By Michael O'Brien

Inside the Super 25...

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1. Simeon: Thursday night on ESPN everyone saw why the Wolverines remained #1 despite losses to Farragut and Rice (NY).

2. Loyola: I'm very confident the Ramblers are a top 5 team. They still have a lot to prove though.

3. Lincoln Park: Smoked a pretty good De La Salle team yesterday, look like they are finally becoming the team we expected them to be. With Marshall and Crane both faltering, the Lions have a good shot at Peoria.

4. Thornwood: Looked terrific against New Trier on Saturday. They haven't lost since before the holidays. I'll say it now: Expect to see the Thunderbirds in Peoria again.

5. TF North: I'm still not sold on the Meteors. They have a ton of talent, but just aren't disciplined enough to win against elite teams. Friday against Bloom they had 12 field goals and 18 turnovers.

6. Warren: The opposite of TF North. Warren is precise, disciplined and talented. I haven't seen anyone in the state stick Derrick Rose like Shannon Adams did in the title game at Pontiac. Don't be surprised if Simeon-Warren is the Class AA state championship game.

7. Conant: They proved it on the court this weekend, beating Schaumburg and Joes. How did we all miss on Geoff McCammon? He's a player.

8. Thornton: One of the few teams in the area that seems to get better every month. That Conant loss doesn't look too bad now, does it?

9. St. Joseph: Besides for their performance at Proviso West, the Chargers have been pretty disappointing.

10. Proviso East: This is too low for the Pirates, but Joes has beaten them twice.

11. Richards: Why is Loyola #2 and Richards #11? Probably just due to preseason expectations. Both are undefeated. Richards beat Bloom, which is better than anyone Loyola has beaten.

12. Farragut: Dangerous, dangerous, dangerous. The Admirals are figuring it out quickly. The best is still to come for this team.

13. Marshall: What is going on? The Commandos almost beat Farragut with their bench in the third place game at Chicago State, then the starters lose to them last week? All the pieces are there for Marshall, but something just isn't clicking.

14. Oak Park: Dominant win over Proviso West proves that the Huskies are for real.

15. Von Steuben: These Public League teams are tough to figure. Occasionally spectacular, then prone to letdowns.

16. Glenbard East: Who knows. The win over West Aurora doesn't seem so impressive anymore.

17. Hillcrest: Crushed by Thornton. The game was over early in the third quarter.

18. Washington: See TF North.

19. Crane: They can beat anyone and lose to anyone. Having McGee back should help things.

20. Lake Park: Imagine if they still had DiNunno.

21. Curie: The win yesterday over Fenger was a bigger victory than you'd think. Fenger is a pretty solid team.

22. Proviso West: Need to prove something against Proviso East tomorrow night.

23. Batavia: Bulldogs are rolling, we will find out a lot Saturday against Marshall.

24. Jacobs: Dominating the Fox Valley, Moran is a stud.

25. New Trier: They are much better than I thought they were after Proviso. The whole team can shoot, and Peter Boehm is deadly down low.

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If Bloom is better than anyone Loyola has beaten, why is New Trier ranked ahead of them?

O'Brien responds: Dave, at this point there are about 30 teams that could fill the final 5 spots of the rankings. I've been trying to get some new blood in there every week and recognize some different teams. Also, after seeing New Trier on Saturday night, it looks like they are getting better, while Bloom seems like the same team they were in November: very, very talented, but frustrating and inconsistent.

Lake park is better off without mike dinnuno

just check the record and the team now has big time chemistry, and everyone knows there roles

so congrat's to Lake park

I wanted 2 kno tha same thing why is Richards #11 and Loyola number 2 i have u kno i have attended all of richards game this season and those boys are bad all of them even those benched players. There is one playah by the name of Tommie Thomas and he comes off the bence and becomes a monster when he is on the floor. Carl richard (so call star player) he is even good. The one guy who is very over rated is d-wade half brother and the only reason why he is hyped so hard is because he is d-wade half brother not even half step brother and he is garbage i mean really i have seen better hooping in myself than i have seen in him. I just think Richards deserve more credit than they have recieve and anyone who might have a problem with the way i feel there is my e mail any day any time...............HIT ME UP AND I WILL TELL U THA SAME THING................MUDVILLE

St. Joes have been ranked as high in the top 5 the last two seasons but couldn't beat Proviso East in the IHSA tourney. Even though they've beaten them twice I see them choking again, especially after last season with Freeman Jr. (who's father was the best PG Joes ever had outside of Isaiah).

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