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CSN Top 20 IHSA basketball rankings: Week 8

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CSN Top 20 IHSA basketball rankings: Week 8

1.Whitney Young (13-1)

PrepsTalk: Jahlil Okafor earned MVP honors in Saturdays win against White Station (TN) at the Penny Hardaway Hoop Fest in Memphis. It'll be a busy week for the Dolphins: Monday at Crane, Wednesday at Marshall, then home Friday vs. Farragut.

2. Morgan Park (16-1)

PrepsTalk: Two more wins for the Mustangs, who look to put an exclamation point on south side supremacy. Billy Garrett Jr, Kyle Davis and company will have a golden chance for just that on Wednesday.

3. Simeon (11-2)

PrepsTalk: Jabari Parker scored 21 points and grabbed six boards as the Wolverines beat Memphis Southwind 55-53 in Tennessee Saturday night. Three games this week, with the Battle of Vincennes (at Morgan Park) Wednesday.

4. Marian Catholic (16-1)

PrepsTalk: M-C won their 14th straight game Saturday --a school record-- as they took down Quincy, 60-39. Thursdays road game at Benet could be a must-see East Suburban Catholic duel.

5. North Chicago (16-1)

PrepsTalk: JaVairius Amos-Mays, JayQuan McCloud (18 and 8) and Big Kurt Hall helped overwhelm Wauconda and Libertyville this week. Up next: a Friday tilt against North Suburban foe Grant.

6. Proviso East (12-3)

PrepsTalk: The Pirates defeated Morton Friday 68-43, but a late-game skirmish between the two teams could leave Proviso East with a thin lineup Friday against Willowbrook.

7. Oswego (13-2)

PrepsTalk: The Panthers made an emphatic statement on the Southwest Prairie conference race Friday with a road win at Minooka. Darion Reddick was impressive, scoring 23 points.

8. Benet (17-3)

PrepsTalk: The Redwings walloped Joliet Catholic 47-18 Friday night behind Eddie Eshoos 11 points. Can they slow down Tyler Ulis and Marian Catholic? The winner seizes first place in the ESCC.

9. Notre Dame (15-2)

PrepsTalk: Two wins in back-to-back games. The first victory was a 63-53 decision Friday over Nazareth. Then Saturday, Matt Mooney and Eddie Serrano (12 points apiece) paced the Dons against Conant, 46-32.

10. West Aurora (13-2)

PrepsTalk: Saturday's 59-19 win over Lockport marked the first of four true road games for the Blackhawks. The fun continues Friday in what should be a fine matchup at Glenbard East.

11. Orr (11-2)

PrepsTalk: Tyquone Greer scored 12 points as the Spartans defeated Shiloh (GA) 50-43 at the Brandon Jennings Invitational in Milwaukee on Saturday. They face Ford Power Houses elite scorer Elliot Cole on Wednesday.

12. Bloom (12-3)

PrepsTalk: Johnny Griffin tallied 22 points as Bloom took down 12-win Crete-Monee 61-45 on Friday. Two home games for the Blazing Trojans this week: Tuesday vs. Joliet Central, Friday vs. Kankakee.

13. Niles North (12-3)

PrepsTalk: Malachi Nix scored 18 points, JJ Myles and BJ Beckford scored 14 apiece as the Vikings dispatched Deerfield 67-55 Friday. Niles North faces Prospect Tuesday. Friday's game vs. Glenbrook North should be entertaining.

14. Neuqua Valley (15-1)

PrepsTalk: The undefeated streak is over for the Wildcats. Jabari Sandifer scored 19 points but Neuqua could not contain Sean Davis and Metea Valley, falling 55-49 Saturday.

15. Larkin (15-2)

PrepsTalk: The Royals won their 10th straight game Thursday night as they rolled St. Charles East 67-53. Quantice Hunter scored 21 points to lead Larkin, who faces Streamwood Friday.

16. Providence-St. Mel (13-3)

PrepsTalk: St. Mel overwhelmed Christ The King 79-29 this week. It figures to be a good matchup Tuesday as Tevin King and company face Seton Academy on the west side.

17. Stevenson (12-4)

PrepsTalk: Jalen Brunsons 21 points led the Patriots in a 73-55 win Saturday over Vernon Hills. Pecking order in the North Suburban Lake is up-for-grabs Friday as Zion-Benton comes to town.

18. Brother Rice (15-2)

PrepsTalk: Alex Majewski scored 27 points to lead his team past Hales 53-38 on Friday. It was the first Brother Rice victory over Hales since 2004. Road games at Nazareth (Tuesday) and St. Rita (Friday) await.

19. Curie (9-5)

PrepsTalk: Curie earned our Muscle Milk Team of the Week honors last week. Cliff Alexander showed some muscle indeed Thursday in a win against Robeson: 23 points, seven rebounds and four blocks.

20. Zion-Benton (14-3)

PrepsTalk: A Tuesday out-of-state match against Tremper (WI) and a potential statement game at Stevenson Friday night. Milik Yarborough (30 points against Lakes on Saturday) has been nothing short of unstoppable.

Looming and Lurking: Lemont, St. Patrick, St. Viator, Maine South, Marist, St. Benedict, Riverside-Brookfield, Montini, Oak Park-River Forest, Bolingbrook, Lake Forest, Woodstock, Crystal Lake Central, Leyden, St. Edward, St. Rita, Dundee-Crown

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Motivated Markese Jacobs seeks national acclaim before senior year at Uplift

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Motivated Markese Jacobs seeks national acclaim before senior year at Uplift

NORTH AUGUSTA, SC. -- Markese Jacobs doesn't have to impress college coaches during the July live evaluation period since he's already committed to Kansas. But the Uplift rising senior point guard is still motivated to make a strong impression during his final summer on the grassroots circuit.

Playing with a healthy and rejuvenated Mac Irvin Fire roster that includes Morgan Park's Adam Miller and former city players like Terrance Shannon (Lincoln Park) and Kahlil Whitney (Solorio), Jacobs is running an offense with a lot of talent around him the next few weeks. His ultimate goal is to make waves with national talent evaluators to improve his stock and overall ranking.

"We're extra motivated because we didn't get to play with each other fully healthy. We were missing guys some sessions. Some players weren't playing. Now our thing is, now that we're healthy, let's finish strong and accomplish what we want to accomplish," Jacobs said.

"My goal is to at least get top 50. They've got me in the 90s and 100s and I feel disrespected. My whole thing is coming out strong and breaking the top 50."

Since Jacobs doesn't have to worry about collecting scholarship offers since he's been pledged to the Jayhawks for over a year, he is focused instead of making sure that his point guard ability continues to grow. Jacobs also wants to continue to improve his perimeter shooting since defenses will collapse on him regularly next season.

"I have to show that I'm not only an athlete. I can play defense, score the ball and get the ball to my teammates," Jacobs said.

"Over these next couple months, my whole thing is getting off the dribble and hitting open shots. Going into my high school season, pretty much everybody in Chicago is going to be gunning for me. I'm going to get double teamed and stuff like that. So the opportunities that I get, I have to make the best of them."

Jacobs is encouraged by how things are going at Uplift entering next season -- especially now that he is a team leader. In the past, Markese could rely on leadership from his older brother Demarius, or Toraze Dobbs. Now, those guys have graduated and it's his time to shine as a team leader for the Titans.

"It's actually very different. I have to be the one talking now. I can't take a couple plays off like I normally can. So now, it's just, I have to come with it every game," Jacobs said.

Uplift will continue to develop its Class 2A rivalry with conference opponent Orr as both teams always feel like they're on a collision course during the postseason. This season, Jacobs has made it clear that a state title is his goal as he feels as though Class 2A is underrated in Illinois. 

"I'm trying to win state. That's my only goal. City is going to be what city is going to be. But my whole thing is winning state,' Jacobs said.

"Two A is actually pretty tough because it's the same two teams every time: us and Orr. For us, it's about finishing once we get to that game. We do pretty good up until that game, and then we fold. So my thing is just finishing and playing all the way through." 


 

38 Days to Kickoff - Glenbrook North

38 Days to Kickoff - Glenbrook North

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: Glenbrook North

Head coach: Bob Pieper

Assistant coaches: Matt Purdy, Dom Savino, Justin Weiner, Justin Georgacakis, Matt Miller, Brad Hokin, Ernie Brandt and Mike Nabolotny

How they fared in 2017: 5-4 (2-3 Central Suburban North Conference). Glenbrook North failed to qualify for the IHSA state football playoff field.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Wheeling

Sept. 1 vs Grant

Sept. 7 vs Hoffman Estates

Sept. 14 @ Elk Grove

Sept. 21 @ Maine West

Sept. 28 vs Highland Park

Oct. 5 @ Maine East

Oct. 12 vs Deerfield

Oct. 19 vs Vernon Hills

[MORE: 61 Days to Kickoff - Maine West]

Biggest storyline: Will the Spartans' growing pains from last season pay off come August?

Names to watch this season: DB Ben Kieffer and OL Nick Mantas

Biggest holes to fill: The Spartans welcome back an impressive 15 starters (eight offense, seven defense) this season. That said, who will be the main ball carrier this season for the Spartans?

EDGY's Early Take: Glenbrook North posted a winning record in 2017, but a low playoff point total kept the Spartans watching the playoffs at home. Look for a much more experienced team on both sides of the football this fall that will contend for the Central Suburban North conference title and a state playoff spot.