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Basketball: Sun-Times All-State team an embarrassment of riches

<p>Benet's Sean O'Mara maneuvers the Naperville Central defense on his way to the basket during the championship game of the Hoops for Healing tournament at Oswego High School in Oswego, Ill., on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. | Corey R. Minkanic/For Sun-Times Media </p>

Benet's Sean O'Mara maneuvers the Naperville Central defense on his way to the basket during the championship game of the Hoops for Healing tournament at Oswego High School in Oswego, Ill., on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. | Corey R. Minkanic/For Sun-Times Media 

It’s a been a tumultuous and violent few months. Hyde Park’s best player, Malcolm Whitney, was shot and killed before the season started. Orr’s Tyquone Greer was shot two weeks ago and Marshall assistant coach Shawn Harrington was shot in January. Curie was forced to forfeit its entire season, including the city championship, for using ineligible players. But even all the off-court drama couldn’t overshadow the blindingly high level of talent across the state.

Benet big man Sean O’Mara’s season was a revelation and a sign of just how loaded with talent the state was this year. The 6-9 Xavier recruit posted one of the most dominant campaigns of any big in recent state history, but it wasn’t even good enough to make the Class 4A All-State First Team. That’s how solid the top five players in Class 4A were this season.

[Read the full story at High School Cube News]

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