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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The Public League’s basketball rankings (March 6, 2017)

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Collins guard Kamal Hill, who hit a buzzer-beater in the Class 2A Collins Sectional final.

1. Simeon (26-3) 1

The No. 1-seeded Wolverines beat Marian Catholic 56-43 to win the Class 4A Eisenhower Regional title. They will play No. 5 Marist on Tuesday night in the Thornwood Sectional semifinals.

2. Morgan Park (21-6) 2

The No. 1-seeded Mustangs defeated Butler Prep 81-64 to claim the Class 3A Evergreen Park Regional championship. They will face No. 4 Brooks on Tuesday evening in the Class 3A St. Rita Sectional semifinals.

3. Curie (25-3) 3

The No. 1-seeded Condors blew out Proviso East to win the Class 4A Curie Regional championship. They will face No. 4 Oak Park-River Forest on Tuesday evening in the Class 4A Proviso East Sectional semifinals.

4. Whitney Young (22-7) 4

The Dolphins, the No. 2 seed in the Proviso East Sectional, beat Lincoln Park to win the Class 4A Whitney Young Regional title. They will play No. 3 Kenwood in the sectional semifinals on Wednesday night.

5. Orr (20-5) 5

The Spartans beat a talented DePaul Prep squad 64-54 to win the Class 2A Guerin Sectional. They will play Collins in the Joliet Central Supersectional on Tuesday evening. The winner advances to state.

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Why Schurz has had so much success this season

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Schurz senior Antwon Brooks defends Juarez guard Jordan Lowery.

By: Eric Van Dril   |   March 1, 2017

All season long, Schurz has had the mentality that it can beat anybody — even teams that are ranked higher or more well known — and the Bulldogs have regularly proved that notion to be correct.

First, there was the West Chicago game back in November. The Wildcats feature point guard Tai Bibbs, a Division I talent, and they were playing at home, but the Bulldogs prevailed 56-50.

After that, there was the second game against Mather. The Rangers were undefeated in the White-North coming into the teams’ Jan. 20 contest. They’d defeated the Bulldogs earlier in the year, but Schurz started fast and trounced Mather by 24 points in what turned out to be the game that decided who won the White-North.

And then, just last week, Schurz beat Brooks — a quality Red-South squad — and edged Highland Park in overtime.

The Bulldogs will try to pull off another upset when they play St. Patrick tonight.

The Shamrocks are the No. 5 seed in the Class 4A Proviso East Sectional. Schurz is the No. 12 seed. The Bulldogs are the underdogs, but they don’t view themselves like that. They will carry the same mindset into their Fenton Regional semifinal as they would any other night.

“We don’t have that mentality — like shock the world (as) underdogs,” Schurz coach James Shelton explained. “Even though other teams are ranked higher than us … we just say that we want to win the game. We don’t look at ourselves as an underdog. We look at ourselves as a team that is capable of beating anybody.”

Schurz has proved that all year.

It beat Juarez 92-52 on Monday night to pick up its 22nd win of the season. The talented Bulldogs are led by a veteran point guard in senior Malik Mables and versatile junior forward Jaland Mitchell, who has been one of the most productive players in the Public League this season.

Schurz’s success can’t be explained solely by its talent level, however.

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By | March 1st, 2017|Basketball, Schurz|