1.Whitney Young (13-1)
PrepsTalk: Jahlil Okafor earned MVP honors in Saturdays win against White Station (TN) at the Penny Hardaway Hoop Fest in Memphis. It'll be a busy week for the Dolphins: Monday at Crane, Wednesday at Marshall, then home Friday vs. Farragut.
2. Morgan Park (16-1)
PrepsTalk: Two more wins for the Mustangs, who look to put an exclamation point on south side supremacy. Billy Garrett Jr, Kyle Davis and company will have a golden chance for just that on Wednesday.
3. Simeon (11-2)
PrepsTalk: Jabari Parker scored 21 points and grabbed six boards as the Wolverines beat Memphis Southwind 55-53 in Tennessee Saturday night. Three games this week, with the Battle of Vincennes (at Morgan Park) Wednesday.
4. Marian Catholic (16-1)
PrepsTalk: M-C won their 14th straight game Saturday --a school record-- as they took down Quincy, 60-39. Thursdays road game at Benet could be a must-see East Suburban Catholic duel.
5. North Chicago (16-1)
PrepsTalk: JaVairius Amos-Mays, JayQuan McCloud (18 and 8) and Big Kurt Hall helped overwhelm Wauconda and Libertyville this week. Up next: a Friday tilt against North Suburban foe Grant.
6. Proviso East (12-3)
PrepsTalk: The Pirates defeated Morton Friday 68-43, but a late-game skirmish between the two teams could leave Proviso East with a thin lineup Friday against Willowbrook.
7. Oswego (13-2)
PrepsTalk: The Panthers made an emphatic statement on the Southwest Prairie conference race Friday with a road win at Minooka. Darion Reddick was impressive, scoring 23 points.
8. Benet (17-3)
PrepsTalk: The Redwings walloped Joliet Catholic 47-18 Friday night behind Eddie Eshoos 11 points. Can they slow down Tyler Ulis and Marian Catholic? The winner seizes first place in the ESCC.
9. Notre Dame (15-2)
PrepsTalk: Two wins in back-to-back games. The first victory was a 63-53 decision Friday over Nazareth. Then Saturday, Matt Mooney and Eddie Serrano (12 points apiece) paced the Dons against Conant, 46-32.
10. West Aurora (13-2)
PrepsTalk: Saturday's 59-19 win over Lockport marked the first of four true road games for the Blackhawks. The fun continues Friday in what should be a fine matchup at Glenbard East.
11. Orr (11-2)
PrepsTalk: Tyquone Greer scored 12 points as the Spartans defeated Shiloh (GA) 50-43 at the Brandon Jennings Invitational in Milwaukee on Saturday. They face Ford Power Houses elite scorer Elliot Cole on Wednesday.
12. Bloom (12-3)
PrepsTalk: Johnny Griffin tallied 22 points as Bloom took down 12-win Crete-Monee 61-45 on Friday. Two home games for the Blazing Trojans this week: Tuesday vs. Joliet Central, Friday vs. Kankakee.
13. Niles North (12-3)
PrepsTalk: Malachi Nix scored 18 points, JJ Myles and BJ Beckford scored 14 apiece as the Vikings dispatched Deerfield 67-55 Friday. Niles North faces Prospect Tuesday. Friday's game vs. Glenbrook North should be entertaining.
14. Neuqua Valley (15-1)
PrepsTalk: The undefeated streak is over for the Wildcats. Jabari Sandifer scored 19 points but Neuqua could not contain Sean Davis and Metea Valley, falling 55-49 Saturday.
15. Larkin (15-2)
PrepsTalk: The Royals won their 10th straight game Thursday night as they rolled St. Charles East 67-53. Quantice Hunter scored 21 points to lead Larkin, who faces Streamwood Friday.
16. Providence-St. Mel (13-3)
PrepsTalk: St. Mel overwhelmed Christ The King 79-29 this week. It figures to be a good matchup Tuesday as Tevin King and company face Seton Academy on the west side.
17. Stevenson (12-4)
PrepsTalk: Jalen Brunsons 21 points led the Patriots in a 73-55 win Saturday over Vernon Hills. Pecking order in the North Suburban Lake is up-for-grabs Friday as Zion-Benton comes to town.
18. Brother Rice (15-2)
PrepsTalk: Alex Majewski scored 27 points to lead his team past Hales 53-38 on Friday. It was the first Brother Rice victory over Hales since 2004. Road games at Nazareth (Tuesday) and St. Rita (Friday) await.
19. Curie (9-5)
PrepsTalk: Curie earned our Muscle Milk Team of the Week honors last week. Cliff Alexander showed some muscle indeed Thursday in a win against Robeson: 23 points, seven rebounds and four blocks.
20. Zion-Benton (14-3)
PrepsTalk: A Tuesday out-of-state match against Tremper (WI) and a potential statement game at Stevenson Friday night. Milik Yarborough (30 points against Lakes on Saturday) has been nothing short of unstoppable.
Looming and Lurking: Lemont, St. Patrick, St. Viator, Maine South, Marist, St. Benedict, Riverside-Brookfield, Montini, Oak Park-River Forest, Bolingbrook, Lake Forest, Woodstock, Crystal Lake Central, Leyden, St. Edward, St. Rita, Dundee-Crown
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