Pre Season All State Team - Boys Hoops

When we talked to Southern Boys Basketball Coaches during the Fall, one thing they were clear to point out - the best talent resides in the North this year. That is one of the most suprising statements going into this year's season. With returning champ Reno and with 3 of the State's Top 5 in the North, you have to wonder if the South will have it's hands full this year at State. Here is the Top 5

Lets start this off with the Top Junior in the State, who right now is listed as the Top Player in the State by every recruiter in the country. That would be Galena's Luke Babbitt. Watching him play for the Las Vegas Prospects this past Summer, he used finesse around the goal and showed great perimeter skills. He was the main draw for College Coaches on that team. Indiana Coaches could not stop talking about him. Same went for Arizona's staff who watched his every move this Summer. The lefty's game continues to improve and he will be a tough matchup for any team. The Reno Gazette Journal spoke with Babbitt and he revealed his final five schools, which now included Ohio State along with Gonzaga, UCLA, Nevada and Arizona.

Keith Olsen of Douglas was also on the Prospects this Summer and showed well. He recently chose to sign with Northern Arizona. Much like Mitch Platt, he is a wide body inside and continues to work on his fitness. He is the most polished big man in the State this year.

Billy White of Green Valley is another strong inside / outside player. He gained valuable coaching from former NCAA Tourney MVP Ed OBannon last year. He continues to play well and he recently signed his letter of intent with San Diego State. He will join former Cheyennne Star Lorenzo Wade as an Aztec.

Armond Johnson of Hug is also the real deal. The 6'2 guard is one of the most exciting players in the State. He also signed a letter of intent to play for Nevada next year.

Heiden Ratner of Silverado has been a gym rat all of his life. He continues to produce for a team that has been made his own since he first suited up for the Hawks. Concerns about his quickness guarding other point guards creeps up in recruiting talk. He just produces year in year out and when he signs he will make a college team very happy. Total player at the point.

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