By Joe Henricksen
The highly-anticipated matchup between Simeon and Whitney Young has been moved from Dec. 23 to Dec. 22. The two prep basketball superpowers and winners of the last three Class 4A state titles will still collide at the UIC Pavilion at 8 p.m.
The two teams met twice last season, with Simeon winning a late January regular-season game and Young winning a February city playoff matchup. Simeon is off to a 2-0 start and plays Farragut this Friday night at North Park. Whitney Young is 1-0 with a Red-West matchup against Orr next Wednesday.
Simeon, the consensus No. 1 team in Illinois and the top-ranked team in the country, according to ESPN.com, features the top-ranked senior prospect in the state in Marquette-bound Steve Taylor and the state's top two junior prospects in Jabari Parker and Kendrick Nunn. Whitney Young's talented trio of 6-10 super sophomore Jahlil Okafor, 6-8 sophomore Paul White and 6-9 junior Tommy Hamilton are all among the top prospects in the country in their respective classes.