1. OAK HILL
ACADEMY, Mouth of Wilson, Va. (40--1) Despite losing four starters, including
forward Michael Beasley, the Warriors are still loaded. Duke-bound senior guard
Nolan Smith, who averaged 17 points last year, is the lone returning starter,
but he'll be playing with some stellar transfers: senior guard Alex Legion of
Detroit Country Day ( Beverly Hills, Mich.), junior guard Brandon Jennings of
Dominguez ( Compton, Calif.), senior forward Julian Vaughn of South Lakes
( Reston, Va.) and junior forward Howard Thompkins of Wesleyan (Norcross,
Lakewood, Calif. (33--1) The Pioneers are poised for another big season after
winning the Division III state title last year. New head coach Loren Grover
inherits a talented squad: Senior guard James Harden ( Arizona State) averaged
18.6 points last year; junior guard Malik Story (USC) is an offensive threat;
and they added Piney Woods (Miss.) sophomore forward Renardo Sidney.
Huntington, W.Va. (25--2) Huntington won its second consecutive Class AAA state
title last year behind Patrick Patterson, a senior power forward who averaged
15.6 points. Star guard O.J. Mayo transferred in, so Huntington now has an
unstoppable one-two punch.
4. MATER DEI,
Santa Ana, Calif. (33--3) The Monarchs, who fell in the state finals last
season for the second straight year, have three seniors: forward Taylor King
(Duke), who averaged 26.4 points last year, center Alex Jacobson ( Arizona) and
guard Kamyron Brown ( Oregon).
5. LAKE HOWELL,
Winter Park, Fla. (28--5) Led by University of Florida recruits Nick Calathes
and Chandler Parsons (sidebar, page 73), Lake Howell should win the state
Hyattsville, Md. (34--1) Coach Mike Jones has plenty of firepower, including
senior guard Austin Freeman ( Georgetown), senior forward Jerai Grant (Clemson)
and junior big man Chris Braswell ( Georgetown).
Chicago (33--4) Led by senior guard Derrick Rose, who averaged 20 points, the
Wolverines won both the Class AA state and Chicago Public League titles last
8. ST. BENEDICT'S
PREP, Newark (29--2) The Gray Bees won their fourth Prep A title last season in
Dan Hurley's five years as coach. Despite losing three top players--Lance
Thomas (Duke), David Cubillan ( Marquette) and Eugene Harvey ( Seton Hall)--St.
Benedict's is still loaded, led by senior guard Corey Stokes ( Villanova).
9. ST. PATRICK,
Elizabeth, N.J. (29--4) Coach Kevin Boyle has one of the nation's top players
in senior point guard Corey Fisher ( Villanova), who averaged 16 points last
year. Senior forward Jeff Robinson ( Memphis) averaged 13.0 points, 8.5 rebounds
and 4.5 assists.
Norcross, Ga. (28--4) Eddie Martin's crew has a good chance of defending its
Class AAAAA state title this year, despite losing all-state guard Jodie Meeks,
who's now at Kentucky. Senior forward Gani Lawal ( Georgia Tech), who averaged
17.5 points last year, will assume more of the scoring load.