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Derus, Hill, & Luster lead the way for area boys All-State selections

Lutheran's Zach Derus and Walter Hill Jr., as well as East's Markarious Luster were selected to...
Lutheran's Zach Derus and Walter Hill Jr., as well as East's Markarious Luster were selected to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) All-State teams.(WIFR)
Published: Apr. 12, 2021 at 3:11 PM CDT
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(WIFR) - Just like the girls a week ago, there were plenty of area talent selected to this year’s Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-State boys’ teams. The IBCA released the all-state teams and special mentions for all four classes on Monday.

Rockford Lutheran landed a pair of players on the Class 2A All-State team in senior Zach Derus and sophomore Walter Hill Jr. The two were key pieces of the Crusaders run to a perfect 16-0 record and a second straight Big Northern Conference championship. Lutheran also won the first BNC tournament championship.

Rockford East’s Markarious “Biggie” Luster was selected to the Class 4A All-State team. The E-Rabs senior averaged a little more than 16 points, six rebounds, and three steals per game. Luster led East to a 12-1 record and its second NIC-10 championship in three years.

Here is a list of the All-State and Special Mention players from the area for all four classes:

Class 1A All-State

  • Cameron Russell (Indian Creek)
  • Drew Gaston (Indian Creek)
  • Treyton Selman (Milledgeville)

Class 1A Special Mention

  • Blake Burrows (Rockford Christian Life)
  • Kellen Henze (Eastland)

Class 2A All-State

  • Zach Derus (Rockford Lutheran)
  • Walter Hill Jr. (Rockford Lutheran)
  • Marcus Williams (Sterling Newman)

Class 2A Special Mention

  • Zach Tucker (Byron)

Class 3A All-State

  • No area boys selected in Class 3A

Class 4A All-State

  • Trenton Kyler (DeKalb)
  • Markarious Luster (Rockford East)

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