IHSA Class 3A and Class 4A Boys Basketball Super-Sectional Preview

IHSA Class 3A and Class 4A Boys Basketball Super-Sectional Preview

IHSA boys basketball state playoff highlights are coming to CSN and CSNChicago.com on Tuesday night as we'll have cameras all over the state for six of the eight super-sectional games.

Below we preview all eight super-sectional games in Class 3A and Class 4A as you can catch these highlights streaming on CSNChicago.com at 11 p.m.

These highlights will also air on TV as CSN Fast Break has the same highlights at 12 a.m. on Wednesday morning with re-runs airing all Wednesday morning on CSN and CSN+. 

Class 4A Super-Sectionals (bracket order)

Whitney Young vs. Evanston, 7:00 p.m. at Chicago State -- This will be a tremendous matchup as the Dolphins and Wildkits are both playing great ball. Whitney Young (24-7) is a legitimate Class 4A state title contender as Lucas Williamson, Javon Freeman and Xavier Castaneda is a very talented perimeter trio. Evanston (28-3) is one of the most balanced teams in the state as senior Nojel Eastern is playing some of his best basketball of the season. 

Fremd vs. Jacobs, 8:00 p.m. at Sears Centre -- These two teams are a combined 60-1 as this is a huge game for both conferences. The Vikings (30-0) are coming off a dramatic buzzer-beating win over Conant as Kyle Sliwa continues to be one of the area's most clutch players. Jacobs (30-1) knocked off Larkin in sectional play as senior big man Cameron Krutwig, a Loyola commit, nearly had a quadruple-double. 

Bolingbrook vs. Naperville North, 7:30 p.m. at NIU -- Bolingbrook is still unbeaten at full strength this season as they're peaking at the right time once again. The Raiders (28-1) had a dramatic comeback win over Joliet West to win a sectional title as senior Nana Akenten (Nebraska) leads the deepest team left in the field. Naperville North (25-5) is not a team to be taken lightly. The Huskies have wins over Wheaton-Warrenville South and Evanston this season as senior Mitch Lewis is one of the area's more underrated players. 

Other games in Class 4A

Edwardsville vs. Simeon, 7:00 p.m. at ISU -- This could very well be considered the Class 4A state title game as these might be the two best teams in Illinois. The Wolverines are playing great ball lately as they've recently taken down Marist and Thornton in impressive fashion. Senior Evan Gilyard and juniors Kezo Brown and Talen Horton-Tucker form a talented trio that is leading the way for a deep and balanced team. Edwardsville counters with Mr. Basketball favorite Mark Smith as the unsigned senior is having a monster final season. 

Class 3A Super-Sectionals (bracket order)

St. Viator vs. Fenwick, 6:00 p.m. at Sears Centre -- The Friars (28-4) will be the heavy favorite in this one against St. Viator (15-16) as they have one of the most balanced teams left. Fenwick has talented seniors like Jacob Keller and Jamal Nixon while freshman D.J. Steward has emerged as one of the area's most productive newcomers. St. Viator is below .500 but they went 6-3 in a rugged ESCC to prepare for games like this. 

Marengo vs. Bloomington, 6:00 p.m. at NIU -- Bloomington (25-4) has had high expectations all season long while playing in events filled with Chicago-area teams like the Pontiac Holiday Tournament and the Martin Luther King event at Wheaton-Warrenville South. They face Marengo (25-7) as the Indians are coming off a strong season in the Kiswaukee Valley.

Morgan Park vs. Hillcrest, 7:00 p.m. at Joliet Central -- Morgan Park (23-6) will be the favorites in this one behind junior guard Ayo Dosunmu as he's been one of the area's best players this season. Hillcrest (22-7) already lost to the Mustangs by 18 points in December at the Proviso West Holiday Tournament but they have played well recently to make another super-sectional appearance.

Other games in Class 3A

Centralia vs. Lanphier, 7:00 p.m. at Prairie Convention Ctr. -- Lanphier (27-3) is getting great play from Yaakema Rose during the state tournament as they're going to be favored in this one. Centralia (22-9) has won six consecutive games as their defense has been very good during the state tournament. 

36 Days to Kickoff: Elmwood Park


36 Days to Kickoff: Elmwood Park

CSNChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Jul. 31, we’ll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: Elmwood Park

Head coach: Dylan Mack

How they fared in 2016: 3-6 (3-2 Metro Suburban Red Conference), failed to qualify for the 2016 IHSA state playoff field.

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2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 25 vs. St. Joseph

Sept. 1 vs. Marengo

Sept. 8 @ Immaculate Conception

Sept. 15 vs. Wheaton Academy

Sept. 22 vs. Ridgewood

Sept. 29 @ Guerin Prep

Oct. 6 vs. Chicago Christian

Oct. 13 @ Walther Christian

Oct. 20 vs. Aurora Central Catholic

Biggest storyline: Can the Tigers challenge for a state playoff bid in 2017?

Names to watch this season: senior WR/OLB Matt Bittner, senior RB/DL Olsi Rama

Biggest holes to fill: The Tigers will need to replace its entire starting offensive line from a season ago.

EDGY's early take: While Elmwood Park will need to fill some holes this summer, they return nearly their entire starting offensive skills group from a season ago, plus six starters back on defense. The early schedule will be a big test for Elmwood Park this season, and if the Tigers can get off to a good early start they can challenge for the conference and a state playoff bid.

Recruiting News and Notes: Tremayne Lee commits to SIU


Recruiting News and Notes: Tremayne Lee commits to SIU

DeShon Gavin (DB), Providence Catholic

Providence Catholic senior defensive back DeShon Gavin (5-foot-11, 185 pounds) made an unofficial visit to Western Illinois University on Sunday and gave the Leathernecks his verbal commitment.

"WIU had a recruit visit day on Sunday," Gavin said. "I had a great visit and I just felt very comfortable and at home at WIU so I committed to them on Sunday. I was able to take a tour of the campus and also see the facilities at WIU and the visit on Sunday was just a very fun experience. I liked WIU before the visit and after the visit it really did feel like home. I just felt really comfortable with the coaches and the other recruits."

Tremayne Lee (RB), Sacred Heart-Griffin

Sacred Heart-Griffin senior All-State running back Tremayne Lee (5-foot-9, 160 pounds) made an unofficial visit to Southern Illinois University on Sunday and gave Salukis head coach Nick Hill his verbal commitment.

"It just feels great to be committed to SIU," Lee said. "I went down to SIU on Sunday for a visit with my family and I just fell in love with the school and so did my parents."

Lee, who ran for 2,168 yards and 33 touchdowns in 2016, discussed why he decided to pledge to SIU.

"It was really everything about SIU," Lee said. "They have a great looking campus and I was able to see a lot and learn a lot more about SIU on my visit today. SIU has a great coaching staff and I was able to talk to all of the coaches including head coach Nick Hill.

"SIU also offers a great education and they also offer a lot of academic support for the players and all the athletes at SIU. SIU also has amazing facilities. I was also able to sit and talk to some of the players at SIU and they filled me in on the school and the team."

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Mario Wright II (LB), Homewood-Flossmoor

Homewood-Flossmoor senior linebacker Mario Wright II (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) made an unofficial visit to Northern Illinois University on Saturday. Wright II, who holds multiple FBS scholarship offers, made the NIU visit with a few Vikings teammates including senior defensive tackle and NIU pledge Jeff Griffin and senior athlete Justin Hall (5-foot-10, 180 pounds), who holds an offer from the Huskies.

"I went out to NIU on Saturday along with a few guys on the team," Wright II said. "I was at NIU for the one day camp earlier but I wanted to get a chance to see more of the campus and just learn more about NIU."

Wright II, who is planning to make one more unofficial visit this weekend to Western Kentucky, will make his college choice after his upcoming trip.

Could NIU potentially add both Wright II and Hall to its already impressive Class of 2018? 

"It's something that we've talked a lot about," Wright II said. "I just want to look at Western Kentucky then sit back and look at all of my options. We'd love to play on the same team in college but each of us also have to make the best decision each and decide what's best for us individually."

Verdis Brown (OG), IMG Academy

Former Mount Carmel and current IMG Academy four-star ranked offensive guard Verdis Brown (6-foot-4, 290 pounds) decided to end his recruiting process and gave Florida State his verbal commitment. 

"It's a family there and I have a great relationship with the entire staff," Brown recently told Warchant.com's Michael Langston. "So my interest was pretty high (in Florida State)."