City/Suburban Hoops Report All-State team

Here is the 25th edition of the City/Suburban Hoops Report All-State team.

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Marian Catholic’s Ahron Ulis (1) controls the ball as the Spartans set up their offense against Bloom.

Marian Catholic’s Ahron Ulis (1) controls the ball as the Spartans set up their offense against Bloom.

Allen Cunningham/For the Sun-Times

As Editor/Publisher of the City/Suburban Hoops Report, a longtime recruiting service for college basketball programs across the country and a high school basketball publication that began in 1996, there has been a 10-player all-state first-team and 10-player all-state second team for 24 years. Here is the 25th edition of the City/Suburban Hoops Report All-State Team. 

First Team

Max Christie, Jr., Rolling Meadows

Already a two-time Hoops Report all-state selection. Arguably the top college prospect in the state regardless of class with a surplus of high-major offers. The versatile 6-6 guard put up big numbers, averaging 26 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. 

Ramean Hinton, Sr., Curie

Curie was one of the state’s top teams, thanks to the toughness and competitiveness of the 6-4 wing. Hinton averaged 17 points and eight rebounds while helping his team to a Pontiac Holiday Tournament title and a 29-2 record. Hinton is the state’s top uncommitted senior. 

Bryce Hopkins, Jr., Fenwick

Big, strong and skilled as a 6-6 wing with a wide array of versatility, Hopkins did it all for the Friars and was the Catholic League’s Lawless Award winner. The Louisville commit put up 24.1 points while pulling down 10 rebounds and adding 3.5 assists. Hopkins, one of the top 40 prospects in the country in the Class of 2021, broke Corey Maggette’s single-season scoring record with 795 points. 

Dante Maddox Jr., Sr., Bloom

The star of one of the state’s top teams, the 6-2 guard averaged 17.5 points, seven rebounds and four assists. This physical guard showcased athleticism and was a top-notch defender. Headed to Cal-State Fullerton. 

Dominic Martinelli, Sr., Glenbrook South

There were few players in the class who produced at a higher rate than the 6-4 Martinelli, who finished his career with over 2,000 career points. As a senior he led the Titans to 29 wins and a regional title, averaging 26.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists. 

Adam Miller, Sr., Morgan Park

A repeat Hoops Report all-stater, the high-scoring guard averagaed 27.4 points to wrap up a terrific four-year career that began at Peoria Manual. The 6-3 Miller is committed to Illinois. 

Isaiah Rivera, Sr., Geneseo

The Colorado State recruit is among the top dozen prospects in the senior class and wrapped up a stellar career with a monster senior season. The 6-4 guard averaged 27.9 points and finished his career with 2,486 points. He also filled the stat sheet with 10.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.6 steals. 

Aquan Smart, Sr., Niles North

A dynamic scoring lead guard, Smart has been one of the most improved players in the class over the course of his high school career. The Maryland commit led the Vikings to a 27 wins while averaging 23.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 6.4 assists. 

DJ Steward, Sr., Young

The City/Suburban Hoops Report and Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Year. Steward, who is headed to Duke and was a McDonald’s All-American selection, led the Dolphins to a sectional win over Simeon in his final game before the season was canceled. He averaged 22.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists. 

Ahron Ulis, Sr., Marian Catholic

The Iowa-bound Ulis is a two-time East Suburban Catholic Conference Player of the Year. He averaged 18.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists as a senior. Capped off his career by fueling his team’s stunning upset of Chicago Heights rival Bloom in the sectional. 

Second Team

Tyler Beard, Sr., Young

Antione Bloxton, Sr., Bogan

Darius Burford, Sr., Bolingbrook

Ahamad Bynum, Jr., Simeon

AJ Casey, So., Tinley Park

Troy D’Amico, Jr., Notre Dame

Ray’Sean Taylor, Sr., Collinsville

DJ Williams, Sr., Thornton

Jeremiah Williams, Sr., Simeon

Brandon Weston, Jr., Morgan Park

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