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Way-too-early preseason Super 25 Boys Basketball Rankings

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18. Gonzaga Prep

The Gonzaga Prep bench cheers against Bishop Gorman at Chaparral High School on Dec. 8, 2018 in Scottsdale, Ariz. (Photo: Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports)

Location: Spokane, Wash.
17-18 Record: 25-2
Final Super 25 Rank: 21

Why them: Gonzaga Prep beat two of the top teams in Washington, Federal Way and Mount Si, to win the 4A state championship. It was the Bulldogs’ title in a row. They’d obvious like to make it a three-peat.

That path will be difficult for Gonzaga Prep. The team is graduating almost every player, including USA Basketball participant Anton Watson, who shined for the team down low, as a playmaker and on defense. The Bulldogs are hoping Liam Lloyd can step in to fill the leadership role as he works to get more college offers – as of April 29, the only one he has is from Eastern Washington.

But the team only has one season with fewer than 20 wins in the last six years. In four seasons under Matty McIntyre, the Bulldogs are an astounding 101-6. Maybe they won’t be able to fill up their depleted group. But maybe McIntyre will work his magic once again.

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