We're rolling out the preseason Super 25 boys basketball rankings, beginning today with teams Nos. 21 through 25. Next Thursday: Teams Nos. 16-20. Editor's Note: A previous version of this story indicated that Miller Grove's Keith Pinckney was committed to Boston University. Pinckney remains uncommitted.
Small forward Daniel Hamilton plays with an edge for St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.), which is No. 21 in the preseason USA TODAY Sports Super 25 boys basketball rankings.
The Braves, 24-7 last season, have elite junior point guard Tyler Dorsey returning, along with the 6-7 Hamilton, who has said he will sign with Connecticut.
Hamilton’s oldest brother Gary is playing professionally in Europe. Jordan, his second-oldest brother, is in the NBA with the Denver Nuggets and another brother, Isaac, is a freshman guard at UCLA.
“Saying Daniel is competitive is an understatement,” St. John Bosco coach Derrick Taylor said. “Playing basketball with his older brothers, he got beat up all the time and acts and plays like he has a crazy chip on his shoulder.”
Hamilton will have plenty of help in two high-profile transfers: Lorne Currie, a junior guard who averaged 14 points a game at Fairfax (Los Angeles); and La Salle (Pasadena) transfer Vance Jackson, a sophomore who averaged19 points and 8.4 rebounds a game last season.
The Braves' schedule includes the City of Palms tournament, Mater Dei (Santa Ana) and Etiwanda.
Teams Nos. 22 through 25 in the preseason Super 25, with their 2012-13 records in parentheses:
22. Wesleyan Christian, High Point, N.C. (23-5)
The Trojans won the state independent schools 3A title and return small forward Theo Pinson, who said Wednesday that he plans to sign with North Carolina. Wesleyan will have to wait for 6-9 sophomore power forward Harry Giles to recover from knee surgery. Two other top players include Houston-bound point guard JaQuel Richmond and power forward Donovan Gilmore, who has said he plans to sign with Charleston.
23. Carmel, Ind. (25-2)
The Greyhounds are looking for their third consecutive 4A state title. Senior forward Zach McRoberts (9.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg), the top returning starter, is the brother of Josh McRoberts of the Charlotte Bobcats. Junior guard Ryan Cline (9.1 ppg), is one of the top three-point shooters in the state.
24. Miller Grove, Lithonia, Ga. (30-3)
The Wolverines are shooting for their sixth consecutive state title and return all but two starters. The team has three players who were second-team All-State last season. Senior point guard Keith Pinckney is a D-I prospect, and he has capable help in sophomore Alterique Gilbert, who stood out in the state title game.
25. Pershing, Detroit (25-1)
With 6-8 forwards Justin Tillman and Dwayne Embry, wing Mory Diane and point guard Darsean Woodson, the Doughboys are in good position to get the Class A title that eluded them last season.