Scott Phillips' Top 25 Preps Power Rankings
Scott Phillips' Top 25 Preps Power Rankings
We've reached the final week of the season as the rankings have a lot of movement this week.
25. Marist (27-4, 8-1) (20)
The ESCC champions fell to Simeon as they had a very good overall season. Senior Justin Brown will be missed on the interior next season but the RedHawks have a solid foundation of returning players and they should be back in the CSN Preps Power Rankings next preseason.
24. Notre Dame (25-6, 7-2) (16)
The Dons fell short to Waukegan in the Class 4A sectional semifinals as Notre Dame had a really good season. Notre Dame peaked late in the season as they were one of the better teams in a tough ESCC as seniors like Jeameril Wilson and Matt Stritzel were fun to watch.
23. Kenwood (21-8, 8-2) (14)
Kenwood lost to Whitney Young in the Class 4A sectional semifinals at Proviso East as the Broncos had a solid run. Ranked for the entire season, Kenwood had plenty of talented players like senior Manny Patterson as they were one of the city's better teams this season.
22. Wheaton-Warrenville South (29-2, 16-0) (9)
The Tigers lost to Naperville North in the Class 4A sectional semifinals as they had a tremendous season. Wheaton-Warrenville South claimed multiple tournament titles and the DuPage Valley Conference title as they were one of the most balanced and disciplined teams in the area.
21. Curie (25-4, 10-0) (4)
The defending Class 4A champions lost to Oak Park-River Forest in the sectional semifinals as the Condors' dream of going back-to-back is over. Curie still had a solid season as they were a final four team in the Public League Playoffs before another regional title. The Condors should be intriguing next season even though they lose some great seniors like Elijah Joiner, Terry Smith and Allante Pickens.
20. St. Viator (15-16, 6-3) (NR)
The Lions might be under .500 but they are sectional champions in Class 3A after beating North Chicago. St. Viator did go 6-3 in the East Suburban Catholic Conference, however, as they fared well in a tough conference. Fenwick will be a the favorite against St. Viator in Tuesday's super-sectional game at the Sears Centre but the Lions have faced plenty of tough competition and won't be scared.
19. Larkin (19-15, 6-6) (NR)
Even though the Royals never had senior Christian Negron this season they did a great job in advancing to a sectional title and losing to Jacobs. Junior Jalen Shaw figures to be one of the area's better big men next season as he gives Larkin a chance to be in the top 25 next season.
18. Waukegan (21-9, 10-4) (25)
Great season for Waukegan as head coach Ron Ashlaw got the most of a talented group that fell to Evanston in the sectional finals. Senior Carson Newsome was very good at times this season and Waukegan's group of sophomores has a bright future. This team should be back in the CSN Preps Power Rankings next season.
17. Wheaton North (24-7, 12-4) (24)
A great run for Wheaton North as they lost to Naperville North for the third time this season in falling in the sectional title game. To get there, Rowan McGowen had a memorable buzzer-beater to beat Hinsdale South as he and Luke Anthony had solid seasons for the Falcons.
16. Oak Park-River Forest (24-7, 11-1) (22)
The Huskies ultimately came up short in Class 4A with a loss to Whitney Young but beating defending Class 4A champion Curie was one of this season's bigger surprises. Oak Park-River Forest lived up to preseason top-25 expectations as they had a great season.
15. Thornton (23-6, 12-0) (18)
The run has come to an end for senior Alonzo Verge and his talented teammates as the Wildcats lost to Simeon for the second straight season in the sectional finals. Verge is a frontrunner for Player of the Year while junior Orlando Allen will be a player to keep an eye on next season.
14. North Lawndale (23-8, 7-3) (15)
The Phoenix put up a solid battle against Fenwick in the Class 3A sectional title game but ultimately fell short. One of the best teams in the city this season, North Lawndale had plenty of exciting players to watch this season including Carlos Hines, Martrell Barnes and Steven Ross.
13. Conant (27-5, 8-2) (12)
The Cougars fell to Fremd for the third time this season as 60 percent of their losses this season came to their Mid-Suburban West rival. After a sectional title last season this was a solid run for Conant as senior Jimmy Sotos was one of the area's best players this season.
12. Joliet West (26-4, 14-0) (7)
Joliet West saw its great run end with a loss to Bolingbrook for a sectional title. The Tigers have a great group of seniors leaving as Teyvion Kirk, Trevian Bell, Tabyous Casterberry and Elijah Ward are all solid players. Junior Eddie Creal figures to be a player to watch next season.
11. Hillcrest (22-7, 12-1) (NR)
The Hawks might have had their conference title streak broken but they've been strong in the postseason as they won another sectional title. The Class 3A road for Hillcrest gets tough now as they have to play Morgan Park in a super-sectional on Tuesday night.
10. Naperville North (25-5, 13-3) (20)
Naperville North continues to peak at the right time as they beat Wheaton North for the third time to win a Class 4A sectional title. The Huskies will get a major test now when they have to play Bolingbrook in a Class 4A super-sectional at NIU.
9. Jacobs (30-1, 15-1) (20)
The Golden Eagles continue to ride the brilliant play of senior center Cameron Krutwig as the Loyola commit nearly had a quadruple-double in a win sectional title win over Larkin. Jacobs gets a huge test on Tuesday when they play unbeaten Fremd in the Class 4A super-sectional at the Sears Centre.
8. Orr (22-5, 8-2) (11)
A dream season for the Spartans ended in the team capturing the Class 2A state title as this team has a very promising future. With most of this core group returning, including juniors Raekwon Drake, Dannie Smith and Brian Hernandez, look for Orr to be a major factor for another state title next season.
7. Fenwick (28-4, 9-0) (10)
The Friars had a good second half in taking down North Lawndale as Fenwick has a lot of balance on offense right now. A Class 3A favorite, the Friars have to face St. Viator in super-sectional play on Tuesday night as Fenwick will be the favorites to make it to Peoria.
6. Fremd (30-0, 10-0) (8)
Staying unbeaten on the season was Fremd as Kyle Sliwa kept the Vikings alive with the buzzer-beating three-pointer to beat Conant for a third time. Fremd now gets a game against Jacobs at the Sears Centre on Tuesday night in super-sectional play as they two teams have combined for 60 wins this season.
5. Whitney Young (24-7, 8-2) (6)
Good week for the Dolphins as they had a solid win over Kenwood and Oak Park-River Forest to claim a sectional title at Proviso East. Junior Javon Freeman continues to have a solid season as he had a good game on Friday. Whitney Young will face Evanston in super-sectional play at Chicago State on Tuesday as that will be one of the best games of Tuesday night.
4. Bolingbrook (28-1, 9-1) (5)
A dramatic comeback put the Raiders past Joliet West to claim a sectional title at Lincoln-Way East as Bolingbrook's depth showed through in a huge way. Bolingbrook will face Naperville North in super-sectional play at NIU on Tuesday as the Raiders will be the favorite in that one.
3. Morgan Park (23-6, 9-1) (3)
It wasn't easy but the Mustangs took down St. Rita on the road to get a Class 3A sectional title. Junior guard Ayo Dosunmu seems to be playing some of his best ball of the season lately as Morgan Park looks like the favorite. The Mustangs will face Hillcrest in super-sectional play at Joliet Central this week.
2. Evanston (28-3, 10-0) (2)
The Wildkits captured a Class 4A sectional at Waukegan as they took down Loyola Academy and the host Bulldogs during the week. Senior Nojel Eastern put together his best game of the season in the sectional title game as the Wildkits are looking strong. Evanston faces Whitney Young at Chicago State on Tuesday night in a Class 4A super-sectional at Chicago State.
1. Simeon (28-3, 8-2) (1)
The Wolverines looked every bit like a Class 4A favorite in taking down Marist and Thornton this week. Juniors Kezo Brown and Talen Horton-Tucker continue to play well while senior Evan Gilyard is one of the best floor leaders left. Simeon gets a major test on Tuesday when they face Edwardsville in super-sectional play at Illinois State.