Posted On: 11/20/21 6:00 AM

The season is almost here!  Who will be vying for Mr. Basketball in Illinois this year?  Today we look at a group of players that might not be the favorites coming into the year but have a pathway to take home the coveted honor in Illinois Mr. Basketball Preseason Contenders!

Darrin Ames Darrin Ames 6'0" | PG Kenwood | 2023 State #71 Nation IL (Kenwood)

Odds:

12/1

Why He Can Win:

With Taylor gone Ames is going to be the leading scorer on perhaps the top team in the public league.  He plays an exciting brand of basketball getting to the cup, bombing in deep threes, and scoring in transition with his speed.

Obstacles to Win:

Kenwood will have a variety of high level scoring options including another name on this list.  Also it is pretty rare for a junior to win.

 

 

Zach Cleveland Zach Cleveland 6'7" | PF Normal Community | 2022 State IL (Normal Community)

Odds:

15/1


Why He Can Win:

Cleveland looks to be the top contender from central Illinois this season.  The power forward is super skilled and athletic.  Liberty commit should continue right where he left off last year from a production standpoint.

Obstacles to Win:

Will Normal Community get enough statewide coverage

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