6. ST. EDWARD
( Lakewood, Ohio) 25--1
All five starters
return from a team that didn't lose last season until the state semifinal
against Moeller ( Cincinnati). The Eagles' frontcourt features two Big
Ten--bound bruisers, 6'8", 220-pound Michigan State recruit Delvon Roe
(22.5 points, 11.5 rebounds per game) and 6'8", 240-pound Indiana signee
Tom Pritchard (14 points, 7 rebounds).
7. ST. BENEDICT'S
( Newark) 24--1
Big man and
Louisville signee Samardo Samuels (6'8", 240), who averaged 19.7 points and
10.3 rebounds last season, joins junior forward Gregory Echenique (9.8 rebounds
per game) to form the nation's top frontcourt. The Gray Bees also add highly
anticipated Canadian sophomore transfer, forward Tristan Thompson.
8. MATER DEI
( Santa Ana, Calif.) 33--4
Twin towers David
and Travis Wear, both 6'10 1/2" juniors, will be the primary targets for
6'1", 180-pound Gary Franklin, one of Hoop Scoop's top five sophomores.
Franklin needs to mature quickly for a repeat run at Division II state and
Trinity League titles.
9. NORCROSS (Ga.)
The Blue Devils
are favored to win a third straight Class 5A title thanks to the athletic
senior forward Al-Farouq Aminu ( Wake Forest), who averaged 13.7 points, 9.5
rebounds and two blocked shots a game, and point guard Taariq Muhammad (7
assists per game).
10. RICE (New
York, N.Y.) 27--4
The New York City
Catholic League powerhouse will rely on a pass-happy four-guard lineup and will
feature UConn-bound point guard Kemba Walker (9 assists per game), senior
sharpshooter Chris Fouch (16 points per game), junior swingman Durand Scott (13
points per game) and 6'8" sophomore Kadeem Jack.