CSN Top 20 IHSA basketball rankings

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CSN Top 20 IHSA basketball rankings

1. Simeon (18-2)
PrepsTalk: The Wolverines plant their flag on the top of the CSN Top 20 once again with an exciting 44-41 victory over Whitney Young. Illinois-bound stars Jaylon Tate (12 points) and Kendrick Nunn (10 points, six rebounds) stole the show.

2. Whitney Young (18-2)
PrepsTalk: The Dolphins made a furious second half comeback, but it wasnt enough to beat Simeon. L.J. Peaks 20 points (14 in the third quarter) led Young. Possible Simeon rematches in the Public League and IHSA playoffs would be must-watch games.

3. Morgan Park (19-2)
PrepsTalk: It was a week of blowouts for the Mustangsfirst, an 84-30 win over Julian on Wednesday. Then, a 96-36 mauling of Carver on Friday. Billy Garrett Jr. and company will be a tough out in the Public League playoffs.

4. North Chicago (22-1)
PrepsTalk: The Warhawks cruise to an 86-51 win over Vernon Hills on Saturdays senior night. Travaris Knox and Jarrod Coleman, both seniors, scored in double-figures. Junior JaVairius Amos-Mays led the way with 19.

5. Proviso East (16-3)
PrepsTalk: The fans in the Bloomington-Normal got an up-close look at Illinois State recruit Paris Lee on Saturday. Lee scored seven points, six steals and five assists as the Pirates cruised past Normal U-High 74-47.

6. Oswego (18-2)
PrepsTalk: Elliot McGaughys 18 points, backed up by 13 more from Miles Simelton, propelled Oswego over Plainfield South Friday. Busy week on tap for the Panthers: at Plainfield East (Tuesday), vs. Oswego East (Friday) and at Yorkville (Saturday).

7. Benet (19-3)
PrepsTalk: 13 was the lucky number for Pat McInerney Saturday against Naperville Central. The senior forward tallied that number in points and rebounds in a 46-35 win. St. Viator, who beat Marian Catholic on Friday, is on deck for Benet Friday.

8. Notre Dame (18-2)
PrepsTalk: The Dons pick up another quality win Saturday, this time over East Suburban Conference foe St. Viator at the Sears Centre. Air Force-bound guard Matt Mooney scored 22 points.

9. Orr (17-2)
PrepsTalk: The Spartans walloped Farragut 85-55 this week, with Tyquone Greer, Louis Adams Jr. and Armani Ousley leading the way. A showdown with Whitney Young looms later in the week.

10. Bloom (17-3)
PrepsTalk: Zerell Jacksons 18 points, with good support from Johnny Griffin (16 points) and James Coleman (14 points), paved the way for a 74-69 win over Rich Central Friday. Up next: at Rich East.

11. Marian Catholic (20-3)
PrepsTalk: The Spartans were tripped up against St. Viator on Friday. Expect a focused team on the floor Tuesday in Chicago Heights as they take on Brother Rice, a game between two Top 20 teams.

12. Niles North (19-3)
PrepsTalk: Senior guard Malachi Nix became Niles Norths all-time leading scorer Friday against Highland Park, a game in which North went on a 26-0 run. Make that nine wins in a row for the Vikings.

13. Neuqua Valley (21-2)
PrepsTalk: Jabari Sandifer was the cornerstone in a big third quarter for the Wildcats in a 74-46 win over Lake Park on Thursday. He scored 18 points on the night. Neuqua will host Bartlett on Friday.

14. West Aurora (16-3)
PrepsTalk: Jontrel Walker and Spencer Thomas each scored 16 points as the Blackhawks took down St. Joseph 56-47 on Saturday. West Aurora now faces Naperville Central on Tuesday.

15. Stevenson (15-4)
PrepsTalk: The Patriots are on a roll. Jalen Brunson scored 23 points and Matt Morrissey racked up another 20 as Stevenson cruised past Prospect, a first place team in the Mid-Suburban East, 75-58 on Saturday.

16. Brother Rice (18-2)
PrepsTalk: Two down, one to go. Yes, every opponent is important and cannot be overlooked, but you have to tip your cap to the Crusaders, who beat Marist and Seton last weekwith their third consecutive tough opponent (Marian Catholic) on Tuesday.

17. Curie (14-5)
PrepsTalk: After cruise-control wins over Phillips and Harper this week, the Condors will face stiff tests against York (Sunday) and St. Rita (Tuesday). Can Cliff Alexander carry this team on his back deep into the playoffs?

18. Maine South (20-3)
PrepsTalk: The Hawks rolled on Friday, 50-29 over Niles West. Now its time for some home cooking. Three of the next four are in Park Ridge, starting with Tuesdays matchup against Hersey.

19. Larkin (18-3)
PrepsTalk: The Royals keep surging in the Upstate Eight, the latest victory came against St. Charles North on Saturday. Kendale McCullum (game-high 20 points) was integral during a 10-0 third quarter run.

20. St. Rita (14-5)
PrepsTalk: The Mustangs are back in the top 20, thanks to a 90-66 win over Bishop McNamara on Friday. St. Rita will face Curie on Tuesday and travel to Hales on Friday.

Looming and Lurking: Lemont, New Trier, Providence-St. Mel, Hillcrest, Waubonsie Valley, York, Hinsdale Central, Oak Park-River Forest, St. Benedict, Immaculate Conception, Crystal Lake Central, St. Edward, St. Viator.

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Stevenson senior Justin Smith commits to Indiana

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Stevenson senior Justin Smith commits to Indiana

Stevenson senior and Mr. Basketball candidate Justin Smith ended his recruitment on Monday night by committing to Indiana on Twitter.

The 6-foot-6 Smith averaged 17 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game on 52.2 percent shooting last season as the high-flying wing was a third-team CSN All-Area selection.

Regarded as the No. 105 overall prospect in the Rivals national Class of 2017 rankings, Smith is going to be one of the main players to watch in the area this season as he's already helped the Patriots win a state championship as a sophomore while producing big numbers as a junior.

Smith joins three-star point guard Al Durham in Indiana's recruiting Class of 2017.

Now that Smith has ended his recruitment, Evanston's Nojel Eastern and Thornton's Alonzo Verge are the two best uncommitted prospects in the area as all three players are major candidates to win Player of the Year honors.

Viewers' Choice: Vote for High School Lites Week 6 Coverage

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Viewers' Choice: Vote for High School Lites Week 6 Coverage

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We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland’s top prep sports show, in the hands of area football fans in our “Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week.” Fans will get the chance to pick one game that the @CSNPreps crew will cover on Friday night. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights of that game will appear on that night’s “High School Lites” broadcast at 11:00pm, just after White Sox baseball. The show also live streams at csnchicago.com. High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 7:30am and 8:30am the following Saturday. This week, we spotlight the Metro Suburban Blue conference:

Riverside-Brookfield at IC Catholic Prep, 7:15 p.m.

St. Edward at Fenton, 7:15 p.m.

Wheaton Academy at Glenbard South, 7:15 p.m.

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