Public League breaks into two basketball super conferences

Messiah Jones (15) of Simeon holds the ball away from Young's Jake Kosakowski (15). Worsom Robinson/ For the Sun-Times.

The Sun-Times obtained a copy of the new Chicago Public League basketball conference alignments on Thursday. There will be two “super conferences” next season.

One is the Red South-Central, which contains Bogan, Brooks, Vocational, Curie, Dunbar, Harlan, Hyde Park, Kenwood, Morgan Park and Simeon

The other is the Red North-West, which contains Farragut, Lincoln Park, Marshall, North Lawndale, Orr, Prosser, Uplift, Von Steuben, Westinghouse and Young.

The Green Division has been eliminated. The White Division will have four divisions: South, Central, North and West. Each division has ten teams. The Blue Division will also have four divisions.

Here is the full pdf sent out by the CPS today, it contains the conference alignments and the schedule:

CPS Conference Alignments and schedule

Teams will play conference opponents just one time. There will be a city championship tournament featuring 32 teams, all the teams from the Red and the top three teams from each White Division.

Simeon coach Robert Smith was not pleased with the change.

“It’s ridiculous,” Smith said. “I’m not in agreement with it. I don’t think it is paired up right. But I have to do what they say. We went away from this years ago because people complained about just playing once.”

Morgan Park coach Nick Irvin also wasn’t in favor of the change.

“They should have kept it like it was,” Irvin said. “It is still just one conference going at each other. I like the one game format because when the playoffs come you haven’t seen a team a bunch already. But looking at the South and Central, we are going to be beating each other’s heads in. They should have put Curie or Bogan over in the West.”

Young coach Tyrone Slaughter was initially in favor of the super conference idea, but this isn’t what he expected.

“This is not what I anticipated it being,” Slaughter said. “That other region is dramatically more super than ours is. When the thought of the super conference was first floated I was in total agreement if it meant taking the top tier teams in one group. We could have moved Curie to our conference to give it a little more credibility.”

10 comments

  • CPS Fan

    Good all the teams that recruit can play each other, versus the neighborhood schools that take in who walks into their door. Should be interesting when some of the top dogs don’t have inflated records. My guess it that all the schools not in the top conference wanted this.

  • A

    It seems everyone is displeased even the top coaches!!! I say we protest!!! Whose with me???!

  • gene martin

    high school basketball should be more about bragging rights in neighborhoods, than trying to have a super conference! the old alignment wasn’t broken so why fix it, has worked well for a number of years, do well get promoted to bad get a level down, now what I always thought was that the promotion should have been for more than one team ( especially if teams were co-champions) Super conferences have completely wiped out a kid from playing for school in his neighborhood, and will lead to recruiting opps i forgot they already do that!

    • Vashon

      @Gene Martin, I agree with you but the way things are done today, city kids don’t go to their neighborhood school anymore.

  • Sammy

    Change is hard. Adjusting is not easy for coaches. CPS showing it has control over the basketball program, but if it wasn’t as if the old alignment was broke. 3 state title out of 4 means something is working well. Expect the same schools to win. It will be hard for the north side schools coming into the west.

  • Hoops

    The new alignment sucks. It’s taking away from high school basketball rivalries here in Chicago. Simeon & Morgan Park are huge games and they only get to play once. Wow. They did this format a couple of years ago and it was terrible because, no one like the idea of playing a team once. And Young is going to roll over everyone in there conference. Not evenly matched over there. Switch it back to the old way.

  • Spartan Nation

    Wow, the high profile coach’s really aren’t feeling this new alignment. Hmmm…I guess that means they’ll be arriving to games evennnnn later than their traditional hour after the scheduled start time? Lol Just imagine if there was a Red South-West conference. That would be intriguing. Should be interesting to see how Uplift fairs in this new alignment playing the traditional Red-West consistently. Why did the CPS keep some teams in the new Red Conference alignments that would’ve been demoted to the White Conference next year? Not Fair

  • Daryl

    This is another example of trying to find ways stop inner city schools from winning state championships. they changed the systems years ago to try and stop the inner cities from winning. Now that the top inner city schools figure out how to win, they change the system again.

  • Andre' Simmons

    Seems like a easy conference for Young to dominate.

    • Coach G

      Orr brings back almost their entire team, Uplift still has Toraze and and few good younger guys, North Lawndale is 3-1 vs Young the past 2 years, and Farragut is young and scary. Young, Farragut, and North Lawndale lost big time players but all are loaded with depth. Orr should win it this year, but dominate is a big word for any one school even if it’s in what’s considered the lesser of the 2 Super-Conferences.

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