Posted On: 11/7/18 5:00 PM

We are now in the month of November and that means the season is almost here!  With that being said we are looking across the state at various conferences and previewing the teams and players to watch!  Today we dive into the DuPage Valley Conference!

Pre-Season Player of the Year

Tom Welch (Naperville North)

Welch won’t quite have the supporting cast that he had last year, but he is the clear best player in the conference.  The top 10 senior is a Loyola commit.  Tough and versatile power forward that rebounds, plays tough defense, and scores both in the post as well as facing up.


Team to Beat

This should be a really exciting conference to watch with a nice mix of veterans and young prospects.  When it is close you go with the team that has the best player which is Naperville North.


Sleeper Team

Neuqua Valley has a trio of sophomores that are all ranked in the top 100 in the 2021 rankings.  It is led by #11 overall John Poulakidas who is a rangy lefty forward that scores with ease.  Connor Davis is another big time scorer in the sophomore class.  Max Rivera is a guard to watch.


Top Prospects to Watch

Ethan Helwig (Metea Valley)
Eric Cannon (Waubonsie Valley)
Adam Moody (Waubonsie Valley)
Sentwali Nalls (Neuqua Valley)
Austin Filo (Neuqua Valley)
John Poulakidas (Neuqua Valley)
Connor Davis (Neuqua Valley)
Max Rivera (Neuqua Valley)
Chris Conway (Naperville Central)
Mehki Robinson (Naperville Central)
Cameron Doughtery (Naperville Central)
Tom Welch (Naperville North)

Top Contenders

  1. Naperville North
  2. Neuqua Valley
  3. Naperville Central
  4. Metea Valley
  5. Waubonsie Valley