Demarius Jacobs, Markese Jacobs transfer to Hillcrest Prep


Brothers Demarius Jacobs and Markese Jacobs have transferred from Uplift to Hillcrest Prep in Arizona, according AZ Finest Mixtape.

The brothers are both Division I talents. Markese Jacobs, a sophomore point guard, is committed to Kansas. Demarius Jacobs, a senior, was committed to SIU, but he re-opened his commitment earlier this year. He figures to play all of next season at Hillcrest.

Their departure is a big loss for the Public League.


By | March 31st, 2017|Basketball, Uplift|

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.