St. Rita is 2-1 and ranked as the No. 7 team in the current CSN Preps Basketball Power Rankings, but the Mustangs are flying a bit under-the-radar thanks to some missing pieces.
Despite missing the state's best junior in future All-American candidate and 6-foot-5 guard Charles Matthews, as well as starting guard Armani Chaney, St. Rita is loaded with talent and they have other pieces that have picked up the slack at the beginning of the year.
When those guys return, and 6-foot-8 junior Myles Carter gets back to full speed after missing the Curie loss that opened the season, the Mustangs could be a dangerous threat in Class 4A.
Matthews is expected to return soon from an ankle injury.
Picking up the current slack for St. Rita is Charles' older brother, senior guard Dominique Matthews and senior forward and Northwestern commit Vic Law.
Matthews is scoring at an elite level and was averaging 36.5 points per game in his first two games and basically putting the Mustangs on his back at times in the loss to Curie and the win over Gonzaga (D.C.).
Law is playing multiple roles for St. Rita and although Jahlil Okafor and Cliff Alexander draw the attention of the city, the skill level of taller forwards like Law and Whitney Young's Paul White is also special in this senior class and Law can defend multiple positions or shoot, pass or handle the ball.
Senior Treston Forbes has stepped up for St. Rita as well and he had eight consecutive points to open the fourth quarter in the Chicago Elite Classic win over Gonzaga (D.C.).
When this team gets all of their pieces back, watch out!
More Holiday Schedules Announced
The Jack Tosh Holiday Classic at York and the Jacobs Holiday Tournament also released their schedules this week and here is the first round of games for each.
We'll have more coverage of each of these events and other holiday tournaments on CSNChicago.com next week and during the events.
Jack Tosh Holiday Classic
Games will be played Dec. 26, 27, 28, 30, 31 (title)
Thursday, Dec. 26
Wheaton North vs. Lyons, 9 a.m.
Rolling Meadows vs. Conant, 10:30 a.m.
Metea Valley vs. Naperville North, 12 p.m.
Lindblom vs. Providence, 1:30 p.m.
Kenwood vs. St. Ignatius, 3:30 p.m.
Glenbard East vs. Riverside-Brookfield, 5 p.m.
Bremen vs. Sandburg, 6:30 p.m.
Robeson vs. York, 8 p.m.
Stagg vs. Lane, 8:30 a.m.
Schaumburg vs. Brother Rice, 10 a.m.
Lake Forest vs. Ridgewood, 11:30 a.m.
Gordon Tech vs. Waubonsie Valley, 1 p.m.
St. Patrick vs. WW South, 3 p.m.
Highland Park vs. Minooka, 4:30 p.m.
Elk Grove vs. Timothy Christian, 6 p.m.
McHenry vs. Palatine, 7:30 p.m.
Jacobs Holiday Tournament
Gamed will be played Dec. 21, 23, 26, 27, 28 (title)
Saturday, Dec. 21
Cary-Grove vs. Carmel, 9 a.m.
Crystal Lake Central vs. Rockford Jefferson, 10:30 a.m.
Marian Central vs. Bartlett, 12 p.m.
Johnsburg vs. Tilden, 1:30 p.m.
Barrington vs. Prairie Ridge, 3 p.m.
Zion-Benton vs. Crystal Lake South, 4:30 p.m.
Larkin vs. South Elgin, 6 p.m.
Lakes vs. Jacobs, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 23
Crystal Lake South vs. Marian Central, 9 a.m.
Bartlett vs. Zion-Benton, 10:30 a.m.
South Elgin vs. Barrington, 12 p.m.
Prairie Ridge vs. Larkin, 1:30 p.m.
Rockford Jefferson vs. Cary-Grove, 3 p.m.
Carmel vs. Crystal Lake Central, 4:30 p.m.
Tilden vs. Lakes, 6 p.m.
Jacobs vs. Johnsburg, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 26
South Elgin vs. Prairie Ridge, 9 a.m.
Barrington vs. Larkin, 10:30 a.m.
Carmel vs. Rockford Jefferson, 12 p.m.
Crystal Lake Central vs. Cary-Grove, 1:30 p.m.
Zion-Benton vs. Marian Central, 3 p.m.
Bartlett vs. Crystal Lake South, 4:30 p.m.
Lakes vs. Johnsburg, 6 p.m.
Jacobs vs. Tilden, 7:30 p.m.