IHSA Class 3A, 4A boys state basketball previews

2011-03-17T22:18:00Z 2011-03-18T23:14:33Z IHSA Class 3A, 4A boys state basketball previewsCompiled by Randy Kindred pantagraph.com
March 17, 2011 10:18 pm  • 


Class 3A semifinals

At Peoria Civic Center

Chicago Brooks vs. Rock Island

Rankings/records: No. 4 Chicago Brooks 28-3; No. 3 Rock Island 28-3

When: 12:15 p.m. Friday

Chicago Brooks starters: Mike Powell, G, 5-11, Sr. (18.7 ppg); George Marshall, G, 6-0, Sr. (17.3 ppg); Justin Rabb, F, 6-4, Sr. (9.3 ppg); Kevin Gray, F-C, 6-7, Sr. (11.4 ppg); Keith Gray, F, 6-7, Sr. (15.7).

Rock Island starters: Royce Muskeyvalley, G, 5-11, Sr. (8.0 ppg); Chasson Randle, G, 6-2, Sr. (22.3 ppg); Devon Jones, G, 6-0, Sr. (3.4 ppg); Denzel McCauley, F, 6-8, Jr. (10.5 ppg); Keith Keesy, F, 6-4, Sr. (5.3 ppg)

Coaches: Former Evanston coach Robert L. Locke is in his first year at Brooks and is 106-45 in five years overall. Thom Sigel, who won a Class A state title with Rock Falls in 1999, is 183-103 in 10 years at Rock Island and 310-155 in 16 years overall.

FYI: Chicago Brooks is in the state tournament for the first time. Rock Island is making its 23rd appearance, but first since 2000.

Pantagraph prediction: Rock Island.


Centralia vs. North Chicago

Records: Centralia 29-4 vs. North Chicago 17-13

When: 2 p.m.

Centralia starters: Bryan Betts, G, 5-10, Jr. (5.4 ppg); Desmond Rush, G, 5-10, Sr. (7.8 ppg); Daniel Westbrook, G, 5-10, Jr. (8.3 ppg); R.J. Kwiatkowski, G, 6-2, Sr. (16.7 ppg); Tyler Obermeier, F, 6-3, Sr. (7.3 ppg)

North Chicago starters: Aaron Simpson, G, 6-0, Jr. (22.5 ppg); Maurice Gordon, G, 5-10, Sr. (10.9 ppg); Derrick Bryant, G, 5-9, Sr. (3.7 ppg); Daryle Pearson, F, 6-1, Sr. (8.3 ppg); Jaylin Linson, F, 6-3, Sr. (8.4 ppg)

Coaches: Lee Bennett is 97-25 in four years at Centralia and 376-145 in 18 years overall. Gerald Coleman is 113-56 in six years at North Chicago.

FYI: Centralia is making its 23rd state tournament appearance and first since placing third in 2002. North Chicago, which began the postseason 12-13, is in its fourth state tournament and second in four years. Former Illinois State player Jarrod Coleman is a North Chicago assistant coach.

Pantagraph prediction: Centralia.


Class 4A semifinals

At Peoria Civic Center

Glenbard East vs. Chicago Simeon

Rankings/records: Glenbard East 27-3; No. 3 Chicago Simeon 28-2

When: 6:30 p.m.

Glenbard East starters: Tyree York, G, 5-9, Sr. (5.5 ppg); Zach Miller, G, 5-9, Sr. (13.1 ppg); Steve Kinney, F, 6-1, Sr. (6.0 ppg); Johnny Hill, F, 6-3, Sr. (20.9 ppg); Dante Bailey, C, 6-6, Jr. (10.4 ppg)

Chicago Simeon starters: Tywon Pinkney, G, 5-10, Sr. (2.5 ppg); Darien Walker, G, 6-3, Sr. (8.7 ppg); Jabari Parker, G-F-C, 6-7, So. (15.3 ppg); Rashawn McElrath, F-C, 6-6, Sr. (7.8 ppg); Steve Taylor, F-C, 6-7, Jr. (9.7 ppg)

Coaches: Scott Miller is 194-127 in 12 years at Glenbard East and 236-169 in 15 years overall. Robert Smith is 193-34 in seven years at Simeon.

FYI: Glenbard East, which is led by Illinois State recruit Johnny Hill, made its only other state tournament appearance in 1964. Defending champion Simeon is in its 11th state tournament and seeks its fourth title in six years.

Pantagraph prediction: Simeon.


Normal Community vs. Gurnee Warren

Rankings/records: No. 10 Normal Community 27-6; No. 4 Gurnee Warren 30-3

When: 8:15 p.m.

Normal Community starters: Chase Robbins, G, 6-0, Jr. (9.6 ppg); Anthony Beane, G, 6-1, Jr. (14.3 ppg); Callen Boddie, G, 5-10, So. (4.2 ppg); Anthony Goodar, F, 6-4, Sr. (10.9 ppg); Parker Musselman, C, 6-8, Sr. (12.9 ppg)

Gurnee Warren starters: Brandon Ferguson, G, 6-2, Sr. (8.0 ppg); JoVaughn Gaines, G, 6-3, Jr. (8.3 ppg); Darius Paul, F, 6-7, Jr. (11.2 ppg); Jeremiah Jackson, F, 6-5, Sr. (9.5 ppg); Nathan Boothe, F, 6-8, Jr. (9.2 ppg)

Coaches: Dave Witzig is 222-132 in 12 years at Normal Community. Chuck Ramsey is 376-137 in 18 years at Gurnee Warren.

FYI: Normal Community is in the state tournament for the first time since 1942, when 16 teams advanced to Champaign. The Ironmen suffered super-sectional losses in 1969 and 1976. Gurnee Warren’s Darius Paul is the brother of University of Illinois guard Brandon Paul. The Blue Devils are making their eighth state appearance and placed second in 1999.

Pantagraph prediction: Normal Community

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