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CSN Preps Boys Basketball Power Rankings: Week 1


CSN Preps Boys Basketball Power Rankings: Week 1

The 2015-16 boys basketball season appeared to be wide open entering the season and with nine new teams entering the CSN Preps Power Rankings after the first week of the season, it looks like it could be a while before a group of teams begins to separate themselves. 

While the top eight teams stayed the same, the rest of the Power Rankings had quite a bit of changes. Here's a look at the latest Chicagoland rankings.

1. Morgan Park (0-0) (1) - The Mustangs open the season with Bowen on Tuesday and get tested Saturday against No. 8 Evanston in the Chicago Elite Classic.

2. Simeon (0-0) (2) - Things don't start easy for the Wolverines as they play No. 10 Whitney Young on Saturday in the Chicago Elite Classic.

3. Kenwood (1-0) (3) - The Broncos opened the season with a win over Julian as they travel to Lake Forest Academy this week.

4. Fenwick (4-0) (4) - Fenwick took care of business at Morton with a 4-0 record as they face nearby rival Oak Park-River Forest in the Chicago Elite Classic on Friday at UIC.

5. Bogan (3-0) (5) - Bogan won all three games by at least 25 at Rock Island as they started the season in impressive fashion.

6. Riverside-Brookfield (4-0) (6) - Riverside-Brookfield won its own event by beating some talented teams, including Oak Park-River Forest. The Bulldogs get Wheaton Academy and Gonzaga (D.C.) this week.

7. Curie (1-0) (7) - It was a big win over Proviso West that started Curie's season as they travel to the Marshall County Hoop Fest next weekend.

8. Evanston (4-0) (8) - Some nice wins for Evanston, including Notre Dame and Mount Carmel as they prepare for No. 1 Morgan Park in Saturday's Chicago Elite Classic.

9. St. Joseph (4-0) (11) - The Chargers are off to a 4-0 start after beating St. Charles East and senior center Nick Rakocevic is off to a great start. On Friday, St. Joseph gets No. 19 De La Salle in the Catholic Red.

10. Whitney Young (0-0) (17) - The Dolphins make their season debut on Saturday against No. 2 Simeon in the Chicago Elite Classic.

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11. Bradley-Bourbonnais (3-0) (18) - Things went easily for the Boilermakers with three big wins at Oliver Nazarene. Bradley-Bourbonnais gets Thornridge this week.

12. Joliet West (5-0) (19) - Impressive 5-0 start for Joliet West as they beat Crete-Monee in overtime to win their own event before beating Foreman on Sunday. Bolingbrook will be a test on Friday.

13. Oswego (4-0) (23) - Oswego trailed after the first three quarters against Naperville North before rallying to claim their own title and start 4-0.

14. Homewood-Flossmoor (3-1) (NR) - The Vikings dropped their opener against T.F. South only to rally and beat No. 15 Marian Catholic for an impressive win.

15. Marian Catholic (4-1) (9) - The Spartans need a buzzer-beater to beat Thornwood and also beat T.F. South, Bloom and Westinghouse while losing to No. 14 Homewood-Flossmoor.

16. Benet (4-0) (NR) - Quality start for Benet as they went 4-0 with good wins over Lincoln Park and St. Ignatius. 

17. Notre Dame (3-1) (10) - The Dons fell to No. 8 Evanston last week, but otherwise looked good in the opening week.

18. Glenbard West (4-0) (NR) - Senior wing Justin Pierce is putting up huge numbers as Glenbard West had an impressive first week.

19. De La Salle (4-0) (NR) - The Meteors knocked off Niles West and St. Patrick for a great first week and they get tested against No. 9 St. Joseph on Friday.

20. Hyde Park (4-0) (NR) - After just missing the preseason power rankings, Hyde Park put up four double-digit wins in Rockford and looked like a threat in the Red-Central.

21. Uplift (5-0) (NR) - Winning Mundelein with a 5-0 mark was Uplift, who has a star in junior guard Demarius Jacobs. 

22. Hinsdale South (3-1) (24) - Hinsdale South lost to No. 18 Glenbard West, but still had a great win over Stevenson as senior center Barret Benson put up big numbers.

23. Downers South (3-1) (NR) - Downers South just missed the preseason power rankings but proved they were real by winning three and making it tough for No. 9 St. Joseph.

24. Farragut (4-1) (NR) - After losing to Rockford Auburn, Farragut rattled off four wins, including a very solid takedown of Crete-Monee on Sunday.

25. Deerfield (4-0) (NR) - Deerfield won the tournament at Palatine by coming back to defeat a very talented Jacobs team.

Previously ranked: 12. Stevenson, 13. Bolingbrook, 14. Proviso East, 15. Loyola Academy, 16. Oak Park-River Forest, 20. Larkin, 21. Neuqua Valley, 22. St. Ignatius, 25. Niles West

Power Rankings: #7 - Glenbard West

Power Rankings: #7 - Glenbard West 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: Glenbard West

Head coach: Chad Hetlet

Assistant coaches: John Sigmund, Jon Schweighardt, Joe Kish, Chris Van Dyke, Rick Heckman, Mike Hofland and Tad Keely

How they fared in 2017: 9-2 (6-0 West Suburban Silver Conference). Glenbard West made the 8A state playoff field, defeated Bloom Township and then lost to Oswego in second round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Maine South

Aug. 31 @ Proviso East

Sept. 8 vs Addison Trail

Sept. 14 @ York

Sept. 22 vs Downers Grove North

Sept. 29 vs Lyons Township

Oct. 5 @ Hinsdale Central

Oct. 13 vs Oak Park-River Forest

Oct. 19 @ Proviso West

Biggest storyline: Can the Hilltoppers get their swagger back in 2018?

Names to watch this season: RB Tyquan Cox and DE Mark Winters

Biggest holes to fill: The Hilltoppers will be a bit green on the offensive side of the football. Only three starters return from a season ago. 

EDGY's Early Take: Whenever Glenbard West head coach Chad Hetlet welcomes back experience on defense, expect the Hilltoppers to be strong. As mentioned, West’s offense will be a bit inexperienced. But senior RB Tyquan Cox is back from a strong junior season. He is a big play threat with every carry. The defense brings back seven returning starters from a season ago; they were a unit that improved greatly as the season wore on last season. Senior DE Mark Winters is a name to watch along with four returning starting linebackers in the fold from a season ago. If the offense can develop sooner rather than later, expect Glenbard West to again challenge for a state title in 2018. 

Power Rankings: #8 - Naperville Central

Power Rankings: #8 - Naperville 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: Naperville Central

Head coach: Mike Stein

Assistant Coaches: Mike Ulreich: (DC/Inside LB), Tim Boecker (DB) Marc Anderson (DB), Adam Pucylowski (Outside LB), Eric Novak (DL), Pat Watson (OC/OL), Phil Allen (OL), Ryan Clifford (TE/H-backs), Adam Freed (RB), Chad Bradley (QB), Josh McLeod (WR) and Kofi Hughes (WR)

How they fared in 2017: 9-3 (7-1 DuPage Valley Conference). Naperville Central made the 8A state playoff field and defeated West Aurora and Homewood-Flossmoor. In the quarterfinal round, they lost to Maine South. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Hinsdale Central

Aug. 31 @ Lincoln-Way East

Sept. 7 vs Naperville North

Sept. 14 @ St. Matthews (Trinity) Kentucky

Sept. 21 @ Metea Valley

Sept. 28 vs Naperville North at NCC

Oct. 5 vs Neuqua Valley

Oct. 12 vs Waubonsie Valley

Oct. 19 @ Cary-Grove

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Biggest storyline: The schedule. Can the Redhawks survive a grueling regular season slate and go deep in the Class 8A playoffs?

Names to watch this season: QB Payton Thorne (Western Michigan) and OG Luke Hallstrom (Air Force)

Biggest holes to fill: The Redhawks will need to reload upfront on both the offensive and defensive line this fall. 

EDGY's Early Take: Welcome to the new-look DuPage Valley, Naperville Central fans. The Redhawks will face a stiff test for all nine weeks of the regular season. It includes back-to-back games against fellow Class 8A state title contenders right out of the gate: Hinsdale Central and Lincoln-Way East. But Naperville Central features one of the state's top quarterbacks in senior Payton Thorne. He has capable targets in senior WR Cade McDonald and senior TE Jared Suchevits. As for the defense, they'll feature senior DB Jack Jopes along with senior LB Matt Oliver. A major plus to help Central's cause: they always have a deep roster and strong overall program numbers year in and year out.