We begin with the best player on the Illinois side, on the best team on the Illinois side, Althoff guard Jordan Goodwin. Not many players can get to the rim quite like the 6-3 210 pound Althoff wing. Goodwin averaged just under 19 points this season. He loved the bright lights too, scoring 25 points in the state semifinals and 19 points in the state championship game, leading the Crusaders to their first ever basketball state championship.
Staying in Illinois, our next selection is Belleville East’s Javon Pickett. The 6-4 guard led the metro east in scoring, averaging over 24 points per game. The Illinois commit was efficient too, shooting over 55 percent from the floor.
Next is Westminster senior Aaron Cook. Cook was the go to man for the Wildcats. The high riser averaged over 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists a game in his senior campaign. Cook will play his college ball for Barry Hinson at Southern Illinois.
Staying with the Cook theme, the next member of our all-metro team is Chaminade forward Tyler Cook. The 6-8 240 pound power forward was the most dominating big man in the area. Playing the role of Robin to Jayson Tatum’s Batman, Cook averaged over 12 points and 7 boards a game for the state champion red devils. Cook will play at the university of iowa in college.
We move to Hazelwood Central for our next nomination, the Hawk’s senior Xavier Sneed. The Kansas State commit can shoot it from the outside and get to the rim with ease. The 6-5 180 pound small forward scored 20 points a game in his senior season, and grabbed 7 boards leading Hazlewood Central to a 24 win season and a trip to the sectionals.
And last but not least, our player of the year, as if there was any suspense..chaminade superstar jayson tatum. As if this needs any explanation.
Arguably the best high school player in the history of our decorated town averaged over 29 points a game. He scored 40 in the state championship game leading chaminade to the state championship. His accolades are seemingly never ending. Missouri Gatorade player of the year, National Gatorade player of the year, first team all-usa, and mcdonald’s all-american. Not a bad trophy case for the duke signee.