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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.
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.) 29--3
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.