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No. 2: MONTVERDE ACADEMY
Location: Monteverde, Fla.
2014-2015 record: 31-1
Final Super 25: 1
The Eagles have won three consecutive national titles but have to replace American Family Insurance ALL-USA Player of the Year Ben Simmons, who is a USA TODAY Preseason College Basketball All-American at LSU.
Montverde picked up two talented junior Canadians in 6-1 guard Marcus Carr and 6-9 center Simi Shittu, both of whom played well this summer on the AAU circuit.
Returning sophomores E.J. Montgomery, a 6-9 center, and 6-7 forward Silvio De Sousa, will be expected to step up. Another key returnee is senior guard Howard Washington (6.6 ppg, 2.7 apg), who has committed to Butler.
Mentor, Ohio, transfer Micah Potter, a 6-10 Ohio State commit, may be able to help right away as well. Anfernee Simons, a 6-3 sophomore guard who transferred from Edgewater (Orlando), will provide plenty of scoring punch.
Scheduled season opener: Nov. 20, vs. Pebblebrook (Mableton, Ga.).