Although Jon Scheyer and Patrick Beverley have never met, these basketball standouts share an uncommon characteristic.
There is an old-school quality about them that has enabled them to reach the highest level of their sport.
From early-morning Berto Center workouts under the guidance of Bulls strength and conditioning coach Erik Helland to solitary, late-night shooting sessions in Glenbrook North's gym, the 6-foot-6-inch Scheyer has made himself into a McDonald's All-American.
Beverley shunned the high-profile exposure camps and paid no mind to the player rankings of various recruiting analysts. Instead, the 6-2 Marshall guard practiced relentlessly in the off-season, developing an all-around game that wound up attracting a dozen scholarship offers.
These two workaholics and the wondrously gifted Derrick Rose of Simeon led their teams to the Elite Eight, with Simeon knocking out Glenbrook North in the quarterfinals and toppling Marshall in the semifinals en route to the Class AA title.
No wonder the three big-time winners head up the 2006 Tribune All-State Boys Basketball Team. Thanks to Scheyer, Beverley and Rose, Glenbrook North, Marshall and Simeon finished with a combined record of 94-10.
Despite averaging 29 points, six rebounds, four assists and 3.3 steals, Scheyer couldn't lead the Spartans to a repeat Class AA title.
The future Duke player received a phone call from coach Mike Krzyzewski on Sunday.
"He could tell I was still upset about the Simeon game," Scheyer said. "He told me, `Jon, don't ever lose that.'"
Scheyer reached the quarterfinals three of his four years at Glenbrook North, practically single-handedly winning the title last year. He wound up as the fourth-leading scorer in state history and was sixth all time in assists and seventh in steals.
Fans will long remember a 75-second spanat the Proviso West Holiday Tournament that will go down in high school basketball lore. In those 75 seconds, Scheyer scored an amazing 21 points to almost pull out a victory over the host team.
"It was a great feeling, but at the same time, we lost to Proviso West and that ended our 35-game winning streak," said Scheyer, who played his last six games with a broken ring finger on his left (non-shooting) hand. "People might always remember me for that, but I hate losing.
"The state championship will be the thing I remember the most. The run we had was so incredible. I'll remember all the good times on the road trips to St. Louis and Kentucky. I had fun playing ball with two of my best friends, Zach Kelly and Tyler Cullitan."
Beverley had a breakout season averaging 32 points, six rebounds, six assists and five steals for the third-place Commandos. He scored 40 or more points seven times.
"I dedicated myself last summer to improving my jump shot and getting stronger by lifting weights," Beverley said. "I've shown it's possible for anybody to earn a scholarship without having your name in those rankings or going to a big-time camp. People second-guessed me, but I knew I'd have a good senior year."
Beverley wound up with offers from Michigan, Arkansas, St. John's, Virginia, Wake Forest, Florida State, Georgetown, Seton Hall, Missouri, Purdue, Arizona State and Toledo.
The legend of Derrick Rose began with one second left in Saturday night's title game, when he hit a floating 8-foot shot in overtime for Simeon's 31-29 title-game victory over Peoria Richwoods.
The 6-4 Rose, who averaged 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, went on a tear near the end of the regular season. He had 25 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, three steals and three blocks in a 55-40 romp over Washington for the Public League title.
In Simeon's 67-57 supersectional victory over Proviso East, Rose finished with 29 points, six assists and three steals. He had 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists against Scheyer & Co. and 21 points against Beverley and Marshall.
Rounding out the All-State team are two future impact players. Crane point guard Sherron Collins (26 points, seven rebounds, seven assists) takes his explosive game to Kansas, while 6-11 Brian Carlwell (19 points, 13 rebounds, six blocks) will bring an inside presence to Illinois.
6-2, senior, guard
Averaged 32 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals for state's third-place finisher. His stellar play raised his recruiting status from midmajor to the top of Division I. College: Undecided.
, Proviso East
6-11, senior, center Most dominant big man in the state averaged 19 points, 13 rebounds and 6 blocked shots. Led the Pirates to successive supersectional appearances and was a standout receiver in football. College: Illinois.
5-10, senior, guard
Rated the No. 1 point guard in the country by one recruiting publication. Averaged 26 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists for sectional finalist and was named McDonald's All-American. College: Kansas.
6-4, junior, forward/guard
Hit the winning shot in 31-29 overtime victory over Peoria Richwoods for Class AA title. Rated among top five juniors in the nation and averaged 20 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists. College: Undecided.
, Glenbrook North
6-6, senior, guard/forward
Led Spartans to state title last year and quarterfinals this season. Averaged 29 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3.3 steals and hit 100 three-pointers. Fourth-leading scorer in state history. College: Duke.
6-6, sr., C, Thornton
Virtually unstoppable low-post scorer combines power moves with soft shooting touch. Averaged 18.8 points and 11.8 rebounds for Class AA sectional qualifier. College: Oregon.
6-9, jr., F/C, Peo. Richwoods
Averaged 16 points and 9 rebounds for Class AA runner-up. Has the ability to score inside or step out and hit the three-pointer. College: Illinois.
6-5, jr., F/C, Simeon
Rates with Joevan Catron as a powerful inside scorer and rebounder. Averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds for Class AA champion. College: Undecided.
5-8, sr., G, Hales
Rated among the state's premier point guards, played on two Class A champs. Jet-quick athlete averaged 25 points, 4 assists and 3 steals. College: California.
6-1, sr., G, Bolingbrook
Complete player who will be a pass-first guard with three-point range at the next level. Averaged 30 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. College: DePaul.
Trey Blue, jr., Thornwood
Justin Bocot, jr., Bloomington
Garrett Callahan, sr., Seneca
Ceola Clark, jr., Warren
Justin Dehm, jr., Peoria Richwoods
Kevin Dillard, so., Homewood-Flossmoor
Osiris Eldridge, sr., Phillips
Robert Kreps, jr., Maroa-Forsyth
Sam Maniscalco, jr., St. Patrick
Demetri McCamey, jr., St. Joseph
Glendale Moore, sr., Mt. Vernon
Jonathan Peoples, sr., St. Joseph
Jacob Pullen, jr., Proviso East
Jeremie Simmons, sr., Von Steuben
Spencer Stewart, sr., Edwardsville
Michael Thompson, jr., Lincoln Park
Dexter Williams, sr., Simeon
Devan Bawinkel, sr., Winnebago
Mike Capocci, jr., Glenbard East
Nick Fruendt, so., Batavia
Ryan Hare, so., Marshall
Marcus Lewis, sr., Warren
Deandre Liggins, so., Washington
Mario Little, sr., Washington
T.J. Marion, sr., West Aurora
Billy Rush, sr., Thornridge
Evan Turner, jr., St. Joseph
Willie Veasley, sr., Freeport
Andre Walker, sr., Homewood-Flossmoor
Justin Brock, sr., Liberty
Josh Crittle, so., Timothy Christian
Dustin Maguire, sr., Edwardsville
Javale McGee, sr., Hales
Ricky Miller, sr., Waukegan
Lucas O'Rear, Nashville, jr.
Ryan Thornton, sr., Illinois Valley Central
Mike Tisdale, jr., Riverton
Demond Watt, jr., Thornton Fractional North
ASSOCIATED PRESS CLASS AA ALL-STATE TEAM
Jon Scheyer, Glenbrook North
Patrick Beverley, Marshall
Brian Carlwell, Proviso East
Sherron Collins, Crane
Derrick Rose, Simeon
Spencer Stewart, Edwardsville
Will Walker, Bolingbrook
Joevan Catron, Thornton
Jonathan Peoples, St. Joseph
Willie Veasley, Freeport
Paul Bayer, Moline
Dustin Maguire, Edwardsville
Mario Little, Washington
Tim Flowers, Simeon
Osiris Eldridge, Phillips
Marcus Lewis, Warren
Billy Rush, Thornridge
Jeff Ryan, Glenbrook South
Lewis Jackson, Decatur Eisenhower
Evan Turner, St. Joseph
Demetri McCamey, St. Joseph
Bill Cole, Peoria Richwoods
Kavon Lacey, Alton
Stephen Jones, Civic Memorial
Glendale Moore, Mt. Vernon
T.J. Marion, West Aurora
Vance Cooksey, Marian Catholic
Nick Fruendt, Batavia
Ceola Clark, Warren
Andre Walker, Home.-Flossmoor
Chad Hettermann, Johnsburg
Dayvon Ellis, Larkin
Jordan Lee, Champaign Central