Men’s Basketball All-Area 2022: Meet the First Team | Sports






Dylan Bazzell, PC, at the Faces of Winter photocall at the News-Gazette on Sunday, December 5, 2021.




Dylan Bazzel

Prairie Center

junior guard

Why he made the first team:

  • Following in the footsteps of his older brother and former All-Area first-team manager Trey Bazzell, Dylan provided plenty of sparks to a 24-8 Hawks group that led eventual Class 2A runner-up Monticello in extra time in a regional final. He averaged 15.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 3.0 steals for the season.

He needs concert tickets to see…

Before competing, he eats…

In his dream career, he would have…

Her favorite subject to study in school is…

His favorite athlete is…

Her favorite TV show is…

If he could have dinner with three people from any era, he would choose…

  • Michael Jordan, Walter Payton and Johnny Cash.

Three items on her to-do list are…

  • learn the guitar, get a classic car, and win a state championship.






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Connor Brown is one of the main reasons Cerro Gordo/Bement has a No. 1 seed in Class 1A this season.




Connor Brown

Cerro Gordo/Bement

Senior Striker

Why he made the first team:

  • Brown put in massive scoring performances consistently for a 27-7 Broncos team, setting a new program record for wins in a season. He finished averaging 27.2 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 3.2 steals and 2.0 blocked shots, recording a pair of 40-point games en route to a new scoring record CG / B in a season of 839 points.

He needs concert tickets to see…

Before competing, he eats…

In his dream career, he would have…

Her favorite subject to study in school is…

His favorite athlete is…

Her favorite TV show is…

If he could have dinner with three people from any era, he would choose…

  • LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan.

Three items on her to-do list are…

  • go to an NBA game, go to Los Angeles and get a college degree.






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Ben Cresap, Monticello, at the Faces of Winter photocall at the News-Gazette on Sunday, December 5, 2021.




Ben Cresap

Monticello

senior guard

Why he made the first team:

  • The 5-foot-9 southpaw has never let his lack of height define his game, serving as a leader for Class 2A runners-up Les Sages. Cresap averaged 15.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.9 steals for the season. He had 12 points, five rebounds and six assists in a 2A State Semifinal win over Rockridge.

He needs concert tickets to see…

Before competing, he eats…

  • a turkey Subway sandwich.

In his dream career, he would have…

Her favorite subject to study in school is…

His favorite athlete is…

Her favorite TV show is…

If he could have dinner with three people from any era, he would choose…

  • Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant.

Three items on her to-do list are…

  • going to a Final Four, skydiving and traveling along the West Coast.






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Dylan Ginalick, Monticello, at the Faces of Winter photocall at the News-Gazette on Sunday, December 5, 2021.




Dylan Ginalick

Monticello

senior guard

Why he made the first team:

  • Also remarkable on the soccer field, Ginalick made his presence felt positively on the field on several occasions for the Sages 33-4. He averaged 11.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.4 steals for the second-place finisher in the Class 2A state, producing a team-high 11 points during of his state championship game against Nashville.

He needs concert tickets to see…

Before competing, he eats…

  • fruit snacks and two Advil.

In his dream career, he would have…

Her favorite subject to study in school is…

His favorite athlete is…

Her favorite TV show is…

If he could have dinner with three people from any era, he would choose…

  • Kanye West, Diogenes and Akbar the Great.

Three items on her to-do list are…

  • visit Italy, watch LeBron James play in person and catch a Premier League game.






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Blake Kimball, Unity, at the Faces of Winter photocall at the News-Gazette on Sunday, December 5, 2021.




Blake Kimball

Unity

senior guard

Why he made the first team:

  • The most recent News-Gazette All-Area Football Player of the Year was also a basketball stallion. The future Indiana-Kokomo baseball player averaged 17.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists for a 19-10 Rockets team that lost in a Class 2A regional title game, but also made a serious turnaround from his three wins the previous season.

He needs concert tickets to see…

Before competing, he eats…

  • a Clif chocolate brownie bar.

In his dream career, he would have…

  • be a sports agent or a professional athlete.

Her favorite subject to study in school is…

His favorite athlete is…

Her favorite TV show is…

  • “Impractical jokers.”

If he could have dinner with three people from any era, he would choose…

  • Grandpa Jim, LaMelo Ball and Frank Sinatra.

Three items on her to-do list are…

  • visit the Maldives, attend a World Series at Fenway Park and eat at a Michelin-starred restaurant.






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Jalen Quinn of Tuscola and Ty Pence of St. Joseph-Ogden at the Champaign News-Gazette on Wednesday, January 5, 2022.




Ty Pence

Saint-Joseph-Ogden

Junior Guard/Striker

Why he made the first team:

  • The two-time All-Area First-Team pick and Associated Press All-State First-Team selection continued to show why he’s attracting interest from a host of Division I programs, including Ilini by Brad Underwood. Pence averaged 23.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists for a 23-10 team that won a Class 2A regional championship.

He needs tickets to see…

Before competing, he eats…

In his dream career, he would have…

Her favorite subject to study in school is…

His favorite athlete is…

Her favorite TV show is…

If he could have dinner with three people from any era, he would choose…

  • LeBron James, Kevin Hart and Jaden Ivey.

Three items on her to-do list are…

  • watch LeBron James play, meet Jaden Ivey and watch or play an NCAA National Championship basketball game.






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Jalen Quinn, middle, with his mother, Danielle, and younger brother Jordan Wednesday in Tuscola.




Jalen Quinn

Tuscola

senior guard

Why he made the first team:

  • Our All-Region Recurring Player of the Year ends his prep career as a four-time All-Region First-Team pick and three-time Associated Press First-Team Pick. The Loyola Chicago signee averaged 24.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists, leading the Warriors to a Class 1A Division title game.

He needs concert tickets to see…

Before competing, he eats…

In his dream career, he would have…

  • play professional basketball.

Her favorite subject to study in school is…

His favorite athlete is…

Her favorite TV show is…

If he could have dinner with three people from any era, he would choose…

  • LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.

Three items on her to-do list are…

  • go to the NBA Finals, get out of the country and create my own brand.






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Cale Steinbaugh

Georgetown – Ridge Farm

senior guard

Why he made the first team:

  • He will play college baseball at Heartland, but his high school basketball abilities are also worth noting. The 5-foot-9 handyman was both a sharpshooter and a threat in the paint for the 15-15 Buffaloes, averaging 26.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists kills and 2.3 steals, hitting the 2,000 career point mark and dropping 50 points in one game.

Before competing, he eats…

In his dream career, he would have…

Her favorite subject to study in school is…

His favorite athlete is…

His favorite TV channel is…

If he could have dinner with three people from any era, he would choose…

  • Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Javier Baez.

Three items on her to-do list are…

  • skydiving, going to a UFC event and going to Fenway Park.






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Trae Warren

centenary

senior guard

Why he made the first team:

  • Warren was a big reason the Chargers raced to a Class 3A section semifinal and gave eventual 3A state champion Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin a run for his money in that section. He averaged 17.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.9 steals for a team that finished 17-13.

He needs concert tickets to see…

Before competing, he eats…

In his dream career, he would have…

  • play professional basketball or baseball.

Her favorite subject to study in school is…

His favorite athlete is…

Her favorite TV show is…

If he could have dinner with three people from any era, he would choose…

  • Great-grandfather, Kobe Bryant and Kyrie Irving.

Three items on her to-do list are…

  • get Nike Dunks, get a new iPhone, and get AirPods Pros.






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Blake Wolters

Mahomet-Seymour

junior striker

Why he made the first team:

  • Known more for his exploits on the baseball field – which led to a verbal engagement with Purdue – Wolters has been very dangerous on the hardwood this season for the Bulldogs 17-15. He averaged 13.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.5 steals for the Class 3A Section semifinalist despite dropping height in the post at 6-foot-3 inches.

He needs concert tickets to see…

Before competing, he eats…

  • everything my mother does to me.

In his dream career, he would have…

  • make statistics for a professional baseball team.

Her favorite subject to study in school is…

His favorite athlete is…

Her favorite TV show is…

If he could have dinner with three people from any era, he would choose…

  • Jesus, Kevin Dyer and Eric Sim.

Three items on her to-do list are…

  • sing the national anthem for a basketball game, ride a Ferris wheel and play cornhole against Shaq.

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