Mr. Basketball ballot includes Happ

Posted Online: March 08, 2014, 11:08 pm
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Rockridge's Ethan Happ certainly is in some good company.

The Rockets' senior star is one of 36 players listed on the Illinois Mr. Basketball ballot, released over the weekend by the award's administrators, the Chicago Tribune and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association.

Along with Kansas-signed Cliff Alexander, Duke-bound Jahlil Okaford and Kentucky-committed Tyler Ulis, Happ is among 19 players on the list already inked by major-college basketball programs.

The Wisconsin-bound Happ also is joined on the list by fellow Big Ten Conference recruits such as Ohio State's Keita Bates-Diop (Normal U-High) and the Illinois pair of Michael Finke (Champaign Centennial) and Aaron Jordan (Plainfield East).

Among the undecided recruits on the list is Illinois-coveted Lincolnshire Stevenson junior guard Jalen Brunson, whose father Rick played for the now-defunct Triple-A Quad City Thunder in the mid-1990s before graduating to an eight-year NBA career.

The voting deadline is March 26, with media members and schools throughout the state eligible to weigh in. The Tribune announces the results March 28.


Local events heading

  Today is Monday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2014. There are 72 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.

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