Each year the Illinois Mr. Basketball award is given to the person chosen as the best high school boys basketball player in the U.S. state of Illinois.

The award has been given since 1981. Most of the award winners have gone on to play at the highest levels of college basketball, and many have gone on to play in the National Basketball Association. On April 5, 2010, Jon Scheyer became the second winner to also have played on both a high school state championship and a Division 1 NCAA championship team, along with Brian Sloan. In 2012 Jabari Parker became the first non-senior to win the award, and in 2013 he became the first to win the award twice. In 2017 Mark Smith became the 12th winner to enroll at the University of Illinois.

Voting is done on a points system. Each voter selects first, second, and third-place votes. A player receives five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote, and one point for a third-place vote. The player who receives the most points receives the award.

Award recipientsEdit

Year Illinois Mr. Basketball School Points received Ref
2019 EJ Liddell Belleville West, Belleville 506 [1]
2018 EJ Liddell Belleville West, Belleville 432 [2]
2017 Mark Smith Edwardsville High School, Edwardsville 251 [3][4]
2016 Charlie Moore Morgan Park High School, Chicago 221 [5][6]
2015 Jalen Brunson Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire 552  
2014 Jahlil Okafor Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, Chicago 492 [7]
2013 Jabari Parker Simeon Career Academy, Chicago 315 [8][9]
2012 Jabari Parker Simeon Career Academy, Chicago 400 [10]
2011 Ryan Boatright
Chasson Randle
East Aurora High School, Aurora
Rock Island High School, Rock Island
257 [11]
2010 Jereme Richmond Waukegan High School, Waukegan 455  
2009 Brandon Paul Warren Township High School, Gurnee 337 [12]
2008 Kevin Dillard Homewood-Flossmoor High School, Flossmoor 228 [13]
2007 Derrick Rose Simeon Career Academy, Chicago 720 [12]
2006 Jon Scheyer Glenbrook North High School, Northbrook 1,187 [12][14]
2005 Julian Wright Homewood-Flossmoor High School, Flossmoor 645 [12]
2004 Shaun Livingston Peoria Central High School, Peoria 1,056 [12]
2003 Shannon Brown Proviso East High School, Maywood 887 [12]
2002 Dee Brown Proviso East High School, Maywood 952 [12]
2001 Eddy Curry Thornwood High School, South Holland 1,443 [12]
2000 Darius Miles East St. Louis High School, East St. Louis 217 [15]
1999 Brian Cook Lincoln High School, Lincoln 903  
1998 Frank Williams Manual High School, Peoria 1,049 [12]
1997 Sergio McClain Manual High School, Peoria 1,361 [12]
1996 Ronnie Fields Farragut Academy, Chicago 1,270 [12]
1995 Kevin Garnett Farragut Academy, Chicago 1,443 [16]
1994 Jarrod Gee St. Martin de Porres High School, Waukegan 658  
1993 Rashard Griffith King College Prep High School, Chicago 1,329  
1992 Chris Collins Glenbrook North High School 1,195  
1991 Howard Nathan Manual High School, Peoria 822  
1990 Jamie Brandon King College Prep High School, Chicago 826  
1989 Deon Thomas Simeon Vocational High School, Chicago 959  
1988 Eric Anderson St. Francis de Sales High School, Chicago 1,490  
1987 Marcus Liberty King College Prep High School, Chicago 1,286  
1986 Nick Anderson Simeon Vocational High School, Chicago 876  
1985 Ed Horton Lanphier High School, Springfield 1,735  
1984 Brian Sloan McLeansboro High School, McLeansboro 1,303  
1983 Marty Simmons Lawrenceville High School, Lawrenceville 2,056 [17]
1982 Bruce Douglas Quincy Senior High School, Quincy 1,700  
1981 Walter Downing Providence Catholic High School, New Lenox 1,301 [18]

Awards by high schoolEdit

School City Number of awards Years
Simeon Career Academy Chicago 5 1986, 1989, 2007, 2012, 2013
King College Prep High School Chicago 3 1987, 1990, 1993
Manual High School Peoria 3 1991, 1997, 1998
Farragut Academy Chicago 2 1995, 1996
Glenbrook North High School Northbrook 2 1992, 2006
Homewood-Flossmoor High School Flossmoor 2 2005, 2008
Proviso East High School Maywood 2 2002, 2003
Belleville West Belleville 2 2018, 2019
Adlai E. Stevenson High School Lincolnshire 1 2015
East Aurora High School Aurora 1 2011*
East St. Louis High School East St. Louis 1 2000
Edwardsville High School Edwardsville 1 2017
Lanphier High School Springfield 1 1985
Lawrenceville High School Lawrenceville 1 1983
Lincoln High School Lincoln 1 1999
McLeansboro High School McLeansboro 1 1984
Morgan Park High School Chicago 1 2016
Peoria Central High School Peoria 1 2004
Providence Catholic High School New Lenox 1 1981
Quincy Senior High School Quincy 1 1982
Rock Island High School Rock Island 1 2011*
St. Francis de Sales High School Chicago 1 1988
St. Martin de Porres High School Waukegan 1 1994
Thornwood High School Thornwood 1 2001
Warren Township High School Gurnee 1 2009
Waukegan High School Waukegan 1 2010
Whitney M. Young Magnet High School Chicago 1 2014

* - Indicates a tie in which the award was shared

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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