Schaumburg's Hodges earns MVP honor
Michael Hodges of Schaumburg is this week's Daily Herald boys basketball MVP.
Michael Hodges, Schaumburg: In three Saxons' wins, the 6-foot-2 senior guard scorched the nets for an average of just over 23 points per game. He had 23 points in a 61-60 win over Cary-Grove, came back with 30 in a 57-54 victory over Palatine, then hit for 17 more in an 87-42 rout of Chicago Kennedy, a win that ran Schaumburg's streak to four straight.
Colin Crothers, Benet: A dominant performance in the post from the 6-foot-8 junior center powered the Redwings to victories over Timothy Christian, St. Charles East and DeKalb. Crothers averaged 19 points and 11.3 rebounds.
Jaehshon Thomas, Aurora Christian: Host Aurora Christian won the Burney Wilkie Classic, thanks in part to this talented point guard's outstanding play in 4 victories. The 6-foot-1 sophomore scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 64-59 win over Marmion, and he led the Eagles in scoring in victories over St. Edward (26 points), Schaumburg Christian (22) and Harvest Christian (18). Thomas shot 12 of 23 from 3-point range in the tournament.
Hunter Waszkowski, Grant: The 6-foot-3 senior guard flashed ability as a consistent scorer last season and has picked up where he left off in helping the Bulldogs to a 5-2 start. He scored 18 points in a 54-48 win over Johnsburg/Richmond-Burton tournament champ Crystal Lake South, then followed up with a 20-point effort as the Bulldogs defeated Wauconda 58-43.