Illinois Boys Hoops: Week 2 Top Performers
We’ll be highlighting individual performances from around the state that stood out. We’ve been mostly doing it in girls basketball so far, but wanted to get some boys players recognized. It could be a record, an amazing highlight or anything in between. We’ll be focusing on individual game performances. This will hopefully help us recognize more players and spend less time searching for statistics.
Stats are critical to highlight these players and teams. Get in touch to submit player at any point during the 2022-2023 season. You can submit stats to our Twitter, @ILL_HS_Hoops and @ill_hoop_scores. You can reach the writer on Twitter, @Kaleb_M_Carter. Site editor and publisher Jakub Rudnik is on Twitter at @jakubrudnik.
Editor’s note: Not every submission is included in the top performers. Choices made at our discretion. Games eligible to be considered for top performers were played Nov. 28-Dec. 4
David Douglas Jr, Yorkville Christian, Sr.
Set a new school record with 51 points in an 85-77 loss to Lake Forest Academy.
Nathan La Plant, Andrew, Sr.
Knocked down a school record 11 three-pointers, and second record with 45 points, in an Andrew win over Argo.
Wesely Shats, Reed-Custer, Sr.
22 points, 9 rebounds in a 62-46 win over Herscher.
Max Johnson, Oak Park And River Forest, Jr.
Scored 29 points as the Huskies defeated Orr Academy.
Quentin Jones, Marian Catholic, Sr.
The Cal Poly recruit had 25 points in a 64-49 win over Carmel Catholic.
Martin Ledbetter, Hinckley-Big Rock
23 points, 14 rebounds vs. Elgin in a 54-26 win.
Melvin Holder, Von Steuben, Sr.
Totaled 24 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists in a 61-19 win over North Grand.
Chris Bush, Champaign Central, So.
Scored 21 points with 8 rebounds vs. Peoria.
Brett Gomez, Kennedy, Sr.
Had 27 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds Saturday vs. Leyden in a loss.
Jack Hiveley, Byron, Jr.
Made 8 of his team’s 16 3-pointers and scored 32 points in a 78-59 win over Mendota.
Nathan Young, Antioch, Sr.
19 point, 5 rebounds, 2 steals in a win over Lift For Life (MO.)
James Stevenson Jr., Momence, Sr.
In a tight 53-52 win over St. Anne scored 32 points and had 14 rebonds, 6 steals and 6 blocks.
No. 2 Joliet West vs. No. 3 Kenwood at the Chicago Elite Classic lived up to the hype.— Michael O'Brien (@michaelsobrien) December 4, 2022
The Dai Dai Ames vs. Jeremy Fears Jr. matchup was loaded with trash talk and flashy talent.
"My goal was to win a basketball game and that's what I did," -Ameshttps://t.co/621QMVfBuw
Dai Dai Ames, Kenwood, Sr.
30 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds in an 87-58 win over Lindblom.
Calvin Robins, Kenwood, Jr.
Scored 21 points in a huge 72-66 win over Joliet West at the Chicago Elite Classic.
Lucas Whittington, West Frankfort, Sr.
Put up 22 points in an 80-46 win over Cairo.
Caleb David, Francis W. Parker, Sr.
The senior scored 27 points, added 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals.
Angelo Ciaravino, Mt. Carmel, Jr.
Scored 26 in a win over North Lawndale.
Ethan Samuels, Jones College Prep, Jr.
In an 76-61 victory over Northside Prep, scored 35.
Adyn McGinley, Beecher, Jr.
Produced 27 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds and 4 steals as Beecher beat Donovan by 95-40.
Final in Beecher:— Beecher Basketball (@Beecher_Hoops) December 3, 2022
Bobcats (4-1, 1-0) 95
Donovan (4-2, 1-1) 40
McGinley 27 pts, 6 reb, 7 ast, 4 stl
Johnson 18 pts, 7 reb, 4 ast
Nesbitt 12 pts
Graniczny 8 pts, 5 reb
The boys played fast and unselfish en route to the win!@TDJsports @michaelsobrien @NestoHoops @chilandprephoop
Arion Johnson, Hubbard, Sr.
Scored 40 points on 14-of-21 shooting (9 3’s), had 7 steals and 5 rebounds vs. Englewood STEM.
Wyatt Lipcaman, Griggsville-Perry, Jr.
30 points as his team beat Carrollton by 27.
Luke Williams, Naperville North, Jr.
Posted 27 points, including 4 three-pointers as the Huskies beat King 55-34.
Josue Valdemar, Lake County Baptist, Sr.
Scored 42 points in a 48-37 win over Westfair Christian.
Malachi Persinger, Peoria Christian, So.
Totaled 25 points, 7 assists in a win vs. Illinois Valley Central.
Simon Krugliakovas, Napervillle Central, Sr.
Boasted a 40-point performance after a 96-88 win over Glenbard East.
Logan Morse, Farmington, Sr.
The senior had 33 points in a 76-71 victory over Tremont.
Mekhi Cooper, Bolingbrook, Sr.
The Miami signee put up 30 in a win vs. St. Charles North.
Sean Reynolds, DeKalb, So.
Hit 8 three-pointers and put up 28 points in handing Glenbard West its first in-state loss since the shortened covid season in 2021.
Larenz Walters, Kankakee, Jr.
Dominated with a 35-point, 6-rebound, 6-steal and 5 assists game in a 97-45 win over Butler College Prep.
Gerardo Alanis, Arcola, Jr.
Scored 26 points in a win over University High.