CSN Top 20 IHSA basketball rankings

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CSN Top 20 IHSA basketball rankings

1. Whitney Young (10-1)
PrepsTalk: The Dolphins make a huge national statement, winning the Beach Ball Classic tournament in South Carolina. They defeated Myrtle Beach, Bishop Gorman (NV), Scott County (KY) and Bishop OConnell (VA) along the way.

2. Simeon (9-1)
PrepsTalk: Just like old times? The Wolverines win another title in Pontiac (third straight). Tournament MVP Jabari Parker scored 14 points and 13 rebounds in the title game against West Aurora.

3. Morgan Park (13-1)
PrepsTalk: The Mustangs simply dominated the Proviso West Holiday Tournament. They beat Proviso East 82-57 in the championship behind 24 points and 16 rebounds from Josh Cunningham.

4. Marian Catholic (13-1)
PrepsTalk: Tyler Ulis, donning pink shoes in the title game, scored 29 points as the Spartans beat Bloom 61-58 in front of a packed house at Rich South. Its the first Dipper title for M-C in 37 tries.

5. Notre Dame (13-1)
PrepsTalk: More East Suburban Catholic power, as the Dons took down Niles North 54-52 for the Wheeling Hardwood Classic trophy. Matt Mooney secured tournament MVP honors.

6. North Chicago (14-1)
PrepsTalk: The Warhawks make a statement in Bloomington, winning the State Farm Holiday Classic. JaVairius Amos-Mays, Kurt Hall, and JayQuan McCloud each had a great tournament.

7. Neuqua Valley (14-0)
PrepsTalk: The Wildcats secured the East Aurora tournament championship, defeating Pleasure Ridge Park (KY) in the title game. They held Ridge, a team averaging 82 points per game, to only 55.

8. Proviso East (10-3)
PrepsTalk: No, the Pirates were not impressive against Morgan Park (an 82-57 loss). But East did have a few marquee wins at the Proviso West Tourney, including Benet and Oswego.

9. Oswego (11-2)
PrepsTalk: The Panthers placed third at Proviso West last week. Miles Simelton scored 28 points against Stevenson; Elliott McGaughy, Darion Reddick and Zach West each had solid contributions.

10. Benet (14-3)
PrepsTalk: The Redwings could not get past Proviso East, but came back to beat a talented Bogan team for fifth place at Proviso West. Sean OMara turned in another fine performance: 26 points, seven boards against Bogan.

11. West Aurora (10-2)
PrepsTalk: Another strong showing at Pontiac (2nd place). The Blackhawks defeated Lockport, St. Charles North and Warren. West Aurora now faces Naperville North on Saturday.

12. Orr (9-2)
PrepsTalk: A fine performance by the Spartans at the Motor City Roundball Classic in Detroit. Orr defeated Detroit Community 46-34 on Sunday and now come home for Red-West play (vs. Marshall 19).

13. Homewood-Flossmoor (10-2)
PrepsTalk: The Vikings won the early round games at Proviso West, but could not figure out Oswego and Benet. H-F travels to Bolingbrook to play the Raiders Friday night.

14. Bloom (10-3)
PrepsTalk: Johnny Griffin tallied 22 points and 11 rebounds, but Bloom could not stop Tyler Ulis and Marian Catholic at the McDipper. The Blazing Trojans second place showing was punctuated by wins over Phillips, Hales and Crete-Monee.

15. Lemont (13-1)
PrepsTalk: The Indians were the kings of the Romeoville Tournament over the holidays. MVP Juozas Balciunas paced Lemont with 24 points in the championship game against Plainfield Central.

16. Niles North (10-3)
PrepsTalk: North was impressive in wins over Vernon Hills, Loyola and St. Viator at the Wheeling Hardwood Classic. BJ Beckford, Malachi Nix and Lorenzo Dillard were huge contributors for the Vikings.

17. Larkin (14-2)
PrepsTalk: A huge win on many fronts for Larkin over the holidays. They won the Elgin Tournament championship over the host schooland bitter rival-Maroons with Quentin Ruff leading the way with 21 points in the finale.

18. Providence-St. Mel (11-3)
PrepsTalk: The Knights fell to Rockford Lutheran at the State Farm Holiday Classic, but bounced back to defeat Minonk Fieldcrest to secure third place honors.

19. Stevenson (10-4)
PrepsTalk: The Patriots finished in fourth place at Proviso West. They defeated Hinsdale Central, St. Charles East and Maine South, but fell to Proviso East and Oswego

20. Brother Rice (11-2)
PrepsTalk: The Crusaders bring home first place in the Hinsdale South Tournament, thanks to stellar play of Alex Majewski (tournament MVP) and Cal Kennedy.

Looming and Lurking: Curie, St. Rita, Naperville Central, De La Salle, Bogan, Maine South, Montini, North Lawndale, Crete-Monee, Zion-Benton, Lake Forest, Dundee-Crown, Geneva, Marist, Leyden, York, Oak Park, St. Patrick, New Trier, St. Joseph

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Larkin senior Christian Negron out for season with torn ACL

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Larkin senior Christian Negron out for season with torn ACL

Larkin forward Christian Negron, a major contender for the All-Area team this season, will miss his senior season with a torn ACL.

The bouncy 6-foot-6 forward has been a major force in the area since his varsity debut as a freshman for the Royals as he averaged 16.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, 4.2 blocks, 3 assists and 2.2 steals per game last season.

Negron is coming off of a strong summer in which he played with the Puerto Rican national team during the U18 FIBA Americas. Leading in the team in scoring and rebounding, Negron averaged 13.4 points, 13.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game including 23 points and 13 rebounds against the gold-medal winning United States.

While Negron's local high school career is likely over, he had a great three seasons at Larkin and he still has a bright basketball future if he is able to recover. Considered a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Negron recently cut his list to five schools as he is looking at Bradley, DePaul, Loyola, Oregon State and UAB.

Recruiting news and notes: Solorio's Patterson adds Northwestern offer

Recruiting news and notes: Solorio's Patterson adds Northwestern offer

Solorio junior quarterback Quincy Patterson (6-foot-3, 220 pounds) added his fifth scholarship offer on Monday from Northwestern. Patterson, a three-star recruit, also took in the Wildcats' game last Saturday against Nebraska.

"Northwestern is a beautiful school and has anything that a student-athlete can really ask for," Patterson said. "Northwestern has a great coaching staff and an extremely high graduation rate. Both of those factors are very important to me and my family. It means a lot to me that Northwestern is so strong academically plus having great coaches. Northwestern offered me as a super-back recruit."

Patterson now has offers from Northwestern along with Illinois, Indiana, New Mexico and Penn State.

Brother Rice senior running back Xazavian Valladay (6-feet, 190 pounds) has set up his first official visit.

"I'm planning to go out to make an official visit to Wyoming on October 8," Valladay said. "I'm still in touch with Wyoming along with Western Illinois, Ball State, Central Michigan plus Eastern Illinois and Youngstown State. I want to get out and see some schools in person before I make a college decision."

Valladay currently has scholarship offers from Wyoming and Western Illinois.

Palatine senior quarterback Zach Oles (5-foot-11, 200 pounds) is off to another great this season for the Pirates, and Oles has been drawing steady recruiting interest this fall.

"I've been in touch with schools like Butler, Dayton plus North Dakota State, NIU, Princeton along with several (other) Ivy League schools," Oles said. "I'm going to visit Dayton on October 8 and then I'm planning to go visit a game at Butler on October 22."

Does Oles have a time frame for making a college decision? "I'm not in any hurry to make a college choice. My focus right now is on my team and my season. I also want to take a few official visits after the season."

Peoria senior defensive tackle Kendrick Green (6-foot-4, 270 pounds) made his first official visit this past weekend to Minnesota.

"It (Minnesota) was awesome," Green, a three-star recruit, said. "They (Minnesota) are definitely on top now."

Green, who named the Gophers along with Syracuse and Central Florida as his top schools, is also planning to visit both Syracuse and UCF before making his college choice.