Illinois Mr. Basketball

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Each year the Illinois Mr. Basketball award is given to the person chosen as the best high school boys basketball player in the U.S. state of Illinois.

The award has been given since 1981. Most of the award winners have gone on to play at the highest levels of college basketball, and many have gone on to play in the National Basketball Association. On April 5, 2010, Jon Scheyer became the second winner to also have played on both a high school state championship and a Division 1 NCAA championship team, along with Brian Sloan. In 2010 Jereme Richmond became the 11th winner to enroll at the University of Illinois. In 2012 Jabari Parker became the first non-senior to win the award, and in 2013 he became the first to win the award twice.

Voting is done on a points system. Each voter selects first, second, and third-place votes. A player receives five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote, and one point for a third-place vote. The player who receives the most points receives the award.

Award recipients[edit]

Year Illinois Mr. Basketball School Points received College NBA Draft Reference
2015 Jalen Brunson Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire 552 Villanova    
2014 Jahlil Okafor Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, Chicago 492 Duke   [1]
2013 Jabari Parker Simeon Career Academy, Chicago 315 Duke 2014 NBA draft: 1st Round, 2nd Pick - Milwaukee Bucks [2][3]
2012 Jabari Parker Simeon Career Academy, Chicago 400 Duke 2014 NBA draft: 1st Round, 2nd Pick - Milwaukee Bucks [4]
2011 Ryan Boatright
Chasson Randle
East Aurora High School, Aurora
Rock Island High School, Rock Island
257 Connecticut
Stanford
  [5]
2010 Jereme Richmond Waukegan High School, Waukegan 455 Illinois  
2009 Brandon Paul Warren Township High School, Gurnee 337 Illinois   [6]
2008 Kevin Dillard Homewood-Flossmoor High School, Flossmoor 228 Southern Illinois (transferred to Dayton after sophomore season)   [7]
2007 Derrick Rose Simeon Career Academy, Chicago 720 Memphis  

2008 NBA draft: 1st round, 1st pick - Chicago Bulls

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2006 Jon Scheyer Glenbrook North High School, Northbrook 1187 Duke   [6][8]
2005 Julian Wright Homewood-Flossmoor High School, Flossmoor 645 Kansas 2007 NBA draft: 1st round, 13th pick - New Orleans Hornets [6]
2004 Shaun Livingston Peoria Central High School, Peoria 1056 Letter of Intent: Duke 2004 NBA draft: 1st round, 4th pick - Los Angeles Clippers [6]
2003 Shannon Brown Proviso East High School, Maywood 887 Michigan State 2006 NBA draft: 1st round, 25th pick - Cleveland Cavaliers [6]
2002 Dee Brown Proviso East High School, Maywood 952 Illinois 2006 NBA draft: 2nd round, 46th pick - Utah Jazz [6]
2001 Eddy Curry Thornwood High School, South Holland 1443 Letter of Intent: DePaul 2001 NBA draft: 1st round, 4th pick - Chicago Bulls [6]
2000 Darius Miles East St. Louis High School, East St. Louis 217 Letter of Intent: St. John's 2000 NBA draft: 1st round, 3rd pick - Los Angeles Clippers [9]
1999 Brian Cook Lincoln High School, Lincoln N/A Illinois 2003 NBA draft: 1st round, 23rd pick - Los Angeles Lakers
1998 Frank Williams Manual High School, Peoria 1049 Illinois 2002 NBA draft: 1st round, 25th pick - Denver Nuggets [6]
1997 Sergio McClain Manual High School, Peoria 1361 Illinois   [6]
1996 Ronnie Fields Farragut Academy, Chicago 1270 Letter of Intent: DePaul Undrafted - Went pro for La Crosse Bobcats of the CBA [6]
1995 Kevin Garnett Farragut Academy, Chicago 1443 Letter of Intent: DePaul 1995 NBA Draft: 1st round, 5th pick - Minnesota Timberwolves [10]
1994 Jarrod Gee St. Martin de Porres High School 658 Illinois  
1993 Rashard Griffith King College Prep High School, Chicago 1329 Wisconsin 1995 NBA Draft: 2nd round, 38th pick - Milwaukee Bucks
1992 Chris Collins Glenbrook North High School, Northbrook 1195 Duke  
1991 Howard Nathan Manual High School, Peoria 822 DePaul  
1990 Jamie Brandon King College Prep High School, Chicago 826 Louisiana State  
1989 Deon Thomas Simeon Vocational High School, Chicago 959 Illinois  
1988 Eric Anderson St. Francis de Sales High School, Chicago 1490 Indiana  
1987 Marcus Liberty King College Prep High School, Chicago 1286 Illinois 1990 NBA Draft: 2nd round, 42nd pick - Denver Nuggets
1986 Nick Anderson Simeon Vocational High School, Chicago 876 Illinois 1989 NBA Draft: 1st round, 11th pick - Orlando Magic
1985 Ed Horton Lanphier High School, Springfield 1735 Iowa  
1984 Brian Sloan McLeansboro High School, McLeansboro 1303 Indiana  
1983 Marty Simmons Lawrenceville High School, Lawrenceville 2056 Indiana (transferred to Evansville after sophomore season)   [11]
1982 Bruce Douglas Quincy Senior High School, Quincy 1700 Illinois  
1981 Walter Downing Providence Catholic High School, New Lenox 1301 DePaul (transferred to Marquette after sophomore season)   [12]

Awards by high school[edit]

School City Number of Awards Years
Simeon Career Academy Chicago 1 1986,
King College Prep High School Chicago 3 1987, 1990, 1993
Manual High School Peoria 3 1991, 1997, 1998
Farragut Academy Chicago 2 1995, 1996
Glenbrook North High School Glenbrook 2 1992, 2006
Homewood-Flossmoor High School Flossmoor 2 2005, 2008
Proviso East High School Maywood 2 2002, 2003
Adlai E. Stevenson High School Lincolnshire 1 2015
East Aurora High School Aurora 1 2011*
East St. Louis High School East St. Louis 1 2000
Lanphier High School Springfield 1 1985
Lawrenceville High School Lawrenceville 1 1983
Lincoln High School Lincoln 1 1999
McLeansboro High School McLeansboro 1 1984
Peoria Central High School Peoria 1 2004
Providence Catholic High School New Lenox 2 1981
Quincy Senior High School Quincy 4 1982
Rock Island High School Rock Island 9 2011*
St. Francis de Sales High School Chicago 1 1988
St. Martin de Porres High School Chicago 1 1994
Thornwood High School Thornwood 1 2001
Warren Township High School Gurnee 1 2009
Waukegan High School Waukegan 1 2010
Whitney M. Young Magnet High School Chicago 1 2014

* - Indicates a tie in which the award was shared

References[edit]

  1. ^ Helfgot, Mike (2014-04-05). "Mr. Basketball of Illinois 2000 East St. Louis' Darius Miles". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2015-03-09. 
  2. ^ "Mount Carmel's Buss, Simeon's Parker win Ms., Mr. Basketball". Chicago Tribune. 2013-03-25. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  3. ^ Powers, Scott (2013-03-25). "Jabari Parker repeats as Mr. Basketball". ESPN. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  4. ^ "Boys basketball". Chicago Tribune. 2012-03-24. 
  5. ^ "Mr. Basketball of Illinois winners". Chicago Tribune. 2011-04-02. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Henricksen, Joe (April 7, 2009). "The Best of Mr. Basketball in Illinois". Chicago Sun-Times. 
  7. ^ Helfgot, Mike. "Catching up with Kevin Dillard at Dayton," Chicago Tribune, Thursday, January 19, 2012.
  8. ^ Sakamoto, Bob (April 1, 2006). "Mr. Basketball of Illinois - Chicago Tribune". articles.chicagotribune.com. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  9. ^ Sakamoto, Bob (2015-01-02). "Mr. Basketball of Illinois 2000 East St. Louis' Darius Miles". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2015-03-09. 
  10. ^ Baujan, Harry (December 21, 2010) "Illinois Mr. Basketball" The Blackburn REview. http://www.blackburnreview.com/main/2010/12/21/illinois-mr-basketball.html
  11. ^ Davis, Rich. "UE men's basketball coach Marty Simmons sheds 135 pounds," Evansville (IN) Courier & Press, Tuesday, October 19, 2010.
  12. ^ Temkin, Barry. "Ex-Mr. Basketball Makes His Past Work For His Future," Chicago Tribune, Friday, December 20, 1996.