Top 10 Prep Poll

With the National Prep School Invitational on tap this weekend in Rhode Island, we figured it'd be a good time to release the latest Top 10 Prep Poll.

1.  LAURINBURG INSTITUTE (N.C.)
Record:32-0
Comments:It seems like it's a different guy leading the team each game - and that's no surprise with a roster loaded with D-1 signees. Shawne Williams (Memphis) had 20 against Denmark Tech, Magnum Rolle had 12 points and 14 boards against in a victory over VMI and Quantez Robinson had 31 points, 10 boards and 11 assists against the Virginia Tech JV squad. The big test will come later in Feb. against No. 2 Hargrave.
2.  HARGRAVE MILITARY ACADEMY (VA.)
Record:22-0
Comments:Sam Young & Co. keep on rolling along. After early-season wins against St. Thomas More and South Kent, coach Kevin Keatts has watched his team knock off Fork Union and Winchendon. Young (Pittsburgh) had 23, A.D. Vassalo (Richmond) finished with 16 and Shane Clark (Maryland) added 16 in the win over Winchendon.
3.  FORK UNION MILITARY ACADEMY (VA.)
Record:21-1
Comments:You've got to give veteran coach Fletcher Arritt a lot of credit. The only blemish has been against No. 2 Hargrave. Nine players are averaging just under double-figures - and Arritt recently got arguably his most talented player, forward Brian Gilmore, back from a broken foot. Fork Union claimed a pair of home wins against Notre Dame Prep (Mass.) last month.
4.  PHILADELPHIA LUTHERAN CHRISTIAN (PA.)
Record:26-2
Comments:It was a tough call whether to put Darryl Schofield's guys at No. 3 or No. 4. Philly Lutheran's two losses are to top-ranked Laurinburg while Fork Union's lone blemish came to No. 2 Hargrave. Vernon Goodridge (Miss. St) had a double-double in a loss last month to Laurinburg and Calvin O'Neil added 13 in the setback. Not unlike Laurinburg, these guys have plenty of balance and depth.
5.  BRIDGTON ACADEMY (MAINE)
Record:21-6
Comments:Looking for a Coach of the Year candidate? Whit Lesure has got to be at or near the top. He's done it without a true go-to guy. Nearly all of their losses are to quality teams - and Bridgton has run off six straight wins - including two against ND Prep and a pair against St. Thomas More. One night it's Tyrone Appleton and the next it's Courtney Beasley.
6.  SOUTH KENT (CONN.)
Record:23-7
Comments:These guys have picked it up in the absence of Rob Thomas (ankle). Eight consecutive wins - including a victory against UNC JV in which Andray Blatche put up 42 points. Junior Gilbert Brown finished with 28 in a 85-74 win over New Hampton while Blatche had 27 points and 10 boards in a victory against Bridgton on Jan. 22.
7.  BREWSTER ACADEMY (N.H.)
Record:14-5
Comments:Jason Smith's group has stuggled since coming back from the break, dropping three of seven - including a loss to New Hampton on Wednesday. Jeff Adrien (Uconn) scored 32 in a victory against Proctor and Weyinmi Efejuku (Providence) has picked it up with 25 in a win against Winchendon and 19 in a victory over Worcester. Depth and size are a concern.
8.  WINCHENDON (MASS.)
Record:14-7
Comments:Coach Mike Byrnes has watched as Tyree Evans, Tim Brown and Ben Brown have all left. Evans (Cincinnati) is close to returning, but the other two aren't coming back - and that leaves Winchendon thin up front. Point guard Justin Dentmon (Washington) has turned things around after a slow start and Sylvester Seay (Arizona State) has come on recently. Unsigned guard Lorenzo Keeler has been putting up 20 points per game on a fairly consistent basis.
9.  NORTHFIELD MOUNT HERMON (MASS.)
Record:17-3
Comments:The schedule is still not as brutal as most of its Class A counterparts, but Bill Batty's team has gotten a few key wins - including a victory against St. Thomas More in which big man Joe Wolfinger (Washington) had 22 points and 10 boards. Unsigned forward Colin McIntosh had 22 in a win against Holderness and fellow unsigned guard Andrew Lyell had 27 points and 10 boards.
10.  ST. THOMAS MORE (CONN.)
Record:17-8
Comments:Jere Quinn & Co. have struggled since coming back from the break, but with valid reason. He's been without four of his five starters at one time or another. Antonio Pena, Dwayne Anderson, Edwin Lashley and Whitney Coleman have all missed time. It was Chris Winters (Central Ct.) who led the team with 29 while Kevin Spann (St. Peter's) added 21 and junior Edwin Ubiles chipped in 19.

Dropped Out:

No. 8 Notre Dame Prep (Fitchburg, Mass.) – (18-11)

Others to Watch: Blair Academy (Blairstown, N.J.) – (9-11); Champlain St. Lambert (Montreal, Canada); Coastal Christian Academy - TSI (Virginia Beach, Va.); Exeter (Exeter, N.H.) – (10-5); Hill School (Pottstown, Pa.) – (11-7); Holderness (Plymouth, N.H.) – (12-10); Hun School (Princeton, N.J.) – (15-6); IMG (Bradenton, Fla.); Lawrenceville (Lawrenceville, N.J.) – (11-9); Maine Central Institute (Pittsfield, Maine) – (10-9); Massanutten Military Academy (Woodstock, Va.) – (12-4); Mercersburg Academy (Mercersburg, Pa.); National Christian (Fort Washington, Md.); New Hampton Prep (New Hampton, N.H.) – (10-13); Our Savior New American (Centereach, N.Y.); Peddie (Hightstown, N.J.) – (12-10); Prince Avenue Prep (Pickens. S.C.) – (11-3); Proctor Academy (N.H.) – (10-7); St. Andrew's (R.I.) – (15-5); St. Mark's (Southboro, Mass.) – (17-2); Stonreridge Prep (Tarzana, Calif.) – (10-2); TAPS (Toronto, Canada); Tilton School (Tilton, N.H.) – (10-8); Trinity-Pawling (Pawling, N.Y.) – (12-4); Worcester Academy (Worcester, Mass.) – (13-6)


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