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Joliet West's Morris Dunnigan moves past Homewood-Flossmoor's Jason Scott. | Patrick Gleason ~ For Sun-Times Media

No. 1

The Public League’s Red South and Red West may feature the top three teams in the area (Simeon, Young and Morgan Park) and the most high-level prospects, but there won’t be a more entertaining or competitive conference race to watch than the East Suburban Catholic.

Currently, the ESCC’s top five teams have a combined record of 25-3, with four of those teams—Marist, Benet, Marian Catholic and Notre Dame—ranked in this week’s Super Top 25, and St. Viator knocking on the door. The ESCC also boasts marquee non-conference wins, with victories over Curie, Hillcrest, Joliet West and Zion-Benton.

No. 2

Through two weeks, there is no question the biggest story of the young season is what has become of St. Ignatius after losing its top eight players from a year ago.

Well, unheralded coach Rich Kehoe remains the face of the program, and stunningly the Wolfpack are 5-0 with impressive wins over New Trier and Catholic League favorite St. Rita. They don’t have size, experience or a single big name, but Kehoe’s teams are always disciplined and rarely ever beat themselves. Plus, diminutive junior guard Lester Larry has put a charge in this young Ignatius team that features three freshmen and three sophomores.

No. 3

Morris Dunnigan is making his presence felt once again. The Joliet West senior was regarded as one of the top 10 prospects in the Class of 2013 as a freshman three years ago. Since then there has been an ACL injury and an up-and-down couple of years.

While he may not be quite the prospect he once was, the 6-2 guard is playing at a high level—he pumped in 31 points in a win over Bolingbrook and 22 more in a loss to H-F last week—and has regained the burst and athleticism that once opened eyes.

“He has a confidence and presence about him this year that he has not had since his freshman year,” says Joliet West coach Luke Yaklich. “The greatest change is his leadership. He is a vocal leader in practice and his work ethic and approach to the game now matches his talent.”

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