Scott Phillips' Top 25 Preps Power Rankings
Scott Phillips' Top 25 Preps Power Rankings
Scott Phillips has a new No. 1 in the latest CSN Preps Power Rankings in the aftermath of the annual holiday tournaments.
25. North Lawndale (11-3, 2-1) (9)
The Phoenix ended up with a third place finish at the State Farm Classic as they fell to No. 23 Wheaton-Warrenville South in the semifinals before ralling and beating Mahomet-Seymour in the consolation game. North Lawndale is off this week as they prepare for the stretch run in the Red-West.
24. St. Patrick (12-2, 2-0) (25)
Impressive run to the finals for the Shamrocks at the Jack Tosh Holiday Classic as they won four games by at least 18 points before falling to No. 16 Conant in the championship. St. Patrick has a non-conference game with IC Catholic before trying to win the very tough ESCC.
23. Wheaton-Warrenville South (13-1, 6-0) (21)
Opening eyes this week was Wheaton-Warrenville South as the Tigers knocked off No. 25 North Lawndale in the semifinals at the State Farm Classic before losing to No. 22 Joliet Central in the title game. The Tigers have been in the CSN Preps Power Rankings the last few weeks but the win over the Phoenix was proof that they're a team to keep an eye on these next few months.
22. Joliet Central (12-1, 4-0) (NR)
Joliet has another team to keep an eye on. The Steelmen enter the CSN Preps Power Rankings this week after winning the State Farm Classic as they knocked off No. 23 Wheaton-Warrenville South in the championship. At 12-1 on the season, Joliet Central is going to push Joliet West in the Southwest Prairie as those games should be a ton of fun. Joliet Central plays Oswego East at home on Friday in a conference game.
21. Geneva (13-0, 3-0) (24)
Still unbeaten on the season are the Vikings as they ran through DeKalb with four double-digit wins to earn the title. Geneva hasn't been tested with the most difficult schedule yet but they're about to go through a difficult stretch in the Upstate Eight River. The Vikings host St. Charles North on Friday in a big conference game.
20. Oak Park-River Forest (10-3, 3-0) (13)
It was a tough draw for the Huskies at the Pontiac Holiday Tournament as they lost to No. 1 Simeon and No. 12 Joliet West after a solid first-round win over consolation champion St. Charles North. Oak Park-River Forest has only lost to teams in the top 20 of the CSN Preps Power Rankings so far as they're still a team to watch in the West Suburban Silver.
19. Fenwick (10-3, 3-0) (12)
The Friars took fourth place at the Proviso West Holiday Tournament as the lost to eventual champion No. 4 Whitney Young and No. 7 Uplift on back-to-back days. Fenwick has only lost to teams in the top 10 of CSN Preps Power Rankings so far this season. The Friars play at Montini on Friday night and also have a non-conference game at home against Proviso East this weekend.
18. Thornton (9-3, 2-0) (20)
Thornton handled business at the Big Dipper as the Wildcats earned four wins and the championship. Senior guard Alonzo Verge earned MVP honors for the event as he's quietly getting in a groove. Thornton gets an important SouthWest Suburban Red matchup at home against Andrew this week.
17. Jacobs (12-0, 3-0) (14)
Jacobs handled business and won its own Hinkle Holiday Classic for the first time since 2008 as Cameron Krutwig and company have it rolling. The Golden Eagles are still unbeaten but its really tough to say what their ceiling is since they haven't played a tough schedule. Jacobs gets Crystal Lake South at home on Saturday.
16. Conant (13-2, 2-1) (17)
Winning the 32-team Jack Tosh Holiday Classic is never easy as Conant won five games this week. The Cougars had some impressive wins over No. 24 St. Patrick, Downers South and Brother Rice as the inside-outside combination of Jimmy Sotos and Ryan Davis and Michael Downing has been very good this season. The Cougars travel to Hoffman Estates for a Mid-Suburban West game on Friday night.
15. Fremd (13-0, 3-0) (16)
The Wheeling Hardwood Classic featured a very good title game that saw Fremd take down Notre Dame in overtime as the Vikings were able to stay undefeated. Fremd has beaten Notre Dame twice now this season and also owns a win over Conant as well so they have wins over quality competition. Fremd heads to Barrington in Mid-Suburban West play on Friday night before a non-conference game at Wheeling on Saturday.
14. Marist (16-0, 2-0) (15)
Marist piled up the wins before 2016 ended as they're already 16-0 to start the season. While the RedHawks haven't played a particularly tough schedule, winning the Centralia Holiday Tournament is not easy as Marist earned four wins in back-to-back weeks. Marist hosts Harlan in a non-conference game on Friday night.
13. Curie (11-2, 4-0) (1)
After previously spending time at No. 1 the Condors drop after two losses at Pontiac to Danville and No. 12 Joliet West. Curie is still a premier team in the city and state title race but other teams have caught up to them after they looked so good early this season. The Condors head to Kentucky to face St. Anthony (TX) on Saturday.
12. Joliet West (13-1, 4-0) (5)
Joliet West didn't make the final four at Pontiac after a disappointing loss to No. 11 Bloom but they did rally nicely to take fifth place with wins over teams like No. 20 Oak Park-River Forest and No. 13 Curie. The Tigers host Plainfield North on Friday in a Southwest Prairie clash as they're in a battle with Joliet Central.
11. Bloom (9-3, 2-0) (19)
Great showing from Bloom at the Pontiac Holiday Tournament as they took home third place and picked up wins over teams like No. 12 Joliet West, Peoria Manual and Danville. The Blazing Trojans only have losses to No. 1 Simeon and twice to No. 10 Homewood-Flossmoor this season so they're playing well against top competition. Bloom heads to Rich South for a Southland game on Friday night.
10. Homewood-Flossmoor (10-2, 1-0) (18)
The Vikings fell short of the title at Hinsdale Central but they had a nice run to get there before falling to No. 3 Bolingbrook. Homewood-Flossmoor continues to look strong as they have the length and athleticism to be a major factor in the state playoffs. The Vikings travel to Lockport for a SouthWest Suburban Blue game on Friday night.
9. Benet (11-3, 1-1) (NR)
After a couple of losses, Benet is back in the top 10 after storming to the finals of Pontiac and giving No. 1 Simeon a tough game. Before Pontiac, the Redwings earned a nice win over previously-unbeaten Fenwick and used that momentum to win their first three games. Senior guard Jack Nolan is having an outstanding season as he made some huge plays. Benet is off this week.
8. Orr (7-1, 2-1) (11)
Orr handled business up in Michigan as the Spartans went 3-0 facing teams in Detroit. Junior Raekwon Drake continued his very good season with some solid games while Orr also showed a lot of scoring balance with help from other players. The Red West remains brutally tough but Orr is right in the mix.
7. Uplift (11-3, 3-0) (10)
The Titans needed to prove themselves on the big stage of Proviso West and they stepped up with a third place finish. Uplift gave No. 5 Morgan Park a very tough game before grabbing a solid win over No. 19 Fenwick in the consolation game. Uplift looks like a major factor in Class 2A as well as the city title with the way they're playing.
6. Kenwood (10-3, 4-0) (7)
Kenwood fell short of a title in Missouri as they lost to Jonesboro (AR) but they did get two wins before that to continue a good start. The Broncos still have not lost to anyone from Illinois yet this season as they own a very good win over No. 4 Whitney Young. Kenwood hosts Nazareth on Saturday in a non-conference game.
5. Morgan Park (9-2, 3-1) (3)
Morgan Park fell short of the title at Proviso West as they fell to No. 4 Whitney Young in the championship. The Mustangs still earned a good wins over No. 7 Uplift and Hillcrest during the tournament. Junior guard Ayo Dosunmu and senior Melo Burrell have both been very good this season. The Mustangs are off this week.
4. Whitney Young (9-3, 2-0) (8)
Whitney Young showed how good they can be by winning Proviso West as the Dolphins earned great wins over teams like No. 5 Morgan Park and No. 19 Fenwick. Senior Lucas Williamson continued a good season by earning MVP honors as he's looked good this season. Whitney Young will travel to Michigan to face Muskegon this weekend.
3. Bolingbrook (10-0, 1-0) (6)
Bolingbrook continues to be one of the most impressive teams in the state early this season as they won the title at Hinsdale Central. The Raiders beat No. 10 Homewood-Flossmoor for the title and also handle Marian Catholic in the semifinals in impressive fashion. Bolingbrook has a SouthWest Suburban Blue clash at Stagg on Thursday night.
2. Evanston (13-2, 3-0) (4)
Evanston ultimately fell short of the title at the Beach Ball Classic but the Wildkits earned some great wins over national competition including a win over Pace Academy and Duke commit Wendell Carter. Evanston still hasn't lost to a team from Illinois this season as they host Glenbrook South on Friday in a Central Suburban South game.
1. Simeon (11-0, 4-0) (2)
The new No. 1 team is Simeon as the Wolverines remain unbeaten after getting through Pontiac. With wins over Whitney Young, Morgan Park, Benet, Bloom and Oak Park-River Forest the Wolverines have already beaten a good chunk of the CSN Preps Power Rankings as they've been strong all season. The Wolverines play against Cordova (TN) on Saturday.