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#1 Whitney Young and #2 Simeon are set to collide on the basketball court on Saturday night in a match-up of Chicago basketball titans with major national implications.
Whitney Young brings a power-packed lineup of juniors led by 6'11 Jahlil Okafor, the top-rated 2014 prospect in the country. He is flanked by the junior trio of 6'8 Paul White, 6'5 L.J. Peak and Miles Reynolds.
Simeon counters with an equally powerful lineup headed by senior forward Jabari Parker (Duke), a top 2013 prospect. Parker has Kendrick Nunn (Illinois), Jaylon Tate (Illinois) and Kendall Pollard (Dayton) backing him up.
The focus of the game will likely be inside where Parker and Okafor are likely to spend a lot time battle each other.
6'8 post Russell Woods is the "X" factor for Simeon as they try to contain Okafor. The versatile Paul White, who can score inside and outside is the "X" factor for Whitney Young.
Simeon will be without head coach Robert Smith, but they are a veteran team and have three consecutive state title's under their belts.
The game will tip-off at 8:00 p.m. CST at Chicago State University and will be broadcast live nationally on ESPNU.
Tickets for the game are $15. Parking is $2.