Michael O’Brien’s Super 25 Chicago-area basketball rankings

Chase Adams (10) of Orr drives to the basket against Curie. Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times.

With record and last week’s ranking

1. Simeon (1-0) 2
THT does it all

2. Young (6-1) 4
Myles Baker can play

3. Morgan Park (1-1) 3
Strong debut for Adam Miller

4. Curie (1-1) 1
Lost in Kentucky

5. Orr (1-1) 1
Lost to Curie

6. Niles North (5-0) 6
Watch Aquan Smart

7. Romeoville (5-0) 7
Eddie Creal is back

8. Bolingbrook (4-0) 8
Destroying opponents

9. Oak Park (5-0) 9
Beat Fenwick

10. Larkin (3-2) 11
Beat Streamwood

11. Naperville North (4-0) 12
Huskies have size

12. DePaul Prep (5-1) 20
Knocked off Benet

13. Marian Catholic (4-0) 15
Malik Tidwell can score

14. New Trier (5-0) 25
Beat Maine South

15. Hillcrest (6-1) NR
Robert Harvey is on fire

16. West Aurora (3-1) 16
At East Aurora on Friday

17. Lincoln-Way East (5-0) 22
Tough week ahead

18. St. Rita (4-2) 13
Lost to Bloomington

19. Uplift (2-2) 18
Four games this week

20. Kenwood (1-1) 19
Just need experience

21. Proviso East (4-1) NR
Beat Willowbrook

22. North Lawndale (4-0) 24
David Forrest can leap

23. Benet (5-1) 23
Lost to DePaul Prep

24. Wheaton-Warrenville South (5-0) NR
Undefeated again

25. Rich East (3-1) NR
Getting early raves



  • Grind For State 2020 #041

    Saint Ignatius should be in the top 25.

  • Rich Napleton

    Recruiting has destroyed IHSA basketball. These coaches don’t give a damn about the kids and have taken the joy out of watching games. It started with Chicago, but now suburban schools such as Stevenson, Romeoville, North Chicago and Loyola are just as bad, if not worse!

  • USD24

    Creel was out while residence issues were addressed.

  • West sub fan

    High school hoops fan
    Oak park does not do that !!
    DJ Steward lives close and they put up no fight when he decided to go to Fenwick

  • High School Hoops Fan

    So basically everyone who cheats/recruits is in the top 10? I’ll give Larkin a pass, but the rest of these teams are basically built with the best players they can find.

  • Justin Atwater

    Do you have Prosser any where within your rankings outside of the top 25?

  • Ketoe

    Wait, so Curry ranked 5, beats your number 1 ranked team without its starting PG, and only move up 1 spot.

    • Michael O'Brien

      Correct. Everything is subject to radical changes after I first see the teams. I’m not beholden to my own initial preseason rankings, that would be really foolish.

      • Edward Harris

        So if that’s the deal. How does Bogan fall out the top 25. I’m willing to hear or read it was an error but no way 10 of these teams are better let alone 25.

        • Michael O'Brien

          Here are Bogan’s results, with the records:

          Beat Minooka (3-2), Sterling (0-4), Rock Island (4-1)
          Lost to St. Charles North (3-2)

          There isn’t anything in there worthy of ranking. Yes, the Bengals are talented. But right now they certainly don’t deserve to be ranked ahead of a St. Charles North team that beat them on a neutral court. Like Waukegan and Fenwick, Bogan has Super 25 talent but has dropped out due to a loss. That happens.

          • Edward Harris

            So your telling me with a win against MP the 3rd ranked team they become top 5? yes it was a bad loss but if the rankings are also based off potential most preseason ranks are then they are still top 25 easy the same as Uplift and Rita who have multiple losses.

          • Leegs1

            Why was Creal out?

        • Ray

          Bogan fans dont need to worry about rankings. They will get plenty of chances to prove themselves. If they play well against morgan park and keep it within 8 points, i think they deserve to be ranked again. If they lose my 15 or more maybe not.

  • John Wooden

    New Trier at #14 is way too high. Let’s see what happens to that ranking after playing Evanston & Niles North.

  • Ray

    St charles north has 2 real good wins over ranked teams. WWS has only one good win, which was over a short handed and unranked team. I think SCH deserves the spot.

  • Bp

    THT is a problem . Should be player of the Year



  • CSL fan

    Niles North is good, New Trier also, but Evanston is gonna surprise in the CSL South…Lance Jones is a defensive wiz at on the ball defense.

    • Ray

      ETHS lost almost all of starting lineup. No size inside and very little depth. Will be tough to compete with Niles North’s guards and experience and New Trier’s size and experience.

      • CSL Fan

        Beat Niles North…. No, but compete yes they will, New Trier they have size yes, but I think Evanston can run them outta the gym. Hillcrest a few years back were a team full of guards, and they consistently won their conference and made a couple State tournament showings.

  • Edward Harris

    you mean to tell me Bogan not ranked anymore and Rita is with 2 losses. and Uplift.

  • Leegs1

    I’ll ask again: where was Creal that he’s back? Hillcrest beat Bloomington?

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