Michael O’Brien’s Super 25 basketball rankings

Joliet West's Elijah Ward (11) hooks North Lawndale's Alfonzo Washington (10). Worsom Robinson/ For the Sun-Times.

With record and last week’s ranking

1. Curie (4-0) 1
Beat Belleville Althoff

2. Simeon (1-0) 2
Talen Horton-Tucker is a beast

3. Morgan Park (1-0) 3
Play Monday in Detroit

4. Evanston (6-1) 4
Lost to high-powered prep school

5. Joliet West (6-0) 5
Great team effort vs. Phoenix

6. Bolingbrook (4-0) 6
Very impressive two weeks

7. Kenwood (4-1) 8
Deep and athletic

8. Fenwick (5-0) 12
So many Nixon’s

9. Homewood-Flossmoor (5-0) 10
Face Farragut on Sunday

10. North Lawndale (4-1) 7
Still putting it together

11. Uplift (4-1) 9
Demarius Jacobs has rise

12. Young (0-1) 11
Fell short vs. Kenwood

13. Bloom (4-1) 13
Handled Rich Central

14. Benet (5-0) 14
Took care of DePaul Prep

15. Marian Catholic (3-2) 15
Lost in Iowa

16. Conant (5-1) 16
Play Fremd on Friday

17. Thornton (3-2) 21
Beat Lockport, Proviso E.

18. Marist (4-0) 19
Host Carmel Friday

19. Stevenson (5-0) 20
Dominated Zion-Benton

20. Orr (1-0) 25
Solid win over Miller Grove

21. De La Salle (5-0) NR
Beat St. Joe’s, St. Pat’s

22. Downers Grove North (5-0) NR
Beat Lyons

23. Oak Park (4-1) 23
Lost to Fenwick in OT

24. Fremd (5-0) NR
Solid start

25. St. Rita (2-0) NR
Strong, talented backcourt



  • JOHN

    Bolingbrook is ridiculous they have 3 sophmores one in Tyler Cochran who is what basketball is all about. He hustles, scores, rebounds, and gets his teammates involve. Like what I saw in the PG Thornton he is smooth and can attack the basket. Plus Nana Aketeen is the real deal senior is playing like a D1 prospect. Saw them against Romeoville last night and they blew them out. Mike Salter only scored 2 points he couldn’t handle Bolingbrook speed.

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  • PW fan

    West is best

  • PW fan

    What’s up with Alonzo Verge, what’s he done lately is he worth all the hype

  • Edwin

    Why is Notre Dame Niles not ranked??? They are 6-0 and you have teams that have lost two games that are still rank? Notre Dame are rank in the top 20 in others polls? What do you have against NDCP?

    • Michael O'Brien

      There are dozens of undefeated teams that aren’t in the rankings. ND wasn’t very impressive on Friday. That could have been Loyola’s fault. But right now the Dons don’t have a win that merits being in the Super 25.

  • CD

    Proviso West is 5-1 and should get a look.6’5 Robert hill doing damage. Won the Rockford tip off. Big games coming up.

  • West sub fan

    Notre Dame is very boring

    • Johnny

      Notre Dame is very boring? Why because they played a physical game against Loyola Friday and it was low scoring? Come out on Friday and Saturday night and watch them take on Benet and Hinsdale Central both at Notre Dame.

      • bball fan

        Hinsdale central is very down this year. I wouldnt recommend that game. Benet game should be good. They are starting a freshman center and still continue to win. If ND beats them they will deserve a top 25 ranking. But i will be surprised if either team scores 50 points. Do we need a shot clock in high school to make thesr games more interesting?

  • bball fan

    Notre Dame and Jacobs should be real close to getting in. Keep an eye on West Aurora. Orr probably could have been moved up much more after the win over a national power. Conet should take Fremd out of top 25 next week.

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