Boys Basketball History

Over 100 Years of IHSA Boys State Basketball

Since 1908, the IHSA Boys State Basketball Tournament has crowned champions among Illinois’ top teams. Every year, we’ll highlight top moments in boys state basketball history during the tournament at State Farm Center. Stay tuned as we continue to showcase the legendary teams, players, and moments that have defined the original March Madness.

Providence’s Walter Downing drives home a one-handed jam in the 1979 Class A championship game against Havana.

Kevin Gamble of Springfield Lanphier gets a boost from teammate Ed Horton after the Lions captured the 1983 Class AA title with a 57-53 win over Peoria Central.

Kendall Gill of Rich Central sets up a play in a 1986 Class AA quarterfinal match-up with Carbondale.

Findlay was Illinois’ smallest state champion, with just 96 students when the Falcons won the 1992 Class A title.

Nathaniel Meiss of Eureka takes to the air to block a pass by Riverton’s Beau Veihman in a 1994 Class A quarterfinal game.

Frank Williams of Peoria Manual looks inside as Thornton’s Antwaan Randle El applies pressure. Manual won the Class AA title game rematch 57-51 in 1996.

Peoria Central’s Shaun Livingston flirts with the sideline as he drives upcourt against Brian Nussbaum of Homewood-Flossmoor.

Keshon Singleton sank a buzzer beater three-point shot over Metamora’s Drew Tucker in overtime to lift Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin to the 2022 Class 3A State title at State Farm Center.

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