No Shot Clock, Ep. 81: Breaking down the 2018-19 preseason Super 25

No Shot Clock, the Chicago high school basketball podcast.
No Shot Clock, the Chicago high school basketball podcast.

Episode 81: Breaking down the preseason Super 25

Welcome to the 2018-19 basketball season. It’s the fifth year of the No Shot Clock podcast, which is kind of amazing. Thanks to everyone for listening and sending in questions every week. The games start in just a week so there is a ton to preview.

This episode is all about the Sun-Times preseason Super 25. The rankings are revealed for the first time and we go in-depth on each team, starting with No. 1 all the way down to No. 25. Then we talk about the teams that just missed the cut.

Things begin with a mailbag of listener questions. Topics include:
-How do we determine which games to cover?
-What are the best Thanksgiving tournaments?
-The outlook for the North Suburban conference?
-Basketball book recommendations
-South suburban sleepers

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Teams mentioned in this episode include: Zion-Benton, Benet, Richards, Loyola, Marian Catholic, St. Rita, Oswego East, Young, Mundelein, Evanston, Morgan Park, Bogan, Libertyville, Providence-St. Mel, Downers Grove North, Orr, Stevenson, Bloom, Bolingbrook, Notre Dame, Crete-Monee, Brother Rice, Hillcrest, Thornton, West Aurora, Geneva, Carmel, Waukegan, Homewood-Flossmoor, Leo, Uplift, Oak Park, St. Viator, TF North, Curie, Simeon, Warren, Lake Zurich, Lake Forest, Riverside-Brookfield, Glenbrook South, Naperville Central, Niles North, Evanston, St. Viator, TF South, Rich East, Rich South, Rich Central, Thornwood, Kenwood, DePaul Prep, Farragut, Kankakee, North Lawndale, Romeoville, New Trier.

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5 comments

  • River grove basketball fan

    Talk about Guerin Prep more! those boys are working and making noise over here

    • Bball fan

      Guerin? Didn’t they go 1-11 in conference (Metro Suburban Red) and 5-21 overall last year? This article is about the top teams in the area. I get your point, everyone works hard, but to get mentioned in the top 25 (or top 80, or however many Joe will rank in the preseason) they need to have better results, or at least have a star player like Waukegan has

      • Hoops fan

        Their team last year was terrible you do have a point, though this year. New coach, 3 new athletic and talented transfers, and a brand new culture. Definitely something worth mentioning.

  • yoyo

    No Lincoln park in the top 25 shocker

  • NT FAN

    Great podcast…In my opinion, not having New Trier ranked is a total miss. They have three of their main core back from a 25-6 team last year playing in arguably one of the best conferences in the state. Even with the loss of Kirkpatrick, a team returning a 6’9′ D1 Center (Brayboy), a 6’8″ four year Varsity player (Boehm) and a 6’5″ guard (Silverstein) is more than enough to warrant a preseason ranking. Not to mention the experience that those three bring to the team this year with big wins last year vs Evanston, St. Viator, Loyola and two against Niles North that was ranked in your top 10 most of last year. Great job though!

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