in a win over Whitney Young. Agee put up 24 points and 14 rebounds in the Class 3A state title game while also going head-to-head against Saint Louis commit Terrence Hargrove Jr.

In a year in which there were no local Class 3A and 4A state champions, Agee wins the tightest Player of the Year race we've ever had by a slim margin over Morgan Park's Adam Miller. 

Signature Performance: While Agee had a number of big games against great competition, the 40-point, 18-rebound effort against North Lawndale in the City Playoffs was his biggest individual game of the season. 

Adam Miller, Morgan Park -- The area's most talented player and best college prospect this season, Miller was an electric scorer for the Mustangs. The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 28.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game on the season while often facing defenses built to stop him. The MVP of the Big Dipper Holiday Tournament, which Morgan Park won, Miller had games of 48 points and 45 points as he set the single-tournament scoring record with 133 total points. 

Miller also put together great games against Bloom (31 in a loss), Bogan (28 in both games), Curie (27 and 24 in two games), Zion-Benton (32 points) and Bolingbrook (27 points and a game-winner) -- to name a few. The small thing separating Miller from Agee in the Player of the Year race is Agee's trip to Peoria and dominating performance in a much stronger holiday tournament. Miller should be a heavy favorite to win Player of the Year as a senior next season.

Signature Performance: Pouring in huge scoring numbers was the norm for Miller but 30 points in a win over Simeon, with 26 points coming in the second half, was a gigantic performance in the Public League Playoff semifinals. Miller stepped up his play in that one and almost single-handedly won that game for the Mustangs. 

DaJuan Gordon, Curie -- Playing for the area's best team this season, Gordon was one of the most unselfish stars in recent memory. Putting up 17.6 points, eight rebounds and two assists per game, Gordon shot 52 percent from the field and 36 percent from three-point range on the season. Fordon helped the Condors win a Pontiac Holiday Tournament title (unanimous all-tournament team) a Public League Playoff title and a third-place finish in Class 4A. Helping Curie become nationally-ranked this season, the Condors only lost to one Illinois opponent (Class 4A champion Belleville West) all season. Curie beat 10 IHSA sectional champions during the season as Gordon's two-way play was a huge reason why. The Kansas State commit is considered by many to be a top-150 national recruit in the senior class.

Signature Performance: In the Public League Playoff finals against Morgan Park, Gordon put together a monster performance as he had 31 points -- out-dueling Adam Miller (24 points) in the process -- to help the Condors capture a city title. Gordon also had six rebounds in the contest. 

Marquise Kennedy, Brother Rice -- Kennedy burst on the local scene after a strong summer that saw him go from zero scholarship offers to 14 within a matter of weeks. The 6-foot-1 senior guard eventually decided to stay in Chicago and attend Loyola as he put together a monster senior season for the Crusaders. Kennedy averaged 25 points, 6.5 rebounds, four assists, 1.8 steals and 1.3 blocks per game while shooting 60 percent from the field on the season. An All-Conference selection in the Catholic League, Kennedy was also MVP of the Joliet West Thanksgiving Tournament. While most players on this list played on top programs surrounded by other college prospects, Kennedy had to elevate Brother Rice into a top-25 team.

Signature Performance: In the Class 4A regional semifinals against T.F. South, Kennedy carried the Crusaders with 32 points and a buzzer-beating three-pointer for the win. Kennedy scored 15 of Brother Rice's 22 points in the fourth quarter as he was 8-for-13 from the field and 14-for-18 from the free-throw line.

D.J. Steward, Whitney Young -- In his first season with the Dolphins after transferring from Fenwick, Steward had another terrific season. The 6-foot-4 junior put up 24.3 points and 3.2 assists per game for Whitney Young as the Dolphins once again played one of the area's most difficult schedules. Playing national competition and many of the state's best teams, Steward consistently dazzled with his efficient and productive play. A consensus national four-star prospect in the Class of 2020, Steward will be a major factor for Player of the Year as a senior. 

Signature Performance: It's tough to pick just one great game for Steward, but putting up 33 points and nine rebounds in an overtime win over Uplift in one of the season's best games stands out. In a battle of stars with Uplift's Markese Jacobs, Steward and the Dolphins got the win 

SECOND TEAM

Antonio Reeves, Simeon -- Returning to Chicago after spending a season in Arizona, the 6-foot-5 senior made a huge impact at Simeon. Averaging 21.7 points, six rebounds and three assists per game, Reeves helped a young Wolverines team win a Class 4A sectional title. All-Tournament at the Pontiac Holiday Tournament, Reeves was a natural scorer who filled it up from all three levels. Reeves is uncommitted as he took unofficial visits to Illinois and Wisconsin during the season. Illinois State also stepped up with a recent scholarship offer.  

Signature Performance: Reeves had a 40-point outing against Ag. Science during the regular season but a Class 4A regional title performance against Brother Rice was on a far bigger stage. Battling with another elite guard in Marquise Kennedy, Reeves had 26 points and seven rebounds to help lead the Wolverines past the Crusaders for the road win and the regional title. 

RayJ Dennis, Oswego East -- The Boise State commit was outstanding for Oswego East this season. The ultra-smooth 6-foot-2 guard averaged 23.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.8 steals per game. Dennis also shot 50.6 percent from the field and 36 percent from three-point range during the season. Dennis scored 1,193 points in two seasons at Oswego East as he finishes his high school career with over 1,600 points.

Signature Performance: Oswego East was on the brink of elimination in the Class 4A state playoffs against Neuqua Valley when Dennis took over late. Knocking down two late three-pointers -- including the game-winner at the buzzer -- Dennis single-handedly lifted the Wolves in the regional finals. Dennis finished with 30 points for the game -- 13 of which came in the fourth quarter. 

Perry Cowan, DePaul Prep -- Another four-year varsity player, the 6-foot-4 Cowan helped the Rams to a third-place finish in Class 3A. Becoming DePaul Prep's all-time leading scorer this season, Cowan averaged 18.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game while shooting 54 percent from the field, 45 percent from three-point range and 85 percent from the free-throw line. The Catholic League MVP this season, Cowan is a four-time all-conference selection. Head coach Tom Kleinschmidt said Cowan is a top-five player in DePaul Prep/Gordon Tech's storied basketball history. Cowan will play his college basketball at Brown. 

Signature Performance: In a late November win over Class 1A state champion Providence-St. Mel, Cowan went for 29 points and seven rebounds, shooting an ultra-efficient 12-for-15 from the floor in the win.  

Tom Welch, Naperville North -- Also a state-champion goalie for the Naperville North soccer team, Welch was fantastic on the hardwood as well. Putting up 22.9 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game, Welch showed a high level of skill for a 6-foot-8 forward. The only returning starter from the previous season, Welch led the Huskies to the DuPage Valley Conference title while being named the league's MVP. A Loyola commit, Welch shot 60 percent from the field on the season.

Signature Performance: Welch had six 30-point games on the season but the 30-point performance against Rich East was special. The caliber of competition wasn't the toughest Welch faced during the season, but the huge game came less than 72 hours after Welch had to go to the emergency room for a dislocated right middle finger. 

Jeremiah Hernandez, St. Viator -- The two-time ESCC Player of the Year, Hernandez had another outstanding season for the Lions. A varsity starter since sophomore year, Hernandez averaged 20.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game while shooting 52 percent from the field. The Kent State commit is second in St.Viator history with over 1,300 career points. 

Signature performance: Hernandez had multiple 30-point games on the season, but a 36-point effort against Oswego East and RayJ Dennis in the Team Rose Shootout was a huge game against a great opponent on a big stage. 

THIRD TEAM

Markese Jacobs, Uplift -- The senior guard would have placed higher on this list had he not missed the final month of the season after having knee surgery. One of the city's most electric athletes of the past few years, Jacobs will be remembered for his above-the-rim play and ability to score in bunches. Jacobs averaged 30.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game as a senior. A Class 2A All-State selection, Jacobs will continue his basketball career at DePaul.

Signature Performance: Jacobs had a ridiculous 46 points, six rebounds and eight steals in an overtime loss to Whitney Young in January. Going 25-for-26 from the free-throw line, Jacobs tied an IHSA record by making 22 straight while the 25 total free throws are fourth most in state history.

Max Christie, Rolling Meadows -- Only a sophomore, Christie fought through illness and injury to still earn Player of the Year honors in the MSL East. Putting up 25.2 points, nine rebounds and 3.2 assists per game, Christie has already surpassed 1,000 career points and finds himself top-ten on the Rolling Meadows all-time scoring list with two more seasons to go. One of the state's top college prospects, Christie is a potent enough scorer to drop 50 in a game and skilled enough to have a triple-double in others.

Signature Performance: Dropping 51 points in a win over Elk Grove, Christie had one of the best individual scoring performances in the state of Illinois this season.  

Bryant Brown, Waukegan --  Capping off a historic career at Waukegan, the 6-foot-5 senior ends his Bulldogs career as the team's all-time leading scorer with 2,034 career points. Putting up 19.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.1 steals per game, Brown shot 52 percent from the floor. The North Suburban Conference Player of the Year, Brown was a three-time all-conference selection during his high school career. Brown also made the All-Tournament team at the Quincy Thanksgiving Tournament and the Wheeling Hardwood Classic. Brown is uncommitted. 

Signature Performance: Brown dropped 40 points and added nine rebounds during a December road win at Libertyville. The career-high for Brown was also enhanced by a unique alley-oop from teammate Andre White Jr.

Lance Jones, Evanston -- One of the state's biggest winners the past few years, Jones helped the Wildkits to two appearances in Peoria. Part of a memorable senior perimeter group that includes Jaheim Holden and Ryan Bost, Jones averaged 15.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.8 steals per game. A Central Suburban All-Conference selection and All-Tournament at Centralia, Jones is also one of the better perimeter defenders in the state. Jones is committed to Southern Illinois. 

Signature performance: Putting together a great all-around performance in a Class 4A state semifinal win over Rockford East, Jones showed why he was one of the area's best all-around players. Jones had 24 points, eight assists, five rebounds and two steals while going 7-for-11 from the field and 10-for-12 from the free-throw line.

Joseph Yesufu, Bolingbrook -- The all-time winningest player in Bolingbrook boys basketball history, the 6-foot senior guard had another outstanding season. The SouthWest Suburban Blue Player of the Year, Yesufu averaged 17.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game while shooting 53 percent from the floor and 37 percent from three-point range. The MVP of the Decatur Thanksgiving Tournament, Yesufu scored more than 1,300 points in his career. Yesufu is committed to Drake.

Signature Performance: Early in the season, Yesufu dropped 32 points on Springfield Southeast, one of the state's top teams this season. Yesufu's monster game helped Bolingbrook rally from 15 points down in the fourth quarter to win the Decatur Thanksgiving Tournament. 

NBC Sports Chicago Boys Basketball Preps Power Rankings: Final Rankings

NBC Sports Chicago Boys Basketball Preps Power Rankings: Final Rankings

The final edition of the NBC Sports Boys Basketball Preps Power Rankings is here for the 2018-19 season. While some final rankings place more of an emphasis on the regular season, we like to take postseason accomplishments first while also accounting for things that happened during the regular season -- similar to how the AP poll treats the NCAA tournament and college basketball's final rankings.

Listed beside each team is the final record for the season as well as the preseason ranking we gave them as we take a look at some of the big accomplishments for each program during the season. With no area team winning a Class 3A or 4A state title for the first time in the four-class era, it made for an interesting final ranking as a lot of things were considered for the top spots.

1. Curie (35-2) (8) -- The Condors close the season at No. 1 in the area after a memorable season that defied expectations. Many other Public League teams had significantly more preseason hype, but a balanced Curie team beat every team they faced in Illinois except for Class 4A champion Belleville West. Curie had a remarkable 10 wins over IHSA teams with sectional titles this season -- and that doesn't even include wins over Whitney Young, Bloom, New Trier, two wins over Morgan Park and numerous quality out-of-state wins. Public League Playoff champions and winners of the Pontiac Holiday Tournament, this is one of the best IHSA teams of the past decade that didn't win a state title. DaJuan Gordon had a tremendous senior season as he was flanked by strong senior leadership from Trevon Hamilton, Justin Harmon and Damari Nixon. Head coach Mike Oliver should be mentioned among the city's elite coaches for the job he did this season.   

2. Evanston (32-5) (5) -- Making Peoria for a second straight season, Evanston lived up to enormous preseason expectations. The Wildkits placed second in Class 4A after pushing Belleville West to the limit as their only other in-states losses came to Glenbrook South, Bolingbrook and Alton. The senior trio of Lance Jones, Jaheim Holden and Ryan Bost is one of the most accomplished perimeter trio of the decade as they made two state appearances while beating a high number of quality teams. The Wildkits beat New Trier, Maine South and Loyola twice and also knocked off St. Viator, Stevenson, OPRF and Uplift during the season. The future also looks bright for Evanston as a slew of quality sophomores and juniors return for next season.

3. Bogan (30-4) (4) -- Falling just short of a Class 3A state title, Bogan had a season worth remembering. The Bengals won the Proviso West Holiday Tournament and Rock Island Thanksgiving Tournament, beating Whitney Young, Leo, Simeon, Morgan Park, Proviso East, Corliss, Farragut and St. Laurence during the season. Senior Rashaun Agee was the best big man in the area this season as his dunks and double-doubles came on a near-nightly basis. Guards Jordan Booker and Antoine Bloxton were two of the city's premier perimter threats. The Bengals don't get as much local or national publicity as some of their Public League counterparts but head coach Arthur Goodwin has built a steady top-25 mainstay who is always a major threat in Class 3A. 

4. Simeon (20-15) (3) -- Despite a high number of losses, Simeon figured things out in time to finish as one of the state's best teams this season. Navigating a ridiculous national schedule, the new rotation of Wolverines took awhile to figure things out with so many new pieces. But seniors Antonio Reeves and KeJuan Clements stepped up late in the season while younger players like Ahamad Bynum and A.J. Casey showed how bright the future is for Simeon. The Wolverines beat Homewood-Flossmoor twice while also earning wins over Whitney Young, Marian Catholic and Bolingbrook. Simeon also pushed Curie to the limit in supersectionals -- nearly ending the Condors' season in Evanston. 

5. Orr (26-11) (16) -- Class 2A champions for a third consecutive season, the Spartans replaced a senior nucleus with new players and still found a way to win another state title. Head coach Lou Adams deserves recognition for getting a team of inexperienced varsity players and transfers to come together for another run. Seniors Tujaute Williams and Greg Outlaw Jr. are both great college prospects while the emergence of transfer Sherif Kenney took Orr to another level. Besides for the Class 2A title, the Spartans knocked off Bogan, Lincoln Park and Farragut. In the 2A playoffs, Orr won every game by double-digits during another dominating postseason run. 

6. Morgan Park (29-5) (2) -- The Mustangs fell short of another trip to Peoria but they still had a strong season. Champions at the Big Dipper Holiday Tournament and making the finals of the Public League Playoffs, the Mustangs had wins over Simeon, DePaul Prep, Bolingbrook, Corliss and Lincoln Park. Junior guard Adam Miller is the area's most talented player as the Mustangs have a lot to look forward to for next season. 

7. Whitney Young (25-8) (1) -- Playing another tough national schedule, Whitney Young came very close to knocking out Curie in the Class 4A sectional finals. The Dolphins had quality local wins over York, Orr, Uplift and Farragut as the junior backcourt of D.J. Steward and Tyler Beard was one of the best in the area. Senior Myles Baker also had some big games during the season as he remains an intriguing college prospect entering the spring. Whitney Young could find itself at No. 1 next preseason if all the pieces return. 

8. Geneva (32-2) (NR) -- Setting a school record for wins, Geneva fell just short of making it to Peoria in Class 4A with a loss to Rockford East. The senior duo of point guard Jack McDonald and sharpshooter Mitch Mascari was one of the area's strongest one-two combos as the Vikings only lost to Lake Park and the E-Rabs during the season. Winning the DuKane Conference, Geneva has become one of the state's more consistent programs over the last five years. 

9. Bolingbrook (23-8) (9) -- Bolingbrook started the season on a high note by winning the Decatur Thanksgiving Tournament before rolling to another good season. The Raiders dealt with some injuries but the backcourt of Joseph Yesufu and Tyler Cochran were as strong as any in the state when healthy the past few seasons. During the season, Bolingbrook swept Homewood-Flossmoor while also beating Oswego East, Evanston, West Aurora and Springfield Southeast. The Raiders were only stopped by eventual Class 4A champions Belleville West in supersectionals. 

10. DePaul Prep (25-10) (13) -- DePaul Prep reached Peoria as they hoped as the Rams figured out a mid-season slump to make a run to finish third in Class 3A. Senior Perry Cowan is one of the state's most accomplished players in this class and he had other solid players around him like Raheem Anthony, Lance Mosley and Pavle Pantovic. The future also looks solid at DePaul Prep as sophomores TY Johnson and Brian Matthews are both promising prospects. 

11. Providence-St. Mel (30-6) (25) -- State champions in Class 1A, the Knights had a target on their back and still delivered. Even though Providence-St. Mel played in the state's smallest class, they made a huge impression on the Catholic League by beating bigger schools during most of the season. Tyriel Nelson, Deion Jackson and Eric Jordan II all had strong scoring seasons while center Taeyon Neal and point guard T.J Ervin also deserve recognition.  

12. Stevenson (27-6) (NR) -- Surprising many with its strong season a year ahead of schedule, Stevenson scared Evanston in 4A supersectionals before losing. The Patriots won the North Suburban Conference and had a 14-game winning streak in 2019 as they beat Waukegan three times during the season. Next season looks very promising for the Patriots as nearly the entire core should be back. 

13. Homewood-Flossmoor (23-8) (12) -- Making a strong push in the Class 4A state playoffs, the Vikings played their best basketball at the end of the season. Knocking out Bloom and St. Rita in the state playoffs, Homewood-Flossmoor had a very balanced team led by Isaac Stanbeck, Trace Williams and R.J. Ogom -- to name a few. 

14. St. Viator (26-7) (6) -- One of the best Class 3A teams in Illinois this season, the Lions were built around two great seniors in Jeremiah Hernandez (Kent State) and Trey Calvin (Wright State). Although St. Viator lost to DePaul Prep in the sectional finals, they had quality wins over Marian Catholic, Loyola and Oswego East. 

15. Waukegan (28-6) (24) -- Waukegan had a great season in which they ultimately couldn't get past Stevenson. The Bulldogs lost three times to the Patriots during the season -- going 28-3 against the rest of the schedule and only losing to Providence St. Mel, Marian Catholic and Fremd. Senior Bryant Brown closed out a historic career with the Bulldogs by scoring over 2,000 career points and becoming the program's all-time leading scorer in the process. 

16. Bloom (26-4) (10) -- The junior-laden Blazing Trojans ultimately fell short of the enormous expectations but they still had a great season. Only falling to Homewood-Flossmoor (after beating them twice), Curie, Kankakee and Urbana, Bloom has a team that could compete for No. 1 in the state next season. The junior group of Keshawn Williams, Martice Mitchell, Donovan Newby and Dante Maddox Jr. will be one of the state's most talented groups. 

17. Marian Catholic (27-5) (14) -- Moving up to 4A after making Peoria in Class 3A last season, it was another strong season for Marian Catholic. The Spartans were led by senior forward Chris White and junior point guard Ahron Ulis as they fell short to Simeon in the sectional finals. Marian Catholic beat Homewood-Flossmoor, DePaul Prep, Benet and Thornton during the season. 

18. Loyola (22-13) (19) -- The Ramblers finally got healthy and rolling in the postseason as they lived up to preseason expectations. Winning the Hoopfest in Naples yet again, Loyola also beat DePaul Prep, Maine South and Marian Catholic. Senior Connor Barrett getting healthy was key for this team and the junior duo of twins Bennett and Jordan Kwiecinski should lead a promising group for next season. 

19. York (29-5) (NR) -- One of the area's most balanced teams, York had an incredible season. The Dukes only lost to OPRF (twice), Stevenson, Rockford East and Whitney Young as they gained revenge on the conference-rival Huskies by beating them for a 4A regional title. Nick Kosich, Erik Cohn and Sam Walsh all played tons of varsity minutes during their careers at York and it showed with how in-sync this team was during the season. 

20. Oswego East (24-8) (21) -- Strong season for Oswego East as they matched preseason expectations with an appearance in the sectional finals. Senior guard Ray J Dennis, a Boise State commit, was one of the area's best players this season as his clutch shooting in the state playoffs helped save the season for the Wolves. Oswego East won the season-opening Hoops for Healing Tournament with wins over Naperville North and West Aurora while also picking off quality teams like St. Rita, DePaul Prep and Waubonsie Valley during the season. 

21. Downers North (23-12) (NR) -- Reaching sectional finals for the first time since 1999, the Trojans peaked at the right time behind a great backcourt of Semaj Henderson and Trey Boston. Although Downers North had an up-and-down season, they pushed Geneva to the limit during supersectionals while also earning a notable win over Lake Park during the sectional semifinals. 

22. South Elgin (25-9) (NR) -- Quietly setting a school record for wins, South Elgin was one of the most surprising sectional finalists in Class 4A. The Storm were led by an underrated senior forward in Vince Miszkiewicz as the double-double machine had some big games against great competition. South Elgin gave Rockford East a good run in the sectional finals while also knocking off Proviso East, Oswego East and Cary-Grove.

23. Glenbard South (25-7) (NR) -- Class 3A's biggest surprise, Glenbard South peaked at the right time as they completed a strong season in both boys and girls (Class 3A second-place finish) basketball. Winning 10 of their last 11 games before falling to Peoria Manual in supersectionals (with the only loss coming to South Elgin) the Raiders closed out the season on a major hot streak. Glenbard South only lost two games all season to teams who didn't at least 20 games -- one of those being Peoria Manual. 

24. Corliss (20-10) (NR) -- Surprising many with its play this season, the Trojans defied expectations by placing fourth in Class 2A -- despite losing one of the area's best players last season in big man George Conditt IV (Iowa State). Besides for the deep postseason run, Corliss earned a great win over Simeon in conference play while also blowing out Class 1A finalist Central A&M. Senior Dhason Dyson was fun to watch and one of the city's more underrated guards. 

25. Farragut (20-7) (NR) -- One of the city's best teams this season, Farragut's season was cut short due to the unfortunate circumstances at North Lawndale. The Admirals were set to claim a Class 3A sectional title while also earning notable wins this season over Riverside-Brookfield, Lane Tech, Thornton and a full-strength Uplift before Markese Jacobs was injured. Senior Aaron Strong also deserves recognition for an outstanding season as he's a fascinating Division I prospect to track this spring.

The 50 IHSA players on 2019 NCAA tournament rosters

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The 50 IHSA players on 2019 NCAA tournament rosters

The 2019 NCAA tournament features 50 players who spent time playing boys basketball at IHSA programs this year as there will be plenty of local rooting interests despite Bradley being the only Illinois-based college program to make the Field of 68.

Some players are major parts of national title contenders while others are walk-ons and redshirts who contribute in practice every day. Here's a brief look at how each of the 50 players fared this season. If we missed anyone from an Illinois high school playing in the NCAA tournament, please be sure to let us know on our Twitter @NBCSPreps. 

KEY PLAYERS FROM MAJOR TEAMS

Jordan Caroline, Nevada (Champaign Central) -- The son of former NFL defensive lineman Simeon Rice enters his final season at Nevada. Over 2,000 points in his college career, the 6-foot-7 forward averaged 17.3 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game for the Wolf Pack.

Nojel Eastern, Purdue (Evanston) -- Becoming a key piece for the Boilermakers as a sophomore, Eastern's lead guard skills allowed Purdue star Carsen Edwards to play more off the ball. Eastern averaged 7.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.2 steals per game on the season. Eastern is also a capable perimeter defender who can guard up to four positions for Purdue.

Ethan Happ, Wisconsin (Rockridge) -- After a storied four-year career with the Badgers, the senior gets one final crack at the NCAA tournament. Happ averaged 17.5 points, 10.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game for Wisconsin during his senior season as he's one of the most accomplished players in Big Ten history.

Talen Horton-Tucker Iowa State (Simeon) -- Last season's NBC Sports Chicago Player of the Year had some great games during his freshman season. Horton-Tucker averaged 12.1 points and 5.0 rebounds per game for one of the best teams in the Big 12 this season. Although Horton-Tucker has been inconsistent at times, there are other moments when he's taken over a game with his perimeter shooting.

Charles Matthews, Michigan (St. Rita) -- Helping the Wolverines to the national title game last season, Matthews recently returned to the lineup from injury. During his junior season, the off-guard put up 12.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. Matthews is also one of the best perimeter defenders of any player in the field.

Matt Mooney, Texas Tech (Notre Dame) -- Transferring to the Red Raiders for his final college season after starting at South Dakota, Mooney has become one of the better two-way guards in the Big 12. Mooney put up 10.9 points, 3.3 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game for Texas Tech while shooting 38 percent from three-point range.

Zach Norvell Jr., Gonzaga (Simeon) -- Playing a huge part of a No. 1 seed, Norvell averaged 15.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game for the Bulldogs. A knockdown shooter from the perimeter, Norvell shot 37 percent from three-point range on the season.

Admiral Schofield, Tennessee (Zion-Benton) -- One of college basketball's breakout players this season, the senior has emerged on the NBA Draft radar. Schofield averaged 16.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists while shooting 47 percent from the field and 41 percent from three-point range. A matchup nightmare, Schofield has been a huge part of Tennessee's top-five status for much of this season.

Paul White, Oregon (Whitney Young) -- The senior elevated his play in the Pac-12 Tournament, helping the Ducks to a surprising NCAA tournament bid. Another former IHSA state champion, White put up 10.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game for Oregon.

KEY PLAYERS FROM MID-MAJOR PROGRAMS

Tajuan Agee, Iona (Hyde Park) -- The older brother of Bogan star senior Rashaun Agee, Tajuan put together a very strong junior season. Averaging 13.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, Agee also shot 45 percent from the field and 35 percent from three-point range on the season.

Jordan Goodwin, Saint Louis (Belleville Althoff) -- A former state champion at Belleville Althoff, Goodwin has become one of the Billikens' best players as a sophomore. Averaging 10.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, Goodwin was one of the better all-around contributors in the Atlantic 10 this season.

Rapolas Ivanauskas, Colgate (Barrington) -- Finally healthy after two seasons of shoulder issues, Ivanauskas became the Patriot League Player of the Year in his first full college season. Transferring from Northwestern, Ivanauskas put up 16.4 points and 7.9 rebounds per game while shooting 43 percent from three-point range. Ivanauskas helped lead Colgate to its first NCAA tournament appearance in 23 years.

Nate Kennell, Bradley (Metamora) -- One of the key pieces for Bradley, this junior sharpshooter averaged 9.4 points and 2.4 rebounds per game while shooting 40 percent from three-point range.

RESERVES FROM BIG PROGRAMS

Evan Boudreaux, Purdue (Lake Forest) -- After transferring in from Dartmouth, the forward became a solid reserve forward at Purdue. Averaging 5.4 points and 3.2 rebounds per game, Boudreaux was one of the more productive second-unit frontcourt players in the Big Ten this season.

George Conditt IV, Iowa State (Corliss) -- Growing more comfortable as his freshman year has gone along, the big man has become a solid rotation center for the Cyclones. Conditt has played in 25 games while putting up 2.0 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game.

Zion Griffin, Iowa State (Hinsdale South) -- The freshman played in 17 games for the Cyclones coming off of the bench this season as Griffin averaged 1.8 points and 1.6 rebounds per game on the year.

Charlie Moore, Kansas (Morgan Park) -- The former Mr. Basketball has become a solid backup guard for the Jayhawks. Appearing in 33 games as a redshirt sophomore, Moore averaged 3.0 points and 1.2 assists per game.

Ed Morrow, Marquette (Simeon) -- In his first season with the Golden Eagles after transferring from Nebraska, Morrow became a key reserve for a top-25 team. Putting up 5.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game, Morrow shot 59 percent from the field, also providing good energy on the interior.

Isaiah Moss, Iowa (Simeon) -- Part of a balanced Iowa attack, the junior averaged 9.1 points and 2.8 rebounds per game while shooting 41 percent from three-point range.

David Nichols, Florida State (Mount Carmel) -- A graduate transfer from Albany, Nichols put up 6.4 points and 1.7 assists per game for the Seminoles as a backup guard. Nichols had 14 points against No. 1 Virginia in an ACC tournament win for the Seminoles last week.

Francis Okoro, Oregon (Normal West) -- Reclassifying and joining the Ducks this season, the freshman big man has been a solid rotation player. Okoro is averaging 3.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per game on the season as he looks like a big part of Oregon's future. 

Miles Reynolds, Oklahoma (Whitney Young) -- The former Whitney Young standout has carved out a solid role with the Sooners after spending time at Saint Louis and Pacific. The senior guard is averaging 6.8 points and 2.3 rebounds per game while playing in 20.0 minutes per contest.

Brock Stull, Minnesota (Rockford Boylan) -- Following a successful start to his college career at Milwaukee, Stull became a graduate transfer to Minnesota. As a reserve shooter, Stull appeared in 30 games and shot 45 percent from three-point range on the year.

Austin Trice, Kansas State (Hales Franciscan) -- Playing in 27 games as a reserve forward, Trice averaged 1.9 points and 2.6 rebounds per game for the Big 12 champions.

RESERVES FROM MID-MAJOR PROGRAMS

Jameel Alausa, Yale (U-High) -- A sophomore forward, Alausa played in nine games for Yale this season, averaging 1.3 points per game.

Armon Brummett, Bradley (Decatur MacArthur) -- Most effective on the defensive end, the freshman guard played in 23 games this season. Brummett scored 13 points, added 16 rebounds and earned 11 steals during the season.

Ryan Davis, Vermont (Conant) -- The freshman center was a reserve big man this season for the Catamounts. Davis averaged 3.5 points and 1.9 rebounds per game on the season while playing 10.7 minutes per contest.

Demarius Jacobs, Saint Louis (Uplift) -- The older brother of Uplift star Markese Jacobs started his college career with the Billikens this season. Jacobs appeared in 18 games off the bench as he played 88 total minutes.

Pat McNamara, Fairleigh Dickinson (St. Viator) -- The junior saw his minutes fall during his junior season as appeared in 17 games, averaged 4.4 minutes per contest.

Antoine Pittman, Bradley (Rockford Auburn) -- A junior guard who comes off the bench, Pittman averaged 3.2 points and 1.7 rebounds per game while appearing in 18 games.

Trevor Stumpe, Wofford (Plainfield North) -- Missing the first 21 games of the season due to back surgery, Stumpe is slowly working his way back into Wofford's rotation. A double-figure scorer last season, the junior has played in eight games since his return.

Elyjah Williams, Fairleigh Dickinson (Evanston) -- As a sophomore, the forward developed into a reliable rotation player for the Knights as Williams averaged 8.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

WALK-ONS, REDSHIRTS AND INJURED PLAYERS

Michael Ballard, Wisconsin (Fenwick) -- Playing in nine games, Ballard scored two points and grabbed three rebounds during his sophomore season.

Brennan Besser, Duke (Latin) -- The senior has appeared in four games during 2018-19, scoring for the first time in his Duke career in two games this season.

Courtese Cooper, LSU (Elgin) -- Starting his college career at Triton, the big man displayed enough upside and production that LSU took him for the next few seasons. Cooper is redshirting to add strength this season as he should be apart of the Tigers' rotation next year.

Brandon Courtney, Saint Louis (Wesclin) -- The freshman played in two games for the Billikens in his first college season.

Tommy Gardiner, Marquette (Maine South) -- The freshman appeared in three games for the Golden Eagles this season.

Gabe Grant, Buffalo (Mount Carmel) -- A transfer who was previously at Houston, Grant is sitting out this season due to NCAA transfer rules. He'll be eligible to finish his college career next season.

Peter Hanley, Bradley (Peoria Notre Dame) -- Entering six games as a senior, the forward scored six total points while collecting two rebounds.

Carter Higginbottom, Wisconsin (St. Ignatius) -- Listed on the Wisconsin roster, Higginbottom didn't appear in a game for the Badgers during his freshman season.

Nicholas Hobbs, Iowa (Fenwick) -- Playing in six games during his sophomore season, Hobbs scored eight points on the season -- including a three-pointer in the United Center during a Big Ten Tournament loss to Michigan.

Jack Hoiberg, Michigan State (Hinsdale Central) -- The son of former Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg, Jack is in his sophomore season as he played in 12 games this season.

Messiah Jones, Wofford (Simeon) -- Helping Simeon to a great season last year, Jones is redshirting during his freshman year with the Terriers.

Kyle King, Purdue (St. Charles North) -- Playing in seven games as a freshman, the forward registered 16 total minutes while grabbing four rebounds.

Joey Lane, Ohio State (Deerfield) -- The senior played a career-high 38 minutes during the season as he scored 11 total points to go with six rebounds and six assists.

Mike Lelito, Marquette (Hersey) -- The sophomore saw action in three games this season.

Skyler Nash, Vermont (Riverside-Brookfield) -- Nash appeared in two games this season as his college career has been slowed down by injury.

Prentiss Nixon, Iowa State (Bolingbrook) -- After transferring from Colorado State, Nixon is sitting out this season due to NCAA transfer rules. The former Bolingbrook product was a double-figure scorer his final two seasons with the Rams.

Malik Osborne, Florida State (Rich South) -- Transferring from Rice after a promising freshman campaign, Osborne is sitting out this season due to NCAA transfer rules. He'll have three years of eligibility left beginning in 2019-20.

Jack Raboin, Saint Louis (Mattoon) -- The junior guard appeared in two games this season, scoring a season-high five points in a win over Appalachian State in December.

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