Hyde Park’s Shomari Tillett uses rebounding ability to stand out in CPLBCA all-star game


Hyde Park’s Shomari Tillett goes up for a lay-up in the CPLBCA all-star game.

By: Eric Van Dril | April 10, 2017

Big men tend to be overlooked and underused in an all-star game full of talented guards like the CPLBCA’s third and final game was on Saturday afternoon.

But Hyde Park senior Shomari Tillett stood out in the South-Central’s 151-141 victory over the North-West on April 8. The 6-foot-7 power forward played a crucial role in the South-Central’s comeback. Tillett scored 23 points, which matched Curie all-state guard Elijah Joiner for the team high, and snared 17 rebounds.

Tillett starred, he explained afterward, because he understood what he had to do in order to make an impact on the game.

“I just had to get in where I fit in,” Tillett said. “Getting rebounds is something I’m pretty good at, so cleaning up on the offensive boards is where I make my points.”


By | April 10th, 2017|Basketball, Hyde Park|

The Public League’s final 2016-17 basketball rankings


Whitney Young junior guard Justin Boyd celebrates one of his five 3-pointers in the Class 4A state championship game.

The year-end rankings include teams’ final records and their preseason rankings. You can find the complete final standings here.

1. Whitney Young (27-7) 5

The Dolphins defeated Simeon in overtime to win the Class 4A state championship.

2. Simeon (30-4) 2

The Wolverines finished second in Class 4A. They edged Morgan Park 68-64 in the city championship game.

3. Morgan Park (26-6) 3

The Mustangs won the Class 3A state championship.

4. Orr (23-5) 8

The Spartans won the Class 2A state championship.


The Public League’s basketball rankings (March 6, 2017)


Collins guard Kamal Hill, who hit a buzzer-beater in the Class 2A Collins Sectional final.

1. Simeon (26-3) 1

The No. 1-seeded Wolverines beat Marian Catholic 56-43 to win the Class 4A Eisenhower Regional title. They will play No. 5 Marist on Tuesday night in the Thornwood Sectional semifinals.

2. Morgan Park (21-6) 2

The No. 1-seeded Mustangs defeated Butler Prep 81-64 to claim the Class 3A Evergreen Park Regional championship. They will face No. 4 Brooks on Tuesday evening in the Class 3A St. Rita Sectional semifinals.

3. Curie (25-3) 3

The No. 1-seeded Condors blew out Proviso East to win the Class 4A Curie Regional championship. They will face No. 4 Oak Park-River Forest on Tuesday evening in the Class 4A Proviso East Sectional semifinals.

4. Whitney Young (22-7) 4

The Dolphins, the No. 2 seed in the Proviso East Sectional, beat Lincoln Park to win the Class 4A Whitney Young Regional title. They will play No. 3 Kenwood in the sectional semifinals on Wednesday night.

5. Orr (20-5) 5

The Spartans beat a talented DePaul Prep squad 64-54 to win the Class 2A Guerin Sectional. They will play Collins in the Joliet Central Supersectional on Tuesday evening. The winner advances to state.