There was little doubt who would open the season at No. 1 in the POWERADE state rankings. Simeon also holds the top spot in the preseason FAB 50, thanks largely to junior forward Jabari Parker, who has led Simeon to back-to-back state championships. Parker isn't a one-man show, however, as forward Steve Taylor is rated as the top senior in Illinois by ESPNU.
No. 2 Warren and No. 3 Whitney Young also boast deep, talented squads, but catching Simeon will be an uphill climb this season.
Illinois POWERADE preseason rankings