NO. 11 SUNRISE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
Location: Bel Aire, Kan.
Preseason Rank: 11
2017-18 record: 22-2
Final 2017-18 Super 25 ranking: Unranked
The Buffaloes stormed out of the gate in 2017-18, getting as high as No. 2 in the Super 25 rankings, before it was determined that Sunrise Christian had been playing with two fifth-year seniors, to what the head coach called a misunderstanding of transfer rules. They finished the season 22-2.
Now, with a firm grasp on eligibility rules, Sunrise Christian will look to continue where they left off. The Buffaloes are returning an elite cast including 6-foot-11 five-star center N’Faly Dante, who is ranked No. 10 overall in the Chosen 25 for 2020; four-star small forward Malik Hall, who committed to Michigan State at the beginning of November; four-star power forward Tray Jackson, who committed to Missouri in October; four-star shooting guard Austin Crowley, a Vanderbilt commit; and three-star Jourdan Smith. They also added Shereef Mitchell, a three-star point guard who averaged 24.6 point, 6.4 rebounds and four assists per game, according to the Journal Star.
At this point, the main question might be how the stars recover from injuries. Dante recovers from the broken finger he played through over summer, according to Rivals, and Hall had foot surgery.