IHSA: Top 20 basketball rankings

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IHSA: Top 20 basketball rankings

1. Whitney Young (17-1)
PrepsTalk: Think the Dolphins are ready for Saturday's game against Simeon? Jahlil Okafor, Paul White, Ausar Madison and company absolutely crushed nationally ranked Long Beach Poly (CA) over the weekend, 85-52.

2. Simeon (15-2)
PrepsTalk: Jabari Parker and Kendrick Nunn (28 and 21 points, respectively) came to play in another nationally-televised game. This time, they take down Oak Hill (VA) at the Spalding Hoophall Classic.

3. Morgan Park (17-2)
PrepsTalk: The Mustangs bounced back after a tough loss to Simeon with a 74-45 win over Perspectives-Calumet. They will have another Red-South tilt Wednesday against Julian.

4. North Chicago (19-1)
PrepsTalk: The Warhawks survived a missed T.F. North three-point attempt at the buzzer to get a quality 59-57 win at Whitney Youngs MLK Dream Classic. JaVairius Amos-Mays racked up 22 points.

5. Proviso East (14-3)
PrepsTalk: The Pirates continue to make quick work of the West Suburban Gold. Branden Jenkins and Sterling Brown each scored 16 points as East ran away from Downers Grove South on Saturday, 80-55.

6. Oswego (16-2)
PrepsTalk: The Panthers tamed the competition at Wheaton Warrenville South, defeating the host school, Bartlett and Metea Valley. Quick turnaround for Oswego, with Romeoville and Plainfield South this week.

7. Benet (18-3)
PrepsTalk: Pat McInerney (21 points, 10 rebounds) hit a game-winning free throw with 1.8 seconds left to propel Benet to an exciting 51-50 win over Marian Catholic Thursday. Keep an eye on this team come March.

8. Marian Catholic (19-2)
PrepsTalk: The Spartans picked up two wins at the Rockford Jefferson MLK Tournamenta 67-41 win over the host school and a 64-51 triumph over Belvidere. Tyler Ulis continues to impress.

9. Notre Dame (16-2)
PrepsTalk: Another statement win for the Dons, this time on the floor of arch-rival St. Patrick. Jake Maestranzi, Donte Stephenson and Eddie Serrano all scored in double-figures in NDs 54-51 win Friday.

10. Orr (15-2)
PrepsTalk: Another game, another win against an out-of-state foe. This time it was Saturday's 63-45 victory against Ottawa Hills (MI). Now things get interesting, with games against Farragut and Whitney Young this week.

11. Bloom (15-3)
PrepsTalk: The Blazing Trojans were successful at Joliet Centrals MLK Day of Hoops. They beat Danville 72-38 behind 14 points from James Coleman. Bloom now faces H-F Tuesday, then Rich Central Friday (both at home).

12. Niles North (18-3)
PrepsTalk: Lorenzo Dillard, B.J. Beckford and Malachi Nix continue to pace the Vikings, who were busy over the weekend at the Lake Zurich MLK Classic. Among the victims: Streamwood, Harlem and Wheaton North.

13. Neuqua Valley (19-2)
PrepsTalk: Neuqua's defense gets torched by Mundelein on Monday, falling 80-59. The Wildcats look to get back on the winning track at Lake Park on Thursday.

14. West Aurora (14-3)
PrepsTalk: The Blackhawks, after a tough loss to DuPage Valley foe Glenbard East on Friday, bounced back to defeat long-time rival East Aurora 78-45 on Saturday. Jontrel Walker scored 20 points in the win.

15. Stevenson (13-4)
PrepsTalk: The Patriots tie the Zee-Bees atop the North Suburban Lake standings with a 66-56 victory Friday night. Jalen Brunson was unstoppable26 points, 12 rebounds and three assists. Up next: Tuesday at Warren.

16. Brother Rice (16-2)
PrepsTalk: Jim Barista paced the Crusaders with 23 points in a road win at Nazareth last Tuesday. Tough stretch now for Rice: Tuesday vs. Marist, Friday vs. Seton, January 29th at Marian Catholic.

17. Curie (12-5)
PrepsTalk: The Condors took care of business in Michigan on Saturday in a 63-43 win against East Lansing. Cliff Alexander scored 26 points with 14 rebounds. Red Central foes Phillips and Harper are on deck.

18. Maine South (19-3)
PrepsTalk: The Hawks were very impressive in Galesburg. Their efforts included a 54-48 overtime thriller against Bloomington. Can Maine South ride the momentum off that win into Friday against Niles West?

19. Larkin (16-3)
PrepsTalk: The Royals saw their impressive 11-game winning streak come to an end Saturday against Geneva, 61-56. Note: Quentin Ruff hit six three-pointers Thursday against Streamwood.

20. York (15-4)
PrepsTalk: The Dukes forced 25 turnovers in a 68-31 win over the weekend against Elgin. David Cohn continues to shine. York goes back into West Suburban Silver play this Friday against Proviso West.

Looming and Lurking: Zion-Benton, Providence-St. Mel, New Trier, Oak Park-River Forest, Glenbard East, Bartlett, Seton, Stagg, Homewood-Flossmoor, St. Viator, Lemont, Montini, Lake Forest, Crystal Lake Central, St Rita, St. Edward, Bogan, Woodstock, Bartlett.

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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."