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.


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  Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.

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1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.

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