Posted Online: March 08, 2014, 11:08 pm

Mr. Basketball ballot includes Happ

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Rockridge's Ethan Happ goes up high over Mercer County's Brandon Butcher (12) during the first half of their Class 2A Boys Regional contest at Sherrard High School Wednesday Feb. 26, 2014.
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.