By Joe Collins & Taylor Bell
1 Simeon (15-0)
Results: Defeated Brooks 95-61, Morgan Park 57-44
This Week: Monday vs. Findlay Prep NV (at Springfield, MA), Wednesday vs. Urban Prep, Friday vs. CVCA and Saturday vs. Southwind TN (at Memphis, TN)
Hoops Talk: The Wolverines can put a lock on their elite national status with a win against an equally distinguished Findlay Prep team with seven D-1 prospects.
2 Proviso East (14-0)
Results: Defeated Willowbrook 78-37
This Week: Thursday at Downers Grove South, Saturday at Leyden
Hoops Talk: The tilt against Downers South should go a long way in deciding the fate of the West Suburban Gold conference.
3 Curie (13-1)
Results: Defeated King 88-43
This Week: Monday vs. North Chicago (at MLK Shootout), Tuesday vs. Lindblom, Thursday at Dunbar
Hoops Talk: Look for a lot of offense in Mondays game against North Chicago, who features Illinois State-bound Aaron Simpson.
4 Warren (12-2)
Results: Defeated Libertyville 72-53 and Lakes 77-47
This Week: Friday at Lake Zurich, Saturday vs. Downers Grove South (at Sears Centre)
Hoops Talk: Nathan Booth, Darius Paul and the Blue Devils dont miss a beat after a two-week stretch of without games.
5 Andrew (13-0)
Results: Defeated Lincoln-Way East 61-46, Thornridge 66-50 and Illiana Christian 59-34
This Week: Friday at Thornwood
Hoops Talk: Adekoya brothers get most of the headlines, but credit is also due for players like Glorind Lisha, Alex Zappavigna and Tyler Hook.
6 Plainfield East (13-0)
Results: Defeated Romeoville 75-41
This Week: Tuesday vs. Naperville Central, Friday at Plainfield South, Saturday vs. Larkin (at Railway Classic Shootout)
Hoops Talk: 6-9 Brian Bennett is a perfect complement to talented guards Jawan Straughter and Dee Brown.
7 Elgin (13-1)
Results: Defeated Larkin 59-52 (OT), Streamwood 64-37
This Week: Friday vs. Geneva, Saturday vs. Huntley (at Sears Centre)
Hoops Talk: 11 straight wins and 1,000 career points for Kory Brown. Arie Williams came was clutch in the extra session against Larkin.
8 Bogan (17-1)
Results: Defeated Corliss 99-38, Brooks 101-60 and St. Francis 76-58
This Week: Wednesday at Morgan Park, Friday vs. Harlan
Hoops Talk: The Bengals are averaging over 93 points per game in their last four contests. Devonte Smith and DeVaughn Johnson continue to dominate.
9 De La Salle (13-2)
Results: Defeated Brooks 58-46 and Gordon Tech 68-40
This Week: Friday vs. St. Ignatius
Hoops Talk: Alex Foster, Alvin Ellis and Gavin Schilling continue their solid run. Fridays game should be a battle.
10 Downers Grove South (13-2)
Results: Defeated Fremd 66-55, Leyden 67-57 and Glenbard North 66-60
This Week: Thursday vs. Proviso East, Saturday vs. Warren (at Sears Centre)
Hoops Talk: Jerron Wilbut hit five threes en route to a career-high 33 points against Glenbard North. The Mustangs now face a grueling week of competition.
11 New Trier (13-2)
Results: Defeated Maine South 41-39
This Week: Monday vs. Buffalo Grove, Friday at Niles West, Saturday vs. Taft
Hoops Talk: Connor Boehms clutch play down the stretch and Reid Bermans layup with 1.6 seconds to go saves the day for the Trevians against South.
12 Huntley (12-1)
Results: Defeated Crystal Lake South 43-33 and Prairie Ridge 63-29
This Week: Wednesday vs. Jacobs, Saturday vs. Elgin (at Sears Centre)
Hoops Talk: Saturdays performance against Elgin could vault the Red Raiders into special company in Chicagoland prep hoops. They cant overlook Jacobs, though.
13 Bloom (14-2)
Results: Defeated Crete-Monee 43-38
This Week: Monday vs. Sandburg (MLK Day of HoopsJoliet Central), Friday at Kankakee
Hoops Talk: An emphatic statement win on Friday night against C-M, as the Blazing Trojans have now regained their balance after two tough losses.
14 Hillcrest (13-3)
Results: Defeated Eisenhower 86-62
This Week: Wednesday at Richards, Friday at Bremen
Hoops Talk: The Hawks are away from the nest for their next four games. Their next home game is January 27th against T.F. South.
15 Whitney Young (8-5)
Results: Defeated Raby 78-60 and Farragut 47-43
This Week: Wednesday vs. Marshall, Friday at North Lawndale
Hoops Talk: Three straight 3s in the fourth (one by Gabe Snider and two by Scott Kingsley) helped jump-start the Dolphins at Farragut. Jahlil Okafor hits GW layup.
16 St. Ignatius (13-2)
Results: Defeated St. Joseph 57-53 and Farragut 54-37
This Week: Friday at De La Salle, Saturday vs. Brooks (CPS Shootout)
Hoops Talk: Brian Howard helped save the Wolfpack at St. Joseph. They trailed by 13 at halftime and took the lead for good with 1:42 to play.
17 Metea Valley (15-1)
Results: Lost to Waubonsie Valley 62-61 (OT); Defeated St. Charles North 70-54
This Week: Monday vs. Rich Central (MLK Day of HoopsJoliet Central), Friday at East Aurora
Hoops Talk: The Mustangs 28-2 run in the first quarter against North helped erase the sting of Wednesdays defeat.
18 Marshall (16-4)
Results: Defeated Crane 57-54 and Aurora Central 80-54
This Week: Wednesday at Whitney Young
Hoops Talk: Dont look now, but the Commandos are the only undefeated team in conference play in the mighty Red West.
19 Notre Dame (14-4)
Results: Defeated Brother Rice 63-44, Loyola 50-45 and Nazareth 65-54
This Week: Friday vs. St. Patrick
Hoops Talk: Here come the Donsthree straight wins going into Fridays rivalry tilt vs. the Shamrocks. Junior Matt Mooney has played well.
20 Mundelein (17-3)
Results: Defeated Stevenson 59-51 and Antioch 51-39
This Week: Friday at Lake Forest
Hoops Talk: Junior guard Robert Knar leads the Mustangs into the Top 20 for the first time. Circle January 28th on your calendar: Mundelein at 4 Warren.
Looming & Lurking: Dunbar, Harlan, Crane, Farragut, Waubonsie Valley, Naperville North, West Aurora, Glenbrook North, Foreman, Herscher, St. Viator, Lemont, Homewood-Flossmoor, Seton, St. Rita, Joliet West, Rich South, North Chicago, Hope Academy.