Unlike some members of the Chicago Sun-Times All-State team, Bloom senior Dante Maddox Jr. did not have his season cut short by coronavirus concerns.
The Blazing Trojans lost in the sectional semifinals to Marian Catholic. It was a shocker. Bloom had beaten the Spartans soundly in two games earlier in the season.
That wasn’t the way things were supposed to end for Maddox and his team. They were ranked No. 1 in the preseason and planned to win a state title for Chicago Heights.
“If we are being honest our season was a little bit disappointing because of all the expectations and hype that came with Bloom this year,” Maddox said. “I’ve come to peace with how it went now.”
Maddox didn’t achieve the team goals he dreamed of, but his individual season was spectacular. The Cal State Fullerton recruit averaged 17.5 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals. He shot 54 percent from the field and 48 percent from three-point ranges.
Maddox is joined on the Class 4A All-State team by Sun-Times Player of the Year DJ Steward of Young, Rolling Meadows’ junior Max Christie, Ramean Hinton of Curie, Dominic Martinelli of Glenbrook South and Collinsville’s Ray’Sean Taylor.