Preps Talk

54 Days to Kickoff: Burlington Central

54 Days to Kickoff: Burlington Central 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 Jul. 31, we’ll unveil the @CSNPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: Burlington Central

Head coach: Brian Melvin

Assistant Coaches:  Chuck Abate (OC, Asst HC), Robert Stover (DC)

How they fared in 2016: 3-6 (3-3 Kishwaukee River Conference), failed to qualify for the IHSA state playoff field.

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 25 – @ Byron

Sept. 1 – Hampshire

Sept. 8 – Rockford Lutheran

Sept. 15 - @ Richmond-Burton

Sept. 22 - Johnsburg

Sept. 29 – @ Woodstock

Oct. 6 - Woodstock North

Oct. 13 - Marengo

Oct. 20- @ Harvard

Biggest storyline: Can the Rockets take off in 2017?

Names to watch this season:  Senior WR Michael Kasula and Senior DE Sam Dossey

Biggest holes to fill: The Rockets will look to replace its entire starting secondary from a year ago.

EDGY's Early Take: It hasn't been a dull summer at Burlington Central. The Rockets have been voted out of the Kishwaukee River Conference starting in 2018-2019. But there is a good core of playmakers here and an underclassmen group that the program is excited about. I wouldn't be shocked to see the Rockets challenge for a state playoff berth this fall.

50 Chicagoland boys basketball players to watch

50 Chicagoland boys basketball players to watch

There is always an abundance of talent in the Chicagoland area when it comes to high school basketball. As one of the nation's hotbeds for hoops, our area regularly churns out high-level high school basketball players and Division I prospects.

This season is no different.

With a ton of senior Division I signees, along with a talented junior class that features a lot of varsity contributors, this should be a memorable local season of high school hoops. 

Here's a look at 50 Chicagoland boys basketball players you need to watch this season. While this list isn't necessarily supposed to represent the 50 best players in the area, it's a guide for fans to check out top players on top teams along with Division I recruits. 

Have a player you think we need to watch this season that didn't make our list of 50? Make sure to let us know on our Twitter @NBCSPreps. 


Matthew Ambrose, Stevenson

Kendale Anderson, Leo

Tyler Beard, Whitney Young

Darius Burford, Bolingbrook

Chris Conway, Naperville Central

Kyndall Davis, Bogan

Ramean Hinton, Curie

Ryan Isaacson, Hinsdale Central

Frank Jakubicek, Cary-Grove

Elijah Jones, Marian Catholic

Jayson Kent, Oak Forest

Connor Kochera, St. Viator

Bennett Kwiecinski, Loyola

Jordan Kwiecinski, Loyola

Connor Linke, St. Charles North

Dante Maddox Jr., Bloom

Dom Martinelli, Glenbrook South

Adam Miller, Morgan Park

Martice Mitchell, Bloom

Lance Mosley, DePaul Prep

Donovan Newby, Bloom

R.J. Ogom, Homewood-Flossmoor

Aquan Smart, Niles North

Luke Sgarbossa, Lake Park

Nate Shockey, York

D.J. Steward, Whitney Young

Reggie Strong, Orr

Everett Stubblefield III, Willowbrook

Ahron Ulis, Marian Catholic

Marcus Watson, Morgan Park

Destin Whitaker, Romeoville

Jeremiah Williams, Simeon

Keshawn Williams, Bloom 

Will Wolfe, Oswego East


Amar Auguillard, Zion-Benton

Isaiah Barnes, OPRF

Ahamad Bynum, Simeon

Max Christie, Rolling Meadows

Scottie Ebube, Mundelein

Conor Enright, Mundelein

Chris Hodges, Schaumburg

Bryce Hopkins, Fenwick

Louis Lesmond, Notre Dame

Blake Peters, Evanston

John Poulakidas, Neuqua Valley

Julius Rollins, Hillcrest

Anthony Sayles, Notre Dame

Brandon Weston, Morgan Park


A.J. Casey, Tinley Park

Jaden Schutt, Yorkville Christian

Preps Basketball Power Rankings No. 4 Curie


Preps Basketball Power Rankings No. 4 Curie

School: Curie

2018-19 record: 35-2 (9-0 in Public League Red-South/Central)

Postseason results: Won third place in Class 4A over Rockford East.

Players to watch: After a strong junior season, wing Ramean Hinton will be one of the state's best players this season as he's a talented scorer who can also defend multiple spots. Role players from last season's team, including Elijah Pickens, Armond Williams and Savion Williams, will also earn more minutes and increased production. Junior Phillip Berryhill is also an intriguing piece to keep an eye on.

Why they're in the power rankings: Shocking the area by becoming a nationally-ranked powerhouse last season, Curie won every game against Chicagoland competition. With eight players returning from that team, as well as a talented group of sophomores-turned-juniors, it should be another strong season from the Condors.

Did you know? Curie has become one of the most successful programs in the state over the past decade. The Condors have captured a Class 4A state title (2016), a Class 4A third-place finish (2019) and seven regional titles in the past 10 years.