( Texas) 39--0
The Panthers are
primed for a second straight Class 5A championship with the return of junior
forwards Shawn Williams and Roger Franklin. Last season, Williams led the team
with 14.5 points per game and Franklin averaged a team-high seven rebounds. A
Dec. 19 showdown against No. 3 Oak Hill at Southern Methodist University will
be a big test.
2. ST. PATRICK
( Elizabeth, N.J.) 30--2
Strickland, Scout.com's top junior point guard, will be the go-to guy for the
Celtics, but he will not be alone. Kansas-bound power forward Quintrell Thomas
(7.5 rebounds per game) and promising freshman forward Mike Gilchrist will need
to step up for the Celtics to win the New Jersey Tournament of Champions for
the third straight year.
3. OAK HILL
( Mouth of Wilson, Va.) 40--1
Arizona-bound point guard Brandon Jennings, who had 15.2 points and a team-high
11.2 assists per game last season, will carry the scoring load along with
Artesia ( Lakewood, Calif.) transfer and USC-bound guard Malik Story (14.7
points per game).
( Fla.) 30--0
Last season Texas
A&M signee Dashan Harris averaged 12.6 points and set the school assists
record (300). He will lead an international team, featuring Cameroon-born
forward Steve Tchiengang ( Vanderbilt) and Australian senior forward Femi
5. ST. ANTHONY
( Jersey City) 28--1
Five Division I
senior guards—Rutgers-bound Mike Rosario, Pitt signee Travon Woodall,
Marquette-bound Tyshawn Taylor and Fordham recruits Jio Fontan and Alberto
Estwick—will lead the Friars. The athletic 6'5", 170-pound junior forward
Dominic Cheek will add speed to the up-tempo offense.