Benet surges to No. 7 in FAB 50 ranking

Benet shot up 17 spots to No. 7 in ESPN RISE’s POWERADE FAB 50 in this week’s national high school boys basketball rankings.

The Redwings’ jump came after defeating Simeon 58-54 before a packed house at UIC on Saturday. Benet improved to 26-0 with the win.

"It is a real credit to our players, and it’s very exciting for the school,” Benet coach Gene Heidkamp said of the ranking. “Our team remains very level-headed in its approach to the season. We understand that we have to play well each and every game. The maturity of our players has been the most important reason for our success. It's a nice honor to be ranked so highly, but the most important part of the season is just beginning."

Falling to Benet coupled with another loss to Whitney Young last week knocked Simeon down in the FAB 50. The Wolverines (23-2) dropped to No. 21 after being No. 4 last week.

Benet and Simeon could meet again in the state semifinals of the Class 4A playoffs in Peoria.

Peoria Notre continued to be the only other Illinois team in the rankings. The Irish (24-2) jumped five spots to No. 25.