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IHSA Preps Boys Basketball AP Poll

IHSA Preps Boys Basketball AP Poll

Here are the rankings of Illinois high school boys basketball teams in each class, according to an Associated Press panel of sportswriters:


Class 4A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Curie 26-1 88 2
2. Whitney Young 23-6 75 3
3. Belleville West (1) 23-3 74 1
4. Normal Community 22-3 51 5
5. Danville 23-3 46 6
6.  Marian Catholic 24-3 43 4
7. Evanston 25-4 28 7
T-8. Bloom 21-3 24 8
T-8.  Collinsville 26-3 24 NR
10. Rockford East 27-3 21 9

Others receiving votes: Moline 10, Bolingbrook 3, Homewood-Flossmoor 3, Geneva 2, Lincoln Park 2, York 1.
 

Class 3A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Bogan (10) 22-2 116 1
2. Morgan Park (1) 24-3 109 2
3. Springfield Southeast (1) 22-2 95 3
4. East St. Louis 22-5 87 4
5. Peoria Notre Dame 19-4 63 5
6. Lincoln 22-2 61 6
7. Rock Falls 24-2 38 8
8. Ottawa 20-2 27 9
9. St. Viator 20-5 19 10
10.  St. Laurence 22-3 12 7

Others receiving votes: Farragut 11, Kankakee 4, Herrin 4, Normal University 4, Taylorville 2, Highland 2, DePaul Prep, Lindblom 1, Peoria Manual 1, Carbondale 1.

Class 2A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Nashville (12) 28-2 135 1
2. Orr (2) 18-10 114 3
3. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 24-2 106 4
4. Leo 19-7 96 2
5. Alton Marquette 25-3 73 7
6.  Bloomington Central Catholic 20-7 58 5
7.  Teutopolis 27-5 54 6
8. Dunbar 18-5 40 8
9. Fairfield 27-2 36 9
10. Sterling Newman 24-3 13 NR

Others receiving votes: Corliss 11, Williamsville 10, Casey-Westfield 7, Warsaw West Hancock 6, Pinckneyville 5, Aurora Christian 4, Aledo (Mercer County) 2.


Class 1A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Providence -St. Mel (8) 21-6 115 1
2. Cissna Park (2) 24-3 112 2
3.  Kewanee (Wethersfield) (2) 23-2 106 3
4. Moweaqua Central A&M (1) 25-3 97 4
5. East Dubuque 24-1 69 6
6. Ottawa Marquette 25-2 56 7
7.  Winchester-West Central 22-6 55 5
8. Concord Triopia 26-2 50 8
T-9.  Thompsonville 26-2 15 9
T-9. Elmwood 21-2 15 10

Others receiving votes: Nokomis 11, Madison 9, Sesser-Valier 3, Newark 1, Champaign Judah Christian 1.

45 Days to Kickoff: Joliet West

45 Days to Kickoff: Joliet West

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 Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: Joliet West

Head coach: Bill Lech

Assistant coaches: Harry Hessling, Seandell Davis, Patrick Lauer, Terry Clarke, Diondrey Hood, Kevin Kusnik, Jeff Peterson, Nick Davis, Peter Nackovic, Dan Tito and Brett Gould

How they fared in 2018: 3-6 (3-6 Southwest Prairie Conference). Joliet West failed to qualify for the IHSA state football playoff field.

2019 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 30 @ Minooka

Sept. 6 vs Oswego

Sept. 13 @ Oswego East

Sept. 20 vs Yorkville

Sept. 27 @ Romeoville

Oct. 4 @ Plainfield East

Oct. 11 vs Joliet Central

Oct. 18 vs Plainfield South

Oct. 25 @ Plainfield Central

Biggest storyline: Can the Tigers make more positive steps as a program as they embark on the newly-realigned Southwest Prairie conference?

Names to watch this season: OL Hunter Brooks (Sr.) and FB/LB Tom Luedke (Sr.)

Biggest holes to fill: The Tigers graduated nearly their entire starting offensive skills group from a season ago. Junior RB Trent Howland is the lone returning starter back this fall. 

EDGY's Early Take: Joliet West posted just a 3-6 record in 2018 but that record was a bit misleading on several levels. The Tigers, under then-first year head coach Bill Lech, turned the program around on a lot of levels. Joliet West came within a few plays of potentially winning four of those six losses. If the Tigers can get their offense on track early this season (against a front-loaded schedule against four Southwest Prairie West crossover opponents) they will again challenge for an IHSA state football playoff spot. 

Warren's Willis Singleton Jr. commits to Iowa State

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Warren's Willis Singleton Jr. commits to Iowa State

Warren Township 3-star ranked senior defensive tackle Willis Singleton Jr. (6-foot-2, 285 pounds) announced his college decision today and gave Iowa State his verbal commitment. Singleton Jr. who ended up with 20 scholarship offers this summer discussed his decision.

"Iowa State was my first Power 5 offer," Singleton Jr. said. "We kept just building up our relationship and it just became bigger and bigger. I was able to pick up some big Power 5 offers late (including Illinois and Michigan State) but it was never about the name or the hype for me. It's always been about the relationships for me and I have that with Iowa State."

Singleton Jr. was able to visit the Ames, Iowa, school multiple times before. That familiarity with the coaches and the players was also a big factor in his decision.

"Isaiah Lee (current Iowa State and former Nazareth Academy defensive linemen) was a big help for me with just getting it straight from him on everything at Iowa State and I've known Isaiah for awhile now," Singleton Jr. said. "I've spent a lot of time at Iowa State around the coaches and the players and more than once I was there more than 24 hours just getting to know them. I just felt like Iowa State was the place for me in my heart in the end and Iowa State is the place for me."

Singleton Jr. had narrowed down his final list of schools to the Cyclones along with Illinois, Michigan State, Cincinnati and Louisville.