March Madness 2023: Meet the 13 former Illinois players part of the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16
The NCAA men's basketball tournament continues this week across the nation.
The field of 68 included two teams from the state of Illinois: the University of Illinois and Northwestern University, both of the Big Ten Conference. Both lost before the Sweet 16.
But what about those athletes who with hometowns listed from Illinois? We have you covered.
Below are the at least 43 NCAA Tournament players who are from Illinois, separated by those still in the Sweet 16 and then by conference starting with the Big Ten and MVC, followed by other major conferences and mid-majors.
Malik Hall, Michigan State: 6-8 senior forward from Aurora Matea Valley. Sweet 16 vs. Kansas State
A.J. Casey, Miami (Fla.): 6-9 freshman forward from Chicago Whitney Young. Sweet 16 vs. Houston
Kam Craft, Xavier: 6-6 freshman guard from Chicago. He played prep ball at Buffalo Grove. Sweet 16 vs. Texas
Devin Davis, Creighton: 6-0 junior guard from Chicago Westinghouse. Sweet 16 vs. Princeton
Sami Osmani, Creighton: 6-4 junior guard from Oak Lawn. Sweet 16 vs. Princeton
Amari Bailey, UCLA: 6-5 freshman guard from Chicago. He played prep ball at Sierra Canyon in California. Sweet 16 vs. Gonzaga
Nimari Burnett, Alabama: 6-4 sophomore guard from Chicago Morgan Park. He also played prep ball at Prolific Prep in California. Sweet 16 vs. San Diego State
Max Scharnowski, Alabama: 6-6 junior forward from Elgin. He played prep ball at Wheaton Academy. Sweet 16 vs. San Diego State
Braden Huff, Gonzaga: 6-10 freshman forward from Glen Ellyn Glenbard West. Sweet 16 vs. UCLA
Malachi Smith, Gonzaga: 6-4 junior guard from Belleville West. Sweet 16 vs. UCLA
Cam Lawin, San Diego State: 6-3 freshman from Chicago Orr. Sweet 16 vs. Alabama
Blake Peters, Princeton: 6-1 sophomore guard from Evanston. First round vs. Creighton
Caden Pierce, Princeton: 6-6 freshman guard from Glen Ellyn Glenbard West. First round vs. Creighton
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Big Ten Conference
Brandon Lieb, Illinois: The 7-0 junior center from Deerfield.
Nick Martinelli, Northwestern: 6-7 senior forward from Glenview Glenbrook South.
Amarion Nimmers, Iowa: 6-2 freshman guard from Rock Island.
AJ Redd, Illinois: 6-3 freshman guard from Chicago St. Ignatius.
Connor Serven, Illinois: 6-9 junior forward from Bushnell-Prairie City.
Terrence Shannon Jr., Illinois: 6-6 senior guard from Chicago Lincoln Park.
Ahron Ulis, Iowa: 6-3 junior guard from Chicago Heights Marian Catholic.
Paxton Warden, Illinois: 6-4 freshman guard from Glen Ellyn Glenbard West.
Missouri Valley Conference
Conor Enright, Drake: 6-0 freshman guard from Mundelein.
Nate Ferguson, Drake: 6-8 junior forward from Lemont.
Roman Penn, Drake: 6-0 senior guard from Calumet City. He played prep ball in Indiana.
Damaria Franklin, Memphis: 6-3 senior guard from Chicago. He played prep ball at Niles North and transferred from Illinois-Chicago.
Conor Glennon, Memphis: 5-10 junior guard from Chicago Brother Rice.
Nate Santos, Pitt: 6-7 sophomore forward from Geneva. He played prep ball in Connecticut.
Jaden Schutt, Duke: 6-5 freshman guard from Yorkville Christian.
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Bryce Hopkins, Providence: 6-7 sophomore forward from Oak Park Fenwick.
RJ Walson, Marquette: 6-0 sophomore guard from Chicago Perspectives. t
Jeremiah Williams, Iowa State: 6-4 junior guard from Chicago Simeon.
Joseph Yesufu, Kansas: 6-0 junior guard from Bolingbrook.
Drew Peterson, USC: 6-9 senior guard from Libertyville.
Antonio Reeves, Kentucky: 6-5 senior guard from Chicago Simeon. Transferred from Illinois State.
Quincy Ademokoya, Kennesaw State: 6-6 junior guard from Bloomington. Played high school ball in Georgia.
Chris Harris, Southeast Missouri State: 6-3 senior guard from Antioch and Lake Forest Academy.
Brenden Moss, Kent State: 6-4 freshman guard from Rockford. He played his prep ball in Minnesota.
Terrion Murdix, Texas A&M Corpus Christi: 6-1 senior guard from Springfield Southeast.
Chris Payton, Kent State: F 6' 7" 215 lbs SR Bloomington.
Trey Pettigrew, Nevada: 6-3 freshman guard from Chicago Kenwood.
Julius Rollins, Kent State: 6-5 sophomore guard from Chicago and Country Club Hills Hillcrest.
Aquan Smart, Southeast Missouri State: 6-3 sophomore guard from Evanston and Niles North.
Ben VanderWal, Furman: 6-7 freshman forward from Elmhurst Timothy Christian.
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