Naperville North senior forward Chris Johnson has earned the first Daily Herald MVP honor of the boys basketball season for his recent performances.
Chris Johnson, Naperville North: The Huskies won the Hoops for Healing title behind the play of Johnson, the tournament MVP. The 6-foot-7 senior forward averaged 15.8 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocked shots and 3 assists as the Huskies went 4-0. Johnson had 19 points and 15 rebounds in a 59-50 win over Proviso East in the final.
AJ Franklin, St. Edward: This Green Wave senior, who led his soccer team to fourth place in Class 1A, started off the basketball season with a bang as St. Edward won the Westminster Christian Thanksgiving Tournament. Franklin, a 6-foot-3 forward, had 86 points in the four games, accounting for 36 percent of his team's scoring. He had 16 points against Alden-Hebron and 13 against Elgin Academy before breaking out with 26 in a 61-48 win over Indian Creek and then 29 in the 55-41 championship game win over Westminster.
Jeremiah Hernandez, St. Viator: The junior forward was the picture of consistency as the Lions turned back four quality foes in their own Majkowski Classic over a long Thanksgiving week. Hernandez finished with 18 points in a 58-52 win over Conant to clinch the title and also had efforts of 18 (against Libertyville) and 15 (against Prospect).
Drew Peterson, Libertyville: An all-area player since his sophomore year, the 6-foot-8 senior guard continues to raise his game. He averaged 26.5 points in four games and surpassed 1,000 career points in the Wildcats' season-opening tournament hosted by St. Viator. He poured in 35 points in an 85-75 loss to Evanston.