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Young's Jahlil Okafor (22) is the No. 1-rated player in the country. | Patrick Gleason/For Sun-Times Media
In the past, the Sun-Times has selected an All-CPS team comprised of the top players in the Public League. This year we’re transitioning to an All-City team that will be selected from every school in the Chicago city limits.
This year’s team will start with two of the most talented players that have ever played in the state of Illinois — Young’s 6-11 center, Jahlil Okafor and Curie’s 6-9 center, Cliff Alexander. The pair are currently rated nationally as the top two players in the class of 2014.
Kansas-bound Alexander is a defensive phenom. He currently has the Condors ranked No. 1 in the state and is averaging 25 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks. Curie coach Mike Oliver said Alexander is a one of a kind player who has worked hard to become the player that he is.
“When he walked through the door you knew he could be good, but you would never imagine that he would grow into the player that he has become,” Oliver said. “He is without question the most dominate high school player in the country, but that is just part of who he is. He is an outstanding, humble kid who has put this school on the map because of the way he is on and off the court.”
Okafor, who has committed to Duke, is thought of in the same vein as Alexander. He is averaging 26 points and 13 rebounds.
“Jahlil is a young man that came in [to high school] with great expectations and he has lived up to the hype,” said Young coach Tyrone Slaughter. “Coming into high school he was rated No. 6 in his class and now he is No. 1 because he did not rest and continued to work hard.”
Joining Okafor on the first team is 6-9 teammate Paul White who is headed to Georgetown. White averages 17 points and eight rebounds.
“Paul is a very talented player and we would not be where we are without his enormous contributions,” Slaughter said. “He can do so many things on the court and he very deserving of the honor.”
Bogan guard Luwane Pipkins is a scoring machine. He is the leading scorer in the Public League, averaging 27 points, six assists, and five steals. He has had two games where he has scored over 40 points and 10 over 30 this season. Pipkins is also terror on the defensive side. He set a Proviso West Holiday Tournament record with 10 steals in a game.
Louis Adams Jr. is one of the most gifted athletes on the basketball court. He averages 18 points, seven rebounds, four assist and five steals. The 6-3 guard is super quick with a 40-plus inch vertical and is a defensive stopper.
The talent does not stop on the first team. Four of the five second team players received first team votes, among them Young’s Miles Reynolds. The St. Louis recruit averages 15 points and five assists.
|Louis Adams Jr., Orr||Guard||6 -3||Senior|
|Cliff Alexander, Curie||Center||6 -9||Senior|
|Jahlil Okafor, Young||Center||6 -11||Senior|
|Luwane Pipkins, Bogan||Guard||5 -10||Junior|
|Paul White, Young||Forward||6 -9||Senior|
|Josh Cunningham, Morgan Park||Guard||6 -3||Senior|
|Ashawn Jones, Farragut||Guard/Forward||6 -4||Senior|
|Ed Morrow, Simeon||Forward||6 -6||Junior|
|Dominique Mathews, St. Rita||Guard||6 -2||Senior|
|Miles Reynolds, Young||Guard||6 -3||Senior|
|Tyquone Greer, Orr||Forward||6 -7||Senior|
|David Nichols, Mount Carmel||Guard||6 -0||Senior|
|Joseph Stamps, Curie||Guard||6 -2||Senior|
|Joshua Stamps, Curie||Guard/Forward||6 -5||Junior|
|Lamont Walker, Morgan Park||Forward||6 -5||Senior|
|Donte Ingram, Simeon||Forward||6 -5||Senior|
|Victor Law, St. Rita||Forward||6 -7||Senior|
|Shartone Moore, TEAM Englewood||Guard/Forward||6 -4||Senior|
|Jeremy Roscoe, Uplift||Guard||6 -3||Junior|
|Marcus Smith, Hyde Park||Guard||6 -2||Senior|
Honorable Mention: Travon Bell, Mather; Nicholas Coleman, St. Patrick; Joell Davis, Kenwood; Cashell Dixon, Hyde Park; Riley Doody, St. Ignatius; Spencer Foley, Northside; James Jones, Bogan; Chris Edomwande, Lindblom; Andre Hogan, Harlan; Chris Jenkins, Luther North; Tevin King, Providence-St. Mel; Citron Miller, Marshall; Keith Mack, North Lawndale; Max Rothschild, U-High