updated 12:12 AM CDT, Mar 26, 2017
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Edwardsville's Mark Smith Named 2017 Illinois Mr. Basketball

Edwardsville High School standout Mark Smith has been named the winner of the 2017 Illinois Mr. Basketball Award.

Smith, a 6’5 guard, averaged 21.9 points, 8.4 assists and 8.2 rebounds per game en route to leading Edwardsville to a 30-2 record.

Smith finished with 251 votes. Evanston guard Nojel Eastern finished second in the balloting with 175 vothes. Belleville Althoff guard Jordan Goodwin finishing third with 136 votes.





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South Suburban College Falls To Louisburg 86-73 In NJCAA D2 Semifinals

South Suburban college lost to Louisburg (NC) 86-73 in the NJCAA Division II semifinals on Friday night.

Rasheide Bell led the way for South Suburban with a game-high 29 points on 11-21 shooting from the floor. Anthony Harris and Armon Benford backed up Bell with 11 points and 10 points respectively.

The loss was the first time South Suburban lost on the court this season.

South Suburban will play Richard Bland in the third-place game tonight at 5:30 p.m.

Parkland College will play Grand Rapids in the seventh-place game at 2:00 p.m.



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Don Bosco Prep F Malik Osborne Adds Four Scholarship Offers

Don Bosco Prep (IN) standout Malik Osborne (Rich South) has now added a scholarship offer from Rice, Texas State, William & Mary and Oregon State to his fast-growing collection.

Osborne, an athletic and versatile 6’8 forward, has very nice upside potential to his game and has seen his recruiting stock explode during his postgraduate season at Don Bosco.

UMKC, Milwaukee, East Carolina and Drexel have also offered Osborne.

Osborne competed on the travel team circuit with the Illinois Ballers as a prep.





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2017 Zion-Benton G Rod Henry-Hayes Commits To NIU

Class of 2017 Zion-Benton standout Rod Henry-Hayes has committed to play his college basketball in the Mid-American Conference for Northern Illinois.

Henry-Hayes is a versatile 6’4 wing talent with a solid handle, athleticism and an ability to get buckets all over the floor including from distance.

Henry-Hayes averaged 21.3 points, 6.0 assists and 5.2 rebounds per game this past season.

Henry-Hayes competed on the travel team circuit with ALL IN/Future Elite.



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