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Preseason Super 25 High School Basketball Rankings: 16-20

No. 16 Sunrise Christian Academy has games, will travel



Senior guard and Michigan State commit Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn leads No. 16 Sunrise Christian Academy. / USA TODAY Sports

With teams Nos. 16 through 20, we're continuing the second installment of the preseason Super 25 boys basketball rankings. Next Thursday: Teams Nos. 11-15.

Sunrise Christian Academy, ranked No. 16 in the Super 25 boys basketball preseason rankings, has multiples of everything an elite team needs. The Buffaloes were 29-1 last year and avenged their only loss, to Prime Prep (Dallas).
 
An elite schedule? The team plays in the City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Fla., the Marshall County Hoop Fest in Benton, Ky., the Flyin' to the Hoop Invitational in Dayton, Ohio, and has a couple of matchups with Prime Prep (Dallas). Elite players? Senior guard Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn is headed to Michigan State, sophomore Jerry Myles Jr. averaged 11.7 points and 6.0 rebounds as a freshman last season at West (Davenport, Iowa) and the Buffaloes have four players who are 6-8 or taller.

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What the team doesn't have is a multiple of players from Kansas. The only player on the squad from Wichita is sophomore point guard Roman Young, who has been at Sunrise Christian since he was in kindergarten. Five of the team's players are from the Bahamas, senior center Moataz Hosny is from Egypt, power forward Keanu Pinder is from Australia, center Ruben Guerrero is from Spain and combo guard Vasilije Pusica is from Serbia.
 
"It started as a mission-minded thing for us," said coach Kyle Lindsted. "We had a very strong basketball tradition locally and we developed some relationships because of our missions and it grew from there. We were taking good care of kids and putting them in a good program."
 
While Sunrise has plenty of talent, Lindsted said he isn't looking for renegades.
 
"We have a bible class every day, chapel once a week and we require attendance," Lindsted said. "We try to get really good players, but they have to be great kids and great students. They have to fit in."
 
The Buffaloes aren't part of the Kansas State High School Activities Association and that makes their schedule a bit complicated. Their closest road games are a few hours away.
 
"Me and my coaches get the pleasure of driving the bus," Lindsted said. "It's a good bonding time and it's good for the kids."
 
17. Christ the King, Middle Village, N.Y. (28-3)
The Royals won the city and state AA Federation titles and have the nucleus of their team back. Sophomore All-City guard Rawle Alkins already has offers from Cincinnati, Villanova and Seton Hall, senior center Adonis Delarosa (12 ppg, 14 rpg) and senior guard Andre Walker (10 ppg, 2.5 apg) are among the team's eight returnees, along with sophomore Jared Rivers.
 
18. Blue Valley Northwest, Overland Park, Kan. (25-0)
The Huskies return all five starters from last season's 6A state champion team. Led by senior guard Clay Custer, an Iowa State commit who averaged 19 points a game last season, Blue Valley Northwest is looking to make a fifth consecutive trip to the state finals. Other big returnees include Loyola, Ill., commit Ben Richardson and Vince Fritz, a 6-3 shooting guard and Sacred Heart commit. Fritz averaged 12 points a game and is the son of coach Ed Fritz, who has won 521 games.
 
19. Plano West, Plano Texas (19-13)
The Wolves were hurt when prominent transfer Tyler Davis, a 6-9 center, was declared ineligible (his decision is under appeal), but the team returns junior forward D.J. Hogg (16.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg) and senior guard Soso Jamabo (14.7 ppg., and 4.2 rpg), an elite football recruit, and added forward Mickey Mitchell, a 6-7  junior forward who plans to sign with Ohio State. Two other talented newcomers include guard Avery Johnson, son of the former NBA player and coach of the same name, and talented freshman guard Chris Giles.
 
20. Paul VI, Fairfax, Va. (23-8)

Junior forward Marcus Derrickson (12.8 ppg, 9.3 rpg), who has said he will sign with Georgetown, is the Panthers' top returning player. Junior guard Josh Reaves and junior point guard Kevin Dorsey add plenty of offensive punch. When junior guard Franklin Howard (11.5 ppg) recovers from off-season knee surgery, the Panthers will be really dangerous.

 

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