Pontiac is the oldest, and its charm is unique.
The best basketball, though, will be played at Proviso West.
The busiest week of the high school hoops calendar is upon us, with several tournaments from which to choose.
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Proviso West High School, 4701 Harrison Street, Hillside, IL 60162, USA
Morgan Park High School, 1744 West Pryor Avenue, Chicago, IL 60643, USA
Adlai E. Stevenson High School, 1 Stevenson Drive, Lincolnshire, IL 60069, USA
Marian Catholic High School, 700 Ashland Avenue, Chicago Heights, IL 60411, USA
Curie Metro High School, South Archer Avenue, Chicago, IL 60632, USA
Simeon Vocational High School, Chicago, IL 60620, USA
St Viator High School, 1213 East Oakton Street, Arlington Heights, IL 60004, USA
Here's a look at what I consider the best four in the area, including Pontiac, which is close enough to drive to on a whim.
Dates: Dec. 21, 23, 26-28, 30, 31.
Defending champion: Morgan Park.
Favorite: Stevenson and Morgan Park both have a right to feel like they're the team to beat. In addition to being the defending champion, Morgan Park beat Simeon at Simeon on Thursday. Stevenson, the Class 4A runnerup in March, has lived up to its No. 2 ranking by the Tribune.
Dark horse: There are too many strong teams here to name one. Bogan, St. Joseph and Hinsdale Central are all good teams with the kind of individual players who can elevate their teammates in a tournament setting.
Best first-round game: Uplift's surprising undefeated start will mean a lot more with a victory over St. Charles East, which is better than its 4-4 record indicates.
Looking ahead: St. Joseph-Hinsdale Central would be a terrific second-round matchup. Bogan and Benet would be an interesting contrast in the quarterfinals. A matchup of point guards Jalen Brunson and Glynn Watson would make Stevenson-St. Joseph a highly entertaining semifinal.
Starting five: Guards — Jalen Brunson, Stevenson, and Luwane Pipkins, Bogan. Forwards — Josh Cunningham, Morgan Park and Matt Rafferty, Hinsdale Central; Center — Sean O'Mara, Benet.
Breakout players: Jordan Ash and Glynn Watson, St. Joseph; Mike Smith, Fenwick; Zach West, Oswego; Tai Odiase, Homewood-Flossmoor; Kain Harris, Morgan Park; Joe Borcia, Libertyville; Dom Adduci, St. Charles East; Connor Cashaw, Stevenson.
Semifinal predictions: Stevenson over Hinsdale Central and Morgan Park over Benet.
Pontiac Holiday Tournament
Dates: Dec. 26-28.
Defending champion: Simeon.
Favorite: Curie is seeded No. 1 and ranked No. 1 by the Tribune. Simeon has won the tournament the last four years, though, and it's reasonable to consider the Wolverines the favorite until Curie proves it on the court.
Dark horse: Oak Park has size, athleticism, depth and a good point guard. Can the Huskies challenge Simeon in the semifinals?