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CSN Top 20 IHSA basketball rankings

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CSN Top 20 IHSA basketball rankings

1. Whitney Young (5-1)
PrepsTalk: The Dolphins finish 2-1 at the City of Palms tournament in Fort Myers, with wins over Omaha Central (NE) and Chester (PA)-- good for fifth place. Up next: the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, SC.

2. Simeon (2-1)
PrepsTalk: After dispatching Brooks Friday night, the Wolverines set their sights on the Pontiac Holiday tournament, where Duke-bound Jabari Parker could return to action.

3. Morgan Park (9-1)
PrepsTalk: Morgan Park won the third place game at the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas, defeating Our Savior (NY) 79-63. MP fell short against Bishop Gorman (NV) in the semis, 83-80 in OT.

4. Homewood-Flossmoor (10-0)
PrepsTalk: Their 88-26 victory over Ellison was the largest winning margin in the Proviso West Tournament since 1992. An intriguing matchup against Westinghouse is on-deck for Wednesday.

5. Marian Catholic (9-1)
PrepsTalk: The Spartans get a "resume-building" win over Lemont Saturday at the Crete-Monee shootout. Tyler Ulis led the charge with 25 points; three others in double-figures for M-C. The McDipper is next.

6. Notre Dame (9-1)
PrepsTalk: After a lengthy break, the Dons return to action Wednesday against Alcott at the Wheeling Hardwood Classic. Other teams competing at Wheeling: Niles North, Naperville Central, St. Viator and others.

7. Benet (11-2)
PrepsTalk: After defeating Urban Prep, the Redwings set their sights on Morton in the second round at Proviso West. It is possible that a Benet-Proviso East matchup could take place on Friday.

8. Proviso East (6-2)
PrepsTalk: Speaking of the Pirates, they forced 27 turnovers en route to a 71-40 victory over T.F. South Saturday at Proviso West. The defending tourney champs will now face Auburn on Thursday.

9. North Chicago (10-1)
PrepsTalk: After walloping Round Lake by 60 on Friday, the Warhawks head down I-55 to Bloomington's State Farm Holiday Classic. They open against Chillicothe's IVC High School on Wednesday.

10. Neuqua Valley (10-0)
PrepsTalk: There's no place like home for the holidays. Well, close enough. Neuqua will play at the nearby East Aurora Tournament over the break. First up: a tilt against Geneva on Wednesday.

11. Hillcrest (7-3)
PrepsTalk: Jovan Mooring scored 25 points, but the Hawks could not overcome Arsenal Tech at the Midwest Basketball Showcase in Indianapolis on Saturday. Up next: Maine South at Proviso West.

12. St. Rita (7-2)
PrepsTalk: The Mustangs snuck by Loyola 36-35 on Friday night. The Mustangs will join Whitney Young in spending holiday week in Myrtle Beach SC at the Beach Ball Classic, December 26-31.

13. West Aurora (7-1)
PrepsTalk: The Blackhawks moved to 4-0 in DVC by defeating Wheaton North 68-52 on Friday. Now, can they make noise in Pontiac? West Aurora, Simeon and Peoria Manual could all make deep runs.

14. St. Viator (7-1)
PrepsTalk: The Lions open play at the Wheeling Hardwood Classic against Libertyville Wednesday morning. Should they advance, they'll face the winner of FremdMaine West.

15. St. Ignatius (8-1)
PrepsTalk: The Wolfpack downed Hales 45-31 on Friday. Iggy heads west to York High School for the Jack Tosh Tournament over the break. Their first game will be against Conant on Wednesday.

16. Lake Forest (7-2)
PrepsTalk: Sam Downey's double-double (15 points, 13 boards) helped the Scouts defeat Libertyville on Friday. Lake Forest is the top seed at the Hinsdale South tournament this week.

17. Oswego (9-1)
PrepsTalk: Guards Elliot McGaughy and Miles Simelton each scored 21 points as Oswego defeated Lincoln Park Saturday in the opening round at Proviso West. Steven Cook and the Trevians await on Thursday.

18. Orr (6-2)
PrepsTalk: Orr should make waves this year in the Red-West. They'll have a good tune-up for conference play over the break as they take on Detroit's Community High School (1230).

19. Lemont (9-1)
PrepsTalk: The Indians could not keep up with Marian Catholic But Juozas Balciunas and company are in a good position to make some noise at the Romeoville Christmas Classic this week.

20. Providence-St. Mel (6-1)
PrepsTalk: The Knights will be playing in Bloomington at the State Farm Classic this week. They have an opening round 'small school' game against Cissna Park on Wednesday night.

Looming and Lurking: T.F. North, Bloom, Andrew, Foreman, Morton, Geneva, De La Salle, Glenbard East, St. Charles East, Marist, Crete-Monee, St. Patrick, Dundee-Crown, Mundelein, New Trier.

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Five unranked boys basketball teams to watch for

Five unranked boys basketball teams to watch for

The first week of the preseason Preps Power Rankings is always difficult to assess. There are plenty of teams who just missed the cut of the initial top 25. Below are a group of talented teams who should do enough to make their way into the Power Rankings at some point during the season.

Most of these teams have experience and star power, so watch for them in the next few weeks to see if they have strong starts to the season. 

DePaul Prep -- The Rams remain one of the major threats in the Catholic League this season as they return plenty of talent from a sectional finals team. Junior guard Perry Cowan and junior big man Pavle Pantovic make up a very solid one-two punch and sophomore guard Lance Mosley had some flashes of strong play during the summer. Seniors Spencer Cody and Anthony Papaioanou are steady contributors as well. The move up to Class 3A will be something to watch for with this team. Since the local Class 2A draw features Orr and Uplift, DePaul Prep might actually have an easier state tournament draw in the higher class.

St. Joseph -- There isn't one true star for the Chargers this season. Head coach Gene Pingatore has a lot of balance and experience but finding a go-to player could be the difference for St. Joseph this season. Senior Ahmad Muhammad will be asked to do a lot with the ball. Other returning seniors like Jalen and Jordan Boyd and Joffari Brown also have plenty of varsity experience. Losing junior point guard Marquise Walker to Curie definitely hurts. But not many teams in the state have four seniors who have already played in Peoria.

Geneva -- It was tough to leave the Vikings out of the preseason Power Rankings as they once again look like a major factor in the Upstate Eight River this season. New head coach Scott Hennig, a former assistant at Geneva, takes over for Phil Ralston (Glenbrook South) as he inherits a solid group of talent. Junior point guard Jack McDonald is an All-Area threat after a standout sophomore season. Another junior, guard Mitch Mascari, was one of the area's best three-point shooters last season. And Geneva also returns plenty of size, including 6-foot-6 senior Will Courter and promising 6-foot-7 sophomore Nate Santos. With the right blend of size and perimeter firepower, Geneva is a team to keep an eye on.

St. Viator -- Making the leap up to Class 4A this season, the Lions return some talented players from a team that made a surprising postseason run last season. St. Viator returns a Division I prospect in talented junior forward Jeremiah Hernandez while senior forward Peter Lambesis is also back. Finding stability at point guard could be the key to this season for the Lions as they have to replace J.R. Cison, who transferred to Lake Zurich. If junior Trey Calvin can step up, then St. Viator shouldn't miss much of a beat. The Lions already started the season with a solid win over Libertyville.

New Trier -- The most intriguing part about New Trier this season is the size on the interior as two junior big men have college aspirations. Ciaran Brayboy, a 6-foot-9 big man and Spencer Boehm a 6-foot-7 forward create one of the area's more talented frontcourts for the Trevians. The frontcourt is a plus and the backcourt, a senior-laden group, is also better and more experienced than last season. New Trier should crack the top 25 at some point this season. 

The top players to watch during the IHSA State Football championships

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The top players to watch during the IHSA State Football championships

Below is a listing of several prospects and recruit names to watch this coming weekend for the IHSA State Football championships.

Class 1A

Tuscola

2018 OT Hunter Woodard (Oklahoma State) 6-foot-5, 285 pounds

2018 TE Cal Sementi 6-foot-6, 202 pounds

2019 QB Luke Sluder 6-foot-2, 195 pounds

2019 OL CJ Piczao 6-foot-3, 271 pounds

2019 OL/DL Brayden Vonlanken 6-foot-2, 244 pounds

Lena Winslow

2020 TE/DE Isaiah Bruce 6-foot-3, 238 pounds

2020 RB/LB Sean Ormistron 6-foot-0, 191 pounds

2019 TE/DE Parker Magee 6-foot-3, 206 pounds

2019 OL/DL Ian Kuehl 6-foot-2, 260 pounds

Class 2A

GCMS

2019 WR Ryland Holt 6-foot-4, 190 pounds

2019 S Lane Short 6-foot-2, 180 pounds

2019 QB/DB Nathan Garard 5-foot-11,185 pounds

Maroa Forsyth

2020 QB Ian Benner 6-foot-2, 165 pounds

2019 DL Lane Ohlemeyer 6-foot-1, 275 pounds

2019 WR Max Davenport 6-foot-1, 190 pounds

Class 3A

Immaculate Conception

2019 OL/DL Ricky Mysliwiec 6-foot-1, 275 pounds

2019 LB Khali Saunders 6-foot-4, 215 pounds

2019 WR Khalil Saunders 5-foot-11, 185 pounds

Pleasant Plains

2019 TE/LB Tristen Tewes 6-foot-3, 220 pounds

2019 OL Deven Burns 6-foot-3, 250 pounds

Class 4A

Morris

2018 OL Nathan Korte 6-foot-6, 298 pounds

2018 TE/DE Tyler Spiezio 6-foot-5, 210 pounds

2018 OL Nolan Feeney 6-foot-3, 282 pounds

2019 TE Nathan Little 6-foot-4, 259 pounds

Rochester

2018 QB Nik Baker 5-foot-9, 185 pounds

2018 OL/DL Sean Brewer 6-foot-4, 245 pounds

2018 OL/DL Clay Johnson 6-foot-1, 290 pounds

2018 DL Mike McNicholas 6-foot-1, 215 pounds

2018 DB Tyler Caruso 5-foot-9, 180 pounds

2018 RB Nick Capriotti 5-foot-11, 190 pounds

Class 5A

Phillips

2018 DT Queneil Morrisson (NIU commit)

2018 QB J'Bore Gibbs (South Dakota State commit)

2018 DE Terrance Taylor (Toledo commit)

2018 WR/S Fabian McCray (WMU/Toledo offers)

2019 WR/DB Joseph Thompson

2019 TE Jahleel Billingsley 

2019 DB/WR Joseph Thompson

2020 DB Robert Pledger 

Dunlap

2018 TE Charlie Mangieri (Northwestern commit) 6-foot-4, 230 pounds

2018 RB/LB Luke Bennyhoff 5-foot-10, 180 pounds

2018 WR/DB Isaac Guyton 6-foot-2, 170 pounds

2018 OL Broc Jockisch 6-foot-3, 280 pounds

2019 WR/DE Josiah Miamen 6-foot-4, 215 pounds

Class 6A

Prairie Ridge 

2018 QB Samson Evans (Iowa commit) 6-foot-1, 210 pounds

2018 OL Jeff Jenkins (Iowa commit) 6-foot-4, 280 pounds

2018 LB Joe Perhats 6-foot-3, 205 pounds

2018 LB Jacob Ommen 6-foot-1, 215 pounds

2018 OL Justin Grapenthin 6-foot-3, 250 pounds

2018 OL Jeffery Schultz 6-foot-6, 300 pounds

Nazareth Academy 

2018 DT Isaiah Lee (Iowa State commit) 6-foot-1, 290 pounds

2018 TE/LB Austin Reifsteck 6-foot-1, 210 pounds

2018 LB Wesley Lones 6-foot-2, 205 pounds

2019 RB/DB Devin Blakely 5-foot-9, 180 pounds

2019 WR/DB Diamond Evans 5-foot-10, 180 pounds

2019 WR/DB Michael Love 5-foot-10, 165 pounds

2019 DB Jermaine Baker 6-foot-2, 200 pounds

2019 WR David Ogelsby 5-foot-10, 182 pounds

Class 7A

Batavia

2018 OL Nolan Eike (Central Michigan commit) 6-foot-6, 260 pounds

2018 SS Michael Niemiec 6-foot-1, 190 pounds

2019 ILB Luke Weerts 6-foot-2, 230 pounds

2019 OLB Michael Jansey 6-foot-2, 210 pounds

2019 DE Ethan Towers 6-foot-5, 210 pounds

Lake Zurich

2018 QB Evan Lewandowski 6-foot-4, 215 pounds

2018 LB Jack Sanborn (Wisconsin commit) 6-foot-2, 220 pounds

2018 OL Ian Fitzgerald 6-foot-6, 300 pounds

2019 LB Lucas Dwyer 6-foot-2, 195 pounds

2019 DL Jackson Farsales 6-foot-3, 265 pounds

Class 8A

Loyola Academy 

2018 QB Quinn Boyle 6-foot-1, 180 pounds

2018 OL Charlie Gross (Fordham commit) 6-foot-5, 270 pounds

2018 TE Charlie Gilroy 6-foot-5, 225 pounds 

2018 DL Marty Geary 6-foot-2, 265 pounds

2018 DE John McMahon 6-foot-3, 245 pounds

2019 LB Armoni Dixon 6-foot-3, 220 pounds

2019 S Jacob Gonzales 6-foot-1, 175 pounds

2019 WR Noah Jones 6-foot-2, 195 pounds

Lincoln-Way East

2018 DL Devin O'Rourke (Northwestern commit) 6-foot-6, 250 pounds

2018 TE/LS Turner Pallissard (Iowa PWO) 6-foot-2, 220 pounds

2018 DT Jayden Hacha 6-foot-0, 250 pounds

2018 WR Shane Pedersen 6-foot-4, 185 pounds

2018 LB Declan Carr 6-foot-1, 200 pounds

2020 WR AJ Henning 5-foot-10, 170 pounds

2019 OL Dane Eggert 6-foot-3, 265 pounds