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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Wells makes history, then hangs Blue-West banner on senior night

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Zontrell Jones (1), Francisco Perez (5) and others celebrate a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Wells’ Deshawn Washington.

By: Eric Van Dril | Feb. 17, 2017

Wells’ senior night ceremonies seemed to be over on Thursday night when coach Michael Horton provided his team, which had won the Blue-West tournament the previous week, with a surprise.

Horton walked over to the large piece of teal paper on the wall in Wells’ gymnasium and tore it off.

There hung a banner.

Wells’ players and fans went wild.

“It was amazing,” said senior guard Zontrell Jones, a three-year starter, of seeing the conference championship banner for the first time. “That’s what I wanted since … I first came here. That’s all I wanted was the banner, to win conference. My last year, I walk out of Wells as a champ.”

Senior guard Dejuan Fisher felt the same way.

“It was a good feeling to bring something to Wells,” he said, following the Raiders’ 84-29 victory over North Grand. “As a senior, to leave with something on the wall, was a great feeling.”

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