CSN Top 20 IHSA basketball rankings


CSN Top 20 IHSA basketball rankings

1 Simeon

PrepsTalk: The Wolverines quest for a four-peat will share as much intrigue as Jabari Parkers eventual college decision. Simeon also features standouts in Jaylon Tate, Kendrick Nunn and many others.

2 Whitney Young

PrepsTalk: All eyes will be on 6-10 Jahlil Okafor this season for the Dolphins. But their size doesnt end there. 6-8 Paul White should make big contributions for coach Tyrone Slaughters team.

3 Proviso East

PrepsTalk: The Pirates finished second to Simeon last year and could go deep into March again. Forwards Sterling Brown and Brandon Jenkins, along with guard Paris Lee will bring excitement to Maywood.

4 Morgan Park

PrepsTalk: The Mustangs have three senior guards who could cause trouble for opponentsKyle Davis, Markee Williams and Billy Garrett Jr. They will challenge Simeon and Young for city supremacy.

5 St. Rita

PrepsTalk: Brothers Charles and Dominique Matthews provide a good 1-2 punch for the Mustangs. Charles is a sophomore, as is 6-8 Myles Carter. 6-7 Vic Law should also give St. Rita balance.

6 St. Joseph

PrepsTalk: The last time Gene Pingatores Chargers advanced to state was 1999. They could get back there again with sophomore guard Jordan Ash and junior forward Paul Turner leading the way.

7 Curie

PrepsTalk: As was the case last year, the team revolves around 6-9 Cliff Alexander, now a junior. Keep an eye on Demarcus Richardson, a transfer from De La Salle, to help the Condors.

8 Hillcrest

PrepsTalk: Jalen Loving and Jayone Troutman are gone, but Jovan Mooring is back looking to get Hillcrest back to state. Kyle Oden and Taylor Adway also look to step up.

9 Bogan

PrepsTalk: Four south side Public League powers are in the top 10. The Bengals have a couple of fine guards in Juwan Henry and Luwane Pipkins. Theyre also big up front.

10 Seton

PrepsTalk: Guards Kamal Shashi and Mark Weems were lights-out at times last year. But theyll get a boost in 2012-13, with 6-8 senior forward --and De La Salle transfer-- Alex Foster joining the squad.

11 Benet

PrepsTalk: From the front line to the frontcourtSean OMara helped Benets offensive line make a good playoff run in football. Hes once again the Redwings go-to in the post.

12 Bloom

PrepsTalk: The Blazing Trojans finished fourth in class 4A last year. Theyll try to get back to Peoria with help from seniors Johnny Griffin (F) and 6-2 guard DeJahown Freeman.

13 Orr

PrepsTalk: Its a family affair on the west side, with sophomore Louis Adams (son of coach Lou Adams) helping lead the Spartans. But this team belongs to Tyquone Greer and Marlon Jones.

14 North Chicago

PrepsTalk: Aaron Simpson is gone, so itll be up to the likes of Javairius Amos-Mays and Kurt Hall. The Warhawks have played in Peoria the last two years (finished fourth, then second)

15 Bolingbrook

PrepsTalk: The Raiders will run a lot of their offense through 6-8 senior forward Ben Moore. Expect Brook, Joliet West and Homewood-Flossmoor to duke it out in the SW Suburban Blue.

16 Glenbrook North

PrepsTalk: The Spartans have one of the best big men in the area with 6-8 senior Andrew McAuliffe. The Davidson recruit will battle with the likes of Niles North in the Central Suburban conference.

17 Notre Dame

PrepsTalk: The Dons finished first at the Lane Thanksgiving tournament. MVP Matt Mooney and Jake Maestranzi will look to bring more hardware to the trophy case in Niles this season.

18 Marist

PrepsTalk: Like Notre Dame and Benet, Marist should also make a run in the East Suburban Catholic. Keep an eye on senior guard Lexus Williams for the RedHawks.

19 West Aurora

PrepsTalk: The Blackhawks look to continue a long tradition of basketball excellence, with Jontrell Walker, Chandler Thomas and Spencer Thomas setting the pace.

20 Schaumburg

PrepsTalk: Seniors Kyle Bolger and Jimmy Lundquist look to take the Saxons deep into the playoffs this season. Keep an eye on sophomore guard Brendan Parker.

Looming and Lurking: Andrew, Evanston, Marshall, St. Charles East, Waubonsie Valley, Homewood-Flossmoor, Lake Forest, Oswego, Niles North, Mundelein, Stevenson, Zion-Benton, Marian Catholic, De La Salle, Hyde Park.

Programming Note: The first basketball episode of High School Lites will air this Friday night at 10:30pm on Comcast SportsNet Chicago. The show streams live at And stay with us all season long, as well profile the Simeon Wolverines in our Drive segment. Can Jabari Parker lead the Wolverines to another state title? Well also catch up with the Montini Broncos in our Muscle Milk Team of the Week segment. This football powerhouse in Lombard has won four consecutive 5A state championships. Well have scores, highlights and much more.

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Yu Darvish, Jim Thome, Sammy Sosa and more


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Yu Darvish, Jim Thome, Sammy Sosa and more

Tuesday on Sports Talk Live, David Kaplan along with Chris Bleck, Rich Campbell and Jordan Bernfield discuss:

            -the posibility of the Cubs signing Yu Darvish and the need for one more pitcher in the rotation

            -Jim Thome looking like he'll be inducted into Cooperstown tomorrow

            -Sammy Sosa's Hall of Fame chances

            -Corey Crawford back to working out as the Hawks losing continues

            -DeMarcus Cousins with a game for the ages, but is his baggage worth signing him?

            -Do the Eagles have a chance of beating the Patriots in the Super Bowl?

1-on-1 with Antioch quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis

1-on-1 with Antioch quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis

Need proof that the college football recruiting process is evaluating and offering players younger than ever before? All you need to do is ask Antioch quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis (6-foot-3, 185 pounds).

Kaliakmanis, who as a freshman was Carmel's starting quarterback before transferring to his home school district after the fall semester, recently landed his first verbal scholarship from Syracuse. Kaliakmanis, who is also on several college recruiting radar screens this winter, was easily one of the stronger performers in a loaded quarterback field at the recently held EDGYTIM MLK Underclassmen Showcase, powered by EFT Football Academy. 

I caught up with Kaliakmanis and discussed how Syracuse gave him his first scholarship, his recent transfer to Antioch and much more.