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Unveiling the Preseason Super 25 Rankings: 15-6


3:10 PM, Nov. 14, 2012 EST

South Carolina commit Sindarius Thornwell hopes to lead No. 8 Oak Hill (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) up the Super 25 rankings this season. / Courtesy of Nike

The wait is almost over. Ten teams have made their case to be named the No. 1 team in the preseason Super 25 boys' basketball rankings, and one school is already convinced it's the top dog. Today we'll unveil teams 25-6; tomorrow we'll unveil the Top 5. Until then, make your case for No. 1 team by tweeting @USATODAYhss.

PREVIOUSLY: Teams 25-16

15. Southwind Academy (Memphis) (27-4)

Marquette commit JaJuan Johnson, a 6-5 senior G, has plenty of good company. Johnathan Williams, a 6-8 PF who played this summer for the USA U17 team, is headed to Missouri and 6-5 G Payton Hulsey has committed to Lipscomb. Schedule includes a game with Simeon (Chicago) and the always tough competition in Memphis.

14. Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas) (28-3)

The Lions are looking to repeat as TAPPS (Texas Association of Public and Private Schools) 5A champion. Start with PF Julius Randle, one of the top three players in the 2013 class. A senior backcourt of PG Marquan Botley and SG Chas Taylor make the Lions a solid team. One question will be how quickly sophomore big man Mickey Mitchell can recover from ACL injury.

13. Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.) (21-3)

The Mustangs have plenty of Div. I talent as usual, led by 6-6 senior F Ishmail Wainright, who has committed to Baylor, and 6-7 senior F Jordan Swopshire. Senior G Charles Tucker played for Team USA U17 team over the summer and 6-9 senior C Mark Williams is also being looked at by mid-majors. Montrose junior Therence Mayimba, a 6-7 junior F, may be the best of the bunch. Schedule inclues Iolani Classic in Honolulu, St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark) and Oak Hill (Mouth of Wilson, Va.).

12. Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) (31-3)

Preseason American Family Insurance ALL-USA selection Aaron Gordon (22.9 ppg, 12.9 rpg) leads the Monarchs, who have won back-to-back state Div. II titles, but lost a few key players. Schedule includes Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas) at Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass., and the Les Schwab Invitational in Hillsboro, Ore.

MORE: Preseason American Family Insurance ALL-USA Team

11. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) (34-2)

The Monarchs have won back-to-back state titles and should contend again behind junior 6-7 PF Stanley Johnson. Two 6-9 freshmen, M.J. Cage and Jayce Johnson, will likely play right away. Jordan Strawberry gives the team solid PG play and G Elijah Brown, son of former Lakers coach Mike Brown, will get a chance to play his old team when the Monarchs travel to Ohio to play St. Edward (Lakeville, Ohio) on Jan. 21.

10. Lone Peak (Highland, Utah) (22-3)

Defending 5A state champions return three starters, led by BYU commits PG Nick Emery (21.6 ppg, 3.2 apg) and G T.J. Haws (17.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg). Two other newcomers who are headed to BYU should play a big part as well, 6-10 C Eric Mika, who sat out last year after transferring and BYU football commit Talon Shumway, a 6-3 guard who was the 5A championship MVP. Will play at four out-of-state tournaments, including the City of Palms in Fort Myers, Fla., and the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass.

9. St. Anthony (Jersey City) (32-0)

The Friars have won 65 games in a row, the nation’s longest current win streak. While they lost one of the top players in the country in Kyle Anderson (who is at UCLA), they have at least four Div. I recruits and a defensive style that wears down teams. Top players include Josh Brown, a 6-3 guard who is committed to Temple, Hallice Cooke, a 6-3 guard who is headed to Oregon State, Marist recruit Kentrell Brooks, a 6-8 F, and 6-5 F Tim Coleman, who is committed to New Jersey Tech. The Friars also have two other Div. I recruits in 6-8 Canadian F Aaron Ariri and 6-3 G Kody Jenkins. Schedule includes Lone Peak (Highland, Utah) and St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark).

8. Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) (44-0)

Last season’s Super 25 champs has a solid nucleus of seniors who are headed to Div. I schools, led by South Carolina commit Sindarius Thornwell, a 6-5 G and 6-6 F Troy Williams, who has said he will sign with Indiana, and PG Nate Britt, who has committed to North Carolina. The Warriors have plenty of size and bulk with junior F Rokas Gustys, who is 6-8, 245 and played for the Lithuanian U18 National Team.

7. Travis, Richmond (Texas) (36-4)

The Tigers were the state 5A runner-up and return the Kentucky-bound Harrison twins, Andrew and Aaron, giving them the top backcourt in the country. Senior G John Burnett is another key returnee and junior G Chris Idi adds depth. David Tillman, a 6-8 P, will need to step up as well as the Tigers lack inside depth.

6. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) (23-4)

With G Kasey Hill, who is headed to Florida, returning and elite C Dakari Johnson joining the team after sitting out a transfer year, the Eagles have an awesome inside-out combo. Senior G Michael Cartanega can also play point, freeing up Hill at times. Junior G D’Angelo Russell and senior 6-9 F Devin Williams, who is headed to West Virginia, gives the team some bulk to help Johnson.

Check back on Thursday when we'll unveil the Top 5 teams.

 

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