2004 Chicago Tribune All-State Team

Tribune staff reporter

First team

Ollie Bailey, Farragut
6-8 senior forward/center

Rates with West Aurora's Shaun Pruitt as the top post players in the state. The Rutgers signee averaged 21.5 points and 11 rebounds for the Class AA quarterfinalist and couldn't be stopped by state champion Peoria Central. One of Farragut's top student-athletes.

Calvin Brock , Simeon
6-6 senior forward

Averaged 22 points, 10 rebounds, 5 steals, 4 assists and 4 blocks as the Public League's best all-around player since Quentin Richardson. Has scholarship offers from Illinois and DePaul; also being recruited by Oklahoma, Toledo and Ball State. Rarely took a bad shot and hardly ever came off the floor for Class AA quarterfinalist.

Shaun Pruitt, West Aurora
6-9 senior center

After being sidelined with injuries as a sophomore and junior, the Illinois recruit with the soft shooting touch played every game in leading the 32-2 Blackhawks to third place in the state tournament. Facing constant double- and triple-team defenses, Pruitt averaged nearly 17 points with eight rebounds and four blocked shots.

Shaun Livingston, Peoria Central
6-7 senior guard

Two-time All-Stater and consensus all-American led the Lions to their second straight Class AA title with 27 points and nine rebounds in a 53-47 victory over Homewood-Flossmoor. The Duke signee, projected as an NBA draft lottery pick, averaged 18.5 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and is rated by many the No. 2 player in the country.

Jon Scheyer, Glenbrook North
6-6 sophomore guard

One of the nation's top sophomores, he averaged 25.5 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in leading the Spartans to a 25-4 record. A deadly outside shot enabled him to have stretches where he was hitting five or six three-pointers in a row. Already attracting big-time college interest, Scheyer received a scholarship offer from Marquette after graduating from 8th grade.

Second team

Justin Dentmon, Carbondale
6-1 senior guard

Illinois State got an absolute steal in this explosive performer who averaged 26 points per game in last weekend's Class AA state tournament. Led Terriers to 28-7 record and fourth place.

DeAaron Williams, Bartonville Limestone
6-5 senior guard

Wisconsin-bound athlete averaged 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and won the state's slam-dunk contest last weekend in Peoria. School's all-time leading scorer finished with 1,868 points.

Jamarcus Ellis, Westinghouse
6-5 senior forward

Dominated games at both ends of the floor, averaging 18 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks. Oklahoma, Nevada-Las Vegas and Iowa State are his top college choices.

Julian Wright. Homewood-Flossmoor
6-8 junior forward

Demonstrated why he is rated among the nation's top 10 juniors with a spectacular showing last weekend in leading the Vikings to second place in Class AA. Being recruited by many of the country's top college programs.

Nate Minnoy, Hales Franciscan
6-4 junior forward/center

An intimidating presence inside, Minnoy was the top post player in Class A, averaging 19 points and 12 rebounds. Helped lead the Spartans to the Class A championship as a sophomore.

Special mention

Jonathan Austin, Bloom, sr.; Justin Cerasoli, West Aurora, sr.; Brandon Childs, Cairo, sr.; Jeremy Crouch, Pekin, sr.; Brandon Dagans, Thornton, jr.; Jordan Delp, Mt. Carroll, sr.; Brandon Ewing, Julian, jr.; Jeremy Fears, Joliet, sr.; Bobby Frasor, Brother Rice, jr.; Tony Freeman, St. Joseph, jr.; Stefhon Hannah, Hyde Park, sr.; Excell Hardy, Homewood-Flossmoor, sr.; Mike Kolze, Lake Zurich, jr.; Brandon Lee, Peoria Central, sr.; Kevin Lisch, Belleville Althoff, jr.; Jerel McNeal, Hillcrest, jr.; Trent Meacham, Champaign Centennial, sr.; Bryan Mullins, Downers Grove South, jr.; Ray Nelson, Ullin Century, jr.; Zach Pancratz, Schaumburg, sr.; Xavier Price, Belleville West, sr.; Jonny Reibel, Hoffman Estates, sr.; Chris Singletary, Farragut, soph.; Jamar Smith, Peoria Richwoods, jr.; Jimmy Williams, North Lawndale, sr.; Sterling Williams, Young, sr.

Mario Brandon, Curie, sr.; Frank Clair, Leo, sr.; Demetrius Evans, Von Steuben, sr.; Tommie Liddell, East St. Louis, sr.; Anthony Newell, Simeon, sr.; Lukas Slater, McHenry, sr.; Eric Vierneisel, Jacobs, sr.; Gordon Watt, Evanston, sr.

Brandon Alexander, Simeon, sr.; Joevan Catron, Thornton, soph.; Christian Cornelius, Oak Park, sr.; Matt Shaw, Centralia, sr.; Cyrus Tate, H-F, sr.; DeAndre Thomas, Westinghouse, jr.

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