TheInsiders.com Top 10 Prep Poll

The much anticipated prep poll is finished. For the past few weeks, we've been counting down the top teams. Here's the first poll of the season.

1.  LAURINBURG (N.C.)
Record:40-2
Comments:They may not be the most talented team in the nation, but they went 40-2 a year ago and still have enough to battle for the top spot. Longar Longar, Richard Dorsey, Vincent Banks and others will lead. The health of big man Benny Songondo could be pivotal.
2.  HARGRAVE MILITARY ACADEMY (VA.)
Record:27-4
Comments:Kevin Keatts is back at the helm after a two-year hiatus in the college ranks and he has a stacked club. Guards Isaiah Swann, Lorenzo Wade and Stanley Burrell team with Darian Townes, Norman Plummer and Emanuel Willis.
3.  BRIDGTON ACADEMY (MAINE)
Record:25-7
Comments:Last year Whit Lesure had Alexander Johnson. This year he's got another versatile star in Robert Vaden. They have tough undersized power forward Rahshon Clark, but will need one of Maurice Shaw or Cassin Diggs to step up in the frontcourt.
4.  WINCHENDON SCHOOL (MASS.)
Record:23-10
Comments:Not a lot of size, so Mike Byrnes will have his guys running and gunning. The backcourt is tough with Robert McKiver and Jesus Verdejo. If Frantz Dorsainvil comes to play, they are tough to beat. Louis Graham is one of the best sleepers around.
5.  ST. BENEDICT'S (N.J.)
Record:N/A
Comments:How can you go wrong when you build a team around North Carolina-bound swingman J.R. Smith and baby-faced forward Alex Galindo? Coach Dan Hurley has more than just two guys - as other teams will soon find out. Freshman Corey Stokes is a name to remember.
6.  SOUTH KENT SCHOOL (CONN.)
Record:17-12
Comments:Raphael Chillious takes over at the helm and he brought in a team loaded with talent. It starts with ultra-athletic wing Dorell Wright, but this team also has Clemson-bound swingman Cheyenne Moore and point guard Jack McClinton (Siena).
7.  NOTRE DAME PREP (MASS.)
Record:30-9
Comments:Bill Barton always puts out a hungry group and this year is no different. No stars, but he's got a pair of tough players up front in Josh Jackson (Charleston) and Jonathan Williams. Kojo Mensah is a New Yorker who wil lead the team. Keep an eye on shot-blocking forward Shawn James.
8.  FORK UNION MILITARY ACADEMY (VA.)
Record:26-2
Comments:Veteran coach Fletcher Arritt doesn't need a whole lot of talent and big names, but he's got a pair of forwards in Jermyl Jackson-Wilson (Ohio) and JR Hairston. Tubby Smith's son, Brian, will run the show.
9.  BREWSTER ACADEMY (N.H.)
Record:17-14
Comments:This is Jason Smith's best team since taking over at Brewster. Joel Smith (Washington) and Deion James return, but it's the addition of guys like Adrian Joseph (Virginia), juniors Marlon Howe and Fabrice Tafo and big man Coley LeClair that have the coach smiling.
10.  IMG (FLA.)
Record:N/A
Comments:It's hard to discount a team with Kentucky-bound point guard Ramel Bradley and sharpshooter Danny Morrissey (Penn State) in the backcourt. Add Baltimore native Jerome "Stretch" Johnson, a 6-8, 220-pound senior from Baltimore, to the mix and these guys can hang with just about anyone.

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