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CSN's Top 20 Basketball Rankings

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CSN's Top 20 Basketball Rankings

By Joe Collins & Taylor Bell
CSNChicago.com

1 Simeon (5-0)

Results: Defeated Carver 79-23 (Wed.), Brighton,TN 87-57 (Sat.)

This Week: Monday vs. Perspectives-Calumet, Wednesday vs. Corliss, Thursday vs. Whitney Young

Hoops Talk: College coaches Roy Williams, Johnny Dawkins and Buzz Williams were in attendance at Wednesdays game.

2 Proviso East (7-0)
Results: Defeated Hinsdale South 74-58 (Fri.)

This Week: No games scheduled

Hoops Talk: Could Curie transfer Paris Burns transform the Pirates fab four (Brown, Carroll, Carter and Lee) into a fab five?

3 Warren (7-1)

Results: Defeated Lake Forest 58-47

This Week: No games scheduled

Hoops Talk: Could the Blue Devils give Simeon a run at the Pontiac Holiday Tournament?

4 Curie (6-0)

Results: Defeated Hyde Park 65-61 (Tue.), Hope 78-42 (Thu.)

This Week: Tuesday vs. Robeson

Hoops Talk: Devin Foster stepped up Tuesday (23 points) in one of the biggest and most hyped Public League games of the year so far.

5 Downers Grove South (7-1)

Results: Defeated Willowbrook 86-41

This Week: No games scheduled

Hoops Talk: Sophomore PG Danny Spinuzza starting to make some noise. Mustangs now focus on defending the title at Yorks Jack Tosh Holiday Tournament.

6 Bogan (8-0)

Results: Defeated Vocational 68-38 (Wed.), Carver 75-42 (Fri.)

This Week: No games scheduled

Hoops Talk: Center Devonte Smith and guard Juwan Henry have come up big for the Bengals.

7 De La Salle (7-1)

Results: Defeated Hales 73-60 (Fri.)

This Week: No games scheduled

Hoops Talk: 6-9 junior center Gavin Schilling scored 19 points Friday night, 14 points via dunks. Alex Foster added 20 points and 11 boards.

8 New Trier (9-1)

Results: Defeated Waukegan 54-53 (Fri.), Prosser 48-32 (Sat.)

This Week: No games scheduled

Hoops Talk: Austin Angels clutch shooting on Friday and Connor Boehms dominance Saturday have the Trevians cruising into the Proviso West tourney.

9 Whitney Young (2-1)

Results: Lost to Orr 45-29 (Wed.), defeated Milbrook, NC 51-35 (Sat.)

This Week: Monday at Westinghouse, Wednesday at Manley, Thursday vs. Simeon

Hoops Talk: No rest for a Dolphins team that is battling injuries. Thursdays tilt against the top-ranked Wolverines will be played at the UIC Pavilion.

10 Andrew (6-0)

Results: Defeated Bradley-Bourbonnais 55-30 (Fri.)

This Week: No games scheduled

Hoops Talk: Focus now shifts to the Kankakee Holiday Tournament.

11 Bloom (8-0)

Results: Defeated Leo 54-42 (Sat.)

This Week: Tuesday at Rich East

Hoops Talk: Donald Moore continues to impress. He leads all scorers with 23 Saturday night. LJ Johnson added 13.

12 Plainfield East (7-0)

Results: Defeated Minooka 54-53 (Fri.)

This Week: No games scheduled

Hoops Talk: DesNique Harris scored 14 points in a pivotal 21-4 run to give the Bengals momentum Friday. Harris finished with 22.

13 Seton (11-0)

Results: Defeated St. Francis de Sales, 99-72 (Fri.)

This Week: Friday at Morton (IN)

Hoops Talk: The Sting forced 20 steals against the Pioneers Saturday while Mark Weems (24 points) carried the load on the offensive side of the court.

14 Crane (3-2)

Results: Defeated North Lawndale 65-64 OT (Wed.)

This Week: Monday at Raby, Wednesday at Farragut

Hoops Talk: Markee Williams hit the game winner Wednesday. It was only the second lead of the game for the Cougars.

15 Homewood-Flossmoor (7-2)

Results: Defeated Lincoln-Way East 60-45 (Fri.)

This Week: No games scheduled

Hoops Talk: Call it revenge? Tim Williams (as H-F QB) couldnt get past the Griffins on the football field. He dropped 19 points on them Friday.

16 West Aurora (7-1)

Results: Defeated Glenbard North 66-52 (Fri.), East Aurora 73-42 (Sat.)

This Week: Friday at Alexis (United)

Hoops Talk: 215th meeting of West vs. East goes to the Blackhawks, who now lead the series 128-87. Jayquan Lee and Joshua McAuley each scored 11.

17 Elgin (8-1)

Results: Defeated Burlington Central 73-41 (Tue.), St. Charles East 55-39 (Fri.)

This Week: Elgin Holiday Tournament

Hoops Talk: Kory Brown and Arie Williams have the Maroons thinking big. Elgin tourney includes Batavia, Neuqua Valley & Buffalo Grove, among others.

18 Notre Dame (9-2)

Results: Defeated Niles West 60-49 (Tue.)

This Week: No games scheduled

Hoops Talk: The bench came up big for Tom Les and company Tuesday night. The Wheeling Hardwood Classic awaits.

19 North Chicago (6-1)

Results: Defeated Lakes 90-86 2OT (Fri.)

This Week: No games scheduled

Hoops Talk: Fridays double overtime thriller goes to the Warhawks, who got 31 points from Aaron Simpson.

20 Metea Valley (9-0)

Results: Defeated Neuqua Valley 67-61 (Fri.)

This Week: No games scheduled.

Hoops Talk: Another game, another landmark win on a rivals home floor for the Mustangs. The skys the limit for them in the new year.

Looming & Lurking: Morton, Farragut, Glenbrook North, Stevenson, Libertyville, Harlan, St. Ignatius, St. Viator, Hope, St. Rita, Oak Park, Mundelein, Crystal Lake Central, Foreman.

NBC Sports Chicago's 100 Days to Kickoff

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NBC Sports Chicago's 100 Days to Kickoff

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

In case you missed any of our previews, here is our rundown:

100. De La Salle

99. Crystal Lake South

98. Eisenhower

97. Back of the Yards

96. Jacobs

95. Waubonsie Valley

94. Kaneland

93. West Aurora

93 Days to Kickoff: West Aurora

93 Days to Kickoff: West Aurora

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: West Aurora

Head coach: Nate Eimer

Assistant coaches: Tony Melchiori, DC Bob Fowler, DL Patrick Stremel, LB Charlie Graves, DB Mike Runge, OL Joe Howell, RB Ron Murphy and QB Alex Shaw

How they fared in 2017: 7-3 (4-1 Upstate Eight Valley Conference). West Aurora made the IHSA Class 8A playoff field last season. The Blackhawks lost to Naperville Central 35-14 in opening round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Larkin

Aug. 31 @ West Chicago

Sept. 7 vs Streamwood

Sept. 14 @ Glenbard East

Sept. 21 vs Bartlett

Sept. 28 vs Glenbard South

Oct. 5 @ Elgin

Oct. 12 vs East Aurora

Oct. 19 vs South Elgin

[MORE: 94 Days to Kickoff - Kaneland]

Biggest storyline: Game 11. Can the Blackhawks get back to the IHSA state playoffs for the fourth straight season and then advance past the opening round?

Names to watch this season: QB Will Tammaru, RB/DB JaQuan Buchanan and DT Denver Warren

Biggest holes to fill: The Blackhawks welcome back an impressive 17 starters (nine offense, eight defense) to the mix. However, the group will be a bit inexperienced in some spots on both the offensive and defensive line.  

EDGY's Early Take: The Blackhawks' turnaround under head coach Nate Eimer and staff has been a terrific story to follow. That said, the bar for West Aurora football has also been raised. No longer are they satisfied by just "getting" to state. The Blackhawks welcome back a deep group on both sides of the football led by a potentially high powered, balanced offense. On paper, this team has the makings of being one of the better Blackhawks teams in their history. They will challenge for the Upstate Eight conference title and get another shot at the Class 8A playoff field.