Schurz made the largest jump in this week’s rankings.

1. Simeon (24-3) 1

The Wolverines are the No. 1 seed in the Class 4A Thornridge Sectional, but their regional includes a potentially-dangerous Marian Catholic squad. The Spartans haven’t played as well as expected this season, but they have a big frontline and a talented point guard in junior Chase Adams.

2. Morgan Park (19-6) 2

Senior forward Lenell Henry and senior guard Cam Irvin both picked up scholarship offers this past week.

Henry received an offer from Northern Arizona, which is where North Lawndale’s Carlos Hines committed earlier this season, and Mississippi Valley State. Irvin was offered by Mississippi Valley State.

3. Curie (23-3) 3

Last week, senior guard Elijah Joiner was named first-team all-city by the Chicago Sun-Times. Allante’ Pickens made the third team and Terry Smith Jr. was honorable mention.

The Condors are the No. 1 seed in the Class 4A Proviso East Sectional. They will face the winner of No. 8 De La Salle and No. 9 Proviso East in a regional final on Friday night.

4. Whitney Young (20-7) 4

This past week, Lucas Williamson was named first-team all-city by the Chicago Sun-Times. Junior guard Javon Freeman made the third team.

The Dolphins are the No. 2 seed in the Class 4A Proviso East Sectional. They are heavy favorites to win their regional.

5. Orr (18-5) 5

The Spartans beat Uplift in the Class 2A Orr Regional final. The Titans, who were ranked No. 2 by the Associated Press entering the game, were a huge test for Orr. IC Catholic is up next, and Orr will likely play DePaul Prep in the Guerin Sectional championship game.

If you haven’t, read Rick Telander’s five-part series on Orr. It’s really, really well done.


6. North Lawndale (20-7) 6

The Phoenix are heavy favorites to win the Class 3A Little Village Regional title. They’re likely Fenwick’s biggest threat in the Fenwick Sectional.

7. Kenwood (19-7) 8

Kenwood is the No. 3 seed in the Proviso West Regional. If the seeds hold, the Broncos would face No. 6 St. Joseph in the regional title game on Friday evening.

Kenwood will be favorites to win that game, but St. Joseph is dangerous. The Chargers reached the Class 3A state finals last season. They are led by legendary coach Gene Pingatore, and feature high-major Division I point guard prospect Marquise Walker. They have won eight of their last nine games.

8. Uplift (22-6) 7

The Titans’ season ended with an eight-point loss to Orr on Friday night. It’s extremely disappointing that that two of the three best teams in Class 2A had to meet in a regional final, but that game was another example of just how good junior forward Toraze Dobbs has been all season. He had 24 points and 15 rebounds against an Orr team that has good size, good athletes and rebounds well.

Expect Dobbs to have a big summer on the AAU circuit.

9. Bogan (17-7) 9

The Bengals are the No. 2 seed in the Class 3A St. Rita Sectional. They are heavy favorites to win the St. Laurence Regional, which includes No. 7 Urban Prep-Englewood and No. 10 St. Laurence.

10. Farragut (12-9) 10

The Admirals earned the No. 3 seed in the Class 3A Fenwick Sectional. If they win the Clemente Regional, they could see No. 2 North Lawndale a third time in the sectional semifinals. The Phoenix defeated Farragut twice — 64-60 at Farragut, and 79-72 at North Lawndale.

A third matchup would figure to be fascinating, if it happens.

11. Butler (19-4) 12

The Lynx won their second-straight Noble Athletic Conference title on Saturday, but the team’s senior leaders agreed that it wasn’t their main goal. Their main goal, they said, is to win a state championship.

Doing so will require Butler, the No. 9 seed in the Class 3A St. Rita Sectional, to beat No. 8 Julian (21-8) in the regional semifinals on Tuesday night. If the Lynx do that, they will then have to beat Morgan Park, the No. 1-ranked team in Class 3A by the Associated Press, in the regional final.

12. Westinghouse (10-14) 13

If the seeds hold, the Warriors would meet No. 5 Marshall in the Class 3A Nazareth Academy Regional final on Friday night. The Warriors beat the Commandos by 16 in December, but lost by seven on the road in January.

The rubber match figures to be fascinating.

13. Schurz (21-5) 18

The Bulldogs have been one of the city’s most unheralded teams this season. They have an excellent record. They won the White-North. This past week, they edged Highland Park 63-61 in overtime and upset Brooks 59-51.

Schurz is the No. 12 seed in the Class 4A Proviso East Sectional. It has the potential to upset No. 5 St. Patrick, which had its best player leave the school last week and has lost six of its last seven games.

14. Brooks (14-11) 11

The Eagles lost 59-51 to Schurz in the final game of their regular season. They will begin the state playoffs on Wednesday by playing either No. 14 Lindblom or No. 20 Goode STEM Academy.

15. Hyde Park (14-9) 15

The Thunderbirds are the No. 3 seed in the St. Rita Regional. They are the top seed in the Hyde Park Regional, and will likely have to defeat two teams from the Chicago Catholic League — No. 15 Mount Carmel (7-20) and No. 6 St. Rita (16-10) — in order to claim a regional title.

16. Lincoln Park (14-12) 14

The Lions are part of the Class 4A Whitney Young Regional. It features the state-ranked Dolphins and No-10 seed St. Ignatius, whom No. 7 Lincoln Park will face on Wednesday, March 1.

17. Vocational (12-11) 16

Looking to attend a highly-competitive regional semifinal? No. 5 seed Vocational’s matchup with No. 12 Harlan has the potential to be that.

The Falcons (8-17) improved as this season went on. They led the Cavaliers late on Jan 12, but Vocational rallied to win 54-52.

18. Collins (21-5) 19

The Warriors won their first regional title in school history on Friday night. The play of junior forwards Wanya Parks and Demajaie Walton was extremely encouraging for a team with as strong of a backcourt as Collins.

The Warriors will play Longwood in a Class 2A Collins Sectional semifinal on Tuesday evening.

19. Marshall (7-15) 17

As was noted in the Westinghouse section above, the third game between Marshall and Westinghouse figures to be fascinating.

20. Hubbard (16-0) 20

The Greyhounds are one of just two teams in Chicagoland who are undefeated entering the state playoffs. Fremd is the other.

Hubbard begins the Class 4A state playoffs tonight with a regional quarterfinal against No. 19-seed Midlothian Bremen. If No. 13 Hubbard wins, it will play No. 4 seed TF North on Tuesday evening.

Six teams on the verge: Perspectives-Calumet (16-9), Alcott (16-4), Mather (13-8), Phillips (11-10), Taft (11-14) and Urban Prep-Englewood (15-9).