Preseason Top 10 Prep Poll

Last year Laurinburg Institute (N.C.) ran the table and finished number one. Their coach has departed to a new school and despite starting off from scratch, Patterson School begins the year on top.

1.  PATTERSON SCHOOL (N.C.)
Record:N/A
Comments:It's rare that a newcomer breaks into the Top 10, never mind starts the season at numero uno - but former Laurinburg Insitute coach Chris Chaney has earned it with a 40-0 mark a year ago at his former school - and a loaded team this season led by Davon Jefferson, Tony Crocker (Oklahoma), Jordan Hill (Arizona) and plenty more.
2.  HARGRAVE MILITARY ACADEMY (VA.)
Record:28-1
Comments:Kevin Keatts may have more talent than Patterson, but we're giving the nod to Chaney for his exploits a year ago. Keatts has a frontline that consists of Vernon Macklin (Georgetown), Jonathan Mandeldove (Uconn), Marresse Speights (Florida) and Tyler Smith - and the backcourt features Stefan Welsh (Arkansas) and Armon Bassett (Indiana).
3.  SOUTH KENT SCHOOL (CONN.)
Record:32-9
Comments:This may be Raphael Chillious' best team yet. It'll be led by Pittsburgh-bound wing Gilbert Brown, but there is plenty of balance. Junior Matthew Bryan-Amaning and senior forward Rob Thomas will join virtual unkowns such as Dele Coker, Papa Dia, Dragoslav Papic. The point guard situation is much better than a year ago with Michael Walker, Norm Nixon Jr. and Travis King.
4.  NOTRE DAME PREP (MASS.)
Record:23-12
Comments:What's not to like about a team that features Paul Harris (Syracuse) and Derrick Caracter (Louisville). However, Bill Barton's most productive player will likely be returnee Lazar Hayward (Marquette). Point guard Charles Swiggett (Wisconsin-Milwaukee) will be key in keeping everyone happy and making good decisions.
5.  ST. THOMAS MORE (CONN.)
Record:19-11
Comments:Jere Quinn brings back Antonio Pena (Villanova) and Edwin Ubiles (Siena) and he will have strong guard play with his son, Michael Quinn, and URI-bound backcourt mates, Terence Grier and Marquis Jones. Look for 7-1 Canadian big man Max Craig to surprise many and pose a difficult matchup for opposing teams.
6.  BRIDGTON ACADEMY (MAINE)
Record:30-6
Comments:This team looks remarkably similar to Whit Lesure's title squad from a year ago. Qa'rraan Calhoun (St. John's) is the most well-known of the group, which also features wing Keaton Grant, combo guard Jarvis Hill and forward Matt Pilgrim.
7.  WORCESTER ACADEMY (MASS.)
Record:13-6
Comments:Look for the Hilltoppers to have their best season under the Ed Reilly regime. He has a pair of high-major guys in Ben Eaves (Uconn) and 7-footer Chas McFarland. Kyle Cannon will fill out the frontcourt and the backcourt is solid with sophomore floor leader Quasim Pugh and Brandon Carter.
8.  WINCHENDON SCHOOL (MASS.)
Record:18-12
Comments:Mike Byrnes' team could just have easily started the year at the No. 5 spot - there's that little separation after the top four teams. Lawrence Westbrook (Iowa State) will likely be the team's top scorer - and fellow guards Ricky Harris, Kashif Watson and Brian Johnson will make them tough in the open court. Greg Washington (Hofstra) and sophomore Muhammed Contah will have to do work in the paint.
9.  BREWSTER ACADEMY (N.H.)
Record:18-10
Comments:Jason Smith likes the makeup of this year's team - which he compares to his successful, small team from a couple years back. Will Harris is the anchor and go-to guy, but there is plenty of depth - including forwards Brian Grimes (LaSalle) and Mike Freeman - and guards Xavier Silas (Colorado), Dodie Dunson and Niko Scott.
10.  BOYS TO MEN (ILL.)
Record:N/A
Comments:The first-year start up by former Julian (Ill.) coach Loren Jackson is loaded - and it's frontline is potent with Mac Koshwal, Thijin Moses and Craig Brackins. They will get a big-time test this weekend at the National Prep Tip-Off Showcase.

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