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CSN Top 20 IHSA basketball rankings


CSN Top 20 IHSA basketball rankings

1. Whitney Young (3-0)
PrepsTalk: With coaches Mike Krzyzewski and John Groce looking on, Jahlil Okafor put on a clinic. The 6-11 junior scored 27 points with nine boards and six blocks in a 98-48 win over Westinghouse on Friday night.

2. Simeon (2-1)
PrepsTalk: Sophomore Edward Morrow was the hero Saturday, scoring 18 points in a 55-44 victory at Arlington (TN). Jabari Parker, who chooses his college destination Thursday, continues to nurse a foot injury.

3. Morgan Park (6-0)
PrepsTalk: The Mustangs make a strong statement in Indianapolis Saturday as they take down national power Lawrence North, 67-58. Lamont Walker collected 18 points and 17 boards.

4. Homewood-Flossmoor (9-0)
PrepsTalk: Maurius Hill netted 19 points and Jason Scott added 13 more as the Vikings blow past Lincoln-Way East Friday 72-42. They will be tough to beat at Proviso West.

5. Marian Catholic (8-1)
PrepsTalk: Tyler Ulis was stellar Friday (26 points, seven rebounds, three assists) as the Spartans beat Nazareth. M-C now faces Lemont (Saturday) and then competition at the Big Dipper at the end of the month.

6. Notre Dame (9-1)
PrepsTalk: Senior point guard Jake Maestranzi guided ND to a 54-37 win over Leo on Saturday. The Dons will catch a breath and rest up for the Wheeling Hardwood Classic December 26th.

7. Benet (10-2)
PrepsTalk: An impressive win for the Redwings Saturday as they take down St. Ignatius 44-31. Sean O'Mara racked up 17 points and eight boards while Eddie Eshoo hit four three-pointers.

8. Proviso East (6-2)
PrepsTalk: The Pirates cruised past Addison Trail and then picked up a win over Mishawaka Marian Saturday at the Indy Legacy Showcase. Up next-- the Proviso West Holiday Tournament.

9. North Chicago (8-1)
PrepsTalk: A 23-5 fourth quarter run proved to be the difference in a 78-61 victory over Lakes on Thursday. How about JaVairius Amos-Mays: 13 points and 20 rebounds.

10. Neuqua Valley (10-0)
PrepsTalk: Did you have Neuqua Valley among the first to Chicagoland teams to reach 10 wins? The defense has been stellar, holding opponents to less than 40 points per game.

11. Hillcrest (7-2)
PrepsTalk: The Hawks steamroll Oak Lawn and Thornton this week and have now won five in a row. Jovan Mooring scored 19 points Saturday against the Wildcats.

12. St. Rita (6-2)
PrepsTalk: The Mustangs picked up a 53-45 win over Leo Friday night as Dominique Matthews scored 19 points. 'Rita plays at Loyola Friday and then at the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach December 26-31.

13. West Aurora (6-1)
PrepsTalk: Jontrel Walker tallied 27 points as the Blackhawks took care of Glenbard North 75-59 Friday. West plays at Wheaton North Friday and then the Pontiac Holiday Tournament over the break.

14. Zion-Benton (9-1)
PrepsTalk: Junior forward Milik Yarbrough nailed five threes to lift the Bees to a 53-44 win over Warren Saturday night. A huge game awaits Friday against Mundelein.

15. Lemont (7-0)
PrepsTalk: Five players scored in double-figures Friday --including 24 from Juozas Balciunas-- as the Indians ran over the Grinnell system-based Eisenhower Cardinals.

16. St. Viator (7-1)
PrepsTalk: Huge weekend for junior guard Ore Arogundade-- 18 points, 10 rebounds Saturday against Loyola; 18 points, eight rebounds the night before against Marist.

17. St. Ignatius (7-1)
PrepsTalk: Connor Cronin (18 points) and Brandon Snower (10) played well on offense, but the Wolfpack could not tame Benet. Iggy will play at Hales Friday night.

18. Lake Forest (6-1)
PrepsTalk: The Scouts kept Warren off the scoreboard in the second quarter Friday en route to a 38-26 win. Sophomore forward Evan Boudreaux dominated, scoring 14 points with 11 rebounds.

19. Oswego (6-1)
PrepsTalk: They have gone from Proviso West dark horse to a legitimate contender for the prestigious holiday tourney title. Miles Simelton and Elliot McGaughy can play.

20. Orr (5-1)
PrepsTalk: Several Chicagoland teams made waves in Indianapolis this weekend-- and don't overlook Orr. Louis Adams' 30 points helped the Spartans take down Indiana's Warren Central in overtime.

Looming and Lurking: Bloom, Andrew, Montini, Foreman, Maine South, Providence-St. Mel, Morton, Geneva, De La Salle, Glenbard East, Fenwick, St. Charles East, Marist, T.F. North, Brother Rice, Crete-Monee, St. Patrick, York, Dundee-Crown.

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VOTE: Viewers' Choice Game Of The Week

NBC Sports Chicago

VOTE: Viewers' Choice Game Of The Week

Who wants it more? 

We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland's top prep sports show, in the hands of area basketball fans in our "Viewers' Choice Game of the Week." Fans will get the chance to pick one game that the @NBCSPreps crew will cover on Friday. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights and postgame reaction of that game will appear on that night's "High School Lites" broadcast at 11 p.m. The show also live streams at High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the following Saturday. Who's up for some games in the Metro Suburban Red conference? We're going to put the spotlight on one of the following: 

Guerin at Elmwood Park, 7:00 p.m.

Ridgewood at Wheaton Academy, 7:30 p.m.

Timothy Christian at Fenton, 7:30 p.m.

— Follow @NBCSPreps on Twitter.
— Note the "pinned Tweet" atop the @NBCSPreps feed. Vote for the game you want us to cover.
— Spread the word! 

We will make an announcement on @NBCSPreps just after 4 p.m. Thursday with the official results of which game will be covered. And as a reminder, be sure to follow @NBCSPreps for updates on the "Viewers' Choice Game of the week," along with other high school sports news, scores and highlights this season.

NBC Sports Chicago Preps Basketball Power Rankings: Week 3

NBC Sports Chicago Preps Basketball Power Rankings: Week 3

This week's edition of the NBC Sports Chicago Preps Power Rankings features a few new teams as St. Laurence, unbeaten Romeoville and Kenwood enter the picture. The Vikings won three games last week while previously-ranked Kenwood is starting to play up to their preseason potential. With the holiday tournaments quickly approaching, it'll be interesting how these rankings shape up for the next few weeks. 

We'll have multiple teams from the Power Rankings on this week's editon of High School Lites, which is scheduled for 11 p.m. on Friday on NBC Sports Chicago. Be sure to follow our Twitter account @NBCSPreps for the latest updates on the area's IHSA boys basketball updates.

1. Whitney Young (6-1) (1)
2. Curie (8-0) (2)
3. Bloom (9-0) (5) 
4. Evanston (6-1) (8)
5. Morgan Park (4-2) (6)
6. Bogan (6-1) (2)
7. DePaul Prep (7-0) (10)
8. St. Viator (7-1) (11)
9. Homewood-Flossmoor (5-1) (12)
10. Marian Catholic (5-1) (14)
11. Bolingbrook (5-2) (4)
12. Simeon (1-3) (7)
13. Oswego East (6-1) (13)
14. Leo (7-1) (15)
15. Waukegan (6-1) (18)
16. Benet (7-1) (9)
17. Glenbrook South (8-0) (21)
18. St. Laurence (7-1) (NR)
19. Kenwood (7-2) (NR)
20. Uplift (4-2) (20)
21. Downers North (7-0) (23)
22. Geneva (6-0) (22)
23. Romeoville (6-0) (NR)
24. Willowbrook (5-1) (25)
25. Riverside-Brookfield (8-1) (16)