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Meet the 2014 all-area boys basketball Cook team

Here are Suburban Life Media's 2013-14 selections

Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 11:00 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:51 p.m. CDT
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Jordan Ash
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Michael Brooks
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Greg Carter
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Dan Dwyer
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Will Kincanon
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Harrison Niego
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Weisner Perez
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Nick Rakocevic
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Mike Smith
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Jack VandeMerkt
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Glynn Watson

A number of area teams made playoff runs and had hopes of making it to state, but as the final four is set in both Class 3A and Class 4A, none of the local teams made it. It was a memorable season for area teams with both individual talent and team success. Here are 11 players selected for the 2013-14 boys basketball all-area team. The Cook all-area team is comprised of players from Fenwick, Lyons Township, Morton, Nazareth, Proviso West, Riverside Brookfield and St. Joseph.

Jordan Ash

School: St. Joseph

Year: Junior

Impact: Ash and backcourt mate Glynn Watson took over the team this season as juniors and the Chargers were able to win 23 games and a third straight regional title. The 6-foot-1 guard, who was second-team all-tournament at Proviso West, has college offers from multiple Big Ten schools.

Michael Brooks

School:Nazareth

Year: Senior

Impact: The Roadrunner guard was the team’s lone all-conference selection in the tough East Suburban Catholic Conference. Brooks transferred from St. Joseph and immediately made an impact. Nazareth had a young team this year and his ability to make a play was crucial.

Greg Carter

School: Morton

Year: Senior

Impact: Carter really turned it on late in the season, hearing “M-V-P” chants from the Morton student section during the team’s two sectional games in which he scored 35 and 27 points. He was a four-year varsity player and three-year starter at point guard with killer quickness and big-time shooting range.

Dan Dwyer

School: Fenwick

Year: Senior

Impact: The Friar big man averaged about 12 points and eight rebounds per game and helped Fenwick win 22 games and a regional title for the second year in a row. At 6-foot-8, he was a big part of the team’s success against a tough schedule.

Will Kincanon

School: Riverside Brookfield

Year: Senior

Impact: The baseball star showed he has some game on the court as well. Kincanon took over as a key guard and was one of just two seniors on the team this season. He earned Metro Suburban all-conference honors while helping the Bulldogs win conference for the 13th year in a row.

Harrison Niego

School: Lyons Township

Year: Junior

Impact: It’s no secret why Niego is drawing interest from Division I schools. The junior guard led the Lions in scoring at 15.6 points per game while dishing out 3.8 assists per contest. Niego has a good all-around game with the ability to score with his shot or off the drive and can create shots for his teammates.

Weisner Perez

School: Morton

Year: Junior

Impact: The all-area MVP was already a standout last year, but in his second year starting on varsity Perez added to his game. He went from a strictly interior player to a well-rounded forward with a good jump shot and developing ballhandling skills. He also refined his inside game becoming an elite rebounder and a tough shot blocker.

Nick Rakocevic

School: St. Joseph

Year: Sophomore

Impact: It didn’t take long for the 6-foot-10 Rakocevic to make an impact on varsity basketball. The sophomore forward already has offers from the likes of Wisconsin and Illinois and has plenty more to give St. Joseph in two more years of high school.

Mike Smith

School: Fenwick

Year: Sophomore

Impact: When Northwestern-bound Scott Lindsey was out for much of the season due to injury, Smith emerged as the Friars’ top scoring guard. The 5-foot-9 guard’s explosive scoring ability helped the team not only survive without Lindsey, but prove to be one of the better teams in the state.

Jack VandeMerkt

School: Riverside Brookfield

Year: Senior

Impact: The 6-foot-8 forward did not have the typical skills of a big man. Leave him open for three and he will burn you. Try to take away his shot and he can dribble or pass to create for a teammate. The lanky VandeMerkt continued the success of the family name at RB as the team’s leading scorer and an all-conference selection.

Glynn Watson

School: St. Joseph

Year: Junior

Impact: Watson, like teammate Jordan Ash, is a coveted Division I recruit. The 5-foot-11 guard is capable of taking over a game at any moment. Watson was a second-team all-tournament pick at Proviso West and helped the Chargers share the Catholic League North title.

Honorable mention

Fenwick: Scott Lindsey, Tom Planek

Lyons Township: Jim Cullen, Matt Mrazek

Morton: Jarvis Cannon, Antario Simon

Nazareth: Kevin Connelly, Chris Swade

Proviso West:Khalill Walker

Riverside Brookfield: Sam Johnson

St. Joseph: Joffrey Brown

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