Prep School Countdown: No. 22 Worcester Academy

How the mighty have fallen. Worcester Academy, fresh off a NEPSAC Class A title, is in a rebuilding year thanks, in part, to a coaching change. However, don't count out Gerry Corcoran & Co.

We're unveiling the most extensive and only prep school poll of its kind and we'll take a look at Worcester Academy (Mass.), which checks in at No. 22.

The Hilltoppers won the NEPSAC Class A title last season, but then the program took a hit when coach Mo Cassara left to take a job at the University of Dayton.

Enter Ed Reilly, who had his hands full in trying to play catch-up with the other prep school coaches.

``It's going to be an exciting year," Reilly said. "We've got enough talent to compete at this level, but we've got to make sure we're healthy because of a lack of depth and numbers. But we've got six potential Division 1 players and that should be enough."

Reilly will have some talent this season, but this team will certainly take it lumps.

``Hopefully the bulls-eye won't be too large on our backs," Reilly joked.

Quinnipiac-bound 6-4 ½, 195-pound wing Gerry Corcoran, a one-time Boston University commit who played with BABC, should be the top offensive threat for Worcester. He's joined on the front-line by 6-8, 195-pund forward Ibrahim Konate and 6-11, 230-pound center John Saucier.

Konate is a mid-major player from Mali receiving interest from the likes of Cleveland State, SMU, East Carolina and Long Island. He played at Sharon High (Pa.) last season and averaged 13 points and 13 boards per game, but he is still recovering from a leg injury that could limit his play this season. Saucier is a big-bodied inside player from Maine who is getting looks from Winthrop and Maine.

Marc McAndrew, a 6-2, 185-pound lefty wing guard from Rhode Island, is a long-range shooter who is close to committing to Brown. He averaged 24.5 points and 8.9 boards per contest at Barrington High last season as a senior and led the Big Time in 3-pointers made this past summer. His backcourt mate will likely be Riviera Beach, Fla., native Cletis Fobbs, a 6-3, 200-pound post-grad who can score, but may start at the point.

John Whitehead (5-11, 155), a quick point guard from St. Petersburg, Fla., and Tim Massarelli (6-1, 180) will come off the bench for a squad that isn't overly deep.

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