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 Friday, July 25, the 206th day of 2014. There are 159 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.

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