High School Basketball: 2022 All-Area Team for Chicago Area

High School Basketball: 2022 All-Area Team for Chicago Area

Darrin Ames, Kenwood

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Darrin Ames, Kenwood, 6-0, G, Jr.

One of the Top 50 National Class players of 2023, the All-City First Team selection has lived up to the hype this season. The dynamic junior averaged 24 points, five assists and three steals and shot 51% (43 of 84) from three-point range. Teamed with Nevada rookie Trey Pettigrew to lead the Broncos to second place in the mighty Red-South/Central and over 25 wins.

Xavier Amos, young

Xavier Amos, Young, 6-8, F, Sr.

NIU recruit. First Team All City. A game-changing rim protector, Amos is a strong presence in the post and a capable goalscorer on the wing. He averaged 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks to help lead the Dolphins to first place in the Red North/West Championship and the City Championship.

Robbie Avila, Oak Forest

Robbie Avila, Oak Forest, 6-8, C, Sr.

Indiana State. Avila is a unique player, adept in all facets of the game. He is the best player and top scorer in school history. Averaged 23.9 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.1 steals and 2 blocks. He shot 72.1% on two points, 41.9% on three, and 84.4% from the line while leading the Bengals to a 25-8 season.

AJ Casey, young

AJ Casey, Young, 6-8, F, Sr.

Miami rookie. First-team All-City and three-time All-Area selection who was a college starter for four years. Averaged 19 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three blocks to lead the Dolphins to the City title and first place in the Red North/West.

Cameron Christie, Rolling Meadows

Cameron Christie, Rolling Meadows

Cameron Christie, Rolling Meadows, 6-3, G, Jr.

Led the Mustangs to their first regional title in over 21 years and a first-place finish in Mid-Suburban East. Averaged 22 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Shot 53% from two points, 42% from three, and 93% from the free throw line.

DeAndre Craig, Mount Carmel

DeAndre Craig, Mount Carmel

DeAndre Craig, Mount Carmel, 6-2, G, Jr.

First Team All City. MVP of the Buffalo Grove Thanksgiving Tournament and the Beijing Holiday Tournament. Catholic League All-Conference First Team. Averaged 21 points and scored 30 or more points in four games. Led the Caravan to a regional title and a 28-5 season.

Jaylen Drane, Simeon

Jaylen Drane, Simeon

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Jaylen Drane, Simeon, 6-3, G, Sr.

Uncommitted. Second-team All-City selection. Averaged 17.6 points, 2 assists and 4 rebounds. Teamed with Aviyon Morris, Jalen Griffith and Miles and Wes Rubin to lead the Wolverines to the Pontiac Holiday Tournament championship, first place in Red-South Central and over 26 wins.

Davontae Hall, Hyde Park

Davontae Hall, Hyde Park, 6-2, G, Sr.

Uncommitted. First-team All-City selection. Averaged 19.4 points, 3.7 assists and 1.7 steals. Led the Thunderbirds to the prestigious Big Dipper Holiday Tournament championship and was named tournament MVP. Scored over 30 points twice and over 20 ten times. Led Hyde Park to the regional title and over 22 wins.


Ahmad Henderson, Brother Rice

Ahmad Henderson, Brother Rice, 5-11, G, Jr.

First-team All-City and First-team All-Conference selection in the Catholic League. Averaged 15.4 points, 4.1 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 80 percent shooting from the free throw line. A true playmaker who helped lead a very young Crusaders team to a 24-7 season.


Braden Huff, West Glenbard

Braden Huff, Glenbard West, 6-11, F, Sr.

Gonzaga rookie. Sun-Times Player of the Year. Select all zones twice. Led Glenbard West to an incredible undefeated run against state opponents this season, including the Jack Tosh Holiday Tournament and West Suburban Conference titles. Averaged 16.8 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 assists.


Nojus Industries, Lemont

Nojus Indrusaitis, Lemont, 6-4, G, So.

Followed by an impressive freshman season with a dominating sophomore campaign. A terrific shooter that is capable of scoring in any direction. Averaged 21.6 points and 6.3 rebounds while leading Lemont to a regional title and over 25 wins.

Conrad Luczynski, Bartlett

Conrad Luczynski, Bartlett

Conrad Luczynski, Bartlett, 7-3, C, Sr.

Uncommitted. Rise from obscurity to become one of the most dominant players in the state. Averaged 18.4 points, 12.5 rebounds, 4.2 blocks and 3.2 assists. Had several triple-doubles and a near-quadruple-double. Led the Hawks to a 25-7 season.

Nick Martinelli, Glenbrook South

Nick Martinelli, Glenbrook South

Nick Martinelli, Glenbrook South, 6-7, F, Sr.

Elon rookie. Select all zones twice. The most unstoppable scorer in the state. Averaged 22.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists. Shot 67% from the field and 35% from three points. Teamed with senior guard Cooper Noard to lead the Titans to the Central Suburban League title, a regional championship and over 31 wins.


Jackson Munro, New Trier, 6-8, C, Sr.

Dartmouth rookie. Two-time Central Suburban League All-Conference selection. First All-Tournament team in Pontiac. Averaged 17 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks while shooting 64% from the field. Led Trevians to over 29 wins and a regional championship.


Caden Pierce, West Glenbard

Caden Pierce, Glenbard West, 6-6, G, Sr.

Princeton rookie. Key part of the Hilltoppers’ dominant defense. Teamed with Braden Huff, Bobby Durkin, Paxton Warden and Ryan Renfro in an undefeated regular season against state opponents. Averaged 12.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 3.2 steals and 4.5 deflections while shooting 52% from the field and 37% from three-pointers and 73% from the free throw line.

Ty Rodgers, Thorton

Ty Rodgers, Thorton

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Ty Rodgers, Thornton, 6-7, F, Sr.

Illinois rookie. A physically dominant player with superior court vision and leadership skills. Averaged 17.3 points, 15.4 rebounds, 8 assists, 3.3 steals and 3 blocks. Led the Wildcats to 22+ wins and a regional championship. Led his Michigan team to a state title last season.

Jaden Schutt, Yorkville Christian

Jaden Schutt, Yorkville Christian

Jaden Schutt, Yorkville Christian, 6-6, G, Sr.

Rookie Duke. Select all zones twice. Scored over 2,000 points in his career. School all-time leader in points, rebounds and three-pointers. Set the state record for three in a game (17) in 2019. Averaged 27 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists while shooting 65% on two points, 40% on three and 87% from the free throw line .


Asa Thomas, Lake Forest, 6-7, G, Jr.

Set the school record for three-pointers in a season this year with 85 and has already scored more than 1,000 points in his career. Averaged 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Shot 40% from three points and 83% from the free throw line. Led the Scouts to the North Suburban Conference title and 26+ wins and a regional championship.

Ben Vander Wal, Timothy Christian

Ben Vander Wal, Timothy Christian

Ben VanderWal, Timothy Christian, 6-7, G, Sr.

Furman rookie. Put up astonishing numbers despite being in the center of all opposing defenses. Averaged 26.4 points, 10 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 2.3 steals. Shot 66% from the field and 80% from the free throw line and fired 25 charges.


Damari Wheeler-Thomas, Larkin

Damari Wheeler-Thomas, Larkin, 6-0, G, Sr.

North Dakota State rookie. A dynamic scorer and an outstanding defender. Averaged 19 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds and three steals. Shot 53% from the field, 37% from three points and 88% from the free throw line. Played his best in the biggest games and led the Royals to an unbeaten title season in the Upstate Eight, a regional title and 29+ wins.

Looking back:

2021 All Zones Team

2020 All Zone Team

2019 All Zones Team

2018 All-Zone Team

2017 All Zones Team

2016 All-Zone Team

2015 All-Zone Team