By Joe Henricksen

Hoops Report rankings are out

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By Joe Henricksen

With the first issue of the City/Suburban Hoops Report now in the mail and heading out to subscribers around the

state, it's finally time to take a look at the preseason Top 25. The Hoops Report publication has a preseason Top 50

in its issue but we'll keep it to the Top 25 in this blog entry.

A few personal thoughts on the Top 25....

I didn't anticipate ranking Hales Franciscan as high as I did, especially after watching such an up-and-down season

a year ago. But it's simply hard to ignore a team with this much talent. And this year comes experience, which

could be blamed for an awful lot last year. I think point guard D.J. Cooper is the key. But you have Division I recruits

in Matt Humphrey and big Josh Crittle, along with Cooper and transfer Jordan Walker.... This is the first time in years

the Hoops Report top five in the Chicago area features teams all within the city limits of Chicago. In the past there

has always been a suburban power among the top five, whether it be West Aurora, Glenbrook North, Proviso East

or one of the perennial powers from the south suburbs.... It's hard to ignore the potential matchups between

preseason top 25 teams as far as the importance those games could play in the regular season. The New Trier-

Evanston battle, which is already one of the best rivalries in the state, should be fun to watch in the Central

Suburban South as both are among the top 10. You have top 20 teams DeLaSalle and Mt. Carmel in the Catholic

League South and top five teams Marshall and Farragut in the Public League's Red-West.

Let the debate begin.

1. Whitney Young
2. Hales Franciscan
3. Simeon
4. Marshall
5. Farragut
6. Homewood-Flossmoor
7. New Trier
8. Oak Park
9. Evanston
10. Batavia
11. Bloom
12. Mt. Carmel
13. DeLaSalle
14. Zion-Benton
15. Richards
16. Curie
17. Wheaton North
18. St. Joseph
19. Lincoln Park
20. Von Steuben
21. Jacobs
22. Fenwick
23. Neuqua Valley
24. North Lawndale
25. Waukegan

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where is zion ranked now and when are you guys going to start giving Rodney Clinkscales some recognition.

I thought i read some weeks ago that Englewood High school
was ranked in the top 25

Watch out for East Aurora; they have one of the better young teams in the state; if they can keep themselves together; they could be a force at the end of the year!

Watch out for a kid up in northwest Indiana by the name of Cylk Joeseph real diaper dandy. He plays for bowman academy.

cylk joeseph is the real deal had a chance to watch him over the summer in some aau play

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