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73 Days to Kickoff: Joliet Central

73 Days to Kickoff: Joliet 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 July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Joliet Central

Head coach: Brett Boyter

Assistant coaches: Tony Juarez, Mark Peterson, Kyle Knezetic, Brian Levicke, Chris Curry, Jon Punke, Nick Durkin, Quinn Walsh, Calvin Halliman, Lawrence Rodgers, Kameron Majerus and Brandon Kelly

How they fared in 2017: 0-9 (0-9 Southwest Prairie Conference), Joliet Central failed to qualify for the IHSA football state playoff field. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Romeoville

Aug. 31 vs Plainfield East

Sept. 7 vs Minooka

Sept. 14 @ Oswego East

Sept. 22 vs Plainfield Central

Sept. 28 @ Plainfield South

Oct. 5 vs Plainfield North

Oct. 12 @ Oswego

Oct. 19 vs Joliet West

[MORE: 91 Days to Kickoff - Joliet Catholic]

Biggest storyline: Can the Steelmen get back on the winning track in 2018?

Names to watch this season: QB Jared King and OL/DL Alexander Gregurich

Biggest holes to fill: The Steelmen will need to move forward without graduated four year starting quarterback Zach Wisneski (Robert Morris).

EDGY's Early Take: Joliet Central is still looking for the school's first winning football season since the program split from the combined Joliet Township sports teams back in 2010. Head coach Brett Boyter will be looking forward to having 13 returning starters back (six offense, seven defense) as a key building block this fall.

50 Chicagoland Boys Basketball Players to Watch


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.


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)


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


Ahamed Bynum, Simeon

Max Christie, Rolling Meadows

Preseason Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 3 Simeon


Preseason Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 3 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.