CSN Top 20 IHSA basketball rankings

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CSN Top 20 IHSA basketball rankings

1. Whitney Young (5-1)
PrepsTalk: The Dolphins finish 2-1 at the City of Palms tournament in Fort Myers, with wins over Omaha Central (NE) and Chester (PA)-- good for fifth place. Up next: the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, SC.

2. Simeon (2-1)
PrepsTalk: After dispatching Brooks Friday night, the Wolverines set their sights on the Pontiac Holiday tournament, where Duke-bound Jabari Parker could return to action.

3. Morgan Park (9-1)
PrepsTalk: Morgan Park won the third place game at the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas, defeating Our Savior (NY) 79-63. MP fell short against Bishop Gorman (NV) in the semis, 83-80 in OT.

4. Homewood-Flossmoor (10-0)
PrepsTalk: Their 88-26 victory over Ellison was the largest winning margin in the Proviso West Tournament since 1992. An intriguing matchup against Westinghouse is on-deck for Wednesday.

5. Marian Catholic (9-1)
PrepsTalk: The Spartans get a "resume-building" win over Lemont Saturday at the Crete-Monee shootout. Tyler Ulis led the charge with 25 points; three others in double-figures for M-C. The McDipper is next.

6. Notre Dame (9-1)
PrepsTalk: After a lengthy break, the Dons return to action Wednesday against Alcott at the Wheeling Hardwood Classic. Other teams competing at Wheeling: Niles North, Naperville Central, St. Viator and others.

7. Benet (11-2)
PrepsTalk: After defeating Urban Prep, the Redwings set their sights on Morton in the second round at Proviso West. It is possible that a Benet-Proviso East matchup could take place on Friday.

8. Proviso East (6-2)
PrepsTalk: Speaking of the Pirates, they forced 27 turnovers en route to a 71-40 victory over T.F. South Saturday at Proviso West. The defending tourney champs will now face Auburn on Thursday.

9. North Chicago (10-1)
PrepsTalk: After walloping Round Lake by 60 on Friday, the Warhawks head down I-55 to Bloomington's State Farm Holiday Classic. They open against Chillicothe's IVC High School on Wednesday.

10. Neuqua Valley (10-0)
PrepsTalk: There's no place like home for the holidays. Well, close enough. Neuqua will play at the nearby East Aurora Tournament over the break. First up: a tilt against Geneva on Wednesday.

11. Hillcrest (7-3)
PrepsTalk: Jovan Mooring scored 25 points, but the Hawks could not overcome Arsenal Tech at the Midwest Basketball Showcase in Indianapolis on Saturday. Up next: Maine South at Proviso West.

12. St. Rita (7-2)
PrepsTalk: The Mustangs snuck by Loyola 36-35 on Friday night. The Mustangs will join Whitney Young in spending holiday week in Myrtle Beach SC at the Beach Ball Classic, December 26-31.

13. West Aurora (7-1)
PrepsTalk: The Blackhawks moved to 4-0 in DVC by defeating Wheaton North 68-52 on Friday. Now, can they make noise in Pontiac? West Aurora, Simeon and Peoria Manual could all make deep runs.

14. St. Viator (7-1)
PrepsTalk: The Lions open play at the Wheeling Hardwood Classic against Libertyville Wednesday morning. Should they advance, they'll face the winner of FremdMaine West.

15. St. Ignatius (8-1)
PrepsTalk: The Wolfpack downed Hales 45-31 on Friday. Iggy heads west to York High School for the Jack Tosh Tournament over the break. Their first game will be against Conant on Wednesday.

16. Lake Forest (7-2)
PrepsTalk: Sam Downey's double-double (15 points, 13 boards) helped the Scouts defeat Libertyville on Friday. Lake Forest is the top seed at the Hinsdale South tournament this week.

17. Oswego (9-1)
PrepsTalk: Guards Elliot McGaughy and Miles Simelton each scored 21 points as Oswego defeated Lincoln Park Saturday in the opening round at Proviso West. Steven Cook and the Trevians await on Thursday.

18. Orr (6-2)
PrepsTalk: Orr should make waves this year in the Red-West. They'll have a good tune-up for conference play over the break as they take on Detroit's Community High School (1230).

19. Lemont (9-1)
PrepsTalk: The Indians could not keep up with Marian Catholic But Juozas Balciunas and company are in a good position to make some noise at the Romeoville Christmas Classic this week.

20. Providence-St. Mel (6-1)
PrepsTalk: The Knights will be playing in Bloomington at the State Farm Classic this week. They have an opening round 'small school' game against Cissna Park on Wednesday night.

Looming and Lurking: T.F. North, Bloom, Andrew, Foreman, Morton, Geneva, De La Salle, Glenbard East, St. Charles East, Marist, Crete-Monee, St. Patrick, Dundee-Crown, Mundelein, New Trier.

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Illinois Mr. Basketball Charlie Moore down to eight schools

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Illinois Mr. Basketball Charlie Moore down to eight schools

After opening up his recruitment earlier in April, Morgan Park senior point guard and Illinois Mr. Basketball Charlie Moore is down to eight schools, he announced on Twitter.

The 5-foot-11 Moore is down to Cal, Illinois, Georgia Tech, LSU, Miami, SMU, UNLV and Western Kentucky. Moore opened up his previous commitment from Memphis after head coach Josh Pastner left to take the same position at Georgia Tech. It's worth noting that the Yellow Jackets is on Moore's final list.

A two-time state champion at Morgan Park, Moore averaged 28 points, seven assists and five steals per game as a senior.

Regarded as the No. 57 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016, according to Rivals, Moore is the best available senior point guard left in the country. 

 

Phillips DB Dexter Warren pledges to NIU

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Phillips DB Dexter Warren pledges to NIU

Phillips junior defensive back recruit Dexter Warren (6-foot-1, 170 pounds) already drew a handful of MAC offers and more recruiting looks this spring, yet it didn't take long for Warren to make his verbal commitment. Warren gave NIU head coach Rod Carey his verbal commitment while visiting the school last weekend for the Huskies spring game.

"NIU just feels like the right place for me," according to Warren. "I just like everything they have to offer and I was ready so I committed."

Warren, who can play either cornerback or safety at the college level, didn't choose NIU just because of its proximity to his hometown.

"I really didn't consider staying closer to home too much at first," Warren said. "I just liked everything that NIU has to offer. The school being closer to home is just another positive but it wasn't a big factor in my decision. My family and friends can come see me play, which is good."

Warren is now the second known in-state commitment for the Huskies and joins DeKalb WR Cole Tucker in the NIU Class of 2017. 

Nazareth Academy DT Devonte Dunn is done with his recruitment

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Nazareth Academy DT Devonte Dunn is done with his recruitment

Nazareth Academy junior defensive tackle Devonte Dunn (6-foot-1, 261 pounds) didn't want to make his verbal commitment over the phone or on social media, so Dunn and his family drove out to Toledo, Ohio last Saturday and gave the Rockets his decision in person. And with a handshake.

"I just didn't want to commit over the phone or on social media," Dunn said. "I wanted to give the Toledo coaches my decision in person. I wanted to look them in the eye, shake their hands and let them know how serious I am about my decision."

Dunn discussed why he decided to end his recruiting process and give the Rockets his verbal commitment.

"I just love the school and the coaches at Toledo," according to Dunn. "The coaches at Toledo really care about the players on the off the field. I like how the coaches make sure that everyone is focused on school and education along with football. I just developed a great bond at Toledo from very early on and I'm just excited to be a part of the program. 

Dunn, who has been an impact starter on the Road Runners back to back state title runs also wanted to make an early decision with his 2016 senior season and a shot at a third straight state title in mind.

"My plan all along was to make an early decision," Dunn added. "I want to be able to put 100 percent of my focus on my team and my senior year without recruiting being a distraction."