Postseason All-State Teams

By Roy & Harv Schmidt

March 26, 2017

9:30 A.M. CST

The following are Illinois Prep Bulls-eye's postseason all-state selections in Illinois, which are made regardless of player class or team class affiliation.  The primary criterion used was player performance from the start of the past high school season to the end.

1st Team:

Mark Smith               6'5   Sr.   PG   Edwardsville (H.S.)--Player Of The Year      Comment: The fastest rising prospect the state has seen since Anthony Davis.  Now the #1 player in Illinois from the 2017 class and a bonafide high major recruit.  Speaking of his recruitment, we think it will be coming to an end soon.

Ayo Dosunmu           6'3   Jr.    PG   Chicago (Morgan Park) 

Comment: The #1 player in Illinois' 2018 class and the driving force behind Morgan Park's run to the Class 3A state championship.  Either he or Evanston's Nojel Eastern should have been the choice for Player Of The Year in Chicago area.

Nojel Eastern            6'5   Sr.   PG   Evanston (Township)   Purdue

Comment: A model of consistency who led Evanston to the Class 4A supersectionals.  Chicago media bias prevented him from winning Player Of The Year.

Nana Akenten           6'6   Sr.   WF   Bolingbrook (H.S.)   Nebraska

Comment: The premier wing forward in the 2017 class from the Land of Lincoln, he proved it all season long. A true recruiting steal for Nebraska and head coach Tim Miles.

Jordan Goodwin        6'3   Sr.   2G   Belleville (Althoff)   St. Louis 

Comment: While we didn't like the manner in which he handled his season-ending shoulder injury, when you consider his overall skill level and all that he achieved at Althoff this past season, you can't leave him off the first team.

2nd Team:

Jeremiah Tilmon       6'10  Sr.    C    East St. Louis (Lincoln)   Illinois

Comment: Didn't have the dominant senior year everyone thought he would have, but still the best post player in the state and a cornerstone recruit in the 2017 class for new Illini head coach Brad Underwood.

Alonzo Verge             6'4   Sr.   PG    Harvey (Thornton)

Comment: As naturally talented as any 2017 prospect in Illinois, the question now is what does the future hold in store for him? Junior college, prep school?

Justin Smith               6'7   Sr.   WF   Lincolnshire (Stevenson)   Indiana 

Comment: Quietly had a tremendous senior year at Stevenson, putting up double-doubles in points and rebounds on a regular basis. His combination of athleticism and ability on the wing make him an ideal college prospect.

Javon Pickett              6'5   Sr.   WF   Belleville (East)   Illinois

Comment: The unsung member of the Illini's 2017 recruiting class.  Very few if any players in the state play with a higher motor.

Tim Finke                    6'6   Jr.    2G   Champaign (Central)

Comment:  The #2 ranked 2018 player in the state, Finke is far more than just a spot-up shooter and a bonafide high major recruit.

3rd Team:

Cameron Krutwig       6'9    Sr.    C     Algonquin (Jacobs)   Loyola   

Comment: Arguably the best back-to-the-basket player in Illinois other than Tilmon, he led Jacobs to a 30-2 record and a berth in the 4A supersectional.  A tremendous get for Loyola and head coach Porter Moser.

Talen Horton-Tucker  6'5    Jr.   2G    Chicago (Simeon) 

Mr. Versatility, he proved to be a matchup nightmare for opponents all season long with his thick frame, agility and ability to score inside or from the perimeter. Highly underrated on the national level.

Evan Gilyard                5'10  Sr.  PG    Chicago (Simeon)   UTEP

Comment: Was spectacular in Simeon's supersectional victory over top-ranked Edwardsville as well as in the Class 4A state finals.  Should fit in well for Tim Floyd at UTEP from day one.

Lucas Williamson         6'4    Sr.  2G    Chicago (Whitney Young) 

Comment: The catalyst behind Whitney Young's Class 4A state championship and one of the most underappreciated players in the 2017 class from Illinois. Enjoyed a tremendous senior year and more importantly is a super young man.

E.J. Liddell                    6'8    So.  WF   Belleville (West)  

Comment: After putting up 43 and 34 points in a loaded Class 4A regional and leading Belleville West to the sectional in the process, he has laid undisputed claim to being the #1 2019 prospect in the state.  Look for his recruitment to soar this Spring and Summer.  

4th Team:

Demarius Jacobs           6'3   Sr.   2G    Chicago (Uplift)          

Comment: The state's most underrated player, he is simply a "jack of all trades" type of guy who does whatever it takes to help his team win.

Jimmy Sotos                  6'3   Sr.   PG    Hoffman Estates (Conant)   Bucknell

Comment: Conant's floor leader and mainstay for the past three years, he should enjoy a stellar college career at Bucknell.

Taylor Bruninga             6'8   Sr.   PF    Glasford (Illini Bluffs) 

Comments: Put up monster numbers this past season for a team that finished with a 24-6 record.  Illinois Prep Bulls-eye touted him as a D1 prospect at the end of last summer and he has now proven himself to college coaches as well.

Dannie Smith                 6'5    Jr.   WF   Chicago (Orr) 

Comments: A versatile and skilled wing who is possibly the most unheralded 2018 recruit in the state. Was clearly Orr's best player in their run to the Class 2A state title. Those who don't know of him now will soon.

Elijah Joiner                   6'3    Sr.   2G    Chicago (Curie)   Tulsa

Comments: The Tulsa signee is as prolific a scorer as any player in the state from the 2017 class.  

Editor's Note: We hope that folks are sensible and realize that these teams are not entirely reflective of who we think the best players in the state are, are not all-inclusive in that regard and are certainly not meant to slight any individual player.  With that being said, Illinois Prep Bulls-eye will not read, listen to or even consider any e-mails sent to us regarding these all-state selections in any capacity, so everyone would be best advised to save them.

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