CSN Preps Basketball Power Rankings: Week 10

CSN Preps Basketball Power Rankings: Week 10
February 2, 2014, 12:15 pm
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Scott Phillips

The first edition of the CSN Preps Basketball Power Rankings in the month of February had minimal movement. In fact, only four teams in the top 25 lost and three of those losses came to fellow top 25 teams while Whitney Young lost out in California to Mater Dei, the undefeated No. 1 team in the country.

So there aren't any new teams in this week's edition of the Power Rankings, but this week has a lot of great action going on all over the Chicagoland area as a lot of ranked teams will face each other and conference races will look a little clearer once we get to next week. Also keep an eye out for the beginning of the Public League Playoffs, which tip-offs this week throughout the city as well.

We'll have many of these teams and more of the top Chicago matchups on this week's edition of High School Lites live at 11 p.m., Friday on CSN Chicago and streaming on the website at CSNChicago.com

1. Curie (18-1) (1)

The Condors had off this week, but Cliff Alexander had the honor of being named a McDonald's All-American. The Condors are the favorites as the Public League Playoffs begin but they'll have to hold off a deep and talented field to win their first City Championship.

2. Stevenson (18-1) (2)

After Stevenson's first matchup against Warren came down to the wire, the Patriots took care of Warren with an impressive win to sweep the season series. Stevenson will be tested this week when they take on No. 3 Zion-Benton at home in the rematch of the tremendous North Suburban Lake battle that went to the Zee-Bees in January. Stevenson will also be tested facing Sean O'Mara and Benet.

3. Zion-Benton (19-1) (3)

The Zee-Bees control their own fate in the race for the North Suburban Lake as they face No. 2 Stevenson on Friday night in a huge rematch. Can Zion-Benton beat Stevenson on the road and at full strength? The Patriots were missing junior guard Matt Johnson in the first contest and the Zee-Bees took advantage. Can Zion-Benton sweep Stevenson? Friday should be fun.

4. Marian Catholic (17-2) (4)

Tyler Ulis and the Spartans made quick work of Marist on Friday night before traveling to Dubuque, Iowa for a win over Dubuque Senior on Saturday night. In the Friday win over Marist, Ulis went over the 2,000 career point mark and he was also named a McDonald's All-American during the week; not a bad week for the Kentucky commit.

5. Orr (17-2) (6)

A solid week for the Spartans as they picked up two Red-West wins over Westinghouse and Marshall while gaining a win at their own shootout against Rich Central despite missing Marlon Jones (foot). Jones has been playing great ball but Tyquone Greer did a nice job stepping up against Rich Central.

6. Whitney Young (16-5) (7)

The Dolphins continue to take care of business in the Red-West, where they stand 8-0 on the season. Although the Dolphins went out to California and lost to the new No. 1 team in the country, undefeated Mater Dei (CA.) and McDonald's All-American Stanley Johnson (Arizona), there's no shame in a loss like that. This was also a great week for senior center Jahlil Okafor, as he was named a McDonald's All-American.

7. Fremd (18-0) (8)

The competition hasn't exactly been the toughest for Fremd, but they keep chugging along with their unblemished record and Saturday's win over Carmel is a solid non-conference win. Riley Glassmann continues to be solid for the Vikings.

8. Loyola (18-2) (9)

Kevin Kucera was the hero against No. 15 St. Viator on Saturday night as the senior guard's layup with four seconds remaining gave the Ramblers a tough one-point win at the War on the Shore Shootout. Loyola still hasn't lost to a team from Illinois this season.

9. Simeon (16-4) (10)

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Great win for the Wolverines over Bogan on the road in Red-South play and Simeon still has a chance for the league title if the Bengals falter this week. Robert Smith usually has his team peaking at this point in the season and the Public League Playoffs will be a big indicator if that is the case this season as we creep towards March.

10. Bogan (22-3) (5)

The Bengals fell at home to Simeon and split the season series with the Wolverines but Bogan still is in the driver's seat of the Red-South race. Bogan can close out the Red-South crown this week with wins over Harlan and Vocational for sole possession of the conference title.

11. Morgan Park (14-5) (11)

The Mustangs came out with something to prove in their big win over Hales at the Orr Shootout on Saturday as they won 81-36 in impressive fashion. Nick Irvin has won a City Title before and the Mustangs are deep enough and talented enough to have a chance if they can limit turnovers.

12. West Aurora (15-3) (12)

The Blackhawks are playing great ball since Pontiac as they sit with a two-game lead in the DuPage Valley Conference and own a seven-game winning streak. Junior Roland Griffin continues to earn solid reviews for his ever-expanding game and athleticism.

13. York (21-2) (14)

York has survived some close games recently and they held off Proviso West on Friday before a nice win over Lyons on Saturday. Senior center Frank Toohey continues to play really good ball and the Dukes do a nice job getting him involved early.

14. Proviso East (15-4) (16)

The West Suburban Gold race is the Pirates' to lose as they hold a two-game lead over Hinsdale South. Although the guard play of Proviso East is the primary focus, senior center Detallion Jackson has improved immensely since the summer and gives the Pirates a defensive presence that can rebound down low.

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15. St. Viator (16-4) (13)

The Lions lost a tough one to No. 8 Loyola in the War on the Shore, St. Viator is just beginning to get back to full strength now that Mark Falotico is back in the lineup the last few weeks. With the shooters this team has, they'll be very dangerous come March.

16. North Chicago (17-3) (17)

The Warhawks continue to get back on track as they're 9-0 in the North Suburban Prairie following Saturday night's close win over Vernon Hills. During the week, senior forward Kurt Hall committed to Toledo and he's stepped up his play since JayQuan McCloud went down with an injury.

17. Larkin (18-3) (18)

Since falling to Benet, Larkin is on a mini four-game winning streak and back on track as they continue to lead the Upstate Eight River by multiple games. Freshman forward Christian Negron continues to be one of the most impressive first-year varsity players in the area.

18. Lake Forest (16-4) (19)

The Scouts knocked off Mundelein and Libertyville during the week as junior forward Evan Boudreaux continues to be a double-double machine for Lake Forest. The Scouts have an interesting week ahead as Warren and No. 15 St. Viator looms.

19. Fenwick (15-6) (20)

The Friars beat St. Laurence during the week and they'll have an intriguing Catholic League North battle with No. 20 Mount Carmel this week that should be a good indicator of how both teams look heading into the stretch run. Senior Scott Lindsey, a Northwestern commit, continues to work his way back into the lineup and adds a dangerous wing scorer for Rick Malnati's bunch.

20. Mount Carmel (16-6) (21)

The Caravan have rattled off seven consecutive wins and head coach Mike Flaherty has this team peaking at the right time. The home Catholic North win over No. 21 St. Joseph was a solid victory and senior guard David Nichols is playing really good ball and is putting himself in the All-Area discussion.

21. St. Joseph (16-4) (15)

The Chargers dropped a tough one on the road at No. 20 Mount Carmel -- and lost their share of the lead in the Catholic North with Loyola -- but it appears junior guard Jordan Ash will be returning as soon as this week from his knee injury that he suffered in the loss to Orr on Martin Luther King Day. Once the Chargers are fully healthy, they'll be a tough out.

22. Bolingbrook (14-3) (22)

Bolingbrook continues to lead the SouthWest Suburban Blue by two games over Homewood-Flossmoor as the Raiders beat down Sandburg on Friday night. Bolingbrook has Joliet Central and Joliet West during the week. The Raiders have a lot of talent and when they play as a team, they can hang with anyone.

23. Thornton (12-4) (23)

Really nice win for Thornton over a solid Bradley-Bourbonnais squad as the Wildcats can now look ahead to Tuesday's showdown against No. 24 Thornwood for the top spot in the SouthWest Suburban Red.

24. Thornwood (14-4) (24)

No Donte Thomas, no worries for the Thunderbirds. Thornwood continues to play really good and balanced basketball since the loss of their senior star to a knee injury and Thornwood can get hot from the three-point line in a hurry. Thornwood had 10 three-pointers in its win over Lincoln-Way West on Friday.

25. Geneva (17-4) (25)

A solid victory for Geneva over St. Charles East, as they soundly outplayed the Saints, holding them to a mediocre 32 percent shooting. Geneva coach Phil Ralston opted to have his Vikings dress for the game and warm-up at home before taking the bus -- in uniform -- and heading to St. Charles East. Ralston finally broke his 0-9 record against the Saints with the victory.