Memorial High School in Madison, Wisconsin, returns a roster chock full of talent, including sophomore Junior Lomomba. Since the 2003-2004 season, Memorial has lost just 12 games and no more than 3 in any season. During that same span, Memorial has been a state quarterfinalist once, state runner-up three times, and state champion twice, including last year.
"We were 26-1 and won state last year, so we did pretty well," Lomomba understates. "We lost our main leader Jeronne Maymon (signed with Marquette). We still have Vander Blue and a couple other players who are all good. I think we'll still be good."
Memorial is also the six-time defending conference champion, and they'll be the big favorites to win again this season.
"I think most of the teams are decent, but I think East High School will be a very good game. Our big rival is East. We start our season on December 5th, so we start practicing pretty soon. We've been doing mostly individual workouts and conditioning so far."
Junior Lomomba was a freshman on last year's state champion team, but now he has a full year of experience under his belt and is a better player than he was coming into high school. He'll be counted on to help Memorial repeat as state champions.
"I'm 6'-4", 180 pounds. Hopefully I'll keep growing, that's the plan. I play the three for my high school team and can create for others and go strong to the hoop. Obviously, I want to work on my overall game. I want to improve my ball handling, my shooting, and my decision making."
Lomomba models his game after some of the best guards in the country.
"Tyreke Evans, Jrue Holiday, and Chris Paul are all players I like to watch play."
The AAU circuit is a great way for players to improve their games, enhance their reputations, and be seen by colleges.
"I play for the Wisconsin Gators Elite & WI Force. I think we did pretty well this summer. We didn't win any tournaments, but we got to the final four and elite eight a lot. I play mostly the two position for my AAU team."
A whole host of schools have expressed interest in Lomomba. Although he grew up watching and liking UCLA, Lomomba says he is open to everyone and never really had a favorite as a youngster.
Although he lives in Wisconsin, the home state Badgers haven't shown much interest.
"Not really. They came to watch some of my games, but I haven't gotten any emails or much from them."
As recruiting picks up for the 2012 class, Lomomba is sure to be one of the most sought after players in the country. It will be fun to watch the sophomore continue to develop his game and become a leader on his team.