2016-17 record: 25-4, 10-0 Public League Red-Central
Postseason results: Lost to OPRF in Class 4A sectional semifinals
Players to watch: The frontcourt of twin brothers Treavon and Tyree Martin are both back as the seniors have been varsity mainstays the past few seasons. Curie also added a lot of weapons via transfer as reigning East Suburban Catholic Conference Player of the Year Maurice Commander (UT-Chattanooga) joined the Condors from Marist.
Why they're in the power rankings: The Martin twins should be one of the bigger and better frontcourts in the area this season and Commander should receive plenty of help from UP-Englewood transfer Jayden Gasby and St. Joseph transfer Marquise Walker. The Condors are just a step below the four other Public League powers who are ahead of them in the preseason Power Rankings, but they have a chance to still be a title threat.
Did you know? The new-look Condors looked very impressive at times this summer as they dominated the annual Riverside-Brookfield Shootout in June. Curie earned blowout wins over Simeon and Whitney Young in the final two games to capture the championship.
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 NBC Sports Chicago (@NBCSPreps) crew will cover on Friday night. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights of that game will appear on that night's “High School Lites” broadcast at 11 p.m. — just after Chicago Bulls basketball. The show also live streams at NBCSportsChicago.com/watchlive. High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. the following Saturday. This week, it's all about the big boys. 8A and 7A teams are in position to boost their playoff resume. Which game should we give some love to on Friday night?
Curie vs. Simeon, 7:15 p.m. (Gately Stadium)
Maine South at New Trier, 7:30 p.m.
Lake Park at Neuqua Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Poll opens Tuesday at 12 p.m. and closes Thursday at 4 p.m. Here is what fans need to do to vote:
— Follow @NBCSPreps on Twitter.
— Note the “pinned Tweet” atop the @NBCSPreps feed. Vote for the game you want us to cover.
— Spread the word!
We will make an announcement on @NBCSPreps just after 4 p.m. Thursday with the official results of which game will be covered. And as a reminder, be sure to follow @NBCSPreps for updates on the “Viewers’ Choice Game of the week,” along with other high school sports news, scores and highlights this season.
Curie senior guard Maurice Commander ended his recruitment on Tuesday night by committing to UT Chattanooga on Twitter.
"I chose UT-Chattanooga, because deep down inside, I knew I could trust (new Mocs head coach Lamont) Paris and the staff," Commander said to CSN. "They believed in me from the jump! I know for a fact that I could go to war with this coaching staff."
The 6-foot-0 Commander was one of the area's best point guards and perimeter shooters last season as he helped Marist become a consistent presence in the CSN Preps Power Rankings.
Transferring to Public League powerhouse Curie this offseason, Commander made his presence immediately felt with the Condors this summer when he buried five first-half three-pointers against Simeon during June's annual Riverside-Brookfield Shootout.
Curie eventually went on to win the loaded summer event as they once again look like a major threat for a city and state championship this season with Commander as a major piece.
Commander selected UT Chattanooga over his other finalist, UC-Davis, as Paris is very familiar with recruiting the Chicagoland area.
A former assistant coach at Wisconsin since 2010 before taking the UT Chattanooga head job this spring, Paris recruited Illinois before for the Badgers as he is plenty familiar with the area.