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NBC Sports Chicago Preps Basketball Power Rankings: Week 16

NBC Sports Chicago Preps Basketball Power Rankings: Week 16

The Preps Power Rankings are starting to settle towards the final countdown of the season. With Class 1A and Class 2A state champions being crowned, and sectional finals of Class 3A and 4A getting decided, there was a lot of movement and plenty of new teams entering the picture this week. Next week will be the final Power Rankings of the season after we finish things in Peoria. That list will have a more in-depth look at what each team accomplished during the season.

1. Curie (33-1) (1) -- The Condors escaped with a close win over Whitney Young in Class 4A as they try to go the full season without losing to an Illinois opponent. Another major test looms against Simeon on Tuesday.

2. Evanston (30-4) (3) -- Trying to make Peoria for a second straight year, the Wildkits continue to roll in the playoffs with a win over Loyola. A matchup with Stevenson looms in the Supersectionals in Class 4A at Sears Centre on Tuesday.

3. Simeon (20-14) (5) -- Proving doubters wrong with a 4A sectional title win over Homewood-Flossmoor, Simeon is hoping a rematch with Curie goes better than the first game. Tuesday's Supersectional at Northwestern will be highly-anticipated.

4. Bogan (28-3) (6) (3A) -- The Bengals earned a huge win over Morgan Park as they remain a favorite in Class 3A. Bogan will face Normal U-High in Supersectionals as they remain a state title favorite.

5. Whitney Young (25-8) (7) -- Whitney Young is out after a memorable clash with Curie at Proviso West. The Dolphins had a tremendous season as they'll be a top contender once again next season. 

6. Orr (26-11) (8) (2A) -- Class 2A state champions for a third straight season, the Spartans looked like one of the state's best teams -- regardless of class -- once they had their full roster. 

7. Morgan Park (29-5) (2) (3A) -- Morgan Park fell short of another trip to Peoria in Class 3A as they fell to Bogan. Adam Miller and company will definitely be a factor next season.

8. Geneva (32-1) (9) -- A dream season for Geneva continues following a win over Downers North. The Vikings will get a major test in Rockford East on Tuesday in Class 4A. 

9. Bolingbrook (23-7) (11) -- Bolingbrook has played very well down the stretch as they took down Oswego East for a sectional title. The Raiders have a major test against defending Class 4A champion Belleville West on Tuesday.

10. Providence-St. Mel (30-6) (10) (1A) -- Champions in Class 1A, the Knights were clearly the best team in that division all season. But with 30 wins and an impressive Catholic League season, Providence-St. Mel was one of the area's best teams -- regardless of class. 

11. Stevenson (27-5) (22) -- The Patriots continued their domination over Waukegan with another win in sectionals. The Patriots will play Evanston at the Sears Centre on Tuesday. 

12. DePaul Prep (25-9 (23) (3A) -- DePaul Prep is heading to Peoria in Class 3A after their opponent(s) were disqualified in the previous found. The Rams should be a factor this weekend.  

13. Homewood-Flossmoor (23-8) (13) -- A great season for the Vikings as they fell short to Simeon in the Class 4A sectional finals at Eisenhower. H-F had one of the area's most balanced teams this season. 

14. St. Viator (26-7) (14) (3A) -- Falling to DePaul Prep in Class 3A, it was a strong season for St. Viator. The Lions overcame injury to make a deep run behind one of the area's best backcourts. 

15. Waukegan (28-6) (19) -- Waukegan just couldn't figure out Stevenson this season as they fell to the Patriots once again in the sectional finals. Senior Bryant Brown concluded a memorable career with a great team around him.

16. Bloom (26-4) (4) -- The Blazing Trojans fell short of their goals as they fell to Homewood-Flossmoor in sectional semifinals. Bloom has a chance to be the No. 1 team next preseason if everyone returns. 

17. Marian Catholic (27-5) (12) -- Marian Catholic lost a close one to Simeon as they fell short of making Peoria for a second straight season. The Spartans should be a factor next season if all the pieces return. 

18. Loyola (22-13) (21) -- Getting healthy at the right time, Loyola was impressive in its Class 4A run to the sectional finals. Falling to Evanston a second time, the Ramblers also have players to build with for next season. 

19. York (29-5) (16) -- The Dukes came up short against Whitney Young in sectional semifinals but they fought with one of the area's best teams. York was one of the most balanced, cohesive and well-coached teams in the area this season. 

20. Oswego East (24-8) (NR) -- The Wolves ultimately lived up to preseason hype by making the sectional finals before falling to Bolingbrook in a close game. Senior RayJ Dennis had a memorable season as he's an All-Area candidate. 

21. Downers North (23-12) (NR) -- Downers North figured things out in its Class 4A playoff run as they pushed Geneva to the limit in the Class 4A sectional finals. The program made history by reaching levels they haven't reached in nearly 20 years. 

22. Glenbard South (25-6) (NR) (3A) -- Still alive as a surprise team in Class 3A, Glenbard South took down Burlington Central for a sectional title. Peoria Manual will be a tough one on Tuesday at a Supersectional at NIU. 

23. South Elgin (25-9) (NR) -- One of the surprise teams in the postseason, the Storm made it to a Class 4A sectional final before falling short to Rockford East. South Elgin finished with 25 wins and a deeper playoff run than most in the area.

24. Corliss (20-10) (NR) (2A) -- Coming up with a fourth-place finish in Class 2A, Corliss exceeded expectations on the season. The win over Simeon earlier this season also continues to look more-and-more impressive.

25. Farragut (20-7) (15) (2A) -- An unfortunate end to Farragut's bright season as they've been eliminated by disqualification. The Admirals showed they were one of the city's best this season while being a factor in Class 3A.

Edgy's recruiting news and notes: LWE's Dzioban commits to Miami (OH)

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Edgy's recruiting news and notes: LWE's Dzioban commits to Miami (OH)

Lincoln-Way East junior kicker Dominic Dzioban (6-foot-1, 180 pounds) added a recent scholarship offer from Miami of Ohio and has since given the Redhawks and head coach Chuck Martin his verbal commitment. 

"I just had a great visit on Saturday to Miami of Ohio and I was able to get every question I had about the school and the program answered on Saturday," Dzioban said. "When I was first offered by Miami (Ohio) I had no idea what they had to offer or what they are all about. Miami (Ohio) has a historic campus and they also offer an amazing education. It seems like every facility at Miami (Ohio) is brand new and Oxford is just a great small college town. Miami (Ohio) really offers everything I was looking for in a school and having a chance to go to Miami on a full scholarship is a huge opportunity I couldn't pass by at all."

Lake Forest sophomore linebacker Cal Uihlein (6-foot-1, 205 pounds) was able to add his first offer recently from the Wisconsin Badgers, and Uihlein also made a visit to the University of Wisconsin this past Saturday. 

"I had a great visit to Wisconsin on Saturday," Uihlein said. "It wasn't a usual recruiting type of visit, it was much more low key and I was able to just see everything behind the scenes including seeing the team scrimmage. I was able to get a good feel for the team and the coaches after the scrimmage. I was also able to talk with some of the coaches at Wisconsin including head coach Paul Chryst and linebacker coaches. Everyone at Wisconsin seems very excited about me and it was just good to get to know them a bit better. I was able to just basically see the stadium and I didn't get to see too much of the facilities or the campus. I'll definitely head back again to Wisconsin soon and see more of the school and the facilities and overall it was a great visit."

Warren Township junior three star ranked defensive tackle Willis Singleton Jr. (6-foot-2, 285 pounds) was able to add an offer from the University of Illinois last Saturday while on a visit to watch the Fighting Illini's spring game. 

"I was hoping that an offer (from Illinois) was coming but I still had no idea," Singleton Jr. said. "I know that Illinois is on the rise and have added some really strong players from my recruiting class. My Dad also went to Illinois and just telling him over the phone that Illinois had offered me was an amazing felling and experience."

Singleton Jr. also said that "Illinois is definitely on the top of the spectrum. My recruitment is open, but there are definitely one of the top schools because of how they went about things with me on the visit."

Bolingbrook sophomore safety Justin Walters (6-foot-1, 170 pounds) has also seen more and more schools take notice of him this spring. Walters is currently holding six FBS level offers and growing by the day. 

"I have six scholarship offers now," Walters said. "I have offers from Bowling Green, Western Michigan, Army, Iowa, Iowa State and now Minnesota. Minnesota is my latest offer and they offered me a few weeks ago."

Walters has also been hitting the road and visiting a few schools this spring and plans to see even more soon.

"I've made visits already to Iowa and Iowa St and Wisconsin. I also visited Northwestern awhile ago. I'm also planning to visit Michigan State sometime this spring."

Breaking: Northwestern adds another in-state pledge

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Breaking: Northwestern adds another in-state pledge

It didn't take Wheaton North junior outside linebacker Xander Mueller (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) long to give the Northwestern coaching staff his verbal commitment today. Mueller — whose older brother (junior linebacker Erik Mueller) is already on the Wildcats roster — attended the Wildcats final spring practice today. He picked up a scholarship offer and then gave head coach Pat Fitzgerald his verbal commitment on the spot. 

"I didn't expect it (adding a Northwestern offer) and I was very surprised," Mueller said. "Northwestern is the place for me because of the incredible academics, the location, having my brother already on the team and the amazing coaching staff and football program. I'm super happy."

Mueller is the second in-state name for the Wildcats and the seventh known verbal commitment for the Northwestern Class of 2020. Mueller joins Lake Zurich tight end Hunter Welcing (6-foot-4, 225 pounds) as the Wildcats in state commitments so far in the 2020 class. 

Mueller was also the Wildcats second overall verbal commitment today as Groveport (Ohio) Madison three star ranked offensive guard TeRah Edwards (6-foot-3, 295 pounds) also committed to the Wildcats after today's final spring practice.