After becoming the first Belleville high school basketball team to crack the Top 25 national rankings last week, regional champion Althoff (27-2) moved up from 25h to 24th in the MaxPreps XCellent 25 national poll.
Althoff, which has won 15 in a row and is the top-ranked 3A team in the state, will face South Seven Conference rival Mount Vernon (19-10) in the 3A Highland Sectional semifinals at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Crusaders beat Mount Vernon twice during the regular season.
The only other Illinois team in the MaxPreps national rankings is No. 23 Chicago Simeon (26-3). Chino Hills (31-0) from California is the top-ranked team again this week.
Althoff ripped Highland 81-56 on Friday to win the Triad Regional. The Crusaders haven’t lost since an 81-66 defeat against 19th ranked Chaminade (26-3) and Duke recruit Jayson Tatum at the Highland Optimist Shootout.
Althoff’s top scorers is junior Division I prospect Jordan Goodwin (17.7 points, 12 rebounds per game), recently added an offer from Indiana and a football offer from Iowa to his growing list of Division I offers. It was Goodwin’s first Division I football scholarship offer.
The Crusaders also boast Southern Illinois University Carbondale recruit Brendon Gooch (13.9 ppg), Illinois-Chicago recruit Tarkus Ferguson (13.5 ppg) and junior Division I prospect Marvin Bateman (11.5 ppg) along with junior guard C.J. Coldon (11.3 ppg) and senior guard and Jackson State football recruit Keenen Young (8.1 ppg).