Defending IHSA 4A state champion Chicago Whitney Young is the headliner in the 4th Annual 205 Tip-Off Classic next week, but if you trust the Chicago Sun-Times then there are three state title contenders in the field.

Orlando Rosu

Michael O'Brien released his preseason list of the top 25 teams in Illinois and he placed Whitney Young at No. 4, Elgin Larkin at No. 10 and he put Chicago St. Rita at No. 13.

With those three teams and the return of Hollywood (Fla.) McArthur, which was a 20-win squad last year, there's plenty of star power in the tournament that runs from Nov. 20 through Nov. 25 at Rockford Auburn, East, Guilford and Jefferson.

Whitney Young returns three starters from last year's title team in Xavier Castaneda, Javon Freeman and Justin Boyd. St. Rita returns nine players from last year's team that went 19-11 and won a regional. Elgin Larkin returns two Division 1 prospects in 6-3 guard Anthony Lynch and 6-10 center Jalen Shaw. Shaw averaged 20.6 points per game in last year's Tip-Off Classic and Lynch averaged 15.8.

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