Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 20 Bloom

Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 20 Bloom

School: Bloom

2016-17 record: 21-7, 10-0 Southland

Postseason results: Lost to Thornton in Class 4A regional finals.

Players to watch: Young talent is prevalent for the Blazing Trojans this season. Sophomore guards Keshawn Williams, Dante Maddox Jr. and Donovan Newby all have a chance to shine this season. Another sophomore, 6-foot-9 big man Martice Mitchell, is drawing strong reviews this fall.  

Why they're in the power rankings: It's risky to include such a young team that is replacing all five starters but the Blazing Trojans have the kind of ceiling that few teams can match in the South Suburbs. Some of these sophomores already saw varsity minutes last season, while competing in practice every day against a veteran senior group, so they should be prepared for what's to come.

Did you know? Bloom is one of five area teams in the preseason Preps Power Rankings who will compete in the annually loaded Pontiac Holiday Tournament in late December. 

Viewers' Choice: Vote for High School Lites game coverage


Viewers' Choice: Vote for High School Lites game coverage

Who wants it more?

We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland's top prep sports show, in the hands of area football fans in our "Viewers' Choice Game of the Week." Fans will get the chance to pick one game that the @CSNPreps crew will cover on Friday night. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights and postgame reaction of that game will appear on that night's "High School Lites" broadcast at 11 p.m. — just after Chicago White Sox baseball. The show also live streams at High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. the following Saturday. This week we spotlight some Indiana vs. Illinois border wars:

(All times Central)

Gavit at Bloom, 6 p.m.  

Lake Central at Lincoln-Way Central, 7 p.m.

Michigan City at Homewood-Flossmoor, 7 p.m.

Poll opens Monday at 12 p.m. and closes Thursday at 4 p.m. Here is what fans need to do to vote:

— Follow @CSNPreps on Twitter.
— Note the "pinned Tweet" atop the @CSNPreps feed. Vote for the game you want us to cover.
— Spread the word! 

[MORE: High School Lites podcast, episode 1]

We will make an announcement on @CSNPreps just after 4 p.m. Thursday with the official results of which game will be covered. And as a reminder, be sure to follow @CSNPreps for updates on the "Viewers' Choice Game of the week," along with other high school sports news, scores and highlights this season.