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Pass this on to anyone who believes shooting is all there is to this wintertime passion.
The 2006-07 Tribune All-State boys basketball team may well have the greatest collection of set-up men in the illustrious history of honoring the five best players in Illinois.
Derrick Rose of Simeon, Evan Turner and Demetri McCamey of St. Joseph and DeAndre Liggins of Washington combined to average 30 assists per game.
These guys could open up their own "dime" store.
"When I was 12 years old, I was a point guard who used to shoot 30 times a game," said Turner, who grew from a 5-foot-10-inch playmaker to a 6-6 forward at St. Joseph. "My teammates used to get so mad at me.
"Once I came to St. Joe, I had a mind-set to keep everybody happy. I noticed my teammates were hitting more shots, and my field-goal percentage got better."
The Chargers were trailing Proviso East by a point with two seconds left in the title game of the Proviso West Holiday Tournament, and it was Turner time.
Instead of jacking up a 30-foot prayer, Turner had the presence of mind to fire a pass to Garrett Leffelman, whose layup gave St. Joe a 59-58 victory.
"That was probably the most memorable assist in my career," said Turner, who averaged 22 points, eight rebounds and five assists and has signed with Ohio State.
It was Rose's unselfishness that brought Simeon back-to-back state titles and a legacy that compares with the greatest teams of all time.
"I've always told people that I don't care if I score one pointas long as my team wins," Rose said after scoring just two points in Simeon's 77-54 rout of O'Fallon in Saturday's Class AA title game in Peoria. "My coach (Robert Smith) and I have been saying all season that we aren't a one-man team."
At various times, Rose has been told to shoot more by his coach.
"But that's not me," said Rose, who averaged 18.5 points, 7 rebounds, 7.5 assists and has signed with Memphis. "I'm always looking to find the open man."
Following Rose's lead, Simeon became one of the best passing teams of all time. It wasn't uncommon to see five snappy passes in succession without the ball ever touching the court, resulting in a layup or dunk.
Liggins is thinking assist the moment he grabs a defensive rebound, and the 6-6 junior might be the most accomplished fast-break outlet passer in the state.
"I'd rather pass than shoot, and I try to keep my teammates happy," said Liggins, who averaged 14 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds and recorded four triple doubles. "I can sense when someone is openit just comes to me. It's just a gift, I guess, and it's always been like that."
Liggins, whose short list includes Illinois, Iowa, Virginia, DePaul, Memphis, Notre Dame and Purdue, had 17 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in the second game of the seasona victory over Spring Harbor, Ark.
He had 18 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in a victory over Young in the Public League semifinals. In his last game, a 56-52 sectional loss to Thornton, Liggins finished with 14 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds.
"I'd like to be a point guard someday, and Illinois, Georgia Tech and Iowa are recruiting me for that position," Liggins said.
The 6-3 McCamey could be the Illini's point guard next season after averaging 15 points and 7.5 assists. McCamey had 16 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in a sectional victory over Proviso West.
"I learned you have to keep your big men happy," McCamey said. "If you set them up, they're going to block shots, rebound and do all the dirty stuff.
"Coach Ping (St. Joe's Gene Pingatore) and coach Mike Mullins (Illinois Wolves summer team) worked with me on getting everyone else involved first, and then get your shots."