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Northwest Herald Boys Basketball All-Area teams

Published: Saturday, March 22, 2014 10:02 p.m. CDT

First Team

Amanze Egekeze, Huntley, sr., F

The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 17.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.9 blocked shots a game for the FVC Valley Division champion Red Raiders. The Northwest Herald Player of the Year finished his career with 1,114 points and played on four consecutive division champs and will play at NCAA Division I Belmont next year.

Jason Gregoire, Cary-Grove, jr., G

Gregoire, a 6-3 guard, was one of the area’s best shooters and took over some games with his scoring. He averaged 17.8 points a game and shot 41.7 percent (48 of 115) on 3-pointers for the season. He shot 82.8 percent on free throws and averaged 2.4 assists a game.

Chrishawn Orange, Jacobs, jr., G

Orange, a 6-1 guard, used his blazing speed to blow by defenders all year and either score or set up his teammates. He averaged 15.4 points a game and shot 78.2 percent on free throws, attempting an area-high 206 free throws. He helped the Golden Eagles to their first regional title since 2008.

Adam Pischke, Marian Central, so., G

Pischke, a 5-10 guard, could pull up and hit 3-pointers (66) and drive past defenders to ignite the Hurricanes’ offense. He averaged 15.9 points and scored an area-high 41 points this season in a 77-65 victory over Guerin. Pischke also scored 32 points with six 3s in Marian’s 72-53 victory over Marengo for the Class 3A Woodstock Regional championship.

Austin Rogers, Crystal Lake South, sr., F

Rogers led the area in scoring at 23.4 points a game, but his season prematurely ended when he suffered a torn ACL, MCL and mensicus damage in his right knee. The 6-2 forward played taller than his height, often taking defenders inside to do his best work. The Gators mightily struggled to find offense after Rogers was out of the lineup.

Second Team

Michael Bradshaw, Prairie Ridge, sr., GRyan Cork, Hampshire, sr., GZach Gorney, Huntley, sr., FSam Kaufman, Richmond-Burton, jr., FZach Knobloch, Marengo, so., G

Honorable Mention

Matt Bridges, Hampshire, jr., FCavanagh Murphy, Crystal Lake Central, jr., GSteve Dixon, Johnsburg, sr., GJosh Jandron, Woodstock North, jr., GGreg Johnson, McHenry, sr., GKenton Mack, Jacobs, jr., GJustin Nolen, Harvard, sr., GCordero Parson, Dundee-Crown, sr., GCollin Ridout, Johnsburg, sr., GTyler Szydlo, Cary-Grove, sr., G

– Joe Stevenson

joestevenson@shawmedia.com

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