Rundown of the 40 players from Illinois high schools in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament

The NCAA men’s basketball tournament kicks off today and the state of Illinois is once again well represented. Below is a full list of former Illinois prep athletes in this year’s March Madness.

The list is alphabetical by school first, followed by last names of each athlete.

Arkansas

Justin Smith, Stevenson
  • 6-7 Senior
  • 24 games (24 Starts), 30.9 minutes, 13.0 points on 54.1 percent shooting (FG%), 6.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.1 steals per game.
  • Team leader in rebounds in rebounds per game.

Cleveland State

Craig Beaudion, Whitney Young
  • 6-3 Senior
  • 26 games (26 Starts), 30.8 minutes, 9.6 points on 46.2 percent shooting (FG%), 2.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.2 steals per game.
  • Shot 40.7 percent from the three-point range this season

Creighton

Devin Davis, Westinghouse College Prep
  • 6-0 Freshman
  • 7 games (0 Starts), 14 total minutes
  • Scored his first and only points of the season

Sami Osman, Oaklawn
  • 6-4 Freshman
  • 8 games (0 starts), 21 total minutes
  • Averaged 0.8 points and 0.4 rebounds per game

Drake

Andrew Barrett, Alleman
  • 6-5 Junior
  • 8 games (0 starts), 21 total minutes
  • Averaged 0.8 points and 1.3 rebounds per game
Nate Ferguson, Lemont
  • 6-8 Redshirt Freshman
  • 22 games (0 Starts), 10.7 minutes, 2.6 points on 61.5 percent shooting (FG%) and 1.6 rebounds per game.

Jordan Kwiecinski, Loyola Academy
  • 6-9 Freshman
  • 8 games (0 starts), 28 total minutes
  • Averaged 1.1 points and 1.4 rebounds per game
Joseph Yesufu, Bolingbrook
  • 6-0 Sophomore
  • 29 games (5 Starts), 22.9 minutes, 12.1 points on 45.3 percent shooting (FG%), 1.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.1 steals per game.
  • Scored most points (350) for Drake during the 2020-21 season but second in points per game (12.2)

Florida State

Malik Osborne, Rich South
  • 6-9 Junior
  • 21 games (4 Starts), 20 minutes, 5.5 points on 41.3 percent shooting (FG%) and 4.4 rebounds per game.

Illinois

Ayo Dosunmu, Morgan Park
  • 6-5 Junior
  • 26 games (26 Starts), 35.1 minutes, 20.7 points on 48.8 percent shooting (FG%), 6.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 1.1 steals per game.

Zach Griffith, Fisher
  • 6-6 Senior
  • 6 games (1 start), 21 total minutes
  • Averaged 0.7 points and 1.0 rebounds per game
Jermaine Hamlin, Lincoln
  • 6-10 Sophomore
  • 8 games (0 starts), 24 total minutes
  • Averaged 1.0 points and 0.4 rebounds per game

Brandon Lieb, Deerfield
  • 7-0 Freshman
  • 4 games (0 starts), 11 total minutes
  • Averaged 1.0 points and 1.5 rebounds per game
Adam Miller, Morgan Park
  • 6-3 Freshman
  • 29 games (29 Starts), 25.7 minutes, 8.2 points on 37.4 percent shooting (FG%), 2.8 rebounds, 0.8 assists, and 0.6 steals per game.

Connor Serven, St. Rita
  • 6-9 Freshman
  • 6 games (0 starts), 12 total minutes
  • His only made basket came on November 25, 2020 vs. N.C. A&T

Da’Monte Williams, Manual
  • 6-3 Senior
  • 29 games (17 Starts), 25.1 minutes, 5.7 points on 52.6 percent shooting (FG%), 5.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.3 blocks per game.
  • Shot an impressive 56.5 percent from three-point range this season

Iowa

Ahron Ulis, Marion Catholic
  • 6-3 Freshman
  • 16 games (0 Starts), 6.7 minutes, 1.7 points on 33.3 percent shooting (FG%), 0.8 rebounds and 2 assists per game.

Loyola

Jake Baughman, Bloomington Central Catholic
  • 6-3 Redshirt Senior
  • 10 games (0 starts), 26 total minutes
  • Averaged 0.3 points and 0.1 rebounds per game

Sami Ismail, Carl Sandburg
  • 6-1 Junior
  • 3 games (0 starts), 7 total minutes
  • Averaged 1.7 points and 0.7 rebounds per game

Marquise Kennedy, Brother Rice
  • 6-1 Sophomore
  • 25 games (0 Starts), 18.2 minutes, 7.1 points on 49.6 percent shooting (FG%), 3.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.2 steals per game.

Cameron Krutwig, Jacobs
  • 6-9 Senior
  • 27 games (27 Starts), 28.1 minutes, 15.0 points on 57.9 percent shooting (FG%), 6.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.2 blocks per game.
  • Leading scorer and rebounder for the Ramblers

Tom Welch, Naperville North
  • 6-8 Sophomore
  • 27 games (1 Start), 10.8 minutes, 5.0 points on 60.5 percent shooting (FG%), 2.8 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game.

Lucas Williamson, Whitney Young
  • 6-4 Senior
  • 28 games (28 Starts), 27.4 minutes, 8.2 points on 42.3 percent shooting (FG%), 3.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.2 blocks per game.

Maryland

Aquan Smart, Niles North
  • 6-3 Freshman
  • 20 games (0 Starts), 7.9 minutes, 1.5 points on 31 percent shooting (FG%), 1.0 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game.

Michigan

Mike Smith, Fenwick
  • 5-1 Graduate Student
  • 24 games (24 Starts), 31.3 minutes, 5.7 points on 42.9 percent shooting (FG%), 2.6 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 0.5 steals per game.
  • Shot 44.4 percent from three-point range

Michigan State

Jack Hoiberg, Hinsdale Central
  • 5-11 Redshirt Junior
  • 14 games (0 starts), 43 total minutes
  • Averaged 0.5 points and 0.2 rebounds per game

Missouri

Javon Pickett, Belleville East
  • 6-5 Junior
  • 25 games (2 Starts), 17.8 minutes, 6.2 points on 50.4 percent shooting (FG%), 2.4 rebounds, and 0.8 assists, per game.

Xavier Pinson, Simeon
  • 6-2 Junior
  • 25 games (25 Starts), 25.9 minutes, 10.3 points on 39.2 percent shooting (FG%), 2.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.1 steals per game.

Mark Smith, Edwardville
  • 6-5 Senior
  • 25 games (23 Starts), 29.5 minutes, 9.6 points on 37.0 percent shooting (FG%), 3.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 1.0 steals per game.

Jeremiah Tilmon, East St. Louis
  • 6-10 Senior
  • 23 games (22 Starts), 27.4 minutes, 12.3 points on 61.8 percent shooting (FG%), 7.0 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.8 steals, and 1.4 blocks per game.
  • Leading rebounder and shot blocker for the Tigers

Morehead State

Marcus Garrett, Hillcrest
  • 6-1 Redshirt Junior
  • 11 games (0 start), 94 total minutes (8.5 minutes per game)
  • 1.4 points and 1.9 rebounds per game.

North Texas

Thomas Bell, Cahokia
  • 6-6 Senior
  • 26 games (26 Starts), 27.2 minutes, 10.3 points on 53.1 percent shooting (FG%), 5.8 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.7 steals, and 1.2 blocks per game.

Ohio State

E.J. Liddell, Belleville West
  • 6-4 Sophomore
  • 28 games (28 Starts), 29.0 minutes, 16.3 points on 46.5 percent shooting (FG%), 6.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.7 steals, and 1.1 blocks per game.

Jimmy Sotos, Conant
  • 6-3 Senior
  • 12 games (2 starts), 114 total minutes (9.6 minutes per game)
  • Averaged 1.7 points, 0.8 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game
  • Unfortunately, Sotos is out for the season. He underwent a season-ending surgery to repair a separated shoulder last month.

St. Bonaventure

Eddie Creal, Romeoville
  • 6-4 Junior
  • 14 games (0 starts), 74 total minutes (5.3 minutes per game)
  • Averaged 0.9 points and 1.1 rebounds per game

Jalen Shaw, Larkin
  • 6-10 Junior
  • 19 games (0 starts), 112 total minutes (5.9 minutes per game)
  • Averaged 1.5 points and 1.3 rebounds per game

Texas Tech

Terrence Shannon, Jr., Lincoln Park
  • 6-6 Sophomore
  • 26 games (11 Starts), 26.2 minutes, 12.7 points on 45.4 percent shooting (FG%), 4.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.2 steals per game.

University of Southern California

Drew Peterson, Libertyville
  • 6-8 Junior
  • 29 games (26 Starts), 28.4 minutes, 9.9 points on 42.4 percent shooting (FG%), 5.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.1 steals per game.

Wisconsin

Carter Higginbottom, St. Ignatius
  • 6-0 Redshirt Sophomore
  • 7 games (0 starts), 10 total minutes
Justin Taphorn, Pekin
  • 6-5 Freshman
  • 5 games (0 starts), 10 total minutes

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