Preps Hoops Power Rankings: Week 2
1. Morgan Park (1-1) (1)
The Mustangs are learning to play without center Tamell Pearson (eye) for the next few weeks but they ran away from Champaign Central at the Chicago Elite Classic. This week's matchups with Bogan and Simeon will be a huge test for the Mustangs.
2. Whitney Young (6-1) (2)
Victims of some quick whistles against Vashon (MO), the Dolphins lost their first game of the season. Javon Freeman continues to be the early Player of the Year frontrunner but the Dolphins need more help on the offensive end. Senior Xavier Castaneda has to be a more consistent scorer for the Dolphins to reach their ceiling.
3. Simeon (1-0) (3)
Simeon finally played its first game of the season (Whitney Young played seven games before the Wolverines played one!) at the Chicago Elite Classic as they earned a win over Chaminade. Talen Horton-Tucker looked improved from the summer and new pieces like Zion Young and Xavier Pinson made key free throws down the stretch.
4. Curie (1-1) (5)
Monster win for the Condors over Orr as they were able to knock off the defending Class 2A champions without star guard Maurice Commander. The Condors fell to an out-of-state opponent at the Marshall County Hoop Fest but they look like a very dangerous team in the city and state title race.
5. Bolingbrook (4-0) (6)
Bolingbrook took care of business with an easy over Andrew during the week as they continue to dominate lesser competition. The Raiders head on the road to face Lockport in conference play this week.
6. Orr (1-1) (4)
Orr lost a competitive contest against Curie as the Spartans still need to figure out how to integrate some new pieces into the rotation. Senior point guard Chase Adams struggled in a high-intensity Public League matchup and he'll need to be significantly better if Orr wants to be a championship contender in the city.
7. Niles North (5-0) (7)
Picking up a double-digit win over Niles West, the Vikings continue to show balanced scoring with a number of different weapons early in the season. Niles North has two games this coming week as they battle Prosser and Glenbrook South.
8. Romeoville (5-0) (8)
Behind a huge effort from senior Eddie Creal, Romeoville took care of Plainfield South with a road win last week. The Spartans still need to prove that they can win against strong competition and they'll get that opportunity this week when they face No. 20 Hillcrest.
9. Oak Park-River Forest (5-0) (11)
Impressive win for the Huskies over neighborhood rival Fenwick at the Chicago Elite Classic as OPRF has more depth than expected. Isaiah Fuller continues to look like one of the area's better seniors while the Huskies can throw a number of different bodies at opposing teams in the press.
10. Uplift (2-2) (10)
Uplift had no games this week as they prepare for a busy week that includes games against Lincoln Park, Westinghouse and Evanston. Can the Titans prove that they're a threat in the city title race this season?
11. Naperville North (4-0) (12)
Taking the week off, it'll be interesting to see if Naperville North can maintain momentum after its hot start to the season. The Huskies battle Metea Valley and Wheaton North this week.
12. West Aurora (3-1) (13)
Big week ahead for West Aurora after they didn't play this week. A tough test against York awaits while a crosstown matchup against East Aurora is also on the schedule.
13. Larkin (3-2) (14)
Larkin received a scare from Streamwood as they'll need to be better if they want to remain in the Power Rankings. The Royals go against Elgin and Geneva this week.
14. Fenwick (4-3) (9)
Fenwick continued its up-and-down start to the season with a loss to rival OPRF and a bounce-back win over St. Francis. Sophomore D.J. Steward has earned a lot of the early praise but junior guard Damari Nixon is showing that he's also an All-Area threat with his early play this season.
15. Kenwood (1-1) (18)
A fascinating team this season, Kenwood looked really good in an opening win over Farragut and then their inexperience showed in a loss to Gray (SC) in the Chicago Elite Classic. Senior Nas Turner looks like a steady presence but he'll need more consistent help from guys like Artese Stapleton and R.J. McGee if the Broncos want to be among the city's elite.
16. North Lawndale (4-0) (20)
North Lawndale had last week off as they prepare to open the Public League schedule with games against Westinghouse and Marshall this week.
17. Marian Catholic (4-0) (21)
Marian Catholic was off last week but they'll have a tough matchup against a talented St. Viator team at home next week. With the ESCC race looking wide open, that could be an important conference clash.
18. Lincoln-Way East (5-0) (23)
Easy win for Lincoln-Way East over Bradley-Bourbonnais as their offense continues to play at a pretty high level. This week sees more tests for the Griffins as they face Homewood-Flossmoor and Bloom.
19. New Trier (5-0) (NR)
The Trevians have been close to cracking the Power Rankings since the preseason and they finally do so after a solid win over previously-ranked Maine South. The CSL South is tough but New Trier looks like they'll be right in the mix along with teams like Niles North and Evanston.
20. Hillcrest (6-1) (NR)
The Hawks earned a very good win over Bloomington last week as they've played a solid schedule and only lost once so far this season. Hillcrest has some fun matchups with Romeoville and Richards during the week that should act as strong tests.
21. St. Rita (4-2) (15)
St. Rita suffered a disappointing defeat to Bloomington at the Chicago Elite Classic as they're still figuring some things out early in the season. Still a young team, senior Jordan Matthews is off to a good start but he needs more consistent help in the backcourt from some of the team's young guards.
22. Proviso East (4-1) (NR)
Also back in the Power Rankings is Proviso East after the Pirates earned a good overtime win over Willowbrook to begin the conference season. Now that Quinlan Bennett is returning the lineup, the Pirates are one of the more dangerous teams in the area.
23. DePaul Prep (4-1) (NR)
The Rams enter the Power Rankings following a quality win over No. 24 Benet. For a young team to win like that when they were losing most of the game says a lot about DePaul Prep and they're going to be an intriguing team in the Catholic League race.
24. Benet (5-1) (16)
Benet knocked off Ridgewood and lost a tough one to DePaul Prep in a game in which they led nearly the entire time. The Redwings aren't the most talented bunch but they know their system and execute as well as any team in the area. This week against York provides another major early-season test.
25. Waukegan (3-2) (NR)
Nice win for Waukegan over previously-ranked Lake Zurich. After a sluggish start, the Bulldogs are still as dangerous as ever as they'll be a major factor in the North Suburban race.