CSN Top 20 IHSA basketball rankings

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CSN Top 20 IHSA basketball rankings

1 - Simeon
PrepsTalk: Jabari Parker surprises the masses, playing in the Wolveines' first game of the year. Parker, who has been nursing a foot injury, scored six points in a win over Milton (GA).

2 - Whitney Young
PrepsTalk: Jahlil Okafor had quite the 2012-13 debut Saturday night, scoring 34 points with nine rebounds as the Dolphins rolled past DeMatha (MD). LJ Peak scored 17 points.

3 - Morgan Park
PrepsTalk: The Mustangs pick up a huge win over Notre Dame, thanks to a 17-5 run in the fourth quarter. Kyle Davis scored 23 points in the victory.

4 - Hillcrest
PrepsTalk: Jovan Mooring scored 17 points in a victory over Reavis. The team will have Argo and Shepard this week. The Hawks will travel to Indianapolis later this month.

5 - North Chicago
PrepsTalk: JaVairius Amos-Mays scored a game-high 22 points as the Warhawks walloped Grant 92-47 on Friday. They have Antioch and Vernon Hills this week.

6 - Bolingbrook
PrepsTalk: Ben Moore tallied 23 points as the Raiders got past Lincoln-Way Central 57-49 Friday night. They will travel to Lockport on Tuesday, then host Sandburg Friday night.

7 - Benet
PrepsTalk: Huge win for the Redwings over Curie at the Cyrus McGinnis Jump Ball Showcase. Sean O'Mara scored 13 points in a marquee matchup against Cliff Alexander.

8 - Notre Dame
PrepsTalk: Justin Halloran led the Dons with 14 points against Morgan Park, but they could not overcome a late surge by the Mustangs. Another huge game awaits Friday against Marist.

9 - Proviso East
PrepsTalk: The Pirates have now lost two early season games, the latest a 84-46 trouncing at the hands of Lone Peak (Utah). Sterling Brown has sat out the last two games due to disciplinary reasons.

10 - St. Rita
PrepsTalk: The Mustangs are looking to bounce back after losing to St. Rita on their home floor Friday night, 42-38. Charles Matthews and company now face Gordon Tech on Friday.

11 - Seton
PrepsTalk: Mark Weems, Jr. scored 20 points against Gordon Tech Friday night as the Sting cruised to a 57-44 victory. Kamal Shasi added 15 points and seven rebounds.

12 - Homewood-Flossmoor
PrepsTalk: Rashaan Surles scored 14 points while Maurius Hill added 13 points and 11 rebounds as the Vikings get a huge win at Joliet West. They will host Lockport Friday night.

13 - Fenwick
PrepsTalk: Fenwick posted an impressive win over the weekend, taking down fellow village rival Oak Park 66-57. Luke Lattner scored 20 points. The Friars will face De La Salle on Tuesday.

14. Neuqua Valley
PrepsTalk: The Wildcats have stormed out of the gate with a 6-0 record, which includes Saturdays 59-46 win over rival Waubonsie Valley. Jared Brownridge was huge in the fourth quarter.

15 - Dundee-Crown
PrepsTalk: The Chargers bolt into the Top 20, thanks to a 49-40 win over St. Patrick. Brandon Rodriguez was a key player in a late 12-0 run that decided the game.

16 - Niles West
PrepsTalk: Keep an eye on the Wolves, who are off to a fine 5-0 start. They are coming off a 67-63 win over fellow Skokie foe Niles North. David McCoy had 18 points in the victory.

17 - Morton
PrepsTalk: Greg Carter and Waller Perez will be in the headlines a lot this year. They have led Morton to a 3-1 start, including a thrilling 63-62 victory over Larkin in Elgin.

18 - Warren
PrepsTalk: The Blue Devils have a new coach in Ryan Webber, who took over for Chuck Ramsey. Webber and company secured a fine victory over New Trier Saturday, 66-60.

19 - St. Charles East
PrepsTalk: Purdue recruit Kendall Stephens had 15 points against Larkin Thursday, but his Saints could not pull out the victory. East faces Geneva on Friday.

20 - West Aurora
PrepsTalk: West held Wheaton Warrenville South to zero field goals and forced 11 turnovers in the first half Friday night, en route to a 56-29 victory. Josh McAuley had 10 points, nine rebounds and four blocks.

Looming and Lurking: St. Joseph, Curie, Bogan, Hyde Park, Glenbrook North, Schaumburg, Marist, Orr, Bloom, Providence-St. Mel, T.F. North, Larkin, De La Salle, Andrew, Oswego.

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White Sox manager Rick Renteria 'surprised' Melky Cabrera hasn't been traded

White Sox manager Rick Renteria 'surprised' Melky Cabrera hasn't been traded

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The White Sox have offloaded more pieces in the past eight months than that furniture store that always seems to be going out of business.

Everything. Must. Go.

Even so, the team hasn’t found any takers for veteran outfielder Melky Cabrera, who finished with four hits in Saturday night’s 7-2 White Sox loss to the Kansas City Royals. Cabrera finished a triple shy of the cycle and drove in two runs. That Cabrera still resides on the South Side is a surprise to White Sox manager Rick Renteria.

“Honestly yeah, to be honest,” Renteria said. “To me he’s a premier Major League baseball player who has been playing outstanding defense. And he has been for us one of the two or three guys who has been timing his hitting in terms of driving in runs when we need them, putting together really good at-bats when we need them. Just playing the game. Yeah, kind of surprised.”

Despite making their intentions known that everyone short of Tim Anderson and Carlos Rodon are available, Cabrera’s name has barely registered a blip on the radar when it comes to trade rumors.

Several factors have probably prevented Cabrera from being dealt, the biggest being his salary. Cabrera is still owed roughly $6.3 million of his $15 million salary, which makes him an expensive option.

Defensive metrics also don’t have much love for Cabrera despite his eight outfield assists. Cabrera’s lack of range has produced minus-6 Defensive Runs Saved and a minus-4.7 Ultimate Zone Rating.

Those figures likely would like have teams lean toward making Cabrera a designated hitter. While he’s been one of the team’s most consistent and prominent offensive performers, Cabrera’s .786 ranks only about 38th in the American League.

As FanRag’s Jon Heyman noted earlier Saturday, to trade Cabrera the White Sox would likely have to eat most of the outfielder’s remaining salary.

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