Preps Hoops Power Rankings: Week 3
1. Simeon (3-0, 2-0) (Previous: 3)
The Wolverines vault to No. 1 after the impressive win over No. 3 Morgan Park on the road. Simeon is balanced, they have star power and a lot of talented players are sacrificing to be role players right now. This team is very dangerous and could have the highest ceiling of any team in Illinois.
2. Whitney Young (8-1, 2-0) (2)
Opening conference play with wins over Marshall and Farragut, the Dolphins are off to a good start in the Public Red-North/West.
3. Morgan Park (2-2, 1-1) (1)
Morgan Park took a tough loss at home to Simeon after a battle for a road win at Bogan as the Mustangs try to figure out some more consistent options besides senior guard Ayo Dosunmu.
4. Curie (4-1, 2-0) (4)
The Condors earned two easy conference wins before pulling away from St. Rita on Sunday. Curie still hasn't lost to an in-state opponent this season as they host Morgan Park this week in a huge top-five game.
5. Bolingbrook (5-0, 1-0) (5)
Bolingbrook made easy work of Lockport this week as they continued an unbeaten start. The Raiders get a major test this week when head on the road for a non-conference game at Romeoville.
6. Niles North (7-0, 2-0) (7)
Two double-digit wins for the Vikings last week as they are still unbeaten on the young season. Friday is one of the marquee games on the schedule for Niles North as they host a red-hot Evanston team that is playing with a lot of confidence.
7. Romeoville (7-0, 2-0) (8)
Some have been waiting for Romeoville to prove themselves and they did so with a very good win over Hillcrest on a neutral court this weekend. Picking off the Hawks is a nice win but a home game against No. 5 Bolingbrook this week could prove if Romeoville deserves to stay in the top ten.
8. Oak Park-River Forest (6-0, 1-0) (9)
OPRF was able to hold off a good effort from Lyons to start conference play on the right foot. The Huskies will battle Glenbard West and talented junior Evan Taylor in another conference game during the week.
9. Orr (3-2, 2-0) (6)
Orr picked up two wins in conference play before dropping a close one to talented Danville. The Spartans have taken care of the teams they are supposed to be beating but they've lost some close ones to talented teams like Curie and Danville.
10. Naperville North (6-0, 2-0)
Escaping with a two-point win over Wheaton North, the Huskies are still undefeated on the year. Naperville North gets two games this week as they face Joliet West and Lake Park.
11. West Aurora (5-1, 1-0) (12)
West Aurora ran past rival East Aurora before needing a late comeback to get past York. The Blackhawks will play twice on the road this week as they play Glenbard East and St. Charles North.
12. Larkin (5-2, 3-0) (13)
Good week for Larkin as they knocked off Elgin and Geneva to stay atop the Upstate Eight River. The Royals have a fun conference matchup with St. Charles East this week.
13. Fenwick (6-3, 0-0) (14)
The Friars earned wins over Peoria Manual and McNamara as they have started get back on track after some early stumbles. Still a very dangerous team, sophomore D.J. Steward had a big game against Manual.
14. Kenwood (4-1, 2-0) (15)
Three wins during the week for the Broncos as they had two double-digit conference wins before knocking off Brother Rice on a neutral court. Kenwood will be tested this week when they have to face Morgan Park on the road in Red-South/Central conference play.
15. New Trier (6-0, 2-0) (19)
The Trevians are still unbeaten following a double-digit win over Niles West. A game against Lake View should mean another win this week as New Trier has an underwhelming schedule until Proviso West.
16. Proviso East (5-1, 2-0) (22)
Holding off Downers South for a conference win, the Pirates have an important week ahead of them. Proviso East gets three games during the week, including a clash against Orr next weekend that should be a great indicator of how good this team truly is.
17. DePaul Prep (7-1, 0-0) (23)
Solid week from the Rams as they slowed down unbeaten St. Laurence and its high-octane offense before running past Sullivan during the weekend. Junior guard Perry Cowan had some eye-opening performances this week.
18. Benet (7-1, 1-0) (24)
Benet isn't exactly blowing away the competition but they earned some tough wins over Notre Dame and York during the week. The ESCC race gets another important game Friday night when Benet travels to St. Viator for a road game.
19. Evanston (6-1, 2-0) (NR)
Pushing its way back into the Power Rankings is Evanston after some really good wins over Maine South and Uplift. Junior guard Lance Jones appears to be blossoming into a potential star this season and the Wildkits have a lot of good players around him.
20. St. Viator (6-1, 1-0) (NR)
Quality road win over St. Viator this week as they beat a tough Marian Catholic team to take an early lead in the ESCC. The Lions will get tested some this week with games against Hersey and an important conference clash against Benet.
21. Marian Catholic (4-1, 0-1) (17)
The Spartans dropped their first game of the season with a tough conference home loss to St. Viator. The good news is that some early-season wins over teams like Homewood-Flossmoor and Hillcrest continue to look very impressive.
22. Homewood-Flossmoor (5-1, 1-0) (NR)
Impressive win for the Vikings over previously-ranked Lincoln-Way East on Friday night as Homewood-Flossmoor won in convincing fashion. With only a loss to Marian Catholic, the Vikings look like they'll push Bolingbrook in the SouthWest Suburban Blue.
23. Hillcrest (8-2, 3-0) (20)
The Hawks dropped a close one to a top-ten opponent in Romeoville as some controversial calls didn't go their way. Hillcrest is still off to a very strong start as they're already leading the South Suburban Blue with a 3-0 mark.
24. Hinsdale South (7-1, 1-0) (NR)
Since dropping their opener against Maine South by two points, Hinsdale South has won seven straight games to get back into the Power Rankings. Senior Zion Griffin remains one of the area's best players and the Hornets are playing with a lot of confidence right now.
25. Wheaton-Warrenville South (7-0, 3-0) NR)
After being one of the area's surprise teams last season, Wheaton-Warrenville South is off to another strong start this season. The Tigers had two double-digit wins last week as they look like a big threat in the DuPage Valley Conference.