2022 NCAA Tournament: Meet the 43 former Illinois high school players part of March Madness
The NCAA men's basketball tournament tips off this week across the nation.
The field of 68 includes two teams from the state of Illinois: the University of Illinois of the Big Ten Conference, and Missouri Valley Conference tournament champion Loyola Chicago.
But what about those athletes who played their high school basketball in Illinois?
We have you covered.
Below are the at least 43 NCAA tournament players who played their high school basketball in Illinois, separated by conference starting with the Big Ten and MVC, followed by other major conferences and mid-majors.
At the top, you'll find the seven remaining players in the tournament, followed by the Illinois players whose tournaments have ended.
Illinois high school players in the Sweet 16
Isaiah Barnes, Michigan (Chicago Simeon) — The 6-7 freshman played six minutes in two games. Sweet 16 vs. Villanova, 6:30 pm. Thursday
Ian Burns, Michigan (Winnetka New Trier) — The 6-6 freshman played three minutes in two games. Sweet 16 vs. Villanova, 6:30 pm. Thursday
Trevion Williams, Purdue (Chicago Mount Carmel) — The 6-10 senior, who ended his prep career at Detroit Henry Ford Academy, starts and averages 11.6 ppg for the Boilermakers. Sweet 16 vs. St. Peters, 6 p.m. Friday
Charlie Moore, Miami (Fla.) (Chicago Morgan Park) — The 5-11 senior averages 12.6 ppg as a starter for the Hurricanes. Spent previous four seasons at Cal, Kansas and DePaul. Sweet 16 vs. Iowa State, 9 p.m. Friday
George Conditt IV, Iowa State (Chicago Corliss) — The 6-9 senior averages 5.0 ppg and 3.5 rpg as a starter for the Cyclones. Sweet 16 vs. Miami, 9 p.m. Friday
Joseph Yesufu, Kansas (Bolingbrook) — The 6-foot sophomore transfer from Drake averages 2.4 ppg in 30 games for the power program. Sweet 16 vs. Providence, 6:30 p.m. Friday
Terrence Shannon, Texas Tech (Chicago Lincoln Park) — The 6-6 junior starter averages 10.4 ppg for the Red Raiders. Sweet 16 vs. Duke, 8:40 p.m. Thursday
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Big Ten Conference
Brandon Lieb, Illinois (Deerfield) — The 7-foot sophomore played 24 minutes in 10 games for the Illini. lost in second round to Houston, 68-53.
Connor Serven, Illinois (Chicago St. Rita) — The 6-9 Bushnell native played 12 minutes in six games for the Illini. lost in second round to Houston, 68-53.
Da'Monte Williams, Illinois (Peoria Manual) — The 6-3 starting guard is a lockdown defender averaging 4.1 ppg and 5.0 rpg for the Illini. lost in second round to Houston, 68-53.
Ahron Ulis, Iowa (Chicago Heights Marian) — The 6-3 guard averaged 3.2 ppg across 34 games for the Big Ten tournament champion. lost in first round to Richmond, 67-63.
Max Christie, Michigan State (Rolling Meadows) — The 6-6 guard is one of the top freshmen in the country, averaging 9.4 ppg for the Spartans. lost in second round to Duke, 85-76
Malik Hall, Michigan State (Aurora Matea Valley) — The 6-8 junior, who finished his prep career at Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas, averaged 9.4 ppg in 30 games, starting seven. lost in second round to Duke, 85-76
E.J. Liddell, Ohio State (Bellville West) — The 6-7 junior is a two-year starter who averages 19.6 ppg for the Buckeyes. lost in second round to Villanova, 71-61.
Jimmy Sotos, Ohio State (Hoffman Estates) — The 6-3 senior and Elk Grove Village native averaged 1.9 ppg in 18 games in his second season with OSU after three seasons at Bucknell. lost in second round to Villanova, 71-61
Justin Taphorn, Wisconsin (Pekin) — The 6-5 sophomore played five minutes in four games for the Badgers. lost in second round to Iowa State, 54-49
Carter Higginbottom, Wisconsin (Chicago St. Ignatius) — The 6-foot junior played six minutes in six games for Wisconsin. lost in second round to Iowa State, 54-49
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Missouri Valley Conference
Ty Johnson, Loyola (Chicago DePaul College Prep) — The 6-3 freshman played 52 minutes in 13 games for the MVC tournament champion. lost in first round to Ohio State, 54-41
Marquise Kennedy, Loyola (Chicago Brother Rice) — The 6-1 junior averages 8.1 ppg while dealing with a knee injury that forced him to miss almost all of February. He returned for the MVC win. lost in first round to Ohio State, 54-41
Tom Welch, Loyola (Naperville North) — The 6-8 junior averages 4.9 ppg across about 10 minutes a game. lost in first round to Ohio State, 54-41
Lucas Williamson, Loyola (Chicago Whitney Young) — The 6-4 senior starter and defensive stopper averages 8.8 ppg and 3.9 rpg. lost in first round to Ohio State, 54-41
American Athletic Conference
Conor Glennon, Memphis (Chicago Brother Rice) — The 5-10 sophomore played nine minutes in seven games for the Tigers. lost in second round to Gonzaga, 82-78
Big East Conference
Devin Davis, Creighton (Chicago Westinghouse) — The 6-foot sophomore played 17 minutes in 14 games for the Bluejays. lost in second round to Kansas, 79-72
Sami Osmani, Creighton (Oak Lawn) — The 6-4 sophomore played 13 minutes in seven games for the former MVC program. lost in second round to Kansas, 79-72
Drew Peterson, USC (Libertyville) — The 6-9 senior starter averages 12.3 ppg for the Trojans. lost in first round to Miami, 68-66
Bryce Hopkins, Kentucky (Oak Park Fenwick) — The 6-6 freshman averaged 2.1 ppg in 28 games for the power program. lost in first round to Saint Peter's, 85-79
Xavier Pinson, LSU (Chicago Simeon) — The 6-2 senior transfer from Missouri averaged 10.1 ppg in 26 starts for the SEC program. lost in first round to Iowa State, 59-54
Xavier Castaneda, Akron (Chicago Whitney Young) — The 6-foot junior, who came to the Zips from South Florida, averaged 13.5 ppg for the Mid-American Conference champions. lost in first round to UCLA, 57-53
Dante Maddox Jr., Cal State Fullerton (Chicago Heights Bloom) — The 6-2 sophomore averages 7.0 ppg in 22 games, starting half for the games for the Big West champ. lost in first round to Duke, 78-61
Malachi Smith, Chattanooga (Belleville West) — The 6-4 sophomore, who came to the Mocs from Wright State, averages 20.4 ppg for the Southern Conference champs. lost in first round to Illinois, 54-53
Kendle Moore, Colorado State (Danville) — The 5-10 senior is a four-year starter, averaging 6.4 ppg for the Mountain West program. lost in first round to Michigan, 75-63
Isaiah Rivera, Colorado State (Geneseo) — The 6-5 sophomore averaged 3.5 ppg across 30 games for the Rams. lost in first round to Michigan, 75-63
Semaj Henderson, Jacksonville State (Downers Grove North) — The 6-2 freshman is a Chicago native who averages about five minutes a game for the Atlantic Sun champion. lost to first round to Auburn, 80-61
Xavier Bishop, Montana State (Springfield Lanphier) — The 5-8 senior starter averages 13.0 ppg for the Big Sky Conference champ. lost in first round to Texas Tech, 97-62
Terrion Murdix, Texas A&M Corpus Christi (Springfield Southeast) — The 6-1 junior, a transfer from Mineral Area College, averages 9.8 ppg while working his way into the starting lineup for the Southland Conference champ. lost in First Four to Texas Southern, 76-67
Ryan Davis, Vermont (Hoffman Estates Conant) — The 6-8 senior averaged 17.2 ppg and is the reigning America East player of the year. lost in first round to Arkansas, 75-71
Tim Finke, Wright State (Champaign Central) — The 6-6 junior averages 8.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg in almost 36 minutes a game for the Horizon League champion. lost in first round to Arizona, 87-70
CJ Wilbourn, Wright State (Normal Community) — The 6-7 junior plays about 10 minutes a game for the Raiders. lost in first round to Arizona, 87-70
Drake Jeffries, Wyoming (Mattoon) — The 6-5 senior, who came to Wyoming from Indian Hills Community College in Iowa, averages 10.5 ppg for the Mountain West program. lost in First Four to Indiana, 66-58
Jeremiah Oden, Wyoming (Chicago St. Rita/Sunrise Christian Academy) — The 6-8 sophomore averaged 7.7 ppg for the Cowboys. lost in First Four to Indiana, 66-58
Noah Reynolds, Wyoming (Peoria Notre Dame) — The 6-3 freshman averaged 2.9 ppg in 23 games. lost in First Four to Indiana, 66-58
Jameel Alausa, Yale (Chicago University) — The 6-7 senior played three minutes in two games. lost in first round to Purdue, 78-56
John Poulakidas, Yale (Naperville Neuqua Valley) — The 6-5 freshman averages 1.9 ppg in about five minutes per game over 19 games. lost in first round to Purdue, 78-56
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