By Joe Collins and Taylor Bell
1 Simeon (3-0)
Results: Defeated Farragut 50-43 (Fri.)
This Week: Wednesday vs. Carver, Saturday @ Clash Of Cameron Showcase (NC) vs. Word Of God HS
Hoops Talk: Fridays victory marked the 200th win for Simeon head coach Robert Smith.
2 Whitney Young (1-0)
Results: No games played
This Week: Wednesday vs. Orr, Friday vs. Crane
Hoops Talk: Sophomores Jahlil Okafor and Paul White must grow up quickly while Thomas Hamilton Jr. recovers from an injury (torn patella tendon).
3 Proviso East (7-0)
Results: Defeated Addison Trail 88-64 (Fri.)
This Week: Friday @ Hinsdale South
Hoops Talk: The Pirates continue to cruise through the early portion of their schedule. Will they be the team to beat at the Proviso West tourney?
4 Warren (7-1)
Results: Lost to Stevenson 44-43 (Tue.), defeated Mundelein 61-45 (Fri.)
This Week: Friday vs. Lake Forest
Hoops Talk: Tuesdays loss prompted a team meeting. The Blue Devils responded on Friday behind 19 points from 6-9 center Nathan Boothe.
5 Curie (4-0)
Results: Defeated Uplift 73-58 (Thu.), Champaign Centennial 78-54 (Sat.), Decatur McArthur 69-41 (Sun.)
This Week: Tuesday @ Hyde Park, Thursday vs. Hope
Hoops Talk: Busy stretch for the Condors, who are getting excellent production from 6-8 forward Cliff Alexander.
6 Downers Grove South (6-1)
Results: Defeated Morton 62-57 (Fri.)
This Week: Friday vs. Willowbrook
Hoops Talk: Senior guard Jerron Wilbut (20 points) guided Downers South from a 13-point deficit to a key West Suburban Gold victory in Cicero.
7 Bogan (6-0)
Results: Defeated Du Sable 66-42 (Wed.), Rockford Guilford 82-39 (Sat.)
This Week: Wednesday vs. Vocational
Hoops Talk: DeVaughn Johnson, Devonta Smith and Kendall Wesley are all contributing for this Bengals squad.
8 De La Salle (6-1)
Results: Defeated Farragut 62-50 (Tue.), St. Joseph 62-52 (Fri.)
This Week: Friday vs. Hales
Hoops Talk: Two wins against solid opponents. They could do damage at York High Schools Jack Tosh Classic later this month.
9 New Trier (7-1)
Results: Defeated Niles West 58-47 (Tue.), Glenbrook South 71-47 (Thu.)
This Week: Friday @ Waukegan, Saturday vs. Prosser
Hoops Talk: Guards Austin Angel, Reid Berman and David Braigel and Dartmouth-bound forward Connor Boehm are on a roll.
10 Andrew (5-0)
Results: Defeated Stagg 81-51 (Fri.)
This Week: Friday at Bradley-Bourbonnais
Hoops Talk: Thunderbolts look like the real deal as Mike Bobek, Tyler Hook and the Adekoya brothers have people talking outside Tinley Park.
11 Bloom (7-0)
Results: Defeated Thornwood 49-38 (Tue.), Rich Central 52-39 (Fri.)
This Week: Saturday vs. Leo
Hoops Talk: Guard Donald Moore and the Blazing Trojans add to their list of an already-impressive resume of wins so far this season.
12 Plainfield East (6-0)
Results: Defeated Plainfield Central 58-39
This Week: Friday @ Minooka
Hoops Talk: Keep an eye on senior guard Dee Brown for the Bengals. He continues to make noise in the Southwest Prairie conference.
13 Seton (10-0)
Results: Defeated Crane 73-66 (Tue.), Mount Carmel 79-64 (Fri.), Hamilton (WI) 62-59 OT (Sat.)
This Week: Friday vs. St. Francis de Sales
Hoops Talk: Defenses take notethe Sting are averaging 78.8 points per game this season.
14 Crane (2-2)
Results: Lost to Seton 73-66 (Tue.), lost to Peoria 55-43 (Sat.), defeated Homewood-Flossmoor 61-57 (Sun.)
This Week: Wednesday vs. North Lawndale, Friday at Whitney Young
Hoops Talk: Veteran head coach Chris Head has the Cougars back on the prowl after a nice win over H-F at the Team Rose Classic.
15 Homewood-Flossmoor (6-2)
Results: Defeated Lockport 49-43 OT (Fri.), lost to Crane 61-57 (Sun.)
This Week: Friday vs. Lincoln-Way East
Hoops Talk: Devlon Rencher came up big to save the Vikings Friday. He had a game-high 26 points, including the tying three-pointer in regulation.
16 West Aurora (5-1)
Results: Defeated Naperville Central
This Week: Friday @ Glenbard North, Saturday vs. East Aurora (at NIU)
Hoops Talk: The Blackhawks shot 65 from the field Friday night against Central. Juwan Starks and guard Jontrel Walker each had 18 points.
17 Elgin (6-1)
Results: Defeated South Elgin 47-25 (Tue.), St. Charles North 53-41 (Sat.)
This Week: Tuesday at Burlington Central, Friday at St. Charles East
Hoops Talk: Arie Williams, Kory Brown, Cortez Scott and Dennis Moore have paced the Maroons so far this season.
18 Notre Dame (8-2)
Results: Defeated Marist 75-59 (Fri.), Crete-Monee 67-50 (Sat.)
This Week: Tuesday @ Niles West
Hoops Talk: The Dons raise some eyebrows with a 17-point thumping of previously ranked Crete-Monee and another blowout over a solid Marist squad.
19 North Chicago (5-1)
Results: Defeated Antioch 96-36 (Tue.), Vernon Hills 77-65 (Fri.)
This Week: Friday @ Lakes
Hoops Talk: Illinois State-bound Aaron Simpson had 33 points in the victory over Vernon Hills, 27 more in Tuesdays rout against Antioch.
20 Metea Valley (8-0)
Results: Defeated Bartlett 68-58 (Fri.), South Elgin 55-43 (Sat.)
This Week: Friday @ Neuqua Valley
Hoops Talk: The new kid on the block (school opened in 2009) has game, especially on the defensive end.
Looming and Lurking: St. Rita, Morton, Morgan Park, T.F. South, Farragut, Crete-Monee, St. Joseph, Glenbrook North