From top: St. Joseph's Jordan Ash, Bogan's Luwane Pipkins, Stevenson's Connor Cashaw. Not pictured: Lincoln's Gavin Block and O'Fallon's Donovan Franklin.
From top: St. Joseph's Jordan Ash, Bogan's Luwane Pipkins, Stevenson's Connor Cashaw. Not pictured: Lincoln's Gavin Block and O'Fallon's Donovan Franklin.


Jordan Ash


High school: St. Joseph

Class: Senior

College: Northwestern

Position: Guard

Height: 6-3

Team highlights: St. Joseph's Class 3A title was just the second for the storied program. The Chargers also won the Catholic North title and the St. Charles East Thanksgiving tournament and beat nationally ranked Redondo Union (Calif.) in the Chicago Elite Classic.

Individual highlights: Ash was a strong two-way player and the stabilizing force on a team that experienced numerous highs and lows. He averaged 16 points, five rebounds and three assists while shooting above 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range.

FYI: He was the Lawless Award winner as the Catholic North Player of the Year.

Repeated: "We came in together as freshmen and we had a goal. (Winning state) was our goal, and we accomplished it." — Jordan Ash

Gavin Block

High school: Lincoln

Class: Senior

College: Ohio

Position: Forward


Height: 6-6

Team highlights: The Railsplitters, the Class 3A runners-up in 2014, looked like a good bet to return to Peoria during a nine-game winning streak that included the Collinsville tournament title left them with a 13-2 record. They also went 9-1 during a 10-game stretch of January and February prior to losing three of their final four and falling in the regional final.

Individual highlights: His 18.5 points per game were scored efficiently. Block made 59 percent of his field-goal attempts and shot 41 percent on 3-pointers and 77 percent from the foul line. He also averaged 8.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.3 steals.

FYI: A starter since midway through his freshman season, Block led Lincoln to 87 wins the past three seasons.

Repeated: "The kid is the consummate winner. He led his team to the state championship (game) against great competition last season. His length and versatility combined with an off-the-charts basketball IQ make for a complete player. He has to overcome the fact he is a Chicago Bears fan. Other than that, Gavin does everything well." — Ohio University coach Saul Phillips

Connor Cashaw

High school: Stevenson

Class: Senior

College: Rice

Position: Guard/forward

Height: 6-4

Team highlights: The third time was the charm for the Patriots, who advanced Downstate for the third consecutive year and became Lake County's first state champion in boys basketball by beating Bolingbrook 63-43 in the Class 4A semifinals and Normal 57-40 in the title game.

Individual highlights: Overshadowed by Jalen Brunson throughout his own four-year varsity career, Cashaw is a terrific rebounder for his size and was invaluable for his ability to defend taller players. He averaged 15.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.3 steals, had 13 double-doubles and 15 steals in the final three games.

FYI: Cashaw's 1,736 career points are second to Brunson in Stevenson history and the No. 13 total in Lake County.

Repeated: "Playing with these guys at this level for three years, it was huge. All five guys playing together, we're a fist. It's tough to break a fist." — Connor Cashaw

Donovan Franklin

High school: O'Fallon

Class: Senior

College: Undecided

Position: Guard/forward

Height: 6-5

Team highlights: A 10-1 stretch in late December and January included a victory against Bogan at the Centralia Holiday Tournament.

Individual highlights: O'Fallon's all-time leading scorer with more than 1,600 points, Franklin averaged 22 points, 8.5 rebounds, four assists and 1.5 steals as a senior. He shot 63 percent from the field and 80 percent from the foul line.

FYI: He has several scholarship offers from low- and mid-major Division I schools.

Repeated: "(The scoring record) is a big milestone for me, especially going into college this year. I'm just glad I'm leaving some history behind." — Donovan Franklin

Luwane Pipkins

High school: Bogan

Class: Senior

College: Massachusetts

Position: Guard

Height: 5-10

Team highlights: Bogan beat the past two Class 4A champions, Young and Simeon, in the semifinals and final to win the first city championship in program history.

Individual highlights: After averaging over 27 points a game as a junior, Pipkins learned to strike a balance between scorer and playmaker this winter, and Bogan was better for it. Bogan coach Arthur Goodwin called Pipkins' 21-point, nine-assist, six-rebound showing against Young in the city semifinals the best game of his career.

FYI: The repeat third-team selection averaged 16.3 points, 3.7 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 3 steals and was an 85-percent free-throw shooter.

Repeated: "It (the city championship) means a lot for me, my school, my community, our whole team. Even though Bogan wasn't a big (basketball) school, we made it a big school tonight." — Luwane Pipkins


Taylor Adway, Hillcrest, senior, forward, 6-7; Barret Benson, Hinsdale South, junior, center, 6-9; Colin Bonnett, Benet, senior, guard, 6-3; Micah Bradford, Bradley-Bourbonnais, junior, guard, 6-0; Armani Chaney, St. Rita, senior, guard, 5-10; Obediah Church, Springfield, senior, forward, 6-7; Nick Coleman, St. Patrick, senior, guard, 6-2; Carson Cuevas, Brimfield, senior, guard, 6-2; Riley Doody, St. Ignatius, senior, guard, 6-1; Nojel Eastern, Evanston, sophomore, guard, 6-3; Kalin Fisher, Proviso East, senior, guard, 6-1; Spencer Foley, Uplift, senior, forward, 6-6; Cole Gentry, St. Charles East, senior, guard, 5-10; Roland Griffin, West Aurora, senior, guard, 6-6; Tyler Hall, Rock Island, senior, guard, 6-3; Cole Harper, Chatham Glenwood, senior, guard, 6-6; Kain Harris, Morgan Park, senior, guard, 6-4; Karl Harris, De La Salle, senior, guard, 6-4; Rapolas Ivanauskas, Barrington, junior, forward, 6-8; Sam Johnson, Riverside-Brookfield, senior, forward, 6-7; Aaron Jordan, Plainfield East, senior, guard, 6-4; Nate Kennell, Metamora, junior, guard, 6-4; Joe Mooney, Notre Dame, senior, guard, 6-3; Charlie Moore, Morgan Park, junior, guard, 5-11; Harrison Niego, Lyons, senior, guard, 6-2; Prentiss Nixon, Bolingbrook, senior, guard, 6-1; Zach Norvell, Simeon, junior, guard, 6-4; Alex Peacock, Normal Community, senior, guard, 6-5; Weisner Perez, Morton, senior, forward, 6-6; Laytwan Porter, Rockford Auburn, senior, guard, 6-0; Nick Rakocevic, St. Joseph, junior, center, 6-10; Jeremy Roscoe, Uplift, senior, guard, 6-2; George Sargeant, Maine South, senior, forward, 6-6; Tyler Seibring, Normal Community, senior, forward, 6-8; Mike Smith, Fenwick, junior, guard, 5-10; Josh Stamps, Curie, senior, guard, 6-5; Trevor Stumpe, Plainfield North, senior, guard, 6-5; Joseph Toye, Young, senior, forward, 6-7; Alonzo Verge Jr., Willowbrook, sophomore, guard, 6-3; D.J. Williams, Simeon, senior, forward, 6-7.

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