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Meet the 2019-20 Boys Basketball All-Area Team

The 2019-20 boys basketball season is over, and there were some outstanding performances. Here is the All-Area team.

FIRST TEAM

Austin Pullara, senior, Coal City: Morris Herald-News Player of the Year; averaged 18.9 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game; All-Illinois Central Eight Conference; led Coalers to ninth regional title in school history; coach Glenn Pacek: “Besides his impressive stats, Austin was a clutch player who found a way to lead us to victory in close games.”

Colin Cummings, junior, Morris: Led Redskins in scoring 21 of 32 games; unanimous All-Interstate Eight Conference; Plano Christmas Classic All-Tournament Team; averaged 14.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game; season high 34 points 1/28 vs. Newark; coach Joe Blumberg: “Colin was the first guy mentioned on every opponent’s scouting report and drew quite a bit of defensive attention. He can flat-out shoot the 3 and is developing other ways to score. His defense, rebounding and leadership skills also improved throughout the season. We are looking forward to seeing his offseason improvements and the impacts he can make next year during the winter.”

Trent Hudak, senior, Minooka: All-Southwest Prairie Conference; averaged 14.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.4 assists per game; coach Kevin Cain: “Trent was hounded all year by opposing teams. He is a great two-sport athlete that got off to a slow start because of the transition from our extended football run. He is a great kid: coachable and works his tail off. He was the main reason we were in any ball-game this year.”

Ben Krause, senior, Seneca: Averaged 12.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.9 steals per game; All-Tri-County Conference selection; coach Russ Witte: “Ben was our leader in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals. He averaged about 31.5 minutes per game and was our everything. As he went, we went and we went pretty well to a tune of 19-12. Ben really came into his own this year as a point guard and scorer.”

Chris Bexson, junior, Gardner-South Wilmington: Averaged 14.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.8 steals per game; All-River Valley Conference; coach Allan Wills: “Chris was our main leader of the team. He contributed on both sides of the court. Chris led our team in points, 3-pointers, assists, deflections and steals. He was also third on the team in rebounds and blocks. I look forward to having Chris again for his senior season.”

Jarod Garrelts, senior, Coal City: Averaged 10.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots per game; shot 44-60 (73.3%) from free throw line; coach Glenn Pacek: “Jarod was our leading rebounder and second-leading scorer and was our second-best foul shooter. He sparked our team numerous times with spectacular blocked shots and dunks.”

SECOND TEAM

Jack Walker, senior, Morris: Averaged 9.3 points per game; made 74 3-pointers; season-high 30 points vs. Coal City, 26 vs. Wilmington, 21 vs. Rochelle; coach Joe Blumberg: “Jack can flat-out shoot the basketball, and opponents knew that. He often had a taller, quicker defender on him to attempt to smother him.”

Connor Steichen, junior, Gardner-South Wilmington: Averaged 12.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game; coach Allan Wills: “Connor was second on our team in points, 3-pointers, rebounds and blocks. Connor’s ability to score from the post and perimeter makes him a very difficult player to guard. Hopefully he will continue to improve his game and be a dominant player for us next season.”

Tommy Cahill, senior, Seneca: Averaged 5.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game; coach Russ Witte: “Tommy led us in rebounding down the stretch and was our main post presence at 6-0. He is sneaky athletic and was able to guard players 4 to 5 inches taller than him.”

Myles Johnston, sophomore, Morris: Averaged 6.3 points and 3.6 assists per game; led team in assists 24 of 31 games he played; coach Joe Blumberg: “Myles earned the starting point guard responsibility with his offseason efforts. Sometimes he made it easy to forget he’s only a sophomore. He distributed the ball and attacked gaps and will be a key cog for us the next two seasons.”

Nate Wise, junior, Gardner-South Wilmington: Averaged 9.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game; coach Allan Wills: “Nate is a great two-way player for us. He has very good offensive skills, but he is also a solid defender who usually guards the opponents top player. He is another player that will be a key part of our success next season.”

T.J. Van Ness, senior, Seneca: Averaged 6.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 steals per game; coach Russ Witte: “T.J. let us in blocked shots and was another one that really started playing some fine basketball the second half of the season. He was one of the few players that we had that could create his own shot. He had a very solid one dribble pull up.”

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