EDITOR’S NOTE: There’s nobody better at navigating the high-pressure and high-drama world of Chicago prep basketball than scout and recruiting savant Dan Poneman. Poneman previously ran the website IllinoisHSBasketball.com and his YouTube videos have been watched more than 4.5 million times. He’s been profiled by Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, SLAM Online and Comcast TV, among other outlets. Poneman is currently producing a basketball documentary for Jay-Z’s website, Life+Times. You can follow him on Twitter or Facebook. This is his first contribution to ChicagoSide.
The battle between Whitney Young and Simeon is usually a clash of Chicago titans. But when the teams meet Saturday, they will feature the two best players in the nation, according to their respective classes: Simeon senior Jabari Parker and Whitney Young junior Jahlil Okafor. Dan Poneman breaks down the most-anticipated matchup of the season, if not the last decade.