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The latest AP boys basketball rankings

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The latest AP boys basketball rankings

Here's the latest AP poll results from 4A and 3A boys basketball.

Class 4A

School                                      W-L       PTS      PRV

 

1. Simeon (8)                           25-3      80        1

2. Belleville West                    25-2      68        2

3. Curie                                   23-4      65        3

4. Danville                               25-2      59        4

5. Whitney Young                    22-7      47        5

6. Quincy                                 21-4      27        7

7. Bloomington                       19-7      21        8

8. Normal West                       21-7      19        6

9. Evanston Township             21-5      16        9

10. Moline                               20-7      8         NR

 

Others receiving votes: Niles North 6, Benet, 6, St. Viator 5, Maine South 3. Rockford Jefferson 2, West Aurora 1, Naperville North 1, New Trier 1

 

 

Class 3A

School                                                  W-L       PTS    PRV

 

1. Morgan Park (4)                             18-9      76      1

2. Springfield Southeast (4)                24-3      74      2

3. Hillcrest                                           21-5      63      T4

4. Alton Marquette                             28-0      45      6

5. Marian Catholic                              20-5      44      3

6. Springfield Lanphier                       24-4      39      T4

7. DePaul College Prep                       21-6      36      8

8. Centralia                                         22-4      29      7

9. Decatur MacArthur                        20-8      16      10

10. Lincoln                                           24-5      14      NR

 

Others receiving votes: Champaign Central 3, Bogan 1

Preseason Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 8 Curie

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Preseason Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 8 Curie

Curie

2017-18 record:
26-5, 8-1 Public League Red-South/Central 

Postseason results: Lost to Whitney Young in Class 4A sectional finals.

Players to watch: Senior guard DeJuan Gordon is a Kansas State commit who emerged as a top-150 national prospect with his strong play this summer. Another senior guard, Ramean Hinton, is also a talented perimeter threat with plenty of experience. And keep an eye out for Fenwick transfer Damari Nixon as the Condors have historically done well with transfer guards. 

Why they're in the power rankings: Curie will have some question marks on the interior, but they're absolutely stacked at guard. Gordon is a legit Player of the Year candidate while he has plenty of help around him. The Condors have been one of the Public League's best programs over the past decade and this season should be no different. 

Did you know? Curie has captured four consecutive regional titles in Class 4A. 

Preseason Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 9 Bolingbrook

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Preseason Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 9 Bolingbrook

Bolingbrook

2017-18 record:
22-7, 7-3 SouthWest Suburban Blue

Postseason results: Lost to West Aurora in Class 4A sectional finals.

Players to watch: A Division I backcourt of seniors Tyler Cochran (Northern Illinois) and Joseph Yesufu (Drake) has Bolingbrook in the top ten once again as they should be a lethal combination. Senior big man Kameron Leonard is a quality big man who is committed to Lewis University. Junior guard Darius Burford has received praise from college coaches for his play this fall. 

Why they're in the power rankings: Bolingbrook's Division I backcourt remains as dangerous as any team in the area as Cochran and Yesufu can both take over a game. With more than just that duo capable of putting up production, the Raiders look like a very legitimate contender this season. 

Did you know? Bolingbrook head coach Rob Brost spent part of the offseason as a court coach for USA Basketball. Brost helped during June's U17 World Cup Team Training Camp as well as October's Junior National Team Minicamp.