Crystal Lake South senior Austin Rogers has earned Daily Herald MVP honors for his recent boys basketball performances.
Austin Rogers, Crystal Lake South: This 6-foot-2 senior helped CL South improve to 8-0 by leading his team in points (21) and rebounds (8) in a 70-48 road win at Dundee-Crown. Later in the week he scored the Gators' first 11 points to stake them to an early lead against Zion-Benton. Though his team eventually dropped an 79-65 decision, Rogers finished with 27 points on 11-of-19 shooting, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists.
Barret Benson, Hinsdale South: A busy week for the Hornets ended perfectly with three victories behind the play of their 6-foot-9 sophomore center. Hinsdale South began with a 63-56 West Suburban Gold win over Leyden before posting Chuck Dayton tournament victories over Hampshire and Moline. Benson averaged 16 points and 11 rebounds in the three wins.
Nolan Gavin, Palatine: Gavin came up big in consecutive games to help Palatine turn things around this season. First he scored a career-high 13 points in a 53-41 Mid-Suburban League crossover victory against Prospect, and he followed up by providing a game-high 17 points with 10 rebounds and 5 assists as the Pirates earned a 46-41 victory over Barrington in MSL West play. Both triumphs came on the road for Palatine.
Mike Travlos, Lake Zurich: The junior guard has been displaying exceptional skills with the basketball since his freshman year, and this season he's never been better. He poured in 27 points, going 12 of 12 from the foul line, in leading the Bears to a 69-57 win over Libertyville. For the season, he's averaging 22.7 points through 10 games.
Jontrell Walker, West Aurora: The 6-foot-1 guard's senior leadership was key in a 59-54 overtime victory at Naperville Central. The Blackhawks stayed unbeaten in the DuPage Valley Conference, aided by Walker's 26 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. He went 8-for-8 from the free-throw line to help West reach overtime, then win it.