High school basketball: Michael O’Brien’s Super 25 rankings for Nov. 27, 2022

That was one of the best opening weeks in a long time.

Kenwood knocked off Young in a thriller on the first night of the season and set the stage for a grudge match that could happen three more times this season.

Joliet West arrived as a fully-formed powerhouse and beat St. Rita, St. Louis Cardinal Ritter and Metamora in Washington.

Hillcrest didn’t miss any of the transfers, producing impressive wins against Bloom and Marian Catholic in Chicago Heights.

Oak Lawn, which was expected to be intriguing, shocked heavily-hyped Mount Carmel and Brother Rice knocked off Curie to establish early Catholic League supremacy.

Proviso East didn’t win the championship in St. Charles but played Benet tight and had a breakout week from Bryce Coleman, a well-known player that has found the right spot to sparkle.

A heard raves about St. Ignatius and Benet. West Aurora and New Trier looked like promising squads.

The season hits another gear this weekend with the Chicago Elite Classic. Simeon vs. St. Rita and Joliet West vs. Kenwood are the headline games but all of Saturday’s matchups are solid. We will have a preview of the event tomorrow.

Super 25 for Nov. 27, 2022With record and last week’s ranking

1. Simeon (0-0) 1Opens vs. Thornwood Tue.

2. Joliet West (3-1) 4Beat St. Rita, Metamora

3. Kenwood (1-0) 3Handled Young

4. St. Rita (2-2) 2Faces Simeon Saturday

5. Young (2-1) 5Deeper than expected

6. Brother Rice (4-0) 8Beat Curie

7. Rolling Meadows (4-0) 7Cruised at Fenton

8. St. Ignatius (4-0) 10Phoenix Gill has arrived

9. Hillcrest (4-0) 16Don’t worry who left

10. Curie (4-1) 6Plays Vashon Saturday

11. Oswego East (4-0) 14Beat West Aurora

12. Glenbrook North (4-0) 12At Niles West Friday

13. Benet (4-0) 15Champs in St. Charles

14. Bolingbrook (2-1) 11Lost to MacArthur

15. Bloom (3-1) 13Fell short vs. Hillcrest

16. Oak Lawn (4-0) NRKnocked off Mount Carmel

17. Marian Catholic (3-1) 17Lost to Hillcrest

18. Mount Carmel (3-1) 9DeAndre Craig hit 1,000 points

19. West Aurora (3-1) 18Still developing

20. New Trier (3-1) 19Solid start

21. Evanston (4-0) 20Hosts Glenbrook South Friday

22. Lyons (3-0) 21Beat Lincoln-Way East

23. Hyde Park (2-0) 24Took down North Lawndale

24. Proviso East (3-1) NRBryce Coleman stepping up

25. Lemont (4-0) NRCastillo twins get it done

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