We’ve come out with our Super 25 Preseason Boys Basketball rankings.
Here are five teams that almost made the cut:
Gonzaga, Washington, D.C. (24-10)
The Eagles were the WCAC runner-up and return four starters, led by a Miami commit, senior PG Chris Lykes (22.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 5.0 apg). He teams in the backcourt with 6-3 junior SG Prentiss Hubb (10.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.3 spg). Up front, the Eagles are short but talented with senior 6-6 F Eddie Scott (9.4 ppg, 2.0 apg, 4.0 rpg), a Princeton commit and 6-5 junior W Myles Dread (9.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.7 apg), who has committed to Penn State. Look out for promising sophomore guard Josh Watts and Anwar Gill and sophomore PF Kenny Wilburn.
Providence Day, Charlotte, N.C. (30-4)
The Chargers won the state 3A independent schools titles and should be talented again, if young. Providence will rely heavily on junior guards Trey Wertz and Devon Dotson. If freshmen 5-10 PG Luke Stankavage and 6-5 F Jacolbe Cowan come along quickly, the Chargers will contend again.
Pebblebrook, Mableton, Ga. (23-10)
The state AAAAAA champion runner-up Falcons return American Family Insurance ALL-USA preseason selection Collin Sexton (28.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg), a 6-2 senior guard who averaged 31.7 points a game on the EYBL circuit and 17.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 3.4 apg at the U17 World Championships. Junior PG Dwight Murray (8.6 ppg, 1.0 apg) and senior 6-4 G J.J. Smith (12.0 ppg and 8.2 rpg), an Ole Miss commit, are also key returnees. Xavier commit Elias Harden, a 6-5 G and transfer from Sandy Creek (Tyrone), give the Falcons even more depth.
Rainier Beach, Seattle (24-6)
The defending 3A state champion Vikings lost leading scorer SF Sam Cunliffe to Arizona State and SF Keith Smith to Oregon, but pretty much return everyone else: junior 6-5 SF Kevin Porter Jr.; senior 6-5 SF N’Kiel Nelson; junior CG Freddie Roberson; and senior 5-11 PG Kahlil Shabazz. Nehemie Wu Kebaya, a promising 6-10 junior, is the top newcomer. Keep an eye out for sophomore 6-2 SG PJ Fuller.
St. Anthony, Jersey City, N.J. (32-0)
The Friars lost most of their top scorers from a victorious Tournament of Champions team, but they return senior 6-0 G RJ Cole (10.0 ppg), a Howard commit and Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley, who has a career record of 1,161-119 at St. Anthony with 28 state titles.