Illinois Boys Hoops: Weeks 3 & 4 Top Performers

By Kaleb Carter

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 Dec. 5-18. 

Morez Johnson, St. Rita, Jr.

Scored 25 in a win over St. Laurence.

Josh Pickett, West Aurora, Jr. 

Had 29 points and drilled 6 3-pointers in a 77-67 victory over Plainfield North. 

Ian Brown, New Trier, Jr. 

Hit 12 3-pointers in a win over Rolling Meadows for all 36 of his points.

Brayden Sailing, Williamsville, So. 

Scored all 21 of his points from beyond the 3-point arc and grabbed 6 rebounds vs. Tai-City. 

JaiQuan Holman, Lanphier, So.

31 point, 4 3-pointers and 7 rebounds vs. Springfield Southeast. 

Seth Doss, Springfield Southeast, Sr.

Had 31 points, 16 rebounds and 3 steals against Lanphier. 

Yaris Irby, Niles North, So.

Netted 38 points in win over rival Niles West. 

Eman Hodzic, MCC College Prep, Jr. 

26 points, 20 rebounds, 5 blocks against Hinsdale Adventist. 

Korbin Gann, Pecatonica, Sr. 

Had 18 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in a Pecatonica win over Scales Mound, only the second victory for an Illinois team over Scales Mound in the last two seasons. 

Ikee Brooks, Hansberry College Prep, So. 

Scored 12 points, had 15 assists, 7 rebounds and 7 steals in a win over Holder. 

Dylan Murphy, Columbia, Sr. 

A St. Leo (Florida) commit, scored 31 points 12 of 21 shooting and hit 7 3-pointers in a win over Salem. 

Luke Kincade, Neuqua Valley, Jr. 

44 points, 11 rebounds in a win over Yorkville Christian.

David Douglas Jr, Yorkville Christian, Sr. 

In the same game Kincade scored 44, Douglas had 41. 

Isaiah Cortez, Chicago Academy, Jr. 

Had 46 points as Chicago Academy beat Intrinsic 64-40. 

Camden Cerese, Lake Park, Jr. 

Scored 40 points on 15 of 24 shooting and 6 steals vs. Wheaton North.

Roderic Gatewood, Merdian, Sr. 

Totaled a new school-record 48 points in a 94-78 win over Goreville. 

Grady Thompson, Princeton, Sr. 

Scored 23 on the same night he reached 1,000 points in a dominant win over Rochelle. He also scored 36 in a win over Hall. 

Jelani Crawford, Alcott/Devry, Jr. 

Scored 44 vs. Roosevelt. 

Gianni Cobb, Perspectives, Jr. 

Had 23 points, 11 assists in a win over Butler.

Jackson Provost, Bishop McNamara, Sr. 

26 points,4 steals, 3 rebounds and 2 blocks in a 69-68 win over Timothy Christian. 

Macaleab Rich, East St. Louis, Sr. 

The had 29 points, 18 rebounds and 4 steals in a close win over Hillcrest.

Hasan Hasan, Lombard College Prep, Jr. 

Totaled 26 points, 9 rebounds in victory vs. Yeshiva.

Dylan Bazzell,  Prairie Central, Sr. 

Career-high 33 points in thrilling 96-87 win over Bloomington. That was o Dec. 5. The Hawks were 10-0 as of Sunday. 

Quovadis Temples, Manley, Sr. 

21 points, 11 assists, 9 steals in an 81-40 win over Juarez. 

Thomas Hereau, Scales Mound, Jr. 

Hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer and scored 21 wins in a victory over East Dubuque. 

Andrew Scharnowski, Burlington Central, Sr. 

Belmont commit had 24 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks in a victory over  Hinsdale South. Be on the lookout for sophomore Jason Johnson in the future. 

Bennett Briles, Nashville, Sr.

Hit 6 3-pointers and scored 26 points to beat Chester. 

Bryce Tillery, Hillcrest, Sr.

25 points, 5 assists, 5 steals in a win over Bloomington.

Daniel Sveiteris, Downers Grove South, So. 

21 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists as DGS beat Morton. 

Nick Rogers, Raby, So. 

Posted 36 points, 7 steals and 5 assists in a win over Legal Prep. 

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