Michael O’Brien’s Chicago-area Super 25 basketball rankings

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Bolingbrook’s Tyler Cochran (23) splits two Morgan Park defenders, Monday 01-21-19. Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times.

Super 25 additions

St. Viator: Wright State recruit Trey Calvin has returned from a hand injury. The Lions kept their heads above water without him, but they are one of the area’s better teams at full strength.

St. Rita: The Mustangs are back. They dominated Leo on Friday and have won nine of their last ten behind Javon Cooley and Jeremiah Oden.

Thornton: Tai Streets’ squad has won nine consecutive games since losing to H-F.

Dropping out

New Trier: The Trevians lost to Niles North on Friday. That alone probably wouldn’t be enough to knock them out, they’ve been very consistent this season. But guard Sam Silverstein is injured and done for the season and Harvard recruit Ciaran Brayboy is recovering from a concussion.

Corliss: The Trojans weren’t quite able to hang with Orr in the second round of the Public League playoffs. They are still a major threat in the Class 2A state playoffs.

DePaul Prep: The Rams remain one of the better Class 3A in the area and Perry Cowan is a reliable, top-notch guard but they haven’t picked up a quality win in 2019 and lost at Brother Rice on Sunday.

The week ahead

-The Public League playoffs are in high gear. The quarterfinals are Tuesday and Wednesday, the semifinals on Friday and the title game is on Sunday at Chicago State. All eight of the top ranked Public League teams are still alive.

-St. Rita has a massive week on tap with games against Mount Carmel, Providence-St. Mel and DePaul Prep.

-Friday is loaded with big games including Marian Catholic at St. Viator, Homewood-Flossmoor at Bolingbrook, Oak Forest at Hillcrest and more than a dozen other matchups around the area.

Michael O’Brien’s Super 25 rankings

With record and last weeks’ ranking

1. Curie (26-1) 1

State’s best in 4A

2. Bogan (22-2) 2

At Orr Tuesday

3. Morgan Park (24-3) 3

Hosts Lincoln Park Tuesday

4. Young (22-6) 4

Tyler Beard is fired up

5. Evanston (24-4) 5

Friday at New Trier

6. Bloom (21-3) 6

Beat Rich East

7. Marian Catholic (24-3) 7

Solid win at Benet

8. Lincoln Park (20-6) 8

Romelle Howard is back

9. Bolingbrook (17-6) 9

Hosts H-F Friday

10. Homewood-Flossmoor (18-5) 10

Scored 102 vs. Westinghouse

11. Geneva (24-1) 13

Hosts Lake Park Friday

12. Orr (18-10) 14

Handled Corliss

13. Simeon (15-13) 16

At Young on Wednesday

14. Stevenson (21-3) 18

Twelve consecutive wins

15. York (24-4) 15

Lost to Oak Park

16. Farragut (17-6) 21

At Curie on Tuesday

17. Waukegan (22-4) 19

Hosts Stevenson Tuesday

18. Oak Park (16-8) 22

Depth is paying off

19. Kankakee (17-5) 23

Three-win week

20. St. Viator (20-5) NR

Trey Calvin is back

21. Providence-St. Mel (21-6) 20

Lost in Wisconsin

22. St. Laurence (21-5) 12

Lost to De La Salle, Fenwick

23. St. Rita (20-7) NR

Dominated Leo

24. Richards (15-6) 25

Beat Ag. Science

25. Thornton (19-6) NR

Nine wins in a row

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