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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The Public League’s basketball rankings (Feb. 27, 2017)

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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.

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