Boys Basketball: The Suburban Life All-Area teamBy JOSHUA WELGEEmailFollowMarch 19, 2020 Led by Player of the Year Nate Shockey, here is the Suburban Life All-Area boys basketball team. [Sean King for Shaw Media]Colin Crothers, Benet, sr: Johns Hopkins commit and four-year varsity starter was top player for 23-9 sectional semifinalist. Strong post player averaged 14.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and shot 63% from the field. [John Starks - Daily Herald Media Group]Billy Durkin, Hinsdale South, sr.: Lewis recruit led 30-3 Hornets to best season in school history, the West Suburban Gold championship and a sectional semifinal. Three-year varsity player averaged 14 points, five rebounds and four assists, and made 57 3-pointers at a 38% rate. [Jeff Krage]DaRon Hall, Glenbard East, sr.: Upstate Eight Conference Player of the Year led 22-10 Rams to first regional championship since 2013. Hall scored 31 points in regional semifinal and 41 in regional final, both overtime wins, with game-winning shot in final. On season, Hall averaged 21.5 points, five rebounds, 2.6 assists and two steals, and made 72 3-pointers at a 40% rate. [Gary E Duncan Sr for Shaw Media]Bryce Hopkins, Fenwick, jr.: Louisville recruit and Chicago Catholic League's Player of the Year averaged 24.1 points, 10 rebounds and 3.5 assists for 27-7 sectional finalist. Broke Corey Maggette's single-season program scoring record with 795 points, with 11 games of 30 or more points.Brandon Malone, Glenbard South, sr.: Transfer from St. Joseph led Raiders to Upstate Eight Conference title, program's first conference championship since 2009. Was at his best in biggest games, with 18 points in conference-clinching win over East Aurora, 19 in comeback win at Bartlett and a career-high 27 in Raiders' third win over Glenbard East. [Jeff Krage]Grant Niego, Lyons, sr.: Continuing a stellar family basketball tradition, senior guard averaged 19.5 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Niego scored 30-plus points multiple times, including 32 versus Rolling Meadows and 31 in regional semifinal win over Proviso East. Also a tremendous defender.Robert Nocek, St. Francis, sr.: Spartans power forward led St. Francis to 20 wins and regional championship. The 6-foot-4 Nocek averaged team-high 14.8 points and 8.4 rebounds, and shot 64.3% from the floor. [Mark Busch - email@example.com]Matt Owens, Timothy Christian, sr.: Senior guard led Trojans to first state appearance in 40 years. Owens averaged 12.2 points, 4.6 assists and 3.3 rebounds. Class 2A second-team All-State. [Sean King for Shaw Media]Manny Rodriguez, Morton, sr.: Tremendous shooter led Mustangs to 23-9 record and first regional title since 2015. Rodriguez was averaging 17 points going into playoffs. Rodriguez scored 25 points and hit seven 3-pointers in Proviso West Tournament championship game, and made half-court buzzer-beater to beat Hillcrest in the quarterfinal. [Sandy Bressner - firstname.lastname@example.org]Nate Shockey, York, sr.: North Dakota recruit led Dukes to 28-5 record and West Suburban Silver championship despite York graduating four starters from 29-win team the previous season. Shockey averaged 21 points, five rebounds and three steals, and scored almost half of York's points. [Jeff Krage]Everett Stubblefield III, Willowbrook, sr.: Explosive guard averaged 21.2 points and scored 699 points, breaking Alonzo Verge's single-season program record. Stubblefield made 89 3-pointers, and averaged 4.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists and three steals. [Karen Naess for Shaw Media]Paul Zilinskas, Riverside-Brookfield, sr.: Transfer from Richards led Bulldogs' team that graduated its top seven players from the previous year to 22-11 record and regional championship. Zilinskas averaged 18.1 points, six rebounds and 2.6 assists. He had 49 steals, four double-doubles, shot 46% from the 3-point line and 86% on free throws.