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Meet the 2014 all-area boys basketball east team

Published: Friday, March 21, 2014 12:00 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:33 a.m. CST
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Matt Brachmann
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Clark Brinkman
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Ronald Duling
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Rhashaun Epting
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Jaron Hall
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Chris Poole
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James Pupillo
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Stanley Roberts
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Charlie Rose
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Frank Toohey
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Connor VanderBrug

The boys basketball season in its final two days, which means its time to honor the players that stood out during the season. Here are 11 players selected for the 2013-14 boys basketball all-area East team. The East all-area team is comprised of players from Addison Trail, Glenbard East, IC Catholic, Montini, Timothy Christian, Willowbrook and York.

Matt Brachmann

School: Montini

Year: Senior

Impact: The Broncos’ senior forward nearly averaged a double-double with 17.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. Brachmann was also a wide receiver for the football team and used his size and strength as a physical player inside.

Clark Brinkman

School: IC Catholic

Year: Senior

Impact: Brinkman was IC’s solid senior guard. He averaged 12.8 points per game and 4.8 rebounds. Brinkman was a standout in football and basketball, but his best sport is baseball, which he will be playing in college.

Ronald Duling

School: Addison Trail

Year: Senior

Impact: Duling wasn’t much of a factor for the varsity team last year, but showed great improvement. He earned a starting spot and turned that into an all-conference selection. He was all-tournament at the Blazers’ pre-holiday tournament this season and averaged 11 points, 4.0 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game.

Rhashaun Epting

School: IC Catholic

Year: Sophomore

Impact: The Suburban Christian Gold player of the year put up big numbers, and the scary part is that he’s only a sophomore. The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 19.2 points per game while pulling in 8.1 rebounds and blocking 28 shots. Colleges will surely start calling for Epting very soon.

Jaron Hall

School: Glenbard East

Year: Senior

Impact: The Rams had an uncharacteristically down year, but it wasn’t because of Jaron Hall. The senior guard led the team in scoring and proved to still be a dangerous player. Hall, who was all-conference in the DuPage Valley Conference, is one of the best jump shooters in the area.

Chris Poole

School: Willowbrook

Year: Senior

Impact: The Warriors didn’t have a lot of success on the court, but Poole managed to stand out. The senior guard averaged 9.1 points per game thanks to a good shot and an ability to get open.

James Pupillo

School: Addison Trail

Year: Senior

Impact: The four-year starting point guard was a staple in the program. His scoring ability and ballhandling skills helped earn him an all-conference selection and all-tournament nods at West Chicago and Addison Trail this season. He averaged 17.1 points, 4.7 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game while shooting 51 percent from the floor.

Stanley Roberts

School: York

Year: Senior

Impact: Roberts was a versatile athlete for the Dukes. The 6-foot-1 guard played longer than his size and was third on a balanced York team in scoring at 8.9 points per game. He will be playing at the next level after receiving a lot of interest from Division III schools.

Charlie Rose

School: York

Year: Senior

Impact: Rose was the quarterback of the football team, but the basketball court is where he truly shines. The sharpshooting guard made 39 3-pointers this season while averaging 9.8 points per game. He also led the team with 59 assists.

Frank Toohey

School: York

Year: Senior

Impact: Toohey was a four-year varsity player and leaves the program with the most career wins in York history. Bound for Air Force, the 6-foot-8 forward scored 14.1 points and grabbed 7.2 rebounds per contest. What’s maybe most impressive is his 80.6 free throw percentage (166-for-206).

Connor VanderBrug

School: Timothy Christian

Year: Senior

Impact: The all-area MVP was also the MVP of the Metro Suburban Conference. VanderBrug played all five positions at different points in the season for Timothy and put up monster numbers. He averaged 21.6 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game while also shooting 38 percent from 3-point range as a 6-foot-6 forward.

Honorable mention

Addison Trail: Joe Kurucar

Glenbard East: Mike Finley and Patrick Peterkin

IC Catholic: Anthony Taylor

Montini: Jack Brady

Timothy Christian: Justin Rhiner

Willowbrook: Ed Mickevicius

York: Jack Heinle and Jayvon Thomas

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