NBC Sports Chicago Boys Basketball Preps Power Rankings: Final Rankings

NBC Sports Chicago Boys Basketball Preps Power Rankings: Final Rankings

The final edition of the NBC Sports Boys Basketball Preps Power Rankings is here for the 2018-19 season. While some final rankings place more of an emphasis on the regular season, we like to take postseason accomplishments first while also accounting for things that happened during the regular season -- similar to how the AP poll treats the NCAA tournament and college basketball's final rankings.

Listed beside each team is the final record for the season as well as the preseason ranking we gave them as we take a look at some of the big accomplishments for each program during the season. With no area team winning a Class 3A or 4A state title for the first time in the four-class era, it made for an interesting final ranking as a lot of things were considered for the top spots.

1. Curie (35-2) (8) -- The Condors close the season at No. 1 in the area after a memorable season that defied expectations. Many other Public League teams had significantly more preseason hype, but a balanced Curie team beat every team they faced in Illinois except for Class 4A champion Belleville West. Curie had a remarkable 10 wins over IHSA teams with sectional titles this season -- and that doesn't even include wins over Whitney Young, Bloom, New Trier, two wins over Morgan Park and numerous quality out-of-state wins. Public League Playoff champions and winners of the Pontiac Holiday Tournament, this is one of the best IHSA teams of the past decade that didn't win a state title. DaJuan Gordon had a tremendous senior season as he was flanked by strong senior leadership from Trevon Hamilton, Justin Harmon and Damari Nixon. Head coach Mike Oliver should be mentioned among the city's elite coaches for the job he did this season.   

2. Evanston (32-5) (5) -- Making Peoria for a second straight season, Evanston lived up to enormous preseason expectations. The Wildkits placed second in Class 4A after pushing Belleville West to the limit as their only other in-states losses came to Glenbrook South, Bolingbrook and Alton. The senior trio of Lance Jones, Jaheim Holden and Ryan Bost is one of the most accomplished perimeter trio of the decade as they made two state appearances while beating a high number of quality teams. The Wildkits beat New Trier, Maine South and Loyola twice and also knocked off St. Viator, Stevenson, OPRF and Uplift during the season. The future also looks bright for Evanston as a slew of quality sophomores and juniors return for next season.

3. Bogan (30-4) (4) -- Falling just short of a Class 3A state title, Bogan had a season worth remembering. The Bengals won the Proviso West Holiday Tournament and Rock Island Thanksgiving Tournament, beating Whitney Young, Leo, Simeon, Morgan Park, Proviso East, Corliss, Farragut and St. Laurence during the season. Senior Rashaun Agee was the best big man in the area this season as his dunks and double-doubles came on a near-nightly basis. Guards Jordan Booker and Antoine Bloxton were two of the city's premier perimter threats. The Bengals don't get as much local or national publicity as some of their Public League counterparts but head coach Arthur Goodwin has built a steady top-25 mainstay who is always a major threat in Class 3A. 

4. Simeon (20-15) (3) -- Despite a high number of losses, Simeon figured things out in time to finish as one of the state's best teams this season. Navigating a ridiculous national schedule, the new rotation of Wolverines took awhile to figure things out with so many new pieces. But seniors Antonio Reeves and KeJuan Clements stepped up late in the season while younger players like Ahamad Bynum and A.J. Casey showed how bright the future is for Simeon. The Wolverines beat Homewood-Flossmoor twice while also earning wins over Whitney Young, Marian Catholic and Bolingbrook. Simeon also pushed Curie to the limit in supersectionals -- nearly ending the Condors' season in Evanston. 

5. Orr (26-11) (16) -- Class 2A champions for a third consecutive season, the Spartans replaced a senior nucleus with new players and still found a way to win another state title. Head coach Lou Adams deserves recognition for getting a team of inexperienced varsity players and transfers to come together for another run. Seniors Tujaute Williams and Greg Outlaw Jr. are both great college prospects while the emergence of transfer Sherif Kenney took Orr to another level. Besides for the Class 2A title, the Spartans knocked off Bogan, Lincoln Park and Farragut. In the 2A playoffs, Orr won every game by double-digits during another dominating postseason run. 

6. Morgan Park (29-5) (2) -- The Mustangs fell short of another trip to Peoria but they still had a strong season. Champions at the Big Dipper Holiday Tournament and making the finals of the Public League Playoffs, the Mustangs had wins over Simeon, DePaul Prep, Bolingbrook, Corliss and Lincoln Park. Junior guard Adam Miller is the area's most talented player as the Mustangs have a lot to look forward to for next season. 

7. Whitney Young (25-8) (1) -- Playing another tough national schedule, Whitney Young came very close to knocking out Curie in the Class 4A sectional finals. The Dolphins had quality local wins over York, Orr, Uplift and Farragut as the junior backcourt of D.J. Steward and Tyler Beard was one of the best in the area. Senior Myles Baker also had some big games during the season as he remains an intriguing college prospect entering the spring. Whitney Young could find itself at No. 1 next preseason if all the pieces return. 

8. Geneva (32-2) (NR) -- Setting a school record for wins, Geneva fell just short of making it to Peoria in Class 4A with a loss to Rockford East. The senior duo of point guard Jack McDonald and sharpshooter Mitch Mascari was one of the area's strongest one-two combos as the Vikings only lost to Lake Park and the E-Rabs during the season. Winning the DuKane Conference, Geneva has become one of the state's more consistent programs over the last five years. 

9. Bolingbrook (23-8) (9) -- Bolingbrook started the season on a high note by winning the Decatur Thanksgiving Tournament before rolling to another good season. The Raiders dealt with some injuries but the backcourt of Joseph Yesufu and Tyler Cochran were as strong as any in the state when healthy the past few seasons. During the season, Bolingbrook swept Homewood-Flossmoor while also beating Oswego East, Evanston, West Aurora and Springfield Southeast. The Raiders were only stopped by eventual Class 4A champions Belleville West in supersectionals. 

10. DePaul Prep (25-10) (13) -- DePaul Prep reached Peoria as they hoped as the Rams figured out a mid-season slump to make a run to finish third in Class 3A. Senior Perry Cowan is one of the state's most accomplished players in this class and he had other solid players around him like Raheem Anthony, Lance Mosley and Pavle Pantovic. The future also looks solid at DePaul Prep as sophomores TY Johnson and Brian Matthews are both promising prospects. 

11. Providence-St. Mel (30-6) (25) -- State champions in Class 1A, the Knights had a target on their back and still delivered. Even though Providence-St. Mel played in the state's smallest class, they made a huge impression on the Catholic League by beating bigger schools during most of the season. Tyriel Nelson, Deion Jackson and Eric Jordan II all had strong scoring seasons while center Taeyon Neal and point guard T.J Ervin also deserve recognition.  

12. Stevenson (27-6) (NR) -- Surprising many with its strong season a year ahead of schedule, Stevenson scared Evanston in 4A supersectionals before losing. The Patriots won the North Suburban Conference and had a 14-game winning streak in 2019 as they beat Waukegan three times during the season. Next season looks very promising for the Patriots as nearly the entire core should be back. 

13. Homewood-Flossmoor (23-8) (12) -- Making a strong push in the Class 4A state playoffs, the Vikings played their best basketball at the end of the season. Knocking out Bloom and St. Rita in the state playoffs, Homewood-Flossmoor had a very balanced team led by Isaac Stanbeck, Trace Williams and R.J. Ogom -- to name a few. 

14. St. Viator (26-7) (6) -- One of the best Class 3A teams in Illinois this season, the Lions were built around two great seniors in Jeremiah Hernandez (Kent State) and Trey Calvin (Wright State). Although St. Viator lost to DePaul Prep in the sectional finals, they had quality wins over Marian Catholic, Loyola and Oswego East. 

15. Waukegan (28-6) (24) -- Waukegan had a great season in which they ultimately couldn't get past Stevenson. The Bulldogs lost three times to the Patriots during the season -- going 28-3 against the rest of the schedule and only losing to Providence St. Mel, Marian Catholic and Fremd. Senior Bryant Brown closed out a historic career with the Bulldogs by scoring over 2,000 career points and becoming the program's all-time leading scorer in the process. 

16. Bloom (26-4) (10) -- The junior-laden Blazing Trojans ultimately fell short of the enormous expectations but they still had a great season. Only falling to Homewood-Flossmoor (after beating them twice), Curie, Kankakee and Urbana, Bloom has a team that could compete for No. 1 in the state next season. The junior group of Keshawn Williams, Martice Mitchell, Donovan Newby and Dante Maddox Jr. will be one of the state's most talented groups. 

17. Marian Catholic (27-5) (14) -- Moving up to 4A after making Peoria in Class 3A last season, it was another strong season for Marian Catholic. The Spartans were led by senior forward Chris White and junior point guard Ahron Ulis as they fell short to Simeon in the sectional finals. Marian Catholic beat Homewood-Flossmoor, DePaul Prep, Benet and Thornton during the season. 

18. Loyola (22-13) (19) -- The Ramblers finally got healthy and rolling in the postseason as they lived up to preseason expectations. Winning the Hoopfest in Naples yet again, Loyola also beat DePaul Prep, Maine South and Marian Catholic. Senior Connor Barrett getting healthy was key for this team and the junior duo of twins Bennett and Jordan Kwiecinski should lead a promising group for next season. 

19. York (29-5) (NR) -- One of the area's most balanced teams, York had an incredible season. The Dukes only lost to OPRF (twice), Stevenson, Rockford East and Whitney Young as they gained revenge on the conference-rival Huskies by beating them for a 4A regional title. Nick Kosich, Erik Cohn and Sam Walsh all played tons of varsity minutes during their careers at York and it showed with how in-sync this team was during the season. 

20. Oswego East (24-8) (21) -- Strong season for Oswego East as they matched preseason expectations with an appearance in the sectional finals. Senior guard Ray J Dennis, a Boise State commit, was one of the area's best players this season as his clutch shooting in the state playoffs helped save the season for the Wolves. Oswego East won the season-opening Hoops for Healing Tournament with wins over Naperville North and West Aurora while also picking off quality teams like St. Rita, DePaul Prep and Waubonsie Valley during the season. 

21. Downers North (23-12) (NR) -- Reaching sectional finals for the first time since 1999, the Trojans peaked at the right time behind a great backcourt of Semaj Henderson and Trey Boston. Although Downers North had an up-and-down season, they pushed Geneva to the limit during supersectionals while also earning a notable win over Lake Park during the sectional semifinals. 

22. South Elgin (25-9) (NR) -- Quietly setting a school record for wins, South Elgin was one of the most surprising sectional finalists in Class 4A. The Storm were led by an underrated senior forward in Vince Miszkiewicz as the double-double machine had some big games against great competition. South Elgin gave Rockford East a good run in the sectional finals while also knocking off Proviso East, Oswego East and Cary-Grove.

23. Glenbard South (25-7) (NR) -- Class 3A's biggest surprise, Glenbard South peaked at the right time as they completed a strong season in both boys and girls (Class 3A second-place finish) basketball. Winning 10 of their last 11 games before falling to Peoria Manual in supersectionals (with the only loss coming to South Elgin) the Raiders closed out the season on a major hot streak. Glenbard South only lost two games all season to teams who didn't at least 20 games -- one of those being Peoria Manual. 

24. Corliss (20-10) (NR) -- Surprising many with its play this season, the Trojans defied expectations by placing fourth in Class 2A -- despite losing one of the area's best players last season in big man George Conditt IV (Iowa State). Besides for the deep postseason run, Corliss earned a great win over Simeon in conference play while also blowing out Class 1A finalist Central A&M. Senior Dhason Dyson was fun to watch and one of the city's more underrated guards. 

25. Farragut (20-7) (NR) -- One of the city's best teams this season, Farragut's season was cut short due to the unfortunate circumstances at North Lawndale. The Admirals were set to claim a Class 3A sectional title while also earning notable wins this season over Riverside-Brookfield, Lane Tech, Thornton and a full-strength Uplift before Markese Jacobs was injured. Senior Aaron Strong also deserves recognition for an outstanding season as he's a fascinating Division I prospect to track this spring.

NBC Sports Chicago Preps Basketball Power Rankings: Week 16

NBC Sports Chicago Preps Basketball Power Rankings: Week 16

The Preps Power Rankings are starting to settle towards the final countdown of the season. With Class 1A and Class 2A state champions being crowned, and sectional finals of Class 3A and 4A getting decided, there was a lot of movement and plenty of new teams entering the picture this week. Next week will be the final Power Rankings of the season after we finish things in Peoria. That list will have a more in-depth look at what each team accomplished during the season.

1. Curie (33-1) (1) -- The Condors escaped with a close win over Whitney Young in Class 4A as they try to go the full season without losing to an Illinois opponent. Another major test looms against Simeon on Tuesday.

2. Evanston (30-4) (3) -- Trying to make Peoria for a second straight year, the Wildkits continue to roll in the playoffs with a win over Loyola. A matchup with Stevenson looms in the Supersectionals in Class 4A at Sears Centre on Tuesday.

3. Simeon (20-14) (5) -- Proving doubters wrong with a 4A sectional title win over Homewood-Flossmoor, Simeon is hoping a rematch with Curie goes better than the first game. Tuesday's Supersectional at Northwestern will be highly-anticipated.

4. Bogan (28-3) (6) (3A) -- The Bengals earned a huge win over Morgan Park as they remain a favorite in Class 3A. Bogan will face Normal U-High in Supersectionals as they remain a state title favorite.

5. Whitney Young (25-8) (7) -- Whitney Young is out after a memorable clash with Curie at Proviso West. The Dolphins had a tremendous season as they'll be a top contender once again next season. 

6. Orr (26-11) (8) (2A) -- Class 2A state champions for a third straight season, the Spartans looked like one of the state's best teams -- regardless of class -- once they had their full roster. 

7. Morgan Park (29-5) (2) (3A) -- Morgan Park fell short of another trip to Peoria in Class 3A as they fell to Bogan. Adam Miller and company will definitely be a factor next season.

8. Geneva (32-1) (9) -- A dream season for Geneva continues following a win over Downers North. The Vikings will get a major test in Rockford East on Tuesday in Class 4A. 

9. Bolingbrook (23-7) (11) -- Bolingbrook has played very well down the stretch as they took down Oswego East for a sectional title. The Raiders have a major test against defending Class 4A champion Belleville West on Tuesday.

10. Providence-St. Mel (30-6) (10) (1A) -- Champions in Class 1A, the Knights were clearly the best team in that division all season. But with 30 wins and an impressive Catholic League season, Providence-St. Mel was one of the area's best teams -- regardless of class. 

11. Stevenson (27-5) (22) -- The Patriots continued their domination over Waukegan with another win in sectionals. The Patriots will play Evanston at the Sears Centre on Tuesday. 

12. DePaul Prep (25-9 (23) (3A) -- DePaul Prep is heading to Peoria in Class 3A after their opponent(s) were disqualified in the previous found. The Rams should be a factor this weekend.  

13. Homewood-Flossmoor (23-8) (13) -- A great season for the Vikings as they fell short to Simeon in the Class 4A sectional finals at Eisenhower. H-F had one of the area's most balanced teams this season. 

14. St. Viator (26-7) (14) (3A) -- Falling to DePaul Prep in Class 3A, it was a strong season for St. Viator. The Lions overcame injury to make a deep run behind one of the area's best backcourts. 

15. Waukegan (28-6) (19) -- Waukegan just couldn't figure out Stevenson this season as they fell to the Patriots once again in the sectional finals. Senior Bryant Brown concluded a memorable career with a great team around him.

16. Bloom (26-4) (4) -- The Blazing Trojans fell short of their goals as they fell to Homewood-Flossmoor in sectional semifinals. Bloom has a chance to be the No. 1 team next preseason if everyone returns. 

17. Marian Catholic (27-5) (12) -- Marian Catholic lost a close one to Simeon as they fell short of making Peoria for a second straight season. The Spartans should be a factor next season if all the pieces return. 

18. Loyola (22-13) (21) -- Getting healthy at the right time, Loyola was impressive in its Class 4A run to the sectional finals. Falling to Evanston a second time, the Ramblers also have players to build with for next season. 

19. York (29-5) (16) -- The Dukes came up short against Whitney Young in sectional semifinals but they fought with one of the area's best teams. York was one of the most balanced, cohesive and well-coached teams in the area this season. 

20. Oswego East (24-8) (NR) -- The Wolves ultimately lived up to preseason hype by making the sectional finals before falling to Bolingbrook in a close game. Senior RayJ Dennis had a memorable season as he's an All-Area candidate. 

21. Downers North (23-12) (NR) -- Downers North figured things out in its Class 4A playoff run as they pushed Geneva to the limit in the Class 4A sectional finals. The program made history by reaching levels they haven't reached in nearly 20 years. 

22. Glenbard South (25-6) (NR) (3A) -- Still alive as a surprise team in Class 3A, Glenbard South took down Burlington Central for a sectional title. Peoria Manual will be a tough one on Tuesday at a Supersectional at NIU. 

23. South Elgin (25-9) (NR) -- One of the surprise teams in the postseason, the Storm made it to a Class 4A sectional final before falling short to Rockford East. South Elgin finished with 25 wins and a deeper playoff run than most in the area.

24. Corliss (20-10) (NR) (2A) -- Coming up with a fourth-place finish in Class 2A, Corliss exceeded expectations on the season. The win over Simeon earlier this season also continues to look more-and-more impressive.

25. Farragut (20-7) (15) (2A) -- An unfortunate end to Farragut's bright season as they've been eliminated by disqualification. The Admirals showed they were one of the city's best this season while being a factor in Class 3A.

NBC Sports Chicago Preps Basketball Power Rankings: Week 15

NBC Sports Chicago Preps Basketball Power Rankings: Week 15

With the postseason humming along, there were a few changes to this week's Preps Basketball Power Rankings. Eliminated teams have been dropped from the rankings while five new teams have entered the spotlight after collecting regional titles. 

This week will feature many of these teams playing each other during sectional and supersectional play, so there will be plenty of changes to come before the end of the season. Please note that all schools below are in Class 4A unless otherwise noted.

1. Curie (31-1) (1) -- The state's best team started its title quest in impressive fashion with wins over Schurz and Fenwick (without senior guard Trevon Hamilton). The Condors play one of the state's hottest teams in Riverside-Brookfield at Proviso West before possibly facing Whitney Young or York for a sectional title.

2. Morgan Park (28-4) (2) (3A) -- The Mustangs cruised past King for a regional crown as they head to St. Laurence for sectionals. Mount Carmel comes first while Morgan Park could potentially get a rematch with rival Bogan for a sectional title. 

3. Evanston (28-4) (3) -- Evanston's journey back to Peoria began with a victory over Notre Dame as they continue to look like the Niles North Sectional's strongest team. The Wildkits face conference rival Glenbrook South in the sectional semifinals -- a team they split the regular season series left. 

4. Bloom (26-3) (4) -- Receiving a test from Thornwood in the regional finals, Bloom passed the test to advance to Eisenhower. The No. 1 seed Trojans have to beat Homewood-Flossmoor for a third time in the sectional semifinals if they want to advance. 

5. Simeon (18-14) (5) -- Surviving on a buzzer-beating tip-in from A.J. Casey, Simeon moved past Brother Rice for a memorable win. The Wolverines will have one of the state's best sectional semifinal games when they face Marian Catholic at Eisenhower. 

6. Bogan (26-3) (6) (3A) -- The Bengals picked off Hyde Park for a regional championship as Bogan put up triple digits in the win. Bogan advances to a tough St. Laurence sectional as they play the hosts in the semifinals. 

7. Whitney Young (24-7) (7) -- Advancing past conference rival Lane to advance to Proviso West, the Dolphins have some big tests ahead. The sectional semifinals see Whitney Young play York and No. 1 Curie could be a potential matchup for the sectional title. 

8. Orr (23-11) (8) (2A) -- Emerging as the team to beat in Class 2A, Orr knocked off Uplift to win the Aurora Christian Sectional. The Spartans get a major test against Leo in supersectional play at Joliet Central on Tuesday.

9. Geneva (30-1) (9) -- Now up to 30 wins on the season, the Vikings continue to beat everyone in their path. Geneva faces a hot team in Lyons in the sectional semifinals as a potential rematch with Lake Park -- Geneva's only loss -- potentially looms in the sectional finals. 

10. Providence-St. Mel (27-6) (11) (1A) -- The favorites in Class 1A, the Knights took care of business in the Collins Academy Sectional. East Dubuque looms in the Class 1A supersectional at NIU on Tuesday.

11. Bolingbrook (21-7) (12) -- Running past Joliet Central to advance, the No. 1 seed Raiders are headed to East Aurora. Bolingbrook will have a battle with West Aurora in the next round as these two teams faced for a sectional title last season. 

12. Marian Catholic (27-4) (13) -- The Spartans held off Thornton for a regional title as Marian Catholic advances to Eisenhower. The No. 2 seed in the sectional, the Spartans face Simeon in what could be Class 4A's best sectional semifinal.

13. Homewood-Flossmoor (22-7) (14) -- Major victory for the Vikings over St. Rita as H-F won despite being short-handed. Homewood-Flossmoor gets another crack at Bloom this week at Eisenhower. The Vikings have lost twice to the Blazing Trojans already by a combined total of six points. 

14. St. Viator (25-6) (17) (3A) -- Blitzing Sullivan to advance in the Grayslake Central Sectional, the Lions remain a major factor in Class 3A. St. Viator takes on St. Patrick on Tuesday night in sectional semifinal play. 

15. Farragut (19-7) (18) (3A) -- Advancing past Bulls Prep, the Admirals are in solid position as the No. 1 seed in North Lawndale. Farragut faces De La Salle in semifinal play on Tuesday. 

16. York (29-4) (19) -- Finally beating OPRF after losing the first two tries, York continues its outstanding season. The Dukes will get a major challenge in the sectional semifinals as they play Whitney Young at Proviso West. 

17. St. Laurence (27-5) (20) (3A) -- St. Laurence eliminated Vocational to advance to its own sectional as the Vikings get a stiff test in the next game. The matchup against Bogan could be the best 3A sectional semifinal in the state.

18. Riverside-Brookfield (28-4) (21) -- Winners of 15 straight games, Riverside-Brookfield has steadily climbed our top 25 over the past four weeks. The win over Lincoln Park was one of the best among any Class 4A team. The Bulldogs get a crack at No. 1 Curie this week at Proviso West. 

19. Waukegan (27-5) (22) -- Waukegan ran past Warren for a regional crown as senior Bryant Brown went over 2,000 career points. The Bulldogs host their own sectional as they start with Fremd before a potential third game with conference rival Stevenson looms.

20. Lake Park (23-11) (NR) -- Head coach Billy Pitcher has his team playing great down the stretch as Lake Park earned notable wins over host DeKalb and Benet during regionals. The Lancers face Downers North in the next round in the Bartlett Sectional. 

21. Loyola (21-12) (NR) -- Peaking at the right time, Loyola had a strong week with wins over host Rolling Meadows and Maine South. The Ramblers will face Schaumburg in the next round as they are a dangerous team in the Niles North Sectional. 

22. Stevenson (25-5) (NR) -- The No. 1 seed in the Waukegan Sectional, the Patriots took down Hersey to advance. The Patriots will play Deerfield in the sectional semifinals before a potential third meeting against Waukegan if they can get past Schaumburg. 

23. DePaul Prep (23-9) (NR) (3A) -- The Rams earned a regional title over Ridgewood as they advance to Grayslake Central for sectional play. DePaul Prep plays a talented Carmel team in sectional semifinal play. 

24. Fremd (22-4) (NR) -- The MSL champs cruised past Barrington to advance in the Waukegan Sectional. The Vikings will face the host Bulldogs in a tough battle on Wednesday. 

25. Schaumburg (23-6) (NR) -- One of the hotter teams in the 4A field, the Saxons earned an impressive double-digit win over No. 2 seed New Trier. Schaumburg faces Loyola Academy in the Niles North Sectional this week.