When the 2014-2015 high school basketball season tips off a little more than four months from now, everyone will be expecting this: Simeon and Stevenson to be playing in Peoria next March.
The expectations placed on those two will be greater than any other team will face with the high-level talent and experience these two powers return.
The summer camps, shootouts and leagues are over for high school teams as the calendar turns back to AAU play in July, but whether it was team or individual improvement, there were several other teams around the Chicago area that opened eyes during June.
▪ Hinsdale Central
The Red Devils have won quite a bit the past two years –– 41 wins, a couple of league titles and a regional. But deep March runs have been elusive to this program since Brian Wardle starred in the mid-1990s. Led by 6-7 Division I prospect Matt Rafferty, coach Nick Latorre’s team showed this summer it has chemistry, balance and that it might be the best team since the record-breaking 28-win team in 1997. While Rafferty remains the star, point guard Jordan Bradshaw returns at a key position, Grant Hutcherson is back on the wing and 6-6 George Kiernan is healthy and a versatile weapon.Hinsdale Central