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Marvin Nesbitt Jr. commits to University of Missouri-Kansas City

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Marvin Nesbitt Jr. commits to University of Missouri-Kansas City

After a strong summer in which he put himself on the map as a Division I recruit, Butler Prep senior guard Marvin Nesbitt Jr. ended his recruitment by committing to University of Missouri-Kansas City on Friday. 

The 6-foot-4 Nesbitt is a high-flying player with upside who attacks the basket aggressively and can finish difficult shots near the rim. 

Nesbitt took an official visit to UMKC and was impressed by everything the program had to offer. 

"I picked UMKC because the opportunity was wide open," Nesbitt said. "I have a chance to go get a great education and always fulfill my dream of playing Division I basketball. I love the coaching staff and also my future teammates. Since the first time I visited I knew it was the place where I wanted to go."

Nesbitt was an honorable mention selection for the Class 1A/2A IBCA Boys Basketball All-State Team as a junior before his breakout summer playing with the Chicago Demons on the grassroots circuit. 

Nesbitt joins Kansas City native and point guard DeMarco Nash in UMKC's 2017 class. 

Preseason Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 6 St. Viator

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Preseason Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 6 St. Viator

St. Viator

2017-18 record: 24-6, 9-0 in the East Suburban Catholic Conference

Postseason results: Lost to Niles North in Class 4A regional finals.

Players to watch: The Division I backcourt of point guard Trey Calvin (Wright State) and guard Jeremiah Hernandez (Kent State) will be one of the best in the state this season as both players can take over a game with their scoring. Junior Connor Kochera also impressed with his shot-making ability this summer while junior Michael Huene provides size on the interior.

Why they're in the power rankings: Unbeaten in a very tough conference a year ago, St. Viator has one of the state's best backcourts and emerging juniors in Kochera and Huene. The Lions have a lot of offensive firepower with this team, as they'll be the favorite once again in the ESCC.

Did you know? St. Viator returns to Class 3A this season after spending last season in Class 4A. When the Lions were a 3A team during the 2016-17 season, they won a sectional title. 

Preseason Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 7 Oak Park-River Forest

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Preseason Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 7 Oak Park-River Forest

Oak Park-River Forest

2017-18 record: 23-6, 12-0 in the West Suburban Silver

Postseason results: Lost to Lincoln Park in the Class 4A regional finals.

Players to watch: A senior-laden Huskies team returns plenty from last season's campaign. Guard Dashon Enoch has been a varsity player since freshman year while forward Charlie Hoehne, wing Anthony Roberts and guard Chase Robinson are also capable of making plays. And keep an eye on sophomore Isaiah Barnes, as he's generated Division I scholarship offers already after a good summer.

Why they're in the power rankings: With four experienced seniors returning and the addition of a potential breakout sophomore in Barnes, the Huskies are as balanced as any team in the area this season. While no one player should carry OPRF through the year, the Huskies are one of the few teams in the area with multiple players who can win them a game.

Did you know? The Huskies are coming off of back-to-back West Suburban conference titles, including an undefeated record in the conference last season.