Final CSN Top 20 Preps Rankings in 2012-13

Final CSN Top 20 Preps Rankings in 2012-13
March 17, 2013, 12:30 pm
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1. Simeon (31-3)
#PrepsTalk: The Wolverines won their fourth consecutive state championship, matching Peoria Manual's epic run from 1994-97. Simeon beat Proviso East in the semis and Stevenson in the 4A title game. Jabari Parker, one of the top talents in Illinois prep history, now takes his talents to Duke.

2. Morgan Park (33-3)
#PrepsTalk: Few teams have dominated the playoffs the way the Mustangs did in 2013. Xzavier Taylor (11 points, 12 rebounds) and Billy Garrett Jr. (14 points) help Morgan Park to a 63-48 victory over Cahokia. Their 3A title is the first for M-P since 1976.

[MORE: Garrett, Davis lead Morgan Park bid]

3. Stevenson (29-5)
#PrepsTalk: Sure, the Patriots ran into a buzz saw (Simeon) in the 4A championship game. But this is a rock-solid program that will have senior leadership next season in Matt Morrissey, and one of the top juniors in the state in Jalen Brunson.

[RELATED: Stevenson isn't a one-man team]

4. Whitney Young (27-4)
#PrepsTalk: Here's why opponents need to be afraid-- it's not just the fact that dominant big man Jahlil Okafor returns as a senior in the fall. It's that sharpshooter L.J. Peak and 6-9 Paul White return as well.  

[MORE: Whitney Young is the team to beat in 2014]

5. Proviso East (26-5)
#PrepsTalk: It was a rough end to a fine season for the Pirates. East lost to eventual 4A state champ Simeon 68-56 on Friday. Paris Lee tallied 11 points and 10 assists. Proviso lost in Saturday's consolation game to Edwardsville, 57-56.

6. Orr (28-5)
#PrepsTalk: The Spartans finished in fourth place in 3A. Brandon Clemons had 13 points Friday in a 56-46 loss to Cahokia. In Saturday's consolation championship, Marlon Jones' 13 points and 12 rebounds was not enough in a 58-49 loss to Limestone.

7. Marian Catholic (29-4)
#PrepsTalk: Tyler Ulis scored 20 points, but the Spartans could not keep up with Edwardsville in the 4A supersectional, falling 68-49. But with five starters returning next year -- including Ulis -- this team could reach Peoria in 2014.

8. West Aurora (26-7)
#PrepsTalk: Another season, another 25+ win total for West Aurora and coach Gordie Kerkman. The momentum figures to continue next season with senior-to-be Jontrell Walker at the controls.

9. North Chicago (28-4)
#PrepsTalk: The highs (dynamic, high scoring offense) and lows (player suspensions) of the roller coaster ride that was the Warhawks' season is over. But Kurt Hall, JaVairius Amos-Mays and JayQuan McCloud all return next season.

10. Hillcrest (24-7)
#PrepsTalk: After bowing out in the 3A supersectional -- a 77-44 loss to Morgan Park -- Hillcrest may face a challenge in 2013-14. Jovan Mooring, Kyle Oden and Devin Harrison, along with three other seniors, will be lost to graduation.

11. Oswego (28-3)
#PrepsTalk: The season may not have ended the way they wanted, but a conference championship, regional championship and a school record for victories in a season are all reasons for Panthers fans to smile.

12. Bloom (26-4)
#PrepsTalk: The Blazing Trojans will lose Johnny Griffin and Jataryn Dejareaux, but the cupboard certainly isn’t bare. Dejahown Freeman and Zerrell Jackson are two key contributors who figure to step up next year.

13. Benet (27-6)
#PrepsTalk: 6-5 Pat McInerney now trades in his basketball uniform for a set of baseball cleats. The first baseman/outfielder will be headed to Champaign in the fall to play for Illinois.

14. Neuqua Valley (28-3)
#PrepsTalk: Did you know that the Wildcats have had only two losing seasons (out of 14) in their school history? Plus, their record since the 2004-05 season has been 231-42. Pretty impressive.

15. New Trier (28-6)
#PrepsTalk: Princeton recruit Steve Cook had 14 points Tuesday against Simeon, but they could not contain Duke-bound Jabari Parker (23 points, 12 rebounds), falling 63-54 in the 4A Chicago State supersectional.

16. Niles North (27-5)
#PrepsTalk: A tough act to follow? This year's Vikings went undefeated in conference, won their third straight regional, picked up a school-record 27 wins and their star, senior Malachi Nix, became the school's all-time leader in points and steals.

17. Maine South (28-4)
#PrepsTalk: The Hawks finish with their best winning percentage (.875) since the 1978-79 state championship team. Coach Tony Lavorato (173-122 at Maine South) is building a consistent winner in Park Ridge.

18. Notre Dame (23-6)
#PrepsTalk: It will be Duante Stephens' team next year, as his senior teammates Matt Mooney (headed to Air Force), Eddie Serrano, Donte Stephenson, Justin Halloran and Jake Maestranzi graduate.

19. Curie (19-8)
#PrepsTalk: 6-9 Cliff Alexander will be one of the most sought-after big men in the Class of 2014. He has received offers from Michigan State, Florida, Ohio State, Illinois, Wisconsin, DePaul, among several others.

20. Seton (22-11)
#PrepsTalk: It was a messy 2A championship exit for the Sting, who left the Carver Arena floor without the second-place trophy. Coach Brandon Thomas, who also chucked his second-place medal to an assistant after the game, has since apologized for the incidents.

Looming and Lurking: Glenbard East, Zion-Benton, Oak Park-River Forest, St. Viator, Rich East, St. Francis, Larkin, Crystal Lake Central, Lakes, Providence-St. Mel, York, Joliet West