Simeon tops preseason basketball rankings

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

  1. Simeon

  2. Warren

  3. Whitney Young

  4. Proviso East

  5. Curie

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