Grayslake North freshman guard Ryan Connolly has earned Daily Herald MVP distinction for his recent high school boys basketball performances.
Ryan Connolly, Grayslake North: A starter since Day 1, the 6-foot freshman guard has never looked out of place. He looks even more comfortable now. He poured in 18 of his season-high 29 points in the third quarter in helping the Knights beat Schaumburg 76-50. He sank four 3-pointers and even dunked for the first time. He also scored 21 points to help the Knights beat Antioch 73-59.
Mac Camardo, Buffalo Grove: The junior forward has improved throughout the season and helped Buffalo Grove complete a big step forward in a 49-29 victory against Wheeling. Camardo finished with a game-high 16 points and had 13 rebounds as the Bison finished in a tie for a second place in the Mid-Suburban East.
Zion Griffin, Hinsdale South: The Hornets earned a share of their first WSC Gold title behind the play of their 6-foot-5 junior forward. Griffin scored 25 points in a 69-56 win over Addison Trail and 15 points in a 68-61 win over Proviso East -- both on the road. He grabbed 13 rebounds in each game.
Zach Schutta, Burlington Central: This 6-foot-1 guard joined a list of his school's greatest scorers last week while helping his team remain in first place in the Kishwaukee River Conference. The junior scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds last Tuesday as the Rockets knocked Marengo from a three-way tie for first with a 63-43 victory. Three nights later he led the Rockets (23-3) with 18 points to become the ninth player in Burlington Central history to score 1,000 points.