Final TheInsiders.com Top 10 Prep Poll

All of the top prep schools wrapped up their season and we've released the Final Top 10 Prep Poll.

Kevin Keatts got a late start in putting his team together when he returned to Hargrave after a couple of years as an assistant at Marshall University. Not only did he assemble a talented club that featured six high-major D-1 kids - but he got them to play together - and that led to the Prep School Title.
1.  HARGRAVE MILITARY ACADEMY (VA.)
Record:25-1
Comments:One loss to Bridgton at the Fork Union Tournament was the only setback Kevin Keatts' club suffered this season. The schedule may not have been as tough as Winchendon's, but these guys did post quality wins against the likes of St. Thomas More, Laurinburg and Notre Dame Prep to close out the season. Isaiah Swann led the team in scoring (23.1) while Norman Plummer put up 22.8 ppg and 9.3 rpg.
2.  WINCHENDON (MASS.)
Record:31-5
Comments:Mike Byrnes' club played a brutal schedule that culminated with wins against St. Thomas More and Brewster to win the NEPSAC crown for the first time in seven years, but five losses were a couple too many to claim the No. 1 spot. Floor leader Dominique White was brilliant in the title game with 27 points and 12 assists. These guys overcame the loss of star guard Robert McIver, who missed nearly the entire season with an ankle injury.
3.  NOTRE DAME PREP (MASS.)
Record:31-6
Comments:With all of its road games, Bill Barton's club may play the toughest schedule in the prep ranks. ND Prep wasn't in the NEPSAC this year, but Barton's club did give top-ranked Hargrave all it could handle in a 92-82 loss in Virginia to end the year. A win over Bridgton at the National Prep Invitational helped them secure the No. 3 spot.
4.  BREWSTER ACADEMY (N.H.)
Record:22-6
Comments:We took a few shots at Jason Smith's club during the season for scheduling a few cupcakes like Hyde, Cushing and Proctor, but these guys nearly knocked off Winchendon in the title game. Balance was the key as five players - Deion James (17.7), Cedric Middleton (17.5), Adrian Joseph (16.5), Joel Smith (15) and Marcus Hammond (15) all averaged more than 15 points per game.
5.  BRIDGTON ACADEMY (MAINE)
Record:27-7
Comments:Whit Lesure had these guys on a roll at 15-1 in mid-January, but they struggled down the stretch, losing to Winchendon and Brewster twice - including in the NEPSAC semifinals. Robert Vaden (Indiana) made a case as the league's best player, averaging 28 points per game. Lesure's club was the only one to give Hargrave a loss.
6.  LAURINBURG INSTITUTE (N.C.)
Record:28-7
Comments:It was a disappointing season for Chris Chaney & Co., coming off a title last season, but Laurinburg still managed neutral-court wins over Bridgton and Winchendon and also knocked off Philly Lutheran twice. Vincent Banks (Cincinnati) led the team in scoring at 20 points per game, but the bottom line was that these guys lacked a pass-first floor leader.
7.  ST. THOMAS MORE (CONN.)
Record:23-9
Comments:Jere Quinn wasn't exactly blessed with an abudance of talent, but he made the most of it and gave Winchendon a battle in the semifinals before losing, 79-71. Three of its nine losses came against Winchendon. Sophomore Rob Thomas was sensational all season, averaging 19.5 points and 8.9 boards per game.
8.  LAWRENCEVILLE PREP (N.J.)
Record:23-4
Comments:Ron Kane's squad earned their spot by taking care of Blair Academy (N.J.) twice and also beating St. Benedict's, which finished the season 29-2, twice as well. Florida-bound Joakim Noah had plenty of help from David Whitehurst (Penn) and junior Craig Moore. Noah had 23 points and 10 boards and Whitehurst scored 24 in a 90-66 win over St. Benedict's in the Prep A finals.
9.  PHILADELPHIA LUTHERAN (PA.)
Record:20-2
Comments:We'd like to see Darryl Schoefield's team step up its schedule, but these guys had plenty of talent - and suffered just a pair of losses - both to Laurinburg. Juniors Vernon Goodridge, Stefan Jackson and Khalil Hartwell all return next year.
10.  NORTHFIELD MOUNT HERMON (MASS.
Record:19-7
Comments:The season ended on a down note - a 87-75 loss to St. Thomas More in the NEPSAC quarterfinals - but Bill Batty & Co. have nothing to be ashamed about. They posted wins against St. Thomas More, Notre Dame Prep and South Kent. Dorien Brown (16.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg) is a big-time steal for Jacksonville State.

Others to Watch: Champain St. Lambert (Toronto, Canada) - (24-8); Fork Union (Va.) - (27-5); Blair Academy (N.J.) - (14-8); South Kent (Conn.) - (22-16); New Hampton (N.H.) - (13-17); IMG (Fla.); Maine Central Institute (Maine) - (11-12); Tilton (N.H.) - (24-2); TAPS (Canada) - (24-6); Worcester Academy (Mass.) - (18-9); Hun (N.J.) - (16-7); Coastal Christian (Va.); Prince Avenue Prep (S.C.) - (23-4); Trinity Pawling (N.Y.) - (19-6); Lawrence Academy (Mass.) - (19-4); Storm King (N.Y.); Hill (Pa.) - (14-11); Holderness (N.H.) - (17-7); New Creations (Ind.)


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