2A Tournament Preview
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The state tournament starts up next week so we wanted to dive into the brackets to look at storylines, top prospects, predictions, and more about each field. Here we examine the 2A bracket in 2A Tournament Preview! Who Are the…
The state tournament starts up next week so we wanted to dive into the brackets to look at storylines, top prospects, predictions, and more about each field. Here we examine the 2A bracket in 2A Tournament Preview!
Who Are the Favorites?
Honestly it is a pretty open field with several contenders for a state title. Our friend Aaron Britton (NestoHoops.com) has on his Feb 6 poll the top teams as Columbia (who is actually a 2 seed in sectional) as the top team in the state for 2A. Fairbury, Normal University, Princeton, and Breese Central round out the top 5.
Which High Seeds Have Difficult Paths?
I am going to look at Phillips as they could have to beat Dunbar at Dunbar in a regional, then the hottest prospect in state right nowfrom Hansberry, and then Perspectives in the sectional final all just to reach the super.
What are the Top Storylines?
Top teams vs star players. This could be the theme of this tournament over the next several weeks as we will see several matchups of highly ranked teams against a highly ranked individual prospect. Who will come out on top could determine which teams we see in Champaign.
Which Sleeper Team Can Pull Off An Upset?
I like Carterville as a team that can pull off some damage in this field.is a senior scoring guard that is primed to breakout on a state wide stage along with running mate . Nashville is another squad to pay attention to as they are playing their best basketball of the season now.
Where is the Toughest Sectional?
It might not be the most difficult, but I think the toughest to predict might be the Pinckneyville Sectional. This one has as many as six teams that could conceivably if things go their way come out of it including Massac County, Columbia, Pinckneyville, Breese Central, Nashville, and Carterville.
Who are the Top Seniors?
Illinois State signeefrom St. Joseph Ogden headlines the list of best seniors in the field. He checks in at #12 overall and has the ability to take his team deep in this tournament. Other top 100 seniors to watch include (Momence), (Carterville), (Perspectives), (Perspectives), Walter Hill Jr (Rockford Lutheran), (Johnsburg), (Carterville), and (Columbia).
Any Breakout Juniors to Watch?
The obvious choice here is the state’s top uncommitted junior and #3 overall. He has been on a tear scoring the basketball from all three levels including a 47 point outing over the holidays and 43 points at the O’Fallon Shootout. is a top 25 senior that has a chance to make a name for himself with a strong tournament. Explosive guard with speed from Perspectives! DePaul Prep has a duo of potential D1 prospects in big man and wing who have both missed time due to injury this season. Other top 100 juniors in the field include (Timothy Christian), (Chicago Christian), (Breese Central), (Bloomington Central Catholic), and (Rockford Lutheran).
Which Sophomores Could Make Biggest Impact?
There are a pair of top 10 sophomores who recently made their debuts in the 2025 rankings. El Paso Gridley five manhas game changing ability on both ends as a big man that can score, board, and block shots. Hansberry small forward Jr who has posted monster numbers and stock is soaring right now can take over a sectional. DePaul Prep duo and along with Rockford Christian point guard are all top 20 prospects.
Best Potential Matchups Before State?
Rockford Christan vs Rockford Lutheran (Sectional Final)
Bloomington Central Catholic vs Normal U-High (Sectional Final)
What are PHI’s Picks to Click?
Teutopolis over Lawrenceville
Columbia over Carterville
DePaul Prep over Christ the King
Perspectives over Phillips
Rockford Christian over Rockford Lutheran
Princeton over Rockridge
St. Joseph Ogden over Fairbury
Bloomington Central Catholic over Normal U-High
Columbia over Teutopolis
Perspectives over DePaul Prep
Rockford Christian over Princeton
St. Joseph Ogden over Bloomington Central Catholic
Perspectives over Columbia
St. Joseph Ogden over Rockford Christian
Perspectives over St. Joseph Ogden