NO. 6 LA LUMIERE
Location: La Porte, Ind.
Preseason Rank: 6
2017-18 record: 23-5
Final 2017-18 Super 25 ranking: 6
The Lakers return just two starters from last year’s squad, but it certainly helps that one of those players is Isaiah Stewart, a forward who is ranked No. 3 overall in the Chosen 25 for 2019.
Stewart, who averaged 20.2 points and 10.7 rebounds for the Lakers, owns the paint and opens up everything for his teammates on both ends of the floor.
Shooting guard Paxson Wojcik (13.1 ppg.) is the other starter back for the Lakers, a Loyola-Chicago commit who connected on 43 percent of his threes last season.
The Lakers also added one of the top wings in the country in Keion Brooks (26 ppg., 11 rpg.), who is ranked No. 20 overall in the Chosen 25 for 2019, plus wing Gerald Drumgoole and point guards Desmond Polk and Wendell Green.
All are perfect complements for Stewart, making the Lakers are legitimate GEICO Nationals title contender.