Top 10 Prep Poll

Bill Barton and his Notre Dame Prep team never back down from a challenge. They play arguably the top schedule in the country year after year. It's finally paid off as the Buffalo connection of Lazar Hayward and Paul Harris knocked off No. 1 and No. 2 at the National Prep Tip-Off Showcase.

1.  NOTRE DAME PREP (MASS.)
Record:6-0
Comments:Bill Barton and his team wanted to face the top two teams in the country and not only did they get their wish, but they knocked off both Patterson and Hargrave. Lazar Hayward (Marquette) averaged 20.5 points in the two wins and Lamonte Ulmer was key. Paul Harris finished with 21 points and 11 boards in the victory over previous No. 1 Patterson.
2.  PATTERSON SCHOOL (N.C.)
Record:14-1
Comments:It had been a while since Chris Chaney tasted defeat, but the former Laurinburg head coach couldn't get his new school past Notre Dame Prep. Bobby Maze scored 20 points, but Davon Jefferson's NBA stock dropped as he struggled to 10 points on 3-of-13 shooting in front of more than a dozen NBA scouts. Hashim Bailey (Memphis) played well over the three-game tournament in Rhode Island.
3.  HARGRAVE MILITARY ACADEMY (VA.)
Record:5-1
Comments:Hargrave breezed through a few easy early-season wins, but then Kevin Keatts & Co. ran into Notre Dame Prep (Mass.) and came out on the losing end, 79-63. Vernon Macklin had 17 points and 17 boards against ND Prep, but the backcourt of Stefan Welsh and Armon Bassett had an off-day. Hargrave rebounded with a 72-51 victory against Worcester Academy with Macklin once again leading the way.
4.  WINCHENDON (MASS.)
Record:4-0
Comments:Mike Byrnes and his group struggled a year ago to start the season. This year it's just the opposite - as Winchendon has reeled off four straight wins. Unsigned scoring guard Ricky Harris put up 30 in a 78-61 win against Our Savior and had 31 in a 76-69 victory against Lutheran Christian Academy.
5.  LAURINBURG INSTITUTE (N.C.)
Record:8-0
Comments:You've got to give Billy Reid and his guys a lot of credit. They came off the bus an hour prior to tip-off and took care of St. Thomas More, 80-68. Kiwan Smith scored 23, Delroy James (URI) added 16 and unsigned big man Phil Jones chipped in with 12. Smith had 15, Zach Payton 14 and Jones had 12 and 9 boards in a convincing win against St. Andrew's (R.I.).
6.  BRIDGTON ACADEMY (MAINE)
Record:4-1
Comments:Whit Lesure's team gave a valiant effort against Patterson school, but came up short, 88-70. Bridgton rebounded with a 15-point win against Massanutten. Tyrone Hanson connected on five trifectas to finish with 16 while Keaton Grant and Matt Pilgrim each added 14. Qa'rraan Calhoun led Bridgton with 17 points in the loss to Patterson.
7.  BOYS TO MEN (ILL.)
Record:9-2
Comments:Loren Jackson's team had a nice showing in its first major tournament. The boys from Chicago started with a 104-93 loss to Our Savior New American (N.Y.), but rebounded with a big upset against South Kent, 86-68. Craig Brackins had 26 points and 8 boards in the loss while Jamel Jackson led the way with 18 in the victory over South Kent. The team's other loss came against Harmony Community School (Ohio).
8.  SOUTH KENT SCHOOL (CONN.)
Record:3-1
Comments:After a pair of close wins against Redemption and Our Savior to start the season, Raphael Chillious and his club cruised to a 20-point win against Fork Union led by Rob Thomas' 19 points and 7 rebounds. Thomas (28 points and 9 boards) didn't get much help the following day in a loss to Boys to Men.
9.  MASSANUTTEN MILITARY ACADEMY
Record:4-1
Comments:Bruce Kreutzer has done a nice job with the program despite little fanfare. His program earned perhaps its biggest win with a 90-85 victory against Brewster Academy at the National Prep Tip-Off Showcase. Darrion Pellum and Scott Grote each finished with 18 in the win.
10.  ST. THOMAS MORE (CONN.)
Record:1-1
Comments:Jere Quinn opened the National Prep Tip-Off Showcase with a 71-68 win against Fork Union and then his team was upset by Laurinburg, 80-68. Edwin Ubiles (Siena) had 17 against Fork Union and 18 points and 13 boards in the loss while Antonio Pena (Villanova) averaged 13 points and 11 boards in the two games.

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