West Chicago senior John Konchar has been chosen as the Daily Herald's boys basketball MVP for his performances last week.
Konchar produced 37- and 42-point games to help the Wildcats to a 2-0 conference start.
Boys basketball players of the week:
John Konchar, West Chicago: The 6-foot-4 senior led the Wildcats to their first 2-0 conference start since 2004. Konchar scored 37 points with 17 rebounds in a 96-68 Upstate Eight Valley win over East Aurora. He then scored a school-record 42 points with 23 rebounds in a 66-58 win over previously unbeaten Bartlett.
Nick Duffy, St. Edward: This junior helped St. Edward improve to 8-0. The 6-foot-4 forward scored 59 points in 4 victories, including a 20-point performance against Joliet Catholic, as the Green Wave swept to the title at the Burney Wilkie Tournament at Aurora Christian. Duffy leads St. Edward in scoring (14.1) and rebounding (5.9).
Johnathan Harrell, Aurora Christian: Eagles coach Pat McNamara said a huge key to this season was the play of his senior point guard. The 6-foot-3 Harrell got his team off to a 3-1 start and to the title game of Aurora Christian's Burney Wilkie Classic. Harrell averaged 12 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals over the four games.
Dion Head, Wauconda: Head is turning heads. An all-tournament selection at Richmond-Burton, the senior guard has been a consistent contributor at both ends of the court for the Bulldogs this season. He totaled a career-high 25 points, 10 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists in a 51-46 win over Woodstock. He's averaging a team-best 15.8 points per game for the 4-2 Bulldogs.
Jeremy Stephani, Wheeling: The senior guard was a force in both his games last weekend. He helped get the Wildcats off to a winning start in the Mid-Suburban East by scoring 16 points in a victory over Buffalo Grove, then scored a game-high 27 points, which included five 3-pointers, in a loss to unbeaten Fremd.