Top 10 Prep Preseason Poll

After profiling nearly all of the prep school teams from throughout the country, the Top 10 Preseason Prep Poll is unveiled - and there isn't much of a disparity between the elite teams this year.

Comments:After finishing as the No. 1 team in the nation two years ago, Chris Chaney's Tigers had a sub-par year in 2003. However, his team might be the most talented of any group in the nation (they had 14 players sign D-1 scholarships). Led by 6-8 forward Shawne Williams, LSU-bound big man Magnum Rolle and strong, versatile guard Antonio Anderson (Memphis), the Tigers have the bulls-eye as the nation's Preseason numero uno.
Comments:Mike Byrnes' club won the NEPSAC crown for the first time in seven years last season, but finished No. 2 overall behind Hargrave. The Green Wave have arguably the top backcourt in the prep ranks with Justin Dentmon (Washington) and Tyree Evans (Cincinnati), but the key will be how well guys like junior Tim Brown and Sylvester Seay (Arizona State) control the boards.
Comments:Jason Smith has built quite a program up in Wolfeboro and the Bobcats nearly knocked off Winchendon in the title game last season. His top five - Jeff Adrien (Uconn), Chad Millard (Louisville), Harvey Perry (Washington), Chris Lutz (Purdue) and Weyinmi Efejuku (Providence) can compete with just about anyone and Chris Cornelius should give Brewster a big boost.
Comments:Don't expect this year's edition of South Kent to drop 16 games - as the Cardinal did a year ago. Not with a frontline that features 6-11 Andray Blatche, who will likely follow last year's South Kent star, Dorell Wright, to the NBA, and 6-6 junior Rob Thomas, who was arguably the best player in the prep ranks last year with St. Thomas More.
Comments:There's so little separation from one to five in the preseason poll this year that we've got Hargrave, which finished last season at No. 1, all the way down at five. The Tigers could just as easily lay claim to No. 1. With Shane Clark (Maryland) and Sam Young (Pittsburgh) leading the way, the one question mark comes whether or not Tommy Liddell (St. Louis) can handle the point guard spot.
Comments:Jere Quinn had to rely heavily on one guy, Rob Thomas, last year. Thomas has moved onto South Kent, but the Chancellors will have a three-headed monster that includes 6-7 junior forward Antonio Pena, St. Joseph's-bound sharpshooter Edwin Lashley and much-improved 6-5 1/2 swingman Dwayne Anderson, who is headed to Villanova.
Comments:There may not be an Alexander Johnson or a Robert Vaden - as coach Whit Lesure has been blessed with each of the last two years - but The Wolverines have plenty of talent - including guards Courtney Beasley and Tyrone Appleton and frontcourt guys Bernard Rimmer and Cheick Diakhate.
Comments:The Crusaders and their coach, Bill Barton, don't boast a lot of big-name players - but that was the case last year as well. Look for Illinois-bound point guard Chester Frazier and another Baltimore native, Paris Carter, to be the cornerstones of this year's team - along with holdover Cam Tyler. The key will be how frontcourt guys like junior Travis George and Demetrius Phillips (Fordham) control the glass.
Comments:Darryl Schofield's club is coming off a breakout year and the Crusaders have one of the best players in the country in 6-10 Vernon Goodridge (Miss. St.). Georgetown-bound guard Marc Egerson and Stefan Jackson (UTEP) will form a physical backcourt and the boys from Philly have more size up front with Maurice Thomas (6-8) and Dionte Christmas (6-6).
Comments:With a frontline that features Kansas City native Leo Criswell, big man Anthony Ivory, a one-time Providence signee, and Georgia-bound forward Terrence Woodberry, Walter Webb's group should be tough to stop. It'll come down to guard play and whether Eric Price can return to the form that made him one of the most highly-sought after players in the nation a few years back.

Knocking on the Door: Northfield Mount Hermon (Northfield, Mass.)

Others to Watch: Blair Academy (Blairstown, N.J.); Champlain St. Lambert (Montreal, Canada); Fork Union Military Academy (Fork Union, Va.); Hill School (Pottstown, Pa.); Holderness (Plymouth, N.H.); Hun School (Princeton, N.J.); IMG (Bradenton, Fla.); Lawrenceville (Lawrenceville, N.J.); Maine Central Institute (Pittsfield, Maine); Massanutten Military Academy (Woodstock, Va.); Mercersburg Academy (Mercersburg, Pa.); National Christian (Fort Washington, Md.); New Hampton Prep (New Hampton, N.H.); Our Savior New American (Centereach, N.Y.); Peddie (Hightstown, N.J.); Prince Avenue Prep (Pickens. S.C.); Stoneridge Prep (Tarzana, Calif.); TAPS (Toronto, Canada); Tilton School (Tilton, N.H.); Trinity-Pawling (Pawling, N.Y.); Worcester Academy (Worcester, Mass.)

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