Aside from state tournament time, the holiday season may be the most exciting time of year for Illinois basketball fans. With so many good tournaments, the fields are always loaded with quality teams. The Pontiac Classic was once again one of the marquee events this year, and Simeon held on to the No. 1 spot in the Illinois POWERADE state rankings by surviving a scare against Peoria Manual en route to the Pontiac crown.
Proviso East remains at No. 2 after claiming first place at the prestigious Proviso West tournament, while Bloom jumps to No. 3 after winning the McDipper title.
POWERADE State Basketball Rankings
Simeon (12-0) — Last week: No. 1
Proviso East (7-0) — Last week: No. 2
Bloom (13-0) — Last week: No. 6