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62 Days to Kickoff: Lincoln Park

62 Days to Kickoff: Lincoln Park

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: Lincoln Park

Head coach: Vince DeFrancesco

Assistant coaches: Steve Karoff, Grant Magnuson, Tyler Clark, Brandon Randolph, Alex Green and Tom Dellota

How they fared in 2017: 8-2 (7-0 Chicago Public League Chicago Big Shoulders Conference). Lincoln Park made the Class 7A state football playoff field. The Lions lost to Alton in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ IWT Speer

Sept. 1 vs. Kenwood

Sept. 7 vs. Hubbard

Sept. 14 @ Phillips

Sept. 21 vs. Lane Tech

Sept. 28 vs. Taft

Oct. 5 vs. Westinghouse

Oct. 12 vs. Raby

Oct. 19 vs. Morgan Park

Biggest storyline: The Lions' new conference. Can Lincoln Park keep its winning ways when they start playing in the CPL/Illini Land of Lincoln this fall?

Names to watch this season: RB/LB Dane Romberger and DB Jalen Jenkins

Biggest holes to fill: The Lions will need to reload on the offensive side of the football this summer with just three starters back this fall.

EDGY's Early Take: Coach Vince DeFrancesco's Lions have been on a nice roll, getting to the IHSA state playoffs in each of his past three seasons (four straight for the school overall). However, the price for the Lions' success is extremely high. The CPL Illini Land of Lincoln is loaded. The schedule includes the likes of Kenwood, Hubbard, Phillips, Raby and Morgan Park...just to name a few. If the Lions can develop their less experienced offense this summer, all the better for them.

50 Chicagoland Boys Basketball Players to Watch

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50 Chicagoland Boys Basketball Players to Watch

The IHSA boys basketball season begins Thanksgiving week as the state of Illinois will once again be loaded with talented players. NBC Sports Chicago presents the Chicagoland area's top 50 players to watch this season as the group features numerous Division I talents and exciting players. 

For more information on each player, click on the hyperlink on their name, as we've tweeted about all 50 players during the week on our @NBCSPreps Twitter account. Be sure to check out many of these players this season on High School Lites as we switch from football to basketball beginning with the Nov. 30th episode.

SENIORS

Rashaun Agee, Bogan

Myles Baker, Whitney Young

Connor Barrett, Loyola

Ciaran Brayboy, New Trier (Harvard)

Bryant Brown, Waukegan

Trey Calvin, St. Viator (Wright State)

Kejuan Clements, Simeon

Fred Cleveland Jr., Leo (North Carolina A&T)

Tyler Cochran, Bolingbrook (Northern Illinois)

Keenon Cole, Streamwood (Northern Illinois)

Perry Cowan, DePaul Prep (Brown)

RayJ Dennis, Oswego East (Boise State)

Dashon Enoch, Oak Park-River Forest

Nate Ferguson, Lemont (Drake)

DaJuan Gordon, Curie (Kansas State)

Essam Hamwi, Maine South

Semaj Henderson, Downers North

Jeremiah Hernandez, St. Viator (Kent State)

Jaheim Holden, Evanston

Markese Jacobs, Uplift (DePaul)

Lance Jones, Evanston (Southern Illinois)

Marquise Kennedy, Brother Rice (Loyola)

Mitch Mascari, Geneva

Taeyon Neal, Providence-St. Mel (UIC)

Jeremiah Oden, St. Rita

Antonio Reeves, Simeon

Deng Reng, Wheaton North

Isaac Stanback, Homewood-Flossmoor

Artese Stapleton, Kenwood

Aaron Strong, Farragut

Evan Taylor, Glenbard West (Southern Illinois)

Kendrick Tchoua, Benet

Alex Timmerman, Crystal Lake Central (Bucknell)

Zach Toussaint, Johnsburg

Marquise Walker, West Aurora

Jeremiah Washington, Bogan 

Tom Welch, Naperville North (Loyola)

Chris White, Marian Catholic

T.J. Wicks, Kankakee

Tujautae Williams, Orr

Joseph Yesufu, Bolingbrook (Drake)

JUNIORS

Tyler Beard, Whitney Young

Seryee Lewis, Kenwood

Adam Miller, Morgan Park

D.J. Steward, Whitney Young

Ahron Ulis, Marian Catholic

Keshawn Williams, Bloom

Will Wolfe, Aurora Christian

SOPHOMORES

Ahamed Bynum, Simeon

Max Christie, Rolling Meadows

Preseason Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 3 Simeon

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Preseason Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 3 Simeon

Simeon

2017-18 record: 29-4, 9-0 in Public League Red-South/Central

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

Players to watch: Senior guard Kejuan Clements has been a consistent presence for the Wolverines the past few seasons. Transfer guard Antonio Reeves is a senior Division I prospect who started his career at Kenwood before moving to Arizona for his junior season. And Simeon's young trio of sophomore guard Ahamad Bynum and freshmen A.J. Casey and Jaylen Drane will all be players to track during the season.

Why they're in the power rankings: Simeon might have some growing pains to start the season with such a young team. But the Wolverines possess the talent to compete with anyone in the state. The key will be integrating Reeves seemlessly into the lineup while also developing the young trio that has so much promise and potential. 

Did you know? The freshman duo of A.J. Casey and Jayeln Drane competed in the USA Basketball junior national minicamp during October as they were among the best high school players in the country.