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Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 18 Kenwood

Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 18 Kenwood

2016-17 record: 21-8, 8-2 Public League Red-Central

Postseason results: Lost to Whitney Young in Class 4A sectional semifinals.

Players to watch: Senior Nas Turner has a chance to be a breakout player this season for the Broncos as the 6-foot-6 wing is a big-time athlete. Junior point guard Artese Stapleton has also shown flashes of being a potential standout player.

Why they're in the power rankings: One of the Public League's most consistent programs since head coach Marlo Finner took over, the Broncos don't have a bonafide star like a lot of other city programs but they have intriguing depth and good size at multiple positions. They're a bit of a wild card in the restacked Public League deck, but Kenwood is still dangerous.

Did you know? This will be Finner's first season coaching a full roster of players he brought in himself at Kenwood. After former head coach Jim Maley brought in a solid core that helped Kenwood thrive the last few years, now Finner has a roster of players who were brought in to run his system.

High School Lites Football Semifinals Roundup

High School Lites Football Semifinals Roundup

High School Lites has plenty of great IHSA football playoff action from the semifinals on Saturday as NBC Sports Chicago has highlights of many of the area's top matchups. 

Be sure to also follow us on Twitter @NBCSPreps for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights. 

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This Week's Scores

Class 8A

Loyola Academy 17, Edwardsville 10

Lincoln-Way East 24, Maine South 14

Class 7A

Lake Zurich 14, Mount Carmel 7

Batavia 23, Benet Academy 13

Class 6A

Prairie Ridge 42, Hoffman Estates 21

Nazareth Academy 24, Providence Catholic 7

Class 5A

Phillips 27, Sterling 14

Dunlap 21, Washington 0

Class 4A

Morris 43, Raby 8

Rochester 31, Highland 14

Class 3A

IC Catholic 7, Byron 0

Pleasant Plains 41, Anna-Jonesboro 2

Class 2A

Gibson City 14, Newman Central Catholic 8

Maroa-Forsyth 25, Shelbyville 14

Class 1A

Tuscola 21, Athens 14

Lena-Winslow 12, Forreston 8

 

Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 3 Simeon

Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 3 Simeon

School: Simeon

2016-17 record: 30-4, 8-2 Public League Red-South

Postseason results: Lost to Whitney Young in Class 4A Title Game

Players to watch: Senior Talen Horton-Tucker (Iowa State) is one of the area's premier two-way players. Senior forward Messiah Jones (Drake) is an elite leaper and rebounder. Talented junior guard KeJuan Clements is also back. The Wolverines also added some intriguing transfers in Xavier Pinson (St. Pat's) and Northwest Indiana native Zion Young. Both Pinson and Young have Division I interest and add even more perimeter firepower. 

Why they're in the power rankings: On paper, you could argue that Simeon is the most talented team in the state this season. The Wolverines have proven veterans who have won city titles and Division I transfers at multiple positions. But how will all of the pieces fit together? This is a fascinating group with a high ceiling.

Did you know? Making it back to Peoria last season, Simeon has now made 13 state finals appearances.