We have concluded the fourth year of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Academic All- State Team Award. The lists below indicate the Top 3 in each Division for both girls’ and boys’ teams in the state of Illinois. To qualify, a school must have the entirety of its varsity basketball team roster meet the minimum standard of a cumulative, non-weighted 3.0 Grade Point Average, on a 4.0 scale, through the first semester of the current school year.

The award is a competition amongst schools within each of the seven (7) Illinois High School Association Legislative Districts. The basketball team with the highest G.P.A. in each Legislative District will be presented with a plaque at the State-Wide Coach’s Clinic in September. The second and third place teams will receive a certificate in the mail from the IBCA in recognition of the team accomplishment.

GIRLS TOP 3 (in order of finish):
DIV. 1: Chi. St. Ignatius; Chi. Resurrection
DIV. 2: Highland Park; Adlai Stevenson; Lake Zurich
DIV. 3: Herscher; Plainfield East; Braidwood-Reed Custer
DIV. 4: Port Byron Riverdale; Boylan Catholic; Morrison
DIV. 5: Cissna Park; Arcola; Newton
DIV. 6: Nokomis; Lewistown; Havana
DIV. 7: Nashville; DuQoin; Alton

BOYS TOP 3 (in order of finish):
DIV. 1: Chi. Walter Payton; Chi. St. Ignatius
DIV. 2: Belvidere North; Libertyville; Arl. Heights John Hersey
DIV. 3: Naperville North; Burbank St. Laurence; Lisle
DIV. 4: (Kewanee) Wethersfield
DIV. 5: Newton; Mt. Zion
DIV. 6: Quincy Notre Dame
DIV. 7: Columbia; Benton; Nashville

The following schools have met the minimum 3.0 GPA requirement but did not finish in the Top 3 of their Division:

GIRLS: Argo, Arlington Heights St. Viator, Bloomington CC, Carthage Illini West, Clifton Central, Crystal Lake Prairie Ridge, Elgin, Farmington, Geneseo, Grayslake Central, Heyworth, Kewanee Wethersfield, Limestone, Lombard Montini, Minonk Fieldcrest, Monmouth Roseville, (Niantic) Tri- City/Sangamon Valley, Pana, Regina Dominican, Richmond Burton, Stanford Olympia, Watseka

BOYS: Lake Villa (Lakes), Lombard Montini

On behalf of the IBCA, we extend a heart-felt congratulations to all the Academic All-State Award qualifying teams. Your efforts on the court, and more importantly in the classroom, are to be commended. We believe the Academic All-State Team Award is a proper recognition of the pursuits of educational success engrained in the schools and students of Illinois. We want all to know how much we value the efforts in the classroom above the efforts on the hardwood.