USA TODAY High School Sports is proud to announce the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Illinois Boys Basketball Team. Players were selected based on their athletic achievements from the 2016-17 season.
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COACH OF THE YEAR
Nick Irvin, Morgan Park (Chicago)
Irvin directed the Mustangs to their third state championship in his nine years at the helm. Morgan Park finished 26-6 overall and rallied from 11 points down in the fourth quarter to beat Fenwick, 69-67, in the Class 3A title game.
Player of the Year
Mark Smith, G, Edwardsville, 6-4/225, Sr.
Smith turned in a brilliant senior campaign, earning Mr. Basketball and Gatorade Player of the Year honors while leading the Tigers to a 30-2 record. He averaged 21.9 points, 8.4 assists and 8.2 rebounds per game, while recording a pair of triple-doubles.
Nojel Eastern, G, Evanston, 6-6/205, Sr.
The Purdue recruit earned First Team All-State honors, pacing the Wildkits with 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists per contest.
Jordan Goodwin, G, Althoff Catholic (Belleville), 6-4/220, Sr.
The St. Louis commit missed the final 11 games of the season with a shoulder injury, but poured in 29.3 points per game while he was healthy.
Taylor Bruninga, F, Illini Bluffs (Glasford), 6-8/200, Sr.
The state’s leading scorer posted an eye-popping 33.4 points per game while also hauling in 11.1 rebounds.
Jeremiah Tilmon, C, East St. Louis, 6-11/235, Sr.
The athletic Illini commit showed the ability to change games, blocking 4.0 shots per contest to go with 15.3 points and 11.0 rebounds.
Tim Finke, F/G, Champaign Central, 6-6/195, Jr.
Justin Smith, F, Stevenson (Lincolnshire), 6-7/215, Sr.
Cameron Krutwig, C, Jacobs (Algonquin), 6-9/270, Sr.
Nana Akenten, G, Bolingbrook, 6-6/200, Sr.
Ayo Dosunmu, G, Morgan Park (Chicago), 6-2/160, Jr.