High School Boys Basketball Preseason Top 25

High School Boys Basketball Preseason Top 25
November 11, 2013, 11:45 am
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Today is the start of boys basketball practice in the state of Illinois under IHSA rules and so CSN Chicago is unveiling the premier edition of the Top 25 Power Rankings for the Chicagoland area this season.

We'll have more on these teams and players as this kicks-off two weeks of preview coverage before games tip on Nov. 25 but for now here's a look at our preseason Top 25.

(Last year's record in parentheses)

1. Whitney Young (27-4)

They have the No. 1 player in the country in 6-foot-11 center Jahlil Okafor roaming the middle and Georgetown commit Paul White, a 6'9" senior, provides support on the wing. Miles Reynolds has been on varsity for three seasons now and the Saint Louis commit will hold down both guard spots in the backcourt at times.

2. Simeon (30-3)

Four-time defending Class 4A state champions lost most of their core, but new group is long and athletic and led by Illinois commit D.J. Williams, a 6'7" junior, Loyola commit and senior Donte Ingram (6'5") and high-motor junior forward Edward Morrow (6'7").

3. Morgan Park (33-3)

Defending Class 3A champions lose some senior leadership but might have the deepest rotation in the the city. Senior forward Josh Cunningham needs to take a major step and sophomore point guard Charlie Moore had a great summer and fall.

4. Curie (19-8)

Led by top-5 national power forward Cliff Alexander, Curie has a ton of scoring talent but needs to mature on shot selection and turnovers. Sophomore guard Devin Gage is talented, but learning, and Joseph Stamps and his brother Joshua Stamps can both score at a high rate.

5. Stevenson (29-5)

They fell in the Class 4A state championship to Simeon, but junior point guard Jalen Brunson -- the son of former NBA guard Rick Brunson -- is back and as good a guard there is in the state while Connor Cashaw has improved on the wing going into his junior season as Brunson's running mate.

6. Orr (28-5)

They made it downstate in Class 3A last year and 6'7" Tyquone Greer, 6'8" Marlon Jones and coach Lou Adams' son, 6'3" guard Louis Adams Jr, also returns. Other talented players include Sire Carroll and Isaiah Hayes.

7. St. Rita (19-8)

They dropped out of the playoffs early in a shocking loss to DuSable, but this team is too talented to overlook. Guard Charles Matthews is the top junior in the state and his brother Dominique, a senior, runs with him at guard. Northwestern commit Vic Law is one of the area's top forwards and Myles Carter could be an impact junior in the middle.

8. Marian Catholic (29-4)

Kentucky commit and point guard Tyler Ulis is small at 5'9" but he possesses a special feel for the game and he makes other guys better while limiting turnovers and scoring for himself. Army commit and senior wing Terron Parham is Ulis' main weapon.

9. North Chicago (28-4)

With a talented trio of Murray State commit JayQuan McCloud, guard Javaris Amos-Mays and rugged wing forward Kurt Hall, North Chicago will try to get past last year's Class 3A Supersectional loss to Orr.

10. St. Viator (21-9)

Drake commit Ore Arogundade is back at guard and he's joined by transfer Roosevelt Smart and his 17 points a game from Palatine last season and point guard Mark Falotico.

11. Bogan (17-10)

Junior point guard Luwane Pipkins leads a hard-playing group that will play fast and try to create turnovers.

12. St. Joseph (18-13)

The development of the junior guard duo of Glynn Watson and Jordan Ash has been solid since last season and both possess multiple high-major scholarship offers.

13. Benet (27-6)

Xavier commit and senior 6'9" center Sean O'Mara is back and he's among the most productive offensive big men in the area.

14. Proviso East (29-5)

Jevon Carter is a dynamic guard talent and the West Virginia commit will lead a talented supporting cast.

15. Loyola (22-6)

Loyola returns five key contributors -- four of them starters -- from a team that won 15-straight and the Catholic North last season.

16. Zion-Benton (25-6)

Expectations are high in Lake County as senior wing Milik Yarbrough leads four returning starters.

17. Larkin (23-6)

Experienced guard duo of Derrick Streety and Kendale McCullum might be the most unheralded backcourt in the state.

18. Fenwick (18-9)

Head coach Rick Malnati returns to the high school ranks as Northwestern commit Scott Lindsey returns from a strong summer on the wing.

19. Hillcrest (24-7)

Coach Don Houston's club is talented and plays hard. Taylor Adway has a chance to be a force at 6'7" and DeAngelo Isby had a strong fall on the wing.

20. North Lawndale (11-11)

Talented and hard-playing group led by senior wing Keith Mack and junior guard Fred Sims. Freshman big man Manual Patterson could be an immediate factor inside.

21. Bolingbrook (20-8)

Talented group led by junior guard Prentiss Nixon, IPFW commit Gage Davis and one of the fall's breakout players, 6'8" forward Julian Torres.

22. De La Salle (17-8)

Forward Brandon Hutton had a very strong fall and junior guards Martez Cameron and Karl Harris can both play as well.

23. Oak Park-River Forest (20-10)

Guard Erick Locke has a tremendous amount of experience and 6'7" forward Jovanni Harrell is a late-blooming potential Division I prospect.

24. Wheaton Academy (19-7)

New coach Pete Froedden has some talented pieces including 6'8" senior Gordon Behr and junior three-point marksman Josh Ruggles.

25. York (22-8)

Senior big man Frank Toohey led York to the Riverside-Brookfield Tournament title this summer.