Big Tim's Elite 25 in Chicago Area Week 5!!!!!!
A hectic week for a different reason as COVID cancellations have wrecked havoc on the schedule. Let's hope the Christmas Tournaments go without a hitch. I will not have any updated rankings for two weeks until after all the tournament results come in. I expect a lot of movement after the tournaments are over.
1) Glenbard West(Glen Ellyn)(10-0)- Has been the top team since the season started. This team plays together and has a ton of balanced scoring. Gonzaga commit senior Braden Huff has dominated with timely contributions from senior Army commit Bobby Durkin and senior uncommitted underrated Paxton Warden. Next: Jack Tosh Holiday Tournament at York(Elmhurst) starting 27 December 2021.
2) Whitney Young(Chicago)(4-1)- Still playing in City of The Palms in Florida. Plays Oak Hill Academy(VA) in second round. Senior Northern Illinois commit Xavier Amos has had a monster senior season so far. Next: Proviso West(Hillside) Holiday Tournament starting 27 December 2021.
3) Simeon Career Academy(Chicago)(6-1)- Went 1-1 in South Dakota losing to Dream City Christian(AZ). Junior forward Wes Rubin has been playing very well as had senior guard Jaylen Drane. Next: Pontiac Holiday Tournament starting 28 December 2021.
4) Hillcrest(Country Club Hills)(8-1)- Blew out Eisenhower(Blue Island). Will be favored to win the Big Dipper Holiday Tournament at Rich South which starts 27 December 2021. Junior point guard Bryce Tiller will have to continue to be a leader for this team. Junior Darrion Baker and sophomore Isaiah Green have played very well.
5) Kenwood Academy(Chicago)(8-2)- Went 1-1 in South Dakota losing to Sunrise Christian(KS). Senior Nevada commit guard Trey Pettigrew has had a strong start to this season. Junior guard Darrin "Dai Dai" Ames has picked up the slack scoring wise. Next: Proviso West Holiday Tournament starting 27 December 2021.
6) Glenbrook South(Glenview)(8-1)- Blew out Niles West(Skokie). Should be heavy favorite at the Hardwood Classic in Wheeling which starts December 27th, 2021. Seniors Elon commit Nick Martinelli and Cornell commit Cooper Noard are having outstanding seasons. Still looking for a consistent third scorer but junior RJ Davis looks like a good candidate.
7) DePaul College Prep(Chicago)(9-0)- Guards Anthony Gutierrez and Trevon Thomas are having outstanding senior seasons. Seems like a reload for the Rams as sophomore Payton Kamin has stepped up from the perimeter. Should be one of the favorites at the Hinsdale Central Holiday Tournament that starts on Wednesday 22 December 2021.
8) Curie(Chicago)(12-0)- Young team has had a lot of blowout wins with senior Phoenix Bullock's outstanding play. Junior forwards Jeremy Harrington Jr and Chikasi Ofoma have handled the interior well. Number one seed at Pontiac Holiday Tournament that starts on 28 December 2021.
9) Bolingbrook(9-0)- Senior Michael Osei-Bonsu has been a loaded in the interior all season. Junior guard Mekhi Cooper has handled point guard duties very well. Could give #1 Glenbard West(Glen Ellyn) a run at the Jack Tosh Holiday Tournament at York(Elmhurst) starting 27 December 2021.
10) New Trier(Winnetka)(12-1)- Won tournament in Scottsdale,AZ. Senior Datmouth commit Jackson Munro has been a force inside this season. Next: Pontiac Holiday Tournament starting 28 December 2021.
11) Leo(Chicago)(4-1)- Beat University High(Chicago). Next: Monday at Bremen, then Jack Tosh Holiday Tournament at York(Elmhurst).
12) Wheaton Warrenville South(9-0)- Not a lot of big time talent but good players who play very well as a team. Senior guard Rourke Robinson and forward Tyler Fawcett stuff the stat sheet. Next: Monday at Little Village(Chicago), Wednesday Hosts Dyett(Chicago), State Farm Holiday Classic in Bloomington starting 27 December 2021.
13) Orr Academy(Chicago)(6-1)- Blew out Lincoln Park(Chicago) had Homewood Flossmoor game postponed. Senior Cameron Lawin has been a knockdown three point shooter and senior Leontae Lilly has been one of the best point guards in Chicago Public League. Next Monday at Milwaukee Science Academy.
14) Riverside Brookfield(9-1)- Beat St Francis. Next Wednesday at St Edward(Elgin), Jack Tosh Holiday Tournament at York(Elmhurst).
15) Rolling Meadows(9-1)- Getting contributions from everyone but the big time consistent performers have been Senior Orlando Thomas and junior Cameron Christie. Next Jack Tosh Holiday Tournament at York(Elmhurst).
16) Brother Rice(Chicago)(9-1)- Blew out Richards(Oak Lawn). Junior point guard Ahmad Henderson II has good help from teammates such as juniors Nick Niego and Khalil Ross.
Next State Farm Holiday Classic in Bloomington starting 27 December 2021.
17) Mount Carmel(Chicago)(10-0)- Idle this week. Junior DeAndre Craig has been one of the best guards in the Chicago Area Next Pekin Holiday Tournament starting 27 December 2021.
18) Proviso East(Maywood)(7-0)- Will get tested at Proviso West Holiday Tournament starting 27 December 2021.
19) St Rita(Chicago)(8-3)- Up and down team gets a huge opportunity during the holidays at Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic starting 22 December 2021. Sophomore big man duo of James Brown and Illinois commit Morez Johnson Jr ready to do work.
20) Thornton Township(Harvey)(5-2)- Senior Illinois commit transfer Ty Rodgers has been putting up consistent double/doubles. Next Big Dipper Holiday Tournament starting 27 December 2021.
21) East(Oswego)(11-0)- Senior wing Patrick Robinson and crew take their undefeated record into the Hinsdale Central Holiday Tournament starting 22 December 2021.
22) Lake Forest(7-2)-Back in the poll. Junior star Asa Thomas has had great assistance scoring from senior guard Alex Forowyzk. Blew out previous ranked team Oak Park River Forest. Next Jack Tosh Holiday Tournament starting 27 December 2021.
23) Palatine(8-2)- New to the poll. Next Jack Tosh Holiday Tournament starting 27 December 2021.
24) Bloom(Chicago Heights)(7-2)- New to the poll. Cobb brother(KJ and Gianni) have been very good. Senior big man Emondrek Erkins-Ford is getting better every outing. Next Tuesday vs Thornwood(South Holland), Pontiac Holiday Tournament starting 28 December 2021.
25) Michelle Clark(Chicago)(8-2)- Stayed at 25 with a tough loss to #2 Whitney Young(Chicago).