Final Top 10 Prep Poll

This year's final Top 10 Prep Poll was as close as its ever been. Take a look at who took home the top spot.

Comments:Bill Barton's club suffered a trio of losses to unranked teams (Fork Union, MCI, Community College of Rhode Island), but the Crusaders also knocked off plenty of quality opponents - including No. 2 Hargrave, No. 3 Patterson and St. Thomas More three times. Lazar Hayward (Marquette) averaged 18 points per game while Syracuse-bound guard Paul Harris added 15 points and a team-high 11 boards per contest.
Comments:A loss to top-ranked Notre Dame in November was the difference in Hargrave making a case for the top spot. The only other blemish for Vernon Macklin (Georgetown), Tyler Smith & Co. was a loss to Bridgton at the Fork Union Tournament. Kevin Keatts' team knocked off Patterson on a neutral court at the end of the year, but there just weren't enough wins over ranked teams.
Comments:Chris Chaney, in his first season after leaving Laurinburg, had his share of injuries. Oklahoma-bound Tony Crocker (knee) missed most of the year and point guard Raymond Brewer (Manhattan) missed a good part of the season with a knee injury. Davon Jefferson left the team, but Patterson still finished with just three losses - to No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 3 Hargrave and No. 4 Bridgton.
Comments:Keaton Grant was the MVP as Bridgton won it's second straight Class A NEPSAC title with a comeback victory against Winchendon. Grant had 17 in the championship game and finished with 25 in a quarterfinal victory over Northfield Mount Hermon. Bridgton also knocked off Worcester, 74-72, in the semis.
Comments:The only blemish for first-year coach Billy Reid and his team was a loss to Genesis One. Reid surprised many with being able to put together a quality team as he did on short notice after getting the job. Phil Jones, Saiquon Stone, Kiwan Smith and Zach Payton all helped lead Laurinburg.
Comments:It was a roller-coaster type of season for Mike Byrnes & Co. After a late-January loss to New Hampton, the team was 9-9 - but then they went on a run and finished five games over .500 and advanced to the NEPSAC Class A title game, where they lost to Bridgton Academy.
Comments:Jere Quinn's team suffered a double-overtime loss in the semifinals of the NEPSAC Class A playoffs. Siena-bound Edwin Ubiles led STM with 21 points in the quarterfinal victory against Phillips Exeter. Ubiles and Villanova-bound forward Antonio Pena, both second-year players under Quinn, led the Chancellors for much of the season.
Comments:Jason Smith & Co. suffered a tough loss to Winchendon in the quarterfinals of the NEPSAC Class A tournament. Virginia-bound swingman Will Harris and Dodie Dunson led Brewster for much of the season. Harris scored 36 in a late-season victory over No. 4 Bridgton and added 26 in a win against Proctor in the regular-season finale.
Comments:Brady Morningstar (Kansas) scored 23 points and Andre Hardy added 14, but it wasn't enough as Jamie Arsenault's first loss to Worcester Academy in the first round of the NEPSAC Tournament. Morningstar was terrific all season and got help from a strong supporting cast that included Hardy, Menghe Nyam (SMU), Radar Onguetou (UNH) and Kyle Moore.
10.  ST. MARK'S (MASS.)
Comments:This one may raise a few eyebrows, but St. Mark's ran the table and won all 27 of its games en route to a Class C title. Junior Tommy Hubbard scored 20 points and grabbed 12 boards in a 59-43 win against Lawrence in the championship game - and Sal Abdo added 13 points and 7 assists. Senior Mike Gately (Columbia) was solid all season and freshman Erik Murphy is one to watch in the future. These guys knocked off Class B champion St. Andrew's twice.
Best of the Rest:

Lutheran Christian Academy (Pa.)

Boys to Men (Ill.)

Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.)

St. Andrew's

Proctor Academy (N.H.)

Champlain St. Lambert (Canada)

Massanutten Military Academy (Va.)

Worcester Academy (Mass.)

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