Players in the NCAA Tournament from the Chicago area are sprinkled throughout the country on NCAA Tournament teams. Many of the players like Duke Jahil Okafor and Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky are the keys to their teams. Others players may be key role players or players off the bench. Here is a look at the players that tipoff the tournament Thursday.
Tyler Ulis 5'9 Fr. G Kentucky Marian Catholic
The McDonald's All-American had a soild freshman season as the back up point guard for the Nation's top ranked team. He averaged 5.5 PPG, 3.7 APG, and 1.8 RPG. He shot 76.9 from the line and 42.4 from three point range.
James Farr 6'10 Jr. C Xavier, Evanston
Farr is a key contributor off the bench for Chris Mack. He is averaging 4.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG and 0.8 BPG in only 15.3 MPG. Teammate Sean O'Mara from Benet Academy in Lisle (same school as Kaminsky) has played limited minutes and Kevin Coker from Plainfield South has played in only three games this year.
Quenton Chievous 6'6 G Graduate Student Hampton- Notre Dame Prep
Chievous is the son of former Missouri All-American Derrick Chievous. He is part of a balance Hampton offense. He averaged 10.3 PPG and 6.4 RPG
Reginald Johnson 6'2 Jr G Hampton St Joseph's
Johnson is the Pirates second leading scorer and possibly their best All-Around player. He averaged 12.0 PPG, 3.4 RPG 1.7 APG and 1.3 SPG. \
Abdel Nader 6'6 Jr. F Iowa State Niles North
After being a key player at Northern Illinois for two seasons, Nader has become a role player at Iowa State. He played only 16.2 MPG and averages 5.8 PPG and 2.9 RPG
Sterling Brown 6'6 So G. SMU Proviso East
Brown is the brother of former Illinois Mr. Basketball and Michigan State All-American Shannon Brown. Brown is a key contributor off the bench. In 23.9 MPG, Brown puts up 5.3 PPG 4.6 RPG and 2.0 APG. He also shoots 52.9 percent from the floor and 78.4 percent from the line.
Ben Moore 6'8 So. F SMU Bolingbrook
Moore has started all but three games for Larry Brown's Mustangs this year. He is averaging 7.3 PPG 4.8 RPG and 1,9 APG.
Sam Thompson 6'7 Sr. F Ohio State Whitney Young
Thompson and Shannon Scott are the two key players from Ohio State's Elite Eight team from 2013. Thompson is a great All-Around player and highlight reel for his dunks. He is their second leading scorer at 10.2 PPG and third leading rebounder at 3.8 RPG. He also averages 1.8 APG, 1.3 SPG and blocked 31 shots this season.
Kendall Stephens 6'6 G Purdue St. Charles East
Stephens started 16 of 33 games for Matt Painter this season. He is their fourth leading scorer at 8.8 PPG, He also averages 2.3 RPG and 1.7 assists. He led Purdue with 72 three-point field goals and 39.6 percent on three-point attempts. Stephens shot 74 percent from the line, but amazingly just 35.5 percent from the floor overall.
Lee Skinner 6'6 Sr F Wofford Glenbard East
Skinner is the Terriers third leading scorer and c0-leading rebounder. He played the second most minutes for the Southern Conference Champions. Skinner averages 10.0 PPG and 5.8 RPG. Skinner's teammate Ryan Sawvell from Mundelein is sitting out after transferring from Evansville.
Frank Kaminsky 6'10 Sr C Wisconsin Benet Academy
The 7'0 senior from Benet Academy in Lisle is one of the most improved players from freshman to senior year in a long time. He went from 1.8 PPG and 1.4 RPG as a freshman to 18.2 PPG and 8.1 RPG this year. He was the Big Ten player of the Year and a leading candidate for the National Player of the Year.
Duje Dukan 6'10 Sr. F Wisconsin Deerfield
Dukan, from Deerfield is Kaminsky's teammate on Wisconsin. Dujan graduated last year, but had his best season as a fifth year senior off the bench. He averaged 4.8 PPG and 2.7 RPG. He is the son of the Bulls director of International Scouting Ivica Dukan.
Jahlil Okafor 6’11 Fr. C Duke Whitney Young
With Kaminsky, the two leading candidates for the National Player of the Year. Okafor leads Duke with 17.4 PPG, 9.0 RPG and 1.4 BPG.
Cliff Alexander 6'8 Freshman F Kansas Curie
Alexander has not played since February 23 against Kansas State. He has not made the trip to Omaha for KU’s first two NCAA tournament games. His eligibility is in question due to his mom taking out a loan against his future earnings.
Jamari Traylor 6'8 Jr. F Kansas Julian
Traylor averages 4.3 PPG, 3.6 RPG and 1.1 BPG in 20 minutes.
Nick Zeisloft 6'4 Jr. G Indiana Lyons Township
Ziesloft started seven games this year and averages 6.8 PPG. He is a deadly three point shooter, making 45.3 percent of his attempts. He had 18 games this season with multiple made three-point shots. He had a four game stretch at the end of the season where he shot 17-27 on threes.
Phil Greene 6’4 Sr G Chicago IMG/Academy Florida
Greene contributes 13.2 PPG, 3,2 RPG and shoots 39.5% on three point attempts.
Jevon Carter 6'2 Fr. G West Virginia Proviso East
Carter came off the bench in all but four games this year. He is still the team’s third leading scorer at 8.5 PPG. Carter’s teammate Tyrone Hughes went to Whitney Young
Jubril Adeyoka 6'7 So. F Valparaiso Andrew (Tinley Park)
Adeyoka comes off the bench and averages 4.8 PPG and 4.2 RPG. He started four games this years.
Keith Carter 6'1 Jr. G Valparaiso Proviso East
Carter started 17 of the 23 games he played in this year. He missed ten games in the middle of the season. He is an excellent all around player. He averages 8.5 PPG 3.5 RPG and 3.7 APG. He also shoots 38.5 percent from beyond the arc.
Darien Walker 6'3 Jr. G Valparaiso Simeon
Walker started all but five games this year for the Crusaders. He is their second leading scorer at 10.8 PPG. He also averages 4.5 RPG and shoots 36.2 percent on threes.
Wayne Blackshear 6’5 Sr. G Louisville Morgan Park
Blackshear was the part of two Final Four teams as a Freshman and Sophomore at Louisville. He is averaging 10.9 PPG and 4.3 RPG.
Rodney Pryor 6'4 Jr G Robert Morris- Notre Dame Prep
Pryor is the Colonials leading scorer at 15.4 PPG and their third leading rebounder at 15.4 PPG. He is also their third leading rebounder at 4.7 RPG and shot 42.6 percent on threes.
Kyle Davis 6’0 So. G. Dayton Morgan Park
Davis started every game for the Flyers this year averaging 30.0 MPG. Davis averaged 7.3 PPG and his defense was instrumental in the win over Boise State in the First Four.
Kendall Pollard 6’6 So. F Dayton Simeon
Pollard is Dayton's second leading scorer and rebounder at 12.9 and 5.4. His 30 blocked led the Flyers. Pollard earned the Atlantic Ten’s most improved player.
Bobby Wehrli from Naperville who played at Benet in Lisle plays 14 minutes per game off the bench for Dayton.
Gavin Schilling 6’9 So. F Michigan State/Chicago, Findlay Prep (Las Vegas)
Although he’s from Chicago, Schilling prepped at Findlay Prep in Las Vegas. He is the DeFacto starting center for Tom Izzo. Schilling averages 5.3 PPG, 4.1 RPG and shoots 57.1 percent from the floor.
Branden Dawson 6’6 Sr. G/F Michigan St, Gary Lew Wallace
Dawson averages 12.0 PPG and his 9.1 RPG led the Big Ten.
Kory Brown 6’4 Jr. G North Dakota State Elgin H.S.
Brown averages 8.2 PPG and 4.9 RPG. He has started every game but two since his freshman year and usually guards the opponent’s best perimeter player. Brown was second team all-state as a senior at Elgin.
Derrick Marks 6’4 Sr G Boise State Planfield Central
The Broncos were eliminated by Dayton in the first four. Marks had an outstanding Senior year. He averaged 19.4 PPG 3.7 RPG and 3.0 APG. He finished his career with 1912 points, third all-time at Boise State.
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