Boatright and Randle are the first players ever to tie for the award. Each received 257 points and 35 first-place votes from the 142 ballots submitted by state-wide media and coaches, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Boatright, a 5-11 point guard, averaged 32 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals this season. He’s headed to Connecticut next season. He was also named ESPNChicago.com’s Player of the Year.
“I won Mr. Basketball?” said Boatright, who had not previously been informed he had won the award when contacted on Tuesday night. “It feels good. Me not making the McDonald’s game and the Jordan game, this was one of the things I wanted to win.
“It is strange to share it. Of course, I would want to win it by myself. This is big and winning ESPN’s award was big.”
Randle, a 6-2 point guard, averaged 22 points, eight rebounds and three assists for Rock Island, which won the Class 3A state title. Randle will play at Stanford next season. He was also named the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year.