The Public League’s final 2016-17 basketball rankings

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Whitney Young junior guard Justin Boyd celebrates one of his five 3-pointers in the Class 4A state championship game.

The year-end rankings include teams’ final records and their preseason rankings. You can find the complete final standings here.

1. Whitney Young (27-7) 5

The Dolphins defeated Simeon in overtime to win the Class 4A state championship.

2. Simeon (30-4) 2

The Wolverines finished second in Class 4A. They edged Morgan Park 68-64 in the city championship game.

3. Morgan Park (26-6) 3

The Mustangs won the Class 3A state championship.

4. Orr (23-5) 8

The Spartans won the Class 2A state championship.

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16 Chicago Public League basketball players named to 2017 IBCA Class 3A/4A all-state teams

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Curie guard Elijah Joiner

The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association has announced its Class 3A/4A all-state teams.

You can view the full team here.

The following are the Chicago Public League’s players who have been honored.

First team: Whitney Young senior forward Lucas Williamson, Curie senior guard Elijah Joiner, Morgan Park junior guard Ayo Dosunmu and Simeon senior guard Evan Gilyard.

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Second team: Simeon junior forward Talen Horton-Tucker and Simeon junior guard Kezo Brown.

Third team: Whitney Young junior guard Javon Freeman and Curie senior guard Allante’ Pickens.

Fourth team: Kenwood senior forward Manny Patterson and North Lawndale senior guard Carlos Hines.

Special mention: Rickover senior guard Simisola Adebosin, Westinghouse senior forward Coreyoun Rushin, North Lawndale senior forward Martrell Barnes, Farragut senior guard Kawanise Wilkins, Morgan Park senior center Lenell Henry and Brooks senior guard Quentin Shields.

Rickover, motivated by past seasons, reaches new levels of success

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Rickover’s Walter Carr III goes in for a lay-up vs. Sullivan.

By: Eric Van Dril   |   Feb. 1, 2017

Rickover enters February with one of the most impressive records in the Chicago Public League.

The Sea Dragons are currently 20-1. They’re on a 14-game winning streak. They rolled through the Green-North West with a perfect 9-0 record.

Rickover has experienced almost constant success, yet its lone loss — an 81-49 defeat to Clark on Dec. 7 — has proved to be its most significant game of the season.

It was an opportunity for the senior-laden Sea Dragons to choose one of two paths.

“We started (our careers) off really bad. We dropped (to the Green) our sophomore year. We kept playing mediocre our junior year,” Rickover senior point guard Simi Adebosin explained. “This year, when we all came into tryouts and practice, everybody (was playing) hard. We wanted to win. We all sat down. We talked about how we want to do something special. Everybody’s doubting us and thinks we can’t do it, but we believe in ourselves and that’s what matters.”

Adebosin continued: “We went 6-0 and then we lost our first game. And then we talked about it again as a team. We said, ‘This is not what we want to do. We don’t like losing. We’ve lost three years straight.’ I think losing three years straight gave us this drive to be winners.”

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