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CSN Preps Boys Basketball Power Rankings: Week 8


CSN Preps Boys Basketball Power Rankings: Week 8

The @CSNPreps Power Rankings are had more movement during the week as some Top 10 teams lost and some new teams entered the spotlight.

Morgan Park stays at No. 1 as they picked up two more wins against top ten teams while Curie lost to an unranked conference rival.

[MORE - High School Lites Roundup: Week 8]

This week has some important games that should shake up the rankings like Morgan Park taking on Simeon and Fenwick playing St. Joseph.

1. Morgan Park (15-1, 7-0) (1) - Another week and two more Top 10 wins for Morgan Park as they beat Bogan and St. Joseph. The Mustangs are rolling and will try to close out Simeon and the Red-South this week.

2. Kenwood (15-1, 9-0) - Solid win for Kenwood over Champaign Central and they've also opened up a two-game lead in the Red-Central after Curie's loss to Hyde Park. Things are looking good for the Broncos right now.

3. Fenwick (17-2, 6-0) (4) - Fenwick had an impressive week, as they beat Simeon and Riverside-Brookfield for two more legitimate top-25 wins. The Friars have an important conference game against St. Joseph on Thursday.

4. Simeon (15-3, 7-1) (6) - Simeon fell to Fenwick but bounced back with a huge win over Julian. The Wolverines now get to see if they can match up with Morgan Park after falling in the first meeting.

5. Evanston (17-2, 6-0) (7) - The Wildkits continue to quietly pile up victories as Evanston beat Loyola, Waukegan and Whitney Young during the week. The only Illinois loss for Evanston this season came against Morgan Park.

6. Thornton (14-1, 6-0) (8) - Thornton's winning streak has hit 14 games after a win over Thornridge. With a sectional that isn't very deep, could Thornton be a darkhorse to make it to Peoria?

7. Curie (15-4, 7-2) (3) - Curie tripped up a little bit as they were upset by Hyde Park in Red-Central conference play, putting them two games behind Kenwood for first. The Condors need to figure things out before the city tournament.

8. Bogan (15-5, 6-3) (5) - Bogan fell to Morgan Park and just can't get over the Mustangs or Simeon in the Red-South. The Bengals are still a dangerous threat in the city tournament.

9. St. Joseph (13-5, 6-0) (10) - The Chargers lost to Morgan Park in a showcase event at Hinsdale Central but they have a huge conference game against Fenwick this week.

10. Benet (17-3, 3-1) (11) - Dan Sobolewski made a huge 3-pointer to lift the Redwings past St. Viator in the ESCC. Benet continues to play one of the area's toughest schedules.

11. Notre Dame (16-4, 2-2) (12) - The Dons picked up a big win over Carmel as they try to make a move up the ESCC standings. 

12. Marian Catholic (16-4, 3-0) (13) - Marian Catholic is the only unbeaten team in the ESCC as they get another solid opponent in Marist this week. 

13. Naperville North (14-3, 7-1) (14) - Winners of nine of the last 10 games, Naperville North is tied for the DuPage Valley Conference lead and playing great ball. 

14. Glenbard West (16-1, 4-1) (9) - The unbeaten season was finally snapped by Proviso West but Glenbard West is still a talented, senior-laden team with a star in Justin Pierce.

15. Riverside-Brookfield (14-3, 6-0) (15) - Riverside-Brookfield took a tough loss to Fenwick but they played with one of the best teams in the area and it was a positive showing.

16. Orr (14-2, 9-0) (18) - Orr continues to go through the White-West unbeaten and they host a shootout -- and play U-High -- on Saturday.

17. North Lawndale (16-6, 7-2) - Huge wins in the Red-West for North Lawndale this week as they beat Whitney Young and Farragut.

18. Whitney Young (13-7, 7-2) (16) - The Dolphins fell to North Lawndale and Evanston but still remain a factor in the Red-West and city title race.

19. Homewood-Flossmoor (12-4, 5-1) (20) - The Vikings took down Lockport this week but they have three games this week, including a big matchup with Hillcrest this weekend.

20. Proviso East (10-5, 5-1) (21) - Proviso East won three games by double digits this week as they continue to play very well since the holiday season. They have a big game at Downers South on Friday.

21. Vocational (14-6, 3-5) (24) - The Cavaliers picked up two tight wins during the week and they still get another shot at No. 1 Morgan Park in Red-South play.

22. Deerfield (18-3, 5-1) (25) - Senior Jordan Baum is one of the area's underrated seniors and the do-it-all guard is a big reason Deerfield has 18 wins. This team has a lot of shooters who help space the floor.

23. Hyde Park (15-5, 6-3) (NR) - Huge win for Hyde Park over Curie in Red-Central play as this team could be peaking at the right time. They have three games this week, so that should help determine if Hyde Park is a city title contender.

24. Hillcrest (14-4, 8-0) (NR) - The Hawks are quietly putting together another great season in the south suburbs as they've gone unbeaten in 2016. 

25. Lake Zurich (16-4, 4-1) (NR) - Lake Zurich has a big week as they face Lake Forest and Batavia at the Batavia Night of Hoops. After winning their own event last weekend, the Bears play more good competition.

36 Days to Kickoff: Glenbard North

36 Days to Kickoff: Glenbard North 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 North

Head coach: Ryan Wilkens

Assistant coaches: Rich Smelko, John Cassidy, Bruce Donash, John Pullia, Tom Gudella, Kudret Kamabari and Matt Ng

How they fared in 2017: 5-5 (4-4 DuPage Valley Conference). Glenbard North made the Class 7A state playoff field and lost to Batavia in opening round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Neuqua Valley

Aug. 31 vs Warren Township

Sept. 7 @ St. Charles East

Sept. 14 vs Batavia

Sept. 21 @ Wheaton North

Sept. 28 @ Lake Park

Oct. 5 vs St. Charles North

Oct. 12 vs Wheaton Warrenville South

Oct. 19 @ Geneva

[MORE: 50 Days to Kickoff - Neuqua Valley]

Biggest storyline: The Panthers have a new conference home. Can the Panthers reload and fare well in the DuKane Conference?

Names to watch this season: LB Michael Wellman and FB Jake Wilson

Biggest holes to fill: The Panthers will need several players to step up on offense with just one returning starter back from a season ago-- senior FB Jake Wilson.

EDGY's Early Take: Glenbard North says farewell to the DuPage Valley conference and says hello to all things DuKane. The Panthers will undoubtedly be a younger team in 2018. While some of the star power has graduated, head coach Ryan Wilkins will once again focus on establishing a strong, fast and physical running game. Getting off to a good start against a loaded schedule will be a big key for Glenbard North this season. 

Rolling Meadows' Max Christie on the verge of national breakout


Rolling Meadows' Max Christie on the verge of national breakout

EMERSON, Ga. -- Rolling Meadows rising sophomore guard Max Christie is having a strong spring and summer on the grassroots circuit as he's emerged as one of the area's newest breakout stars.
At 6-foot-5 with an ability to play both on and off the ball, Christie is a versatile perimeter player who can be either a big point guard or a smooth wing. Even though he's only finished one year of high school, Christie already has earned some major college scholarship offers as Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Loyola, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin have all been involved. Playing up an age group with the Illinois Wolves U16 team, Christie is starting to generate a lot of buzz among college coaches and national scouts.
"I think I've played well. I've been growing. I have a huge target on my back. So I'm just confident and humble and playing my game," Christie said. "College coaches are coming in everywhere, but I'm just playing my game and not worrying about them. I'm just having fun."
Christie is coming off of a positive freshman season at Rolling Meadows in which he had some big games as a freshman while playing on varsity. Although Christie is still very skinny and trying to add strength, he has started to adjust to opponents trying to play physical against him. As he starts to get older, Christie is adjusting to how certain opponents will handle him.
"On the court, it's physical. So I have to get used to that. I have encouraging teammates so that's good for me. But everybody is double-teaming me and face-guarding me, so I just have to use screens and everything," Christie said.
"I've been in the weight room working. The strength is there. I'm always using it against other teams. I just have to get used to it. I feel like [the physicality] is not as much of a factor as I get stronger."
Christie will be one of the marked men in the area this season as he'll draw a lot of attention at Rolling Meadows. He has the potential to be an all-area player. With multiple high-major scholarship offers and national recruiting profiles, Christie is just trying to maintain his focus on staying a versatile player. Playing both on and off the ball, Christie is trying to improve the consistency on his perimeter jumper while also trying to grow his basketball IQ.
"Both of them are fine. Off the ball, I like to set screens and get teammates open. I like to get open. On the ball, I like to create, passes, all that stuff," Christie said. "So I'm just trying to make plays, get my teammates open, set better screens."
"Leadership is something I need to work on, so it's something I need to accept for this season. So, since I've built this reputation, I'm trying to be more of a leader and encourage. Just being a better teammate."
Christie averaged 18 points, eight rebounds and 2.9 assists per game as a freshman at Rolling Meadows, as he has the ability to put up monster numbers as a sophomore. Underclass players don't typically compete for awards in the Chicagoland area, but Christie is a potentially special talent at the high school level as he attempts to ascend into a national-level recruit.