Ray Forsett steps down as head coach at No. 4 Advanced Prep International

Ray Forsett steps down as head coach at No. 4 Advanced Prep International

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Ray Forsett steps down as head coach at No. 4 Advanced Prep International

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Advanced Prep International head coach Ray Forsett has stepped down.  (Photo: Jerome Miron, USA TODAY  Sports)

Advanced Prep International head coach Ray Forsett has stepped down. (Photo: Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports)

Ray Forsett has stepped down as head coach of Advanced Prep International’s (Dallas) boys’ basketball team.

Forsett, who confirmed the news to USA Today High School Sports Wednesday night, will assume administrative duties with the team. Assistant coach Brandon Lewis will take over as head coach through the remainder of the season.

The announcement comes on the heels of the Bulldogs’, ranked No. 4 in the Super 25, first loss of the season to SATCH Academy (Houston), 82-78, on Wednesday night.

Forsett didn’t expound on the reason for his decision.

API was founded by local educators in Dallas and opened its doors on Sept. 8. The team boasts three players who are ranked in the top 10 of ESPN’s rankings in their respective classes – Trevon Duval, No. 3 in 2017, Billy Preston, No. 6 in 2017, and Terrance Ferguson, No. 14 in 2016.

No other school in the country has three top 10 players.

Forsett coached at Prime Prep (Dallas) for three years until the charter school, which was co-founded by ex-NFL star Deion Sanders, closed Jan. 30.

Forsett was instrumental in the development of Emmanuel Mudiay, who played for Forsett at Prime Prep. Mudiay was drafted No. 7 overall by the Denver Nuggets in the this year’s NBA draft.

The Bulldogs are back in action Friday against Saint Stephen’s Episcopal (Austin, Texas).

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