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Preps Basketball Preseason Power Rankings

Preps Basketball Preseason Power Rankings

The IHSA basketball season is rapidly approaching as NBC Sports Chicago unveils the preseason Power Rankings for the Chicagoland area. Be sure to check back each day before the season officially begins. All schools are Class 4A unless specified.  Also be sure to check out the Top 50 Players to Watch from the Chicagoland area this season. High School Lites will feature many of these teams this season as the show transitions from football to basketball beginning on Friday, Nov. 30.

Be sure to follow our Preps Twitter, @NBCSPREPS, for all of the latest IHSA Boys Basketball coverage as we'll have highlights, rankings, news and features throughout the 2018-19 season.

No. 25 Providence-St. Mel (1A) 

No. 24 Waukegan

No. 23 Kenwood

No. 22 West Aurora

No. 21 Oswego East

No. 20 New Trier

No. 19 Loyola Academy 

No. 18 Uplift (2A)

No. 17 Leo (2A)

No. 16 Orr (2A)

No. 15 St. Rita

No. 14 Marian Catholic (3A)

No. 13 DePaul Prep (3A)

No. 12 Homewood-Flossmoor

No. 11 Benet

No. 10 Bloom

No. 9 Bolingbrook

No. 8 Curie

No. 7 Oak Park-River Forest

No. 6 St. Viator (3A)

No. 5 Evanston

No. 4 Bogan (3A)

No. 3 Simeon

No. 2 Morgan Park (3A)

No. 1 Whitney Young

Two 2020 Top Chicagoland names make college choices


Two 2020 Top Chicagoland names make college choices

Two top names from the Chicagoland Class of 2020 have given verbal commitments so far today.

Chicago Curie senior to be three star ranked offensive tackle Kevo Wesley (6-foot-5, 265 pounds) gave Vanderbilt his verbal commitment this evening while on his official visit this weekend. Wesley, who is holding 29 scholarship offers this summer recently narrowed down his list of favorite schools to both Boston College and Vanderbilt and made official visits to both schools.

Wesley, who didn't play any organized football until his sophomore season under Condors head coach Arthur Ray Jr., saw his transition from football novice to pledging to Vanderbilt and playing in the Southeastern Conference pay off today.

"Kevo just always had a tremendous level of focus," according to Curie head coach Arthur Ray Jr.. "He was a basketball kid who wanted to get better and worked hard. He never missed a workout or a training season  and he would always put in extra work. He always had the academic side taken care and Vanderbilt plays in the SEC plus they offer a great education and it's a great fit."

Wheaton Warrenville South senior K Jack Olsen (5-foot-11, 170 pounds) added a full scholarship offer from Michigan State a few weeks ago and tonight gave the Spartans his verbal commitment while on his official visit. Olsen, ranked as one of the top place kickers in the nation according to Chris Sailer Kicking pointed towards the overall fit for him at Michigan State as a main factor in his decision.

"I have visited Michigan State multiple times and I've always loved it there," Olsen said. "I have always wanted to play in the Big Ten growing up. I've looked into everything that Michigan State has to offer including taking an academics tour. I wanted to make sure I loved the schools for everything and not just the football side."


76 Days to Kickoff: Eisenhower

76 Days to Kickoff: Eisenhower 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: Eisenhower

Head coach: Sheamus Murphy

Assistant coaches: Defensive Coordinator Ron Rivera, ST Coordinator Billy Viero, assistant Darren Bryant, assistant Charles Edwards, assistant Jesse Gonzalez, assistant Ryan Gorney, assistant Will Johnson, assistant Marty McNamara, assistant Tim McNamara, assistant Anthony Munoz, assistant TJ Murphy,  assistant Jeremy Rodrigues, assistant Dan Russell, assistant Terrence Streater and assistant Ron Zychowski

How they fared in 2018: 4-5 (2-4 South Suburban Red Conference). Eisenhower failed to qualify for the IHSA football playoff field. 

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 @ Oak Forest

Sept. 6 vs St. Laurence

Sept. 13 vs Argo

Sept. 20 @ Reavis

Sept. 27 vs Shepard

Oct. 4 @ T.F. North

Oct. 11 @ Evergreen Park

Oct. 18 @ Oak Lawn

Oct. 25 vs Richards

Biggest storyline: It centers on new head coach Sheamus Murphy. Can he get the Cardinals back on the winning track?

Names to watch this season: QB Daniel McLaurin (Sr.), RB/LB Cristian Tellez (Sr.)

Biggest holes to fill: The Cardinals will need to replace 15 graduated starter from last season. 

EDGY's Early Take: The Cardinals’ now-former head coach Travis Moore decided to head to the college level. He became the defensive line coach at NIU. New head coach Sheamus Murphy, who built the Back of the Yards program from scratch, takes over and brings a ton of energy and excitement to the Island starting in 2019.