This team started off last seasons conference play 1-2, with a road game at Whitney Young on the horizon. Things were looking bleak and being demoted to the White West was a realistic possibility. After the game was over, LIncoln Park snuck out of WY with a 59-54 win and went on to win 6 of their next 7 conference games to secure there place as one of the top teams in the conference and avoid demotion.
Behind 2021 guard combo of Ismael Habib and 2021 sharp-shooting Julio Montes, Lincoln Park looks to make even more noise this year. While this team is well coached (Pat Gordon) and plays a good brand of basketball, it will be difficult for them to produce similar results in conference play.
Their system is a plug and play style, so losing players doesn’t hurt them as much, as they have JV guys waiting in the wings. They will be solid and give maximum effort nightly.
This team is a solid top 25 team, but will have difficulty jumping into the top 10 at any point this season.
Conference- 4th place
City Playoffs- Sweet 16
State Playoffs-Regional Finals (Class 4A)
Last years White West champions make the jump to the Red North West this season. After many expected teams such as Collins and Michelle Clark to make the jump up, this young group of mainly sophomores and juniors raced through conference play undefeated (9-0) and were promoted to the Red.
Led by ChiScoops #7 player in the Public League (2020 Devin Davis), who averaged 24 ppl last season, big things are expected from the new look Warriors. Coach Rafie Fields will depend on the Davis, the leadership of 2020 Ryan Brown, and underrated 2021 pg Kier Jordan to help guide the attack. Look out for 6’5’ 2021 combo guard (Gary Johns and 6’6’ 2022 big Tony Webb.
Their up and down style and full court pressing defense brings back memories of the dominant Westinghouse teams of the 90’s and early 2000’s. While this team isn’t quite on that level yet, they can compete with any team in the city.
This team is a Top 25 team with the potential to crack the Top 10.
Conference- 3rd place
City Playoffs- Elite 8
State Playoffs-Sectional Finals (Class 3A)
The 3-time defending Class 2A state champs are looking to do something that hasn’t been done since Jabari Parker and Simeon did it from 2010-2013, that’s win 4 state championships in a row. After losing their top 3 players from last years squad, winning it all this year will be coach Lou Adams biggest challenge yet.
Most programs would be in full rebuild mode, I.e. Providence St. Mel, but coach Adams just hits the streets, literally, and stockpiles talent for the year to come.
While we here at ChiScoops are still high on Orr, we aren’t ready to crown them on any level this year. We will take a wait and see approach to this group as there are more questions than answers at this time, specifically with there top 2 transfers coming over looking to repair some character issues from their past.
This team is good enough to be a Top 5 team in the area, but also has enough question marks to not crack the top 25. For now they fall somewhere in the middle. It will be interesting to watch how this team develops over the year.
Conference- 2nd place
City Playoffs- Elite 8
State Playoffs-State Championship (Class 2A)
Coach Tyrone Slaughter and Whitney Young have been dominate in the Red North West (formerly Red West) for the last decade. The question is, will that dominance continue this year? With Duke commit and ChiScoops #2 player in the Public League DJ Steward, candidate for Gatorade Player of the year for the state of Illinois and ChiScoops Player of the Year, leading the way, all signs point in that direction. While this version of Young doesn’t have the high level depth as the last few teams (Javon Freeman, X Castanavo, Justin Boyd), transfer Jaeshon Thomas, and ChiScoops #10 player, Tyler Beard will cause matchup problems for most teams running into the Dolphins. 2023 guard (Dalen Davis), brother of Westinghouse’s Devin Davis seems to be the real deal. Expect him to contribute on the varsity level this season as well.
Steward may put this team over the top, but the gap has seemed to close with Orr being on their heels, Westinghouse not far behind, and Lincoln Park waiting in the wings.
For now, this is a top 2-3 team in the area and big things are expected.
Conference- 1st place
City Playoffs- City Championship game
State Playoffs-State Championship game (Class 4A)