Jahlil Okafor and Frank Kaminsky were key figures in the national title game.
Two of the five first-team All-American members hail from the Chicago area.
No college program in Chicago has made the NCAA Tournament since 2004.
A Chicago native, Okafor is the third freshman in the past five years to be bestowed the honor and expectations.
John Groce has Illinois in it to the end so often that he’ll soon land a big fish.
The Illini are a bridesmaid once again.
Illini fans can only hope that the next great prep star will stay home in college.
Illini Nation will collectively hold its breath until 3 p.m. today, when Young center Jahlil Okafor and Curie power forward Cliff Alexander make their collegiate decisions.
Remarkably, for the third year in a row, the Windy City is home to the No. 1 high school basketball player in America, with rising Whitney Young senior Jahlil Okafor following in the large footsteps of prior Public League phenoms Jabari Parker (2013) and Anthony Davis (2012).