The Ramblers finished 22-9, won a Class 4A regional championship and took third at the Catholic League tournament. They did it with 10 seniors, the most in program history, according to head coach Tom Livatino.
Here is a look at the players who earned season-ending honors as voted on by their teammates, except for Intangible Player of the Year.
Ramar Evans — MVP, Intangible Player of the Year
The senior guard and captain was a runaway winner for the MVP award. He led the Ramblers in every major statistical category, including points (13.4), rebounds (5.9), assists (3.8) and steals (1.6). He was selected to the all-Catholic League team and named to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s Class 3A/4A honorable mention.
“Rarely did he have a game in which he didn’t produce,” Loyola head coach Tom Livatino said. “He was our best player in every aspect of the game.”
As for the Green Kenny Intangible Player of the Year award, Evans accrued the most points throughout the season based on his proficiency in rebounds, charges, deflections, loose balls and free throw percentage. Going forward, Livatino said the honor will be renamed the Green Kenny Evans Intangible Player of the Year award. Gavin Green and Phil Kenny were two early supporters of the program when Livatino took over in 2009.
Matt Sechman — Most Improved Player
Sechman (pictured above) went from someone who didn’t play much as a junior to a major contributor his senior season. The forward averaged 4.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and led the Ramblers with 14 blocks.
“Where he really improved was in his energy and focus level,” Livatino said. “When he was locked in, he was a complete player.”
Photo credit: Melissa Krein/Loyola