16 Chicago Public League basketball players named to 2017 IBCA Class 3A/4A all-state teams

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Curie guard Elijah Joiner

The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association has announced its Class 3A/4A all-state teams.

You can view the full team here.

The following are the Chicago Public League’s players who have been honored.

First team: Whitney Young senior forward Lucas Williamson, Curie senior guard Elijah Joiner, Morgan Park junior guard Ayo Dosunmu and Simeon senior guard Evan Gilyard.

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Second team: Simeon junior forward Talen Horton-Tucker and Simeon junior guard Kezo Brown.

Third team: Whitney Young junior guard Javon Freeman and Curie senior guard Allante’ Pickens.

Fourth team: Kenwood senior forward Manny Patterson and North Lawndale senior guard Carlos Hines.

Special mention: Rickover senior guard Simisola Adebosin, Westinghouse senior forward Coreyoun Rushin, North Lawndale senior forward Martrell Barnes, Farragut senior guard Kawanise Wilkins, Morgan Park senior center Lenell Henry and Brooks senior guard Quentin Shields.

‘He’s not scared of anything’: Marcus Watson steps in for injured Ayo Dosunmu, helps Morgan Park reach the state championship

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Morgan Park freshman point guard Marcus Watson runs the show vs. Lanphier

By: Eric Van Dril   |   March 17, 2017

Freshman point guard Marcus Watson had played in just three varsity games prior to Morgan Park’s 60-53 win over Lanphier in the Class 3A state semifinals, but he was ready.

Watson was unexpectedly thrust into the lineup when point guard Ayo Dosunmu, the best junior in the state, injured his left foot near the mid-way point of the first quarter. Dosunmu spent the game’s final three quarters at the end of the Mustangs’ bench. He watched his team beat the Lions (28-4) without him, and then went to the hospital to get x-rays on his foot.

Watson came through with Dosunmu hobbled. He played 25 minutes — the most of any game of his varsity career — and finished with nine points, six assists, four rebounds and four steals. Watson got better as the game went on.

When Dosunmu went out, Watson thought, “’It’s time for me to step up,’” he said. “The best player went down, and the freshman had to step up and take it home.”

Watson did that.

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By | March 17th, 2017|Basketball, Morgan Park|

Class 3A state semifinal preview: Morgan Park (24-6) vs. Springfield Lanphier (28-3)

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Morgan Park’s Nimari Burnett earlier this season.

When/where: This game, the second of two Class 3A state semifinals, is scheduled to start at 12:45 p.m. on Friday, March 17. It will take place at the Peoria Civic Center.

Where you can watch it on TV: CSN+

Morgan Park’s road to state

The Mustangs, the Associated Press’s No. 1 team entering the state playoffs, have won four of their five state playoff games by double digits. The lone exception was a 79-72 win over St. Rita in the Class 3A St. Rita Sectional championship. Morgan Park thrived at the line in the fourth quarter that night. It hit 21 of its 24 attempts in the fourth in front of a sizable St. Rita crowd.

Morgan Park then beat Hillcrest 54-43 in the Class 3A Joliet Central Supersectional. Junior Ayo Dosunmu, a first-team all-state selection by the AP, scored 17 of his game-best 24 points in the second quarter against the Hawks.

Springfield Lanphier’s road to state

The Lions have won just one of their state playoff games by fewer than 13 points. That was a 49-44 victory over Lincoln in the Class 3A Lanphier Regional final. Lanphier lost 64-47 to Lincoln on Feb. 10.

The Lions cruised against Centralia 64-38 in the Class 3A Springfield Supersectional on Tuesday night.

First-team all-state selection Yaakema Rose Jr. set the tone early against Centralia. The 5-foot-8 guard finished with 19 points, five rebounds and six steals. Junior guard Cardell McGee, who has offers from DePaul and Illinois State, scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Rose and McGee have been two of Lanphier’s key players this season. Senior guard Aundrae Williams and senior forward Corrington Jones are two others.

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By | March 16th, 2017|Basketball, Morgan Park|