CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 16

CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 16
March 17, 2014, 10:15 am
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Now that we've reached the final week of the season in Class 3A and Class 4A, we're seeing the CSN Preps Power Rankings stabilize a bit as teams move on to Supersectional play.

[High School Lites: Week 15 roundup]

The top four remains the same this week as Stevenson, Marian Catholic, Whitney Young and Orr all advanced and all four schools will be favored to make it to Peoria this weekend.

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

1. Stevenson (30-1) (1)

The Patriots keep humming along, as they picked up solid wins over No. 20 St. Viator and No. 11 Fremd in the Lake Zurich Sectional. The Patriots will be heavily favored against Rockford Auburn in the DeKalb Supersectional and should advance back to Peoria.

Sectional Seed: Class 4A, No. 1 seed, Lake Zurich Sectional

2. Marian Catholic (28-2) (2)

Tyler Ulis continues to play great ball and the Spartans knocked off Bloom and No. 18 Homewood-Flossmoor to reach the Normal Supersectional, where they'll face Edwardsville. The Spartans lost in Supersectionals to Edwardsville last season but they should be favored to get to Peoria.

Sectional Seed: Class 4A, No. 1 seed, Thornton Sectional

3. Whitney Young (26-5) (3)

The favorites in Class 4A, the Dolphins won tough games against No. 12 Simeon and No. 15 St. Rita to make the Chicago State Supersectional against No. 9 Loyola. With the size and skill of Whitney Young, they're virtually unstoppable for much of the remaining field thanks to senior center Jahlil Okafor.

[DRIVE: Whitney Young captures first sectional championship]

Sectional Seed: Class 4A, No. 2 seed, Marist Sectional

4. Orr (24-4) (4)

What a fantastic week for the Spartans, who once again reached the Hoffman Estates Supersectional after beating Marshall and No. 13 Fenwick in the Westinghouse Sectional. Many had questions about whether this team could move on without a healthy Tyquone Greer -- who played a little under two minutes in the win over Fenwick after suffering a gunshot wound in his leg last weekend -- but they proved the doubters wrong with a sound win over the Friars.

Sectional Seed: Class 3A, No. 1 seed, Westinghouse Sectional

5. Morgan Park (20-6) (7)

The Mustangs dispatched Rich East and Joliet Catholic in the Rich East Sectional and now they'll be tested when they face No. 6 Bogan on Tuesday in the Joliet Supersectional. It'll be the fourth time the teams have met this season after Bogan swept Morgan Park in Red-South play and the Mustangs beat the Bengals in the Proviso West Holiday Tournament semifinals.

Sectional Seed: Class 3A*, No. 1 seed, Thornridge Regional

*Defending Class 3A champions

6. Bogan (25-5) (8)

Even without head coach Arthur Goodwin, Bogan is playing great ball thanks to the outstanding play of junior guard Luwane Pipkins. Pipkins is a threat for 30 points every time he steps on the floor right now, and the Bengals are going to need him to beat Morgan Park for a third time this season. Bogan had a nice wins over U-High and Hyde Park to win the Vocational Sectional, but Morgan Park is on another level.

Sectional Seed: Class 3A, No. 1 seed, Vocational Sectional

7. North Chicago (26-4) (17)

Can the Warhawks avenge last season's Hoffman Estates Supersectional loss to Orr? That's what North Chicago is hoping for as they get another chance to top the Spartans and make it to Peoria. North Chicago held off St. Patrick and Carmel in the Antioch Sectional and will need everything they can get from seniors JaVarius Amos-Mays, Kurt Hall and JayQuan McCloud to best Orr.

Sectional Seed: Class 3A, No. 1 seed, Antioch Sectional

8. Benet (23-7) (19)

The Redwings are favored to make it to Peoria after winning the East Aurora Sectional over No. 23 Hinsdale Central and No. 17 Geneva. Although No. 10 Glenbard North is tough and deserving of its Bartlett Sectional title, they just don't have the size to match up with Benet senior center Sean O'Mara. As long as O'Mara keeps getting the ball, Benet has a chance in Peoria.

Sectional Seed: Class 4A, No. 1 seed, East Aurora Sectional

9. Loyola (25-5) (20)

Three-point shooting propelled the Ramblers past No. 16 Maine South on the road in the Maine South Sectional and now Tom Livatino's team faces the daunting task of facing Class 4A favorite Whitney Young as the Chicago State Supersectional. James Clarke, Kevin Kucera and Jack Morrissey really need to shoot it well from the outside for Loyola to have a chance.

Sectional Seed: Class 4A, No. 1 seed, Maine South Sectional

10. Glenbard North (24-5) (25)

The Panthers had perhaps the best comeback win of the season on Friday when they came back from 20-down at halftime to knock off No. 14 Morton in the Bartlett Sectional Title game. With wins over Proviso East and Morton, Glenbard North should be ready to face Benet, but can they stop Sean O'Mara?

Sectional Seed: Class 4A, No. 6 seed, Bartlett Sectional

11. Fremd (28-1) (5)

The Vikings finally took a loss against No. 1 Stevenson and it ended a fantastic run of 28 straight wins. Bob Widlowski's team was clearly the class of the Mid-Suburban League this season and they played very good basketball much of the year.

Sectional Seed: Class 4A, No. 2 seed, Lake Zurich Sectional

12. Simeon (22-5) (6)

Simeon's run of four consecutive Illinois Class 4A state titles finally came to an end with a loss against Whitney Young, but the Wolverines have a lot of young talent that will return next season. Robert Smith's ballclub should be a preseason top 5 team next year.

Sectional Seed: Class 4A*, No. 3 seed, Marist Sectional

*Defending four-time Class 4A champions

13. Fenwick (22-9) (11)

Rick Malnati's first year at Fenwick was a good one as the Friars fell to No. 4 Orr in the Westinghouse Sectional final, but still had a tremendous season. The sectional semifinal win over No. 21 St. Joseph was a big statement win and talented sophomore point guard Mike Smith returns next season.

[MORE: Simeon passes the torch to Okafor, Whitney Young]

Sectional Seed: Class 3A, No. 3 seed, Westinghouse Sectional

14. St. Rita (21-8) (18)

Great playoff run for the Mustangs, who ran into No. 3 Whitney Young in the Marist Sectional title game and couldn't overcome the size and skill of Jahlil Okafor. Junior guard Charles Matthews will be one of the state's premier players next season and the Kentucky commit is also surrounded by junior center Myles Carter and a host of other young and talented players.

Sectional Seed: Class 4A, No. 4 seed, Marist Sectional

15. Morton (22-6) (14)

The Mustangs lost a shocker to No. 10 Glenbard North in the Bartlett Sectional final, as they blew a 20-point halftime lead to fall to the Panthers. It was still a great season for Morton, who hadn't lost since January before Friday's defeat. Junior forward Weisner Perez is back next season and he's one of the most versatile offensive players in the area.

Sectional Seed: Class 4A, No. 4 seed, Bartlett Sectional

16. Maine South (25-7) (21)

Maine South couldn't get past No. 9 Loyola in its own sectional final, but it was still a great season for the Central Suburban South champions. Junior George Sargeant returns next season to man the middle for Maine South and they should be tough again.

Sectional Seed: Class 4A, No. 2 seed, Maine South Sectional

17. Geneva (25-6) (22)

Geneva reached heights that they hadn't seen in decades before falling to Benet in the East Aurora Sectional title game and junior forward Nate Navigato will be one of the best players in the area next season.

Sectional Seed: Class 4A, No. 6 seed, East Aurora Sectional

18. Homewood-Flossmoor (17-12) (NR)

The Vikings pulled off a shocking upset of No. 19 Thornwood in the Thornton Sectional semifinal before falling to No. 2 Marian Catholic in the title game. After playing a very tough schedule this season, the Vikings were rewarded by its tremendous playoff run.

Sectional Seed: Class 4A, No. 6 seed, Thornton Sectional

19. St. Viator (23-6) (10)

The Lions won their third consecutive regional title last week, but fell to No. 1 Stevenson in the Lake Zurich Sectional semifinal. Although they lose senior guard Ore Arogundade to Drake next season, Mark Falotico, Pat McNamara and Roosevelt Smart all return for St. Viator next season.

Sectional Seed: Class 4A, No. 5 seed, Lake Zurich Sectional

20. St. Joseph (23-7) (12)

The Chargers will be one of the teams to watch next season as they came up short against No. 13 Fenwick in the Westinghouse Sectional semifinal. But with junior guards Glynn Watson, Jordan Ash and Joffrey Brown coming back, and with the state's best sophomore, Nick Rakocevic, returning, they should be an early top-10 team next season.

Sectional Seed: Class 3A, No. 2 seed, Westinghouse Sectional

21. West Aurora (24-5) (13)

The Blackhawks fell to No. 17 Geneva to end their season in the East Aurora Sectional semifinal, but it was still a great year for West Aurora. Jontrell Walker moves on to play at the collegiate level, but junior Roland Griffin returns on the interior for the Blackhawks.

Sectional Seed: Class 4A, No. 2 seed, East Aurora Sectional

22. Thornwood (24-5) (9)

After winning 15 straight games, the Thunderbirds fell to No. 18 Homewood-Flossmoor in the Thornton Sectional semifinal and didn't get the chance to face No. 2 Marian Catholic as they would have hoped. Still, for this team to bounce back and go on a big winning streak after the loss of senior forward and Bradley commit Donte Thomas due to injury is a testament to how good this team really was.

Sectional Seed: Class 4A, No. 2 seed, Thornton Sectional

23. Hinsdale Central (23-7) (15)

Hinsdale Central played really well down the stretch and its season was ended by Sean O'Mara and No. 8 Benet. Junior forward Matt Rafferty didn't play particularly well in the Benet loss, but he's a player to keep an eye on for next season.

Sectional Seed: Class 4A, No. 4 seed, East Aurora Sectional

24. Providence-St. Mel (26-7) (NR)

Great season for Providence-St. Mel, who finished in third place in Class 2A. Although they lost to eventual champion Bloomington Central Catholic in the Final Four, Providence-St. Mel bounced back to beat Petersburg (PORTA) handily for third place.

25. Mooseheart (29-3) (NR)

Mooseheart is this year's IHSA Class 1A state champion and they did it with size and athleticism across the board. Really good ballclub that was clearly the class of Illinois' smallest division.


Previously ranked: No. 16 Proviso East (23-7), No. 23 York (25-6), No. 24 Highland Park (22-8)