Billy Garrett Jr., DePaul
- Garrett increased his shooting percentages and assist-turnover ratio during his sophomore season. The 6-foot-6 point guard will be a force in the Big East moving into the latter half of his collegiate career.
Jay Harris, UIC
- In his one season at UIC as a graduate transfer, Harris was quite the entertaining scorer. Although he shot just 38.4 percent from the field, he was near unstoppable during a hot streak. Harris averaged 19.8 points during UIC’s final five games as he carried the team to the Horizon League semifinals.
Tre Demps, Northwestern
- During the second half of the Big Ten season, Demps did away with his label as an inefficient chucker. In the Wildcats’ final eight regular season games, the junior guard five games with an offensive rating above 120 and just one game with an offensive rating below 107.
Christian Thomas, Loyola (Chicago Player of the Year)
- Thomas persevered through three seasons of losing to go out on top as a senior with a CBI title. In the process, the 6-foot-5 forward climbed to No. 18 on Loyola’s all-time scoring list with 1,353 career points.
Alex Olah, Northwestern
- Olah faced tons of criticism early in the season — and much of it warranted — but the 7-footer found his way as the season went on. He finished the season with seven double-doubles, including a monstrous, 25-point effort in a thrilling win against Michigan in double overtime.
All-Chicago Newcomer Team
Bryant McIntosh, Northwestern (Chicago Newcomer of the Year)
- McIntosh had some struggles toward the end of the season, but nonetheless he was phenomenal as a freshman starting point guard. The Indiana native finished the year averaging 11.4 points and 4.7 assists and shot 36.4 percent from beyond the arc.
Jay Harris, UIC
- You read about him above.
Earl Peterson, Loyola
- When leading scorer Milton Doyle went down with an ankle injury, Peterson stepped in as a go-to scorer for Loyola. By the end of the year, the junior college transfer had hit his stride, averaging 15.5 points during the final four games of the Ramblers’ CBI run.
Myke Henry, DePaul
- DePaul had its best season since joining the Big East in 2005, and the addition of Henry, an Illinois transfer, was certainly one reason behind the (relative) success. Henry opened the season with nine straight double-digit scoring performances, including a career-high 29 points in an upset of Stanford. He finished the season as the Blue Demons’ No. 2 scorer with 12 points per game.
Montel James, Loyola
- James stepped into a small, thin Loyola frontcout and provided immediate production as a junior college transfer. He averaged 9.4 points and 4.3 rebounds while shooting 52.3 percent from the field. The 6-foot-7 forward from Louisiana also made his mark with a thunderous dunk in the CBI that earned the No. 1 spot on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays.
Chicago Coach of the Year
Porter Moser, Loyola
- The Ramblers had a 14-win turnaround, advanced to the MVC semifinals, and won the CBI title. This all came after a preseason where the Loyola fan base was growing agitated with Moser’s lack of success in his first three years.