Chicago Elite Classic


2017 Chicago Elite Classic Teams


Simeon LogoSimeon – Premier program in Illinois with state record seven state championship will once again be a top city and state contender.  Ranked nationally in the top 25 high school programs.  Won four consecutive state titles.  Features top 25 players in Class of 2018,  Talen Horton-Tucker (Iowa State commit) and Kezo Brown (Chicago State commit).  As usual, talent is abundant at Simeon.  Contributors will continue the Wolverine winning tradition showcasing Division I talent in seniors Messiah Jones (Drake commit), Xavier Pinson, Zion Young and junior Kejuan Clements.  Notable alumni include Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls and Jabari Parker, Milwaukee Bulls.  Parker played in the two of the Chicago Elite Classic tournaments.   Coach Robert Smith has won a state record of six state titles.








Whitney Young 

dolphin logo2Whitney Young - the defending 4A State Champion in 2014 and 2017 are ranked in the top 10 Illinois high school teams in the 2017-2018 preseason rankings.  Notable alumni include top player in the country, Jahlil Okafor, #3 in the 2015 NBA draft playing with the Philadelphia 76ers.  Jahlil Okafor played in the last three years of the Chicago Elite Classic.  Brimming with young talent, coach Tyrone Slaughter has an outstanding foundation of youth that is ready to shine and surprise, starting  with top players,  5-11 point guard senior Xavier Castenada (University of South Florida commit) and 6-4 guard Javon Freeman  (Valporaiso commit).  Senior shooter Justin Boyd, 6-4  will step up now with bigger opportunities. 




Chaminade College Preparatory School

Chaminade2Chaminade College Preparatory School - Chaminade won the big school state championship in Missouri in 2015 with an alumni player who was a marquee attraction at the 2015 Chicago Elite Classic, and is now a top draft 2017 NBA player with the Boston Celtics, Jayson Tatum.  The basketball tradition from St. Louis continues.  This year’s team is led by Jericole Hellems (North Carolina State commit) who is a talented 6-6 small forward senior.






KenwoodKenwood - Loaded with talent, Kenwood is a southside powerhouse program who will be led by junior point guard Artese Stapleton and 6-4 senior R.J. McGee. 









Lyons Township The Lions will be a competitive team  with the return of guards Tyrese Shines (10 ppg) and Nolan Niego (7 ppg).







Champaign Central 

Champaign Central - The Maroons will be one of the top 3A Teams in the state with the return of 6-6 Tim Finke, a top 10 prospect in the senior class, and senior guard Bailey Dee.







Riverside Brookfield

Riverside Brookfield - With new head coach Mike Reingruber, the team will be a force building on the return of sharpshooter Ryan Cicenas (12 ppg), who shot 39 percent from beyond the arc as a junior.








St. Rita

St. Rita -  The Mustangs will be a Catholic League contender with the return of senior guard Jordan Matthews, big man Cameron Bartmann, emerging Jeremiah Oden and sophomore guards Joel Watts and Alec Millender.










Bloomington Logo Bloomington -  Expect to be one of the top teams in the state with Division I senior shooter Colton Sandage (Texas-Arlington commit) and 6-6 junior Chris Payton, an Illinois State commit, returning from a team that won 27 games and finished third in Class 3A.




Vashon - This Missouri power has won four straight state championships, finishing 27-3 a year ago, and has a total of 10 state titles. This year’s team is led by 6-2 guard Mario McKinney, who ranks among the top 100 juniors in the country.






Fenwick is expected to be a challenger in the Chicago Catholic League and will most definitely  be among the top teams when the season opens.  Led by Coach Rick Malnati,  the Friars have all the pieces for a fabulous season. The Class 3A state runner-up last March welcomes back a strong nucleus, including Billy Bruce, A.J. Nixon and Demari Nixon. But 6-3 sophomore D.J. Steward, a top 50 prospect nationally in the Class of 2020, is the headliner.





La Lumiere

La Lumiere -  The national prep school power from Indiana is led by point guard Tyger Campbell, which has ranked as the No. 60 prospect in the country in the senior class. Big man Isaiah Stewart and 6-5 Charles Smith are a pair of top 50 prospects in the Class of 2019.







Whitney Young (Girls)

Whitney Young (Girls) -  Under coach Corry Irvin the Lady Dolphins have 10 state trophies since 2005, including three state championships.






Simeon (Girls) 

Simeon (Girls) - Simeon reached the IHSA State Finals last year for the first time playing in the Class 3A third-place game.









Homewood-Flossmoor (Girls)

Homewood-Flossmoor (Girls) - Homewood-Flossmoor Girl's team has won three straight sectional titles.








Morgan Park

morganparkMorgan Park - Defending 3A state Champions, with promising young talent top 50 guard Ayo Dosunmu (Illinois commit), the Mustangs could possibly win 20+ games with a supporting cast.  This will be a  historic season for the Mustangs with  the compliment of rebounders and defenders.  The Class 3A favorites will again be loaded, led by the state’s top-ranked senior, 6-5 point guard Ayo Dosunmu, UAB-bound big man Tamell Pearson and the arrival of heralded Top 25 sophomore guard Adam Miller.





Oak Park-River Forest

Oak Park and River Forest High SchoolOak Park-River Forest -  Oak Park River Forest has a proven formula for restocking talent which has translated to 20 wins or more in the past seven seasons.  The tradition includes Iman Shumpert, Cleveland Cavaliers.  The Huskies are fresh off a 24-win season that included conference and regional championships. The backcourt of junior Dashon Enoch and senior Isaiah Fuller is a good one. Coach Matt Maloney welcomes back an experienced team, the Huskies have length, athleticism, experience and interchangeable parts.




Proviso East (Girls)

Proviso East (Girls) - The Lady Pirates have had their best record in school history in the past couple of years led by all Conference Team players.







Sunrise Christian


Sunrise Christian  Sunrise Christian - There will be a multitude of talent on display for Sunrise Christian. There are a number of top 50 players in multiple classes. Malik Hall, who started his prep career at Metea Valley in the western suburbs, is among the top 50 prospects in the country in the Class of 2019. N’faly Dante is a 6-11, 230-pound center and among the top 20 prospects in the Class of 2020.



Gray Collegiate


Gray Collegiate  Gray Collegiate -  Juwan Gary, a 6-5 top 50 prospect in the Class of 2019 who has multiple high-major offers already, is the headliner.




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