So what will it be: Will Sparty have a satellite campus at 81st and Vincennes? Will the Cameron Crazies become Parker's Posse? Or will the student body, athletic staffs and ticket vendors in Provo, Palo Alto or Gainesville have reason to celebrate? All of those questions will be answered next Thursday when Simeon's Jabari Parker makes his college choice.
READ: Simeon's Parker to announce college decision next week
At the very least, the Wolverines --and obviously the Parkers-- can be happy that this decision didn't linger into February (or even the IHSA playoff season). But there's still work to be done for Simeon between now and then, namely a huge road trip to Dallas and Memphis. They will take on DeSoto (TX) Thursday night and then fly to Memphis to participate in the Penny Hardaway Classic on Saturday.
MORE: Simeon's upcoming trip will focus on more than just basketball
Comcast SportsNet will also have cameras at 10 local games this week, which includes a Thursday tilt in the Central Suburban South battle between Waukegan and New Trier. Also, 13th-ranked Fenwick --with former Bulls assistant coach Johnny Bach on the sidelines-- travels to Brother Rice to take on the Crusaders.
Plus, we'll make a few stops in the Public League: should Whitney Young be on notice with Westinghouse's fast start? Bogan may not have a superstar, but could they play deep into spring this year? The Bengals are in action against Julian. And third-ranked Morgan Park looks to tame Vocational in a Red South battle.
The lone Chicagoland non-conference game we highlight is at the Plainfield North Invitational, with Benet taking on Lockport. The Redwings, thanks to standout players Sean O'Mara and Pat McInerney, already have turned heads with wins over York and Curie.
Here is a snapshot of every boys basketball game we will profile on Friday's High School Lites at 10:30pm. The rankings reflect the latest CSN Top 20:
Waukegan @ New Trier, 6:30 p.m.
(1) Simeon vs. Prestonwood (TX), 8:30 p.m. in Dallas
(5) Benet vs. Lockport, 5:15 p.m. at Plainfield North Invitational
Vocational @ (3) Morgan Park, 5:50 p.m.
Westinghouse @ (2) Whitney Young, 6:00 p.m.
Julian @ Bogan, 6:00 p.m.
Addison Trail @ (8) Proviso East, 6:00 p.m.
(13) Fenwick @ Brother Rice, 7:00 p.m.
Eisenhower @ Richards, 7:00 p.m.
Downers Grove South @ Morton, 7:30 p.m.
Schaumburg @ Palatine, 7:30 p.m.
Given the recent football BCS buzz, the words "Notre Dame" and "championship" have been uttered around Chicagoland frequently. Could those same words be used in March? And we're not (necessarily) talking about the basketball team in South Bend. Notre Dame High School in Niles has played very well to start the year. We'll catch up with the Dons in our "Muscle Milk Team of the Week" segment.
Plus, we're going old school --as in the Ivy League-- for our Allstate High School Athlete of the Week.
Also: how is Simeon preparing for a road trip to Dallas and Memphis? Check out our Simeon "Drive" segment.
And as always, well take a drive down Memory Lane in our Flashback segment and bring you up-to-the-minute scores and highlights from across Chicagoland.
High School Lites streams live this Friday night on CSNChicago.com.
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