Prep School Countdown: No. 12 St. Thomas More

Jere Quinn may not have the most talented group, but he'll find a way to get more than his share of wins.

We're unveiling the most extensive and only prep school poll of its kind and we'll take a look at St. Thomas More (Conn.) which checks in at No. 12.

Jere Quinn's cast of characters is hardly intimidating. In fact, based on talent alone they probably deserve to be much further down in the preseason poll.

However, Quinn has proven he is one of the top coaches in the nation and he'll find a way to not only compete every night, but pull out his share of upsets.

The starting five will consist of three guys who have already committed to colleges and two more who will likely surface on the low D-1 level.

Forestville, Md., native Joe Miles is a 6-foot, 170-pound point guard who is headed to Marshall.

``He's a key," STM assistant Jackson Payne said. "He's a lot like the old St. Thomas More point guards – (Ed) Cota and (Carl) Krauser, maybe not quite as good. He's got good court vision, can shoot the ball and get to the lane. He's better than most people think."

Ryan Johnson, a 6-4, 200-pound wing from Huntington, N.Y., who will likely go to Harvard, should start alongside Miles in the backcourt. Up front it'll be 6-8, 225-pound bruiser Sam Dolan (Mercer), 6-5, 190-pound swingman Ben Farmer (Marist) and uncommitted 6-6, 220-pound power forward Jason Rudakas, who is receiving looks from Maine and Robert Morris.

Quinn will bring along talented 6-7, 185-pound sophomore forward Rob Thomas slowly. Los Angeles native Drew Gibson (6-1, 170) will see plenty of time – as will 6-9, 225-pound center James Giles, 6-4, 190-pound junior wing Edwin Lashley and 6-3, 170-pound wing Charlie Parker.

Post-grads Jamale Foster (6-3, 175), Reggie Bates (6-4, 185) and Scott Brust (6-6, 190) will also battle for minutes.

``We're going to be disciplined, play hard and play together," added Payne, whose arguably most talented player, Kelvin Davis, left school a couple weeks ago. "We like to have this kind of group. Sometimes a group like this, which is so tough, can beat a team with six All-Americans."

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