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Liddell heads list of six from metro-east selected to IBCA All-State Basketball Team

Honored at center court of Carver Arena following the IHSA 3A third place game were players selected to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-State Team. They included first teamers Tim Finke of Champaign Central, Morgan Taylor of Chicago Marist, EJ Liddell of Belleville West, and Ryan Davis of Conant High School.
Honored at center court of Carver Arena following the IHSA 3A third place game were players selected to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-State Team. They included first teamers Tim Finke of Champaign Central, Morgan Taylor of Chicago Marist, EJ Liddell of Belleville West, and Ryan Davis of Conant High School. teschman@bnd.com

The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-State teams in Class 3A and Class 4A are dotted with Southwestern Conference stars.

EJ Liddell, the Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year and an emerging candidate for Mr. Basketball in the state thanks to his performance at the Class 4A state tournament this weekend in Peoria, is the only metro-east player on the first-team list.

Liddell, a 6-foot-7 junior, averaged 20.9 points and 8.2 rebounds to lead Belleville West to its first state-championship game in the program's 101-year history. He also established a career scoring record at West on Friday during a win over Elgin Larkin.

Maroons guard Malachi Smith, who transferred from Belleville East for his senior season, was a second-team selection in Class 4A. The Wright State recruit averaged 15.5 points and was the final piece for the Maroons, who entered the title game Saturday against Whitney Young with a school-record 31 wins.

Also on the second team is Edwarsdville's Jack Marinko who led the region with 26 points a game by shooting 55 percent from the field for the 18-9 Tigers.

O'Fallon's Jalen Hodge was a fourth-team pick in 4A. The 6-1 senior was among area leaders at 20.1 points per game for the 11-18 Panthers.

In Class 3A, Terrence Hargrove Jr. Was a third-team selection. Also a junior, Hargrove led East St. Louis with 18.2 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. The Flyers finished 16-11.

Also in 3A, Columbia senior Jordan Holmes was an honorable-mention pick. He'll play football at Illinois as a preferred walk-on at slot receiver beginning this fall. The 6-0 senior led the Eagles to 20 wins and the championship game of Centralia Sectional with a team-high 18.6 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.

IBCA 3A-4A All-State Basketball

First team: Ryan Davis (Conant), Ayo Dasunmu (Morgan Park), Anthony Fairlee (Springfield Southeast), Tim Finke (Champaign Central), Javon Freeman (Whitney Young), Zion Griffin (Hinsdale South), Talen Horton-Tucker (Simeon), EJ Liddell (Belleville West), Cardell McGee (Springfield Lanphier), Kendle Moore (Danville), Francis Okoro (Normal West), Chris Payton (Bloomington), Drew Peterson (Libertyville), DJ Steward (Fenwick), Morgan Taylor (Marist)

Second team: Darius Beane (Carbondale), Deonte Billups (Moline), Bryant Brown (Waukegan), Perry Cowan (DePaul Prep), Camron Donatlan (West Aurora), Justin Hardy (St. Charles East), Messiah Jones (Simeon), Anthony Lynch (Elgin Larkin), Jack Marinko (Edwardsville), Jordan Matthews (St. Rita), Sam Shafer (Lincoln-Way East), Malachi Smith (Belleville West), Evan Taylor (Glenbard West), Kaleb Thornton (Bollingbrook), Malik Tidwell (Marian Catholic), Javon William Jr. (Centralia)

Third team: Isaiah Bowers (Lincoln), Cameron Burrell (Morgan Park), Xavier Castaneda (Whitney Young), Jared Crutcher (West Aurora), Kevin Cunningham (Loyola), Ray Dennis (Oswego East), Patrick Fisher (Bloomington), Damaria Franklin (Niles North), Isaiah Fuller (OPRF), Terrence Hargrove Jr. (East St. Louis), Robert Harvcey (Hillcrest), Ryan Kutsor (Lake Zurich), Adam Miller (Morgan Park), Terrion Murdix (Springfield Southeast), Isaiah Rivera (Geneseo), Ethan Schuemer (Willowbrook), Aaron Shoot (Quincy), Tom Welch (Naperville North), Joseph Yesufu (Bollingbrook)

Fourth team: Amir Brummett (Decatur McArthur), Tyler Cochran (Bolingbrook), Tyrek Cooper (North Chicago), Collin Dietz (Metamora), Nate Ferguson (Lemont), MyQuoin Garrett (Rockford Jefferson), Essam Hamwi (Main South), Malik Hardman (Crete-Monee), Jalen Hodge (O'Fallon), Jaheim Holden (Evanston), Andrew Kirkpatrick (New Trier), Gavin Markgraff (McHenry), Cory Noe (Mahomet-Seymour), Paul O'Leary (Lemont), Xavier Pinson (Simeon), Jalen Shaw (Elgin Larkin), Issac Stanbach (Homewood Flossmor), Kenny Strawbridge (Rockford Lutheran), Zach Toussaint (Johnsburg), Landon Wolfe (Effingham)

Honorable mention: Rahaun Agee (Bogan), Beau Bailey (Dixon), Cameron Blackmon (Joliet Catholic), Jalen Boyd (St. Joes), Ciaras Braybys (New Trier), Jalen Carter (Lindbloom), Dravon Clayborn (Niles North), Jarrett Crider (Morton), A'Kieon Gill (Champain Central), Chris Harrison (Shepard), Jordan Holmes (Columbia), Tyler Jarnagin (Herscher), Chris Johnson (Naperville North), Marquise Kenneday (Brother Rice), Treavon Martin (Curie), Grant Miller (Maine South), Corteze Mosely (Peoria High), Yahmir Muhammad (Rockford Auburn), Troy Murphy (Andrew), Cade Nailor (Rock Falls), Adem Osmani (Oak Lawn), Christian Payne (Yorkville), Jamir Price (Rock Island), Chase Robinson (OPRF), Justin Saddoris (Marion), Zach Schutta (Burlington Central), Tyrese Shines (Lyons Township), Michael Smith (Joliet West), Jonah Smith (Mount Zion), Ziv Tal (Highland Park), Randy Tucker (Rock Island), Ahron Ulis (Marian Catholic), Zach Vaia (Riverside-Brookfield), Patrick Walls (Speer), Adrian Ware (Washington), JT Wheeler (Tolono Unity), Brandon Whiteside (Glenbard South)

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