All-Chicago Preseason Awards

The college basketball season has finally arrived. Here is who The Catch and Shoot thinks are the top players in Chicago.


Preseason All-Chicago Team

Bryant McIntosh, sophomore, Northwestern

  • McIntosh earned a spot on the All-Big Ten Freshman Team last season with 11.4 points and 4.7 assists per game.

Milton Doyle, junior, Loyola

  • Doyle still needs to cut down on turnovers, but even so he is the most dominant player in Chicagoland. Despite battling injuries, the former Kansas Jayhawk averaged 11.4 points and 4.2 assists while shooting 48.5 percent from the field.
Photo: Northwestern Athletics
Photo: Northwestern Athletics

Tre Demps, senior, Northwestern

  • Demps is an electric scorer who made great strides over the last year to become a better all-around player.

Myke Henry, senior, DePaul

  • Henry¬†averaged 12.0 points per game last season after transferring from Illinois. He is my pick to lead to Blue Demons in scoring this season.

Alex Olah, senior, Northwestern

  • Olah has learned to use his 7-foot frame better and better each season. The Romanian averaged 11.7 points and 6.9 rebounds last season, and his coaches think he is capable of averaging a double-double as a senior.

Honorable mention: Billy Garrett Jr., DePaul; Montel James, Loyola; Tai Odiase; UIC


Preseason Chicago Player of the Year

Milton Doyle, junior, Loyola

  • Doyle’s top competition for this honor¬†is Demps.


Preseason Chicago Defensive Player of the Year

Tai Odiase, sophomore, UIC

  • Odiase will be one of the most feared post defenders in mid-major college basketball by the time his four-year career is done. In just 18.7 minutes per game last season, he averaged 1.7 blocks per game.


Preseason Chicago Freshman of the Year

Dikembe Dixson, freshman, UIC

  • Dixson has a scorer’s mentality. Although his game still needs some polishing, he will be a handful for Horizon League teams as a 6-foot-7 wing who can handle the ball.

Author: Jesse Kramer

Jesse Kramer is the founder of The Catch and Shoot. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He has had work featured on, College Insider, The Comeback/Awful Announcing, and 247Sports.

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