Big Tim's Elite 25 in Chicago Area Week 4!!!!!!!!
Holiday tournaments are upcoming so next week will be light in competitive games though a couple of juicy ones in the Chicago Elite Classic Sayonara Edition. Here we go:
1) Simeon Career Academy (Chicago) (8-0) (3A): Won a couple of games in Bentonville, AR. Rolling along through the season so far. Have a tough one against Whitney Young (Chicago) on Friday at Chicago Elite Classic Sayonara Edition before annual trip to Pontiac Holliday Tournament.
2) Kenwood Academy (Chicago) (8-1) (4A): Beat St Mary College Prep (MI) at Chicago Coaches Classic at Triton College. Senior point guard Kansas State commit Darrin Ames has picked up his scoring lately. Hosts Farragut Career Academy (Chicago) on Friday before heading to Proviso West (Hillside) Holiday Tournament.
3) West (Joliet) (9-2) (4A): Breezed through their two games this week as sophomore guard Jeremiah Fears continues to put up nice scoring numbers. Big game Friday against the #1 Class 3A team in the state defending champ Sacred Heart Griffin (Springfield) at Chicago Elite Classic Sayonara Edition.
4) Benet Academy (Lisle) (10-0) (4A): Won two games last week as senior Johns Hopkins commit Brayden Fagbemi had a big scoring game on Friday in win over Marian Catholic (Chicago Heights). They have a few games in Arizona this week before heading to Pontiac Holiday Tournament.
5) Whitney Young (Chicago) (8-4) (4A): Went 1-1 in Bentonville, AR over the weekend. Senior wing Daniel Johnson has hit the glass hard lately with a few double/double's. Senior point guard Princeton commit Dalen Davis has had some big scoring games against tough competition. Plays #1 Simeon Career Academy (Chicago) on Friday at Chicago Elite Classic Sayonara Edition. Afterwards they head to the Proviso West (Hillside) Holiday Tournament.
6) St Ignatius College Prep (Chicago) (9-1) (3A): Junior guard Reggie Ray has been a big time presence this season with his slashing ability. Better start to this season than they had last season. Visits Lane Tech (Chicago).
7) Glenbrook North (Northbrook) (10-0) (4A): Junior Josh Fridman had another high scoring game and fellow junior and Northwestern football commit Patrick Schaller is hitting the glass. Hosts Prospect (Mount Prospect) on Tuesday before heading to Wheeling Hardwood Classic.
8) Rolling Meadows (10-1) (4A): Senior point guard Minnesota commit Cameron Christie has had a great start to this season. When will senior wing Tsvet Sotirov come back from injury. Thursday hosts Elk Grove before heading to the Jack Tosh Holiday Tournament at York (Elmhurst)
9) St Rita (Chicago) (6-3) (4A): Junior forward Illinois commit Morez Johnson Jr has had a monster start to the season and is dominating the Chicago Catholic League at the moment. Big game on Friday vs Cathedral (Indianapolis) and Michigan State commit big man Xavier Booker at Chicago Elite Classic Sayonara Edition. Afterwards they head to the Proviso West (Hillside) Holiday Tournament.
10) Brother Rice (Chicago) (11-1) (4A): Won their two games this week with no resistance.
11) North (Downers Grove) (9-1) (4A): Won both games this week with a big team effort. They play a 10 man rotation that does a little bit of everything.
12) Hillcrest (Country Club Hills) (11-1) (3A): Senior wing Quentin Heady has been a consistent performer on both ends of the court. Senior point guard Bryce Tillery has been consistent on both ends and upped his three point shooting. They are back at the Big Dipper (Richton Park) this year.
13) Hyde Park Academy (Chicago) (10-1) (3A): Junior Jurrell Baldwin has been consistently getting double/double's in points and rebounds.
14) Lyons Township (LaGrange) (7-0) (4A): Quietly been putting together a terrific season at this early juncture. They will be at the Jack Tosh Holiday Tournament at York (Elmhurst).
15) New Trier (Winnetka) (11-1) (4A): Won a tournament in Scottsdale (AZ). Senior guard Colgate commit Jake Fiegen was MVP. Senior University of Chicago soccer commit Evan Kanellos and junior guard Logan Feller made all tournament. Thursday Evanston Township comes calling at Northwestern University.
16) Lemont (10-0) (3A): Wisconsin Parkside commits Rokas and Matas Castillo take turns having high scoring games in impressive wins. Junior point guard Ryan Runaas has been a welcome addition to the three guard lineup.
17) Lincoln Way East (Frankfort) (9-1) (4A): Senior guard Ty Tolliver has been putting up good numbers this season. Senior forward George Bellevue had a monster dunk over a defender on Friday.
18) Mount Carmel (Chicago) (10-1) (4A): Junior wing Angelo Ciaravino has been a consititen contributor scoring and hitting the glass.
19) Bolingbrook (6-3) (4A): Went 0-2 for the week still working through injuries to some key players.
20) Barrington (8-0) (4A): Beat Schaumburg by double digits.
21) St Patrick (Chicago) (8-2) (4A): New to the poll. Beat Marian Catholic (Chicago Heights) in three overtimes and Marist (Chicago) this week. Senior wing Andrew Ayeni had the game winning bucket against Marian Catholic. Sophomore guard EJ Breland made a big steal to seal that game.
22) Evanston Township (8-2): Won double overtime game at Loyola Academy. Senior wing Prince Adams continues to impress. Big game Thursday against #15 New Trier (Winnetka) at Northwestern University.
23) Bloom Township (Chicago Heights) (6-2): Senior guard Jordan Brown has been on a scoring tear lately. His backcourt partner senior Raeshom Harris has been consistent in all areas.
24) Marist (Chicago) (10-1): Lost to St Patrick (Chicago). Good mix of youth and experience on this team.
25) Thornton Fractional North (Lansing) (7-0): Won their only game last week.
Marian Catholic (Chicago Heights) drops out after two losses this week.