IHSA basketball rankings: Peoria area's top 10 high school boys basketball players
Happiness has returned to the hardwood.
High school boys basketball games can be played starting Monday across Illinois.
Here are 10 players to watch in Peoria-area high school boys basketball. All but one player was named Journal Star all-area last season and are listed in alphabetical order with statistics and honors from the 2021 spring season.
Beau Durbin, Morton
The 6-foot senior guard paced the Potters, who finished 12-5, with 14.5 points a game. His season-best 27 points came against Metamora last season. He was named unanimous all-Mid-Illini Conference first team and an Illinois Basketball Coaches Association special mention all-state selection.
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Trevor Heffren, Eureka
The 6-foot-2 senior averaged 16.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 2.3 assists for the Hornets. Eureka went 11-2 and were a staple in last season’s Class 2A poll. Heffren was named unanimous all-Heart of Illinois Conference first team and special mention IBCA all-state.
Wes Hunt, Peoria Christian
The 6-foot-7 senior was a first-team all-Inter-County Athletic Conference pick for the Chargers, who went 5-1 in ICAC action and 10-8 overall. He averaged 18.1 points and 11.3 rebounds per game for PCS. Hunt was also selected as a member of the Class 2A IBCA special mention all-state team.
Ethan Kizer, Metamora
The 6-foot-7 junior picked up Class 3A IBCA first-team all-state honors as well as an honorable mention nod from the AP. He averaged 16.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.8 assists as a unanimous all-Mid-Illini Conference first-team selection. Kizer currently holds scholarship offers from Bradley, Illinois State, Eastern Illinois, Southeast Missouri State and Illinois-Chicago.
Cooper Koch, Peoria Notre Dame
The 6-foot-8 sophomore already holds scholarship offers from Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, Wisconsin, Iowa, Bradley, Wake Forest and Western Illinois. Koch scored seven points in his varsity debut last season for the Irish, who finished 14-2 overall and 9-1 in Big 12 Conference action.
Drew Lewis, Washington
The 6-foot-1 senior guard looks to carry the momentum from his 24-point performance in the Mid-Illini Tournament title game. Lewis averaged 10.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists for the Panthers, who went 17-1 and won the M-I. He was an all-Mid-Illini first-team pick and a member of the 3A IBCA all-state special mention group.
Andrew Marincic, Elmwood
The 6-foot-2 senior guard averaged 20 points including a 31-point effort in a win over Illini Bluffs. The Trojans, who finished 9-4 last season, saw Marincic hit 41% of his 3-point attempts, while being named unanimous first-team all-Prairieland North Conference first team, all-ICAC first team and IBCA special mention all-state.
Nelson Reynolds, Notre Dame
The 6-1 senior guard averaged 13.3 points per game and hit 51% of his 3-pointers for the Irish, who finished 14-2 and were ranked in 3A by the AP all last season. Reynolds was an all-Big 12 Conference first-team pick and started off last year’s campaign with a 22-point night against Peoria High.
Zack Schroeder, Metamora
The 6-foot-2 senior averaged 16.2 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds for the Redbirds, who went 15-4 overall and 11-2 in the Mid-Illini including a M-I tourney title appearance. He was a unanimous all-Mid-Illini first teamer and an IBCA special mention all-stater, shooting 54.7% from the field and a 81.7% free-throw shooter.
Jamauri Winfrey, Richwoods
The 6-0 senior guard returns as one of the area’s top scorers, having averaged 23 points and 7.7 rebounds on 57% shooting. Winfrey, who was an all-Big 12 Conference first-teamer, 3A AP honorable mention all-stater and IBCA special mention all-state, helped the Knights start last season 6-0 before a 7-4 overall finish including 7-3 in Big 12 play.
Adam Duvall is a Journal Star sports reporter. Email him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamDuvall.