Comcast SportsNet's Top 20 Basketball Rankings

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Comcast SportsNet's Top 20 Basketball Rankings

By Joe Collins and Taylor Bell
CSNChicago.com

1 Simeon (23-1)

Results: Defeated Douglass 98-31, Hyde Park 65-44 and Marshall 73-62
This Week: Public League Semifinals vs. Orr, Saturday vs. De La Salle (City-Suburban Showdown)
Hoops Talk: Kendrick Nunn, Jaleni Neely and Jaylon Tate didnt play Sunday (disciplinary reasons). Simeon might needs all hands on deck against Orr.

2 Proviso East (21-0)

Results: Defeated Morton 64-53 and Willowbrook 97-70
This Week: Tuesday vs. Leyden, Friday vs. Downers Grove South
Hoops Talk: The Pirates had four starters in double figures Saturday against Willowbrook: Paris Lee (18), Paris Burns (16), Sterling Brown (15) and Keith Carter (14).

3 Curie (23-1)

Results: Defeated Amundsen 90-34, Crane 68-29 and Morgan Park 65-35
This Week: Wednesdays Public League semifinals vs. Bogan
Hoops Talk: So much is said about the Condors offense but the D has game too: 22 turnovers forced against Crane, 16 of them in the first half.

4 Warren (19-2)

Results: Defeated Zion-Benton 72-58 and Glenbrook North 41-32
This Week: Tuesday at Lake Zurich, Friday at Libertyville, Saturday vs. Proviso East (City-Suburban Showdown)
Hoops Talk: Saturday tilt against Proviso East should be the crown jewel of the three-game City-Suburban Showdown at Proviso West.

5 Plainfield East (22-1)

Results: Defeated Plainfield North 76-48 and Romeoville 69-36
This Week: Tuesday at St. Charles East, Friday vs. Plainfield South
Hoops Talk: The Bengals have a chance to win their first Southwest Prairie conference title Friday night with a win against defending champion Plainfield South.

6 Andrew (19-1)

Results: Defeated Bradley 73-46 and Lincoln-Way North 60-34
This Week: Tuesday vs. Sandburg, Friday at Thornridge
Hoops Talk: Deep team with one of the more underrated centers in the area, Tyler Hook. Bolts cant look past this weeks games to the Thornwood clash on Feb. 21.
7 Bogan (23-2)

Results: Defeated Uplift 90-65, North Lawndale 83-67 and Taft 71-41
This Week: Wednesdays Public League semifinals vs. Curie
Hoops Talk: Ronnell Bucker, DeVaughn Johnson, Luwane Pipkins and Devonte Smith will pose a serious threat to Curie.

8 Downers Grove South (19-4)

Results: Defeated Leyden 60-33
This Week: Friday at Proviso East
Hoops Talk: The Mustangs, who lost to the Pirates on January 19th at DGS, will be looking for revenge. The West Suburban Gold title will be on the line.

9 Huntley (21-2)

Results: Defeated Crystal Lake South 52-31 and Dundee-Crown 41-40
This Week: Tuesday at Jacobs, Friday at Cary-Grove
Hoops Talk: Bryce Onlys jumper with five seconds left gave the Red Raiders a thrilling win over Dundee-Crown, their third win over the Chargers this season.

10 Elgin (19-3)

Results: Defeated DeKalb 50-48, Batavia 65-51 and Larkin 64-51
This Week: Wednesday vs. Immaculate Conception, Friday at Streamwood
Hoops Talk: Huge gain for the Maroons, as senior Dennis Moore returns from a broken right hand. He had 14 points Friday at Larkin.

11 St. Ignatius (19-3)

Results: Defeated Brother Rice 59-51 and Gordon Tech 48-41
This Week: Friday at Loyola, Sunday vs. Notre Dame (at Gordon Tech)
Hoops Talk: Coach Rick Kehoe has benefitted from some great senior leadership this year, especially from guard Brian Howard.

12 Hillcrest (19-4)

Results: Defeated De La Salle 62-48
This Week: Tuesday vs. Tinley Park, Friday vs. T.F. South
Hoops Talk: Balance was the key as the Hawks takes down the Meteors. Jovan Morring, Jalen Loving, Kyle Oden and Jayone Troutman all reached double figures.

13 Bloom (21-3)

Results: Defeated Rich South 59-52
This Week: Friday at Crete-Monee
Hoops Talk: Donald Moore continues to impress, scoring 22 points against the Stars. Bloom will now look to beat C-M for the third time this season.

14 Orr (19-3)

Results: Defeated Power House 73-52, Farragut 54-43 and Foreman 62-60 (OT)
This Week: Wednesdays Public League semifinals vs. (SimeonMarshall)
Hoops Talk: Devante Jones hit a three to send Sundays game against Foreman to OT. The defense and free throw shooting were enough in the extra session.

15 Marshall (20-7)

Results: Defeated Lincoln Park 45-42 and Whitney Young 69-67; Lost to Simeon 73-62
This Week: No games scheduled this week
Hoops Talk: The Commandos could not dig themselves out of a 14-0 hole against Simeon. They should still be a force in the IHSA playoffs.

16 St. Rita (14-8)

Results: Defeated Providence 70-64 and Hales 71-69
This Week: Friday at St. Joseph, Saturday vs. New Trier (City-Suburban Showdown)
Hoops Talk: Dont let the record fool you. The Mustangs losses have dominated in-state foes and have challenged talented teams from outside Illinois.

17 New Trier (18-5)

Results: Lost to Evanston 55-52 (OT)
This Week: Friday at Maine South, Saturday vs. St. Rita (City-Suburban Showdown)
Hoops Talk: The Trevians have lost three straight. The slate doesnt get much easier this week, especially with Saturdays City-Suburban tilt on the horizon.

18 De La Salle (14-5)

Results: Lost to Hillcrest 62-48
This Week: Friday at Hales, Saturday vs. Simeon (City-Suburban Showdown)
Hoops Talk: The Meteors are currently in a five-game stretch where four of those opponents are ranked in the CSN Top 20.

19 Hope Academy (21-2)

Results: Defeated Ida Crown 72-59 and Northside Prep 58-48
This Week: Tuesday at Seton, Thursday vs. Raby, Friday at Holy Trinity
Hoops Talk: Torrance Johnson and company continue to keep the Eagles on the upswing. Tuesdays game at Seton should be entertaining.

20 Lemont (20-2)

Results: Defeated T.F. North 47-42
This Week: Tuesday at T.F. South, Friday vs. Reavis
Hoops Talk: Mike Wisz came off the bench to hit six three-pointers in the Indians victory over T.F. North

Looming & Lurking: Whitney Young, Metea Valley, Farragut, West Aurora, Naperville North, Seton, Mundelein, Homewood-Flossmoor, Notre Dame, North Chicago, Riverside-Brookfield, Crete-Monee, St. Viator, Oak Park, Herscher, Immaculate Conception, York

Edgy Tim goes one-on-one with Mount Carmel's Terrance Taylor

Edgy Tim goes one-on-one with Mount Carmel's Terrance Taylor

Mount Carmel junior defensive end/outside linebacker Terrance Taylor (6-foot-4, 204 pounds) was simply one of the most impressive overall performers at the EDGYTIM Underclassmen Showcase, powered by EFT Football Academy.

Taylor, who worked out as a linebacker at the showcase, also plays defensive end for Hall of Fame head coach Frank Lenti's Caravan. Taylor, who has two early verbal scholarship offers from Central Michigan and Toledo, has the look, tools, overall physical upside and potential to become a highly sought after recruit in the Class of 2018.

Take a few minutes to meet Taylor in the video above.

Fire showing patience with emotional Dax McCarty

Fire showing patience with emotional Dax McCarty

The Chicago Fire opened its preseason on Monday, but much of the focus was on a player that wasn’t there: Dax McCarty.

The Fire traded for the midfielder from the New York Red Bulls last week and he is in camp with the U.S. national team.

Leaving New York hasn’t been easy for McCarty. He tweeted a lengthy thank you note to Red Bull fans on Sunday and still hasn’t mentioned anything about the Fire publically.

Fire general manager Nelson Rodriguez and coach Veljko Paunovic visited McCarty at national team camp last week to make introductions.

“We obviously knew that this had to come as a surprise to him,” Rodriguez said on Monday. “A captain of another team, he had just gotten married. There’s never a good time to have unexpected change hit you.”

Getting McCarty on board with what the club is building is going to be key for the team’s success in 2017. Integrating McCarty and the other high-profile offseason additions, fellow midfielder Juninho and striker Nemanja Nikolic, into what Paunovic wants to implement will play a big role in how the Fire start the season. In order to do so effectively means making McCarty happy with his new team.

“For sure he’s a very, very emotional guy,” Paunovic said. “I like the way he expressed how he feels at this point. We all have to empathize with that and respect his time and the situation that he is going through.”

As poor as the timing of McCarty being traded two days after getting married was, it could be to the Fire’s benefit that McCarty is with the national team now and can have some time to process the change before arriving in preseason camp with the Fire in Florida in February.

“We are waiting for him here with open arms and waiting for him to come back, to handle all this situation, to go through that, then come here clear with desire that he played so far, with the same passion, with the same effort on and off the field and for sure with leadership that he will bring to our locker room,” Paunovic said.

For now, both Rodriguez and Paunovic are preaching patience. Rodriguez said McCarty was the top target of the Fire and said the move was six months in the making.

“We respected his need to breathe and to have time to go through his emotions, to spend time with his wife,” Rodriguez said. “I think everything will come in its due course and when his time with the national team camp ends we’ll give him a little time that he might need to recover from that camp and to attend to some personal matters and we’ll embrace him when he comes.

“For those of us that are married we know that happy wife equals happy life so we have work to do with Dax and his wife and his family and having them feel comfortable about Chicago. They were looking to put down roots in New York. Whether it’s unexpected like that or it’s someone like Nemanja Nikolic who chose us and chose to come here, we still have to work with him and his family and acclimating them. Our approach and our attitude is the same, although the circumstances are different. We have to be empathetic to the sensitivity that Dax and his wife are going through.”