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Gym rats raise game: The 2005-6 Tribune All-State boys basketball first team

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.

FIRST TEAM

Patrick Beverley

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, Marshall

6-2, senior, guard

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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.

Brian Carlwell

, 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.

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Sherron Collins

, Crane

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.

Derrick Rose

, Simeon

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.

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Jon Scheyer

, 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.

SECOND TEAM

Joevan Catron

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.

Bill Cole

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.

Tim Flowers

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.

Jerome Randle

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.

Will Walker

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.

SPECIAL MENTION

GUARDS

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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

FORWARDS

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

CENTERS

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

FIRST TEAM

Jon Scheyer, Glenbrook North

Patrick Beverley, Marshall

Brian Carlwell, Proviso East

Sherron Collins, Crane

Derrick Rose, Simeon

SECOND TEAM

Spencer Stewart, Edwardsville

Will Walker, Bolingbrook

Joevan Catron, Thornton

Jonathan Peoples, St. Joseph

Willie Veasley, Freeport

THIRD TEAM

Paul Bayer, Moline

Dustin Maguire, Edwardsville

Mario Little, Washington

Tim Flowers, Simeon

Osiris Eldridge, Phillips

HONORABLE MENTION

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

Matt Roth, Washington (Ill.)

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