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State & National Champs: 8 Players Have Hoisted IHSA State & NCAA Division I Title Trophies

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Eight players who won IHSA Boys Basketball State Championships have also gone on to win NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championships.

See the list below and click the IHSA title years to see these stars in action when they were in high school via the IHSA Archives:


IHSA BASKETBALL STATE CHAMPIONS & NCAA DIVISION I NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
  • Jalen Brunson, Stevenson (IHSA Class 4A in 2015, Villanova University in 2016 & 2018)
  • Jahlil Okafor, Whitney Young (IHSA Class 4A in 2014, Duke University in 2015)
  • Jon Scheyer, Glenbrook North (IHSA Class AA in 2005, Duke University in 2010)
  • Brian Sloan, McLeansboro (IHSA Class A in 1984, University of Indiana in 1987)
  • Robert Byrd, Phillips (IHSA Class AA in 1975, Marquette University in 1977)
  • Jay Shidler, Lawrenceville (IHSA Class A in 1974, University of Kentucky in 1978)
  • Quinn Buckner, Thornridge (IHSA single class in 1971 & Class AA in 1972, Indiana University in 1976)
  • George Wilson, Chicago Marshall (IHSA in 1958 & 1960, University of Cincinnati in 1962)