After a busy opening week of Thanksgiving hoops we have an updated edition of the latest boys basketball Preps Power Rankings. There were three new teams to enter the mix this week. We also see some teams rising and falling within the top 25 after some strong opening-week matchups.
Be sure to catch High School Lites this Friday at 11 p.m. as we mark the season debut for boys basketball on the show. We'll have highlights and postgame reaction from the Chicago Elite Classic and much more.
1. Morgan Park (2-0) (1) -- The Mustangs stay at No. 1 after the win over Whitney Young and Gary West Side. Junior Brandon Weston is making an immediate impact.
2. Bloom (4-0) (3) -- The Blazing Trojans slide into the No. 2 spot with notable wins over No. 9 Marian Catholic and No. 20 Hillcrest. Christian Shumate has been a force to open the season.
3. Whitney Young (0-1) (2) -- Even though the Dolphins fell to Morgan Park, there's a lot to like about this squad. D.J. Steward will have plenty of help this season.
4. Curie (1-0) (4) -- The Condors cruised past Longwood before Public League play begins this week. I'm anxious to see how Ramean Hinton and company look during a big week for them.
5. Stevenson (4-0) (5) -- Quietly capturing the title at Palatine, the Patriots took care of business by winning the title. Interesting upcoming game against Westinghouse for Stevenson this week.
6. Bogan (5-0) (6) -- The area's only team with five wins, it was quite an opening week for the Bengals. The showdown Tuesday with Morgan Park should be fun.
7. Simeon (0-0) (7) -- After taking the opening week off, Simeon starts its season with the Public League Red-South/Central. The Chicago Elite Classic will be a big test for the Wolverines this weekend.
8. Notre Dame (4-0) (9) -- The Dons showed a potentially high ceiling in winning the Battle of the Bridge event over No. 16 DePaul Prep. Junior Louis Lesmond is already making a big difference.
9. Marian Catholic (3-1) (8) -- Even though the Spartans fell to No. 2 Bloom, they still earned a win over No. 17 Homewood-Flossmoor during the week. Strong start for senior point guard Ahron Ulis.
10. Loyola (4-0) (12) -- A solid showing from the Ramblers in week one with wins over New Trier and St. Ignatius to capture their own tournament title. A road game at Leo on Wednesday is a good test.
11. Lincoln Park (3-1) (13) -- Falling to an out-of-state opponent downstate, Lincoln Park had three blowout wins in its other games. Senior big man Romelle Howard could be the difference for this team's ceiling.
12. Lake Park (4-0) (14) -- The Lancers claimed four wins at Wheaton Academy to earn the title there. A home DuKane matchup against Batavia should be fun to watch this week.
13. Evanston (4-0) (19) -- The Wildkits had some tough tests at St. Viator and came away with the title. The junior class for Evanston is the real deal.
14. Thornton (3-0) (NR) -- Thornton proved they were for real with a big win over Bolingbrook to earn the championship in Decatur. Brandon Hall could be blossoming into a must-see player.
15. Benet (3-0) (NR) -- The most impressive effort opening week has to go to Benet. The Redwings knocked off Westinghouse and Fenwick despite playing without all-conference big man Colin Crothers.
16. DePaul Prep (3-1) (15) -- Losing to No. 8 Notre Dame in the Battle of the Bridge title game, DePaul Prep showed promise during the first week. Junior guard Ty Johnson is developing into a more consistent weapon.
17. Homewood-Flossmoor (3-1) (17) -- The first week saw the Vikings pick up a quality win over Hillcrest and losing a tight game to Marian Catholic. Josiah Palmer is a player to monitor going forward.
18. Orr (0-0) (18) -- The three-time defending Class 2A champions begin play this week with three notable contests. Public League Red-South/Central play will be a major test.
19. Bolingbrook (2-1) (10) -- Bolingbrook fell to Thornton in the title game at Decatur. The good news is that Darius Burford and Kai Evans both had strong individual efforts during the week.
20. Hillcrest (2-2) (11) -- The Hawks dropped two games to top-20 opponents (H-F and Bloom) as they try to bounce back this week. The road game at Oak Lawn is one of Friday's must-see matchups.
21. Glenbrook South (4-0) (22) -- Dom Martinelli was one of the first week's major storylines with a 50-point game and helping the Titans win at Buffalo Grove. Big week for Glenbrook South with road games at Hersey and New Trier.
22. Mundelein (4-0) (23) -- The Mustangs won the title at its own Thanksgiving event by knocking off North Lawndale in the title game. The junior class continues to look like one of the area's strongest.
23. Oak Forest (4-0) (24) -- Winning the title at Ottawa with four double-figure victories, the Bengals are off to a solid start. A road game at Rich East could be the toughest test Oak Forest has faced to this point.
24. Fenwick (2-1) (16) -- Bryce Hopkins proved with an early 40-point outing that he's a Player of the Year contender. I'm interested to see how Fenwick bounces back from the loss to Benet.
25. St. Rita (4-0) (NR) -- The Mustangs earn a spot in the Power Rankings thanks to their title at Riverside-Brookfield. Christian Henry was a standout for a balanced St. Rita offense.
Niles North -- Dropping a game to DePaul Prep, the Vikings could earn their way back into the Power Rankings as early as this week with three games -- including a good one against Deerfield.
St. Charles North -- The North Stars will likely be back in the Power Rankings at some point soon. But a 21-point loss to Boylan shows they have a little bit of work to do.
Cary-Grove -- Falling to York wasn't in the cards for the Trojans as they look to bounce back in Fox Valley play.