Preps Hoops Power Rankings
1. Morgan Park (0-1) (1)
Although the Mustangs lost to Findlay Prep, the No. 1 team in the country this preseason, they only lost by three on a cold shooting night. The ceiling for Morgan Park remains the highest in the state. Sophomore Adam Miller is for real.
2. Whitney Young (6-0) (2)
It's hard to remember a team having a more impressive first week than what the Dolphins just accomplished. Whitney Young beat arguably three of the top 25 teams in the state in Rockford Jefferson, No. 9 Fenwick and No. 14 Larkin. And they did so while missing a few key rotation members.
3. Simeon (0-0) (3)
Simeon had the week off as they prepare to open the season at the Chicago Elite Classic against Missouri powerhouse Chaminade.
4. Orr (1-0) (4)
The Spartans looked very impressive in a showcase game against Whitnall (WI) and Kentucky commit Tyler Herro as Raekwon Drake (19 points and three blocks) was named the game's MVP.
5. Curie (0-0) (5)
The Condors didn't play during the first week but they'll be tested multiple times this week as they're supposed to face No. 4 Orr and Columbus (MS) at the Marshall County Hoop Fest.
6. Bolingbrook (3-0) (7)
Taking care of business in Decatur, the Raiders had three big double-digit wins against downstate competition. Junior guard Joseph Yesufu is off to a great start as he was named tournament MVP.
7. Niles North (4-0) (9)
Very good start for the Vikings as they took care of business to win the Thanksgiving event at DePaul Prep. Beating the host Rams for the title was one of the better wins any ranked team had last week.
8. Romeoville (4-0) (11)
Romeoville got a solid scare from Joliet Central but was still able to pick up an important win. The Wildcats have to prove themselves on the big stage this season but winning tight games against good teams like Joliet Central is what everyone wanted to see from them.
9. Fenwick (3-2) (6)
The Friars dropped back-to-back games to No. 16 Benet and No. 2 Whitney Young but they still look like one of the area's premier teams. Sophomore D.J. Steward is already emerging into a darkhorse Player of the Year candidate.
10. Uplift (2-2) (10)
Uplift lost to two tough out-of-state opponents down in Washington but the Titans have plenty to be excited about. Senior Toraze Dobbs and junior Markese Jacobs both had some bright moments during the week.
11. OPRF (4-0) (16)
Four games and four double-digit wins for the Huskies as they feature one of the more balanced teams in the area. The matchup against No. 9 Fenwick at the Chicago Elite Classic on Friday night should be fun to watch.
12. Naperville North (4-0) (NR)
Unranked in the preseason Preps Power Rankings, the Huskies knocked off two ranked teams in West Aurora and Proviso East during the week. With great size and balance, Naperville North is once again dangerous this season.
13. West Aurora (3-1) (13)
The Blackhawks dropped one to Naperville North but won their other three games by double digits against decent competition. West Aurora still has star power and a potent offense that can come alive at any time.
14. Larkin (2-2) (14)
The Royals proved they're legit despite a couple of tough losses during the first week. Falling to Rockford Jefferson and No. 2 Whitney Young is nothing to be ashamed of and Larkin was able to make it close with the defending 4A champs. Senior big man Jalen Shaw had some strong games this week.
15. St. Rita (4-1) (15)
St. Rita pounded three opponents by double-digits and also lost to Rockford Jefferson. Jordan Matthews and Jeremiah Oden both turned in all-tournament performances for the Mustangs.
16. Benet (4-0) (NR)
At this point, Benet has turned into the Wisconsin of Chicagoland high school basketball. Even if the Redwings lose talented players, the program keeps churning out victories. Benet's win at Fenwick was one of the best any team had in the area last week.
17. St. Joseph (5-0) (NR)
Winning the annually-strong St. Charles East Thanksgiving event is never easy and St. Joseph's proved themselves with a very good opening week. The tight win over St. Charles East was one of the best victories any team in the area had last week.
18. Kenwood (0-0) (18)
Kenwood didn't play during the opening week but they'll get a strong opening test on Thursday when they host Farragut and their dangerous backcourt.
19. Willowbrook (4-0) (19)
Willowbrook picked up four double-digit wins to open its season as they didn't face very much solid competition. While senior Ethan Schuemer received plenty of preseason praise, Willowbrook had a lot of scoring balance.
20. North Lawndale (4-0) (NR)
Great start for the Phoenix as they smashed Carmel and picked up an important win over previously-ranked Waukegan to win the Grant Thanksgiving event. Senior David Forrest could be emerging as an All-Area threat.
21. Marian Catholic (4-0) (NR)
The South Suburbs don't have a lot of teams in the Power Rankings (yet) but Marian Catholic looks better than advertised after winning their own Thanksgiving event. Despite losing some high-profile transfers the past few seasons, the Spartans still have plenty of talent.
22. Lake Zurich (4-0) (22)
It's hard to gauge where Lake Zurich truly stands after four blowout wins over inferior competition. But the Bears did what they were supposed to do by earning four double-digit wins so it's still a very positive start.
23. Lincoln-Way East (4-0) (24)
Lincoln-Way East picked up some good wins in the opening week against solid programs like Brother Rice, Crete-Monee and Joliet West. Senior Sam Shafer, a Southern Illinois commit, is off to a big start.
24. Maine South (4-0) (NR)
Quietly putting together a really solid week, Maine South pulled off a really good win over previously-ranked Hinsdale South. The Hawks have a major conference clash with unbeaten New Trier this week.
25. St. Charles East (4-1) (17)
The Saints had a positive week at their own Thanksgiving event, although they fell short to a very good St. Joseph team during the week. Senior Justin Hardy is playing as expected as he's putting himself in the Player of the Year race.