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All-Area Boys 2019 Basketball Team

The 2019 All-Area Boys Basketball team. Front: Myles Roberts, Mason Hutchinson, Jaydon Noe, Reece Johnson, Noah Livingston and Caden Ellis. Back: Jaydn Princko, Luke Richards, Zach Wolke, Malcolm Miller, Isaac Miller and Brennyn Cutts.

The 37th annual JG-TC Boys Basketball All-Area Team features seven seniors, a junior and three sophomores. Nine teams are represented. Malcolm Miller of Shelbyville is the Player of the Year and has a separate story above.

The 12 players' average height was 6-2 1/2, and they scored an average of 16.5 points per game. There are a total of seven guards, three forwards, a center and a guard/forward. 

The seniors are Caden Ellis (Sullivan), Mason Hutchinson (Tri-County), Jadyn Princko (Mattoon), Jaydon Noe (Mattoon), Luke Richards (Casey-Westfield), Myles Roberts (Arcola) and Zach Wolke (Cumberland). The lone junior is Isaac Miller (Charleston), while the sophomores are Brennyn Cutts (Cumberland), Reece Johnson (Neoga) and Noah Livingston (Casey-Westfield). 

Johnson was on the all-area team last year, while Richards, Wolke and Miller finish their careers on the all-area team three consecutive years. 

The 12 players averaged 16.5 points per game, and the average team record was 16-14.

Here is a look at the 11 all-area players. Miller is featured in a separate Player of the Year story. 

Here is a look at the JG-TC's other 11 all-area boys basketball players:en better. He is also a top 10 single-season scorer in Vandalia Holiday Tournament history. He is a true competitor and loves the game of basketball."

The 37th annual JG-TC Boys Basketball All-Area Team features seven seniors, a junior and three sophomores. Nine teams are represented. Malcolm Miller of Shelbyville is the Player of the Year and has a separate story above.

The 12 players' average height was 6-2 1/2, and they scored an average of 16.5 points per game. There are a total of seven guards, three forwards, a center and a guard/forward. 

The seniors are Caden Ellis (Sullivan), Mason Hutchinson (Tri-County), Jadyn Princko (Mattoon), Jaydon Noe (Mattoon), Luke Richards (Casey-Westfield), Myles Roberts (Arcola) and Zach Wolke (Cumberland). The lone junior is Isaac Miller (Charleston), while the sophomores are Brennyn Cutts (Cumberland), Reece Johnson (Neoga) and Noah Livingston (Casey-Westfield). 

Johnson was on the all-area team last year, while Richards, Wolke and Miller finish their careers on the all-area team three consecutive years. 

The 12 players averaged 16.5 points per game, and the average team record was 16-14.

Here is a look at the 11 all-area players. Miller is featured in a separate Player of the Year story. 

Here is a look at the JG-TC's other 11 all-area boys basketball players:

Brennyn Cutts, Cumberland

Cutts, a 6-3 forward, led the 18-13 Pirates in 3-point field goal percentage at 43. He averaged 13.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.4 assists per game. He had a broken hand that sidelined him until the middle of December. He was 130-of-254 (51 percent) from the field, including 50-of-117 from 3-point range. He was 45-of-77 (58 percent) from the free-throw line. He had a high game of 26. He was a unanimous first-team all Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division player and second team all St. Elmo Holiday Tournament as well as on the Vandalia Holiday Tournament team. 

"Brennyn provided size, strength and athletic ability to the team," Cumberland coach Justin Roedl said. "He was also one of the most deadly 3-point shooters I saw all year when he gets to his spots on the floor. He has a great ability to attack the basket and score off the dribble and is capable of playing in the post, and he also rebounded the ball well for us this year. Defensively, his size and strength along with athletic ability allowed him to defend so many positions. He has the ability to do so much on the floor. He is a matchup nightmare with the ability to score from all three levels. I think he has only scratched the surface of what kind of a player he can be. If he puts in the time and effort, the sky is the limit for him over the next two years. He can make a difference on both sides of the ball."

Caden Ellis, Sullivan

Ellis, a 6-2 guard, led the 4-25 Redskins in scoring (18.3), rebounds (8.0), steals (1.9), as well as total field goal percentage (44), 3-pointers (37), 3-point percentage (32), free-throw percentage (66) and 2-point percentage (49). He was 180-of-406 from the field, including 37-of-117 from beyond the 3-point line. At the free-throw line, he was 80-of-121. He had a high game of 40 points. He was a second-team all-Central Illinois Conference player and is headed to Central Missouri to play golf. He was voted the team MVP. He played in the Heart of Illinois All-Star game. 

"He is quick and a good ball handler," Sullivan coach Craig Black said. "We felt like he could get to the rim on just about any team. He is a great help side defender and led the team in steals and was second in charges taken. He led by example all season long and was consistently one of the hardest workers. He is a great role model for younger players and is one of the best players I have coached. He is very coachable and a great student."

Mason Hutchinson, Tri-County

Hutchinson, a 6-1 forward, led the 16-15 Titans in scoring (11.8), steals (1.8), field goals made (149) and field goal percentage (55) as well as 3-point percentage (32), free throws made (52) and 2-point field goal percentage (60). He also averaged 4.5 rebounds, two assists and 0.6 blocked shots per game. He was 149-of-273 from the field, including 17-of-53 from beyond the 3-point line. He was 52-of-83 from the free-throw line. He made the Tri-County Holiday all-tournament team. He had a high game of 23 for the Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Tournament champions. He was named the Most Valuable Offensive Player and earned the best field goal percentage award. He participated in the Central Illinois All-Star game. 

"Mason is the most complete player I have coached to date," Tri-County coach David Smith said. "It will be extremely hard to replace him. He could attack the rim and finish with regularity yet he could knock down shots from anywhere. He was a great on the ball defender and quite often frustrated his opponents. He was a leader by example to his teammates but yet had the ability to be a vocal leader between myself and him. He would always let me know what he was seeing out there."

Reece Johnson, Neoga

Johnson, a 6-0 guard, helped Neoga to a 15-14 season and a 3-5 record in the National Trail Conference by leading the team in 3-pointers (59), free-throw percentage (78), points per game (15.8) and assists per game (3.8). He also averaged 4.4 rebounds, 0.3 blocks, 1.3 steals, shot 39 percent from the field and 29 percent from 3-point range.  He was 157-of-403 from the field, including 59-of-205 from 3-point range. He was 100-of-121 from the free-throw line and had a high game of 40. He was on the all-tournament team at the Monticello Holiday Hoopla and fist team all-National Trail Conference. 

"Reece led our team in assists and led our team in scoring, which is a tough thing to do," Neoga coach Andrew Snow said. "It just goes to show you his unselfishness on the floor. He would do a good job of attacking the basket and drawing the help defender then kicking it out to an open teammate rather than force a tough shot. His knowledge of the game plays in a ton to his ability to put the teammates in a position where they can be successful. He is a natural point guard who does an outstanding job of creating shots for his teammates and finding his teammates in open spots. He has an outstanding ability to beat his defender off the dribble. His quickness and speed and willingness to never take an offensive or defensive trip off is what makes him a special player. I am looking forward to the opportunity to get to coach him for the next two years and see the improvement that he will make as a player."

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Noah Livingston, Casey-Westfield

Livingston, a 6-0 guard, led the Little Illini Conference regular season champions (8-0) in 3-pointers (46). He averaged 13.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.7 steals per game. He was 122-of-302 from the field (.404), including 46-of-146 (31 percent) from beyond the 3-point line. He shot 76 percent from the free-throw line. He made the Cumberland Thanksgiving all-tournament team and made the all-Little Illini Conference first team. He was the co-MVP on the squad and won the TEAM player of the year. He is to play in the IBCA/IHSA Underclass Showcase in Indianapolis.

"He loves basketball. After we lost to Pana (70-67) in the regional as the season came to a sudden end, the next day Noah was shooting baskets with other players getting ready for next year," Casey-Westfield coach Tom Brannan said. "I have been fortunate enough to coach good ball players and at the top of the list is that they are all gym rats. Noah has been in the gym more than any player that I have coached. He was our floor leader and primary ball handler. When he was in the game everyone played with more confidence. He is a guy who can shoot the 3, but probably the strength of his game is attacking the basket and his ability to get to the rim. It is a true mark of a good basketball player when you can make the players around you better. He is a straight-A student and he is a leader on and off the court. I am really excited about his future. He can be one of the best guards in the area, if not the best next year."

Isaac Miller, Charleston

Miller, a 6-4 guard/forward, led the Trojans in 3-point field goal percent (33.5), points (15.6) and 3-point field goals made (52). He was 177-of-396 (.447) from the field, including 52-of-155 (.335) from 3-point range. He as 45-of-66 (.682) from the free-throw line. and averaged 4.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.9 steals per game for the 11-19 squad which was the most wins since going 14-12 in 2012-13. He had a high game of 35 points and was a second-team all-Apollo Conference member. 

"Isaac matured a lot. He didn't get any varsity time last year and then becomes a varsity starter," Charleston coach Blain Mayhall said. "He did a lot of good things for us and was our most consistent scorer all year. When we needed a big shot, we would go to him quite often. Playing forward and guarding bigger guys on defense is definitely something he probably didn't want to do, but he never argued about it. We didn't have a lot of size, and he did have a little height. Lots of times he was guarding somebody that weighed 40 or 50 pounds more than he did, and he just did a nice job, especially toward the end of the year. He was taking that on and wanting to guard the bigger guy. He was trying to help the team in whatever way he could."

Jaydon Noe, Mattoon

Noe, a 6-1 guard, led the 19-10 Green Wave in field goal percentage (.537), 3-point percentage (.435) and free throws made (82). He was 154-of-287 from the field, including 40-of-92 from beyond the 3-point line. He was 82-of-111 (.740) from the free-throw line and averaged 3.5 rebounds per game. He was a second-team All-Apollo Conference pick and had a high game of 34. He was on the all-Effingham/Teutopolis Christmas Classic team. 

"You can't keep him out of the gym. He's always playing basketball," Mattoon coach Ryan Ghere said. "If it's not at the high school, it's at the YMCA. He's always got a basketball in his hand. He's always playing pickup games. That's the biggest thing about him – the more he played, the more confident he became. Maturity-wise, he grew up and became a leader his senior year."

Jadyn Princko, Mattoon

Princko, a 6-1 guard, led Mattoon, who finished with its best record since going 20-7 in 1989-90, in 3-point field goals made (81), rebounds (5.0), and points (15.4). He was 171-of-404 (.423) from the field, including 81-of-233 (.348) from beyond the 3-point line and 23-of-28 (.821) from the free-throw line. The second team all-Apollo Conference player had a high game of 25. He made the all-Effingham/Teutopolis Christmas Classic. 

"You know even if you're down 8, 9 or 10 points, you could be right back in it in a couple of possessions because of a kid like Jadyn," Ghere said. "He hit big shots his whole career, and he's never afraid to step up and try to knock down a shot in clutch time or any time during the game. You like that idea that he thinks he's going to make every shot. He worked at it. He really put in a lot of time during high school to become that guy who could shoot the ball the way he did. He worked to improve the other parts of his game. His senior year, better than any other time, he was really able to get to the basket."

Luke Richards, Casey-Westfield

Richards, a 6-6 center, helped Casey to a 25-4 record, tying the school record for the most wins in a season. He averaged a team-high 17.8 points, shots 63 percent from the field and led in rebounds with 7.3. He was 206-of-326 from the field and 52-of-83 (62 percent) from the free-throw line. He also averaged 0.9 blocks, 0.6 steals and 0.2 assists per game. He had a game-high of 28 points. He was a special mention Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Class 2A All-State team member and honorable mention Associated Press Class 2A All-State player. He made the First Financial Wabash Valley all-tournament team and was the MVP of the Cumberland Thanksgiving Tournament. He is to play in the Lincoln Trail College all-star game and the Wabash Valley all-star game at Marshall. 

"He is a great kid and was our captain this year," Brannan said. "He loves basketball and it showed. He was our horse and we rode him not only this year but for three years. What separates him from other post players is that his footwork and post moves were one of the best around. He was our rebounding leader for at least the last three years. He really worked on his inside game from five feet in and has a soft touch around the basket. I had been known to play a 1-3-1 zone, but this year we only played that on five possessions. We played man-to-man and Luke guarded the opposing player's big man. Other teams had Luke as their No. 1 person to try and stop on their scouting report. For him to do what he did facing double teams and sometimes box and one on him says a lot. For him to be a part of this success (went 49-9 in the last two seasons) says a lot."

Myles Roberts, Arcola

Roberts, a 6-2 forward, led the Purple Riders in scoring at 13 points per game as well as free throws made (80), rebounds (6.1) and blocked shots (0.4). He led in two points field goal percentage at 56 and in total field goal percentage (.556). he was 175-of-31 from the field and 80-of-138 (.580) from the free-throw line. He averaged 1.1 assists and 0.8 steals per game for the 14-19 squad. He was a unanimous first-team all-Little Okaw Valley Conference Northwest Division player and was in the Central Illinois All-Star game. He made the Dieterich Holiday all-tournament team. He had a high game of 27. He finished his career with 1,111 points in his career and made the all-Danville Schlarman Topper Classic all-tournament team. 

"Myles is the epitome of what we want from our players," Arcola coach Greg Gisinger said. "He works extremely hard in the gym and gets the most out of his ability, but more importantly, he is a great student, son, brother, friend and teammate. I have been blessed to coach him, even though it was only for one year. Myles's greatest strength offensively is running the floor in transition and he rebounds well and is patient with his post moves. Defensively, he rotates very well and is always helping his teammates. He has made the transition so much easier (this is Gisinger's first year) with his leadership, work ethic and positive attitude. He has the utmost respect from every one of his teammates, his coaches and from everyone who has ever put on an Arcola uniform."

Zach Wolke, Cumberland

Wolke, a 6-4 guard, led the team in points (21.6), free-throw percentage (83), rebounds (9.6), blocks (1.3), steals (1.4) and assists (4.1). He was 199-of-417 from the field, including 19-of-82 (.232) from 3-point range. He was 167-of-201 from the free-throw line. He played in the Central Illinois All-Star game and had a high game of 40 points. He is the No. 2 scorer in Cumberland history with 1,477 points and Class 2A all-state special mention as well as being on the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament first team and on the Vandalia Holiday Tournament team and the Cumberland Thanksgiving Tournament team. He hopes to play college basketball. 

"His footwork and ability to get off a shot are his strengths," Roedl said. "He uses his body well and has excellent post moves. His knowledge of the game and positioning are his strengths defensively. He anticipates well and gets good positioning on the defensive end. He led us in almost every category and had the respect of everyone we played. He was a leader and the example of what it takes to be a successful basketball player. He played his entire career out of position because of necessity. He played this year less than 100 percent because of a meniscus injury he suffered this summer. So, I believe his stats would have been better. He is also a top 10 single-season scorer in Vandalia Holiday Tournament history. He is a true competitor and loves the game of basketball."


Contact Mike Monahan at (217) 238-6854. Follow him on Twitter: @monahanmikejgtc

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