It's WAND's "All-Time 5"! Which local high school has the best all-time, all-star lineup of basketball players from any era, together on one court in a tournament of 33 teams!
51 pages. 8,900 words (and counting). Countless conversations, messages, box scores, All-State lists and school records. Now that Gordon Voit's research packet has been compiled, we begin the fun.
NUMBER 29: Glenwood
(8) Glenwood vs. (1) TBD
PG – Pat Moomey (Lincoln Land); 12th all-time IHSA assists in game (20); State team 1975
SG – Peyton Allen (Texas A&M, UIS) 6-5, Scoring record GHS 2,036; 2015 CS8 POY; 4 ppg freshman TAMU, 12-4-2 UIS
G/F - Cole Harper (Minnesota State, UIS) 6-5, 2x All-State; 18-10 as senior; School record 330 rebounds in one year
SF - Jayson Werth (MLB) 6-6, elite athlete, First Team All-CS8 1997
F – Daniel Helm (Tennessee and Duke football, NFL) 6-4
F – Craig Fuchs (Lincoln Land) 6-5; 11-7 senior year GHS
G - Kyle Krager (Benedictine baseball) 6-3 CS8 POY 2008
G/F – Bradyn Kilby (John Wood CC) 6-6; 4A HM All-State
F – Monty Carbonell (Kansas football) 6-1; State team 1975
G – Tyler Thurston (Elmhurst, Benedictine, Mary Washington) 6-4
G - Griff Jurgens (Northern Iowa football) 6-3
G – Luke Lehnen (Current) 5-11, 1,000 points
Doug Ferguson; First Team All-CS8 1994
Kip Provines (Indiana State baseball) 6-3, 2nd Team All-CS8 1994
Dustin Downs (Southern Illinois baseball) 6-2, HM All-CS8 1997G/F Johnnie Standard (Wheaton) 6-4, HM All-State, First Team All-CS8 2003
Aaron Roberts, First Team All-CS8 2005 + 2006
Cory DeRose, First Team All-CS8 2006
Cory Traina, First Team All-CS8 2008 + 2009
Josh Ruffatto, First Team All-CS8 2008
Tyler Thurston, First Team All-CS8 2012
Brian McClure (Illinois, AAA Tigers)
Scott Metz (EIU baseball)
F - Robin Cook (Wheaton) 6-5, 1,594 points Wheaton, Class of 1969
F - Kenny Boyle (Illinois football) 6-5, 240 lbs, Class of 1999
F - Dustin Downs, 3-sport athlete, tough forward Class of 1997
(Did we miss a player? Email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can update the roster! Thanks for your help in making this special project complete.)
Best season: 1975 Elite 8 (Class 1A, two-class system)
Enrollment: 1392 (2020), 678 (1975)
GOAT: Peyton Allen (Texas A&M, UIS) 6-5 shooting guard who had multiple high-major offers coming out of high school. 2,036 points and a CS8 POY nod in 2015 seals it. GOAT.
Why they're seeded here: The Titans would be the first to tell you that their historical success comes on the football field, but the basketball team has a very deep backcourt, as evidenced by the fact that 2008 CS8 POY Kyle Krager, a 6-3 guard, is coming off the bench. As for the frontcourt, that's where the Titans will need to overcome some mismatch issues. But that trio of guards plus Krager is worth a bid by itself. But balance matters, as does depth, so the Titans get a No. 8 seed.
WHAT: A competition to see who has the best all-time all-star squad of any high school basketball program in the 217 area code.
WHEN: February 5 - March 18 (Phase 1)
March 18 until the NCAA Final Four in April (Phase 2)
HOW: Gordon Voit will release four more teams every single Wednesday night, two during the 6 p.m. show and two during the 10 p.m. show. This is Phase 1. Phase 2 consists of a bracket challenge pitting the teams against each other in a simulated tournament.
RELEASING THE TEAMS
February 5: The 8 seeds
No. 29: Glenwood
February 12: The 7 seeds