Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Tonight, Simeon and Morgan Park...

...will meet at Chicago State in what could be the Game of the Year (up to this point). Depending on what news service you read, they are the Nos. 2 and 3 teams in the state of Illinois.


1. Whitney Young (13-1)
2. Morgan Park (16-1)
3. Simeon (11-2)

Chicago Tribune

1. Whitney Young
2. Morgan Park
3. Simeon

Chicago Sun-Times

1. Whitney Young
2. Simeon
3. Morgan Park

The Mustangs of Morgan Park (ranked No. 9 nationally by MaxPreps) have lost only one game, 83-80, to Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas (ranked 129). Among their sixteen victories were:

Notre Dame, 61-53
Lawrence North of Indianapolis, IN (No. 58 nationally), 67-58
Sheldon of Sacramento, CA (No. 60), 76-57
Our Savior New American, Centereach, NY (No. 2 in New York), 79-63
Bogan, 65-34
Stevenson, 67-52
Proviso East, 82-57
University (Normal), 81-51


Simeon, meanwhile, has lost two games, to DeSoto (No. 1 in Texas and No. 5 nationally), 67-57, and to Montverde Academy of Florida (No. 1 nationally), 82-53. The Wolverines beat:

Aurora West, 60-47
Curie, 62-57
Southwind of Memphis, TN (No.35 nationally and No. 1 in the state), 55-53

I guess, based on those schedules, I'd have to rank Morgan Park higher as well.

But while the Mustangs have Billy Garrett, the No. 4-ranked player in the state (according to ESPN), Simeon boasts not only Jabari Parker (No. 1 in the state and No. 2 nationally), but also Kendrick Nunn (Nos. 2 and 59, respectively) and Kendall Pollard (No. 8).

With all that firepower, how can Simeon lose?

But, more importantly, with this big buildup, how can you not go to this game?

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