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
7. New Trier
8. Oak Park
12. Mt. Carmel
17. Wheaton North
18. St. Joseph
19. Lincoln Park
20. Von Steuben
23. Neuqua Valley
24. North Lawndale
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