Prep Boys Basketball

Titans' Hammel named first team All State

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By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Mar. 15, 2020 12:10 am

West Hancock senior Drake Hammel wreaked havoc on the court this season, and his efforts have been rewarded.

Hammel was named a first-team All-State selection by both the Illinois Associated Press and the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association this week. Hammel was a second-team selection by the IBCA and an honorable mention by the AP a year ago.

Hammel averaged 26.6 points per game this season on 54.5 percent shooting from the floor and 73 percent from the free-throw line. He reached 2,218 points for his career, moving him into 69th all-time in Illinois boys basketball history.

Also earning recognition by both the IBCA and AP were the dynamic Payson Seymour duo of Cole Schwartz and Lucas Loos. Both Indians seniors were named to the third team by the IBCA and as honorable mentions by the AP.

Schwartz was Payson's leading scorer at 19 points per game. He also averaged 5.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2 steals per contest. He shot 42 percent form the 3-point line and had 106 made threes on the year. Schwartz wrapped his career with 1,585 points, just 11 away from the Indians' school record.

Loos also nearly broke the school record, finishing with 1,501 points for his career. Loos averaged 18.5 points per game along with 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 2.8 steals during the 2019-20 season. Loos recorded three triple-doubles and 12 double-doubles on the year.

Loos and Schwartz helped Payson reach the Class 1A sectionals.