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

Curie's Jermel Grigsby (34) hauls in a rebound. Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times.
Curie's Jermel Grigsby (34) hauls in a rebound. Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times.
Dec. 2, 2018 8:08 p.m.

There isn’t a ton of movement this week. Just two teams dropping and two joining, but Bogan has vaulted into the No. 2 spot after an impressive showing at the Chicago Elite Classic.

The new additions

Glenbrook South: It doesn’t look like any opponent is going to relish a trip to the Titan Dome this season. Conventional wisdom was the Phil Ralston’s Titans would be pretty dangerous in a month or so. That was clearly wrong. Dom Martinelli, Will King and Jimmy McMahon helped lead Glenbrook South to the upset of the season this week, a 61-54 win against then No. 2 Evanston.

Geneva: Ralston’s previous team is also off to a great start to the season. The Vikings beat Bartlett and handled an always tricky Wheaton-Warrenville South squad this week. An early win against Schaumburg is also looking better thanks to the Saxons’ recent success.

Dropping out

Providence-St. Mel (2-2): The Knights just didn’t show enough in a 73-53 loss at DePaul Prep. The sky is still the limit in the Class 1A state playoffs this season and it is definitely possible they find a way back into the rankings over the holidays.

Oak Park (4-2): Picked up a nice win against Hinsdale Central last week but then lost in overtime to rival Fenwick at the Chicago Elite Classic.

The week ahead

—Mount Carmel hosts the loaded Team Rose Classic on Saturday and Sunday. More than a dozen ranked teams face off over the two days. Bloom takes on Morgan Park in the marquee matchup on Saturday.

—Morgan Park has another major challenge this week. The Mustangs host rival Bogan on Tuesday. This is always one of the most hotly-contested, high-level games of the season.

—Rolling Meadows and star sophomore Max Christie face two stout Mid-Suburban League tests this week. The Mustangs travel to Palatine on Tuesday and host Buffalo Grove on Friday. Christie is living up to the hype so far this season and Rolling Meadows is 4-1. The Bison also have a young star. Freshman Kam Craft, an excellent shooter, scored 31 against Grayslake Central in his varsity debut.

With record and last week’s ranking

1. Young (2-0) 1
Justin Warren is solid

2. Bogan (5-0) 4
Even better than expected

3. Bloom (6-0) 5
Huge test Saturday vs. Morgan Park

4. Morgan Park (3-1) 3
Marcus Watson is tough

5. Bolingbrook (5-0) 6
Winning without Tyler Cochran

6. Curie (5-0) 8
Won in Marshall County

7. Evanston (5-1) 2
Lost to Glenbrook South

8. St. Viator (5-1) 9
Jeremiah Hernandez fills it up

9. Simeon (0-1) 7
Ahamad Bynum has arrived

10. Homewood-Flossmoor (4-1) 10
Hosts Lincoln-Way East Friday

11. Leo (4-1) 12
Huge win vs. Loyola

12. Oswego East (5-0) 13
Plays St. Viator Saturday

13. Marian Catholic (4-1) 14
At Marist Friday

14. Benet (6-0) 15
Colin Crothers stepping up

15. DePaul Prep (5-0) 16
Pavle Pantovic making an impact

16. Riverside-Brookfield (6-0) 17
Faces Farragut Saturday

17. Brother Rice (5-0) 19
Proving doubters wrong

18. Farragut (1-0) 20
At Young Monday

19. Waukegan (4-1) 21
Andre White Jr. fitting in

20. Hillcrest (4-2) 23
Hosts unbeaten Richards Friday

21. Glenbrook South (6-0) NR
Dom Martinelli is a force

22. Downers Grove North (5-0) 24
At Lyons on Friday

23. Uplift (2-1) 11
Lost to Evanston

24. Geneva (6-0) NR
Mitch Mascari can shoot

25. Kenwood (4-2) 25
Lost to Waukegan


  • Leegs1

    Mikey: Lsu beat seven ranked teams, Georgia six, Ohio St. and Washington five, etc., etc., etc. The four ranked teams Notre Dame beat had a total of fifteen losses. Some of those wins against unranked teams were pretty close. Do you really think Notre Dame would beat Georgia or Ohio St. for that matter. I will admit, they will bring the fans. Georgia got screwed out of the top four.

    • Norm

      Georgia may or may not be one of the best 4 teams but they had 2 cracks at Alabama and blew it both times. They don’t deserve a third chance. Oklahoma’s defense might suck but let’s see Alabama stop them. I’d rather see that than another Georgia loss.

      • Leegs1

        And Notre Dame in the top four?

        • Norm

          I don’t think ND is a top 4 team but it’s an imperfect system. Normally they would have blown one game so that they could be dropped from the discussion. This year they didn’t. Maybe it’s supposed to be this way

  • printer

    Hey T, it wasn’t the whinny parents that did him in. Your close with your amassment though, except look at it from what he might have done.

    • T

      Printer, I know what he did. I know what he did in his first seven years. I also know what he did in the two years under Carli when somehow … out of nowhere … magically … issue after issue was raised to that ridiculous level of scrutiny every manager uses who wants to run someone out on a rail.

      If we’re going to be honest, like anybody who knows, I understand there was “suddenly” more issues than just the parents. But let’s stop with the fiction that somehow Carli wasn’t the aggressor. Nobody covers all the bases like he did when the problem is obvious. He built the politics of his case masterfully. He had to because there weren’t any problems for the first seven years under Jim.

      So when you repeat the company line and talk about “what he might have done,” make sure you talk about the entire nine years.

  • High School Hoops Fan

    Uplift beat Mather by 8, and allowed 61 points. Mather went 0-4 at Thanksgiving at NT/Loyola and got beat up bad by every team they played (NT, Loyola, University High, and Lake Forest). Maybe Uplift isn’t any good beside Jacobs.

  • Bones

    I don’t know if I’d have Bolingbrook that high, they’re extremely small and defense has given up quite a few points. They can score the rock though.

    • Michael O'Brien

      Yeah, hard to say at this point. The Springfield Southeast win is as good a victory as anyone has though, so they are getting credit for that.

  • Norm

    Bloom looked good Saturday. If they can keep it together they’ve got a couple of special years ahead of them

  • T

    Congrats to the Geneva boys on entering the Top 25.

    I dont know whether to be happy or worried for Coach Hennig. If the last coach is any indication, success means the AD, Carli, is ready to fire up the hot seat.

    The last time Geneva won 20+ games, Carli oddly started holding hush-hush meetings with any whiny, Johnny-doesn’t-play parent who wanted to bark. Of course, there was no agenda.

    Sure, there wasn’t. And suddenly the coach was gone two years after the first trip downstate in something like 50 years.

    Contrary to Carli and the entitled boosters of this town, this isn’t the way we operate. I hope this time winning with good character and strong ideals is rewarded and celebrated.

  • James W Fanning

    Looks like Hinsdale Central is THE place to be for the Holidays! Don’t have to wear a bullet proof vest either!

  • Leegs1

    My mistake,Cochran still out.

  • Leegs1

    Mikey: Believe Cochran played in game five for Bolingbrook.

  • Black

    A bit premature to begin talking about how good a player is or isn’t. We will begin to see who deserves praise, as the season progresses. Many players aren’t as good as advertised. I have been watching many of these players play for years, and I can tell you, many are overhyped.

  • Leegs1

    Mikey: glenbrook south beats Evanston, but Evanston ranked higher because of strength of schedule?

    • Michael O'Brien

      Yeah, hate having result nullification this early in the season. But Evanston is still getting a lot of credit for last season’s playoff run since basically the entire team is back. And it arguably has the second-best resume of any team so far this season. Only Bloom has more quality wins.

      • Norm

        Evanston has issues ranging from players having their own agenda’s to a promising transfer trying to figure out how to fit in. If they get these things worked out they will be a quality team

  • Ron

    Good to see Farragut moving on up. No team does more with less than the Admirals. Pat Sajak (class of 64) would be proud. Farragut vs Crane 1/23 at Crane’s gym. Classic Red West showdown. You should really try to get there Michael.

    • The Guru

      Evanston has 2 signature wins vs top 15 teams, despite the loss to GBS.

      • Leegs1

        So two “signature” wins by Evanston is more objective than head to head victory by Glenbrook South with both teams undefeated?

        • Michael O'Brien

          Yes. This current Evanston group has proven itself. Glenbrook South has one nice win.

          • Leegs1

            Interesting logic. How many “signature” wins did Notre Dame have in football to be ranked third? Michigan? Thanks for the reply.

          • Michael O'Brien

            Notre Dame beat four ranked teams, no one in the country beat more.

        • Norm

          St Viator is 8 and Evanston handled them, so how far down should they go? Uplift is still ranked and Evanston killed them. Your only option is to rank GBS in the top 7 or 8 if you want them ahead of Evanston. Are they worthy of going from NR to number 5 with one win?

          • Leegs1

            I don’t consider Uplift a “signature” win. So Evanston beat Viator and Glenbrook South beat Evanston. Objectively, Evanston should be somewhere above Viator and Uplift but below Glenbrook South. Also, Benet should be ranked higher. Be interesting to see how Oswego East does against Viator. Bolingbrook has a tough schedule this year. How well they do might come down to how well they’re coached. Good luck with that!

  • Bob Cooper

    Think you’re missing some words about the bison

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