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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Prep Basketball: Smithpeters becomes Harrisburg's first Mr. Basketball nominee

  • Bulldogs' senior guard joins list that includes 39 others across state
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  • For all the trophies, championships, wins and notoriety that Tyler Smithpeters has helped bring to Harrisburg High School with the support of his teammates, the senior guard has now done something that no other Bulldog basketball player has done before.
    Smithpeters, a 6-foot-4 guard has been named to the Mr. Basketball voting list for Illinois.
    Smithpeters is one of 40 players nominated on the list. He joins the likes of Chicago Simeon Acadamey's Jabari Parker and Jaylon Tate, along with Oswego Miles Simelton and Simeon's Kendrick Nunn.
    Smithpeters is averaging 17.5 points per game for Harrisburg, while handing out 5.5 assists per game and grabbing 5.0 rebounds a game.
    "At first it was kind of hard to believe," Smithpeters said. "But yeah, it's nice to know that I am in that category."
    Smithpeters agreed that he's in an elusive category, but at the same time, it's nice to know that his hard work and dedication is starting to be recognized.
    "The hard work is paying off you could say. First it was winning the Super Sectional, now it's about winning the state championship. That's all that matters right now."
    Smithpeters is still undecided on his college plans, but has said he has narrowed down his choices to around three schools.
    Michael Dann can be reached at mdann@dailyregister. com Follow Michael Dann on Twitter @spydieshooter.
    Mr. Basketball Nominees
    Name School Year College
    Jubril Adekoya Andrew Senior Valparaiso
    Cliff Alexander Curie Junior Undecided
    Ore Arogundade St. Viator Junior Undecided
    Keita Bates-Diop Normal University Junior Ohio State
    Sterling Brown Proviso East Senior SMU
    Jared Brownbridge Waubonsie Valley Senior Santa Clara
    Jalen Brunson Stevenson Sophomore Undecided
    David Cohn York Senior Colorado St.
    Kyle Davis Morgan Park Senior Dayton
    Morris Dunnigan Joliet West Senior Vincennes
    Alvin Ellis De La Salle Senior Minnesota
    Michael Finke Champaign Centennial Junior Illinois
    Billy Garrett Jr . Morgan Park Senior DePaul
    Ethan Happ Rockridge Junior Wisconsin
    Malcom Hill Belleville East Senior Illinois
    Paris Lee Proviso East Senior Illinois State
    Alex Majewski Brother Rice Senior Undecided
    Elliott McGaughy Oswego Senior Undecided
    L.J. McIntosh Marist Senior Texas-Pan American
    Matt Money Notre Dame Senior Air Force
    Ben Moore Bolingbrook Senior SMU
    Jovan Mooring Hillcrest Senior Undecided
    Deshawn Munson East St. Louis Senior Undecided
    Malachi Nix Niles North Senior Undecided
    Kendrick Nunn Simeon Senior llinois
    Sean O'Brien Mundelein Senior S. Illinois
    Sean O'Mara Benet Junior Undecided
    Jahlil Okafor Young Junior Undecided
    Page 2 of 2 - Jabari Parker Simeon Senior Duke
    Quentin Payne St. Charles North Senior Loyola
    Alec Peters Washington Senior Valparasio
    Jabari Sandifer Neuqua Valley Senior W. Illinois
    Miles Simelton Oswego Senior Undecided
    Tyler Smithpeters Harrisburg Senior Undecided
    Nathan Taphorn Pekin Senior Northwestern
    Jaylon Tate Simeon Senior Illinois
    Tyler Ullis Marian Catholic Junior Undecided
    Lance Whitaker Bartlett Senior UIC
    Paul White Young Junior Undecided
    Milik Yarbrough Zion-Benton Junior Undecided
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