Chicago High school Basketball
The Way Too Early Top 15 (In alphabetical order)
As the new School year approaches, and many high school fall leagues begin, we here at ChiScoops thought it would be a good time to look ahead to the 2019-2020 basketball season and give a preview of the top teams going into the year.
These rankings are based on returning players, the June live period, each teams potential, and each coaches ability to get the maximum out of his team. A lot of these teams are familiar and some are new to the conversation. There are also some teams that are on the outside looking in who will move up as the year goes on. Either way, for those that need you HS basketball fix, here goes our list.
Benet– This team just reloads every year. Expect for them to be a team to watch this year.
Bloom– This is the year it’s all supposed to come together for this group. High major big Martice Mitchell leads the way. Keshawn Williams, Dante Maddox and Donovan Newby are bonafide high school players as well. Big expectations, can they live up to them?
Bogan– A block out away being crowned state champs last season. Can coach Goody and crew get back this year? Look for a few incoming transfers in the upcoming weeks.
Curie– The 2018-2019 City Champs look poised to be in the conversation again this year. Who will emerge as the leader of a team that lost its best player (Gordon), and only leader (Hamilton).
Geneva– Last years team, that went 32-2 and has won 77 games in the last 3 years, lost in the Class 4A Supersectional Finals is looking to reload. They lost a few key pieces, but expect for them to be right back near the top again!
Fenwick– Any team with Bryce Hopkins has to be considered a contender. Will the supporting cast step up to help?
Lincoln Park– One of the most under the radar teams in the city. Has one of the best young backcourts in the city.
Notre Dame– This team has a talented group of juniors, but it al starts and ends with Anthony Sayles. Evanston transfer Louis Lesmond and all area candidate 6-6 Troy D’Amico are also a load.
Morgan Park– Hands down one of the more loaded groups of players MP has had. This team will be led by Wake Forest bound Marcus Watson and Top 25 Adam Miller. Brandon Weston will be the X factor as he can do it all. Will be a fun team to watch.
Orr– I’m not sure who they have, but look for more transfers to join the roster by November. So far former Farragut Admiral and St. Joseph player Reggie Strong and Prosser defect Norvell Meadows have joined the Spartans.
Simeon– They may have lost the top player in the state and class of 2022 (A.J. Casey), but this team doesn’t lack talent with the return of Ahmad Bynum, Jaylen Drake, and incoming freshman Jaylen Griffin.
Stevenson– Well coached team that plays well as a unit. The coach’s son (Matthew Ambrose) will lead the charge. A 4A state title contender.
Westinghouse– This team is making the jump back up the the super conference. A talented junior class will lead them as well as all-city guard Devin Davis and Ryan Brown. They look like they are here to stay.
Whitney Young– DJ Steward showed much improvement this summer. This team is led by the backcourt duo of Steward and Tyler Beard. Expect for Elliott Seagar to contribute in a big way as well. Talent and youth is up and down this roster.
Outside looking in: Evanston, Marion Catholic, Riverside-Brookfield, HF, Farragut, Bolingbrook
Next article– A preview of the bottom 4 teams dropping to the White division and will they get back in the Superconference?