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CSN Preps Boys Basketball Power Rankings: Week 12

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CSN Preps Boys Basketball Power Rankings: Week 12

After a busy weekend that included the conclusion of the Public League Playoffs and Catholic League Tournament -- as well as the City-Suburban Showdown -- there was some shakeup in the latest @CSNPreps Power Rankings.

The new No. 1 is Simeon, as they beat Morgan Park, Evanston and Kenwood in a three-day stretch. The Wolverines had as good a stretch as any team has played all season with those wins and that's why they jump a very close No. 2 in Fenwick.

This is the final week of the regular season for Class 3A and Class 4A while Class 1A and Class 2A boys basketball begins this week. 

1. Simeon (3) (24-3, 9-1) - The new No. 1 is Simeon and they jump to the top spot after beating No. 3 Morgan Park, No. 12 Evanston and No. 4 Kenwood in three straight days. The Wolverines are balanced and tough in close games.

2. Fenwick (2) (24-2, 9-0) - Right behind Simeon and staying at No. 2 is Fenwick, who beat No. 6 St. Joseph for the Catholic League Tournament title. Senior point guard Mike Smith is in the Player of the Year discussion. 

3. Morgan Park (1) (22-3, 9-1) - The Mustangs fell to No. 1 Simeon in the Public League Playoff semifinals, but they had a solid comeback win over No. 10 Riverside-Brookfield as Charlie Moore was unbelievable down the stretch. Morgan Park is off until the playoffs.

4. Kenwood (6) (19-4, 9-1) - After the impressive win over No. 5 Curie, Kenwood gave a solid effort before falling to No. 1 Simeon. The Broncos will be a tough out in the state playoffs in Class 4A. 

5. Curie (5) (20-5, 8-2) - The Condors lost a close one to rival Kenwood in the Public League Playoff semifinals and they're going to be motivated entering the Class 4A state playoffs. 

6. St. Joseph (7) (19-8, 8-1) - The Chargers lost to Fenwick in the Catholic League Tournament title game and now they turn their attention to the Class 3A playoffs. Senior Nick Rakocevic continues to put up great numbers.

7. Bogan (8) (17-7, 6-4) - After falling in the Public League Playoffs, the Bengals had the week off. They'll be a very tough out in Class 3A. 

8. Benet (9)  (24-3, 7-1) - Benet is still tied atop the ESCC standings at 7-1 and they've played great ball since the holiday season. 

9. North Lawndale (11) (20-7, 8-2) - North Lawndale was another team with an off-week after the Public League Playoffs and they're a No. 2 seed in Class 3A. 

10. Riverside-Brookfield (20-5, 12-0) - Riverside-Brookfield had a solid showing against Morgan Park but they can't get over the hump against elite teams. They'll have to beat some top-10 teams to win another sectional title like last season.

11. Marian Catholic (14) (18-5, 5-1) - Marian Catholic is tied atop the ESCC with Benet at 7-1 and they've been playing some good ball towards the end of the season. 

12. Evanston (4) (21-4, 9-1) - The Wildkits saw their 13-game winning streak get snapped with weekend losses to Maine South and No. 1 Simeon. Junior Nojel Eastern needs to get back on track before the state playoffs.

13. Homewood-Flossmoor (14) (19-5, 11-1) - The Vikings have quietly piled up wins as they blew out Stagg this week. Homewood-Flossmoor is a No. 3 seed in the Bloom Sectional.

14. Whitney Young (15) (17-8, 8-2) - The Dolphins had the week off before the Public League Playoffs and they're a No. 4 seed, and home team, in Class 4A regional play.

15. Naperville North (16) (21-4, 14-1) - Naperville North picked up wins over Naperville Central and Waubonsie Valley this week as they continue their roll over the last two months. The Huskies are a No. 3 seed in the East Aurora Sectional.

16. Orr (17) (16-3, 10-0) - Orr was off this week as they try to prepare for a run in Class 2A. The Spartans are No. 1 seed in their own regional.

17. Vocational (18) (18-8, 4-6) - Vocational didn't play this past week but they're preparing for the Class 3A playoffs, where they could play Bogan in sectional play. 

18. Thornton (12) (20-3, 11-1) - Thornton suffered a loss to Bloom during the week and then had a blowout win over Thornwood. Even with two losses in recent weeks, Thornton is still the No. 2 seed in the Bloom Sectional.

19. Deerfield (19) (24-3, 9-1) - Deerfield had an easy win over Maine West during the week. They're the No. 2 seed in the Glenbrook South Sectional in Class 4A.

20. Hyde Park (20) (18-7, 7-3) - Hyde Park was off during last week and they have a tough Class 3A draw to potentially play Mount Carmel for a regional title and Morgan Park right after that.

21. Hillcrest (21) (19-5, 11-0) - Hillcrest picked up a win over Oak Forest last week and they'll be a major threat in Class 3A. The Hawks are the No. 1 seed in the Streator Sectional.

22. Notre Dame (22) (20-6, 5-3) - In the Glenbrook South Sectional, Notre Dame is going to be a tough out since they've played so well recently. The Dons have the size to potentially disrupt Evanston if they matchup in sectional play.

23. Stevenson (23) (21-6, 10-2) - Stevenson is playing up to their capabilities as they beat Libertyville and Niles North this week. The Patriots are the No. 3 seed in the Glenbrook South Sectional in Class 4A. 

24. Hinsdale South (24) (20-8, 9-3) - Hinsdale South picked up a double-digit win over Addison Trail as they could play Downers South again for a regional title in Class 4A. 

25. Prairie Ridge (25) (22-3, 12-0) - The Wolves were winners over Woodstock last week to move to 12-0 in the Fox Valley Fox. They're a No. 1 seed in Class 4A in the Rock Valley Sectional. 

66 Days to Kickoff: Rich Central

66 Days to Kickoff: Rich Central

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: Rich Central

Head coach: Terrell Alexander

Assistant Coaches: Quincy Woods (OC), Vince Brown (OL), Art Schuldt (ST), Les Hampton (DB), Jerrell Bibbs (DB), Steve Henley (DC), Jeff Spikner (WR), Derrick Goard (LB) William Pass (DL) Chuch Robinson (Skills), Guy Smith (RB) and Shawn Mitchell (Skills)

How they fared in 2017: 8-3 (4-1 Southland Conference). Rich Central made the Class 5A state football playoff field. The Olympians defeated Marion then lost to Dunlap in second round.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Hillcrest

Sept. 1 vs Lemont

Sept. 7 @ Kaneland

Sept. 14 vs Rich South

Sept. 21 @ Crete-Monee

Sept. 28 vs Rich East

Oct. 5 vs Kankakee

Oct. 12 vs Bloom Township

Oct. 19 vs Christ the King

[MORE: 67 Days to Kickoff: Hillcrest]

Biggest storyline: The Olympians have reached the IHSA playoffs three consecutive seasons-- the first such streak in Rich Central history. Can they stay on a winning track and make a deeper playoff run this fall?

Names to watch this season: WR/S Mehki Miller (Miami of Ohio) and RB Sean Tyler (Western Michigan)

Biggest holes to fill: The Olympians will need to replace their entire starting offensive line from a season ago.

EDGY's Early Take: Rich Central and head coach Terrell Alexander has brought winning and stability to the Olympians football program.  The 2018 team has some firepower back in the aforementioned Miller and Tyler; however, the development of their underclassmen group this summer will determine just how far this team will go. The ingredients look to be there for another IHSA state playoff caliber team.

67 Days to Kickoff: Hillcrest

67 Days to Kickoff: Hillcrest

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: Hillcrest

Head coach: Morgan Weaver

Assistant coaches:  Mike Young, Kyran Weaver, Rob Hancock, Ryan Keen, Nicholas Schultz, Tramaine Weaver, Phillip Burkett and Langdon Mattox

How they fared in 2017: 9-3 (5-1 South Suburban Blue Conference). Hillcrest made the Class 5A state football playoff field. The Hawks defeated Peoria and Glenwood then lost to Dunlap in the quarterfinal round.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Rich Central

Sept. 1 @ Rich South

Sept 7 @ Shepard

Sept. 14 vs Oak Forest

Sept. 21 vs Lemont

Sept. 28 @ Tinley Park

Oct. 5 @ T.F. South

Oct. 12 @ T.F. North

Oct. 19 vs Bremen

[MORE: 79 Days to Kickoff - Crete-Monee]

Biggest storyline: Consistency. After two straight postseason berths, can the Hawks reload and get back into the IHSA playoff field once again this fall?

Names to watch this season: WR Corey Crooms (Western Michigan) and DE Cam Mattox (NIU)

Biggest holes to fill: The Hawks welcome back 11 returning starters (six offense, five defense); hoewever, they will need to reload on the offensive line and at linebacker. 

EDGY's Early Take: Head coach Morgan Weaver was able to get the Hawks into the state playoffs in his first season. What can they do as an encore? Hillcrest has the potential to be a real threat in 5A. Keep an eye on a strong and experienced group of receivers and backs led by senior Corey Crooms (Western Michigan). They also boast a defense that features an experienced secondary and a ton of speed.