Power Rankings: December 5-12

Small Schools

  1. Vashon: (3-0) - If you didn’t think they were the real deal then they proved it by knocking off Gaston Day and then the No. 2 ranked school in the country, Wheeler 69-67. Sophomore Mario McKinney was so impressive that he’s been offered by over five schools since this past week.
  2. St. Mary's: (5-0) - Alton Tournament Champions tops off their perfect start to the season. Have a great opportunity to enhance their credibility with a showdown at CBC to take on the Cadets this Thursday.
  3. Cardinal Ritter: (4-0) - The champions of the popular and more importantly competitive Borgia Turkey Tournament and then defeated North Tech last week. Jared Phillips, Xavier Womack, and Malek Davis have all started off well for the Lions.
  4. Jennings: (4-1) - Winners of the Pattonville Tournament and took down a superb Whitfield side by a convincing margin has opened a lot of people’s eyes on how good the Warriors can be. Kyle Younge was the focal point for Jennings and is averaging 15 points per game.
  5. Miller Career: (5-1) - With one loss to Urban Prep-South Shore, the Phoenix have looked sharp within the first two weeks. You could argue that the strength of schedule hasn’t been there yet, but they did beat a decent Harvest Christian side. Javonte Perkins has been a stud and will continue to be. He’s averaging 21 points per game and is shooting 69% from the field. He also has 85 rebounds (14 per game).
  6. Whitfield: (2-1) - The Warriors swap places with the Warriors from Jennings. It’s hard to take, but the small schools did very well this week. It was business as usual for Torrence Watson at the Pattonville Tournament, but it wasn’t enough to topple Jennings. Whitfield has a tasty matchup against Hazelwood Central at home on Tuesday.
  7. MICDS: (3-1) - The Rams produced a decent showing at the Mater Dei Thanksgiving Tournament by making it the championship, but ultimately succumbed to the hosts 44-29. Last week they outmuscled an always competitive Borgia side 75-66. Alex Spence has been explosive and already has 93 points 35 rebounds.
  8. Soldan: (3-2) - The Tigers traveled to Illinois and took one of two games against Faith Christian (64-53) and Chicago Englewood (44-52). Last week they went 2-0, including a 57-52 win over Hazelwood West. Jesse Little is already making a case for being one of the best sophomores in the area.
  9. Trinity: (2-1) - Lost to Maplewood in the first round of the Pattonville Tournament, but took care of business against bigger schools in the consolation bracket with wins over Hazelwood East and McCluer.
  10. St. Charles: (4-0) - Winners of their tournament this past weekend. Took down Lutheran South, Clayton, and Lutheran St. Charles. Two weeks ago they defeated their arch rivals St. Charles West 58-48.

Large Schools

  1. Chaminade: (1-0) - Just one game so far, but it was a convincing result as they defeated a talented Chicago Uplift squad 86-71 at the University of Illinois-Chicago over the weekend. Jericole Hellems and Karrington Davis had a huge game. Huge week ahead for the Red Devils facing Parkway West and heading to the Webster Tournament.
  2. Webster Groves: (0-0) - The Statesmen have yet to play a game, but the wait will be over this Wednesday. No activity so they’ll stay put.
  3. SLUH: (2-1) - The Jr. Billikens had to deal with some critical injuries and had some underwhelming results, but still Brandon McKissic was explosive and scored his 1,000th point. GSV would like to congratulate him on his accomplishment.
  4. CBC: (2-2) - The Cadets traveled Springfield at Lanphier High School and played top competition from across Illinois. They beat Chicago Brooks 63-60, but then took two close losses to the chin to Champaign Central and Peoria Manual. Kale Catchings was the standout player for CBC.
  5. Parkway West: (3-0) - The Longhorns won the Gerald Linneman Tournament (Parkway Tournament) last week by defeating North and barely beating Central and South. As expected Yale commit, Wyatt Yess dominated the paint and the scoresheet. Big contest tonight against Chaminade.
  6. Parkway South: (2-1) - Decent showing last week, but came up short against Parkway West. They did, however, handle Parkway Central 66-44 in their first game. The Patriots so far have had balanced scoring outlets led by Turner Weiss, Sam Welin, and Connor McArthy.
  7. Vianney: (2-1) - Toppled Ladue and SLUH in their tournament until bowing out to Belleville West. Eric Krus was on fire for the Golden Griffins as he scored 33 against Ladue, 27 against SLUH, but then 13 against tall and talented Belleville West. Kevin Walsh has his boys executing well.
  8. De Smet: (2-1) - The Spartans took a lot from their trip to Parkview as they lost in the championship game of the Parkview Tournament to perennial powerhouse Nixa, 79-75. Bradley commit, Ryan Stipanovich scored 57 points over the week and Sean Skoff followed him up with 51.
  9. Hazelwood Central: (2-2) - A close win over Farmington and two losses to Belleville West and SLUH meant that the Hawks did not get to the finals of the Vianney Tournament for the first time since 2012, but that shouldn’t cause too much concern for coach Josh Martin. He has an experienced team, but they do have plenty of talent and athleticism. They will test and be tested by Whitfield tonight.
  10. Pattonville: (2-1) - It’s very early, and there’s not much reason to change their ranking. The Pirates lost in the semifinals of their tournament a tough Jennings side by nine but destroyed University City and Maplewood in the other games. The usual suspects Destan Williams and Richard Henderson showed out by scoring over 50 points, and Hendo snagged 35 boards.