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With the 2011-12 hoops season set to tip off, ESPNHS has all the info you need on the top players in Illinois.
We’ve broken down the state’s top 20 players into four teams based on their talent, and included a whole lot of other players who just missed the cut. Keep in mind, these selections are based on past accomplishments and projected on-court performance in addition to recruit rankings.
For a list of the top senior basketball recruits in Illinois, click here.
Illinois All-State Basketball
G: Billy Garrett, Morgan Park, 6-3/165, Junior
Committed to DePaul in the spring.
F: Thomas Hamilton, Whitney Young, 6-8/230, Junior
Big man is on the cusp of dominant breakthrough season.
F: Jabari Parker, Simeon, 6-8/230, Junior
No. 1 recruit in Class of 2013 is arguably the nation's best overall player.
F: Steve Taylor, Simeon, 6-7/175, Senior
Marquette recruit is ranked No. 1 senior in state by ESPNU.
C: Jahlil Okafor, Whitney Young, 6-8/260, Sophomore
Teams with Hamilton to give Whitney Young twin shot blockers.
G: Malcolm Hill, Belleville East, 6-5/200, Junior
Posted 16.7 points, 4.1 rebounds per game as a soph.
G: Kendrick Nunn, Simeon, 6-1/175, Junior
De-committed from Texas A&M earlier this fall.
G: Michael Orris, Crete-Monee, 6-3/185, Senior
Smooth guard dished out more than six assists per game last year.
F: Alex Foster, De La Salle, 6-8/205, Junior
Long, rangy southpaw is a premier shot blocker.
F: Paul White, Whitney Young, 6-8/185, Sophomore
Expected to play major role after promising freshman season.
G: Kendall Stephens, St. Charles East, 6-5/165, Junior
Shooting guard has a deadly 3-point shot.
G: Jaylon Tate, Simeon, 6-1/170, Junior
Electric guard transferred from De La Salle over the summer.
G: Fred Van Vleet, Auburn, 5-11/175, Senior
Wichita State commit scored more than 17 points per game last year.
F: Jermaine Morgan, Whitney Young, 6-8/220, Senior
Colorado State recruit is versatile offensive player.
F: Willie Wiley, Springfield, 6-7/200, Senior
Posted 11.4 points, 8.2 rebounds per game a year ago.
G: Kory Brown, Elgin, 6-4/180, Senior
Expect a huge season — he put up 16.1 points and 6.1 boards last year.
G: Keith Carter, Proviso East, 6-1/170, Senior
Combo guard has committed to Loyola.
G: Aaron Simpson, North Chicago, 6-0/175, Senior
Averaged more than 22 points per game last year.
F: Connor Boehm, New Trier, 6-7/190, Senior
Tough big man should average around 20 points per game this year.
F: Darius Paul, Warren, 6-8/210, Senior
Leads the No. 2 team in the state.
Other Top Players
Cliff Alexander, Curie, C, So.
Austin Angel, New Trier, F, Sr.
Larry Austin, Lamphier, G, So.
A.J. Avery, St. Rita, F, Sr.
Ka’Darryl Bell, Oak Park-River Forest, G, Sr.
T.J. Bell, Charleston, G, Sr.
Nathan Boothe, Warren, C, Sr.
Sterling Brown, Proviso East, G, Jr.
Paris Burns, Proviso East, G, Sr.
Mike Fleming, Stevenson, G, sr.
JoVaughn Gaines, Warren, G, Sr.
Cameron Harvey, St. Joseph, G, Sr.
Tony Hicks, St. Rita, G, Sr.
Jalen James, Hope Academy, G, Jr.
C.J. Jones, Orr, G, Sr.
Robert Knar, Mundelein, G, Jr.
Eric Locke, Oak Park-River Forest, G, So.
Alex Majewski, Brother Rice, F, Jr.
Andrew McAuliffe, Glenbrook North F, Jr.
Jamall Millison, Downers Grove South, G, Sr.
Donald Moore, Bloom, G, Sr.
Jelani Neely, Simeon, G, Sr.
Kyle Nelson, St. Charles North, F, Sr.
Derrick Randolph, Whitney Young, G, Sr.
Jameris Smith, Warren, G, Sr.
Gabriel Snider, Whitney Young, G, Sr.
Akeem Springs, Waukegan, F, Sr.
Xavier Taylor, Morgan Park, C, Jr.
Jerron Wilbut, Donwers Grove South, G, Sr.
Tim Williams, Homewood-Flossmoor, C, Sr.