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CSN Preps Boys Basketball Power Rankings: Week 2


CSN Preps Boys Basketball Power Rankings: Week 2

After the Chicago Elite Classic, we've now seen each team in the @CSNPreps Power Rankings play at least one game this season and have a better sense of things going forward.

While the top five remain the same, there are some changes towards the bottom as three new teams enter the rankings. Morgan Park and Simeon remain No. 1 and No. 2 and they'll play against each other in a Red-South thriller this week.

1. Morgan Park (2-0) (1) - Charlie Moore had 55 points in the season-opening win over Bowen and Jamal Burton was impressive in the win over No. 9 Evanston. 

2. Simeon (1-0) (2) - No. 2 Simeon topped No. 11 Whitney Young to end the Chicago Elite Classic as Zach Norvell had 19 points and eight rebounds. Big game against No. 1 Morgan Park on Thursday.

3. Kenwood (1-0) (3) - Kenwood had the week off after the Lake Forest Academy game was cancelled and they are playing in Detroit on Monday. The game at No. 25 Hyde Park on Thursday will be a key Red-Central game.

4. Fenwick (6-0) (4) - Fenwick had a good win at the Chicago Elite Classic over Oak Park-River Forest as junior Jacob Keller looked great in an 18-point, 10-rebound effort.

5. Bogan (3-0) (5) - The Bengals were off this week, but they have a busy week with a game in Detroit on Monday, Julian at home and then a road game at undefeated No. 22 Vocational on Thursday.

6. Curie (2-0) (7) - Picking up a win against one of the top players in the country, Thon Maker, and Orangeville Prep is huge for Curie as Devin Gage had 26 points and the game-winning basket.

7. St. Joseph (5-0) (9) - Nice win for St. Joseph over No. 20 De La Salle as they remain unbeaten on the season. Nick Rakocevic had 18 points and 17 rebounds and looked like a Player of the Year candidate.

8. Riverside-Brookfield (5-1) (6) - Riverside-Brookfield lost to a nationally-ranked Gonzaga (D.C.) team at the Chicago Elite Classic with Mark Smith battling a sprained ankle and without Skylar Nash and Henry Trelenberg. 

9. Evanston (4-1) (8) - The Wildkits aren't quite ready to be among the area's elite after their performance against Morgan Park, but they're still one of the area's more talented teams.

10. Joliet West (6-0) (12) - Joliet West has moved to 6-0 as Trevian Bell had 15 points, eight rebounds and Jason Bingham scored 12 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter in a win over Bolingbrook.

11. Whitney Young (0-1) (10) - The Dolphins dropped a tough one to No. 2 Simeon in the Chicago Elite Classic but sophomore point guard Xavier Castenada leads a team that has some upside going forward.

12. Benet (5-0) (16) - Benet doesn't have any star players but they get it done with hard work, good shooting and a balanced effort. York will be an interesting test this week.

13. Notre Dame (5-1) (17) - Two quality wins for the Dons this week as they beat Hinsdale Central and Lincoln Park. Senior forward Ammar Becar came up with a huge 33 points in the win over the Lions.

14. Glenbard West (6-0) (18) - The Hilltoppers remain undefeated as Alex Passi banked in a half-court shot to beat Naperville Central. Senior wing Justin Pierce continues to put up big numbers.

15. Hinsdale South (4-1) (22) - Nice effort from senior big man Barret Benson as the Northwestern commit had 17 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks in a win over Morton.

16. Downers South (4-1) (23) - Downers South winning on the road at Proviso East was a quality win as junior forward T.J. Clifford had 22 points and eight rebounds. 

17. Marian Catholic (4-2) (15) - Marian Catholic lost to a tough Mater Dei squad and they have to figure out how their talent will come together. Getting production from junior T.J. Smith is important. 

18. Farragut (6-1) (24) - The Admirals picked up two wins during the week and have their sights set on Red-West rival No. 11 Whitney Young this week.

19. De La Salle (4-1) (19) - De La Salle dropped a road game at No. 7 St. Joseph but senior George Wilburn proved that he was for real by going for 31 points in the loss.

20. Deerfield (5-0) (25) - Good win for Deerfield over a talented Waukegan team and they'll face Glenbrook North and Maine East this week. 

21. Oswego (5-1) (13) - Oswego dropped one to a tough Quincy team but they're still balanced and have a lot of experience. Oswego plays Plainfield Central on Friday.

22. Vocational (6-0) (NR) - Vocational was able to beat No. 25 Hyde Park to improve to 6-0 and they get to face a top Red-South rival in No. 5 Bogan later this week. 

23. Maine South (5-0) (NR) - Playing great ball to start the season is Maine South, who are balanced and have plenty of floor spacing and patience. Milos Ljiljak's buzzer-beater against Loyola was huge.

24. Joliet Central (4-1) (NR) - Great start to the season for Joliet basketball as the Steelmen knocked off previously-ranked Homewood-Flossmoor to enter the Power Rankings.

25. Hyde Park (5-1) (20) - Hyde Park lost to Vocational last week but have a huge Red-Central contest this week as they host No. 3 Kenwood on Thursday. 

Previously ranked: Bradley-Bourbonnais (3-1) (11), Homewood-Flossmoor (3-2) (14), Uplift (5-1) (21)

Playoff drama highlights a busy week on High School Lites

Playoff drama highlights a busy week on High School Lites

High School Lites had a busy show as it was the final week of the regular season for IHSA boys basketball Class 3A and 4A. The Class 1A and 2A playoffs also tipped in boys basketball as the show has some thrilling regional titles that were decided in the final minute. And finally, the girls basketball Class 1A and 2A state semifinals were played on Friday as the state's top teams played in Bloomington.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NBCSPreps for the latest news and scores for IHSA basketball.

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Richards wrestler Mia Palumbo

Saint Xavier Team of the Week: Simeon boys basketball


Marshall shocks Leo in Class 2A regional final

Aurora Christian runs past Harvert Christian for 1A regional title

Buzzer-beater lifts Monticello over Gibson City for regional title

Jacobs goes unbeaten in Fox Valley with win over Dundee-Crown

West Aurora gets by rival East Aurora

Yorkville completes season sweep of DeKalb

Lemont escapes past T.F. North

Marshall needs OT to get past Teutopolis in girls 2A semifinals

Harlan takes down Eureka in 2A semifinals

Stockton runs by Okaw Valley in 1A

Schlarman races by Lebanon

Boys Basketball Playoffs begin on busy week of High School Lites

Boys Basketball Playoffs begin on busy week of High School Lites

High School Lites is down to the final week of the regular season in local high school hoops as the Class 3A and 4A schools finish up conference play. The boys basketball playoffs have also started as the Class 1A and Class 2A regional championships will be played on Friday night.

The girls basketball Class 1A and 2A state semifinals will also be featured. You can catch all of those games on NBC Sports Chicago on Friday beginning at 11 a.m. with the 1A semifinals. High School Lites will air Friday night at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago

East Aurora at No. 11 West Aurora, 7:00 p.m. -- These two rivals meet for the 225th time. The Blackhawks (20-4, 9-0) won the first matchup by 22 points as they try to finish the season on a 12-game winning streak. 

Jacobs at Dundee-Crown, 7:00 p.m. -- Fox Valley rivals match up as Jacobs tries to go unbeaten in the conference. The Eagles (23-3, 15-0) has been playing very well as they've won 20 of 21 games heading into this one -- including an earlier win against Dundee-Crown. The Chargers (14-11, 10-4) has won seven consecutive games since dropping to the Golden Eagles as they're second in the Fox Valley heading into this one. 

Yorkville at DeKalb, 7:00 p.m. -- The top two teams in the Northern Illinois Big 12 East play in this one. DeKalb (16-11, 11-1) has already clinched a share of the conference title as the team's only league loss has come against Yorkville. The Foxes (17-8, 10-2) knocked off DeKalb at their place on Feb. 3 as they try to win again to get a piece of the division title. 

T.F. North at Lemont, 7:00 p.m. -- Two of the better teams in the South Suburban Blue battle on the eve of the playoffs. Lemont (17-8, 9-3) has picked up three straight wins entering this one. T.F. North (11-9, 9-3) is trying to build some momentum after recent close losses to Hillcrest and T.F. South.

Carmel at No. 10 Benet, 7:30 p.m. -- The ESCC closes out its season with this one. Benet (22-4, 7-1) is coming off a nice road win at Marian Catholic earlier this week. Carmel (17-10, 4-4) knocked off Joliet Catholic during the week as they've been a dangerous team in the ESCC. 

Class 2A Boys Basketball Regional Championships

Leo vs. Marshall, 6 p.m. -- The Lions are the favorites but the Commandos are the host of this regional title game. Leo (20-5, 8-0) has a 13-game winning streak as they won the Catholic League White. Marshall (8-17, 4-5) struggled in the win column but they were a competitive 4-5 in a very deep Public League Red-South. 

Uplift vs. Northridge, 7 p.m. -- This should be an interesting battle as Uplift is playing on the road at Northridge. Uplift (17-9, 6-3) has played an extremely competitive schedule that includes a recent close loss to No. 1 Simeon as Kansas commit Markese Jacobs and senior forward Toraze Dobbs are one of the best combinations in the Class 2A field. Northridge (22-5, 12-0) went unbeaten in the Independent School League this season as they're riding a 13-game winning streak.

Class 1A Boys Basketball Regional Championships 

Aurora Christian vs. Harvest Christian, 7 p.m. -- These two teams play for the third time this season in what should be an interesting regional title game. Aurora Christian (23-1, 10-0) is the host as they only lost to Winnebago this season. The Eagles beat Harvest Christian twice in a six-day span in December. Harvest Christian (18-8, 8-2) finished third in the Northeastern Athletic as they played the second game within two points. 

Class 1A Girls Basketball State Semifinals

Okaw Valley vs. Stockton, 11 a.m., NBC Sports Chicago -- Okaw Valley (29-5) is making its first state appearance after winning its first regional title in school history. Stockton (31-2) finished under .500 last season (13-15) and had an amazing turnaround that includes a current 15-game winning streak. 

Lebanon vs. Schlarman, 12:45 p.m., NBC Sports Chicago -- These two teams have combined for two losses this season as this should be a good one. Lebanon (31-1) just won its first sectional title in school history as they've now moved on to state. Schlarman (31-1) is led by junior Anaya Peoples, a Notre Dame commit and five-star prospect in the Class of 2019. 

Class 2A Girls Basketball State Semifinals

Harlan vs. Eureka, 5:30 p.m., NBC Sports Chicago -- Two red-hot teams play in the first semifinal in Class 2A. Harlan (25-6) is riding a 12-game winning streak as this is its first appearance at state for girls basketball. Eureka (28-3) has a 19-game winning streak as they make their first state appearance since 1988.

Marshall vs. Teutopolis, 7:15 p.m., NBC Sports Chicago -- Two storied programs in the state match up in this one. Marshall (20-7) will be making its 21st state appearance as head coach Dorothy Gaters is one of the most storied coaches in Illinois. Teutopolis is making its 17th appearance at state as the Lady Shoes (28-6) seek their first title since 1995.