Williamson finishes 10th, Gilyard 12th in 2017 Illinois Mr. Basketball voting


Whitney Young senior Lucas Williamson

The ballots for 2017 Mr. Basketball have been submitted, and the results are out.

There were 139 ballots cast, according to the Chicago Tribune’s article announcing that Edwardsville senior guard Mark Smith finished first. First-place votes are worth five points. Second-place votes are worth three points. Third-place votes are worth one.

Here are the full results.

251 points: Mark Smith, Edwardsville sr. (41 first, 13 second, 7 third) named on 61 ballots

175: Nojel Eastern, Evanston sr. (22-19-8) 49

136: Jordan Goodwin, Belleville Althoff sr. (11-24-9) 44

105: Jeremiah Tilmon, East St. Louis sr. (13-9-13) 35

85: Taylor Bruninga, Glasford Illini Bluffs sr. (10-9-8) 27


By | March 21st, 2017|Basketball, Morgan Park, Simeon, Uplift, Von Steuben, Young|

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.


Morgan Park coach Nick Irvin’s best season to date results in a 3rd state title.


Morgan Park coach Nick Irvin celebrates his team’s 69-67 win. (Photo by Quinn Harris)

By: Eric Van Dril   |   March 18, 2017

Top-end talent can sometimes mask the ability of a coach, and Nick Irvin has had plenty of it during his nine seasons at Morgan Park.

But the Mustangs’ 69-67 overtime win over Fenwick in the Class 3A state championship showed why Irvin is one of the state’s best.

Morgan Park was without star point guard Ayo Dosunmu, who fractured a bone in his left foot in the first quarter of Morgan Park’s state semifinal. He was on crutches on Saturday, March 18.

The Mustangs’ players never doubted themselves, however. They always believed they would win — even when the Friars led by 11 points with less than six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

“It starts with Nick,” Morgan Park senior forward Melo Burrell (nine points, 10 rebounds) said, of the team’s confidence level.

Morgan Park sophomore guard Lamond Johnson agreed.

Irvin gives his players “confidence you didn’t even know you had,” Johnson said. “He keeps you going. If he puts you down, you know you’re going to get back up because once he puts you down, he’s going to build you up 10 times (higher) than (you were). He’s a great coach. He gives you the most confidence in the world.”

Morgan Park’s confidence was crucial in several different instances in the state championship game, but it especially showed in the final six minutes of the fourth quarter and in overtime.


By | March 18th, 2017|Basketball, Morgan Park|